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Quick question... Is a Nutrisystem diet of almonds, avacados, tomatoes, olives and green beans healthy enough? Thanks in advance for any comment. Another question... I've been on Nutrisystem since the end of Oct, 08. I've managed to get 62 pounds off to date. It's a great plan..

People come up to me and say, "Wow" and "How have you done it?", "it's a miracle!" etc... Great Stuff! I've still got a way to go, but it feels good. BUT....

This diet is NOT for WIMPS! Really, the way they advertise it, it sounds like it's "Miracle Food", "Man Food" etc. Really, it's not. The food is OK at best and the plan is like all other diets, I've done my share. When it's done right, it keeps you at "just above hungry" mode..

The way to think about this thing is this... it's like an antibiotic. It solves a major health issue and is therefore a GREAT plan, but it was unpleasant side effects. Gas, headaches, hunger, boring menu etc. But you don't rate the effectiveness of an antibiotic by the color of the pill, it's effects on your digestion or it's flavor. You measure it on whether it cures you.

My advice? Stick to this program like it's a course of medicine. Try to set a TIME and WEIGHT goal to know that there is an end in sight. Drink ALL the Water!.

Don't spend too much time obsessing on how to make the food taste good... it's just not worth the time and effort. If you look at all the other boards you'll see that there's alot of brain power being spend on "dollops of FF this" and "dashes of that"... in the end, loading up on "Free Foods" are going to slow you down from getting to your goal..

If you fall off the wagon, get right back on. After you're comfortable with the program, an occasional treat, like Popcorn at the Movies or a "normal" dinner out with the wife, doesn't seem to destroy the progress. A whole day off seems to screw up the momentum for a week at least. A weekend off is TROUBLE..

I haven't made my goals yet, but I've put a real dent into it. I thought it was my turn to pass the wisdom on..

Don't be a wimp...

asked Apr 21 at 11:10

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The answer is Yes, although you might wanna make sure and wait for someone else to confirm my answer as I am not very confident. Better yet, why don't you e-mail the Nutrisystem guys because they can help better...

answered Apr 21 at 11:32

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Congrats and great job! I agree with you 100%..

answered Apr 21 at 13:01

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This diet still takes time to plan and prepare. I have to decide my add-on foods for the weekly shopping list. I have to avoid all those pitfalls at the office. And, I have to pack my Fred Flintstone lunch box everyday..

Most importantly, you're not a WIMP if you have WILL POWER. You must have a WILL to stick to the plan in order for the weight to drop. You know that if you fall off the wagon and don't get back on, you'll never drop the weight...

answered Apr 21 at 14:15

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Thanks for this dose of great wisdom I'm sure we all need it. I love it! lol don't be a wimp!.

EXERCISE is the key!..

answered Apr 21 at 15:40

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Agreed. But as for the way Nutrisystem pitches their product, well, that's just marketing and I think we all get that..

Then we find that achieving anything of value is going to take some effort..

But I personally believe the Results-to-Effort ratio is pretty high. (ie, big results for relatively little effort) For me, it's easy to follow, doesn't require real cooking, and rarely leaves me with any points of time when I'm hungry or craving something else as long as I eat every 3 hrs or so and drink all the water. And I've lost more weight on it than anything other plan, or working on it myself. YMMV..


answered Apr 21 at 16:34

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I agree that some people are spending way too much energy on how to enhance the program. The key is to follow the plan 100% period..

This food doesn't suck. This is the most doable plan out there. If you want it you can do it. Read the testimonies. Somebody had it worse than you and they were able to do it..

Get committed and shut your pie hole baby!..

answered Apr 21 at 17:45

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I guess I just had enough of the "Why is the Pizza so small?" set. Or the "Where's the Ice Cream" or "Can I just binge out this weekend?" questions. It's a great diet, but it's still a diet..

I've found that the only person you can cheat on this diet is yourself...

answered Apr 21 at 17:56

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I'm not officially on the plan right now, but I have tried a lot of the food that I got from friends. I think the food tastes great. Even the vegetarian chili was good and that was surprising. I thought it would be terrible just because it was "vegetarian"...

answered Apr 21 at 18:03

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100% agree. Personally me and the wife love it though. Granted we are only on week 3. We will talk to you when we are on month 3 or month 13...

answered Apr 21 at 19:03

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You should really stop using the "d" word. Nutrisystem is a lifestyle change whether you're using their program or doing it all on your own. It's an education and a highly successful way to lose weight and keep it off - and do it in a healthy manner!.

And I never thought the pizzas were small, especially after loading them up with on-plan extras. I kinda miss them, in fact! And ice cream? Well once you get the hang of things and learn some substitutions, a Skinny Cow ice cream sandwich topped with a fruit serving or two and some FF Reddi-Whip takes care of that..

This eating plan is infinitely flexible, you just have to understand how to make it work. And once you do, it's quite liberating!..

answered Apr 21 at 20:19

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Can't exactly complain about the food it really is a lot better than what used to eat, I usually order chinese, pizza hut , and rarely use the campus dining, and just used the cafeteria wre they served mostly fast food..

So really being on nutrisystm is the closes i've come to having a semblance of home cooked meal(when I'm on Campus).

Dont like the pizza, the only thing it succeeds in doing is making me, want to pick up the phone and order the real deal...

answered Apr 21 at 21:52

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Congrats on the lb loss.do you need to change your sn to avgsized johan?..

answered Apr 21 at 22:14

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, I wasn't going to bother until I noticed you misspelled Nutrisystem, the largest font word on each and every page..

When you say Campus; Exactly what age group is this institution of higher learning?..

answered Apr 21 at 22:44

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I guess to me the real issue is mental and deciding that YOU want to lose the weight..

When I decided this was what I wanted to accomplish, from that moment on it's never felt that oppressive or difficult to do. Sure, I want to eat crappy stuff sometimes, but generally I can resist or make better choices now..

It takes some thought, but I don't think I've ever been truly "hungry" while following the plan..

However, I agree it is somewhat like a course of medicine. I call it my "training wheels" for eating better. Someday I hope to take them off, but for now I use them to keep me heading in a straight line...

answered Apr 21 at 23:40

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Get of my case, what are you the grammar police? those were obviously typos, i'll be quite honest in admitting that I do make a lot of grammatical errors and omissions of letters(mostly due to my crazy keyboard), and I really do not bother to check for errors in my post or bother to capitalize in a messageboard. I can only hope that being a first grade Jerk is your personal way of dealing with being a fatass, and just maybe as the pounds drop off, you'll work on being a much nicer person..

That's all.

Yeah to answer your question, it's a 4 year college(Texas Tech University), studying to be a Mechanical Engineer/Petroleum engineer( double major), feel free to make whatever smug assessment, if it helps you live with yourself...

answered Apr 22 at 00:08

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Dude, lighten up. This is a support group and we take jabs at each other. We're all in this boat together. Man up and laugh at yourself every now and then...

answered Apr 22 at 01:26

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BigJohan, I hate to bust your bubble but Nutrisystem doesn't cure anything. It's a temporary remedy that you can practice the rest of your life. This is crucial - at one point I drank liquid protein and liquid protein only for about six months. I got back to normal weight but put it back on in six months. I really enjoy this lifestyle and actually eat a larger variety than I ever did before NS. I really enjoy all the fruits and vegetables and eat frequently (as dictated by the plan).

Anyone can do anything for a short time but what's the point. This is for the rest of our lives..

The emphasis on not approaching this as a diet, as mentioned above, is that many of us have tried - succeeded - then put the weight back on - over and over and over..

I've reached my weight loss goal - NOW - Everyday I begin again. I'm glad that I chose to start the plan on maintenance - the maintenance of a healthy lifestyle..

I hope you understand what I'm saying - otherwise I'm afraid you'll end up putting the weight back on just as fast (if not faster) than you lost it...

answered Apr 22 at 01:39

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There is no bubble to burst. For many people, weight is a lifelong struggle. I've taken off the weight previously... I've even been able to keep it off for years. Life happens... kids...

Marriage. You take your eye off the ball and weight creeps back on you..

What seems to make Nutrisystem effective for me, is that the weight loss is NOTICABLE quickly and the variety of food is enough to keep boredom at bay. Once you see the loss, suddenly you can grasp the value and you can tie cause and effect together in real terms..

On the lifestyle front... I was trying to lose weight for a year before Nutrisystem by hitting the gym every morning. That had good health benefits, but after 40, I seem to have to diet AND bust my butt in the gym to get any results..

Maybe I'm not "big"johann anymore... in weight at least...

answered Apr 22 at 02:45

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Cna yuo raed tihs? Olny 55 plepoe out of 100 can..

I cdnuolt blveiee taht I cluod aulaclty uesdnatnrd waht I was rdanieg. The phaonmneal pweor of the hmuan mnid, aoccdrnig to a rscheearch at Cmabrigde Uinervtisy, it dseno't mtaetr in waht oerdr the ltteres in a wrod are, the olny iproamtnt tihng is taht the frsit and lsat ltteer be in the rghit pclae. The rset can be a taotl mses and you can sitll raed it whotuit a pboerlm. Tihs is bcuseae the huamn mnid deos not raed ervey lteter by istlef, but the wrod as a wlohe. Azanmig huh? yaeh and I awlyas tghuhot slpeling was ipmorantt!..

answered Apr 22 at 03:58

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That's really interesting. I am in the 55% but still find it annoying...

answered Apr 22 at 04:05

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This thing has been bothering me for a few days. It just hasn't been this thread. That Damon has done his grammar police to flashdance. Who gives a sH1t if he misspells some words? I've known people who were dyslexic stop posting on forums. Do to the harassment they've received from grammar police out there. I'm not saying flashdance is dyslexic.

Because you never really know someone on here...

answered Apr 22 at 04:58

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My bad. You're right, I was not aware that you and ffffflashy were BFF. Not that there is anything wrong with that. Straight dope huh?.

Okay girls gather 'round, it's Kum by ya time. Please, tell me about your feelings and how that mean ole Damon hurt them...

answered Apr 22 at 05:51

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After being around here for quite a while it seems to me that the grammar thing is a generational difference. Us older guys grew up using proper grammar and punctuation. It was required of us as students and adults..

You younger guys didn't have the same pressure applied to you as we have. We try to use proper grammar, punctuation and spelling because we think that any less would make us look illiterate. Because of the advent of e-mail, blogging, message boards and texting, the younger generation doesn't value those in the same way that we do..

And, if someone truly has a problem or learning disability, all they would have to do is own up to it. But I, for one, would hate to think that someone thought that I had a learning disability when I didn't because I wasn't willing to take the time or effort to post properly on a message board..

Just my opinion...

answered Apr 22 at 07:14

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Oh, one more thing. Texas Tech is not a 4 year college. It's a University where you can get an advanced degree as well as an undergraduate degree...

answered Apr 22 at 07:41

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It was required by the NUNS who would smack the back of your hand with a ruler if you grammer wasn't correct...

answered Apr 22 at 08:10

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Could of fooled me from their cotton bowl performance.

Yes I realize that has nothing to do with academics...

answered Apr 22 at 08:52

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I didn't have to contend with NUNS, but I did have some damn mean public school teachers with big ole paddles! (Would that make them NONES?)..

answered Apr 22 at 10:28

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I just watched this episode in the last day or so.....

Red Forman.

: Jeez Eric, It's about the rules. And without the rules we might as well all be up in a tree flinging our crap at each other, like monkeys!..

answered Apr 22 at 10:33

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Red Forman is awesome!!.

Red Forman.

: Bob's always upset. He's a little girl in big boy pants..

answered Apr 22 at 11:38

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