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First off, What are some good recomended Nutrisystem diets? Many thanks for any comment. Another quick question... Hi guys,.

I'm a newbie here. Just signed up and waiting expectantly for my first order. I'm quite amazed by what you guys have acheived..

I've been working out for the past 3 months. It's quite intense, and I have gotten quite a bit stronger, but my weight is more or less the same. It's probably muscle replacing fat - or so I hope. I do have weight to lose, which is why I am focusing on my diet with NS..

I'm quite amazed that it sounds like I will be on a 1500 cal diet. Is that going to be enough when I am working out? My typical work-out is the following:.

Stretches - 5 min.

3 sets of 10-15 reps each.

Lunges with weighted medicine ball.

Walk-outs on gym ball.

BOSU squats.

Push ups on medicine ball.

Crunches on medicine ball.

Dumbell flys on foam roll.

Biceps/triceps/bench press.

Pull ups.

Run/Elleptical/Bike - 25 min.

So, it's a pretty comprehensive full body work out for around 90 min. I eat complex carbs before the workout and try to have a protein shake within 30 min after. Drink a lot of water..

Am I going to blow my diet? I'm afraid with the Nutrisystem diet, I'm just not going to eat as much and lose muscle. My ideal goal is to lose 25 lbs of fat. Easier said than done I know, but I would love to learn from your experience..

How have you guys done this? Please feel free to redirect me if this has been answered..


asked Apr 21 at 14:06

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Good question... I dunno what is the answer to your question. I'll do some Googling and get back to you if I bump into an useful answer. You should email the people at Nutrisystem as they probably could help you..

answered Apr 21 at 15:02

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Privateer is right on. FWIW, I found I.


To add a protein drink after my workout to continue losing weight. I stalled after ramping up my strength training until I did that. Still seems counter-intuitive to me, but other's have said it and my experience confirmed it. Otherwise, stay 100 on the Nutrisystem program..

I think everyone is different in how their body handles this stuff and what your real calorie requirement is. No way is 1500 cal perfect for every man on NS. So try it straight Nutrisystem for a while, then add the protein drink and see what happens for you. For me, it was remarkable. From no loss for a week to losing 1lb per day and levelling out at .5 lb/day with the protein drink addition. YMMV.


answered Apr 21 at 15:16

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Thank you for the responses! I'm still waiting for my food to arrive! Can;'t wait...

answered Apr 21 at 15:17

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I'm excited the food arrived. I'm single and live alone, so I have some food from earlier (vegetables, rice etc.) that I need to polish off before I can start. Can't wait to get started!! I found out this morning that I've lost another couple pounds. So, my active lifestyle is paying off. Can't wait to combine that with NS..

Will report back..

answered Apr 21 at 16:20

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Good luck with it. I have been on for 2 weeks and I run usually 5 miles 4 days a week and play ice hockey and I have not had to increase my calorie in take. There is an adjustment period to get through. I have about 20 lbs to lose and lost 7 of those in the first week as my body adjusts. I was tired after a few longer runs but found that if I stayed the course I was able to get by. The dietitians did tel me that if I started to feel very tired after workouts to add a protein and a fruit about 45 to 60 minutes after the workout.

So, this would be my advise to you is to do the program as is for a few weeks and see how you feel. You will probably find you do not need the extra calories to lose weight. Good luck!..

answered Apr 21 at 16:39

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Hey and good luck!.

I am 41 and 5'9". Started at about 190# and dropped to 170# in about 4 months using the plan. I actually joined to support my spouse, but did have some weight to lose. I am not 100% Nutrisystem committed. My Friday dinner is a pitcher of beer and lots of pizza. And yes, I know alcohol is junk calories and hurts muscle building testosterone levels at the same time...double whammy....

I share my story so that you won't fret about adding some good calories for your post work out recovery. Find a good quality whey protein or even whey isolate. Your muscles will need the amino acids to recover. You don't want to run yourself down. To build muscle, you must break it down, and let it recover...

answered Apr 21 at 17:55

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Well I joined Nutrisystem cause I plan on starting the beachbody p90x program next week, haven't gotten my first month meal yet, te p90x program calls for a strict diet of 3 meals 2 snacks of about 1500 calories per day, and I don't cook so it would be hard to maintain so I figured I'd join nutrisystem and use their meals instead of the p90x meal, hopefully both will be able to compliment each other in producing desired results..

I intend on taking protein shakes, and maybe a protein bar , with my workout...

answered Apr 21 at 19:14

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Howdy Y'all,.

Couple of questions about protein drinks after working out..

1) What drink / brand do you recommend (low sugar, low carb?)?.

2) How many calories does this add?.

3) Do you add this in addition to normal plan or substitute for something..

I have hit a plateau over the last week after a good first week, and I'm thinking it maybe due to not enough protein with working out (maybe moving into starvation mode)..


answered Apr 21 at 20:35

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Please keep us updated on this P90X program. I watched the info-mercial last weekend with interest - it looks very interesting. Also looks not too expensive compared with other programs (< $150 I believe for the whole deal)..

answered Apr 21 at 21:31

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The dvds are are about 120 bucks, the pull up bar abou 50 bucks, you'll also need to get a pair of dumb bells if you don't have one , a yoga mat, entire thing should cos you about 400 bucks..

I've seen lots of success stories with this not just informercials(where they can photoshop people) real people on youtube with videos and stuff hopefully it works for me...

answered Apr 21 at 22:16

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I'm using the protein shake from Costco - it's a blue bottle called Whey Protein Isolate, that has 110 cal per ounce. Add a little bit of milk, and blueberries, probably is a 200cal shake. I actually like the taste and it's quite filling..

Disclaimer: I haven't started Nutrisystem yet. I will probably cut down on the milk, and berries to keep it to 150/175 cal..

answered Apr 21 at 23:19

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Thanks for the response. I have the P90x dvd's too, unfortunately I can't really use them since I live in an apt, and can't really jump around. Seems like a great workout though....none of that ab burner crap...

answered Apr 22 at 00:54

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Thanks everyone for the responses. I'm going to start with this later in the week, will keep everyone updated. Not looking forward to the withdrawal headaches..

answered Apr 22 at 00:57

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"with my workout" bothers me. Don't consume protein *during* your workout. Do consume a nitric oxide booster 30 minutes before, if you can. The best of them is MRI Blackpowder, one scoop in 16 ounces of water tastes ok, doesn't make you feel "edgy". Helps your red blood cells carry oxygen and nutrients to the muscle fibers during the workout..

Protein powder (whey, or complex like Muscle Milk etc.) mixed with water is more useful post-workout than a protein bar, because it will be digested and available more rapidly. The bar is good as part of your normal meals and snacks (if it meets the Nutrisystem calorie and fat limits)..

The reason you delay drinking the protein shake, or eating the protein bar, until 30 minutes AFTER the workout is so your body has access to the protein when it shifts into muscle fiber repair mode. This gives your body the nutrients it needs to grow new muscle. If you ate something with good protein in it 2-3 hours *before* your workout, that will be sufficient *during* your workout. If it's in your stomach when you start working out, it will probably be wasted..

Which is why so many sports nutritionists (involved in bodybuilding) suggest also ingesting low-carb low-fat protein immediately before bed at night. To keep the repair and growth process going through the night...

answered Apr 22 at 01:52

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As long as you need to lose fat, use water to mix the protein powder with. Leave out the blueberries too. LOL..

Eat the blueberries and drink the milk when and if the Nutrisystem program says you can, not as part of your workout nutrition. Keep the two things seperate...

answered Apr 22 at 03:15

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Damn, there goes the taste :-) Thanks for the course correction. Will try that. I actually don't add a whole lot of milk and can drop it...The blueberries (1/2 cup) are not a whole lot in cals though. Is it really important to drop them?..

answered Apr 22 at 03:54

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What protein powder do you use, mine tastes really great with water..

answered Apr 22 at 04:50

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I'm using the protein shake from Costco - it's a blue bottle called Whey Protein Isolate. I actually don't add too much milk (less than 1/4 cup), but am going to stop that as well...

answered Apr 22 at 04:53

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