Vegetarians used to have trouble with finding weight-loss diet options. In the past, vegetarians had no choice but to shop, prepare, and cook their own meals when they want to lose extra weight. Oftentimes, the meals are incorrectly prepared and cooked, depriving them of important nutrients.
A lot of people have previously to ask me about my weight loss journey and I have been telling them that it is all thanks to Nutrisystem and because of how much I love their services, I decided it is about time that I write an honest review about it, so for all those who are still curious or those who have been trying to find a ray of hope, here you go.
Not anymore, with the Vegetarian Diet program from Nutrisystem. Nutrisystem has been one of the pioneers of the diet business with 40 years experience. The company has rightfully earned their exemplary reputation as they helped millions of men and women lose weight over the years.
Vegetarians can now enjoy the same privilege of weight loss using the convenience of prepackaged foods delivered right to their home address. The same sets of meals are offered in the Vegetarian diet to include breakfasts, lunches, snacks, desserts, and dinners.
The same Nutrisystem weight loss promise is with the vegetarian diet. Only the diet restrictions are in place to cater to the food preferences of vegetarians.
My Background history of obesity
Okay so, my life even as a child was never easy, mainly due to my weight. Being the obese kid since a toddler, I was never able to stop eating. Even in pre-school, I was called out names by other children and used to have multiple mental breakdowns even back then. But yet again I was never told to watch what I ate and was never counselled upon a proper diet. My mother had passed away when I was in middle school and most of my meals were take outs from McDonalds and various other fast food chains, this was because my Father did not know how to cook or had the time to either.
Whatsoever, by high school, I was this huge human blob who would be surviving on junk food and chocolate bars, so not only was I obese but I was extremely unhealthy because almost nothing in my diet was balanced. I do believe that lack of counselling and general knowledge about eating healthy and what to eat what to avoid, had a major effect on me. There was a time that during times of stress and depression, I started binge eating almost anything I got my hands on.
Soon enough I became a diabetic but since it was controllable by insulin injections, I did not bat an eye when the doctor told me to eat considerably, rather I even began to deny any sort of realizations sprouting within me that needed a change.
What changed my mind?
It was just 2 years back while graduating from my college that my life took a turn. I was in a severe car accident in which I fractured my knee joint. I was on total bed rest for more than 5 months, waiting for the healing process, I could not walk or move at all. The doctors told me that even if my treatment works, the joint will be too weak to hold the weight of my body, ‘You need to lose weight if you ever want to walk again’ I remember them saying distinctively. That was when I need knew I needed help, serious help.
I looked up a few diet plans and even decided to try a few but all of them were so systematic and strict that keeping up with them was almost impossible. I was being brutal to myself and that is something that further deteriorated my mental health. My younger sister saw the Nutrisystem advertisements online and told me about their meal plans and how they can be customized according to what we like, I decided to give it a try because why not, I had nothing more to lose anyway.
What is Nutrisystem?
So basically, the Nutrisystem is a diet plan program that offers the facility to deliver pre-packaged foods at your door step so you do not have to cook for yourself. It is especially helpful when you either do not enjoy cooking or you are a lazy person as I am, who just likes to sit around on the sofa all day and wishes for their fully prepared meals to be set up on the table. Especially in my case, since I was on bed all day, not allowed to move, I really needed someone to help me in basic life activities for me but my younger was already doing enough, I could not possibly had asked her to do this for me as well.
The Nutrisystem diet program offers a range of different variety in foods which are especially designed to help people who are suffering from type 2 diabetes or different plans for women, men, vegans, and senior citizens. Given the different body structures and daily required energy, in each diet plan, the men are required to consume 2 snacks per day while the women are required to consume 1 snack per day. Diet plan decisions are derived by the help of professional who have a complete understanding of diseases.
Their meal plans focusses majorly on lean protein and carbohydrates which have a low glycemic index which includes whole wheat and whole grain breads and other products. They also put huge emphasis on vegetables and fresh fruits. Some of these fruits, vegetables and dairy which is low-fat is also required to be added into your diet from the grocery stores.
How did Nutrisystem help me?
Okay so here is the heads up, nobody said it will be easy. It was not even easy for me although I was on bed rest and was not even allowed to carry out mild exercises. All I had to do was follow their meal plans which were yet hard for me to do, given my previous eating patterns and dietary habits.
So I began my journey with the Nutrisystem on the 3rd of February in 2016 and by the year 2018 in May, I had successfully lost about 45 kg which makes 100 pounds approximately.
The most important thing that the Nutrisystem does for you regarding your diet is that they do not only just impose their tactics on you and tell you to do so and so, but they actually help you by making you understand what you are investing in, how is it beneficial for you and how you should practice the healthy life choices in every aspect of your life.
Their meal plan system teaches you the art of proper portion sizes and honestly, the main game in meal plans is controlling your of portion sizes because this is how we control our daily caloric intakes. Back in the days, I used to eat enough to feed a small battalion, approximately from 3500 to 4500 calories per day, Nutrisystem helped me to cut it down to a good 1000 calories per day, that too gradually starting from 2500 because or else I would have fainted since my body was used to of such huge intake and could not have been able to survive on this drastic change and the fact that I am diabetic.
Vegetarian meal plans
The more than 90 food selections offered in the vegetarian diet are varied. Here are some of the meal samples to choose from:
- Homestyle pancakes
- Buttermilk Waffles
- Granola Cereal
- Cinnamon Roll
- Thick Sliced French Toast
- Broccoli and Cheese Melt
- Tuna Salad
- Trail Mix Bar
- Red Beans & Rice
- Southwest Fiesta Melt
Desserts and Snacks
- Dark Chocolate & Sea Salt Nut Bar
- Turbo/NutriCrush Shakes
- Whole Grain Soft Pretzel
- Chocolate Brownie Sundae
- Ice Cream Sandwich
- Stuffed Shells
- Ravioli Formaggio
- Thick Crust Cheese Pizza
- Vegetable Lasagna
- Italian Herb Flatbread Pizza
There are more meal varieties offered by the vegetarian diet. The tuna salad can be an option if you want to eat fish. The custom menu, at the same cost as the favorites, can give you more meal variations to lose weight the healthy way.
Nutrisystem actually educates you to eat healthy and forces you to make such life changes and choices in life that you start eating a balanced diet as well. While other diet plans have a do or die situation when it comes to the variety of foods, but during the Nutrisystem journey, I realized that weight loss diets can be fun too. You are encouraged to play around your meal plans and not get tired of the same routine. Nutrisystem is a company backed by professionals such as dietitians and nutritionists who are also able to customize your diet according to what suits you the best in your specific condition and what are your preferences.
Thus variety in foods and the art of portion size were the two main key characteristics of the diet that did not let me fall behind like I did in the previous diet plans. These tactics did let me get bore of the routine nor did it allow me to quit. I am not a quitter usually, but often in this case, I am extremely fragile and cannot keep myself motivated enough either but Nutrisystem did it.
Since the dietic needs of individuals can differ so the Nutrisystem tries to cater for everyone by proposing three different type of diet plans options to choose from. This allows you to either choose your own meal or help the Nutrisystem to do so. Personally I would recommend that you give your situation in the hands of the professionals, at least when you first begin. You can switch any time you want. The three diet plans are mentioned down below;
- The Basic one: this one allows a Turbo 13 offer which is basically a way to help jumpstart your weight loss journey. Our weights become stagnant at a point and normal changes made to eating patterns do not make much of a difference. In the first week, due to the Turbo 13 feature, you can lose up to 13 pounds and seven inches in the first month. This is easier as we are the most motivated in the first month especially, and once we see these huge outcomes almost suddenly, we become more motivated. This basic plan then includes the deliveries of portion-controlled pre-packaged goods and later you v=can even have access to online tools and trackers.
- The Core one: yet again, this plan includes the startup to be taken by the help of the Turbo 13 for the first most at the least. This one is almost similar to the basic one because it also then includes the food deliveries of portion-controlled foods followed by the facility of online tool and trackers. However, in the core plan system, you can also have access to the online diet counselors who can help you in a lot of questions and queries that you may have, talk about any medical, physical or even psychological barriers that you may have been suffering through. Having an online counselor you can discuss your journey with itself a huge help. Not everyone might be interested in what you are eating or ate but since you are feeling good or unsatisfied with what you are going through needs to be heard regardless.
- Uniquely Customized: just like the previous two diet plans offered by the Nutrisystem, the last but not the least customized one also starts up with the Turbo 13 startup plan. The second step is also almost the same because this follows the portion-sized controlled meal deliveries which also include the Nutrisystem’s frozen cuisine for later. Along with these, the customized diet plan also offers the same options by allowing access to online tools and trackers, along with a session with the diet counselor through the phone.
Although, since I am a diabetic, the Turbo 13 feature is not something that I was able to play along with but regardless I followed the uniquely customized version of the plans Nutrisystem had to offer and it worked out pretty much for me.
I am going to be honest here when I say that not all food that was delivered to me were like they were sent down from heaven, but I will not be going as far as to say that some of them were not. Nutrisystem provided me with different kinds of packaged foods, some of which were not as tasty as others but most of them were, especially the frozen items. Once I had gotten a hold of the entire cuisine that they offered, I then picked out the ones which I liked the most and kept varying them throughout.
What did I eat on the Nutrisystem Diets?
When I first started to show physical changes due to the diet plan, a lot of people wanted to know what I was doing. On the account of my confession, they wanted to dig into it by asking me that what in specific do I consume? This is for them.
The Nutrisystem would send me 3 meals a day with 1 snack, they also allowed me to ingest any supplements which would include a variety of nutrients. However, there were restrictions on some of the items, such as starchy vegetables. For example, for breakfast, I would receive the normal breakfast and Greek yogurt and fresh fruit. In lunch the Nutrisystem Lunch along with bell peppers and a small portion of healthy protein. Nutrisystem snacks and for Dinner, Nutrisystem dinner and a side salad with leafy green vegetables along with protein.
So here is my weight loss journey with Nutrisystem, I feel not only slimmer but healthier as all the toxins were detoxed from my body when I started the journey. However, it does require utmost determination, you might want to quit mid-way but if you flush that thought, your goal is not that far.
How conformable are the meal plans to vegetarians?
The vegetarian diet gives dieters a wide assortment of meals. Each of these meals is specifically prepared to conform to the vegetarian style of eating.
The two vegetarian meal programs with the vegetarian diet are the “Favorite’s Pack” and the “Custom Menu”.
Both plans are priced differently not according to food selections but gender. Vegetarian diet meals for men cost higher at $13.39 a day with women for $11.96 a day. The Favorite’s Pack means providing you with top pick meals that were based on customer’s feedback and the number of orders.
On the other hand, going for the Custom Menu means gaining control over your food preferences. Choosing this particular vegetarian meal plan is a no-brainer that gives you what you want to eat.
Some of the great options to add to the vegetarian are the prime frozen food varieties. The frozen food selections from Nutrisystem are their most popular line to include amazing snacks and desserts.
Weight loss starts right off the first week you start on the vegetarian plan. The meals supplied for 28 days are packed full of minerals, vitamins, proteins, and fiber to keep you healthy and fuller while dieting.
Dieting has been given a brand new approach by Nutrisystem to keep dieters on the right track. The same idea applies to vegetarians despite their special dietary restrictions.
Unfortunately, vegans may have a harder time with the vegetarian diet plan. The meals contained in the vegetarian diet are more inclined to Lacto-Ovo vegetarians. Most vegetarian meal options include dairy, soy products, and oil that will not meet the food requirements for pure vegans.
Weight loss outcome with the Nutrisystem Vegetarian Diet
There are no fast and easy rules when it comes to weight loss. Nutrisystem may promise to make you lose as much as 7 inches and 13 pounds in a month’s time. This is with their Lean 13 program.
However, the number of weight loss depends on the dieter. Nutrisystem has no control over the weight losses of their dieters. They may claim but it’s still up to the dieter to make it work. This means that you may lose as much as 13 pounds or as much as 20, 30, or even 50.
The thing is to take every advantage of the diet along with the physical activity. Going on a diet has been proved to be more effective in losing weight than exercise alone. Going for both means bigger weight loss than on a diet alone.
In a nutshell
One of the world’s successful and well-known diet programs are with Nutrisystem. That’s because they deliver. People have owes their weight loss successes to the company who has been around for 40 years.
Dieters from all walks of life and health issues have been given new leases of life with the easy-to-understand and easy-to-follow diet programs from Nutrisystem.
Vegetarians who, as a rule, chose to go meatless will lose weight with thevegetarian diet program from Nutrisystem. It is guaranteed to work and it will work.
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