Hi Cheryl- Thanks for reading, and sharing…What an inspiring story! Thanks for all of the information — it makes my decision a lot easier. I have learned to eat the right foods on my own as I still order some of the Nutrisystem foods from their A la Carte menu. What are your updated thoughts on Isagenix? By , I was down to An active athlete 21 years a collegiate soccer referee , 13 years ago I contacted Parkinson's Disease. Milk protein concentrate typically adds additional calcium, magnesium, and phosphorous to products.
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Thanks for all of the information. Makes my decision a lot easier knowing exactly what things are going to cost!
Need to loose about 59 pounds. Thank you for the sensible critique and cost info. Mostly fish and vegetables. Sometimes chicken or turkey but not all the time! Is there a plan to start me on this regiment? Can you send some ideas and pricing plans? I tried turbo shakes with other companies and they gave me lots of gas…lol Thanks if this gets to you.
Hi Jim — sorry, I missed this comment at the time you posted it. I would also recommend looking at BistroMD https: Diet-to-Go has some really good plans that sound like they could work for you.
Both are going to be a bit more pricey than Nutrisystem, but sound like they could be a better fit. My husband and I are considering NS.
We also do not want to purchase ANY other food if possible. Hi Lynn — I replied to Ray with a couple of other options BistroMD and Diet-to-Go …I would recommend checking out those reviews if you think they may be something that would work for you and your husband.
There are definitely some ways to keep the costs down though. You will definitely want to incorporate fresh produce, though, as I think you would get tired of only eating their pre-made meals, and you will want to mix in a salad or something on most days just to get the health benefits from the fresh produce if nothing else.
Hi Pete — the frozen food is an additional charge, but can be included in your 4-week order or as an ala carte item. Many are on a fixed income and I am one of them … an older woman, a widow, and on a very fixed income. With the profit your company surely must realize, might you consider offering your program free to a few deserving people men and women who would benefit from it as well?
Just something you might consider … it just might be of benefit to your company in another way … good will! The Costco purchased gift cards can definitely be used and there is a space at checkout to put them in. You will just have to make sure you put the gift card in a few days before the processing date for additional deliveries.
I just went through this whole process and received my order today. Thanks for the very thorough cost information. Helped make my decision a lot easier.
I agree, too, the frozen meals are definitely a nice bonus — especially the desserts! There are some costs with buying your own fruits or vegetables to consider too, but overall it seems fairly affordable. Anyways, thanks for the detailed pricing breakdown, really appreciate it. Is it organic or are there a lot of preservatives in It. Hi Isabel — Thanks for visiting. Hi Arlene — Thanks for visiting. I have always found it to be very easy to opt out.
As long as you stay on the program for at least two months, you should be able to cancel without paying any type of penalty if you need to cancel after month 1 I mention one way to avoid the penalty in the review above , and customer service has always been very easy to deal with when I have needed to call them. I live in Ottawa Ontario Canada. Where in Canada can I join. Are the costs of the meals increased to take in the difference between the American and Canadian do.
Also what about duty and taxes, as well as shipping fees. I am a woman ,77 yrs old and need to lose at least 25 lbs. Please try to enlighten me. Thank you very much for your assistance. What exactly is in the Turbo Shakes? Are the ingredients identified on the package? Best of luck — Norm. Hi Obie — I added a picture of the nutrition fact label on our Nutrisystem Shake page.
I have limited freezer space and feel that the frozen foods would be the way for me to start and continue a controlled size appropriate diet.
Thanks for posting a well written, and information overview of this program. I have three questions and maybe one is a question for a NS counselor… 1. Or can tomatoes, cukes, etc. Also, plain or with some sort of dressing? How many turbo shakes can you have per week… and when can they be consumed? Thanks in advance …. Hi Tami — Thanks for stopping by and taking the time to comment! I always add extra veggies to my greens and have found the only thing you really need to watch out for is the salad dressing.
But for me, cucumbers, tomatoes, etc. I usually have my TurboShake midday — around 2: That said, I would definitely suggest using the Nutrisystem counseling service for full clarification, though — especially for questions 2 and 3. Best of luck if you decide to try the full program! I wanted to say that this article is nicely written and included almost all the vital info I needed. Thanks for the review. I second your recommendation for Nutrisystem.
Their service helped me significantly a few years ago. Hoping for the same results! Hi Maria — thanks for commenting!
Hope it goes well again if you decide to give it another try. Have you found that Nutrisystem is a good way for keeping the weight off over the long term? How long do you really have to be on Nutrisystem before you starting seeing results?
Just finished month 1 and lost about 9 pounds! This post could not be written any better! Reading this post reminds me of my good old room mate! He was always trying new weight loss products. I will forward this page to him. Fairly certain he will have a good read.
Thank you for sharing! I just read this well written post. I have a handicapped daughter who has gained so much weight. We have tried everything with very little success. After taking to her doctors we decided to give NS a try. She started the program on February 16, She is loving the food and the program. She has already dropped three pounds. Her beginning weight was So she has a long way to go.
But the support and your post will definitely help her obtain her goals for healthier lifestyle. We will keep you informed on her progress. Thank you so much. Hi Shirley — What an inspirational story — really hoping she has success! Thanks for keeping us posted, and wishing your daughter all the best.
I suppose its ok to use some of your ideas!! I have been on Nutrisystem for about 5 weeks now. I lost 15 pounds the first month and have been following it to a T. The food tastes fine and it is very easy to just grab something pop it in the microwave if necessary and go. I have been using My Fitness Pal to track my food and am eating about calories a day.
The first week was really tough and I had a hard time, but I stuck to it. Now I m satisfied and use to it. Planning on finishing up the second month and then on the 3rd month working in more home cooked meals and tracking to stay at the same calorie level. Then will switch over to the auto ship of Turbo shakes for my 4th month. I have about 40 pounds to lose and feel like I am making some good headway with the Nutrisystem plan.
Good job on the review, very well written. Wow, nice job Carolyn! Thanks for sharing your story, and best of luck with the rest of your diet.
I was very happy to find this website. Just wanted to thank for your time for this wonderful read, and inspirational review!! Hi Kelly — sorry to hear that!
Have you tried connecting with the Nutrisystem counseling service? We had to take Nutrisystem program for 8 weeks because we got it at a discount thru our insurance company. My goal was to loose 30 lbs. At the end of the 8 weeks I had lost only 3 lbs. We did not care for the cardboard like food and did not get anywhere close to our goals. This program obviously works for lots of folks, but not for us. We did go to the Naturally Slim program and in 8 weeks I lost Naturally Slim is based on not what you eat but when and how you eat and you eat your own real food and got real results.
We will stay with our new habits learned with Naturally Slim and will not have any good words from our Nutrisystem experience. Hi John — thanks for sharing your experience.
Thanks so much for sharing your story. It was encouraging and helpful. I am only on my second day of Lean 13 and after comparing the Turbo Shakes with the protein powder I was using before, I noticed that mine was lower in calories, fat, sugar, and carbs and higher in protein by quite a lot. Thanks again for your review! Hi Peggy — I think you should be fine using your own protein shake.
Just to be safe you may want to talk to a Nutrisystem counselor, and they can let you know for sure. The biggest issue would probably be the calorie count of your shake vs. Best of luck with your two weeks. I made some raspberry coffee and chilled it. Thought that might be a nice tip for someone else.
Just finished day 1 of the Turbo Takeoff… I was down 2 lbs this morning!!! Yay… only 58 more lbs to go!!! I am so determined and my mind is in the right place to really do this, this time..
I am very excited for the results.. I know i will be on the program for a few months but, I really feel like I need the structure of this program right now. I have been feeling a lot of emotions from having gone through breast cancer and several surgeries the last 3 years… I just kinda let myself go… but, I am so ready for this change!!!
Thanks for sharing, Lynn! Best of luck with reaching your goals! Very thorough review…thanks for making the decision easier! I just signed up for my first order. Went with the Core, and really hoping to least a good 20 pounds. Just finished month 1. Does this stuff really work? Thanks for the comment, Heather…It definitely works when you follow the program correctly.
Best of luck if you decide to try it! First, take the time to put the food on a plate like you would normally eat. Focus on the journey. Take the time to praise yourself for the positive change. I started on Nutrisystem exactly 2 months ago with a week lapse.
I only wish I had started months before. Question first great info as I really need something kind of no Brainerd and ready. How long in your experience would you say orders take to turn around? I am currently out of town but want to have the product arrive day if or day after returning so I can hit the ground running. Thanks ahead for any info. Hi Deb — Thanks for visiting. If I remember correctly, the last time I ordered it only took 3 or 4 days to get my shipment. Thanks for the review! This was helpful in determining which program to start!
I also appreciate your thoroughness and videos. I hope to get fit during my weight loss journey and obtain my goal by next year. Hi Rose — Glad you liked it, and best of luck with your weight loss journey! Is it possible to melt away one to two pounds of stubborn body fat every single day? It sounds insane, but according to the scientific proof — and the thousands who have already done it themselves using this secret — the answer is YES. I have tried every diet on the market.
This was my last resort. In fact, I have to remind myself to get everything in. My doctor is on the program, her husband and son! Dieters eat regular food and Optifast meal replacement meals and a benefit is an ongoing support from Optifast. Optifast offers several different products. The Optifast Method relies on meal replacement shakes. Optifast meal replacement shake contains multiple ingredients. Maltodextrin is often used as an additive in candies, sweet drinks and added to provide a source of calories and energy for Optifast users.
However, it comes with a few health risks. Maltodextrin may lead to spikes in blood sugar. Unsteady blood sugar levels may affect energy levels, mood and cause side effects. Maltodextrin consumption may also trigger allergic reactions, and some research suggests that it may even cause bacterial infections in the intestines. Soy Protein Isolate is a controversial ingredient in many products, including Optifast meal replacement shakes, bars, and soups. One study, conducted on rats, showed a disruption in thyroid functioning in both male and female rats.
In particular, the isoflavones in the soy protein isolate affected the hepatic thyroid hormone receptors. Canola oil, or rapeseed oil, is produced from modified Brassica oilseeds and is typically grown and produced in India and China. Canola oil is also one of the most commonly used oils in the world for a variety of purposes including culinary and industrial. This oil provides a favorable balance of fats which poses less of a health risk concerning cholesterol and body weight.
Moreover, canola oil is a key ingredient in several Optifast products. Canola oil is one of the healthier oils. Fructose, often called fruit sugar, is an additive found in candies, sweets and sugary drinks. The bloodstream absorbs fructose during digestion. This absorption process makes fructose a contributing factor to insulin resistance, obesity, metabolic syndrome and hypertension.
Vitamins and minerals in products help add to a well-rounded diet and prevent deficiencies associated with a lack of dietary nutrition. Some Optifast products contain milk. For example, one of the main ingredients in Optifast is milk protein concentrate. Milk protein concentrate typically adds additional calcium, magnesium, and phosphorous to products. Optifast products are designed to be nutritionally complete.
The diet requires dieters to consume Optifast-approved products. Quality ingredients help dieters maintain weight loss. Each eight ounce serving of Optifast ready to drink shake contains:. Optifast shakes come in strawberry, vanilla, chocolate, chai, coffee, mocha, banana, caramel, and assorted. Optifast bars come in chocolate, cappuccino, berry, cereal bar with cranberry, and assorted pack.
Optifast soups flavors include chicken, tomato and vegetable. Some concerns regarding the Optifast programs and products have surfaced from time to time. However, there are some key benefits to using Optifast diet plans including:. Optifast is recommended for most Type 1 and Type 2 patients. Optifast is recommended for patients considering laproscopic surgery.
Optifast diet plans are some of the only comprehensive diet plans that provide medical support, nutritional counseling, and meals. Likewise, many programs offer meal replacement foods without any of the monitoring or support that dieters need to stay healthy and have a successful outcome. Optifast has a weight management system tailored specifically for teens.
It address the unique medical, nutritional, and behavioral needs of obese and severely obese teens. Optifast is a line of products and an associated diet plan produced by the Novartis Medical Nutrition Corporation. The company is headquartered in Basel, Switzerland and produces many different pharmaceutical and general nutrition products including Gerber baby food.
According to Novartis, since the company introduced Optifast in , more than one million people have used the diet. It was the first all liquid very-low calorie physician monitored diet to be available commercially. Although the Optifast line began with pre-made drinks, it has grown to include soup mixes and nutrition bars.
The company has had to recall their products in the past due to contaminations. This voluntary recall due to salmonella was in line with the FDA recommendations. Optifast results occur when the dieter lost weight and improved overall health and wellness. The Optifast programs are primarily for health purposes and not just physical shape or numerical weight. A person who has gone through the program and has signs of improved health is considered a success.
The Optifast diet plans are more supportive in many ways than other diet plans. By checking in with their physician, psychologist, and dietitian on a frequent basis, Optifast dieters are more likely to stay on track and avoid any risks associated with weight loss. However, the risks that may occur whenever a person starts a diet like this include:. Even though the Optifast products contain plenty of nutritional value for energy, people on all liquid Optifast diets may experience fatigue and dizziness as well as a lowered inclination towards physical activity.
The subsequent result of less activity may have a negative impact on the heart. Gallstones, develop in the gallbladder are also a possible side effect for people who rapidly lose weight. Whenever someone loses weight quickly, their liver produces extra cholesterol which may lead to gallstones.
Also, fasting makes the gallbladder less effective and contributes to the formation of gallstones as well. A less dangerous but disappointing side effect of liquid dieting is a metabolic rate adapting to weight loss. When the body operates on limited calories, metabolism may slow.
It typically lasts for 26 weeks. The products from Optifast include shakes, soups, protein drinks, nutrition bars and vitamin and mineral supplements, which are made by Nestle. Optifast has been around since at least There are clinic locations all over the United States and Canada. Most dieters consume around five shakes per day and maybe even a few snacks, but the caloric allowance will depend on the weight and health of the user as well as whether the dieter plans to have weight reduction surgery during the program.
The cost of the entire Optifast diet program may run upwards of a few thousand dollars. The cost includes visits to the Optifast clinics, applicable tests, therapy sessions and nutritional counseling.
Also, meal replacement products vary in cost as well. Considering the dieter is only allowed to eat or drink Optifast products during the first phase, this may get expensive fast. There are also additional costs associated with the Optifast. There are reports of a monthly fee, a starting fee and service fees. Moreover, the price varies depending on the goals of the person. However, some consider Optifast products not budget-friendly.
You can contact the company directly for specifics relating to price. Optifast uses a non-traditional approach to weight loss. The Optifast diet restricts calories to a certain degree. While this may cause weight loss, some find it difficult to follow such a very low-calorie diet.
Assuming a person is ready to start the program and finds a clinic nearby, the diet is still very intensive and will require a lot of time off of work or school for medical appointments. This may also be a deterrent to success and may cause people to quit halfway through. Some of the ingredients used in Optifast products are also questionable. But, they may not prevent the dieter from losing weight, which is the main purpose of the program.
Perhaps the best way to get a better idea of whether Optifast works is to take a look at some Optifast user reviews.