Nutrisystem Diet

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Nutrisystem is a home-delivery diet program that sells prepackaged food. They have a website at Nutrisystem.com where an individual can get information about the diet plans available. They offer diet plans tailored specifically for women, men, diabetics, and vegetarians (“Why Nutrisystem Works”, 2014). The plans feature six small meals that are to be eaten every 2-3 hours (“Why Nutrisystem Works”, 2014). They have a variety of shelf and frozen foods. A person can pick and choose their foods from a menu or they can choose a “favorites” menu that comes with preselected meals (“Why Nutrisystem Works”, 2014). In addition to the prepackaged food, a person must also purchase vegetables, fruits, low-fat dairy, whole grains, and other foods to be added with the meals (“Why Nutrisystem Works”, 2014). The plan claims a 1-2 pound weight loss per week. Exercised is encouraged for optimal results (“Why Nutrisystem Works”, 2014). They also provide 24 hour weight loss coaches, registered dieticians, and an online support community to interact with other participants (“Why Nutrisystem Works”, 2014). Nutrisystem has been in business for over forty years. They are partnered with the American Diabetes Association and The Obesity Society which helps with funding of clinical research of their products and programs (“Why Nutrisystem Works”, 2014). Nutrisystem claims their prepackaged food diet plans work based on clinical trial research. The meals are designed for portion control and low caloric intake. They are based on a low glycemic index (GI) diet. The glycemic index is a value given to foods (carbohydrates) that measure its effect on blood glucose (“Why Nutrisystem Works”, 2014). Nutrisystem claims eating low GI foods helps control hunger and bloo... ... middle of paper ... ...gram. Nutrition & diabetes, 3(3), e63. Retrieved March 11, 2014, from http://dx.doi.org/10.1038/nutd.2013.3 Skinner, K. (2013). The Clinical Use of Low Glycaemic Index Diets as an Approach to Weight Loss.. Journal of the Australian Traditional-Medicine Society., 19(3), 170-173. Retrieved March 11, 2014, from the Academic Search Premier database. Thomas, D., Elliot, E. J., & Baur, L. (2007, July 18). Low glycaemic index or low glycaemic load diets for overweight and obesity.. National Center for Biotechnology Information. Retrieved March 11, 2014, from http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/17636786 Whitney, E., & Rolfes, S. R. (2012). An Overview of Nutrition. Understanding Nutrition (13 ed., pp. 2-33). Mason, OH: Cengage Learning. Why Nutrisystem Works. (n.d.). What is Nutrisystem®? How Does Nutrisystem Work?. Retrieved March 11, 2014, from http://www.nutrisystem.com

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