I sometimes get correspondence from people asking me what is the typical success rate of the Nutrisystem diet. Some are asking about how much weight is successfully lost and others are asking about how much weight is successfully kept off over the long term. In the following article, I’ll look at information from the company as well as clinical trials to try to answer these questions.
There Is No Shortage Of Nutrisystem Success Stories: I suspect that if you’ve found this article, you’ll already seen many of the “success stories” on the company’s website. Some of these are admittedly from celebrity spokespersons. But, most of them are from normal people from all walks of life. In fact, there are so many, that they have broken them up into 9 different categories. In other words, the stories start at a 20 – 29 pound weight loss and go all the way up to people who have lost over 100 pounds. So if you’re looking for people who had success, these examples are very easy to find.
The company doesn’t have a success rate listed on it’s site, although it does say that you can expect to loose about 2 – 3 pounds per week. So, for specifics, let’s look to clinical trials below.
Clinical Trials That Help Us Evaluate The Success Rate Of Nutrisystem: I’m going to look at a couple of clinical trials. The first is a two year 2000 study for which the results were published in the American Journal of Physiology, Endocrinology and Metabolism. This study looked at post menopausal women who averaged about a 21 pound weight loss which composed about around 10 percent of their body weight. The study found that 78 percent of the weight loss was from fat stores. The researchers then followed up with the women within the two year period. The women kept off 35% of the weight loss without any additional dieting.
Now, I’ll move to a clinical trial which studied Nutrisystem’s diet’s effectiveness on people with type 2 diabetes. This study was conducted at Temple University’s School of Medicine. The trial followed 68 type 2 diabetics while they dieted. Half were put on Nutrisystem’s diabetic diet and the other half were put on a hospital diabetic diet. The people on Nutrisystem lost an average of 18 pounds and saw significant reductions in blood sugar, while the folks on the hospital diet lost an average of 1.3 pounds.
So both of these trials show participants having success. I think the real question that most people have is whether this diet is actually going to work for them or if they are somehow going to be the exception to the rule.
Determining If Nutrisystem Will Be A Success For You: As I alluded to, I believe when people ask about success rates for a diet, what they really want to know is if the diet is actually going to be a success for them. They want reassurance that they are going to do as well as the “typical” dieters that have seen the results.
I would have to argue that if you follow the diet like most people do, then you would be taking in a significantly less amount of calories, sugars, and carbs while consuming more protein and fiber. Then in itself is going to mean that you are taking in less calories than you are burning which leads to weight loss.
People also usually have concerns about the taste of the food, but this diet is generally thought to be one of the better ones in this category with choices like pizza, tacos, and ravioli. The portion sizes are very controlled and the ratio of carbs to protein is strictly monitored to help you burn more body fat.
Unless you plan to cheat drastically or add in too many sides (as opposed to the one that is advised) then you can’t help but take in far fewer calories, fat, and carbs than what is normal for you, which usually leads to successful weight loss for most.