I sometimes hear from folks who ask me how long a person is supposed to stay on the nutrisystem diet. I’ve also had people ask me how long a membership is good for. This is one of the common misconceptions that surround this diet. I find that there are some people who think that you need a prescription for or must pay a membership fee while on this plan. Neither of these assumptions are true. This is a diet for which you order foods from the company (and generally on a month to month basis.) There isn’t any long term requirements or commitments and, for the most part, how long you stay on it depends upon a few factors, which I’ll discuss more in the following article.
Many People Stay On Nutrisystem Until They See The Weight Loss Goal That They Set For Themselves: Of course, if you’re looking at making drastic life style changes, you’ll want to discuss this with your doctor. With that said though, most people simply order the food until they have lost the amount of weight that is right for them. Since there’s no commitment, you can stop placing orders when you feel happy with your results. And, you can generally look at the average of your weekly weight loss to determine how long it will take you to get there.
And with a range of around 2 – 3 pounds per week for many, this is the sort of gradual and non drastic weight loss that most consider optimal and safe. I’ve heard people describe nutrisystem as a fad, crash, or drastic diet but I really don’t agree. You’re looking at around 1500 calories per day which is far less than some of the more drastic or overly restrictive diets. Plus, you add in your own fresh foods with every single meal so you are not just relying on the provided prepackaged foods. I suspect that they ask this of you to make sure that you are getting a good amount of the nutrients and vitamins that your body needs from the fresh foods.
The Shelf Life Of Nutrisystem Foods: Sometimes, when people ask me how long you’re supposed to stay on this diet, they are really asking if the foods expire. Most of the foods are soft canned which means that they don’t require refrigeration and this gives them a pretty long shelf life. The nutrisystem select line offers frozen choices (which are delivered to your home) and which are also pretty slow to expire. Of course, you always want to check the expiration date (and you can usually call the number on the box if you aren’t sure.) But, it’s my observation that most people eat their food within the month that they receive their shipment so this concern usually doesn’t come into play.
The company does offer free counseling so there should always be someone available who can answer these types of questions or concerns. You can usually either call, participate in a life chat, or contact them online depending on which works better for you.