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First question I have is Anyone have success with Nutrisystem? Thanks in advance for any answer or 2. My other question... This was posted several years ago by a very successful NutriSystem member, LuvsCharlie (Judy), about the importance of the Low GI, NutriSystem plan and it still holds true today:.

Sometimes I see people talk about subs, recipes with white flour and granulated sugar, items that don't follow the essence of the plan and I cringe ... items like 100 calorie packs and no-pudge brownies come to mind. Just because an item is similar in terms of calories, doesn't make it Nutrisystem friendly! 100 calorie packs and no-pudge brownies just don't have enough protein, and too many carbs (& sugar), so they are not a good sub for low glycemic index (LGI) Nutrisystem!.

Another resource that I see some use for picking out subs is plussizenow.com. I'm not disputing that it can be used as a resource for comparing grocery items with Nutrisystem items ... it can, and Joyce did a great job on her comparison site. But, just because an item that is available in the grocery store is compared to a similar Nutrisystem item there, does NOT mean that it compares FAVORABLY. Many of the items there DO NOT compare favorably to Nutrisystem items, if you look at the stats. (Some do compare favorably, but most don't)..

If you don't care about following a LGI diet, and only care about calories, then knock yourself out. Heck, if you don't care about LGI, you can eat devils food cake every day, as long as you only eat 1200 calories worth. But anyone who does that (regardless of whether it's devils food cake, 100 calorie packs, healthy choice frozen meals, recipes that don't conform to the stats, etc) is short-changing themselves and it WILL take longer for them to lose the weight..

When you eat high glycemic index items, even at the 1200 calorie level, your liver will NOT be as efficient at getting rid of fat. When you drink alcohol, your liver will not be as efficient at getting rid of fat. When you don't drink enough water, your liver will not be as efficient at getting rid of fat. I happen to believe that sticking to the Nutrisystem foods and being very strict about staying low gi (along with walking and drinking enough water) is what made my weight loss so steady and consistent..

When FIRST magazine did an article on "The Nutrisystem Sensational Six," there was a small article on the next page on "why low glycemic index diets work so well." A study found that when someone eats foods thaat are low glycemic index, their liver produces more of an enzyme that turns fat into energy. When someone eats high glycemic index items, even at the same calorie level, the liver STOPS making that enzyme for a while (the article didn't say how long)..

Additionally, when someone doesn't drink enough water, then the kidneys don't work as efficiently to get rid of waste, so the liver has to pick up the slack. When the liver has to the job of getting rid of waste that the kidneys can't, then the liver can't devote those resources to metabolizing fat. Ditto for drinking alcohol it is metabolized in the liver, so that also gets in the way of the liver metabolizing fat..

So subbing in high glycemic index foods, not drinking water, and drinking alcohol, even if consuming at the 1200 calorie per day level, will get in the way of your liver's efficiency and slow down weight loss. Follow the Nutrisystem plan, and let your liver do it's job efficiently!..

Comments (17)

Good question... I dunno what is the answer. I'll do some poking around and get back to you if I find an good answer. You should email the people at Nutrisystem as they probably could give you help..

Comment #1

This is very helpful! I knew that there is a reason the LGI is important but didn't get a chance to research it (have been followingNutrisystemguidelines though). It's always good to know the science behind changes .....

Comment #2

With me just getting started (Day 2) Its ran it's course of thought "I bet I could have this and it wouldn't effect NS" But reading this made me rethink this. You're right it's not a calorie thing. I would imagine that after the first week my cravings at night (when I use to eat all of my meals) will subside..

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Comment #3

+1!.

And all science aside, I just plain FEEL better when I stick to low GI food! Good enough reason for me.

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Comment #4

Thanks for the article, that is so helpful. I used to think that 500 calories was 500 calories regardless of the food, and I would always get 100-calorie packs at the store...learning more about LGI foods/NS will definitely make a huge difference in how I approach food...

Comment #5

Thanks Pam! Very useful and informative post.

Wondering if there are other places to learn more about the LowGI diet. Like others here, I definitely feel better when I follow the plan. I'd like to better understand why...

Comment #6

Wow, what great info!.

I went grocery shopping Saturday and found myself in the "snack" aisle. Just for fun, I checked out the Nutritional Information for Twinkies, and it's nothing but calories and sugar, nothing else! Talk about empty calories!.

I also looked up Snack Wells Devil Food Cakes and the same: nothing but calories and sugar!..

Comment #7

Ditto. There are some subs I've tried and I felt HORRIBLE. Especially when it comes to the breakfast items because they set me up for the whole day. I haven't found anything that comes close to some of my favs likeNutrisystemgranola...

Comment #8

Thanks for making this information available. I do have a question though - why doesNutrisystemuse sugar and/or corn syrup in some of it's products instead of Splenda? Seems to me cutting out sugar would further improve the GI of their foods...

Comment #9

Thank you! You never cease to amaze me Pam!..

Comment #10

I googled and there are lots of articles on it. Here's one from the doctors at Webmd if you're interested... they seem sort of luke warm about it... but it does have information/knowledge....

Http://www.webmd.com/diet/features/glycemic-index-diet..

Comment #11

Forgot to add, I do feel fuller longer on the lowGI diet myself!.

I'm likingNutrisystema lot!..

Comment #12

I just copied and pasted that to a couple of people. Thanks! Best explanation I've read yet...

Comment #13

TheNutrisystemLGI plan is why not only am I losing weight, but I should also be able to cut down (if not cut out) my diabetes meds soon. When I followed WW I would lose weight but my blood sugars stayed elevated. With that plan I was spending my points on lots of high carb high sugar products and not really changing the way I was eating - even though I told myself I was..

I loveNutrisystem- it truly is making me healthier as well as thinner!..

Comment #14

Love your blog! Sounds like you're off to a great start. Keep up the good work!.

Laura..

Comment #15

Some people are sensitive to Splenda (and other substitutes) and sugar/corn syrup is not universally bad. I think the biggest part of the key is balance and moderation...

Comment #16

Yes those cravings will go away after a couple weeks, I use to be the same way. Now once I eat dinner and dessert, I don't usually crave anything else the rest of the night and if I do I eat some 5 cal jello, does the trick, fills the craving without adding too many cals. Good luck!!!..

Comment #17

Hang in there - for the first three days I was starving and thought maybe Nutrisystem wasn't for me. But these days (I've been on it over 3 weeks) I'm almost never hungry. Especially at night, after the dessert. It will get better and you'll be glad to stuck wtih it..

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