The answer is Yes, however you might wanna make sure and wait for another commenter to confirm my answer as I am not sure. Better yet, why don't you give a call to the Nutrisystem guys because they can assist you better...
Same for me! I am a LITTLE more lenient as I get closer to my goal, but the motivation remains the same...
Another NSer found this, and I thought it was so good it was worth sharing here!.
4 Reasons Diets Fail.
By Joy Bauer, M.S., R.D., C.D.N..
Jun 30, 2010.
So many of the weight loss clients I've worked with one-on-one in my New York City practice admit to being professional dieters. They've tried every weight loss plan, scheme, and promise under the sun and failed miserably over and over again. And 9 times out of 10, their attempts flop because of oneor some combinationof the four reasons I discuss below. That being said, awareness is key and if you know what mistakes to watch out for, you're already a step ahead of the pack. Here's what you need to knowand can doto immediately boost your chance of long-term success..
Reason #1: You're not fully committed..
I always tell clients at our first session together: Weight loss is at least 50 percent attitude. If you're not truly ready to make a full-time commitment to losing weight, chances of long-term success are pretty slim. That's because when efforts are half-hearted from the get-go, people typically lose interest in their diet soon after they start. The sad truth is, it's not really worth starting a weight loss program if your head isn't in the game..
How to Prevail:.
My best advice is to do some serious soul-searching and identify a significant and enduring source of personal motivation for finally shedding the extra weight. Maybe it's to better manage health conditions... or to be around for your kids and grandkids... or to finally feel more comfortable in your own skin and boost your energy level..
The bottom line is that this motivation has to come from within YOU. Then, strengthen your resolve and recharge your motivation every single day with positive self talk and daily or weekly goals. I think long term goals are terrific, but short term goals can be even more powerful because they reinforce success every step of the way..
Reason #2: You expect miracles..
Individuals who launch a new diet with unreasonable expectations regarding how much weight they're going to lose each weekor who have an unrealistic goal weight in mindare signing themselves up for trouble. If you can't match your desired pace of weight loss, you'll more than likely end up terribly disappointed and quickly jump ship..
How to Prevail:.
Though you'll probably see a dramatic drop on the scale during the first few weeks on a new diet, most people eventually average out at a loss of one to three pounds per week for the duration of their plan. And if they do shed pounds more quickly than thatsay, by fasting for long stretches of timethey're more likely to gain the weight back... and then some..
I know television shows and infomercial success stories lead you to believe that you can melt off fat in a matter of weeks, but the truth is, successful weight loss is a slow and steady process. If you can accept this fact and buckle down for the long haul, you will ultimately be handsomely rewarded with better health, a smashing figure, and newfound confidence..
Reason #3: Your plan isn't sustainable..
If you're following an extreme weight loss plan that doesn't even slightly resemble "normal" eating, there's a good chance your efforts won't last. And, in my opinion, subsisting entirely on shakes, smoothies, cookies, or tonics isn't normal eating. When you view a diet as a short-term deviation from your typical eating habits, rather than a long-term lifestyle change, you will almost certainly have a hard time maintaining your weight loss..
How to Prevail:.
A diet should be based on appropriate amounts of healthy foods that keep you feeling satisfied and energizednot cranky and deprived. Most importantly, a diet should be viewed as a launching pad for a long-term lifestyle change. That's because to lose weight and keep it off forever, you really will have to permanently change your eating habits. With that in mind, it's important to choose an eating plan that you can easily transition into lifetime maintenance..
And while I can appreciate how provocative some of these quick-fix, restrictive diet plans can be, they truly are a set-up for failure and yo-yo dieting. Without fail, every restrictive plan has a calorific binge waiting right around the corner. Not the way to go for long term success. Instead, a food plan you can stick with for life is key..
Reason #4: You can't forgive your slip-ups..
This is an incredibly common diet pitfall. When people inevitably give into temptation and subsequently "fall of the wagon" for one meal or one day, they tell themselves they've blown their diet and throw in the towel for good. To be successful, you have to learn to overcome these temporary setbacks. You can't let one binge or one "off day" turn into a full week, or month, of splurging. Unfortunately, it can be incredibly difficult for some individuals to break this cycle of negative thinking..
How to Prevail:.
Don't dwell on your mistakes. Instead, shake it off and get right back on track at your very next meal... or the very next day. And always remember, nobody gains weight from one rich dinner or a single slice of cake. The real trouble starts when you allow that one "splurge" to snowball into an all-out eating frenzy. Take it one meal at a time and learn to forgive yourself; every dieter has slip-ups, but the successful ones know how to keep those occasional lapses contained..
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Thats good to hear!.
I didn't have a scale when I was last on NS, but I do have one now, and even when I was losing in between now and the last time I was on NS, it definitely was motivating..
Hopefully that will help me as well...
O wow thats great!.
I know that.
My problems is that after I lose say 10 lbs I take a break, then I never get back on it, and typically gain back a few of those 10..
I've overcome many obsticles in my lifetime...this is the one that I just can't seem to overcome completely. Why? Am I afraid to succeed? Is failing easier? By not giving it 100%, does it make it more justifiable for when I do fail?.
UGH. What is my deal?.
Thank your sharing that tid-bit Michelle!..
I am the exact same way. It is so frustrating. It's also really hard to pinpoint the exact reasons. It's like a complex web of excuses that leads the the fact that I just love to eat and be lazy. That sounds so horrible, but deep down it's the truth. But I don't want to be an inactive glutton...
I tell myself that if I'm going to eat out, I need to pick from the "light" menu, but when the time comes, I become defiant and glaze right over the healthy choices and go for the meat, the potatoes, the cheese, and the dessert. It's like instant gratification is so much more appealing than long-term gratification for acheiving my goals and becoming the weight that I want to be. The sad part is that I have done this before and succeeded. I figure once I can figure out what drove me to success in reaching my goal before, I can do it again. That's hard though because I have additional obstacles now...
Before, I did not. In many ways, it's so much easier to just stay fat. But then it comes around and bites me when my weight holds me back from doing something I want to do or feeling confident for those occasional girls' nights outs, holidays, etc. I wish I would decided that it's WORTH IT to make sacrifices to get there, and find ways to make it more pleasant than it seems to be! TheNutrisystemfood is good (most of it) and satisfying, and it feels good to be physically active. Why I cannot seem to connect that truth to my actual behaviors is such a mystery to me..
Try not thinking of this as a diet. You have to flip the switch and realize this is a healthy meal plan for losing AND maintaining your weight. You never get to eat the way you used to not if you want to lose weight and keep it off. Just settle in to this new way of life. Accept it is the healthy, new way you are going to fuel your body for the rest of your healthier life. Even when (and I mean.
) you reach goal, you still eat the same way as on NS. You just add a few more healthy calories..
Michelle, I think that is *the* key to the whole puzzle!..
It might easier to eat crappy food and be lazy. But for me, it is way more fun to live life at my ideal weight. I can do anything I want. I'm 52, and Friday I'm going snowshoeing for the first time in my life. And I'm not worried because I know I'm in good health, have toned muscles, and am not carrying 50 extra pounds up the mountain with me. THAT is worth the effort I made to get healthy and fit for life!.
If you want a healthy body and life, you have to stop making excuses and just GO FOR IT!..
I CAN RELATE!!!.
I have a boyfriend who is a PERSONAL TRAINER who likes me this size. You would think I would utilize the free training right???.
It doesn't help that he gets to eat whatever he wants, and I have to watch it, and he doesn't care whether I watch it or not. Of course, he wants me to achieve my goals, but at the end of the day, he likes me the size I am, so when I start to slack I tell myself "well he likes me this way so it's okay..." then I ruin it for myself...
Thats the part I think I have trouble with!.
I want to get thin, then eat whatever I want. LOL thats a problem! You're right, I have to accept a lifestyle change...
Check out my page for (hopefully) some insight and motivation. I just started my 6th year...not one second of burn out...
Thanks Pam! I added you as a friend. Do you still useNutrisystemor just remain active in the community?..
I still get an auto-delivery every 4 months or so, due to the fact that I love the food and the convenience, but I stick to the guidelines 100%, 100% of the time, every bite, every day. It had to become a complete lifestyle change for me. I never once looked at it as a "diet"...something to follow for awhile and then go back to my old ways. I went into this looking for a way to learn HOW to eat while I was losing so I would KNOW how to eat to maintain...forever...
I was sick and tired of being fat and ugly...
Me too! And sure, the 'newness' of the program wore off after a few weeks, so I suppose some of the initial excitement waned a bit. But in reality, maintenance is a lot like that, too. Focusing on the results of my efforts is what keeps me going and at goal!..
Maintenance is the hard part!<G>.
Still struggling in maintenance-.
And the black mini poodles..