Good question... I dunno what is the right answer to your question. I'll do some investigation and get back to you if I discover an good answer. You should email the people at Nutrisystem as they probably could give you help..
This is not unusual.
The brain has a chemical response to the weight loss. It does not follow "logic" in the programming, While you know you are making a purposeful effort to lose weight, the brain only knows it is happening and is sending out chemical signals to top that process..
Leptin and ghrelin there are many scholarly articles about these hormones and the roles they play in weight loss and stability, appetite and anorexia..
Push through and your brain will get use to this "normal".
And don't forget, you are likely building muscle mass as well. That weighs more..
8 lbs is the top side of normal, allow yourself a minor week and push on...
Lord, if I'd lost 8 pounds over a 3 week time, I would be praising all that is holy!..
I HAD forgotten that 8 pounds lost is a great number so far - not too shabby.
Thanks for the encouragement everyone...
Thanks hoopoe, that was very interesting information. The first few weeks were the toughest for me - it took awhile for my body to adjust. It didn't want to let go of those pounds! Also what I found is that when I get to a certain weight, my metabolism slows down tremendously and it's tougher to lose the weight. Like everyone else said, I pushed through that initial period, and now lose on a regular basis...
If you read thru the Forums, you'll see that this has happened to just about everyone at one point. It has happened to me at week 5 and for my husband at week 4. Just keep on truckin' and it will continue to come off!..
Weeks 3 and 4, I didn't really lose anything, while 1 & 2 combined for 10 lbs. Just stick with it. It'll work itself out...
Hi there, don't get discouraged! It sounds like you are experiencing a weight loss plateau and as you can see, it is very common for individuals to reach a plateau after being on a weight loss program for a little while. We recommend that you switch your meals around to give your body the change it needs to get out of that plateau stage. Switching lunch with dinner is the most common method. Also, try new foods, both Nutrisystem entrees and different grocery foods. Another approach is to make higher-protein choices with your entrees and choose more protein servings instead of dairy servings for 3 days. Exercise is also important in this process.
Changing exercises can be just as important as changing your meals..
Please let us know if you have additional questions or concerns!..