I'm stumped. I'm not so sure what is the answer to your question. I'll do some research in Google and get back to you if I find an answer. You should email the people at Nutrisystem as they probably can answer it..
Mary Gregg, the NutriSystem dietitian, had this answer regarding alcohol consumption:.
This is a personal decision based on how well you are losing weight and how important that drink is to you. If you are just starting, it is wise to wait until you see what your weekly weight loss is like. If you are losing well, an occasional light beer or one glass of wine should not hurt you. Keep in mind that alcohol does cause fluid retention. Limiting it to special occasions is a good idea..
This was in answer to someone who asked multiple times if she could continue to drink wine everyday:.
From your previous post, it sounds to me like you really, really want your wine. Everybody just gave some good advice. My suggestion to you is since you are on our program, try limiting the wine for a special occasion instead of having it every single day. Our womens meal plan is 1200 calories. You do not want to substitute wine for anything since wine does does not give you the essential nutrients and vitamins that you would get from other foods. It is very important to add in your dairy/protein, fruit and vegetables..
You will need to consume 3500 calories less in order to lose one pound of fat. On this program, an average weight loss is 1-2 pounds per week which is a healthy weight lose. If you decide to drink wine every day, you will be consuming more than 1200 calories and your weight loss might be slower..
This is what the Dietitian has also said in the past about alcohol consumption:.
We do not encourage individuals to consume alcohol on the program; however, we do understand that many people drink it occasionally for social reasons. If you do choose to consume it, we recommend that it be consumed in small amounts and in moderation. Alcohol can leave you feeling dehydrated and can really add up in calories which can ultimately affect your weight loss..
This is a personal decision based on how well you are losing weight and how important that drink is to you. Since you are just starting, it is wise to wait until you see what your weekly weight loss is like. If you are losing well, an occasional glass of red or white wine should not hurt you. Keep in mind that alcohol does cause fluid retention...
Long answer: The problem is that it lowers your inhibitions, and your diet gets thrown out the window. Trust me. It's also empty calories. See how long you can go without drinking. I see this is your first post, so I assume you are new. At the least try and save your first glass of wine as your 10 lb goal. Not very good advice, but at least when you get the munchies from drinking, you will be down 10 lbs...
One glass of wine isn't going to kill you. The problem, as others have suggested, is that one glass of wine, for many of us, leads to a second glass of wine. And then some cheese, and then some bread, etc., etc..
If you can limit yourself to a single glass on occasion, it's not a big deal, but do not skip your dessert. You should drink extra water (alcohol causes us to retain fluids), and I usually up the exercise that day. But when I was in loss mode, I also saved the wine for very special occasions like my anniversary...
I drank a glass last night instead of dessert. I thought I'd be okay but then I had another glass and then the 2 egg rolls from my husband's leftover Chinese food in the fridge. BAD IDEA! I had to do extra workouts to compensate but yeah very bad. I'm only on my third day...kicking myself!..
^ that is precisely the issue with wine and alcohol for many..
First off, if you are going to drink, you are not supposed to skip any of theNutrisystemmeals or required add-ins to compensate for the calories. Wine is empty calories. TheNutrisystemdessert is actually another meal with protein. If you drink, just deal with the extra calories. Drinking when you first start is really hard. Some can handle it later and limit themselves to one drink only and not going off plan with the food...
Sorry about asking twice....didnt see the first round of replies until I posted again....woops. Thank you all for the advise & I will avoid it for now..
PS...only on day 7, but loving this program!!!..