Stuck at 188 lbs with Nutrisystem

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Been on Nutrisystem for several months now and have done great things! Down 32 lbs since I started and people are starting to notice (especially my Drs). Problem is I seem to have hit a plateau. No matter what I do the body doesn't want to get past that 188 mark. Is it time to increase exercise or lower my caloric intake or both? Any suggestions woul be appreciated. Trying to get down to my original weight.....6lbs 8 ozs In lieu of that, 18 more lbs would be great !..

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Your question was: Stuck at 188 lbs with Nutrisystem.

Any time you hit that plateau you have to do something different to get your body in gear. I've trained with a trainer before and those heart rate monitors work wonders. For instance, if when I'm exercising, my HR is 140. When I first started exercising, I was huffing and puffing with a HR of 140. As I got more fit 140 was so easy. I had to get my HR up to 170 to really feel like I was doing anything of a workout.

For instance, if you're walking, start to job in increments until you can job consistently. Then as you become a better jogger, you will have to run...etc. Hope that helps. I really find the HR monitor helps me cause it's a scientific measure of whether I'm getting any weight loss benefits out of my exercise...

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It's been about 3 weeks now Swedish I should mention that I travel a lot in my work and most of the time I can take meals with me and exercise at the hotel. But sometimes we put in rediculous hours, no time for anything but work and sleep, and eating schedule is whenever I can stop for a few minutes..

Old...Having had a quad bypass 7 years ago I am very concious of heartrate as well as recovery time during cool down. I watch the heart monitor periodically during exercise and work up a good sweat during my 40 minutes on the treadmill. I believe you are right about stepping up my exercise and will do just that when I return to the gym in a few days. (have Dr. limitations for a few days due to some recent tests).

Thanks for your response.

Glad I could make you laugh Eg ... the comment was ment to bring a smile..

Comment #2


When I feel like I'm stuck at a certain weight....

After I get done banging my head against the wall....

I take some time to evaluate if there are areas that I can tighten up my 100% food/water/exercise..

I do believe in mixing it up..

If you do some research here on the boards there is a High Protein Nutrisystem 3 day program, that kick starts your system back into a new gear. I have not used that particular program, but I've heard of a lot of members who've used it and love it..

I know people get so anxious, and worry about hitting a plateau, but I find the worst thing that I can do is stress over it. For me that makes it worse..

The thing that I've learned is to stick with it. Don't get upset and go out for burgers and fries or something equally distructive. The body will adjust. It needs to time "recoop" from the loss that it's just undergone. Don't give up.

Keep being 100%. Mix up your meals. Make sure you're not getting yourself into the habit of eating the same things over and over. Switch out your fruits and veggies. Have more lean meats over dairy, etc. If you're sick of salads, have a bowl of soup.

Sometimes you have to think outside the box..

With exercise, increase it and/or do something different. If you walk out doors, try ellipical or treadmill, or climb stairs. Add weight lifting or harder ab workouts.

Drink more water!!! I know the minimum is 6-8 glasses of water per day. But challenge yourself to drink 1/2 of your body weight in ounces. Example: If you are 250 lbs, you should be drinking approx 12 -15 glasses of water per day... or 3 - 4 liters of water. Believe me, with practice it is sooo do-able. Use clear, fresh water.

Drink things like water additives, like Crystal Lite (or the cheaper off-brand that can be found at places like Walmart.)..

The effort is most definitely worth it! We are worth it.

And we can do this!!!!..

Comment #3

Goddess Within,.

What is the 3-day Nutrisystem program? Where can I find it? I'm on a plateau as well - am drinking more water, switching it up, etc. Not about to go off program, but curious about this...

Comment #4

I was trying to remember what the name of the program was, then I did some searches and this is what I found:.

I found this on the Nutrisystem thread:.

This is courtesy of PamSB and Jazzman.


This link will take you to the Body Boost plan.[/font].

[FONT='Verdana','sans-serif']The following is from The-Jazzman's FAQ regarding the 3-Day Body Boost:.

Here is the Nutrisystem Body Boost Meal Plan that NutriSystem used to sell, but discontinued some time ago (people used it if they had hit a plateau):.

Keeping in mind that a true plateau has not been reched unless you have not lost POUNDS or INCHES.. in a 6 to 8 week period.. Then and only then has a plateau been acheived...

Pounds & Inches for 6 to 8 weeks = plateau.

I CANNOT stress that enough.

NutriSystem NOURISH Body Boost Meal Plan.


NS Scrambled Eggs.

Ham Slice (3 in the package, one slice per day).

Fruit Serving.


Chicken or Tuna Salad.

Salad + Salad Dressing.

Milk Serving.

Fruit Serving.

Afternoon Snack:.

Milk/Protein Serving (i.e. cup cottage cheese).

Fruit Serving.


Roast Beef/Chicken Patty/Hamburger (no roll) (one choice per day).

2 Vegetable Servings.

Salad + Salad Dressing.

Fat Serving.


Chocolate Shake/ Hot Cocoa/ Apple Cinnamon Soy Chips (one choice per day).

An alternate Body Boost menu using non-NutriSystem foods posted recently:.


NS scrambled eggs (1/2 c. eggbeaters or eggwhites).

NS ham (Healthy Choice deli ham is the same).



NS Chicken or Tuna Salad (any canned chicken or tuna w/1 TBSP FF mayo).

Salad & FF salad dressing.

Protein/Dairy serving.

Fruit Serving.





NS Pot Roast/Chicken Patty/Hamburger w/o bun (KC steak or skinless 4 oz. chick breast).

2 veggie servings.

Salad & FF dressing.

Fat serving.


NS Choc shake/hot cocoa/soy chips - (Swiss Miss Diet cocoa or 17 Genisoy Chips would work)[/font]..

Comment #5

Thanks for the info. I am not on 6-8 wk plateau yet but will keep for future reference...

Comment #6

Goddess, great info. I never knew about that Nutrisystem 3 day program. Harley, your first comment about going back to your original weight cracked me up too. I had to tell my husband and he got a good laugh also. You might also want to try weights if you're doing mostly cardio. I love weight training because you might not see the results on the scale at first (because of the increased muscle) but you'll burn a lot of fat and slim down in inches.

That is a killer for me!..

Comment #7

Thanks everyone for all the great information. I have been staying away from weights because I didn't want to add muscle weight untill I reached my goal. The added burn may help however so I'll go back to weights when I return to gym on Monday. Drinking more water will be a hard thing for me to do but I'll try that too. Hugs to you all! And yes, the original weight statement is an old joke but one I've used many times during my life..

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