Nutrisystem Review

Think Twice

This is a home-delivery meal plan that claims to help you drop one to two pounds a week. Many users say the food is unpalatable and the system provides only minimal help in learning to make better food choices.

A portion of Nutrisystem reviews report success with this food delivery plan, but many others are quick to voice complaints. Nutrisystem reviews at Consumer Affairs and elsewhere are divided. Alongside paeans to the convenience and assertions that this diet-food delivery plan has helped users lose weight -- 14 pounds, 37 pounds, 65 pounds, and counting -- without experiencing hunger pangs while learning to like vegetables come groans about the meals’ taste and ingredients. Some reviewers describe the prepared food as unpalatable and critique the high level of preservatives and sodium. Others gripe about customer service, claiming that attempts to withdraw from the plan after trying some of the meals or experiencing delivery problems results in a hefty cancellation fee and resistance from sales agents. Another downside to diet-food delivery plans in general is that dieters don't learn portion control or how to make proper food choices because meals arrive pre-cooked and in carefully calibrated serving sizes.

Nutrisystem (starting at $229.99/28 days food delivery) is a veteran among diet-food delivery plans. Plans are tailored to your gender and can be suited to vegetarians and people with a diabetic condition. You can create a 28-day menu of breakfasts, lunches, dinners, and desserts -- or have foods pre-selected for you -- from dozens of options. Meal components range from breakfast bars and cereals to salad and soup lunches to chicken, steak, and pasta dinners. Clients are expected to supplement with fresh fruits and vegetables and dairy bought locally.

Support options with Nutrisystem include an online community, weight-loss tracker, daily fitness plan, and daily food log. A weekly online guide supplies clients with expert advice, tutorials, quizzes, video testimonials, polls, tips, and weight management information. The mobile app lets members track their weight, exercise, water consumption, body measurements, and keep a journal while on the go.

Although many dieters commend this plan, the large number of negative Nutrisystem reviews panning the cost, food quality, and customer service suggest there are better routes to losing weight.

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