Think Thin Thursday ~ An Honest Review About Nutrisystem

Real Estate Agent with Florida Supreme Realty SL514814

There have been times as a willing and supportive partner I've been subjected to more than a few diet plans. The first was the Cambridge Diet, an MLM company that consisted of a flavored powder  you would mix with water or skim milk. This was a 70's era product that did work and tasted pretty good. During the 80's I was educated about SlimFast which is another shake type supplement in a can which was very convenient. Both of these plans were simply have a shake for breakfast and lunch then eat a sensible dinner. They worked but are not truly sustainable over the long term. In the 90's Nutrisystem was all the rage and rightly so since it was a complete meal package shipped to your door every month. My experience was with the meals and snacks that the Better Half did not necessarily enjoy. Their convenience in portion size and easy prep was its attraction for me. My goal with all of these plans was to lose between 10 to15 lbs. and they all fulfilled that need as expected. Nutrisystem has a long history now and if you're looking for no thought, convenient meals with variety it's worth a try. There is no plan that satisfies everyone's palate but if you're on a mission to lose weight there are plenty of resources out there to set your path. Check out this Nutrisystem review?

The flaw seen in all of the diet / nutrition packages today is that they're not geared toward families. Best suited for individuals to experiment with until a combination is found which is not only effective but also tastes good. For best results always add exercise to the mix!     

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Comments (10)

Nina Hollander, Broker
Coldwell Banker Realty - Charlotte, NC
Your Greater Charlotte Realtor

HI Kevin... this is a good option for people who are not disciplined enough to do it themselves and want a kick start.

Dec 13, 2018 04:33 AM
Kevin J. May

That's definitely their target market Nina. Portion size will almost always be the most difficult hurdle to manage.

Dec 13, 2018 05:34 AM
Wayne Martin
Wayne M Martin - Chicago, IL
Real Estate Broker - Retired

Good morning Kevin. Different strokes for different folks. The best plan for me is a lot of exercise with a limit to elbow bending at meal time! Enjoy your day!

Dec 13, 2018 04:55 AM
Kevin J. May

Waiting for those before & after pics Wayne!

Dec 13, 2018 05:35 AM
Gabe Sanders
Real Estate of Florida specializing in Martin County Residential Homes, Condos and Land Sales - Stuart, FL
Stuart Florida Real Estate

Hi Kevin.  I've never tried the Nutrisystem plans, but have and still enjoy an occasional SlimFast shake.

Dec 13, 2018 05:27 AM
Kevin J. May

Funny story about SlimFast Gabe, my Brother in Law thought you simply drank them in place of your regular beverage of choice. Needless to say his weight-loss was not impressive.

Dec 13, 2018 05:39 AM
Joyce Marsh
Joyce Marsh Real Estate LLC - Daytona Beach, FL
Joyce Marsh Real Estate LLC - Coast & Luxury

I never tried Nutrisystem but I do like to substitute a meal with a shake or smoothie. Portion control is still the biggest hurdle 

Dec 13, 2018 05:54 AM
Kevin J. May

For busy RE associates a healthy shake or smoothie can be just what the Dr. ordered!

Dec 13, 2018 06:23 AM
Ron and Alexandra Seigel
Napa Consultants - Carpinteria, CA
Luxury Real Estate Branding, Marketing & Strategy


My mom did Nutri-System, the shake, you name it.  All the stuff had no taste and a whole bunch of mysterious ingredients, that she as a food research librarian for several Fortune 500 companies had to research to understand.  So I have a dim view of those kind of nutrients...LOL.  A

Dec 13, 2018 07:25 AM
Kevin J. May

Somehow many are glanced over by the FDA due to being classified as supplements. It can be a tricky business while also being a multi-billion dollar industry.

Dec 13, 2018 08:35 AM
Barbara Todaro
RE/MAX Executive Realty - Retired - Franklin, MA
Previously Affiliated with The Todaro Team

Good morning, Kevin J. May I just devoted another 3 hours to baking for family, friends and office peeps for Christmas.... off to a slow start today...

I've been on every diet propgram in existence.... nurtisystem worked best but you had to stay with it... there no where to go if you wanted to stop buying their food!!!

the most successful is to learn what "eating clean" means and follow it to the Nth degree.... I've been eating clean for 6 years.... no grain... no sugar... I focus on lean meat and often boil my white meat chicken... I do that when I go out, chef has ever declined to do it.... and I never frequent fast food joints!!! high end restaurants and just family restaurants with "real chefs" will accommodate those dining ....

when one does weight lifting and other types of resistance training, eating clean is a great benefit..... it's easy to remove fat from under your skin.... and voila, definition is there!!!!!!!!!!


Dec 13, 2018 07:52 AM
Kevin J. May

You hit the nail on the head in your 2nd paragraph. The transition back to "real" food is tough to figure out after your goals have been reached. It's doable although now the tasks of purchasing and preparation can consume much more of your time. No Wagu for you Barbara!

Dec 13, 2018 08:45 AM
Bob "RealMan" Timm
Ward County Notary Services - Minot, ND
Owner of Ward Co. Notary Services, retired Realtor

I remember my mom losing a lot of weight on the Cambridge diet but it all fell apart when they banned one of the ingredients. When I need to lose weight I just drop snacking and the weight drops off pretty quick Kevin J. May 

Dec 13, 2018 08:08 AM
Kevin J. May

The fatal flaw escapes me "Realman" although I do remember selling and signing up others so that  our Cambridge diets were essentially paid for and then some! I always tell people that small changes in diet can accomplish huge benefits. It's the willpower that frequently needs to be found.

Dec 13, 2018 08:51 AM
Bob "RealMan" Timm


Dec 13, 2018 11:57 AM
Kevin J. May

Another stir of the memory cells, thanks so, so much Bob!

Dec 13, 2018 07:18 PM
Kathy Streib
Room Service Home Staging - Delray Beach, FL
Home Stager - Palm Beach County,FL -561-914-6224

Hi Kevin- Larry tried the Cambridge and Atkins and I had a can of Slim Fast a few times. What works for me is moderation and exercise. As we've aged, Larry and I eat about 1/2 to 1/3 of what we used to eat. 

Dec 13, 2018 05:39 PM
Kevin J. May

Kathy, you know your way around nutrition and thank you for reminding me about Atkins. It's another successful brand for sure.

Dec 13, 2018 07:17 PM
Francine Viola
Coldwell Banker Evergreen Olympic Realty, Olympia WA - Olympia, WA
REALTOR®, In Tune with your Real Estate Needs

I can’t recommend Nutrisystem but everyone needs to find what works best for them.  For me, it is avoiding processed food and Franken-food, which means a lot of cooking - not my most favorite thing to do!  But my body just cannot handle man-made food with an ingredient list you can’t pronounce.

Dec 13, 2018 07:21 PM
Kevin J. May

I read the labels all of the time and although they all accomplish their mission none are the type of meals I would consider for the long term. Hydrolyzed, Isolates & Alkalis got you dowm?

Dec 14, 2018 09:57 AM
Michael Jacobs
Pasadena, CA
Los Angeles Pasadena 818.516.4393

Hi Kevin - I don't recall the Cambridge diet but my recollections of many others involves seeing/reading ingredients that were unrecognizable to me.  

Dec 15, 2018 10:38 AM
Kevin J. May

The longer the ingredient list the more scrutiny it must be given. Again, nost of these items are veiwed as supplements, not food, and gain FDA leeway by doing so. Lots of smoke & mirrors to deal with at times Michael but they're not all bad.

Dec 16, 2018 05:29 AM