If the words "delicious," "decadent" and "healthy" don't spring to mind when you think of good diet food, think again. NutriSystem's basic plan is to get people to eat healthy, well-balanced meals and consider portion sizes while reducing caloric and fat intake. With this in mind, the hundreds of meal combinations are intended to be filling, with foods that rank low on the glycemic index.
NutriSystem bases its food choices on the glycemic index of carbohydrate breakdown. With more than 120 meals that provide all your nutrients, minerals and good carbohydrates, it's possible to eat five times a day on the NutriSystem plan without calorie or carb counting.
With NutriSystem, you'll never need to quit foods "cold turkey" or risk giving in to the temptation of eating pizza, pancakes or burritos -- they're included in the meal plans. They may not be exactly like that super-gooey deep dish pie you get at your local pizzeria, but you might find it's a good substitute to help you stay on track. You can even order comfort foods like mashed potatoes, lasagna, tacos, burgers and vegetarian chili.
This wide range of food choices represents most of a healthy, well-balanced meal. It's important to note that milk and yogurt are not included with the meals you buy, but are recommended as part of a healthy diet.
On the next page, you'll read about some factors and side effects to consider before diving into the NutriSystem diet.