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NutriSystem Diet and Heart Health: 12 Things You Should Know

By    |   Friday, 29 Jul 2016 07:52 PM

The Nutrisystem diet focuses on weight loss, which can contribute to a overall heart health.

The Nutrisystem company manages the foods people eat because its programs deliver prepackaged, portion-controlled breakfasts, lunches, dinners, protein shakes, and snacks to the participant’s door.

Customers may also add fruits and vegetables or buy certain products from the grocery store under the program, according to WebMD. Nutrisystem dieters are discouraged from eating out and told to avoid alcohol.

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Before starting any diet, people should check with a doctor for any health condition that might be impacted by demands of the diet.

Here are 11 things you should know about the Nutrisystem diet:

1. The Nutrisystem diet's main goal is weight loss, according to U.S. News and World Report.

However, customers can also choose from diabetic-, vegetarian-, and gender-specific plans, or they can customize their own.

2. The diet contains acceptable amounts of protein, fat, carbohydrates, and other nutrients.

3. It was ranked No. 31, in a tie with the Acid Alkaline Diet, out of 38 “best heart-healthy diets” ranked by experts for U.S. News, based on weight loss and lowering cholesterol, triglycerides, or blood pressure.

Nutrisystem did fare better when scored by other criteria, however.

4. About half the calories in the diet come from carbs while protein provides 25 percent and fat provides 25 percent, WebMD notes.

5. Meals have low amounts of saturated fats, sodium, and trans fats to help with heart health.

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Nutrisystem diets include whole grains, lean protein, and healthy unsaturated fats and provide a list of meat, dairy, fruits, and vegetables customers are allowed to eat.

7. Examples of foods include oatmeal or pancakes for breakfast; stew, chili, or chicken and pasta, and pizza for lunch or dinner; and cake or cookies for snacks.

8. It revolves around a 28-day plan, which you can continue until you meet your weight goals or maintain them.

9. A day in a Nutrisystem diet plan means its meals are spread out over six points in the day to maximize portion control and hunger cravings.

10. Registered dietitian Kathleen Zelman tells WebMD the Nutrisystem diet is healthy for people with high cholesterol, heart disease, high blood pressure, and diabetes.

11. Convenience is an advantage of the Nutrisystem program because participants receive foods and nutritional support from the company, such as weight loss counseling, Healthline reports.

12. The program also offers advice on exercise for heart health, but Healthline notes it is up to people to include physical activity with their weight loss plan.

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