While I'm not aware of any studies comparing weight loss in those who only used the NutrisiSystem shakes verses those using the shakes in addition to the whole Nutrisystem program, my guess is that in those who ate fewer calories, drinking the shakes alone could lead to some weight loss. The foods you buy on your own may add to the total. I have been using My Fitness Pal to track my food and am eating about calories a day. Protein slows down digestion and this might make people feel full longer. Looser skin not a fan.
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Nutrisystem aims to simplify weight loss. But you also can't eat whatever you want to. That's because you buy most of your food from Nutrisystem. The company ships it to your door. Each day, you eat a Nutrisystem breakfast , lunch, dinner, and dessert.
You also add side items like fresh fruits and veggies and snacks that you buy from the grocery store. The plan is not for pregnant women, people with chronic kidney disease , or anyone with certain allergies or diet needs. Breakfast options include oatmeal, muffins, granola, and pancakes. Lunches and dinners include selections like tacos; chicken and pasta; soup , stew, and chili; and pizza.
The program provides a long list of fruits, vegetables, nuts, fresh meat and dairy, and other foods that you can eat along with your Nutrisystem foods. A variety of nutrients. These don't raise your blood sugar as much as other foods. The calorie count is designed to help you lose a pound or two each week on this diet program.
The exception is the "Lean 13" plan on which women can lose up to 13 pounds and 7 inches in the first month while men can expect to lose 15 pounds and 7 inches.. According to the company, the programs provide about 2, milligrams of sodium daily.
The foods you buy on your own may add to the total. And you may get fewer calories than you're used to. You pick your foods from the choices Nutrisystem offers. There are foods to choose from their most extensive plan "Uniquely Yours. You can buy a day shipment of food that the company selects, or you can choose each individual item yourself. You can sign up for a meal plan intended for women, men, vegetarians, people with diabetes, or anyone older than You hardly have to cook, since most Nutrisystem foods either are ready to eat or only need heating.
But some items that you buy from the grocery store, like vegetables and fish, may involve more preparation. In this review, I'll show you the ingredients in the NutriSystem protein shake and also show you what I believe is its active ingredients if you decide to try to make your own version. Hopefully this review will help you decide if the NutriSystem shake is right for you.
As can be seen from above, each NutriSystem shake has calories. This puts it in line with other shakes I've looked at before. That's not a bad thing in these cases. See below for more on the fiber and protein in the shake. Here are the ingredients in the NutriSystem shake. Read the table from left to right. This will tell you those ingredients that are present the most and least. From the ingredients list, it appears the NutriCrush shake gets its protein primarily from a combination of these ingredients:.
I've listed the protein ingredients, in order as they appear on the label. Protein slows down digestion and this might make people feel full longer. The NutriSystem shake is a combination of milk protein caseine and whey and soy protein. Each NutriCrunsh shake provides 13 grams of protein per serving.
If protein were the only thing in the shake that curbed hunger, I'd say it was over priced. Fortunately, there are a couple of other ingredients that I believe also contribute to curbing hunger. Let's discuss those next. I believe these ingredients contribute significantly to curbing appetite.
I might even go so far to say that they might be the main active ingredients in the shake. Let's briefly discuss them now. This is a patented type of soluble fiber that comes from corn that is added to food and supplements to increase fiber content. In other words, we don't absorb any calories when we eat it. While more studies need to be performed, if this study is corroborated, I think resistant maltodextrin is might be one of the main active ingredients in the NutriSystem shake.
The Nutrisystem shake label does not tell us how much resistant maltodextrin it contains. Several products previously reviewed here have contained glucomannan konjac. Just a few include:. Over the years, there have been several studies on Konjac and weight loss.
For example, in this study, lasting 3 months, 4 grams a day of glucomannan -along with a low calorie diet- showed more effective for weight loss than a low calorie diet alone.
The author of this review of research noted grams was appropriate for helping weigh loss. In this review of research , the authors noted modest weight loss but no change in body mass index with glucomannan use. While not all studies have shown konjac fiber works, there are enough that I think there might be something to it. I believe these 3 ingredients have evidence that they might slow down digestion and help us feel full, longer. This in turn, could lead to weight loss in some people — especially in those who are eating fewer calories than usual.
The ingredients are listed in order as they occur in the ingredients list above to give you an idea of whcih is present the most and least. Lets briefly touch on some of these ingredients. According to this list fructose , which is listed first, makes up the most of the sweeteners in the shake.
Fructose is controversial in some circles so, let's discuss it briefly and calmly. While the amount of fructose in foods is very low and not to be of concern, higher levels of fructose, can raise triglyceride levels. This is a risk factor for heart disease. High levels of fructose also appear to increase the risk of insulin resistance. While fructose does not raise insulin levels that's good , it also doesn't appear to raise leptin level s either that might not be so good.
Leptin is a hormone made in fat cells that is a signal for us to stop eating. If leptin release does not occur, we might to eat more food — and calories.
This same study linked to above noted fructose also stimulated ghrelin production too. Ghrelin is a hormone that tells us to eat. The important thing to remember that we would need studies to know if the NutriSystem shake did any of this.
So how much fructose is too much? Well, according to this paper titled Fructose: To say fructose and high fructose corn syrup is controversial is an understatement and that's why I wanted to calmly present some of the evidence here.
This is not all of the research on fructose and that's why I feel it's best discussed with someone who knows about what you might be eating to make a more personalized assessment. Registered dietitians RDs are very good at this and you can find one in your area by going to their website — EatRight. Is the fructose in the Nutrisystem shake too much? Is the effect of fructose blunted because of the fiber that is also in the shake?
I don't know the answers to these questions. While I think most people on NutriSystem might probably be consuming less fructose than the average person, I would not be surprised if fructose is eventually removed from the ingredients. For more on fructose, see this video from NutritionFacts. I am not sure why. This sweetener is also known as lo han or lo han guo.
It has zero calories and is over times sweater than sugar. For a run down of various natural and artificial sweeteners, see this article from Nutrition Action. I used chocolate flavor for my taste test, although Nutrisystem also has coffee and vanilla flavors. When you tear open the packet, I could smell the chocolate when I brought it close to my nose. I did as directed — except I mixed the contents for 10 seconds using my Vitamix.
My opinion is that I liked the taste. The shake was not thick or watery. It was not gritty either. It had a light chocolate taste that I thought was pretty tasty. When I drank all of the shake, there was no significant product left at the bottom of the glass either. The picture to the right shows what it looked like when I made it. I also used the glass that was included when I purchased the shakes.
I think it did for about minutes or so.