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I have seen gluten free beer, but i don't know how palatable it is. So to curtail your tipsiness, nibble on something like a golf ball-sized portion of nuts, or fresh guacamole with veggies before you take your first sip. If you drink wine very day, the calories can certainly add up. This last year has been the most stressful of my life, I've been unhappy constantly and just eating away, so I'm trying to fix the underlying causes of the eating and develop healthier habits. HealthTap does not provide medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment. Nutrisystem plans for women has three sub plans namely Basic, Core and Uniquely Yours.

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Aug 30, 8, Posts fulltime mom and wife. Hey, I was just going to start a thread on this! I am currently on Nutrisystem, have been for about a week haven't weighed myself to check progress yet. The plan also allows diet soda. Frankly, I haven't been following the "decaf" rule - you can take my fried foods and my cake, but you cannot take my caffeine!

I'm actually a tea drinker for the most part, so I've still been having a big mug of tea in the morning. Like I said, I can't really update on progress, but I will give an overall impression of the plan. I would like to lose 50 pounds, which will put me well within my healthy weight range. I am working to do so by next summer, and only plan to use Nutrisystem this month as a jumping off point.

I know what I'm doing wrong diet and exercise-wise, but I was looking for an easy way to start implementing diet changes while I dealt with some other stressors in my life. This last year has been the most stressful of my life, I've been unhappy constantly and just eating away, so I'm trying to fix the underlying causes of the eating and develop healthier habits.

I feel guilty about all the weight I put on, but I'm trying to put that aside. The plan is easy to follow and the foods are pretty good. I really like the breakfast portions, the lunchtime soups are basically what you'd expect canned soup to be, and the dinner entrees are sometimes better and sometimes worse.

I haven't tried anything absolutely inedible yet, everything is fine. You have to supplement a lot of food basically the majority of the food , so be aware that your initial investment isn't the whole price of the plan. I eat a big salad at lunch and dinner, fruit and veggies throughout the day, and also supplement milk and yogurt. I haven't gotten bored of the plan yet, aside from maybe all of the salads I need a new dressing!

So far it has been a very easy way to get my diet on track. My concerns initially are that the plan doesn't provide enough protein for someone who is working out and on the plan like me and that the plan really isn't that low calorie. As for the calories, depending on what foods you choose to supplement with on any given day, the calories run between , which is reasonable but seems on the high end of the spectrum for someone trying to lose weight without exercise.

I'm pretty convinced that a Nutrisystem plan follower needs to exercise to get the full benefit of the plan. I'll check back in with my progress next week - let me know how you're doing with it too! Mar 1, Posts nursing student. I did nutrasystem in February- hated it but lost 13 pounds. I think I lost so much weight just on the fact that I didnt eat.

I loved the soups, although salty, and really liked the breakfast bars. Other than that forget it. Oh and when you lose 10lbs they send you a beanie baby lol its kind of cute. Just a quick update, I also wonder how pazt is doing!

Well, ladies, I followed the program aside from my weekends off, when I only had one, yes, ONE meal that wasn't nutrisystem, and it was small and I've actually gained weight. Not a lot, but I certainly haven't lost any. Once I realized how many calories I was eating per day, I really doubted that I was going to see the affects of this program. I think, unfortunately, that those who really have success with this are those that just can't stomach the food.

Speaking of the food I will admit that I was surprised about all the negative comments about the food. I really didn't mind what I was eating initially. I must have been lucky in my choices, because late last week I started to get to entrees that didn't seem fit for human or animal consumption. Yesterday's soup was literally grey, I threw it away and just ate my salad. So I have trouble expressing, after all this gross food, how bummed I was this morning when I realized that I've put on weight.

Just four ounces a half cup , of a sweetened mixer will cost you a whopping 25 grams of carb about 14 gummy bears worth , and decadent drinks like a mudslide can contain over calories, more than the amount a slice of chocolate cake. Slow your pace One of the biggest culprits in alcohol-driven overeating is getting too tipsy, too fast. To slow down the rise in your blood alcohol level, order a tall glass of water with every alcoholic drink. Alternate sips, and be sure to finish at least 12 ounces of H2O for every cocktail.

This simple strategy may cut your total consumption in half. Prevent mindless munching If you're at a bar with free happy hour apps, or one that serves up goodies, like popcorn or nuts, turn your back on the free fare, or place them out of arm's reach. Research shows you'll mindlessly munch if food is right in front of you, without even realizing it, and even if you aren't hungry. But if it's out of sight, you're much less likely to seek it out.

Pre-plan your post-drink meal Alcohol can indeed act as an appetite stimulant. And we all know it lowers inhibitions. So if you don't want to give in to eating things you wouldn't touch if you were sober, create a pre-drinking strategy.

Stash something in your bag, like an all natural energy bar, so you won't grab a greasy slice of pizza. Or scope out restaurants nearby where you're going out, so if your friends want to grab a bite, you can suggest a spot where you know you can order a healthier option.

Finally, strategically place some light snacks within sight at home, like pre-popped organic popcorn on the countertop, or cut fruit and fresh veggies and hummus front and center in the fridge. If you get a case of the munchies before bed, you're much more likely to grab what's readily available, rather than digging for something like chips or cookies. Volunteer to be the designated driver The best way to prevent alcohol from derailing your diet is to avoid drinking altogether.

One tactic is to save your group taxi or ride-sharing costs by offering to drive stick with naturally calorie-free club sodas with lime all night. While it may not be as fun as indulging with your group, you're the one who'll wake up the next day without a food or alcohol hangover, and that feels pretty darn good.

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