Hi there! My name is Vivian. I’m 45 years old, the mother of two incredible teenagers, a full-time insurance agent, and have an amazing husband. Like many people, my busy lifestyle and the fact that I’m getting older (though I hate to admit it) led me to put on a lot of weight over the past few years. I was eating way too much fast food because it was much faster and more convenient than cooking, I didn’t have the time to exercise, and my metabolism was slowing down. It was a gradual process, but eventually, I ballooned to a point where I had to go up several pants sizes, and when I looked in the mirror, I was so unhappy with the reflection that was looking back at me. I didn’t like the way I looked, and even more so, I didn’t like the way I felt.
Despite trying several diet programs (at least programs that were designed for people who have a busy lifestyle, such as myself,) I couldn’t get the weight to come off. I was getting extremely depressed and thought that I was going to just have to accept the fact that I was, to be perfectly frank, fat.
Then I found something that changed my life: Nutrisystem. I honestly can’t begin to express how incredible this program has been for me. Not only did I start seeing results right away, but I managed to get to my goal weight in just a few months, and the weight has really stayed off! My confidence has been restored, I’m so much happier, and I feel incredible.
You have probably heard of Nutrisystem, but maybe you haven’t tried it because you are a bit skeptical. I totally understand where you are coming from. Everyone is different, and the results might be different for you than they have been for me; however, I wanted to share my experience with you to hopefully give you the encouragement that you need to begin on your own weight loss journey.
When I was growing up, I never had issues with my weight. I could eat whatever I wanted to and I never put on weight. I managed to stay the same size and was able to wear the same jeans that I bought at the age of 16 when I was 26!
Then, when I turned 30, all of that started to change. I noticed that my metabolism was seriously slowing down. I could no longer eat whatever I wanted to without seeing the results of my unhealthy food choices on my waist. However, despite wanting to eat healthier, I was still eating fast food and other unhealthy things. It was faster and easier, and to be honest, I found it very satisfying.
I felt gross and disgusting.
As I kept packing on the pounds, I really started to feel disgusted with myself. I didn’t like the way that I looked at all, and I felt like my husband found my unattractive (even though he promised he still thought I was beautiful.) And on top of it all, my health started to suffer as a result of my weight and my diet. I was diagnosed with high blood pressure and sleep apnea, and I even had a few bouts of gout. I also just had absolutely no energy. I felt tired all the time. Not only was I unable to do the things that I loved because I physically couldn’t; I no longer had the desire to do them.
As a result of all of my health problems, my lack of ambition, and how unattractive I felt, I started to get really depressed. Instead of doing something positive for my situation, I used food to comfort myself. And of course, the more I ate, the worse my health got, the more weight I put on, and the more depressed I became. It was a vicious cycle.
I knew that I needed to start dieting, but despite a few attempts, I didn’t have any success. I found it hard to find a diet program that I actually liked, or that wasn’t overly complicated and didn’t require a ton of time and money to keep up with. The diets that I did try didn’t work. I rarely lost any noticeable weight, and if I did, it didn’t stay off. I’d always ditch the dieting effort and go right back to my bad eating habits.
I knew I needed to make a real change!
One evening, I was looking through old photo albums with my husband and daughters. Looking at all of those pictures of me when I was younger and thinner was probably the best thing that I could ever have done. I longed to be thin again! The photos inspired me and gave me the motivation that I needed to find something that would actually work for me.
The next day, I woke up and began my quest for finding a diet program that I could actually stick with and that would offer real results. That’s when I found Nutrisystem.
I did a quick search on my computer and found a video of Marie Osmond promoting this incredible (as she called it) weight loss program that helped her shed the weight she had put on and transform her body. Marie’s before and after pictures was astounding; she really did lose a lot of weight with Nutrisystem!
I wanted to try it for myself, but before I bought it, I decided to dig a little deeper. I found that the program three meals a day, as well as some desserts. “Not bad,” I thought. But then I looked at what was in the meals and I was a little bit skeptical. The food was processed and was lacking important probiotics and digestive enzymes, things that I learned through other diets that I tried were extremely important for weight loss. But, the website I was on offered a coupon, so I decided to order the program because it really was an amazing deal.
Nutrisystem offers portion controlled meals that look and taste quite delicious; however, the problem with these foods is that they aren’t the healthiest. That’s because they have gone through irradiation.
What’s irradiation, you ask? It’s a process that involves exposing food to ionizing radiation. What does that mean? – Basically, the process of irradiation kills bacteria that can infiltrate food, such as E. coli, Salmonella, and Campylobacter, and cause food borne illnesses. For example, irradiating deli meat can prevent the risk of Listeria. This process also preserves foods, prolonging their shelf life. Spices and grains that are stored for long periods of time are often irradiated.
While irradiation has been deemed safe for humans and can improve the overall safety of the foods that are treated, as it eliminates bacteria that can lead to illness, it also impacts nutritional value. Irradiation depletes probiotics and digestive enzymes that allow the body to properly absorb nutrients that the food contains. In other words, any food that is treated with irradiation is considered “dead food”, including the food that is offered in the Nutrisystem weight loss program.
So, after ordering my first 5 day package of Nutrisystem, I decided to do some research while I was waiting for my order to arrive. I wanted to see if there was any way that I could beef up the program so that I could really see results. I kept thinking about those old photos of the skinny me and I wanted to make this program work.
How could I get the most out of the irradiated food? I got to thinking that since the major issue with this “dead food” is that it is lacking digestive enzymes and probiotics, what if I got those missing elements in another way? What if I took supplements?
I call that my “AH HA!” moment. I decided to order a bottle of inexpensive probiotics and digestive enzymes and combine the two with the food in the Nutrisystem program. I figured, what the hell, if this doesn’t work, I won’t be losing anything, but if it does, I could really lose a lot – of weight, that is.
There are tons of digestive enzymes. They are naturally occurring in food, and our bodies produce them, too. Specific enzymes aid in the digestion of specific types of foods. For example, the digestive enzyme lactase helps the body digest the lactose found in dairy products, and Lipase helps our bodies digest fat.
Digestive enzymes are important because they help our bodies absorb the nutrients from the foods that we eat. Without these enzymes, the nutritional value of the food we are eating goes to waste. Moreover, when we use less nutrition from the foods we eat, the more we store that food as fat. Digestive enzymes also help, you guessed it, the digestive tract itself, ensuring that food is properly digested and moves out of our systems.
As mentioned, our bodies naturally produce digestive enzymes, but they are also present in foods. When foods are treated with irradiation, those enzymes are destroyed. As a result, we aren’t ingesting more enzymes, which our bodies need for nutrition. This can through off the entire dieting plan, which is why I decided to add digestive enzymes to my Nutrisystem program.
Probiotics are live bacteria or microorganisms that are good for our health, particularly the health of our digestive system. Many people think of these microorganisms as germs that can lead to illnesses; however, they are healthy bacteria, and our bodies need healthy bacteria in order to, well, stay healthy.
Those tiny little live microorganisms aid in the digestion of food and improve the health of the gut. In other words, they can help to regulate your digestive tract and ensure you are acquiring nutrients from your food, two factors that aid in weight loss.
Probiotics occur naturally in many types of food, such as yogurt, leafy greens, and various other foods. The problem with Nutrisystem is that their foods is irradiated, a process that kills off bad bacteria, but also kills off good bacteria, like probiotics. Without these helpful little microorganisms, you might not see much in the way of results from this weight loss program. And that’s why I decided to add a probiotic supplement to my Nutrisystem program.
When my packages of Nutrisystem, digestive enzymes, and probiotics arrived (all on the same day, which was super convenient!), I decided to give this thing a go.
I read through all of the materials that Nutrisystem provided. Along with the food, they offer a detailed outline of how to make the most of the system, including suggested healthy snacks that you should eat between meals, and making sure that you eat four servings of veggies a day. I have to be honest and say that I was a little bit shocked when I read through the guidelines because it seemed like I would be eating more food on Nutrisystem than I was eating before; however, there was a major difference: the foods I was eating before were highly processed and laden with unhealthy fats and carbs, and Nutrisystem encourages eating foods that contain healthy fats (monounsaturated fats) and healthy carbohydrates.
I put my meals away, headed out to the grocery store to load up on snacks and veggies, and got started on my new diet first thing the next morning. I took the digestive enzyme and probiotic supplements, ate the meals that Nutrisystem provided, and followed their suggestions regarding snacks and veggies. I also made sure that I was drinking plenty of water. After the first day, I have to honestly say that I immediately noticed that I was feeling better. Granted, this isn’t a miracle system, so I didn’t see any weight loss after just one day, but I definitely felt like I had more energy, which made me even more motivated to stay on track with this program.
It was tough at first, though. Though I was full, I found myself craving the fast food, chips, and other unhealthy foods that I had become accustomed to. I decided to take some of those old photos of my younger self and pin them up around the house; I put one on the refrigerator, one on the pantry, and one in the bathroom. I even put one in my car to prevent myself from hitting the drive thru!
As the days went on, I found that it was getting a lot easier. I was no longer craving the garbage that I was feeding myself for so long. I didn’t even go down the junk food aisle in the grocery store anymore! I was in shock! Did I actually find something that could work? That I could stick to? That would change my life forever?
By the end of week 1, I was down an incredible 7.3 pounds!
After just one week of taking my probiotic and digestive enzyme supplements and sticking to the Nutrisystem diet, I weighed myself. I was nervous when I stepped on the scale because, despite the fact that I truly did feel lighter, I thought that it was all in my head and that the scale would reveal the truth. However, much to my surprise, the scale showed that I was DOWN 7.3 pounds! My jaw nearly hit the floor! That first weigh in definitely made me even more motivated to stay on track with my hacked Nutrisystem program.
So, how fast does it work? Well, I gather from my results that the effects start to take place almost immediately. Granted, everyone is different, so results are more than likely going to vary from person to person; however, I don’t think that I really did anything astronomical to make this program work, other than adding in the digestive enzymes and probiotics that were missing from the Nutrisystem food itself. So, in a way, I guess maybe I did do something to dramatically change the results of this program?
After my first week, I decided to order more Nutrisystem kits, as well as probiotics and digestive enzymes. I kept up with my program, drank at least 64 ounces of water, and even started to add in some light exercise every day. It felt so great to actually be out and walking without feeling winded! It was actually quite invigorating! I also did some more research to find out if there were other ways that I could take my new weight loss program to the next level and see even more results.
I ordered a pedometer to keep track of how many steps I was taking every day, with the goal being 10,000. I also downloaded the MyFitnessPal app on my phone so that I could log my food and calorie intake every day. I also joined a Nutrisystem support group where I could connect with other people who were committed to losing weight and get the motivation that I needed when I would have a sudden craving for a cheeseburger (old habits die hard, and once in a blue moon, I did find myself having a hankering for a fast food cheeseburger and fries, which were my favorite junk foods in the past.)
I set up a goal for myself: I wanted to lose 40 pounds. My niece’s wedding was coming up in a couple of months and I wanted to shock my entire family with my transformation.
Again, I will say that everyone is different, but I can honestly say that it has worked for me! Not only have I been able to lose weight (just 4.7 more pounds to go until I reach my goal weight loss of 40 pounds!), but I have noticed a significant improvement in my health, the way I feel about myself, my energy levels, and my overall well-being.
Since starting my hacked Nutrisystem program, my health has definitely improved. My blood pressure has gone down, and I’m not snoring at night half as much as I used to. I also don’t get winded walking from my front door to my car. In fact, I now go on 3 mile walks regularly and I never feel winded!
Since I started losing all of this weight and my health has improved, my attitude has really changed, too. I feel so much better about myself. My confidence has been restored, and I just look forward to each and every day! I’m actually excited about getting dressed and enjoy shopping for clothing again! I find myself wanting to show off my body instead of hiding it behind big, baggy clothing. My relationship with my husband and my girls has changed, too. I feel like I am more emotionally available for them, and that has definitely helped to strengthen our relationships and just make spending time with each other a lot more fun.
If you’re struggling with your weight and you have been searching for a diet program that isn’t hard to stick to and will actually deliver results, then yes! – You should definitely give my beefed up version of Nutrisystem (adding probiotics and digestive enzymes to the program) a try!
For me, it has made a huge difference. In all honesty, it has completely changed my life. I feel better, I look better, and I’m much healthier. I am going to be bold and say that taking digestive enzymes and probiotics, and using Nutrisystem, has not only changed my life; it has saved it!
If you are serious about losing weight and you want to get your life back, then I would highly recommend starting this modified version of Nutrisystem as soon as you possibly can!