Low glycemic diet

By: Blue Fish
7/4/2012 7:45 AM

I set a goal of losing 50 lbs this year. Last December I was getting a haircut at Howard's in Buxton and saying I would be back a year from then 50 lbs lighter. I was on my way too! By the time I left for vacation at OBX in May I was down 22 pounds. I put the diet on hold while on vacation and although the vacation ended, eating like I was still on vacation didn't. I put back on 6 1/2 of the pounds I had lost. I just had to do something to motivate me to get back on it, so I joined nutrisystem. It's not cheap, but when you consider what you don't spend it's not as expensive as it looks. I know I'll do better with a regimented system with prepared foods. This will be my 4th day on it and I'm already down 3 pounds. Lots of people say they drop 5 pounds the first week because of the detox and release of retained water the system causes you to go through. After that, the loss is not so dramatic but everything I've read says it works. If you do the damn diet then you'll lose the damn weight - so to speak. So... I'm on it.

By the way... nutrasystem is a form of the low glycemic diet. South Beach, Nutrisystem, The Zone, Sugar Busters, Glucose Revolution, and Ending the Food Fight are all types of low glycemic. Anyone else tried it? What were your results?

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By: healthjoypeace
7/4/2012 11:21 AM

I've been doing The Fat Flush Plan (low-glycemic) since 06; lost over 30 lbs and have kept it off.

Does Nutrisystem have a "system" for maintenance? That seems to be the ticket for being able to sustain the weight loss: having a plan in place.

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By: Blue Fish
7/4/2012 12:24 PM


Does Nutrisystem have a "system" for maintenance?


Yes, and quite extensive. I was surprised to see how many members are still active on their forums after reaching their goals.

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By: Blue Fish
7/7/2012 4:39 PM

Well, I can report my experience with nutrisystem after a week has been disappointing. I signed up for the men's "core" program. The one they say 95% of their members take. When I got ready to call a counselor to ask a question I was told the "core" program didn't include it but for 19 dollars more a month I could add it to my membership. Then I was at work and couldn't find the meal I had the night before in my account online. In fact, I couldn't find an inventory list anywhere in my online account. So I called customer service and was told they only list what you have when you subscribe to the add on that lets you choose or change your meals. Another 19 dollars a month for that. Then I asked why I didn't get any frozen foods and NO MEATS with my order... only freeze dried soy substitutes. I was told that was part of their "gourmet" program and I could upgrade for $199 more per month for a dozen meals and then I could buy additional meals at a per meal price. The protein drinks you are allowed in the morning are extra too, but you have to upgrade your program in order to be able to buy them. Then... if all that isn't enough, you only get entre's for your meals. All of your go-withs you have to provide and believe me... most of your meal is go-withs. In-fact, seems like half the dinners require you to add stuff to the entre that IMO should be included in the meal.

I really thought I was getting a month's worth of meals, but instead I was getting a starter package to tease me into spending a fortune.

On the upside, I like the low glycemic diet IF I can lose weight on it and it's not that hard to do. It's more to it than just counting calories, but even after a week, I've got a pretty good handle of the low GI foods and the high GI foods.

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By: OBX Nut
7/10/2012 8:16 PM

Well, I can report my experience with nutrisystem after a week has been disappointing. I signed up for the men's "core" program. The one they say 95% of their members take. When I got ready to call a counselor to ask a question I was told the "core" program didn't include it but for 19 dollars more a month I could add it to my membership. Then I was at work and couldn't find the meal I had the night before in my account online. In fact, I couldn't find an inventory list anywhere in my online account. So I called customer service and was told they only list what you have when you subscribe to the add on that lets you choose or change your meals. Another 19 dollars a month for that. Then I asked why I didn't get any frozen foods and NO MEATS with my order... only freeze dried soy substitutes. I was told that was part of their "gourmet" program and I could upgrade for $199 more per month for a dozen meals and then I could buy additional meals at a per meal price. The protein drinks you are allowed in the morning are extra too, but you have to upgrade your program in order to be able to buy them. Then... if all that isn't enough, you only get entre's for your meals. All of your go-withs you have to provide and believe me... most of your meal is go-withs. In-fact, seems like half the dinners require you to add stuff to the entre that IMO should be included in the meal.

I really thought I was getting a month's worth of meals, but instead I was getting a starter package to tease me into spending a fortune.

On the upside, I like the low glycemic diet IF I can lose weight on it and it's not that hard to do. It's more to it than just counting calories, but even after a week, I've got a pretty good handle of the low GI foods and the high GI foods.


Bluefish I used to do Nutrisystem. I bought mine from QVC it was alot cheaper and they have auto-ship feature if you request it. When I didn't want to continue the plan I cancelled online no hassel. Several people told me when they went directly through Nutrisystem it was more of a hassel. If you are interested in continuing with Nutrisystem you may want to check out QVC. I did the weekends off program years ago. I just got burned out with the food. Some of the food was good some I hated. The lemon blueberry bars were so good. I don't know if they still have them or not.

Right now I'm back to Atkins diet where I need to lose more pounds than usual but I did a modified low carb diet and lost weight on it. It wasn't as restrictive as Atkins Induction.

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By: Blue Fish
7/10/2012 8:44 PM

Thanks for the info OBX Nut! I found a few items I would be happy to continue buying. I'll be sure to check out QVC. I have heard the similar to what you are saying. Really a disappointing experience. I hate being mislead. When I am it sours me on the whole deal.

I did Atkins about 15 years ago. It was great until ketosis set in and I got sick. It was awful coming back from that. Some people handle it with little effect, but it was pretty traumatic for me. Good luck to you though! I have friends that have lost tons of weight and fall back to it from time to time when they want to drop a few pounds to maintain. It's obviously a successful plan for many people.

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By: OBX Nut
7/10/2012 9:08 PM

Thanks for the info OBX Nut! I found a few items I would be happy to continue buying. I'll be sure to check out QVC. I have heard the similar to what you are saying. Really a disappointing experience. I hate being mislead. When I am it sours me on the whole deal.

I did Atkins about 15 years ago. It was great until ketosis set in and I got sick. It was awful coming back from that. Some people handle it with little effect, but it was pretty traumatic for me. Good luck to you though! I have friends that have lost tons of weight and fall back to it from time to time when they want to drop a few pounds to maintain. It's obviously a successful plan for many people.


If you can survive the induction flu you usually feel good and have more energy but induction flu can be brutal. Someone told me if you up your salt intake a little it helps you from getting so sick. I haven't tried it though. Once I make it through induction flu I feel so good. I have so much energy.

I went to a dietician before who does a modified low carb. It isn't as restrctive she told me for lunch I could have a hamburger with 1/2 the bun so your getting some bread and don't feel deprived no fires though. I also made some candy in a mini muffin pan cool whip and a little peanut butter, with a little splenda and sugar free chocolate syrup and pop it in the freezer as an occasional treat.

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12/17/2012 12:24 PM

Hello Guys low-glycemic diet are those that have low list scores. The list measures how fast specific carbohydrate food increase your body's blood sugar levels. Low-glycemic diet foods can only measure carbohydrates' effect on blood stream sugar levels.
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By: vanative
12/17/2012 7:12 PM

...actually losing weight is quite simple...if you burn more calories than you consume...you will lose weight...doesn't much matter what you eat...so try to work out more and eat less...oh ya...that might be difficult.... Frog ....but rewarding.... Clapping smiley ...

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By: Gina 73
12/17/2012 9:12 PM

I lost 47 pounds after baby number four and have kept it off for about one year now. My key to losing the weight was following the south beach diet and counting my calories (every single one). I maintained the weight by following a mediterranean style diet and still tracking my calories. I highly recommend that you determine how many calories your body needs daily (there are many online calculators). Once you determine how many calories your body needs to maintain weight you will need to consume 500 calories less per day or burn an additional 500 calories (that's a lot of exercise) a day to lose one pound per week. However, as a female you shouldnt consume less than 1500 calories per day.....i cant remember how many for men. Once you reach your target weight you will need to determine how many calories you need to consume to maintain that weight (it will be less than you initially calculated unless you become much more active). I highly recommend using a calorie tracker such as the livestrong website or app. The key is sticking to your calorie limit. the diet plans help you to do that by suggesting foods that will keep you full without a ton of calories. I also do not mean to discount the benefits of exercise. Exercising is important for a healthy body but exercise alone typically is not enough if you don't change your dietary habits. Sorry for the lengthy post smiley

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By: FreshFish
12/21/2012 9:01 PM

Lomew Sez: "Hello Guys low-glycemic diet are those that have low list scores. The list measures how fast specific carbohydrate food increase your body's blood sugar levels. Low-glycemic diet foods can only measure carbohydrates' effect on blood stream sugar levels.
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