I often get emails asking me to explain how many calories are consumed or taken in each day on NutriSystem. I think that people ask this for a few reasons. First, they want to make sure that the amount is not so low as to be dangerous. Second, they want to know just how hungry they are going to be because they are afraid of feeling weak or light headed. And, finally, they want to compare this with how many calories they normally take in on any typical day to gauge how dramatic their results will be. I will discuss all of these concerns in the following article.
The Range Of Daily Calories On The NutriSystem Diet: First off, I need to reassure that this definitely does not fall into the category of a ‘starvation” or overly restrictive diet where you need to be supervised by a doctor. Such diets generally only allow around 800 or less calories per day. Since you consume anywhere between 1200 -1500 calories per day on NutriSystem, you don’t reach anywhere near those levels.
The amount varies slightly depending on which of the plan’s means you chose throughout the day and which sides you add in at each meal. You’re given pretty self explanatory guidelines to ensure that you chose your sides correctly, although you do have a lot of leeway and control in this.
So we know that you’ll be taking in a decent amount of calories, but what about your proteins, carbs, etc? They are very careful to keep the carb to protein ratio favorable because they want for you to be able to get into ketosis where you are steadily burning fat. This is why which sides you add in become important. It would be a shame to cancel out all of your diligence by adding in high carb or high calorie sides.
How Many Calories Do You Normally Take In?: Obviously, most people lose weight once they begin burning more calories than they take in. Studies show that the average woman today takes in around 1850 calories. So, taking the average of 1200 -1500 (1350), you’d be consuming around 500 less per day, which can really add up. One gram of fat equals about 9 calories so this can be significant. (By the way, the typical man today takes in 2600, so the difference is even more significant in this scenario.)
A lot of people will ask me if they are going to feel weak or light headed when they reduce the fuel that they are taking in. My experience is that it’s not as bad as you may have feared. You are eating five times per day so there isn’t any long period of time between meals. You get three larger meals and a snack and a dessert and you are of course adding in your fresh sides. Also, they do allow you to drink liquids (tea, coffee, water, diet soda) between the meals (so long as you’re not consuming alcohol,) so this helps to break it up even more.