Diet - type 2

By Emlee Latest Reply 2012-11-24 07:16:26 -0600
Started 2012-11-13 20:24:49 -0600

I am starting NutraSystem food plan anhd eating their food for Diabetes! I am concerned that there is a high Carb. content. My Blood sugar is going up even though I am eating according to plan. I am very concerned as the program is expensive and I was hoping it would work for my weight loss. Has anyone else used NutraSystem? Please let me know how you liked their program and did you do well on it. Thank you, Emlee

23 replies

Fefe12 2012-11-24 04:50:08 -0600 Report

Gee, i thought if you just followed the diebetic diet you were good to go! Water, Lots of veggies, small amount of meat and no more than 3 servings of carbs per meal, with a 1 serving of carb and protien at night. And of course lots of excercise. I hate diets they dont work. I think its a mind game, we tell ourselves we are going on a deit and our bodies go into servival mode and we punish ourselves for falling off the wagon. Just dont get on the wagon to begin with. Eat healthy, watch your servings and read, read your food lables. The weight will come off slower but you will be able to sustain it longer over time, and thats what you want.

jftp 2012-11-16 20:53:23 -0600 Report

im obese

jftp 2012-11-16 20:53:54 -0600 Report

please help my obesity epidemic

jayabee52 2012-11-24 07:16:26 -0600 Report

Do you know about a sister site to DC called "obesity connect"? to find it mouseover the 'Visit Another Community' and select "obesity". You can sign in using your DC login info. Many of the same people are there, plus a few others. You might get specific tips and encouragement which may help you on your way toward becoming a thinner person.

Just Joyce
Just Joyce 2012-11-15 09:51:15 -0600 Report

I thought I saw an ad for either Nutra System or Jenny Craig that has a diabetic meal plan. Those kinds of meal plans are geared for weight loss and not necessarily weight loss for diabetics.

Someone recommended both programs for me when I was first diagnosed. I nixed it because of the expense. It is more economical for me to prepare my own meals. The food is processed because it has to be preserved. This could be causing your BG level problems.

If you can stop the program and prepare your own meals from fresh products. Monitor you BG. If it levels out, you know what the problem was. Processed foods are not good for you whether or not you are diabetic. Good luck and I hope you reach your weight loss goal.

Emlee 2012-11-15 23:18:06 -0600 Report

Thank you Just Joyce, That makes so much sense! I canceled Nutra System today and going to fix my own Meals.

jigsaw 2012-11-15 05:33:37 -0600 Report

I agree with much of what members are saying here. I think getting back to basics is a major key. Learning how to eat a healthy, BALANCED, meal and utilizing PORTION control is so important. Of course carb restriction to an extent comes into play with a good food plan for most of us with diabetes ! Eliminating or cutting down unhealthy foods can help immensely ( processed foods mostly ).
Get the specifics into play for the factors that I have mentioned here, and you will improve your blood glucose mgmt.
Since food plans, portion control, and carb restriction etc. varies with each individual, I prefer to speak in general terms. But once you have a good understanding of these concepts, and begin to incorporate them into your lifestyle, you will be well on your way to accomplishing your goals with blood glucose mgmt.

Emlee 2012-11-15 23:20:50 -0600 Report

I agree! I guess I was listening to the Advertisement about people losing weight and was hooked into the program but using it fo a month, it went againest me.

Just Joyce
Just Joyce 2012-11-16 08:16:23 -0600 Report

Emlee those ads are geared to desperate, gullible people who don't read the fine print. The people in those ads are often paid to say what the company wants them to say. If you read the fine print which is the disclaimer it says weight loss may vary or something like that.

Far to often patience and hard work goes out the window because people want a quick fix which means less work for them. Jigsaw is correct. Getting back to basics is a major key. You are spending money for prepared foods that could be spent on fresh foods that are healthier and cheaper in the long run. When you prepare your own meals you are the one in control of what is used to prepare them. Add exercise and you will see the weight drop off. Just don't be discouraged when you hit a lull and weight loss is slowed. Just keep plugging along and you will reach your goal.

Nick1962 2012-11-14 08:14:10 -0600 Report

My wife has tried it numerous times with no success (diet wise, not for diabetes). She had little control over the foods she wanted and many just didn’t taste that good. It was also a hassle because we weren’t cooking together anymore. I hate leftovers, but we often had them and she found herself eating those as well (because mine were better, not to mention lower carb/calorie, etc.). As James stated they are higher in carbs than most of us like, plus they are loaded with preservatives and have a higher sodium and sugar content than scratch prepared foods.
The other problem was that it is temporary unless you plan to shell out big bucks the rest of your life. Once you’re off it, you tend to go back to your old habits which are what need to be changed in the first place. It also “chains” you to your own kitchen. If you go out for a meal or on vacation, that food isn’t available, so you really have to make some choices outside your house. Then again, that is what control through diet is all about.
If your just using them as a teaching tool to get a better idea of what to eat, it’s not bad if you do end up making the necessary changes eventually. Let us know how it goes.

Emlee 2012-11-14 15:10:27 -0600 Report

Thank you Nick, I can not eat them after being on the program for a month, I thought it was just me, Talking with my Husband, who said I was buying extra food with Nutrasystem food to complete my food intake. I have to order food for a second month otherwise I hav e to pay a cancellation fee which is 85.00 to 150.00. So i order the second month then I am done. Thank you again for your input, I am going to fix my own meals.

Nick1962 2012-11-14 16:02:32 -0600 Report

Yeah, there are a select few that this system works for, and it's usually the person who just needs to take a break and drop maybe 20 pounds. My wife did get a few ideas about good meals we could cook, which were a huge improvement on the system's meals, and it does get you into portion control, so it's not totally uselss, but in the end you are left on your own. Best of luck and let us know if you try anything good and maybe want to try making it on your own!

Graylin Bee
Graylin Bee 2012-11-14 15:56:15 -0600 Report

Thanks for sharing your experience. I had wondered if they could be an option. But had enough doubts to hesitate trying them.

Emlee 2012-11-14 16:32:52 -0600 Report

Hi Graylin Bee, If I had someone share what they feel about the program I wouldnt order the food for me. I have a lot of weight to lose and with my Diabetes, which rose when I was eating this food. I called and talked to Diabetic counsler when my BS kept going up and she said just to keep taking my insulin. I am going to do it myself now.

Graylin Bee
Graylin Bee 2012-11-14 16:52:56 -0600 Report

Since their meals didn't work for you, can you use that as a guideline as to what to not use in your own meal planning? Was it too many carbs and too little protien. The type of carbs, for example does wheat spike your bg? Or maybe gradually scale down your portion sizes rather than a sudden decrease.

Emlee 2012-11-15 03:45:57 -0600 Report

I am going to try anouther meal plan with less Carbs. and more protein! Let you know.

Emlee 2012-11-15 03:44:44 -0600 Report

Hi jayabee52, Thank you for sharing your meal plan! I am going to try the meal plan that you are on. I use to eat this way and did not have the weight that I having now! I will keep in touch with you on my results.

jayabee52 2012-11-14 01:23:39 -0600 Report

As the Nutrisystem D plan follows the AmDiabetesAssn guidelines, You could do worse than follow that, however, The ADA does allow more carbs than many here would allow themselves (me included).

I personally don't care for having meals sent to me, so I'd not do it myself. I like to prep my own meals myself. But that is just me.

Please let us know here how you did with your nutrisystem meals.

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