Does Nutrisystem diet really work withOUT exercise?

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My first question is Does Nutrisystem diet really work withOUT exercise? Hoping for any response. Second question.. I'm taking the plunge and have entered an upcoming 5k. I've been walking a hilly 2 mile route twice a day for the past 3 months, plus jogging 1-2 miles 4x per week, not to mention 45-90 minutes per day on a tough program on our elliptical. So I know I'm ready. I've set a personal goal time of 25 minutes, which would be averaging just over 8 minutes per mile. I'm pretty sure I can do it, we'll find out on 1/9!..

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Ye, although you might wanna make sure and wait for someone else here to confirm my answer as I am on the fence. Better yet, why don't you email the Nutrisystem guys because they can assist you better...

Comment #1

Bill - Go for it! I am running my first on New Year's Eve. I will echo Bob_M's warning about the time. I not seen where you have run a full 5K yet. Dry run would be good. I do not know where you were at before you reached your starting weight. Were you a runner? I was not.

I will fill the rest in later as I plan on running a 5K every 6-8 so I am always getting ready for one..


Comment #2

I was a big runner years ago. I remember when a 6 minute mile was a fairly easy run, so I'm thinking I could run 3 8:10 miles in a row fairly easily, but I may be completely delusional. I won't know until I try. My plan will be to go out at a 8 min pace and then adjust from there. I was very tempted to go for the 10k, but I need to keep it real and try a 5k first. If all goes well I'll try a 10k in Feb...

Comment #3

Bill and Rick - Congrats on signing up for your first 5K!.

I ran my first in June of this year..

Good luck with your race, and keep us posted on your progress...

Comment #4

There's a good program out there called ".

From Couch to 10K.

" - there is also a 5K version of this. It's a good program that will help you gradually progress to where you can do this..

I tried it this summer, but with the extra weight I'm carrying at the moment, it didn't make it a good choice..

Give it a look and let me know what you think!..

Comment #5

Acoustic -.

I did the Couch to 5K program and I really liked it. I started the beginning October. It made a lot of sense to me and I found it pretty easy to do. I tried it back in Februray but tweak my knee the first day and ended up doing PT for about 6 weeks. But in October I weighed a lot less and it made a huge difference...

Comment #6

There's a whole group of folks here in the Fitness section on a thread called Couch To 5K (or C25K). Go for it, Rads! Like has been mentioned, watch out for trying to run with the pack at the beginning! BAD idea..


Comment #7

I ran my first 5K race yesterday. The good news is that I did not come in last. I ran a 34:27. Since that was my first I guess that makes it my PR. It went alot better than I thought it would. It was great my nephew, who ran CC in high school and at D1 college, came and ran with me.

I am planing on running one every 6-8 weeks to help keep me focused on exercising...

Comment #8

Great job rick! so I guess you finished like you wanted to!..

Comment #9

Like I said in the Fitness forum, FanTasTic, Rick!! That was a good time, 'specailly considering where you came from 1 year ago! I know, having come from the same place. This is just SO COOL!!!! Brand new YOU!!.


Comment #10

Good job Rick! I ran a practice 5k on the 1st, and now realize that 25min is a bit too lofty of a 1st time goal. I'm shooting for 29 and some seconds, but definitely under 30 mins. My event is this Saturday, I'll let you guys know how it goes.....

Comment #11

Those extra 3 lbs aren't going to help any, Bill :-).

Good luck saturday!..

Comment #12

You're going to do great. Don't worry about the time. Just get a good workout and finish thinking you gave it your all. Set your baseline time to improve for the next one...

Comment #13

Just home from running my first 5k. Being sick I didn't have too much motivation, in fact I was tempted to not go this morning. Then there was a mix-up at the start and I somehow got myself positioned at the very back which left me to pick my way through toddlers, dogs on leaches, and kids in strollers for the first K. My official time was 27:24, 6th place for 40-49. Which ain't bad considering everything that went on. I think If I'd had a start near the front and been healthy my sub 25min goal may have been reachable.

Now I just hope I don't end up being sicker than a dog tomorrow!..

Comment #14

Congratulations on your run!.

I found a plan to prepare for a 5K by googling something like from couch to 5K in 8 weeks. Nice easy plan but after a week, I find that I'm not quite ready to follow it. Maybe next week after I drop some more pounds...

Comment #15

Great run, Rads!! I'm envious. I have not broken 30 minutes yet. Running is coming hard for me......

Doneitall72 - Check the fitness forum. There's a long thread dedicated to C25K (Couch to 5 K) that a bunch of runners and runner wannabee's (like me) hang out..


Comment #16

Thanks, Gordon! I do feel pretty good about it. I really hit my stride at about the 2k mark. However I was really bummed about the start, because I passed 100s of people, but was never personally passed. So that meant the group running my pace was long gone before I reached clear trails. Oh well, it really was a blast. My wife and I are planning on doing another either the last weekend of this month or the first of weekend of Feb..

I felt really bad for the top 10k & 15k runners, because they were having to thread their way through all the dogs, strollers, and packed trails for their final kilometer to the finish..

It was bad enough for me running with the flow, but they were having to run against it, and were quite dismayed!..

Comment #17

Darn bill that's is a great time - and to be honest, much better than I expected from you - anyhow - admirable showing, congrats!..

Comment #18

Thanks Bob, we're planning another 5k in 4 weeks. It's the day before the Super Bowl, called the Super Run. Hopefully I'll be a lot closer 25min, if not under. I think dropping another 8-10lbs and being healthy, plus a decent starting spot will make a big difference.....

Comment #19

Oh yea. must be warm where you are because nothing is scheduled up in NJ....

And I don't want to run this year the way the cold has been....

Knew this winter was coming, we had such a god aweful summer in the NE.

I think we can go ice fishing - maybe been able to do that 1 out of 5 the last 15 years - especially this early - usually need to wait till feb..

Comment #20

We're in the San Diego area, so lots of opportunities for organized runs this time of year...

Comment #21

Bill - It must really suck to live around San Diego! As I look out my office window, it is snowing on top of the foot on snow on the ground already!..

Comment #22

Rick, I'm sure not complaining. It's been beautiful here since New Years. What part of the country are you in? I was just looking at your weight graph, you sure did well during the holidays! You're going to blow right me I if don't get to it! When do you expect to hit goal?..

Comment #23

Bill, I am in norheast Ohio about 30 miles SE of Cleveland. If I can my A$$ in gear, I could hit my goal in 3-4 weeks. All my running now is done in the basement on the TM watching SportsCenter...

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