How long might it take someone to lose 20 pounds on Nutrisystem?

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Quick question: How long might it take someone to lose 20 pounds on Nutrisystem? Looking forward for any comment. 2nd question I got is.. Ok, I knew this was coming, I read all about it when I started on NS. My situation is complicated by the weight training I started about a month ago so I know that some of that weight on the scale is now muscle, but I suspect the the plateauing effect is also part of this. I have gained 1.5 pounds in the last 2 weeks and I have been sticking with the Nutrisystem diet pretty much to the letter other than adding more protein to help with the muscle building..

Any advice?..

Comments (21)

Hmm... I need to find out myself. I don't know what is the right answer to your question. I'll do some research and get back to you if I bump into an anything. You should email the people at Nutrisystem as they probably could assist you..

Comment #1

Hey Dap. Keep working it. Make sure you're adding enough calories for your workout routine. I estimate my routine at approx 400-500 calories and add almost that many calories every time I work out. That got me off my plateau. I use Muscle Milk 17 oz, which is high-fat, high-protein and 330 cal.

A Body Bug would be ideal for you to help figure it out. Otherwise, use trial and error. Change things up. Take a few days off the gym, whatever. Sometimes it really helps to shake up the system.

But it's only that. A guess. I hear the counselors are good if you want to call NS..

Your ticker shows an excellent overall loss rate, so know that this too shall pass. It makes it harder when you're used to seeing a pound drop every other day or so and then it stops. Another thing to check - scale accuracy. Using different scales or a faulty scale can throw you for a loop..


Comment #2

Thanks Gordon, I have been looking at the body bug, a bit pricey though...I have also been looking at the Omron HBF-306C Body Fat Analyzer to help me tell if the scale weight is new muscle or old fat......

Comment #3

I havent hit a plateau yet, but I know it's coming, and when it does I just plan to cry and ***** and moan until I am over it. I hope tears weigh a lot!..

Comment #4

Either eat more for one day or move more to bust through the plateau..

Comment #5

I talked to a counselor about adding protein shakes and they recommended against it. You can probably add some protein but it may not take much to over do it. The Nutrisystem food is already loaded with protein...

Comment #6

I would say just stay on plan and work your way through it. I lost 30#'s in 10 weeks and then nothing for a month. I didn't change what was working and kept on keeping on and today for the first time in 4 weeks a saw a drop on the scale. Sometimes the body just does what the body wants to do..

Keep up the good work and good luck!..

Comment #7

Sorry, didn't realize this was a guy thread when I posted hope you all don't mind a female point of view...

Comment #8

Alright, who left the door open and allowed a.


To walk in?.

Don't sweat it; we're basically a decent bunch of guys. You're welcome to add to the long as you don't mind us belching and scratching!..

Comment #9

She can stay but she's gotta lose the girlie ticker.


Comment #10

Use the tools online to determine how many calories you should be eating based on your height, weight, etc. (you need to include calories for your exercise). Then, subtract no more than 1,000 calories from that and that is what you should be eating. When you are on a super low diet your body becomes more efficient in it's use of calories so you stop losing weight. The only way out of that predicament is to eat your way out. When you persist at a starvation level your body will use it's muscle mass to compensate for the lack of calories and save it's fat stores. Odd, but true...

Comment #11

Are you sure you're not cheating on the rum?..

Comment #12

Try the body boost. search for it if I can find it I will post it...

Comment #13

Body Boost is a low carb, higher protein plan that you follow for 3 days to kickstart your weightloss or break a plateau. The meal plan is (alternatives using non-NS foods in parentheses):.


NS Scrambled Egg Mix (1/2 cup egg beaters or 1 egg plus 1 egg white).

NS Sliced Ham (Hormel Natural choice ham 4 slices, 60 calories or Healthy Choice one serving, or turkey bacon).

1 fruit.


1 Nutrisystem Chicken or Tuna Salad ~ no bread (Starkist tuna 3 oz packs 110 cal + 1 Tbl. of FF mayo or Tyson Canned Chicken 4oz 60 cal per serving).


1 fruit.


1 fruit.

1 dairy or protein serving.


1 Nutrisystem Pot Roast, Chicken or Beef Patty ~ no bun (Boca All American Burger, 4 oz chicken breast, 4 oz very lean steak).

2 vegetable servings.


1 fat serving.

Evening Snack:.

1 Nutrisystem Apple Soy Chips, Hot Cocoa, or Chocolate Shake (Diet Swiss Miss Hot Cocoa)(The Nutrisystem Biscottis, Nacho Chips, Honey Mustard Pretzels all are lower carb dessert options).

3 Day Boost Tips & Tricks:.

1. Drink your normal amount of water.

2. Do not add salt.

3. Do not skip any salad or veggies.

4. If you get a craving, drink water or eat 1/2 cup of sugar free gelatin.

5. Walk at least 20 minutes each day.

6. Take a multivitamin.


Good Luck alot of people have had success with this!..

Comment #14

You need to give more information before anyone can offer relevant advice. Not that it keeps some from doing it anyway..

First, what level of intensity do you maintain in your weight training? Days / week. Time per session. Resistance level (in other words, do you do 3 sets of 8 different exercises per session, where the last set of each exercise you can barely complete all the reps, and cannot do 2 more reps, or what?)..

Second, you absolutely cannot plateau from one month of weight training. Well, you can, but not from your first month. Heh..

As for the protein, assuming your resistance training is adequate or better, you can add a whey protein (not Muscle Milk) between 30 and 45 minutes after you finish your workout, and it will be fully utilized in the metabolic processes your workout started..

Regarding Muscle Milk, the new formula being shipped now is much lower in fat and carbs, but don't buy the Collegiate formula because you have to use 4 scoops instead of 2 to get enough of the other nutrients..

I use Muscle Milk (and somethings another casein protein in place of it) because they help keep you out of the catabolic state by feeding nutrients into your bloodstream over a long period of time. Example : I had whey serving at 4pm today, 40 minutes after finishing my workout. I ate very low fat, low carb, good protein food at 5:30pm. Around 10pm tonight I will drink one serving of Probolic protein, a casein / whey isolate mixture. This will keep me from going catabolic while I sleep..

Total calories ingested today, including the protein and other supplements : 2,100-ish. Calories expended, counting my 50 minute high intensity weight training session, about 2,300. So I'm going to eat a protein bar (fat < 1g, carbs < 10g) in about 60 minutes, at 8pm..

If you train hard, the Nutrisystem food plan alone will run you in too large a calorie deficit, and too large a protein-deficit. Which is ok if you want to look like a scarecrow when you make goal..



Gained weight due to muscle mass gain some, and it has been accompanied by results a body fat caliper can measure...

Comment #15

I highly reccomend the bodybugg (see my thread on it here in the mens forum)... I don't recommend anything omron... not accurate IMHO. Oh and as for plateau, I've been there and it's hard to get past... the best advice I can give you is stop all scale monitoring and measuring for a while. Just continue doing what has been working for you and pick up measuring in a month.

Be content with small changes for a while...

Comment #16

Thanks for the welcome guys. Belching and scratching sounds like home to me between DH, DS and DGS. As for the girly ticker, sorry but I am too close to the pot of gold at the end of the rainbow to change that now. But I do feel your pain with the small portions and hitting a plateau, that really bites. But this has what has gotten me into trouble in the past, I hit a plateau and got discouraged and gave up and went back to my old pizza, burgers, fries, beer guzzling ways. This time I decided to wait it out and sure enough if you work the program it will eventually reward you.

I figure if Mike Golic can work this program anyone can...

Comment #17

Finally just got through about a month long plateau. To get through it:.

#1 Stay on plan. Just because you're not losing doesn't mean you want to give back anything either..

Take the time to review how well you've been hitting the plan. I know while I'm pretty decent with exercise and my food, I'm awful when it comes to making sure I drink enough water. So I really focused on reaching my 64 oz goal daily..

Also, I tried mixing up my food a bit in terms of what veggies I was eating. Have no idea if that helped or not, but it's a good habity to be in anyhow just to keep things interesting..

Important thing to remember is that you will get through it...

Comment #18

I have a mini-plateau weekly. During the week I won't lose much if at all and come Saturday, like clockwork, 3 or 4 lbs fall off mysteriously. I think it's work-stress related and by Friday night I release all that tension so maybe that's why. I have even gone 2-weeks without a lose, especially those times where I work six days a week - but overall I am still at 0.55-lbs per day lost..


Comment #19

I "plateaued" last week....first week since I started that I hadn't lost week. Just stuck it out, kept doing what I was doing (cuz I feel great) and was shocked this morning to discover that I lost 6 pounds this week. Don't know how or why....I don't ask questions...

Comment #20

My body thinks it's learning to drive a stick shift. Lot's of short starts and stops but it keeps moving forward...

Comment #21

Glad you guys can keep your sense of humor sometimes that is what gets me through. I read somewhere that laughter adds years to your life and burn calories too! For my money, whatever works, works for me. Keep the humor coming...

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