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Chemist loses 20 lbs.* on Nutrisystem D
We have our blood work checked once a year at work; a few years back, my results came back high for blood sugar (105). So I wasn’t actually diabetic; I was prediabetic. At that point, I took the results to my doctor, who told me that I could control it with diet and exercise. I agreed and wanted to see what I could do on my own, and that’s when I lost the first ten pounds by just cutting back on sugars. I was good for a couple of years, but then my blood sugar went up to 117 at another work screening. I didn’t know what to do at that point. Plus, some people in my family had become diabetic, so I really thought that, sooner or later, I’d have to be on insulin and I would have problems with diabetes. And I didn’t want that to happen to me.

I’m a chemist, and I tend to take a scientific approach to things with my background in statistics and chemistry. So I was really interested in trying to find a scientific approach to this problem. As it turns out, my daughter and her boyfriend were on Nutrisystem at the time. So they recommended trying the diabetic plan, which I did. In addition to their recommendations, I was really impressed with the scientific information that came along with the program—in particular, the glycemic index information which allowed me to see the balance and the different food contents, and how that worked with the diet.

Control is the key

I started on the Nutrisystem® D® plan because I wanted to know exactly what I was taking in and follow a program that was more controlled—I wanted to make determinations on my own and not have to worry about what I was eating. It was a regimented plan that I could follow and be sure that what I was taking in was exactly what I needed to reduce my blood sugar.

The meal plan allowed me to track the foods that I ate, so I was able to see exactly what I had taken in each day, how many calories, how many carbs, and how many grams of fat. I mean, everything is laid out when you enter the food into the tracker that’s on the website. And it’s a great way to get yourself in the habit of eating the right kind of foods. And when I did that for several months, it became such a habit that now it’s just a lifestyle. That’s just the way I eat.
 
I also love the foods because they’re so portable and convenient. I can take them to work. I could throw a bar in my purse in case I was out somewhere and couldn’t grab lunch; so instead of grabbing a soft pretzel, I would be able to eat a lunch bar—and that would hold me over until I could get home to have a piece of fruit. Plus, it was nice being able to store the food in my desk at work and just pull something out of the drawer, knowing that I’m getting healthy food without having to worry about keeping it refrigerated or keeping it cold while I’m at work. In fact, I can leave the food in my drawer at work for weeks, and I know they’re not going to bad (the great food chemistry that’s involved in preserving the foods is another added benefit).


And it worked—and then some. When I started, my goal was to lose 10 or 11 pounds; and the only reason I really picked that was because the program is set up for you to have a goal and to lose weight. As it turns out, it sounds kind of funny, but I couldn’t stop losing weight. It just happened. I stayed on the program, and it just happened naturally. I followed the meal plan. I logged in my daily intake of food every day. I did the exercise. And it just kept coming off—I lost a total of 20 lbs.!*

More important, the blood sugar went down to 101. The A1cs also went down from 5.7 to 5.1. Both of these results are great indicators of how you’ve got your prediabetic condition under control. I feel like I do and I feel great!

Once I got to the weight that I’m at now, which is 152, I started to level off a little bit more. And then I started adding some whole grains and some other things that were on the grocery list from Nutrisystem—but not anything in excess, just one or two things a day. And now I still stick with the plan even though I’ve reached my goal weight. I’ve spread out the food a little more, but I still get the Nutrisystem® foods delivered every other month, and I mix those in with the other foods that I eat. And it’s working well for me.

Sweet surprise

By being on the Nutrisystem D plan, I learned to adjust my eating habits. I eat a lot more proteins and a lot more whole grains. Prior to that, I had tried to just cut out sugars: no sweets, no cookies, and no candy. In contrast, when I went on Nutrisystem D, I started eating cookies and candy again. So it was a nice change that I was able to eat those things but still know that my food intake was controlled to be able to maintain the blood sugar levels that I was trying to achieve.

I ordered Nutrisystem Select, and I was really surprised when I got all that nice ice cream, because I hadn’t really eaten any ice cream for a while. So I was able to have little ice cream sundaes and ice cream sandwiches, in addition to the chocolate cake and brownies that were in with the desserts. So it was a really a nice treat since I had pretty much deprived myself of those things for the couple years before that.

Speaking of deprivation, I never felt like I was being deprived when I was on Nutrisystem. It was just amazing. I never felt hungry. I was always eating. And people at work would look at me and see me eating all the time, and they wouldn’t understand how the weight was coming off. And a couple of my friends there have wanted to lose weight. I keep handing out Nutrisystem food and saying, “Here, give it a try.” We try to spread the word about Nutrisystem (and get that $30 Buddy Bucks reward to boot).

Bending over backwards

I was also having some pains in my hips before. However, since I lost the weight I don’t have that as badly anymore. I can do more things, too. I can bend over a lot easier, for example. It may sound like a silly thing, but when I would bend over with the extra weight, it would put pressure on my stomach and make me feel nauseous. Now I can bend over and reach for things in the car when we’re driving, and it doesn’t make me feel sick. It’s just a little thing that’s made a difference since I’ve lost the weight.

Since losing 20 lbs.*, shopping is a lot easier, too. Things fit a lot better. I went from around a size 14 to 16 down to a size 10, and can sometimes even get in an 8,* which is really pretty impressive for me because I don’t think I’ve ever worn an 8 before this.

However, I think the biggest difference in how I feel after being on Nutrisystem D is that I have more energy. If I don’t exercise on a given day, I actually feel bad about it. I crave the exercise, and I think that the foods that you get on Nutrisystem are the reason—they help to sustain that energy and help drive you to want to do more.
What’s possible for people with prediabetes

If you’re prediabetic and you don’t know what to do, the best thing to do is try Nutrisystem D. It gives you structure and a format to follow so that you know that you’re getting the right foods and eating the right things to lose weight to help you get your blood sugar under control.

I did it. I lost 20 lbs.* and my blood sugar went from 117 to 101—and I feel great! Look, a prediabetes diagnosis doesn’t mean that you’re automatically going to be diabetic. You can get it under control with what you eat and how you exercise—and Nutrisystem D helps make it easy.

—Sue


*Results not typical. On Nutrisystem, you can expect to lose at least 1-2 lbs. per week. Individuals are remunerated. Weight lost on a prior Nutrisystem® program.