I am certain that many of you have been exposed to the non-stop ads by the Nutrisystem weight loss program since the beginning of the year when many of us resolve to lose weight.
For those that are unfamiliar, Nutrisystem is a weight-loss system that provides users with a meal plan and a community to help with weight loss.
The program entails following a diet based on prepackaged foods purchased directly from the company. They offer over 150 menu choices in four categories including breakfast, lunch, dinner and snacks. It sounds like an ideal plan, you do not have to worry about counting calories or what to have each day for breakfast, lunch and dinner, the good folks at Nutrisystem have taken the guess work out of following a diet plan. And of course, according to their high profile spokespeople like soap opera superstar Genie Francis, actress Melissa Joan Hart and entertainer Marie Osmond, the plan really works.
Interested? Well, hold on just a minute. Many of the Nutrisystem products, including the majority of their breakfast items, are made with wheat, which means that they contain gluten. Further, the Nutrisystem website notes that this plan should not be followed by people who need to follow a gluten-free diet.
Under its current program, Nutrisystem Success, the company offers four categories of weight loss plans: standard plans for women and men, Nutrisystem D (a plan designed for people with diabetes or prediabetes that meets the nutrition guidelines of the American Diabetes Association); Nutrisystem Silver (a plan targeting heart health); and Nutrisystem for Teens (a plan for adolescents age 14–17 years old who are above the 85th percentile for body mass index). Many special dietary needs can be accommodated (e.g., low-sodium, vegetarian), however for people with food allergies, they do not currently have a plan in place (e.g., allergies to peanuts or soy, celiac disease).
I have read that Nutrisystem is considering offering a gluten-free weight loss plan, and who wouldn’t want to jump on the gluten-free bandwagon given the current market conditions, but a specific date has yet to be announced.
Still, I believe that eating healthy (most of us on a gluten free diet already do) and following an exercise regimen will produce better results than any diet plan out there. Weight loss is ultimately a life-style change and so is going gluten free.