I sometimes hear from people who are considering the Nutrisystem diet but who are worried about having to increase their vegetable intake. They worry that this will be very difficult or even unsavory. I might hear a comment like: “one of my friends lost a lot of weight on Nutrisystem. But it seemed like very time I saw her, she was eating broccoli as a snack. I hate broccoli. I worry that I will have to eat too many vegetables on this diet. And I really do not like vegetables. Is this the wrong diet for me?”
I can’t answer whether or not this is the right or wrong diet for you. Only you can make that call. What I can do is to tell you that you are encouraged to eat four servings of vegetables each day. Generally, people will eat two at lunch and two at dinner. You should know that the serving sizes for this are relatively small. For example, if you choose raw red peppers, a cup is equal to a serving. The same is true of raw carrots, broccoli and asparagus, to name only a few. Any vegetable is fair game. The key is that they need to be raw. If you cook them, then the serving size is cut down to one half of a cup. If you don’t like vegetables, then perhaps you do want to cook them so that you will have to eat less of them.
Here’s another consideration. Many vegetables on Nutrisystem are unlimited. That might be why this person was always seeing her friend eating the broccoli. If you love vegetables and are hungry, this can actually be great thing. Many people take advantage of this. But if you don’t enjoy vegetables, you do not have to take advantage of the fact that they are unlimited. You can eat what is required and stop at that.
I’ll make one final point that may help you to get in all of your vegetables. You are allowed to consume vegetable juice if this is easier for you. You only need to drink four ounces of juice to count for one vegetable serving. So twelve ounces of vegetable juice is not a tall order to get in your ration for the day.
Another thing to consider is that you are allowed to have reduced fat salad dressing. You can have three servings per day with a serving size of one tablespoon. Some people find that having salad dressing with the vegetables actually makes them taste quite good. Raw red peppers with fat free ranch is one of my favorite snacks. I know that many people think that they don’t like vegetables. But, most diets have this requirement. And frankly, you get used to this. I’ve actually come to like them. And if this is what it takes for me to maintain my weight loss, I think that this is a small price to pay.