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A Day in the Life of NutriSystem Nourish

Luann uses a combination of the Prepared Foods Meal Plan and the DoIt-Yourself Meal Plan for her weight-loss program.
Luann is a working woman who lives with her 8-year-old daughter and wants to lose 40 pounds. It’s Tuesday, and her alarm goes off at 6 A.M. Slowly she heads toward her favorite comfy chair for 10 minutes of deep breathing while focusing positively on the day ahead of her. From there, she hops on the treadmill in her laundry room for a 20-minute walk before hitting the shower. By 7:15, she’s eating breakfast with her daughter (a bowl of NutriSystem Low-Fat Granola with banana slices and a glass of fat-free milk), and they’re out the door by 8 A.M.
Luann’s morning flies by and by 11:30 she’s ready for her lunch including NutriSystem Hearty Minestrone Soup and the salad she fixed last night. She tops her meal off with some key lime yogurt and heads out the door with a coworker for a 10-minute walk around the office complex to complete her lunch hour. At 3 P.M., she snacks on an apple and low-fat string cheese at her desk, and while heading out her office door, she practices her Doorway Exercise as she’s done all day when passing through thresholds—she repeats her affirmation, “I want to be strong, healthy, and vibrant, and I have the power to make this happen in my life.”
By 6 P.M., Luann is home with her daughter, preparing homecooked Turkey Tostadas (from the NutriSystem Nourish recipes) and helping her daughter with homework in the kitchen. By 8:30, after paying some bills, she sits down to enjoy a NutriSystem Mochaccino Dessert Bar while thinking about what she’s going to wear to work the next day.
It’s been another great day on the NutriSystem Nourish program for Luann

The Carb/Sugar Connection
The new NutriSystem Nourish program views food as fuel. It’s there to provide power for your life. And one major source of this fuel is carbohydrates.
I know that there are many diets out there talking about low-carb or nocarb approaches, and that for many people carb has actually become a fearsome foe. But I’m not willing to feed this fear of carbohydrates. Instead, I’m going to let you in on why this plan is The Good Carb Answer. I’m going to tell you about some good carb choices and encourage you to eat the right
kinds of carbohydrates that will support your metabolism, your mood, and
your overall health and well-being. By avoiding the bad carbohydrates, you
will lose weight.
The #1 thing you need to know about all carbohydrates is that they have
a direct connection to insulin in your body, and that insulin affects the way you gain weight. Your pancreas produces the hormone insulin in response
to an increase of sugar in the bloodstream. When your pancreas notices that the level of sugar in your body has suddenly risen, such as after you’ve eaten some ice cream or a cookie, it kicks in and sends out insulin to help your body utilize the sugar for energy. When this insulin is sent out, it converts the sugar to glycogen, which your body needs and stores in your liver for later use. However, only so much of that glycogen can be stored up, and once those stores become full, the rest of the sugar that’s being converted has nowhere to go, yet the insulin continues converting it—at this point, into fat.
Once those stores are full, your body and all fat-burning systems shut
down and all you do is store fat—the very fat that keeps you from fitting into those favorite jeans. And in addition to adding inches to your waistline, this storage of fat affects your body in other detrimental ways, like decreasing the release of your muscle-building hormones, weakening your immune system, and raising cholesterol and triglycerides—all a direct result of consuming too much sugar.
That’s why balancing your blood sugar levels—something you can do through the NutriSystem Nourish program—is so key. This includes carbohydrates, too, because as they’re metabolized, carbohydrates are converted by your body into sugar, which enters your bloodstream to be used as energy. It’s imperative to choose good ones—those carbs that are metabolized slowly into sugar—because they enter the bloodstream more slowly, which keeps your blood sugar levels normal, so you don’t send out too much insulin and start storing fat.

Good carbs = normal sugar and insulin levels = less fat stored and less hunger

Now you can see why we’re on the hunt for the kind of carbohydrates that trigger the least amount of insulin to be released, so fat doesn’t get stored. These are good carbs and there’s a simple way to find out what foods they’re in.


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