Make Your Own Jenny Craig or Nutrisystem Using the Frozen Food Aisle of Your Supermarket

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Over the past 18 months or so, I have resorted to my old slovenly ways of vegging out in front of the TV with my laptop, eating junk food, Facebooking, and just being a general couch potato. You hardly have to cook, since most Nutrisystem foods either are ready to eat or only need heating. Click on the detailed information that outlines the full nutritional value of the meal and make notes for yourself as to which meals you want to replicate. The Nutrisystem diet is the ultimate in convenience. I suspect other introverts out there feel the same way. When I went to get the kids from school, I'd have a frozen meal.

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Now on to the desserts. This is another area which I think would be extremely hard to replicate. The creamy fudge bar which is rated almost 5 stars and is absolutely incredible has only calories.

The sugar content is a little higher than most nutrisystem meals at But go to the store and check out popular ice cream bars. Many have as much as 30 grams of sugar and are well over calories.

The very high rated cheese puffs like Cheetos, sort of are only calories and only one gram of sugar. Some health food items compare on some areas, but not on others. I really like that they allow the consumers to rate the foods now. It allows you to see that most of the foods really are good. I hope this article has shown you that DIY nutrisystem would be pretty difficult to accomplish and I doubt it would be any cheaper either.

I was practically immobile. A couple of weeks ago, I got on the scale and I was mortified at the number that popped up. I stood in my bathroom, where one whole wall is a mirror, looked at my naked body and I was disgusted with myself. My husband felt the same way about his body and the number that the scale told him. So I began researching. My husband really wanted to do Nutrisystem. A guy at his plant lost over pounds on Nutrisystem and kept it off for more than a year.

I was intrigued, so I started researching. Nutrisystem's plan was fairly simple -- high protein, low carb, low calorie and they sent you all of your meals that you supplemented with fresh fruits and vegetables. It was nutritionally sound. It sounded super easy to follow. But it was expensive.

This was a problem. I don't know about everyone else, but for us, since we don't do credit cards, this money would come straight out of our checking account. So Nutrisystem was out of the question, regardless of how awesome their plan was.

I did not know the specific nutritional information on their meals, but an exhaustive Google search revealed some guidelines. The beauty of this was that I had no "brand" limitations.

I bought what was on sale. I bought some Special K shakes and bars, some Slim-fast shakes, and some Atkins shakes different sales at different stores. I also found some protein powder on sale that I could put with these great Yoplait Smoothies that I already had -- that would raise the protein level without raising the calories above the accepted level and these smoothies count as a shake and a fruit. I went to the frozen food section and found that these guidelines are super easy to follow.

I also bought what was on sale -- Weight Watcher meals, Healthy Choice meals, and Lean Cuisine meals -- it didn't matter as long as they were things that we would eat and stayed within the guidelines.

I also took note of the sodium content -- salt is necessary for frozen foods, but too much of it can cause you to retain water and derail your weight loss. Then I got some fresh spinach, lettuce, tomatoes, zucchini, broccoli, apples, oranges, bananas, etc. I also bought some raw almonds. Almonds are high in protein and are an awesome way to curb cravings with just a few nuts.

But I was still skeptical. What if my info was off?? A lot of this was in the timing of the meals -- so I started the day by using the pre-made protein shakes as creamer in my coffee -- eliminating the need for additional milk or sweeteners and eating a piece of fruit. The husband went to bed shortly after because he works nights and I would have another shake and a fruit a couple of hours later. When I went to get the kids from school, I'd have a frozen meal. When I made the kids dinner, I'd make mine, usually with a salad or some broccoli, or whatever.

We were eating when we were hungry and for the first time since either of us could remember, we heard our stomachs growl. We also needed to up our activity.

We have put a hold on our gym membership because we weren't using it and it was expensive. We decided to give this new plan a go without the gym. If we had success without the gym, then when we plateaued, we'd have something new to add to switch things up. So, I set up an exercise plan that I could do at home. This is basically it: Wear ankle weights all day, everyday. This is a little thing, but it will make every step you take help to tone your legs, butt, and core. I try to do , but that's me.

I am not trying to bulk up, and I only own 5 pound dumbbells and a 10 pound kettle bell. I do squats with the kettle bell, lunges with the dumbbells, and I lay on my step bench and do chest presses, bicep curls, etc. I don't really pay attention to the order or anything, but I do stay consistent in the number of reps and the specific exercises. The idea is to be moving. Just ankle weights Now, I know that the exercise is a lot.

And the first week that I did this, I did not start exercising until Day 3. But doing it in my own house in front of my TV really makes it easy to follow. I base what I do on what I did the day before: I started with twice a day, then once a day, then no weights, then twice a day, then once a day, then nothing.

This is the pattern that I was going to follow. A lot of "experts" will tell you that you shouldn't do weights everyday. Well, when you are doing "weights' in the pound range, this is not an issue.

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