It’s no wonder that Nutrisystem has helped so many people succeed in their weight loss goals: There’s no guessing about portion sizes, no counting or measuring your Nutrisystem food. The meals and snacks are already pre-measured, so you can eat the food, and lose weight. They’re also filled with fiber so that even though you’re eating less, you’ll feel full—and stay feeling full until it’s time for your next meal or snack.
But if you reach your goals on Nutrisystem, you’ll get more than just a new body and the need for a new wardrobe.
Here are five ways losing with Nutrisystem can change your life:
1. Losing weight can improve your relationships.
Researchers at North Carolina State University found that when one partner in a relationship lost weight—an average of 60 pounds lost—communication between couples generally improved. The partner who lost weight was more likely to inspire the other partner to live a healthy, active lifestyle, and were more likely to talk about healthy behaviors. This was especially beneficial in couples where the non-losing partner was receptive to hearing these suggestions—emotional and physical intimacy improved in such relationships.
But it wasn’t all good: Some of those who lost weight didn’t just introduce good habits ad good suggestions, but wound up nagging their partners. The researchers suggest being aware of how you discuss these issues as you lose, and to be aware of your partner’s receptiveness to it. Make sure the relationship remains a supportive one, rather than one built on competition or haranguing.
2. Losing weight can improve your memory.
Bet you didn’t see that one coming: Losing weight not only improves your memory, but it changes the level of brain activity in parts of the brain associated with “retrieval of episodic memories.” That’s according to a 2013 study from Sweden. Researchers found that when 20 overweight, older women lost weight—an average of 17 pounds, taking them under the threshold for “obesity”—they all got a memory boost, regardless of the weight loss program they used to lose.
3. Losing weight can improve your sleep.
If you feel groggy when you wake up, you’re not alone: Obese people get less sleep than people of a normal weight, according to a study in the Journal of Clinical Sleep Medicine. And the sleep they do get is of a lower quality . But it isn’t permanent: When people lose 5 percent of their body weight, they sleep an average of 21.6 more minutes per night, according to a 2014 study. And the benefit didn’t stop at five percent: The more weight they lost, the more sleep they gained.
4. Losing weight can improve your summers.
When you’re overweight, the summer can be brutal: The extra fat on your body is literally extra insulation, trapping the heat of the sun in your body. Many people who lose weight report that when they drop pounds, the summer months are less stifling—meaning you’re more likely to relish a day at the ballpark, pool, or a backyard barbecue without running in to the A/C.
There’s a flip-side, though: You could feel extra cold in the winter. So stock up on flannel pajamas and blankets for those frigid months, knowing that it’s easier to bundle up against the cold than it is to relieve the discomfort of too much heat.
5. Losing weight can improve your lifespan.
Dropping pounds is associated with a drop in your risk of “all-cause mortality”—death. This drop in risk has a lot to do with how weight loss can reduce your risks of chronic diseases: One in five cancers diagnosed in the US is related to being overweight or eating a poor diet. Heart disease is associated with being overweight, as well, as are high blood pressure, stroke, and diabetes. Losing as little as 5 pounds starts to put less strain on your heart , and continuing on your weight loss journey can lengthen your life even further: In a study of more than 17,000 people, losing an average of 12 pounds was associated with a 15 percent decrease in all-cause mortality risk.