How To Do Nutrisystem Step By Step

March 1st, 2015

By: Ava Alderman:  This is the time of year that many people are motivated to get healthy.  It’s also the time of year that people are researching nutrisystem and trying to figure out the best and easiest way to place an order.  This article will outline the steps of this process to make things a little easier when getting started.

Step One: Chose The Right Plan For You:  The first step is deciding on your plan.  They offer plans for men and women.  After that, they offer: regular, traditional plans (men’s and women’s core, basic, and select;) options for people with diabetes (nutrisystem D;) and plans for people over 65 (nutrisystem silver.)  Once you’ve narrowed it down that way, you’ll have to choose between what types of food, support, and selection you want.

You’ll be choosing between the core, select, and basic lines. To make that decision, first ask yourself if you think that it is worth it to pay extra for the gourmet, frozen items, which make up the “select” menu.  Some people will answer a definite yes. And if this describes you, then you will want to chose the select plan.

Others will figure that there are some great options for the cheaper non frozen line.  If this is the case for you, then you’ll want to chose between the core and basic plan.  The difference between the two is that with the core plan, you get to hand pick your foods, get free shipping, and get access to counseling.  This plan costs a bit more than the basic, but you get to choose the foods you know that you will like.

The basic plan is the cheapest plan and there are some great food choices in there because it’s a sampling of popular foods.  You don’t get the free shipping or the counseling, but you still get all the free, online resources. And for some people, this is more than enough for a great price.

Choose Your Special Offer Or Applicable Discount:  Frankly, you should never order nutrisystem without looking at the specials.  Sometimes, it’s possible to go on the select plan without paying more simply because that plan is on special offer.  Sometimes, they deep discount all of the plans.  Other times, they offer a special, premium plan at a very low price (like the fast five promotion going on right now Get Fast 5 Plus and lose 5 lbs in your first week!)  Before you buy any plan, see what is on special.  You can save ALOT of money that way.

Line Up Your Sides:  I find that people tend to over-think this part.  People assume that you have to buy tons of specialty groceries.  You absolutely do not.  These sides are small and easy.  You may add in a piece of fruit.  Or a cup of yogurt. Or a handful of nuts. This is generally healthy snacks that you might be buying anyway for the rest of your family.  So you should not need to spend a lot of extra money here.

Check Out The Free Resources And Get The App:  I am always surprised at the people who have only used the nutrisystem website for their order and have never visited again. If you do this, you are missing out on so many features that will contribute to your success.  You can get recipes, track your progress, get tips, or share with others with the click of a mouse.  Yes, the counseling is great.  But sometimes you want to interact with other dieters.  There is also an app option for your phone.  (You can hook up with all of that on the company website here: NutriSystem, Inc.)  Studies show that people have more success when they have support and when they track what they are doing.  Nutrisystem has made this possible and easy and free.  Make sure you take advantage of this.

Choose Your Exercise And Remember It’s Only 30 Minutes Broken Up Any Way That You Want:  People tend to over-think this also.  They believe that they have to suddenly become athletes or learn a new work out regimen.  To be quite honest, nutrisystem does not ask a lot of you in terms of exercise.  All they are asking is thirty minutes of movement.  This could be two brisk 15 minute walks.  This could be three ten minutes sessions of roller blading.  Whatever you enjoy doing, do it in whatever combination gets you to thirty minutes per day.  It really is that simple.

Give Yourself Some Credit:  Many people have good experience in the beginning of the diet.  It’s designed to have you seeing results quickly. Many people are happy right out of the gate.  But of course, we all hit plateaus and have periods in our lives where it’s harder to be in compliance all of the time.

When you struggle, do not quit.  If you cheat, get back in compliance as soon as possible and don’t get mad at yourself.  This is normal.  You do not have to be perfect on this diet.  And you likely won’t be.  Do the best that you can and give yourself credit for stepping up the plate.  Nothing worthwhile is without effort.  But this is designed so that your efforts are rewarded.

Can You Use Nutrisystem Fast Five For More Than A Week?

February 17th, 2015

By: Ava Alderman:  There’s no question that nutrisystem’s fast five plan (and the fast five plus that came later) have been extremely popular.  That is why you see the program still running.  And there’s a lot to like about this plan.  That first week allows you to “jump start” your weight loss and lose five pounds and up to one inch off of your waist.  And they allow a money back guarantee if this doesn’t happen.

Needless to say, many people who were on the fence about nutrisystem find this the perfect time to try it – with that incentive offered up.  But many people want to keep the good times going – in other words, they would like to extend their fast five “jump start” week into the rest of the month.

They might say: “I really have liked the whole fast five experience.  I’m very happy with my weight loss and I have really enjoyed the shakes.  But my understanding is that this was all for the first week only.  But what if I want to do the fast five beyond that first week? What if I want to continue it?”

I would be surprised if you still have some of the fast five foods and shakes left over in order to keep going.  They typically give you just enough to make it through the first week.  However, frankly the food is not unique to fast five.  They give you entrees that are on the menu otherwise.  The shakes are what is truly different.  They come as part of this promotion and haven’t typically been included in packages.

However, if you really like them and want to continue on, you’d have a couple of choices. (And you’d want to run all of this by a nutrisystem counselor.  I will tell you how to do that at the end of this article.

You could finish out your month’s worth of food and then place a new order for fast five when your food is totally depleted.  Or, if you don’t want to wait that long, you can go to the nutrisystem website and buy some more shakes from the a la carte menu. The easiest way to do this is to follow this link to the nutrisystem site NutriSystem, Inc.

and then go to the search option on top of the website.  Type in the type of shake you are looking for and you should then see it in the search results. You can click on whatever result you are interested in and then you will see it available for purchase.  You typically get a box of 7 shakes for around $12.99.

And while you are there, you may want to reach out to a counselor.  Because this was truly designed only on your first week.  You want to ask a counselor if this is a good, safe idea. You can do that by clicking on the “support” tab at the top of the website.

How Do The Shakes Work On Nutrisystem?

February 5th, 2015

By: Ava Alderman:  Of all of the foods that I’m specifically asked about on nutrisystem, the shakes are one of the most common inquiries.  People want to know how they work and what is their intended purpose.  They want to know how to get them.  And they want to know what are the differences between all of the shake offerings.

The shakes are relatively new to nutrisystem.  They were very well received and seem to be here to stay.  They are not always offered with packages.  Sometimes (like now with the fast five plus promotion – Get Fast 5 Plus and lose 5 lbs in your first week!) a version of them are offered free with your order.  Other times, the only way to get them is to order them a la carte.

The Energizer And Craving Crusher Shakes: It’s important to note that depending on where you get the shakes and what promotion they come with, they are a little different.  For example, if you place a fast five plus order, you get free energizing and craving crusher shakes (7 of each type.)  Most of the time, these come in the chocolate flavor.  The craving crusher is very high in protein and fiber to keep you full and less susceptible to cravings.  The energizing shake contains caffeine and green tea to keep your energy levels up.  Sometimes, you can only get these with a package order that includes fast five. However, as of this writing, I see them available in the a la carte section priced at $19.99 for 7 shakes. Obviously, it’s more cost effective to get them for free.

The energizing shake is only 120 calories and has a whopping 15 grams of protein.  The craving crusher shake has 160 calories and 13 grams of protein.  I suspect that those few additional calories help to keep you full.

The Regular Protein Shakes: Additionally, nutrisystem does offer some protein shakes on the a la carte menu as well.  They are protein shakes that come in the flavors of coffee, strawberry, chocolate, and banana.  They have about 120 calories and 15 grams of protein.  They are similar to the energizer and cravings crusher, but they don’t contain the caffeine and green tea like with the energy shake and they are lower in calories than the cravings crusher option. A 7 pack of the regular protein shakes mentioned about is $12.99.  Or you can get a sampler pack of 28 in a sampling of flavors for $51.50.  To find these items a la carte, follow this button NutriSystem, Inc. and go to the search engine at the top and type in “a la carte.”  This is the easiest way to find them because the a la carte link changes location from time to time.

If you are using the shakes with fast five, they are meant to be used during that first week only.

If you are using the regular shakes as part of your program, they count as a power fuel.  But I’d suggesting asking a counselor on the nutrisystem site to be sure.

Does The Nutrisystem Fast Five Work?

January 26th, 2015

By: Ava Alderman: I’ve been getting a lot of correspondence asking about nutrisystem’s new fast five. People sometimes wants to know what it’s about, what it includes, and how it works. If that describes your questions, you can read more here.  But mostly, people get the general idea of what it is (and how could you not with nutrisystem aggressively advertising it on TV so often right now?) but what most are more interested in is whether or not it actually works.

Since it’s new, you really just have people’s personal experience to go on. It’s so new that I haven’t yet seen any studies regarding it. I’ve heard good feedback on its aggressive pricing, money back guarantee, and all that is included for free. I’ve even seen some posting on forums where the posters outline that they’ve had good initial results.

I think that this makes sense, when you think about it. Most people do find that, so long as they follow the instructions, the first couple of weeks on any diet is pretty encouraging. Sure, it may be an adjustment for your body. But in terms of results, the early days often mean that you haven’t yet reached a plateau and your body isn’t used to the diet yet.

But in addition to this, the fast five plan takes this a step further to ensure that you are going to have an easier time succeeding. They give you the appetite suppression shakes to help you with hunger. They give you the metabolism shakes to help you have a higher burning metabolism and they give you a money back guarantee so that you don’t have as much anxiety going into the process.

In that sense, they have tried to address the thing big concerns that most dieters have – hunger, effectiveness, and cost. I think that this was very smart. Because it gets people trying the plan and the hope is that once those same people see the results in terms of weight loss and how they look and feel, they will continue along.  Plus, most of us are going to be much more encouraged when we have fast and dramatic results.

It’s my guess that the fast five would work in that you would most definitely be taking in fewer calories and you would have an easier time than you might other wise have. Plus, by offering the money back guarantee, they’ve made it so that you have very little to lose. If you don’t like it or you don’t get results, you can get your money back. But many people (especially at this time of the year) think it’s definitely worth a try.

And the shakes are getting great reviews for taste and for how filling they are. The shakes aren’t always included in this diet. (You often have to pay for them separately at other times during the year.) So I would suggest that if you are interested, the fast five works out to be a very good deal at a very good time to try nutrisystem. Here is a link to that offer. Get Fast 5 Plus and lose 5 lbs in your first week!

Where To Purchase Nutrisystem In 2015

January 20th, 2015

By: Ava Alderman: Once you have made the decision to go on nutrisystem, you will likely have an urge to get started right away.  After all, what is the point of waiting?  Why not get started so that the weight will start coming off?

To that end, people will sometimes ask where you can buy nutrisystem in 2015 and where is the very best place to buy it?  Here’s my opinion.  While there are some super centers or chain stores that sell nutrisystem in theory, this often is not the best experience.  Why? Because many of them offer you nothing but cards that you have to send to nutrisystem to get your food anyway.  You are not saving yourself anything in terms of time and you are rarely saving yourself anything in terms of money. If you have to send in a card, why is that better than just ordering straight from the company?

Also, I’ve seen little boxes of nutrisystem food in some stores.  BUT if you look at these closely, you’ll see that you are getting so little for your money.  If you figure out the cost per meal, you’ll find that you paying MUCH more than you would if you’d have ordered a package directly from the company.  Plus, those little boxes of food are going to run out so quickly that you are going to need to buy a bunch of them or run to the store over and over again in order to have enough food that you are able to lose any weight.

And don’t get me started on buying nutrisystem from ebay or craigslist.  Do you really know how old the food is, whether it is genuine, or how it has been stored?  That is a huge risk for most people and pretty unsavory to think about.

Personally, I believe that the best and only place a person should buy nutrisystem is from nutrisystem itself. Why? Well, first of all, you know that you are getting the real deal this way.  This is also the only place where you can use coupons like this one where you can save money and get free shakes. Get Fast 5 Plus and lose 5 lbs in your first week!  Plus, you have cut out any middle man who has not so great intentions.

And as I alluded to, you usually have access to the best price this way because you’re able to take advantage of the promotions running at the time, allowing you to almost double dip on the savings.

Lastly, you get access to the counseling and resources which are going to help you much more than just buying the food from a store and then having no help in order to implement what you are supposed to do once you get the food home.

I understand being in a hurry.  But quite frankly, it doesn’t take long at all to receive your food.  And quickness will not matter if you are not successful in losing weight.  Give yourself the best chance to succeed and get your food right from the source so that you can take advantage of the resources and the price breaks.

How Much Weight Can You Lose In One Month On Nutrisystem Fast Five?

January 15th, 2015

By: Ava Alderman: There’s no question as to why nutrisystem’s fast five is so popular. The food is good. The weight loss is rapid (five pounds in your first week or your money back.) And they sometimes offer free shakes which are not always included during other promotions.

But as good as all of this sounds, people want specifics. They want to know exactly how much weight they can expect to lose. Someone might ask: “I am going to try fast five and I’m going to buy one of the monthly packages on nutrisystem. I’m trying to determine if one month is going to be enough. How much weight can I expect to lose on that month of fast five?”

While there isn’t any specific literature that I could find, I think that you can figure this out relatively easily, although results may vary. And I’d strongly encourage you to reach out to a counselor on the nutrisystem site. (You can do that here: Get Fast 5 Plus and lose 5 lbs in your first week!)

But, we know that losing five pounds during the first week of fast five is not out of the question. (Remember that fast five is only for the first week.) Beyond that, nutrisystem’s result range is around 1 – 2 pounds per week. So let’s assume five pounds for the first week and a range of 3 – 6 pounds for those remaining three weeks. That is anywhere from 8 – 11 pounds in that first month.

I am not sure what your goal is or whether this is enough weight to meet those goals, but that is probably a decent range indicating what you might expect. As you probably already know, everyone is different and people who start out with more weight to lose tend to take it off more quickly and dramatically, especially in the beginning.

Still, losing 8 – 11 pounds is the kind of weight loss that many people are happy with because it means that you will go down inches and dress sizes. This is the type of weight loss that people notice. So I think it is substantial enough to make most people happy. And to make most people motivated enough to keep going. If you only have a small amount to lose, that first month may be more than enough. Luckily, nutrisystem is a pretty easy diet. The food is good and you eat regularly so hunger isn’t too bad. So if you do need to do a little over a month, that is very doable for most people. And if you don’t need to do a complete second month, you can order as needed a la carte so you don’t have to make a big commitment. Sometimes though, if you buy specials, you will pay not much more for the entire month. And you can use the extra food as snacks or to help you transition off of the diet.

I keep the latest specials for nutrisystem on the right side of this blog.  So if you think that one month will work, make sure you use the coupons.  They aren’t valid a la carte, but they work great for packages.

The New Fast Five Plus (Fast Five +) Just In Time 2015 – Here’s Details About What It Includes For Free

January 15th, 2015

By: Ava Alderman:  Considering the huge popularity of nutrisystem’s fast five last year,  I am not the least bit surprised that they are carrying this promotion over to 2015.  I think it’s a great idea.   With it’s money back guarantee and it’s quick results, the program takes a lot of the doubt out of dieting.  You have very little to lose by giving this a try.

And while it’s good news that they are continuing on with the program, it’s even better news that they are improving it, (and they are now calling it Fast Five + or Plus) just in time for 2015.  Here are details about what has improved and what is in the new Fast Five Plus kit:

  • They are still saying you can lose five pounds in your first week, but they have expanded that it include one inch off your waist – which is pretty impressive.
  • They are including new food selections for that first week.
  • There are new guidelines and tips from the experts
  • And they are bringing back those free shakes – which I think is the thing that is going to excite people the most.  You’re getting 14 free shakes (7 energizing and 7 cravings crusher.)
  • FREE shipping and the locking in of 2014 prices before they are gone.

As you can probably see, they have pulled out all of the stops. I’m sure that as we approach dieting season, they want to offer the best and most enticing deal possible. Here is a link to that new promotion Get Fast 5 Plus and lose 5 lbs in your first week!

How Is Nutrisystem Rated Among Other Diets?

January 15th, 2015

By: Ava Alderman: If you are anticipating starting a diet plan and are researching nutrisystem, I’d bet that you are researching other diets also.

Deciding on a diet is a major decision. Although some diets offer quicker results, you’re still going to have to spend some time on any diet that you chose. So, you want to chose well. You don’t want to pick a diet that isn’t a good fit, later regret it, and waste money.

To that end, you want to make sure that any diet that you chose is going to be considered one of the best diets on the market. So a natural question would be how nutrisystem is compared next to other diets? Does it stack up? Is it considered one of the most effective?

To answer those questions, I did a bit of research and I found out that nutrisystem is actually ranked quite favorably when compared to other diets. For example, U.S. News And World Reports has rated nutrisystem at nearly four stars out of a five star scale, with highest rankings under the categories of ease of use and nutrition. And among the “pros” that are listed are the ability to just heat and eat the foods with very few foods being off limits, including carbohydrates. (I agree with this assessment. Very few diets out there allow you to eat pizza, hamburgers, and ice cream.)

An article on WebMD’s website stated that as long as you stick to the plan, you should lose weight while eating meals that “are good for you, nutrition-wise.”

Another interesting thing that I found in my research was that nutrisystem had earned four out of five stars on consumer What is so interesting and encouraging about this is that this scare is based on user reviews. In other words, this high rating was given by people who had actually used and had success on the diet. Many people indicated that the program is very convenient, that the food is pretty good, and that in terms of weight loss, the program is effective.

Nutrisystem has been clinically tested with positive results. Of all of the tests and trials that I read about, one in particular caught my eye because it is very applicable right now. They actually tested dieters on the program from right before Thanksgiving to right after New Years. As you probably know, the average person gains weight. But people in the study and on the diet in this study actually lost weight.  In fact,  the average person in the study lost more than six pounds over the holidays. That’s actually amazing to me. Because that tells me that even with the holiday temptations, it is possible to live and enjoy your life while still losing weight on nutrisystem.

So yes, from the research that I did, nutrisystem fares quite well when compared to other diets. If you’re considering nutrisystem, there’s a great sale on the very popular fast five plus. Here’s the link where you’ll see the special: Get Fast 5 Plus and lose 5 lbs in your first week!

Can A Woman Order The Men’s Plan On Nutrisystem?

January 14th, 2015

By: Ava Alderman:  I sometimes hear from people who are considering ordering something other than what might be considered the traditional nutrisystem package for them.  An example is a woman wanting to order a man’s package or vice verse.

Someone might say: “my husband and I would both like to try nutrisystem.  I have looked over the plans and have noticed that the food is not any different for the men’s program.  The only difference is that the men get more snacks and desserts, as they take in 300 additional calories per day.  I like the option of having more snacks for myself as I do not need to lose a drastic amount of weight.  My question is whether I will be allowed to place an order as a woman since the plan will be for a man?  We plan to both try the program until the food runs out and then place another order if all goes well.”

As far as I can tell, no one is going to card you or ask your gender when you place an order. (Besides, the order can easily placed online where you don’t have to talk to or explain anything.  Here is the link to where you can order it online:  I’ve never heard of anyone being denied an order at all.  As you said, the food is the same.  The men just get a little more of it in terms of snacks and desserts and they are allowed to add in a little more with their grocery side items.

So I don’t think you will have any problem with your strategy when you place your order.  You may just want to keep a close eye on your weight loss to make sure that you are on track, considering you will be adding in the extra snacks.  If you are happy with your results, I don’t see any harm.  You’ll still be taking in far fewer calories than you normally would and the food / snacks provided by nutrisystem is nutritionally sound.  And if you feel that you need or want the additional snacks, I think it’s perferable that you’re using the diet’s snacks instead of trying to add in your own, which isn’t likely to be as low in calories, carbs and sugars.

You might go through the meals pretty quickly though since you are sharing a plan.  But it will give you a lot more information about how much more you need to order the next time.  I really don’t think that there will be a problem as it is all done online.  And every one knows that much of the time, the woman in the family does most of the shopping, even if she is buying items for the men or children in her life.  By the way, both the men’s and women’s plans have coupons.  Here is one for the men’s:  Men – Get Fast 5 Plus and lose 5 lbs in your first week!

How Effective Is Nutrisystem?

December 3rd, 2014

By: Ava Alderman: I sometimes hear from potential dieters who want to know what type of results they can expect from nutrisystem and how effective the diet might be for them. It’s absolutely normal and understandable to want to know what to expect.

Of course, it hopefully goes without saying that every one’s results are going to vary. But I can tell you what is considered results that are in line with what most would consider typical or realistic by clinical studies and the company’s own literature – and that is around 2 – 3 pounds per week. With that said, I suspect that there are some who fall a little short and I know that there are some who exceed this.

Whether you consider these numbers to be effective is a question that only you can answer. But in a month’s time at this rate, you’re looking at an 8 – 12 pound loss. In three months, that would be 24 – 36 pounds. And in six months, that would be 48 – 72 pounds. Over a year’s time, realistic results would look like 96 – 120 pounds, which I think most would consider effective.

If I had to break it down, I would say that the effectiveness of this diet for most boils down to 4 things: how closely you follow the diet; how long you stay on the diet; how carefully you monitor your side items; and whether you exercise or not. It should be obvious that if you don’t eat the nutrisystem meals, you can’t expect the same results as those who do. Also, you’re asked to add in fresh sides with each meal like low fat dairy, fruits, vegetables, or healthful whole grains. Obviously, this doesn’t mean adding in a side of fries or chips with the nutrisystem hot dog on a regular basis. Instead, a good choice would be red pepper slices or a portion of yogurt, to name only a few examples.

That’s not to say that you can never cheat on nutrisystem. People do this all the time, but the successful dieters don’t fall into the trap of letting one day of cheating derail their whole diet or become a habit. The next day, they just continue on and complying and often they don’t see any negative results from their day of cheating.

Of course, the longer you stay on nutrisystem, the more your results are going to build over time. Someone who is only on the diet for say three weeks can not expect to lose as much as someone who is on it for two months. The effects are cumulative.

Finally, exercise is not mandatory. (No one is going to scold you or even know if you don’t exercise, unless you confess this to one of the free nutrisystem counselors if you use one.) But, they do encourage exercise. And I have found that it makes a difference both in terms of pounds lost but also in the way that your body looks and feels. A more toned body that has lost five pounds is going to look a lot different (and better) than an untoned body that has lost the same five pounds. Of course, the decision to excise is up to you. But many people find it hugely helpful and you don’t need to over do it. Just power walking or biking will often get good results.

So to answer the question posed, I believe that nutrisystem can be very effective when used correctly, How effective it ends up being for you depends on many factors, usually including the effort that you put into it.  If you need more help evaluating whether nutrisystem is right for you, feel free to check out my  Nutrisystem Review Website which has tons of information about what you might expect on nutrisystem and how to be successful on it.  You can check it out at