What Type Of Yogurt Can You Have On Nutrisystem?

April 26th, 2017

I sometimes hear from people who know that they are going to be eating yogurt on nutrisystem, but when they go and look at the menu, they don’t see any offerings. This can create a bit of confusion as to what type of yogurt they are supposed to have. Someone might say: “I know that yogurt is fair game as far as diet foods go. And I actually really enjoy yogurt. So I am fine with eating it when I go on nutrisystem, but I’m not sure what type that I can have.”

I have looked over some nutrisystem publications for the answer, but I’d encourage you to just run this by a nutrisystem counselor (which you can easily do on the website – see the link below) if you are still unsure.

Nutrisystem doesn’t sell its own yogurt, which means that you will be providing it yourself and eating it as a side item or snack. The company is very good about providing specific serving sizes and they’ve indicated that it’s best to have a cup of non fat yogurt for a snack serving size. You could add fruit to that and you’d have a smart carb and a power fuel at the same time. The company has also put out some documentation that lists brand name suggestions, but I don’t think that this list is meant to be restrictive. I think that any fat free, low – sugar brand of yogurt would work. That said, some of the brands suggested are: dannon non fat; stoneyfield organic and fat free; fage fat free greek; Cobani nonfat greekt; Swiss Premium low fat plain yogurt; and la yogurt fat free. You can see that a lot of the suggestions are greek yogurt, but not all of them are. The greek variety does offer you a high amount of protein, which is attractive when you are dieting, but I do realize that not everyone is going to like the taste. Notice that there are options for the regular, non-greek variety, but they want you to have the non fat kind. I think that regardless of brand, what you are looking for is low fat and low sugar. You want to avoid flavors that are full of sugar or artificial ingredients. In fact, I find it best to just use plain yogurt and add flavor with fruit, since that is a win – win situation, but everyone is different. Here’s the latest nutrisystem special and is also where you can reach out to a counselor.  Get $25 off your first two orders + free bars & shakes and FREE SHIPPING!

Is The Nutrisystem Pizza Frozen?

April 19th, 2017

I sometimes hear from people who want information about one of the more popular nutrisystem food items – the pizza.   Many don’t quite understand how it can work when they look at the menu and notice that not all of the pizza options appear to be frozen.  Someone might ask: “are the nutrisystem pizzas frozen?  Because when I look at the website, only a few of them have the little “frozen” icon next to them.  However, if some are not, then how is this possible?  How do they stay fresh?”

Your suspicions are correct.  Only SOME of the nutrisystem pizzas need to be frozen.  For example, as of this writing, the margherita, the chicken, the bacon ranch, and the italian sausage and turkey pizza varieties are the only ones that require a freezer.  The flatbread and thick crust pizza do not require a freezer.  These two options come in a kit which is kind of like a kid’s lunchable.  You get a crust, a packet of sauce, and some cheese.  You use this as a base and you can add veggies or other toppings as you like.  Then you bake or microwave the pizza in the same as you would the frozen item.  It can stay fresh because it is vacuum sealed and oxygen is kept out of it in the same way that the other nutrisystem meals from the basic and core plans come “soft canned” and don’t require the freezer.  In terms of taste, all of the pizza items are ranked pretty decently.  But the non frozen items seem to be a bit more popular.  This could be because of the cost but also, people note that they like the crust of the non frozen pizza.  So even if you are getting a package that includes some frozen pizzas, you may want to give the non frozen type a try, as they too are quite popular.  And you do have some flexibility with the uniquely yours (or frozen foods) plan.  You do not have to get all frozen meals, although you certainly are unlimited.  For people on the basic and core plans (which do not include frozen meals,) it might be reassuring to know that the non – frozen pizza is a highly rated option for you that is also convenient and only requires a microwave or oven.  You don’t have to add your own ingredients if you don’t want to, but many people like the enhanced taste and variety.  Here is the latest nutrisystem special: Get 40% off every order + Free bars & Shakes and FREE SHIPPING!

What Is The Turbo Take Off Kit From Nutrisystem? What’s In It?

April 9th, 2017

People sometimes ask what is the turbo take off kit from nutrisystem and what, exactly is in it?  It is basically a kit with the first week of meals (and instructions) which you are sent when you order nutrisystem’s lean 13 plan.  The kit in is in addition to the food for the remaining weeks of the month. It is kept separately for a reason.  Basically, this plan is designed to help you achieve weight loss quickly.  The first week works a bit differently than the rest of the month because it’s meant to “kick start” fast weight loss.  The first week’s foods are kept separately from the rest of the package because the foods are specifically chosen for the this first week.   One thing that’s very different about that “kick start” week is that you don’t need to worry about adding in smart carbs or power fuels during that week.  You’ll be doing this on weeks 2-4, but for the first week, you just have to worry about consuming only the meals in the kit.  (They do also encourage you to add in four servings of non starchy vegetables to help you to feel full.)  So what’s in the kit?  7 days of specially chosen breakfasts, lunches, and dinners plus 7 turbo shakes and 7 nutra crunch bars.  You will be using the bars and shakes in place of your smart carbs and power fuels for the first week only.   Both the shakes and bars are supposed to help you stay full and the shakes contain probiotics to aid in digestion and to help with abdominal bloat and discomfort.  The shakes are usually chocolate flavored and the bars are usually peanut butter and chocolate flavored, but this can certainly vary.  You’re also given access to a daily tracker log (to keep track of your movement) and an app for recording and maximizing your results.  I hope I’ve made it more clear as to what you can expect in your kit.  It will be set apart from the rest of your package and it is intended to make that first work easier and more effective.  Basically, you just eat the meals provided and add in a shake and bar each day along with four servings of non starchy vegetables.  You can use the tracking tools if you like, but there’s really nothing to calculate or figure out.  These are just meant to help you visualize your efforts and results.  They’ve done the calculations for you and they’ve already picked and provided the combination of meals that are meant to give you the best results.  Here is the latest special for lean 13: Get 40% off every order + Free bars & Shakes and FREE SHIPPING!

What Is Nutrisystem’s New Turbo Ten? What’s Included? How Much Does It Cost?

April 1st, 2017

By: Ava Alderman: Nutrisystem’s fast five was very popular for a very long time. But, it appears that they’ve decided to retire that plan this year in lieu of the new plan, Turbo Ten. I’ve had people ask me how turbo ten is different from fast five and what you get with turbo ten. Here are the particulars:

Honestly, turbo ten is quite similar to fast five in that it is set up the same way. However, it is set up to help you lose 10 pounds and five inches in your first month. Now, 10 pounds is nothing to sneeze at, but I’m more impressed by the 5 inches. I find it harder to lose inches than pounds. On the new turbo ten plan, you get:

  • 21 meals meant to kick start your metabolism
  • 7 turbo shakes (these are protein shakes that contain probiotics which help with belly bloat and digestion.)
  • 7 nutricrush shakes (meant to help with hunger and cravings)

You are able to choose from over 150 popular choices plus free fed ex shipping. The price of the plan depends upon whether you’re going with the basic, core, or uniquely yours. However, as of this writing the plans are on sale. (I’ll post a coupon for $50 off at the end of this article.  Take advantage of it if you like.)  I will describe the plan and then tell you how much it costs currently. (Note that these prices were current when I wrote this, but prices do change sometimes.) The basic plan includes online resources and free shipping, but not the counseling. Plus the meals are selected for you, but it is the cheapest plan and has a great price point. (Currently priced at $269.99)

The core plan provides free counseling and the ability to hand pick your foods. (Being able to choose your own foods is necessary for many folks who consider themselves a little more picky.) The core plan is right at the middle in terms of expense. (Currently priced at $289.99.)

Uniquely Yours (this used to be the “select” plan) is the most expensive but it’s very popular because it allows you the frozen or gourmet foods which are very tasty. And unlike the select line, they now let you have as much frozen food in your package as you like. They don’t limit the amount of frozen meals anymore. You get the counseling and the ability to hand pick your meals with this plan also. (Currently priced at $334.99. Yes, this is more expensive, but if you look at the individual cost of the frozen meals, you will see that this price is very discounted and it’s a pretty decent deal. Plus this plan is the most popular and has the highest degree of satisfaction because you have more choices and the food is so good. Here’s the coupon code.  This is good for any of the plans (basic, core or uniquely yours.) Get $50 off plus Turboshakes and Fedex Shipping Free

Does The Nutrisystem Fast Five Work?

April 1st, 2017

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!

Nutrisystem’s New Lean 13 – On Sale And Discounted For 2017

March 11th, 2017

It’s the time of year again when people are heavily invested in losing weight.  It’s also the time when many companies roll out their very best sales in order to make their diet too attractive to resist.  In 2017 nutrisystem has rolled out its new lean 13 plan.  If you’ve been following nutrisystem for a while, you know that this plan is a refresh of the very popular fast five and turbo 10 plans.  Essentially, nutrisystem packages these popular plans specifically to jump start weight loss quickly.  The idea is that you get early success to continue to be motivated.  They also include a lot of nice extras to make things extra enticing – like the free shakes, the free bars, and free fed ex shipping.  Here are the particulars of the current lean 13 plan:  It is designed so that you can lose 13 pounds and 7 inches in the first month.  In addition to food for the entire month (including breakfasts, lunches, dinners, and snacks / desserts,) they’ve included 7 free shakes, 7 free bars, and free fed ex shipping.  The price itself is attractive and they are running specials on top of that.  For example, the current price (as of this writing) is: the basic is running $274.99, the core is $294.99 and uniquely yours (with frozen meals) is$334.99.  You may already know this, but the main difference between these three plans is the frozen options on uniquely yours and the customization options with the core (and also with uniquely yours.)  The basic includes very popular foods and is a great value if you are looking to try nutrisystem at a very low price point.  But all of the options are discounted and are very nice deals when you consider what you are getting and how much food is offered. They are offering the following specials, making this a great time to try any of these plans. Get $50 Off Your First Order + Free Bars, Shakes, and Free Shipping at Nutrisystem.com! Get 40% off every order + Free bars & Shakes and FREE SHIPPING!

What’s The Difference Between Nutrisystem Weekends My Way And The Basic Plan

March 9th, 2017

By: Ava Alderman:  If you’ve just started to research nutrisystem, chances are you thinking about getting into the program in the cheapest way possible. The two cheapest plans are the basic monthly plan and the nutrisystem “weekends my way” plan.  Both of these plans are inexpensive, but there are some key differences which I will discuss in this article.

The Weekend My Way plan is really designed for people who intend to go off of the diet on the weekends.  Because of this, you will get less meals on this package.  Specifically, you will get enough food for 20 days.  However, you do get your choice of 10 days worth of frozen foods (which are more expensive) and ten days worth of non frozen foods.  The base price for this is around $285.  Keep in mind though that you will be supplying your own meals on the weekends at an additional cost.  Most people don’t mind this though in exchange for the flexibility to enjoy their own food and choices sometimes.

Now, the basic plan is more of a full time plan. And you get more food as a result of this. You get enough food for the entire month (because you aren’t taking weekends off.)  And this plan is actually a bit cheaper than the weekends off plan.  Right now, at least as of this writing, it is on sale for $269.99.  Plus you get the turbo ten shakes included. Get $50 off plus Turboshakes and Fedex Shipping Free

So why the difference in price? Well, a couple of things.  The basic plan doesn’t include the frozen entrees and it also does not include the counseling – although you do have access to online resources that answer many questions.

I guess which plan makes more sense for you is going to depend on how much you value the frozen foods and the counseling. Because theoretically, you could buy the basic meal and simply take off on the weekends if that is what you wanted to do. Other than the omission of the frozen items, the food choices are similar.  There are not separate foods for the weekend plan.  The menu is not vastly different other than the frozen items.

If your main criteria is cost and value, you are getting more value for your money with the basic plan because you are getting more food for less money.  However, you aren’t getting the frozen items or the person to person counseling.  And only you can decide how important this is to you.

How To Do Nutrisystem Step By Step

March 8th, 2017

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: Choose 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 uniquely yours;) 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, uniquely yours, 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 “uniquely yours” menu.  Some people will answer a definite yes. And if this describes you, then you will want to choose the uniquely yours 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.

Is Nutrisystem Rated With The Better Business Bureau (BBB?) Are They Accredited? What Goes Into This Rating?

March 8th, 2017

By: Ava Alderman:  It’s understandable that if you are going to make a relatively large purchase with a company, you are going to want to know more about that company.  You want to know how that company treats its customers and what kind of service one can expect when dealing with the company.  Diet companies are no exception to this.  And I do sometimes have people ask me about nutrisystem’s BBB or better business bureau rating.  Someone might say: “I notice that nutrisystem has good rating with the better business bureau.  But what does this really mean?  And what does it mean when it says that they are an accredited business?  I hope that this means that the company is trustworthy, but I’m not really sure what the BBB does.”

My answers here are going to be based on my own research and experiences.  I’m not accredited with the BBB in any way.  But my research tells me that it is non profit organization whose goal is to help consumers iron out disputes after making a major purchase. In a nutshell, here’s how it works.  When a purchaser is unhappy with a company that they have done business with, the consumer can file a complaint with the BBB, who then forwards the complaint to the company and tries to help to facilitate a resolution.  (According to my research, resolution is successful 70% of the time.) The BBB keeps track of how quickly and completely the company resolves the problem.  The company also makes this information available to consumers so that they can see which companies treat their customers well and which do not.

Nutrisystem does have an A+ plus rating with the BBB, which would indicate that they treat customers well.  Things that are considered when giving a rating are things like: the length of time the company has been in business; the number of complaints as compared to the volume of business the company conducts; the company’s response to any complaints; and the resolution of the complaints.  From this information, one could deduct that nutrisystem has a relatively small number of complaints considering the size of the company and that it handles complaints promptly and appropriately.

Additionally, nutrisystem is an accredited company.  In order for a company to be accredited, it has to be in business for a certain length of time, it has to comply with the BBB’s ethics standards, and it has to show honesty and integrity when dealing with customers. It also has to be a member of its local BBB and pay a fee.

Hopefully, this information helps you to understand what the BBB rating means.  It helps consumers to know that they are dealing with a reputable company that has a lengthy history of treating customers fairly.  Here’s a link to the latest nutrisystem specials if you are interested.  Get 40% off Every order plus Turboshakes and Fedex Shipping Free

Is Nutrisystem’s Lean 1s Named For Dan Marino?

February 28th, 2017

I sometimes get questions about nutrisystem that have more to do with pop culture than with dieting.  After the superbowl, I had someone ask me if the new nutrisystem plan is called lean 13 because of Dan Marino.  Apparently, the person heard an interview with Dan Marino right before the Super Bowl and, during the interview, he mentioned his weight loss on nutrisystem.  Plus his football number used to be 13, so this would tie in nicely.

I am not sure about this, but I do see how this would fit. However, I suspect that lean 13 was so named because the diet is designed so that it is theoretically possible to lose 13 pounds and 7 inches in your first month.  With that said, the clinical studies on which this is based looks at averages, which means that not everyone is going to lose 13 pounds.  So I wouldn’t want anyone to absolutely count on that.

At the same time, Dan Marino has been an ambassador for Nutrisystem for the past 11 years.  He lost (and has kept off) 22 pounds.  So it would not surprise me if nutrisystem would want to highlight him in some way.  But it also could be a coincidence that the potential for a 13 pound loss and his football number happen to be the same.  Plus the word “lean” and 13 rhyme, so no matter how you slice it, this is certainly a nice and catchy phrase.  These are all just guesses on my part, but Dan Marino is most definitely affiliated with nutrisystem and often talks about the diet on the radio.  I’m sorry I don’t have a more definitive answer, but I’d bet that you could easily reach out to someone on the nutrisystem website and get a more official answer.   The name may not be sheer coincidence, but it does coincide with possible pounds lost as well.  Here’s the latest special and where you can ask a counselor if you like: Get 40% off every order + Free bars & Shakes and FREE SHIPPING!