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!
This article might seem out of place on a blog that commonly focuses on nutrisystem. However, it’s not as weird as you might think. That’s because nutrisystem recently purchased the South Beach diet brand. This makes sense to me because now that the South Beach Diet offers prepackaged meals that are delivered right to your home at a very reasonable price – very much like the nutrisystem plan that you may have seen on TV or in magazines. Over time, nutrisystem has had a lot of experience with prepackaged home delivery plans, so they are definitely qualified to provide home delivery to people who want to use South Beach.
Previously, if you wanted to do the South Beach Diet, you had to research all of the phases and either cook your own meals or work with a small amount of foods and snacks that were available in grocery stores. Many people are intrigued with the research which indicates that South Beach can be very effective. However, until recently it required a whole lot of dedication to see it through.
The home delivery option solves a lot of the dedication issues. You no longer need to keep track of the phases because your order is shipped with this already figured out for you. You will get enough of phrase one foods to last you for the first two weeks. Then you’ll get a week’s worth of phase two foods. Then the last week of the package allows you to go to phase three. You have the option of going with meals that have already been chosen or you can choose your own. The company’s website very clearly lays out which foods are phase one, which are phase two, and how many you need of each.
Although the foods are high in protein and low in carbs. There are options like muffins, bars, and shakes. They have a lot of options from which you can choose. As far as cost, they do offer a weekly option, but it makes sense to go ahead and buy a monthly package as this saves a little bit of money and, in order to go through all of the phases, you will need four weeks’ worth of meals anyway. They’re currently offering a monthly plan for $299 with free fed ex shipping, which is an incredible deal at around $10 per day. If you’ve ever purchased South Beach products from the grocery store or tried to cook this for yourself, you probably spent a good deal more than $10 per day AND you didn’t have the convenience of having all of the work done for you. Plus they are running some specials which makes this a good time to give them a try. Here is the special: $50 OFF + 1 Week FREE + FREE FedEx Shipping!
By: Ava Alderman: A lot of people wonder or ask about some sort of butter or butter substitute on nutrisystem. I think that the biggest concern about this is because people want to use a butter flavoring on their vegetables. When you are diet or are trying to eat more healthfully, you’re going to automatically add in more vegetables. And because many vegetables are “unlimited” on nutrisystem, this is a no-brainer way to fill yourself up by eating as much veggies as you want.
But plain, non-doctored veggies can certainly take some getting used to. So if you can use some butter, of course, you’d want to. Someone might say: “I really want to try nutrisystem because I’ve seen a coworker having success on it. I notice that she eats a lot of vegetables. But she eats them steamed and plain. I don’t think that I could do this. I might be okay with a little cheese or even some fat free dressing or sour cream. But I would really want is butter. Would this even be remotely allowed?”
Butter and margarine fall under the category of “extra” on the nutrisystem grocery guide. Basically there are five categories: SmartCarbs, PowerFuels, Vegetables, Free Foods, and “Extras.” Free foods are things like spices and herbs which can be healthful and don’t add a lot of additional calories. In fact, because the free foods are around 10 calories per serving, you can have all that you want. Extras are things like condiments and sauces – used to jazz up the other other food. You’re allowed three servings of extras per day. While butter substitutes are considered an “extra,” real butter is not. Specifically, the grocery guide indicates that 1/2 tablespoon of a butter substitute like margarine, benecol, or smart balance. This should help out with the vegetables. You can also have 2 tablespoons of fat free salad dressing or one tablespoon of regular. You can also have one tablespoon of reduced fat cream cheese, which should give you something to work with.
If the three servings of the “extras” isn’t enough, know that butter flavored spray falls under the category of a “free food,” which means that you can have all that you want. Some of the butter flavored sprays are quite good and pretty convincing and, when combined with the other “extras,” will certainly allow you to have some flavoring with your vegetables. So no, no one expects for you to choke down plain vegetables with no flavoring. There are many options.
People sometimes want to try nutrisystem but they are afraid that in order to do so, they will have to give up their favorite types of meals. For many people, this is Mexican food. I don’t know many people who don’t enjoy at least some Mexican dishes. Unfortunately though, because it’s often heavy on cheese, sour cream, and ground beef, you won’t find it allowed on many diets. So people interested in nutrisystem might worry that their Mexican fix is going to be off limits.
You might be happy to know that you don’t have to give up Mexican food on nutrisystem, although you may need to make some adjustments. The diet actually does offer some Mexican options right on its prepackaged menu. On the lunch menu, there’s a southwest fiesta melt which looks an awful like like a fajita. It’s basically rice, beans, corn and cheese wrapped in a tortilla. It’s rated 4.2 out of 5 stars by dieters and it only has 240 calories and 5 grams of fat. There’s also tortilla soup which is pretty spicy and contains chicken, corn, rice, black beans, tortilla chips, red pepper, and cilantro. It only has 120 calories and 1.5 grams of fat. It is rated almost four stars. There is also a chicken fajita melt. This is about what you’d think expect from a fajita, except that it has mozzarella cheese instead of cheddar. It contains 220 calories and 1.5 grams of fat.
Now, let’s move onto the dinner menu. Note that although these meals are still low in calories, many are a bit higher in fat than the items on the lunch menu since the portion size is a bit bigger. One of the highest rated dinner items is a black bean enchilada with chicken. It’s pretty spicy with jalapeno peppers and salsa verde. It contains 270 calories and 8 grams of fat. There’s also sante fe style chicken and rice. It contains 240 calories and 6 grams of fat. Finally, nutrisystem offers a chicken enchilada that comes with a side of rice. It’s topped with cheese and sour cream. It has 260 calories and 8 grams of fat.
As you can see, you can make this diet work at home and still eat Mexican food. Also, the company will give you a dining out guide with your package so that when you do have to eat out, you can do so sensibly. As evidenced here, there are ways to incorporate Mexican food into your diet and still stay in compliance. You just have to be careful with ingredients and portion sizes. Here are the latest nutrisystem specials: Get 40% off every order + Free bars & Shakes and FREE SHIPPING!
It’s very common for people to have concerns about the level of commitment required when they begin a diet. And by “level of commitment,” I am talking about how much money they will have to contractually commit. Because most people who are looking at starting a diet have started and stopped other diets in the past. So, no one wants to have to shell out a lot of money or to sign a long term contract. What if you lose the weight more quickly than you thought? What if you change your mind?
So I might hear from someone who says: “I really only need to lose about ten pounds. I know that this sounds like I’m being very picky and petty. But quite honestly, I know what my body looks and feels like ten pounds lighter than I am right now and I can tell you that I look so much better at that weight. When I am ten pounds lighter, I can wear completely different clothes that look so much nicer on me. I want to try nutrisystem because the foods that I have seen don’t look like typical diet foods. However, because I don’t need to lose tons of weight, I don’t want to have to commit. Is it possible to only do nutrisystem for a month?”
It is absolutely possible. First of all, I want to clarify that nutrisystem doesn’t ask you to sign a contract or make a commitment. Essentially, they are just selling you food. And you keep buying the food until you feel like you have gotten the results that you want. You can stop this process at any time. No one tries to sell you anything. It is simply your decision as to when you go to the website and buy more food. There’s not any pressure.
Another thing to consider is your expected weight loss. The literature states that 2-3 pounds per week is reasonable. So if you look at these ranges, that is around a 8 – 12 pound weight loss in one month with around ten pounds being the mean of that. (Right now, the nutrisystem lean 13 plan suggest a similar weight loss over the course of a month.) So, looking at this information, needing to buy only one month’s worth of food is quite feasible with a ten pound weight loss goal. You can order the meals a la carte if you like, but you will pay more that way. The cheapest way to do this is to buy one of the monthly packages and a coupon like this one: Get 40% off every order + Free bars & Shakes and FREE SHIPPING!
Keep in mind that you don’t want to do auto ship. You want to go month to month. That way, you simply won’t make another order once your food runs out. But to answer the original question, yes, you absolutely can do nutrisystem for only a month. In order to make this happen, you’d simply buy a month’s worth of food one time only.
By: Ava Alderman: When you are beginning or planning a new diet, it’s very easy to get excited. After all, you want to start your new life. You anticipate that you will look different, feel different, and perhaps have a different, and better, outlook. It’s no wonder then that people want to get started on this right away – which leads one to wonder when they can expect results. Most of the time, people think of weight loss in terms of months. However, thanks to shows like “celebrity fit club” and “the bigger loser” people can now think in terms of weeks. I’ve been asked how much a person could lose on a week of nutrisystem. There can certainly be notable weight loss after a week and I will look at some specific numbers a little later, but before I do that, I have to stress that a week is just not long enough of a time frame to lose your entire weight loss goal (unless it is a small one.) The idea is to take it off at a safe pace. There is nothing wrong with being excited about initial weight loss so that you will want to keep going. But expecting to have instant results and to be completely satisfied after only a week is probably asking too much. The idea is to turn to a healthier lifestyle, not to crash diet. Please keep that in mind.
That said, nutrisystem has designed their plans so that you can get pretty nice initial results in order to be motivated. For example, right now, they are running their lean 13 program where the idea is that you can lose 13 pounds in your first month on the program. (They do not break this down by week.) Now, those numbers are based on a clinical study based on a previous plan – fast five – in which dieters lost an average of around 12 pounds after a month on the plan. However, lean 13 is similar to fast five and it’s new so there haven’t been clinical studies yet. Assuming you can expect similar results (which is an assumption, not a guarantee, as every one is different) dieters lost an average of around 5 pounds during the first week and then around 2 pounds per week after that, for an average of around 11 – 12 pounds in the first month. Note that this is just the average. Obviously, some did worse and some did better. Losing more weight in the beginning is typical of many diets. And I would say that it’s not out of the question to lose a good deal of weight on the first week of nutrisystem, but I don’t think that you should count on that. I think it’s better to have your expectations be very realistic so that you’re not disappointed or don’t put unneeded pressure on yourself. This isn’t a sprint to the finish line. It’s about you getting healthy. Nutrisystem is designed to give a nice quick start with sustained weight loss after that. Many people are satisfied, but I don’t think that you need to rush it. If so, you risk burning yourself out. Slow and steady wins the race and means that you have an easier time of maintaining what you’ve lost. Here is the latest special from lean 13. Get 40% off every order + Free bars & Shakes and FREE SHIPPING!
By: Ava Alderman: This is the time of the year when many diet plans will roll out their best deals because they know that they have a captive audience. Nutrisystem is no exception because they have just put their most popular plan (uniquely yours) on deep discount. They are currently offering $80 off of this plan and free shipping. Also, this discount is part of the new “lean 13” promotion which includes the very popular free shakes and bars with all of its packages. So that means that you’re getting $80 off, free shipping, and free shakes and bars because this discount has rolled out at the same times as lean 13. Uniquely Yours is usually the most expensive plan because it offers the gourmet frozen foods. It’s always been very popular, but it’s popularity skyrocketed after nutrisystem made the frozen choices unlimited (in the past, you would only get a certain number of frozen foods, while the rest were non-frozen.) The change to unlimited frozen choices doesn’t mean that you have to eat all frozen meals if you don’t want to. You can order any combination of meals that you want when you choose your foods. But you aren’t limited to how many of the more expensive frozen meals that you can have.
As of this writing, the uniquely yours plan comes in at around $335. That’s an outstanding price. It’s for 30 meals with breakfast, lunch, dinner, and the shakes / bars. If you were to research other prepackaged diets like medifast and jenny craig, you’d find that this price comes in far lower AND not all of the other diets offer frozen options, which is what makes uniquely yours so popular. I have no idea when this offer is going to end, so if you’re considering nutrisystem, you might want to have a look. Right now, this plan is only slightly more expensive than the cheaper options (and it’s usually quite a bit more expensive when it’s not deeply discounted.) So basically you are able to upgrade for very little money, which doesn’t always happen. Here is the link to the special. Get $80 off Uniquely Yours at Nutrisystem.com + free bars and shakes and FREE SHIPPING!
People sometimes ask about specific amounts of weight loss on nutrisystem in a specific amount of time. Lately, you hear a lot about “13 pounds in a month.” And the reason for that is nutrisystem’s new “lean 13” promotion. Specifically, that promotion mentions a possible 13 pound / 8 inch loss. However, it is important to note that everyone is different. These numbers are based on a clinical study where dieters consumed nutrisystem foods. At the end of the study (which lasted for four weeks) the average weight loss was 11.6 pounds and eight inches. So the average study participants were pretty close to the “lean 13” promotion weight loss. However, “average” means that some participants probably lost less than 13 pounds and some lost a little more. But the average person lost around 12. So yes, it is possible to get fast and dramatic weight loss on nutriystem in a month’s time. Lean 13 is meant to give you quick results and they suggest foods meant to jump start weight loss, as well as providing shakes and bars meant to boost metabolism. However, I would caution you to not get too caught up on an exact amount. Whether you lose 5.6 pounds, 9.8 pounds, or 13.1 pounds, anything even close to this in four week’s time would likely be enough to notice a difference in the way that you feel and look. It could also be the beginning of a long term lifestyle change, which should be the real goal here. I guess the point that I am trying to make is, yes losing 13 pounds would be great, but the plan is designed so that if you follow along, you should lose a decent amount of weight. If you get caught up on the number 13, you might be disappointed if you hit something even slightly lower, which would be entirely missing the point. Everyone’s body is different. Everyone is going to do a different level of activity and perhaps add in different side items. Everyone goes in with a different body make up. So all results are not going to be the same. Results are going to be individual, just like the people on the diet. And I think that as long as you are feeling good, seeing results, and enjoying the process, that should be your concern. The number on the scale can tell you how you are doing, but it shouldn’t define success or failure. In my opinion, just trying and stepping up to the plate is success. Speaking of lean 13, they are running very aggressive specials right now. Here they are: Get $50 Off Your First Order + Free Bars, Shakes, and Free Shipping at Nutrisystem.com!
By: Ava Alderman: I sometimes hear from people who want to know if staples that are sometimes limited or frowned upon on other diets is allowed on nutrisystem. One example is that of dairy products like cream or cottage cheese. Lately, dairy has been somewhat vilified on diets, so the assumption is that sometimes it is going to be off limits.
That’s not the case on nutrisystem. Most (but not all) dairy products are categorized as power fuels because they contain a high amount of protein and are digested more slowly so that you feel full for a longer period of time. (In case you don’t know, you are allowed different categories of food on nutrisystem, including power fuels, smart carbs, vegetables, extras and “free” or unlimited foods.)
Concerning cottage cheese, it’s certainly not a “free” or unlimited food, but the portion size and restrictions are not too bad. The serving size is one half cup and they want you to make sure that you have the kind that contains only one percent fat (or non fat or fat free.) They also want to make sure that the cottage cheese you choose has five grams of protein or more. (It isn’t hard to find a product with this criteria. There are many low fat / high protein options for cottage cheese that are quite good.)
Other dairy products that are considered power fuels are skim milk (at one cup,) non fat yogurt (also one cup.) In terms of hard cheeses like cheddar, you are allowed to have one slice of low fat, low sodium cheese and you can have 1/4 cup of parmesan cheese.
Cream cheese is allowed, but it is considered an “extra” which means you need to limit it to up to three times per day. And the serving size is one tablespoon, assuming that you are going with low fat. You can also have coffee creamer as long as you go with one tablespoon of the fat free variety.
So yes, you can most definitely have dairy and various cheeses on nutrisystem. You can’t eat the full fat version and you can’t have as much as you want. But the portion sizes are reasonable and this diet sees dairy as the healthful, protein addition that it is and not as evil, like many diets. Sure, you’ll need to watch the fat and portion sizes, but isn’t that true of all foods and of all diets? You can see the latest nutrisystem specials here.
It seems that very few retailers are actually waiting for Black Friday to roll out their sales this year. I suppose instead of “Cyber Monday,” we are getting “Cyber Week” that theoretically starts today. That ends up being great for bargain shoppers, though. Because Nutrisystem is definitely putting their packages on clearance. They are offering $200 dollars off plans during this special pricing. I am not sure how long this is going to last, but here is how the pricing is shaping up:
The core plan for four weeks is $274.99 with free delivery. This plan offers a variety of popular foods that have been picked for you. So you do not have the ability to choose your own foods. However, they do a decent job of including popular choices. There is also not any frozen meals in this package. However, as I’ve stated, they do include popular non-frozen items.
Next up, we have the basic plan. This plan is quite popular because it is not the most expensive (on sale at $294.99) but it allows you to hand pick the foods that you want. It also has free shipping. And unlike the core plan, it does give you access to the counselors and an extensive amount of support. It’s basically only $20 more than the core plan, but you are getting a lot more flexibility. This one does not have frozen food options (you have to upgrade to uniquely yours in order to get the frozen foods, which leads me to the next paragraph.)
Finally, we have uniquely yours, where you have the option of the popular frozen foods, which is discounted to $334.99. This allows you unlimited frozen foods, the ability to mix and match whatever foods that you want, as well as the counseling. You can see that this is about a $40 premium over the basic plan. But many really love those frozen foods and like the ability to have an unlimited amount of them (which wasn’t always the case.) If you are on the fence, I’d suggest looking over the menu and seeing if the frozen meals look really good to you, so that you don’t mind paying a bit of a premium. Even with the additional cost, you are still only looking at slightly over $10 a day for meals and snacks, which isn’t bad at all, and in some cases is more inexpensive than healthy groceries.
If you’ve been waiting for the right time to get the best price on nutrisystem, this might be it. I’m not sure for how long these prices will stay, but here is the link: Black Friday Sale! Get $200 off + Free Shipping and Turbo Shakes at Nutrisystem.com