New Nutrisystem Promotion – Fast Free Five Plus FREE SHAKES August / Fall 2014

September 13th, 2014

As of August 19, 2014, Nutrisystem is running a new promotion.  It might already be pretty familiar because they’ve run it before.   They are continuing the fast five free program – where you are given specially selected meals  to help you lose five pounds in the first week.  This promotion has been extremely popular.  Now, they have added back in the FREE shakes.  Specifically, you get 7 free energizing shakes (to increase your metabolism) and 7 free craving crusher shakes which suppress your appetite and make you not as hungry.   This is a great added incentive.  When the company first introduced the fast five free, the shakes were included.   Now, they have added this back in.  The shakes are incredibly popular, so if you’ve been on the fence about fast five, now might be a good time to try it.  Here’s the promotion: Lose 5 lbs. in you first week* with Fast 5 plus FREE SHAKES

Does The Nutrisystem Fast Five Work?

September 9th, 2014

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. Lose 5 lbs. in you first week* with Fast 5 plus FREE SHAKES

How Do I Do Nutrisystem Fast Five? What Is The Process?

September 4th, 2014

By: Ava Alderman:  Recently, I’ve gotten a lot of correspondence about nutrisystem’s fast five.  Within the last couple of weeks, the company has launched an extensive, new television campaign featuring Marie Osmond.  The campaign has been popular for a while now, but the new campaign has meant some renewed interest and curiosity.

People are often intrigued about the idea of being able to lose five pounds so quickly. It is part of our culture to want quick results.  That’s only natural.  But an increasing amount of research indicates that having early and fast success does have positive implications for losing the weight and keeping it off.

So it’s no wonder that people are interested in Fast 5, but not everyone understands how to go about getting started.  I get comments like this one: “I really want to try fast 5, but how do I go about doing this? What is the process?  Do I have to go on the site and pick the meals for myself?  How would I know which means to chose?”

Actually, there is very little work for you to do.   When you first log into the nutrisystem website (which there is a link to at the end of this article,) they will ask you to answer some very short questions.  This is designed to help them come up with a personalized plan for you that is going to give you the best chance to lose the optimum amount of weight quickly.  It only takes a few minutes to answer the questions and it is worth it.

After this, the company offers a weeks’ worth of meals that are meant to jump start quick weight loss.  They will give you breakfast, lunches, dinners, desserts and snacks.  You will also be given guidelines about the best fresh sides to add.

As if this isn’t already enough, they are also giving away a week’s worth of two different type of shakes.  You get nergizing shakes to up your metabolism and craving crusher shakes to help with hunger.  In the past, these shakes have not always been included.  You could order shakes individually, but having them included isn’t always the norm and is definitely a bonus.

After the first week, you’ll go with the plan as you normally would.  As to whether or not you get to chose the meals for the rest of the month, that depends on which plan you choose.  The core and select plans allows for you to hand pick your meals.  The basic plan includes popular items that are chosen for you.

But fast five is pretty easy to follow.  You go to the website, answer the questionnaire, chose your plan, and then much of the work is done for you.  Here is the current promotion for fast five. Lose 5 lbs. in you first week* with Fast 5 plus FREE SHAKES

The Nutrisystem Shake It Up Plan With Weekends Off: Why There’s A Cheaper Option

August 28th, 2014

By: Ava Alderman:  Lately, I’ve gotten  a couple of emails asking about the nutrisystem “shake it up” plan where you are given a month’s worth of meals and you take your weekends off.  This promotion was introduced in August 2014 and has been sold on QVC.

Honestly, I see the attraction to this.  The idea of being able to lose weight while having weekends to enjoy meals with your family or to not have to worry about dieting is very appealing.  I am not questioning why the plan is attractive.  I am questioning what is your best deal. Let’s have a look at two different offers to give you a better idea of what I mean.

Currently, the shake it up plan is offered on QVC for about $185.  With that, you get enough breakfasts, lunches, and dinners for 20 days plus they give you 7 free shakes.  That is basically 67 meals, which adds up to about $2.76 per meal.

People often think that there is something special about the meals in this program, but there isn’t.  It is the same meals that you would get right from the nutrisystem site for the basic or core plans. You simply take weekends off.

Right now, nutrisystem is running their “fast five free” promotion where they are giving you 14 free shakes on top of their cheapest monthly plans. If you purchased the basic plan (the cheapest), you would pay about $230, but you would get so much more.  You get 28 days worth of food instead of only 20 – and there are snacks and desserts too.  Plus, there are 14 shakes instead of 7.  I won’t even include the desserts and snacks. Just looking at 28 days of breakfasts, lunches, and dinners, that is 84 meals plus the 14 shakes for a total of 98.  That works out to be about $2.34 per meal.  This works out to be the better deal with much more food and more flexibility.

You can use the basic program and take the weekends off and it would be the same thing.  You’re getting the food cheaper, plus you are getting 14 shakes instead of just 7.  And you will get some dessert and snack options also.

For most people, what attracts them to the Shake It Up Plan is the weekends off.  You can simply not eat the meals on the weekends and provide your own food with any of the plans.  The foods amongst all of the plans is the same – with the exception of the select line – which includes frozen foods. So if you are attracted to Shake It Up, you should know that you can do it with the other plans and you will get more and you will pay less per meal.  Here is the link to the offer with the free 14 shakes. Lose 5 lbs. in you first week* with Fast 5 plus FREE SHAKES

Can I Lose Ten Pounds In Three Weeks On Nutrisystem?

August 26th, 2014

By: Ava Alderman: I find that when people begin a diet, they often have a round number in mind when they define their weight loss goals. It’s very common to hear someone say they want to lose 10, 15, 20, 25 or 50 pounds. Rarely do you hear someone say that they want to lose, say 11 or 17 pounds. No, it’s much more common to hear a goal of a nice, rounded number, like 10 pounds.

And when people think of losing those 10 pounds, the next logical question is how long it’s going to take them. No one wants to be unrealistic. But no one wants to be on a diet for any longer than is necessary either. And most people would like to start seeing at least some results in less than a month. So, someone might ask: “I really want to lose 10 pounds and I want to try nutrisystem. I’ve got a special event in three weeks. Would I be able to lose the weight in 3 weeks?”

That’s an interesting question, and the answer depends on many variables and of course can only be speculated upon. No one can predict the future. And I think you really have to be careful with your goals. You don’t want to put too much pressure on yourself. And you want to be realistic so that you don’t get discouraged. But from what we know about the guidelines, we can take a guess as to what range might be reasonable.

Nutrisystem’s new “fast five” is supposed to help you lose five pounds in one week. Assuming that you used this and were successful, that would leave 5 pounds for the remaining two weeks. Now, the guidelines for the diet list a range of 1 – 2 pounds per week as reasonable. Assuming that you were on the high end of the range and were at 2 pounds per week, that would be an additional four pounds for those two weeks which would put you at a 9 pound total. Nothing says it’s impossible to do a little better than the range. But assuming you didn’t, nine pounds in three weeks is great. And nine pounds would make a difference in the way your body looks and in the way that your clothes fit. I think that it’s important not to get too hung up on a specific number at a specific time. But the diet is set up to try to get you fast results while being reasonable and safe at the same time.  Here is the promotion for “fast five” Lose 5 lbs. in you first week* with Fast 5 plus FREE SHAKES

Does Nutrisystem Tell You When To Eat And What You’re Supposed To Be Eating?

July 17th, 2014

By: Ava Alderman: It’s normal to feel a little worry and apprehension when you’re starting a diet. You don’t want to fail. You don’t want to be disappointed. And you don’t want your results to suffer because you did something wrong. To that end, people often are hoping that nutrisystem will give you so many instructions that you can’t possibly fail or do anything wrong.

Someone might ask: “will nutrisystem tell you what to eat and when? I want to make sure that I’m eating the right thing at the right time so that I get the results that I expect.”

I understand your concern. But quite frankly this plan is easy to follow and you really won’t need anyone to spell it out for you.  I think that they keep things flexible because not every one is going to eat their meals at the same time. Some people work nights. Some people prefer to eat later in the day because they don’t like to eat an early breakfast. So, one plan is not going to work for everyone. They probably want you to have the flexibility to make this as easy for you as it can possibly be. However, to give you an idea of how a day might look, nutrisystem does have some suggestions of meals, snacks, and timing on their website (which you can see here

Here’s what a typical day might look like.

Breakfast: Turkey sausage and egg muffin with cheese – diet meal, provided.

Morning Snack: High protein yogurt with berries (provided by you, with add in groceries. This snack would be a power fuel and a smart carb.)

Lunch: Chicken Quesadilla and salad. (The Quesadilla is provided by the diet. The salad would be provided by you.)

Afternoon Snack: Veggies with no fat dip and slice of cheese. (This would be provided for you. It includes a serving of dairy, a healthy fat, and vegetables.)

Dinner: Pizza with pears. (The pizza would be a diet meal and you would provide the pears, which are considered a smartcarb.)

Dessert: Ice Cream Sandwich. (This is provided by the diet.)

Hopefully, these samples will show you that the day is sort of scheduled, but flexible. It’s pretty easy to follow. You’ll have your regular main meals – breakfast, lunch and dinner and these are provided for you.  But you’ll also have a mid morning and mid afternoon snack and a dessert. The timing of this isn’t laid out for you. It’s meant to work with whatever schedule you have. They don’t tell you what meal to eat because they want for you to have a choice based on cravings or what you feel like eating that day.

But it would be hard to get anything wrong. You just pick the meals that you feel like eating that day and have your snacks. If you’re still interested in starting nutrisystem, you can check out the latest specials here.

How Many Frozen Meals Can You Have A Day On Nutrisystem?

July 10th, 2014

By: Ava Alderman:  Many people can easily take one look at the frozen food options on nutrisystem and have the theory that these meals are the best that the diet has to offer.  And most people who’ve tried these foods agree that this is true.  Even though the select line with the frozen meals is the most expensive plan, it’s very popular.

People have other assumptions about the select line also. Many worry that the foods are going to be higher in calories.  So they worry that they’re going to be limited as to how many of these they’ll be able to consume in any given day.  Someone might ask: “I have done a lot of research on my options with nutrisystem and I have decided that the select line is going to be the best for me.  I don’t have patience for food that doesn’t taste really good, so I think that this going to be my best option.  I’m wondering though if you have to stagger your frozen meals. If I ate three in one day, would this ruin my diet?”

I’d strongly suggest that you reach out to a nutrisystem counselor here (, but my opinion is that it would not hurt anything to eat three frozen meals in a day. The reason for this is that the select meals are designed to be interchangeable with all of the other meals.  They are not higher in calories or carbs. For example, the apple cinnamon oatmeal (non frozen) is 130 calories.  And the french toast (frozen, and a select entree) is only 120 calories.  Rest assured that the select meals compare very closely with any of the other meals in terms of calories, carbs, and nutrition.

Here is something to think about though.  When you order a select package, you get ten days’ worth of frozen meals and 18 days’ worth of ready to eat meals.  So, many people stagger their frozen meals so that they can enjoy them all through the month.  If you were to make a habit of eating three select, frozen meals in one day, you would run out of them before the end of the month arrives.

Of course, there are no hard and fast rules about this.  You can eat your meals in any order that you like – as long as you fit in every thing for the day.  So there’s no calorie restriction for three select meals in one day.  But, many people do mix select meals with ready to eat meals in one day simply to be able to enjoy the frozen meals throughout the entire month.  It really is just a personal preference.  You can check to see if there are any specials on the select plan here.

Which Foods Come Frozen On Nutrisystem? Are They All Frozen Now?

June 19th, 2014

By: Ava Alderman:  As nutrisystem gets more and more frozen entrees that are offered with the “select” line of meals, people sometimes assume that nutrisystem is moving toward being a plan where all meals are frozen.

Someone might ask: “I’m starting to see many more frozen foods on nutrisystem.  Are all of the meals frozen at this point?  Are they all going to be frozen soon?  I have thought about placing an order for some of those foods, but I also like some of the non frozen items in the past – like the flat bread pizza.  I don’t want for some of those favorites to go away.”

You don’t have to worry.   Only a portion of the meals are frozen.  And if you don’t like the idea of them, then you can order off of any of the other lines (like the basic or core) and you will not have any frozen meals.  You only get these meals if you order the “select” line.  And even then, not every meal is frozen.  You get a combination of the soft canned also.  Below, I will tell you which meals are currently frozen.  And I want to stress that there are still many options that don’t even need to be refrigerated.

 Breakfast Meals That Are On The Select Line And Frozen:

Breakfast Burrito

Buttermilk Waffles

Canadian Bacon And Egg With Biscuit

Cinnamon Roll

Egg And Turkey Sausage Roll

French Toast

Homestyle Pancakes

Turkey, Ham, And Cheese Omelets

Turkey, Sausage, And Egg MuffinFrozen


(Select) Lunch Entrees:

Beef, Cheese, And Bean Burrito

Broccoli And Cheese Melt

Chicken And Cheese Quesadilla

Chicken Fajita Melt

Chicken Parmesan Melt

Four Cheese Melt

Grilled Chicken Sandwich


Italian Style Turkey And Italian Sausage Melt

Meatball Parmesan Melt

Pepperoni Pizza Melt

Southwestern Fiesta Melt

Steak And Cheese Melt


Frozen Nutrisystem Dinners On the Select Line:

(Note:  The following are from the Chef’s Table line – which were developed by professional chef’s)

Arroz Con Pollo

Cavatelli With Broccoli Pesto

Ginger Cashew Chicken

Orzo, Shrimp, And Lobster Langostino

Steak Taglita

Whole Wheat Riccota Crepes

Grilled Chicken Sausage With Peppers

Spaghetti Primavera With Chicken Meatballs

Tilapia With Asparagus And Rice

(Note: this is the end of the Chef’s Table line.  The next items listed are not part of this line.)

Chicken Enchilada

Chicken Primavera

Italian Sausage And Turkey Pizza

Margherita Pizza

Mushroom Stuffed Chicken Breast

Ravioli Formaggio

Roasted Turkey Medallions

Salisbury Steak And Mac And Cheese

Stuffed Shells

Sweet And Sour Chicken

Broccoli And Cheese Stuffed Chicken Breast


Frozen Desserts And Snacks On Nutrisystem:

Carrot Cake Whoopie Pie

Chocolate Brownie Sundae

Chocolate Cupcake

Fudge Bar

Ice Cream Sandwich

Orange Cream Bar

Red Velvet Whoopie Pie

Stuffed Apple Pie

Whole Grain Pretzel

I want to note that although you see a lot of frozen items here, they are actually a smaller percentage of the menu.  There are more items that are actually not part of this line than that are.  So it is not a problem to get a large amount of choices of both types of foods.


June 10th, 2014

Welcome to my review website which features many articles about how to have success on the nutrisystem diet. I hope that you find something here that is useful to you and helps you make decisions about, or have success on, this diet. Nutrisystem is a pretty straightforward diet.  There’s no weigh ins, counting calories, or anything to keep track of, really.

Basically you just eat the foods that they send you, add in fresh fruit, dairy, or vegetables, and exercise as you see fit.   You eat three meals and two snacks / desserts per day.  The food is pretty good, but the gourmet and select line is a little better.  One thing that I find really cool about nutrisystem is that you do get to eat comfort type foods that normally aren’t allowed on diets – like pizza, tacos, ravioli, macaroni, chocolate cake, cheese puffs,  ice cream sandwiches, etc.   Many foods that are off limits on other diets are allowed here, as long as you eat their modified foods, many of which are not half bad.  They do allow you the option of hand picking your foods if you know of some foods that you like better than others.  I can’t think of any foods that are truly awful, but of course as with any diet, some are better than others.  One thing that really helps is the fact that nutrisystem allows users to rank their foods.  You can go on their menu and see how other people have liked or disliked the foods and why.  So, if you see a food with five stars, you can be relatively confident that this is a food that most people like.

You can also chose between the part time flex program and many of the full time regular programs, depending on how much weight you have to lose and how much time and money you want to spend.  Hopefully, the articles below give you enough information to evaluate if this diet is right for you, but if not, you can check out my free nutrisystem ebook here.  You can see the latest nutrisystem coupons here.

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Does Nutrisystem Cause Yeast Infections?

June 10th, 2014

By: Ava Alderman: Occasionally I’ll hear from or read about someone who thinks that beginning the nutrisystem diet caused something to happen in their life.  Once such example is yeast infections.

Someone might ask: “In the past, I’ve had serious issues with yeast infections.  Through being careful with my diet and taking preventative measures, I’ve mostly got this under control.  I’ve been on the program for almost a month and I’m happy with my weight loss, but I have a yeast infection and I’m wondering if the diet caused it?”

That’s hard to say because nutrisystem is actually glycemic friendly and pretty low in sugars.  And frankly, I’m not a doctor, but when I get a yeast infection, it’s usually because I’ve been overdoing my sugar.  But that’s only my experience.  Nutrisystem does make use of sugar alcohols to keep the sugar down.  So if you are sensitive to those, then that may be the culprit.

Also, you’re asked to add in fresh and healthful side items.  Because fruit is often preferred over vegetables, many people find themselves eating more fruit than they usually would on this diet.  If you’re someone who knows that a certain fruit may make you have an infection, have a look at your sides and see if you are including too much of any particular food.

It also might be a good idea to make sure that you are choosing low glycemic fruits with lower amounts of natural sugars like blueberries or blackberries.  I don’t know of any particular ingredient in the diet that would cause a yeast infection.

I suspect that it’s more a change in the way that you’re eating.  With a little detective work, hopefully you can isolate what it is and then tweak it.  And, as I’m sure you already know, it’s very important to continue on with those preventive measures like wiping from front to back, not wearing tight underwear, making sure undergarments are cotton, and urinating and drinking water after intercourse.

Many people find that their body adjusts to the diet pretty quickly.  Changes in your diet can affect your body sometimes.  But I would hope that this issue is short lived.  I know first hand that yeast infections are no fun.  But I think that if you are careful, you can be on nutrisytem and still avoid those foods that have been triggers for you in the past.  The key is knowing which foods are affecting you.  I’d suspect it’s most likely the sides you are adding in, but I’m certainly not an expert and I’d suggest reaching out to one of the nutrisystem counselors.  You can assess a counselor here: