I’m Not Sure If I Can Do Nutrisystem For A Whole Month Without Cheating

August 15th, 2017

It’s very common to psych yourself out of something that you perceive is going to be difficult.  You almost convince yourself that you are going to fail before you ever get started.  Dieting is one example of this.  I sometimes hear from people who are reluctant to start nutrisystem because they fear failure before they even place their first order.

Someone might say: “I have tried dieting before.  And usually, I only make it a couple of weeks before I cheat.  Once I cheat, it is really the beginning of the end.  I cheat more and more until I’m eventually off the diet.  Granted, these are diets where I’ve had to cook for myself, so that made things a bit harder.  But I am reluctant to plunk down the money for a whole month of nutrisystem when I’m not even sure if I’ll make it the whole month.  I’d hate to waste my money and then fail.  I like to eat out too much and I’m not sure if I’ll like the program.  I see the people on the website and they look like they never cheat.  I don’t think I will be one of those people.”

You don’t have to buy an entire month of nutrisystem.  They do offer boxes of food that are less than a month’s worth of a commitment.  The best deal per meal is definitely to buy by the month, but if you have serious doubts, then it might make sense to pay a little extra per meal for a week or two worth of meals to see if the program is a good fit.  That said, I think that it’s rare to find someone who has NEVER cheated.  The program is designed with some flexibility in mind.  They even have guidelines for eating out, so that honestly does not need to be a deal breaker.  This is only my opinion, but the plan is pretty easy to live with because you do get decent options like burgers, pizza, and fajitas.   There are donuts, candy, and chips.  Granted, the serving sizes may be smaller than what you are eating now, but it often doesn’t feel like you have to omit many foods that you’d want to eat.  You may have to eat less and you may have to eat the nutrisystem branded food, but you don’t have to just throw out whole segments of foods that you enjoy.  You can eat out with common sense.  Sure, everyone has times where they need to go off their diet for a meal or two, but even so, most people take in far fewer calories than they did off of the diet, which means that they lose weight overall.  This is enough to keep many people going and somewhat in compliance.   I can’t guarantee specific compliance for anyone, but I do feel that nutrisystem is an easier diet than many and you do have the option of buying less than a month’s worth of food if you like.   There’s no contract on nutrisystem.  You only buy the food that you want with no other commitment.  In addition, nutrisystem does have a program where you can take weekends off.  Here are the latest specials. Lose up to 13 LBS & 7 Inches overall in your first month with Lean13 at Nutrisystem.com!

How To Do Nutrisystem Step By Step

August 6th, 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.

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

August 6th, 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

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

August 4th, 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!

Does The Nutrisystem Fast Five Work?

August 4th, 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!

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

August 3rd, 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!

Is There A Difference In Size Between The Foods On The Different Nutrisystem Plans

August 2nd, 2017

Sometimes people who are researching the nutrisystem diet will notice that some plans are more expensive than others and of course they will wonder why this is true. The price difference can lead some people to wonder if the more expensive plans offer larger portion sizes. Someone might ask, “is the uniquely yours plan more expensive because the portion sizes are larger? Do some of the plans give you bigger sizes than others?”

I am not a nutrisystem counselor, but size is not the reason for the price difference. Uniquely yours is more expensive because it offers the gourmet frozen meals, which costs more. However, the foods on all of the nutrisystem plans overlap somewhat. All of the nutrisystem plans are based on the same number of calories.  As a result, none of the foods offered are going to vary in size because if they did, someone on the basic plan would be taking in less calories than someone on the uniquely yours plan. They want all of their customers to have success.

The men’s plans do allow for more calories, so men do get more servings per day, but their portion sizes are not different. They just have access to more meals in their package. If you look at the breakdown of plans, you’ll notice that many of the prepackaged non-frozen meals on the basic plan are the same foods that you will see offered on the uniquely yours plan, with the exception of the frozen meals. So, you might get the same bagels, pizza, and roast chicken on all plans, as just one example. All meals would be the same size, with the same amount of calories, over all plans.

The portion sizes do vary for some foods on the grocery store add ins. But this is true of ALL of the plans. For example, if you choose to add in some low starch vegetables, you can have unlimited amounts of that same vegetable. This is true no matter which of the plans you are on. In general, the more sugar and starch an add in food has, the smaller the portion size. Nutrisystem restricts very few foods in terms of the add ins, but it does give you smaller portions of foods that other diets might consider off limits. So, while the portion sizes for the nutrisystem meals are going to be the same over all plans, you do have some leeway in portion sizes of your grocery store ad ins for each meal. If you want unlimited amounts, you’ll need to choose low starch vegetables that are on the unlimited list. But most people find that with the meals, snacks, adds ins, and desserts, you are getting a decent amount of food, as far as portions go no matter what plan you are on.  Here is a coupon that should work for all plans: Get 40% off every order + Free bars & Shakes and FREE SHIPPING!

Nutrisystem And Belly Bloat

July 31st, 2017

People who are dieting often have body parts about which they are particularly concerned. Abs, butt, and thighs are areas that come to mind. I sometimes have people ask me if nutrisystem is a good diet for people who want to shrink their abs or reduce belly bloat. Someone might ask a question like this one: “I know that I need to lose about 15 or so pounds. All of my body is not at its ideal weight. But the biggest concern that I have is about my belly. It’s larger than the rest of me. I will have pants that fit okay in my thighs but that are too tight in the waist. This has become a pretty big concern of mine. I assumed that nutrisystem helped with belly bloat, but then I had a friend who tried the diet and who said that she actually got bloated early on in the diet – although the symptoms eventually went away and her belly gradually become smaller. Does nutrisystem help or hurt will belly bloat?”

I’m not a counselor, but I can give you my take on this. (That said, it’s never a bad idea to reach out to a counselor to get a more official answer.  Here is a link: Get 40% off every order + Free bars & Shakes and FREE SHIPPING!)  But belly bloat can be caused by a couple of things. It can be caused by fat or weight around your middle and it can also be caused by digestive issues like gas or even minor constipation or slow digestion. Sometimes, when you start a new diet that has different levels of carbs and fiber than what you are used to, you can experience some digestive disturbances until your body gets used to the changes to your diet. Many people experience a bit of gas when starting a new diet and this may be why your friend had that initial bloating. However, nutrisystem’s lean 13 program includes probiotic shakes that are specifically designed to help counteract digestive distress and bloating. Not only that, but many people find that when they lose weight, their waist and belly circumference decreases. There are health risks with carrying weight around your belly, so whether you use nutrisystem or another plan, it is considered beneficial to shed belly weight. If you’re dealing with bloat instead of weight distribution, then I’d suggest ordering a package with the probiotic shakes. Also, keep in mind that nutrisystem is a glycemic friendly plan, meaning that it is meant to be lower in carbohydrates and higher in protein and fiber. Sometimes, when you lower your carbs and increase protein and fiber, you have a little bloating initially. This is true on many diets that lower carbohydrates and not just nutrisystem. However, many people adjust to this in a week or so. To answer the question, some people bloat initially on diets, but then end up losing belly fat and weight around the middle so that in the long term, their belly ends up being smaller and they’ve improved their health.

How Many Shakes Do You Get A Day On Nutrisystem?

July 26th, 2017

There is no question that the nutrisystem shakes are among the most popular items on the menu.  I think that part of the appeal is that they are so convenient and portable.  It takes very little time to whip one up and they are very filling. People who are new to the nutrisystem diet often ask how many of them you will get to consume per day.   That really depends on where you are with your diet.  Most people get their shakes as part of their first package like lean 13 or turbo 10 where the first week is sort of a boot camp for fast weight loss.  For example, right now, the lean 13 package comes with 7 free shakes and 7 free bars, but you’ll consume those pretty quickly.

During your first week of lean 13, you aren’t supposed to worry about adding in your sides.  You just eat the meals they provide you with and you use the shakes and bars as your sides.  So in this case, you’d theoretically be eating one bar and one shake per day.  After this one week period is over, you can begin adding in your sides in the categories of powerfuels, smartcarbs, etc.  The shakes are considered powerfuels and on most nutrisystem plans, you are allowed three powerfuels per day.  I will say that most people like to mix up their powerfuels so that they have some variety.  So while you might like to continue with one shake per day after your first week on lean 13, you might also want to shake things up with 2 other power fuels like string cheese, peanut butter, or almonds.  Most packages come with enough shakes to get you over that first week, but many people will order some additional boxes of shakes so that they can continue on with them after that first “take off” week.  But to answer the original question, during the first week, you can have one shake per day.  After the first week, you’re allowed to have one smartcarb per day and three powerfuels.  Since shakes are considered a powerfuel, you could theoretically have 3, but that wouldn’t give you a lot of variety for other proteins, so most people continue to limit them to one per day and then they get to play around with other powerfuels.  It is really just a matter of preference and also can depend upon what type of results you are getting.  Some people find that certain powerfuels work really well for them in terms of weight loss, while others don’t.  That’s why it can be really important to make sure that you’re paying attention to the portion sizes on any of the add in sides.  You can see that on the grocery guide at the following website. Here is the latest nutrisystem coupon: Get 40% off every order + Free bars & Shakes and FREE SHIPPING!

Sugar On Nutrisystem: Is It Allowed? How Much Of It?

July 18th, 2017

By: Ava Alderman: People sometimes assume that because nutrisystem is a diet that works by being high in protein and low in calories and carbohydrates, sugar is going to be prohibited. This can be a daunting thought when you are someone who enjoys sweets or even fruit.

A typical concern might be something like: “I know that if I go on a diet, I will have to cut down on my sugars. But I don’t know if I can give them up. When I tried Atkins, my family was literally bringing me carbs to eat because I became so difficult to live with. I was moody and hungry. And although I did lose some weight, I knew that I couldn’t maintain that lifestyle. I enjoy a treat every once in a while. I also want to be able to eat fruit. I know that nutrisystem is a high protein diet, but does this mean that they forbid sugar and fruit?”

You absolutely can eat fruit on nutrisystem. In fact, they encourage this. You are asked to add in several categories of fresh foods including smart carbs and power fuels. Fruit is a smart carb and they encourage you to add this as a side to some of your meals. (You don’t get unlimited amounts like you do with some vegetables, but the portions are reasonable.)

Also, they do not forbid sugar. While some of the foods taste sweet because of sugar alcohols included to help keep your blood sugar stable, most of the foods contain natural sugar. There are just lower amounts of it because the food has been modified. There are also lots of dessert-type foods that contain sugar, so you shouldn’t really feel deprived.

Here are just some examples with the amount of sugar that some of the foods contain. I’ve tried to include samples from breakfast, lunch, dinner, desserts, and snacks.

Sample Breakfasts With Sugar Amounts In Grams:

Maple Brown Sugar Oatmeal: 7
Cinnamon Roll: 10
Buttermilk Waffles: 7


Chicken Parmesan Melt: 4
Fettuccine Alfredo: 3
Loaded Baked Potato: 5


Chicken Enchilada: 5
Flatbread Pizza: 3
Meatloaf And Mashed Potatoes: 9


Chocolate Cake: 9
Chocolate Pretzels: 11
Peppermint Chocolate Patty: 15

Popcorn: 0
Pretzels: 1

You’ll see that there’s a wide range of sugars in the foods. The peppermint chocolate patty is pretty high at 15 grams while the popcorn has absolutely none. Still, it all averages out to be less sugar than you would be taking in if you weren’t dieting, but enough sugar so that it is not unrealistic or so that you do not feel deprived.

I hope this article has shown you that yes, you are allowed a pretty generous amount of sugar on nutrisystem and this includes fruit and some sweets.  Here’s the latest nutrisystem coupon: Get 40% off every order + Free bars & Shakes and FREE SHIPPING!