Can Nutrisystem Foods Be Interchangeable?

June 22nd, 2016

By: Ava Alderman: I sometimes hear from people who are considering nutrisystem (or who have just ordered it) who aren’t sure what is supposed to happen when they get their foods. They aren’t sure if they have to eat their foods on a particular day or in a particular order.

Someone might ask something like: “do the nutrisystem meals come labeled as to which day you are supposed to eat them? Are you required to eat a certain breakfast paired with a specific lunch and dinner? If I choose a higher calorie dinner entree do I have to be careful to have a lower calorie breakfast? How does this work? Are the meals supposed to be interchangeable? Can I just pick any breakfast? Or do I have to do it in a certain order?”

You might be relieved to know that choosing your nutrisystem meals isn’t that complicated. You are able to grab whatever you feel like eating at the meal time that you are eating it.  Many people find it easiest to store their meals already divided. For example, they may have one pantry shelf for their breakfasts, one for lunches, one for dinners, and one for snacks and desserts. As it comes time for you to eat, you just choose the appropriate meal that looks good to you at that time. It may depend on what type of food you are most in the mood for. But you just grab the meal and you don’t have to worry about what else you have already eaten that day. As long as the company has provided you with the food, you’re going to be safe no matter what you choose from each category because they are relatively similar in terms of calories, fat, protein and carbs. Sure, some meals have a few more calories or fats than others, but generally it all evens out in the long run.

People sometimes ask if you can have lunches for dinners or desserts for snacks. Again, in the grand scheme of things, making these types of changes shouldn’t have a huge impact on your calorie intake for the day. The only thing that you will need to keep in mind is that if you make these types of swaps often, you may run out of dinners earlier than lunches or desserts earlier than snacks, depending upon what you are switching out. But I’m sure that all of the foods would be eaten eventually.

And it’s undoubtably better to shift around the foods and stay on the diet than switch around your meals and eat foods outside of the diet. But to answer the original concern, yes, the foods are mostly interchangeable. You don’t have to eat a certain breakfast at a certain time. You can choose whatever looks good to you for the day. That’s one aspect that makes the diet pretty easy.  You can read more about how nutrisystem works with this free, quick resource guide.  I keep all of the specials that nutrisystem is running on the right top of this blog.  Here is the best special right now, in my opinion: Get 40% off Every order plus Turboshakes and Fedex Shipping Free

Nutrisystem Turbo For Beginners

May 11th, 2016

By: Ava Alderman: It’s no accident that many folks who are new to nutrisystem are intrigued by and attracted to nutrisystem’s turbo ten plan.  Not only has the company deeply discounted the price, but they’ve also selected special foods to enhance your weight loss and to help you shed inches.  In addition, they’ve included popular shakes that are pretty expensive to order separately.

But with these additions, some people worry that the plan might take a lot of work or be complicated, especially if you are new to nutrisystem or haven’t researched it extensively.  People might wonder how an absolute beginner might approach this accelerated plan?  Do you need to keep track of your foods?  Is any special shopping involved?  Do you need to worry about exercise?  How does it all work?And how hard is it to keep track of it all?  Is it too much for someone not familiar with the program?

I actually think that turbo ten is a great starting point.  Nutrisystem always does most of the work for you.  Once you order your food, all you really need to do is choose which of the prepackaged foods to eat that day. Yes, you are asked to add in fresh sides.  But the company does a very good job of providing food lists with portion sizes.  And we’re not talking about large amounts of food here.  You are simply adding a piece of fruit or a serving of vegetables or dairy.  These are very small sides that should not require a lot of grocery shopping. The sides are simply meant to enhance the meal with fresh, healthy food.  But they are the accompaniment, not the meal.

The shakes (that are included for free in turbo 10) are consumed between meals.  You can also have a snack or a dessert and these are included in your package.  There is nothing that you have to figure out about any of this.  The inital “kick start” foods meant to encourage the weight loss (so that you get results in a short period of time) are included and their use is pretty self explanatory.  Basically if you eat anything in your package at the allotted time and add in the appropriate side, then you will be “safe” or in compliance and you don’t really need to think about anything else.  You don’t have to count calories or add points or anything like that.  These calculations have been done for you.

As far as exercise, the basic requirement is that you move for half an hour per day.  They aren’t really picky about this.  It can be done all at once or broken down.  For example, you can do fifteen minutes twice a day or twenty minutes at one point and ten minutes at another (as long as you’re getting half an hour per day.) You could also do it all at once if you wanted.  They aren’t talking about hardcore workouts either and no speciality equipment is required.  Brisk walking counts.  Biking counts.  This is a pretty easy requirement for most people to meet.

In short, turbo ten is not complicated and it offers many freebees and incentives that aren’t always available.  The free shakes are usually very popular and the price is very aggressive for an awful lot of food.  If you’ve wanted to try nutrisystem but were waiting for the right time, this might be it. Here is the latest special for turbo 10 Get $50 off plus Turboshakes and Fedex Shipping Free

What Are The Frozen Meals On The Nutrisystem Core Plan?

April 12th, 2016

By: Ava Alderman:  I sometimes hear from people who have become somewhat confused when they go to place their nutrisystem order.  They are starting the check out process, but they aren’t seeing the food options that they expected to see.  That’s when they start to think that they are doing something wrong.

An example is the person who asks: “why am I not seeing any frozen foods when I am trying to order the core plan?  I have chosen the “custom menu” option.  But yet the only foods I am seeing are the ones that are not frozen.  I thought the core plan was the most popular plan with the frozen foods.”

You are absolutely right that the core plan is the most popular.  I believe that it is such a brisk seller for a couple of reasons.  First, it is priced competitively. It’s not the cheapest or the most expensive plan.  It is right in the middle.  Plus, as you already know, it allows you to choose your own foods and includes counseling.  But one thing that it does not include is any frozen meals.

The frozen foods are only on the uniquely yours line (which used to be called the select line.)  As you might expect, that plan is the most expensive.  People often assume that when you order the select plan, all of your meals are frozen.  This isn’t exactly correct.  Although many of the meals are frozen, some are not.  So people on the select plan do eat some of the same foods as those on the basic or core plans – at least some of the time.

However, if there are some frozen meals that you want, you could always stick with your core plan and then go to the a la carte option and buy some of the select foods individually.  The easiest way to do this is to go to the nutrisystem site here Get 40% off Every order plus Turboshakes and Fedex Shipping Free and type “a la carte” in the search bar at the top.  Now, not all of the foods are offered a la carte, but some are.  I took a look at what’s offered right now and, as of this writing, they are offering the frozen items a la carte in sampler packs.  For example, fourteen frozen breakfasts are $44.99.  14 frozen desserts are $39.99.

You want to be careful though and add up the total with your core plan and a la carte additions in order to make sure that it wouldn’t be cheaper for you just to go with the uniquely plan using coupons.  You can look on the nutrisystem site (linked above) to see what specials are running.  Plus I keep the latest coupons on the right side of this blog.

Do I Really Need To Eat All Of The Nutrisystem Meals?

April 6th, 2016

By: Ava Alderman:  People who are researching the nutrisystem diet are often surprised that you eat so much.  Granted, the portion sizes might not be quite as big as what you are used to, but you are encouraged to not only eat three meals per day (breakfast, lunch, and dinner) but also a dessert or a snack.  Not only this, but they want you to add in fresh side items with each meal.

If you are not used to eating in this way, it can feel as if they are asking you to eat a lot of food a lot of the time.  As a result, you sometimes hear people ask if you really have to eat all of this.  Someone might ask: “am I really expected to eat all of these meals on nutrisystem?  Honestly, I am a person who normally eats two very large meals per day.  Seeing all of this food laid out before me feels wrong.  Is it OK to omit some of these?”

I’d encourage you reach out to a nutrisystem counselor on the website.  (Here’s a link that will take you to the website. Get 40% off Every order plus Turboshakes and Fedex Shipping Free  I’d suspect that they might say that you need to try very hard to eat all of the meals including the snack / dessert and the sides.  Why?  Because even if you eat every single thing, you’re still only taking in around 1200 calories for the whole day.  So it admittedly FEELS like you are eating a lot and probably taking in a lot of calories, while eating pizza and cake.  But in reality, the food is modified to be low in calories.

I think it helps to reassure yourself that nutrisystem has tested this diet extensively.  They have developed it so that you can eat everything provided and still feel full and still have good results, even if it feels like you’re eating too often.

Yes, if you are used to eating only twice per day, this is going to take some adjustment.  But it’s a good idea to develop the habit of eating smaller meals more regularly.  This is considered healthier, better for digestion, and more conducive to weight loss.

And when you have lost the weight and you are finished with the diet, you will have developed a healthy habit that you’ll want to keep.  Because even during the maintenance part of the plan, where you’re maintaining your weight loss, you will still be eating small meals regularly.  So it makes sense to start the habit now.

If you skip meals, you’d be taking in too few calories, which isn’t a good idea.  You want to take off the weight in a healthy and sustainable way.  Eating regularly helps you accomplish this, keeps your blood sugar stable, and makes you feel like you aren’t on a diet because you won’t be as hungry.

So yes, my suggestion is going to be to eat all of the meals and to not skip your sides.  I know that it’s an adjustment.  But it’s a healthy one.  You’re giving your body all that it needs and you’re adopting a healthier habit.

Why What’s Included In Nutrisystem’s Turbo Ten Makes It An Incredibly Good Value

March 31st, 2016

By: Ava Alderman:  Following the huge success with last year’s “fast five,” nutrisystem launched “turbo ten” in 2016.  While fast five was popular for the five pound weight loss that some saw in the first week, turbo ten boasts that some can lose ten pounds and five inches over all in the first month on the diet.  (Clinical studies for this plan have shown that weight loss is an average of 8.3 pounds lost and 4.2 inches off.)

And while that all sounds good and the plan is very often offered at a steep discount, people understandably want to know what they are going to get with the package.  As of this writing, when you order a package, all of the “turbo 10” extras come with it.  You’re given 21 special meals that you’re to eat in the first week that helps to kick start your weight loss.  You are also given 7 turbo shakes, (which act as a probiotic to help combat bloat), as well as 7 nutrisystem crush shakes (which are meant to suppress hunger.)

Now, all of this is what you are getting on top of the package that you ordered.  So you will still get enough food for four meals per day (break, lunch, and dinner as well as a snack or dessert) for the entire month.  And you will get that week of the turbo ten meals (breakfast, lunch and dinner plus the two daily shakes) on top of that. Turbo ten is meant to be an extra incentive to offer you free food and quick weight loss to get you to try the program, which is why it’s only offered with your first order.  (Note: If you end up really liking the shakes, you can place an additional order for them the next time around.  Nutrisystem does offer shakes for purchase individually.)

This is quite a lot of food and shakes, which is a substantial value.  If you were to take the cost of the plans even on sale and figure out the cost per meal, it’s about $2.40 per meal.  So think about that week of meals that you are getting for free. That alone is a value over $65. A 7 pack of the turbo shakes is $25 when sold individually.  You’re getting 14 at a value of $50.  When you look at it this way, you can see what a value turbo 10 is – well over $100 – which is probably why it’s been so popular.  It’s a good way to try out the plan and get a lot of value, as well as a lot of popular foods, for your money. Here’s the link: Get 40% off Every order plus Turboshakes and Fedex Shipping Free

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

March 24th, 2016

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 40 Percent Off Sale For Turbo 10: How Does It Work?

March 22nd, 2016

By: Ava Alderman:  When you go to the nutrisystem website lately or you are on other websites (like this one) and nutrisystem coupons pop up, you might notice that they are currently offering 40% off with the turbo ten special.

People sometimes ask me how this works.  They want to know: Are you getting 40% off of the turbo 10 items only?  Is it 40% off of the entire package?  Are the turbo 10 items free?  I’ll answer these questions by looking at the pricing of the packages below.

First, I’ll look at the “Uniquely Yours” plan because it is the most popular plan.  With this plan, you get the premiere, gourmet, frozen foods. If you were to order this plan as of this writing, it would cost you $334.99 and this INCLUDES all of the turbo 10 goodies including the free food and the shakes (for a total of 14.)  The normal price of this plan is $515.37, which as you can see is about 40 percent off AND you are getting the free turbo ten.

Now, let’s move onto the core plan, which also includes free shipping and does allow some customization with the food.  You don’t get frozen meals with this one, but there are some really good, popular foods included with this plan. As of this writing, this plan costs $294.99.  It’s original price is 453.83, which again is about 40% off.  Again with this plan, turbo 10 is included. Here is the link: Get 40% off Every order plus Turboshakes and Fedex Shipping Free

You will see this reduction all over the site.  Here’s another example.  The vegetarian plan includes turbo 10 also.  It’s currently priced at $334.99 – exactly like the “Uniquely Yours” plan.  Now let’s look at the diabetic plan.  The turbo 10 is not included in this plan, but the plan is still heavily discounted.  You can choose the “uniquely yours” version of the plan where you get the premiere frozen meals or you can get the core version of the plan. The diabetic plan with the frozen meals is – you guessed it – $334.99 and if you’re going with the core it’s $294.99.

And yes, all of these prices are 40% off of the regular price and with the exception of the diabetic plans, turbo 10 with the speciality foods and the shakes are included.  It’s a very good deal, but it’s only good for folks who are purchasing nutrisystem for the first time.  People sometimes ask me why turbo 10 isn’t included in nutrisystem D.  I’d encourage you to go to the site and officially ask the counselors because I have no first hand knowledge, but I’d suspect that it has to do with the turbo 10 foods not being quite glycemic friendly enough to be alignment with the D plan standards.  They take diabetes very seriously, as they certainly should, so all of the foods included in that plan are very glycemic friendly.

A Typical Day On Nutrisystem: Examples Of Foods, Exercises, Etc.

March 14th, 2016

By: Ava Alderman:  I sometimes hear from people who are very intrigued by or interested in the nutrisystem diet, but who just can’t envision how their lives would work once they were on it.  They might know that they eat some of the diet meals and some fresh groceries. And they might know that they should throw in some exercise.  But they don’t know how much of each component is required and when it is required.  They’d like to know what would be expected of them and what their experience might be like.  It’s hard to envision this unless you have some concrete examples.

So in the following article, I’ll outline an entire day on nutrisystem, including all major meals, snacks and dessert, plus exercise.

8:00am: Breakfast:  There are so many good choices for breakfast, but I have to pick just one. For the purposes of this article, I’m going to chose the biscotti bites.  They are fabulous and have over 500 positive reviews on the company’s website. (To keep things simple, I’m including only things from the core and basic menus.  There are some wonderful foods from the select / frozen line, but not every one is going to pay more money for them.  If you’re interested in what this offers, you can look at that menu on the nutrisystem website here )

10:30: Midmorning snack – Let’s pick yogurt with fruit.  Here is where you’ll add in those groceries. A lot of people find it very helpful to combine different food groups in one snack.  In this example, you’re hitting the categories of both dairy and fruit.  Another example of combining two would be carrot sticks with low fat ranch dressing.

12:30 Lunch: Fettuccine Alfredo plus green salad.  I’ve chosen this because it’s one of the highest rated lunches that isn’t frozen.  The fettuccine comes from the diet and the salad is one of those fresh add ins that you’d provide yourself.

Exercise:  I find that this is a the time of day where many people can fit in 10 minutes of exercise (the daily 3 exercise plan on nutrisystem suggests 3 ten minute sessions, although you can complete this in any time chunks which are most convenient.  In this example, I’ll include power walking for ten minutes because most people will be at work here and this is something that requires no special equipment.

3:30: Afternoon snack: A nice option would be string cheese and tomato slices. Again, here’s an example of dairy and healthy fat plus a vegetable.

5:00 Exercise: Let’s pick biking.  I find it really best for my schedule to get the exercise out of the way at this point.  How much I’d do here depends on if I got anything done earlier in the day. If not, I’d set aside half an hour.  But in terms of this article, we did ten minutes at lunch, so we’d do twenty minutes here.  Again, they suggest three sessions of ten minutes each, but if one half hour session works better, that’s fine.

6:30 Dinner: Chicken pot pie with pear slices and cottage cheese.  The chicken pot pie comes from the diet.  The pear slices and cottage cheese would come from your grocery add ins.

7:00 Dessert.  The diet provides prepackaged desserts.  These are not part of the grocery add ins.  I’ll choose the chocolate cake simply because it’s fabulous and it’s a classic that most people like.  You could also have one of the diet snacks if you feel like that instead.

So there you have it. In this example, it’s 7:00 pm and all of your meal plus snack requirements plus exercise is out of the way, freeing you up to enjoy time on other things.  As you can hopefully see, this isn’t too difficult, and you’re eating pretty decent food as part of a normal life.  I hope this gives you an idea of what a typical day on nutrisystem might look like. Here’s the current nutriystem promotion: Get Fast 5 Plus and lose 5 lbs in your first week!

Can You Eat Some Of Your Own Food On Nutrisystem To Keep From Making A Big Commitment?

March 3rd, 2016

By: Ava Alderman:  It’s one thing to be very interested in nutrisystem.  It is quite another thing to want to make a huge commitment to it.  Very few of us want to just blindly plunk down a lot of money or time on a diet – because we want to see if we like it first.  And we’d like to hope that we don’t have to be on it for too long because we want quick results.

So one common concern that people have is that they want to limit their time and their money commitment.  So they will ask questions like: “is it possible to sign up to only one month of nutrisystem? And, in order to stretch it even further, can I add my own food it?”

Yes, you a absolutely order only one month.  One awesome thing about nutrisystem is that you only pay for your food.  There is no money  obligation to “join.”  The cost is for the food and nothing more.  An account is free, but you will get more access to everything when you place a food order.  Once you pay for your food, there’s no other costs.  If you run out of your food and you’d still like to lose more weight, then you place another food order.  Again, there’s no additional commitment.  You order food when you want or need it but you are under no obligation to order anything more.

I think people sometimes get confused about this with autopay or auto delivery.  Nutrisystem does give savings and incentives for people who know that they are going to be on the diet for a while.  If you sign up for auto shipments of food, you will usually get a big savings.  But this is not required. And even if you were to sign up for it, you can cancel at any time.

As far as adding your own food goes, nutrisystem encourages you to add in your own healthy side items with every meal.  These are small items like fruit, veggies, or healthy protein or fats.  This does not take the place of a meal though because it isn’t substantial enough.  Other than the side items, you shouldn’t really need to buy a lot of food.  They give you enough to last you for an entire month.  They don’t ask a lot of you in terms of needing to buy additional stuff.

But to answer the original question.  Yes, it is set up so that you can only buy a month’s worth of food.  Most people do go month to month.  And you can add in your own food as side items.  But you don’t need to add in your own food for meals. That’s an expense that isn’t necessary. Here’s the latest nutrisystem special: Get 40% off Every order plus Turboshakes and Fedex Shipping Free

Nutrisystem For Travelers. Can It Work?

February 23rd, 2016

By: Ava Alderman:  Some of the time, when I hear from people asking about nutrisystem, it’s because they think that some aspect of their life is going to be a tough fit for the diet.  One example is people who know that they will be traveling a lot in the future.  They worry that travel and prepackaged food don’t mix.

Here are just a few examples.  I might hear from someone who is at a stage in their life where they now have the luxury of traveling as they’ve always dreamed.  Someone might say: “I am now retired and I was very frugal when I worked.  I saved money for years to be able to spend my retirement exactly as I wanted. My husband and I want to travel the country for a while.  I am very excited about this.  At the same time, I know that I need to lose weight.  And I don’t want to put that off.  I am very interested in nutrisystem silver, but I’m not sure if you can do it while traveling.

Another example is the person who isn’t traveling for pleasure – they are traveling for necessity.  They might say: “I just got a promotion at my job which means a lot more travel.  I’ve just started nutrisystem and I’ve had some early success – which excites me, but I’m not sure how I’ll manage now that I have travel so much.”

I won’t tell you that traveling with nutrisystem doesn’t require planning.  Because it does.  But people do it all the time.  The thing to remember is that most of the food is soft canned or in a wrapper.  (Obviously, when you’re talking about traveling, it is going to be easier for you to stick with the non frozen food.  So instead of going with foods from the uniquely yours line (which are frozen) you will want to go with the core or basic lines which are not frozen.  These foods do not require any refrigeration or special handling.

Most of the foods come in boxes which are pretty small.  Sure, you may have to have a separate bag for your food.  But you should be able to take it with you without any problems.  It is sealed.  Open foods might cause issues.  But sealed foods in a box should be fine.  Honestly, sometimes when you are tired from being in or exploring a new place all day, coming back to your room and finding that you already have something to eat and don’t have to worry about anything but microwaving something or adding hot water is a relief.

For most nutrisystem foods, you will either need to just remove the item from its packaging (like the bagels, bars, or muffins.)  Or you’ll need to microwave it (like the pizza) or add hot water (like pastas or soups.)  Many hotel rooms already have access to a microwave or hot water, but if your room doesn’t, you can ask at the front desk.

Also, in terms of your side items, think about the breakfast bar if you are staying in a hotel. They often offer lots of fresh fruits, vegetables and dairy items.  Plus, it’s not too hard to hit the grocery store for some quick sides.  Many people find that the convenience of having food already available outweighs the hassle of having to take your food with you.

There may be a point where you’d like to eat out while traveling.  It’s just common sense at that point to try to stick with lean protein and fresh vegetables so that all of your hard work of taking your diet with you isn’t canceled out by tons of cheating.

But the short answer to the question, at least in my opinion, is that yes, travelers can certainly use or continue to use nutrisystem.  It does take a little planning, but things that are worthwhile off often do.  Here is the latest nutrisystem special: Get 40% off Every order plus Turboshakes and Fedex Shipping Free