Does Nutrisystem Work For Petite People?

February 10th, 2016

By: Ava Alderman: I hear from a lot of people who are trying to determine if nutrisystem is going to work for them. People often think that they have a type of situation which is going to make them a special exception, essentially rendering the diet useless. Perhaps they think that they don’t have enough will power. Or they think that they have a slow metabolism. Another concern I hear a lot about is that people worry that they do not have the right body type. Believe it or not, people sometimes worry that they are not over weight or big enough for the diet to be effective.

I might hear from someone who says: “until I hit about forty years old, I had always been pretty tiny. I could eat what I wanted without having to worry about it. I am only five feet tall and, until recently, I’ve always been under 110 pounds. But now that I am  middle aged, that seems to be a thing of the past. The last time I checked my weight, I was inching up on 130 pounds and since then, I haven’t checked anymore. I don’t even want to know what I weigh right now, but I know it’s well over 130 which is overweight for me. I’ve looked at nutrisystem and the menu looks better to me than most diets. I’m just concerned as to whether it would work for someone who is petite like me.”

Well, I will try to answer this by giving you some scientific explanations. But, before I do that, I can tell you that I know many small boned people who are short in stature (and who have a slight build) who have done quite well on this diet. And, quite frankly, weight is lost when you take in less calories than you burn. This doesn’t change regardless of whether you are big boned or small boned, petite or large. And think about it.  Many of the celebrity spokespersons for nutrisystem (like Melissa Joan Hart and Tori Spelling) are petite.

Now granted, when you watch those dieting shows where the people weigh in on television, it does appear that those who start out larger lose more weight. But, you have to consider that the weight loss percentage might be somewhat equal for all body types. For example, if someone who starts out at 400 pounds were to lose ten percent of their body weight, that would be forty pounds. For someone that starts out weighing 135, that is only thirteen pounds. However, for both dieters, ten percent is meaningful and makes a huge different in the way they look and feel.  The person who started out larger lost more weight in terms of pounds, but they were both identical in terms of percentages.

My opinion on this is that the same principal of weight loss applies whether you start out petite or larger. If you burn more calories than you take in, you should have success. Since nutrisystem’s foods are designed to be glycemic friendly and low in calories, this should be taken care of. And if there isn’t a huge amount of weight to begin with, it shouldn’t take as long to reach the goal.  You can see the latest nutrisystem specials on the right side of this blog or by clicking here.

Can You Eat Crackers On Nutrisystem?

February 9th, 2016

By: Ava Alderman: It’s pretty common knowledge that two things frowned upon when dieting are excess carbohydrates and processed, prepackaged foods. So snack type foods like crackers are often off limits when you are dieting because they fall into both categories. You might assume that this is true of the nutrisystem diet.

I might hear from someone who says: “I’m assuming that you’re not allowed to have crackers for a snack on nutrisystem? What about with a salad? Or with soup? I am going to be eating a lot of both on this diet and I’d like a little crunch on the side.”

Actually, you can have crackers on nutrisystem in a couple of different ways. First of all, the food that you eat on the diet is going to be made up in part of the prepackaged meals or the snacks that are provided by the company. These require no planning or preparation. You just open the package and eat them.

But, you are also allowed to add in fresh sides with your meals. These are groceries that you buy yourself. One category within these groceries is called “smart carbs.” And within the “smart carb” category is crackers. Admittedly, they ask that you eat whole wheat crackers and the serving size is 1/4 cup, but this certainly means that you could have them with soup or with a salad without any problems.

Plus, there are some snacks that you can get from nutrisystem which might satisfy your cracker craving. There are cheese puffs, honey mustard pretzels, nacho cheese tortilla chips, regular popcorn, white cheddar popcorn, regular pretzels, and a snack max which is basically a lot like the cereal and cracker mix that many people make during the holidays which are so addictive.

So the answer to this concern is that you can have crackers on nutrisystem. But you will need to either purchase whole wheat crackers on your own and add them into your meal. Or, you can chose from the snack menu and pick any of the items that are a salty snack like a cracker. So while you aren’t having saltines with no nutritional value, you are getting your cracker fix and you are not ruining your diet in the process. As many diets don’t let you have any prepackaged carbohydrates, I would say that this is a pretty good compromise.  And there are some tasty whole wheat crackers on the market today.  Here is the latest nutrisystem special: Get 40% off Every order plus Turboshakes and Fedex Shipping Free

Is The Nutrisystem Turbo 10 Plan Safe For Diabetics?

January 28th, 2016

By: Ava Alderman:  Like the Fast Five promotion before it, Nutrisystem’s new “Turbo 10” has become very popular. It’s being introduced at a discounted price and it includes free shakes and meals designed to help you to have success very quickly.  So it’s no wonder that people browsing on the nutrisystem website are interested in it.

But some folks who are browsing notice something.  Although turbo 10 is being offered to women and men on the basic, core, and uniquely yours plans, you don’t see a reference to diabetes of vegetarian plans.  Someone might ask: “is the turbo 10 plan safe for diabetics, because I’m not seeing it on the order form for turbo 10?  And if not, why?”

This would be a great question for a nutrisystem counselor.  You can reach out to one on the site (there’s a link to it at the end of this article) via the “contact us” button.  I would guess (and this is just a guess) that the shakes or some of the meals included in turbo 10 contain an amount of sugars or carbs that don’t make them conducive to the diabetic plan.

As you probably know, nutrisystem has a special plan for diabetics called nutrisystem D.  Although all of nutrisystem’s foods are glycemic friendly, the meals included in this plan are specifically chosen for people trying to control diabetics.  Not all of the nutrisystem meals are included in the D plan, so it could be that at least some of the meals and shakes included in turbo 10 are not quite as low in sugars as the D meals need to be.

The good news is that diabetic and vegetarian plans are also discounted right now.  It is not just the turbo ten that is on special.  All of the plans are on special right now. Nutrisystem D is very popular and many find it very effective.  Nutrisystem is a partner with the American Diabetes Association and the diet (the D and not the regular) has been clinically proven to lower A1c blood levels.  I know that turbo 10 is tempting, but when you are trying to manage a medical condition, it’s best to be very strict. Luckily, nutrisytem has done a lot of that work for you by choosing meals that meet a very strict criteria.  There’s no need to jeopardize that by choosing a plan that wouldn’t be as ideal as it could be.  There are plenty of very good foods that are included in Nutrisystem D and the price is just as competitive. Here is a link: NutriSystem, Inc.

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

January 21st, 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

How To Do Nutrisystem Step By Step

January 20th, 2016

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: Chose 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.

Does The Nutrisystem Fast Five Work?

January 15th, 2016

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!

Help Me Decide If I Should I Go With The Core Or The Basic Plan On Nutrisystem. What Should I Consider?

January 13th, 2016

By: Ava Alderman: I sometimes hear from people who are struggling to decide which nutrisystem plan might be best for them. Many have narrowed it down to a few plans but they are still stuck as to whether the more expensive plan is worth the extra money.

A sample comment is something like: “I’ve narrowed my nutrisystem options down to the core and the basic plan. I’ve decided that I’m not going to go with the uniquely yours / select plan because it’s a little too expensive. And now I am wondering if the core plan is worth the extra money over the basic plan. Which should I go with?”

Although I can’t answer this question for you, I can show you some of the differences between the two plans to help you decide which might work better for your needs. But before I do that, I’d just like to mention that often, the plan that nutrisystem has on special can change from month to month. Sometimes, all of the programs are on sale. (Like right now, all of the plans are deeply discounted and included Turbo Ten: Get 40% off Every order plus Turboshakes and Fedex Shipping Free) But there are other times, when one plan is being heavily promoted. When the uniquely yours plan (with the frozen meals) is being promoted in this way, it is sometimes not much more than the basic and core plans. On those occasions, you might consider the uniquely yours plan if you’re not paying that much extra for it. Likewise, sometimes the core plan is not that much more expensive than the basic plan. It always makes sense to look and see exactly what the current pricing ad promotions are before you decide. Check the right side of this blog because I always update it when the new promotions come out.

But for the purposes of this article, I’m going to assume that all of the plans are being equally promoted and that the frozen line is off limits. Most of the time, the core plan is about $20 more than the basic plan. Now, the basic plan does get you everything that you need. You get enough breakfasts, lunches, dinners, snacks, and desserts to last you for a 28 days.  And, even the basic plan comes with free shipping sometimes. Generally speaking, the food that comes with the basic plan is pretty good. Why? Because they give you a sampling of some of the most popular foods. Most of the time, these foods are items that are among the most best selling and that most people like. So it’s not as if you are getting the unpopular foods or items that don’t sell. That’s not the case at all. Just as a few examples, there’s a blueberry muffin and chocolate donut on the breakfast menu. There’s cheese tortelini and black beans and rice on the lunch menu. There’s macaroni and cheese and pizza on the dinner menu. And white chocolate chip cookies for dessert.  (These are just two examples in each meal category, but there are a lot of choices.)  I find that the basic plan works best for folks who aren’t too picky about their food choices.  They also don’t want or need a lot of hand holding.   They are content to do their own research and make their own choices.

So what does the additional $20 for month get you if you upgrade to core? Well, you get priority shipping which means that your order gets to you a little more quickly, but this isn’t why most people go ahead and upgrade. What really makes the plan a little more appealing is that you get to customize your menu. You get to hand pick what goes into your order. So, if some of the items that come in the basic package don’t appeal to you, then you have whatever you like off of the menu instead. Essentially, you can pick any combination of meals that will give you enough for the month. Let’s say you are not a fan of the ravioli dinner that comes in the basic favorites package. Maybe you don’t care much for Italian food. This is OK with the core plan because you could just look at the entire dinner menu and pick something else. Also, you get access to phone counseling.  This takes the online counseling a step further.  Many people really like hearing the voice of their counselor.  I find that the core program works well for people who are more picky eaters and who like a little more hand holding.  They like hearing that friendly voice on the phone and they like being accountable by someone.

So, what it really comes down to is whether getting to choose your own foods is important to you and if you think you need to hear a voice on the end of the phone. If you think you’ll be happy with the favorites menu and you’re comfortable getting your support via the online company website and the forums, then paying the additional money for customization and phone support may not matter all that much to you.  You may be perfectly happy with the basic plan. But if you like the option of choosing your own meals, then you’re only paying less than $1 extra per day to do so.

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

January 8th, 2016

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

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

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

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

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

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

Are You Supposed To Pair Salads With Nutrisystem?

December 9th, 2015

By: Ava Alderman: I get a lot of questions about the grocery additions that you are supposed to add in with your nutrisystem meals. Most people realize that you are encouraged to add in fresh sides, but they are not exactly sure what this entails.

I’ve had people indicate that they had assumed that you are always supposed to add a salad. Someone might say: “I get that you’re supposed to be eating fresh vegetables with nutrisystem. But how do people accomplish this all of the time? Do you just pair salads with your nutrisystem lunch and dinner?”

You could do that. But you are not limited to that. They want for you to add a VARIETY of fresh foods. So you won’t just be focusing on vegetables. They also encourage you to consume healthy carbohydrates (which they call smartcarbs) as well as some proteins that are made up of dairy (which are called power fuels.)

Now, admittedly they do encourage you to take in a lot of vegetables on nutrisystem. In fact, they encourage this so much that they have made many vegetables “unlimited” which means that you can eat as many or as much of them as you want. This alone will encourage people to eat salads. Because if you can have lots of a food, why not combine it and have an array of this food in a salad? And nutrisystem does make this easy for you. They have their own salad dressing so you can know that you’re safe when you eat salad.

But I don’t want to imply that salads are the only way you get your fresh foods. It most certainly isn’t. I’ll give you some examples.  You could have strawberries with your breakfast french toast. You could have cottage cheese with your lunch hot dog. You might have almonds as a snack. There are lots of options other than just vegetables or salads. But, salads are a popular way to get in your recomended vegetables for the day and since many of them are unlimited, you don’t have to worry about your servings sizes.

So yes, many people absolutely do take advantage of this and make salads a part of their daily intake.  They are filling and you can vary them and make them interesting without much work. If you make a large one ahead of time or even buy the already prepared ones, then this is a very quick and easy way to have a snack or a side without having to do extra work. But there are other low – work options like a pudding, yogurt, or cream cheese cup or a piece of fruit.

Salads are a great option. But they are not the only option.  Here are the latest nutrisystem specials.

The $99 Fast Five Kit Special (With Free Shipping) From Nutrisystem. What Does It Include?

December 2nd, 2015

By: Ava Alderman:  Right before nutrisystem dropped its cyber Monday special, they introduced a deeply discounted fast five kit.  You get the entire kit for $99 with free shipping.  This is a good deal because it includes tons of shakes, (which are expensive if purchased separately) as well as an entire week worth of specialty selected food designed to help you lose five pounds in a weeks’ time.  If you were to purchase all of these items individually, it would be much more expensive than $99.  And this is how you’d normally have to order it  because usually this kit only comes in the monthly packages.  To be specific, here is what you get: 7 nutrisystem crush shakes (which are meant to help ward off hunger and suppress your appetite;) 7 free energizer shakes (meant to boost your metabolism;) 7 days worth of speciality selected meals meant to jump start quick weight loss; and expert tips on weight loss.  This kit is basically designed to help maximize your weight loss and your experience over one weeks’ time.  The combination of the food, tips, and shakes is meant to help you to lose as much weight as possible as quickly as possible.  It’s very rare for them to offer this kit without making you buy a package. So having the kit available at such a low price is a very nice deal, especially during the holidays where a weeks’ worth of speciality designed meals might be just what you need to keep your weight in check amongst all of the holiday festivities.  Here is the special offer: The Fast Five Kit is now only $99.99 + Free Shipping at! Limited time only.