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