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!
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.
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
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!
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: ) 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.
Is Nutrisystem Rated With The Better Business Bureau (BBB?) Are They Accredited? What Goes Into This Rating?March 8th, 2017
By: Ava Alderman: It’s understandable that if you are going to make a relatively large purchase with a company, you are going to want to know more about that company. You want to know how that company treats its customers and what kind of service one can expect when dealing with the company. Diet companies are no exception to this. And I do sometimes have people ask me about nutrisystem’s BBB or better business bureau rating. Someone might say: “I notice that nutrisystem has good rating with the better business bureau. But what does this really mean? And what does it mean when it says that they are an accredited business? I hope that this means that the company is trustworthy, but I’m not really sure what the BBB does.”
My answers here are going to be based on my own research and experiences. I’m not accredited with the BBB in any way. But my research tells me that it is non profit organization whose goal is to help consumers iron out disputes after making a major purchase. In a nutshell, here’s how it works. When a purchaser is unhappy with a company that they have done business with, the consumer can file a complaint with the BBB, who then forwards the complaint to the company and tries to help to facilitate a resolution. (According to my research, resolution is successful 70% of the time.) The BBB keeps track of how quickly and completely the company resolves the problem. The company also makes this information available to consumers so that they can see which companies treat their customers well and which do not.
Nutrisystem does have an A+ plus rating with the BBB, which would indicate that they treat customers well. Things that are considered when giving a rating are things like: the length of time the company has been in business; the number of complaints as compared to the volume of business the company conducts; the company’s response to any complaints; and the resolution of the complaints. From this information, one could deduct that nutrisystem has a relatively small number of complaints considering the size of the company and that it handles complaints promptly and appropriately.
Additionally, nutrisystem is an accredited company. In order for a company to be accredited, it has to be in business for a certain length of time, it has to comply with the BBB’s ethics standards, and it has to show honesty and integrity when dealing with customers. It also has to be a member of its local BBB and pay a fee.
Hopefully, this information helps you to understand what the BBB rating means. It helps consumers to know that they are dealing with a reputable company that has a lengthy history of treating customers fairly. Here’s a link to the latest nutrisystem specials if you are interested. Get 40% off Every order plus Turboshakes and Fedex Shipping Free
I sometimes get questions about nutrisystem that have more to do with pop culture than with dieting. After the superbowl, I had someone ask me if the new nutrisystem plan is called lean 13 because of Dan Marino. Apparently, the person heard an interview with Dan Marino right before the Super Bowl and, during the interview, he mentioned his weight loss on nutrisystem. Plus his football number used to be 13, so this would tie in nicely.
I am not sure about this, but I do see how this would fit. However, I suspect that lean 13 was so named because the diet is designed so that it is theoretically possible to lose 13 pounds and 7 inches in your first month. With that said, the clinical studies on which this is based looks at averages, which means that not everyone is going to lose 13 pounds. So I wouldn’t want anyone to absolutely count on that.
At the same time, Dan Marino has been an ambassador for Nutrisystem for the past 11 years. He lost (and has kept off) 22 pounds. So it would not surprise me if nutrisystem would want to highlight him in some way. But it also could be a coincidence that the potential for a 13 pound loss and his football number happen to be the same. Plus the word “lean” and 13 rhyme, so no matter how you slice it, this is certainly a nice and catchy phrase. These are all just guesses on my part, but Dan Marino is most definitely affiliated with nutrisystem and often talks about the diet on the radio. I’m sorry I don’t have a more definitive answer, but I’d bet that you could easily reach out to someone on the nutrisystem website and get a more official answer. The name may not be sheer coincidence, but it does coincide with possible pounds lost as well. Here’s the latest special and where you can ask a counselor if you like: Get 40% off every order + Free bars & Shakes and FREE SHIPPING!
This article might seem out of place on a blog that commonly focuses on nutrisystem. However, it’s not as weird as you might think. That’s because nutrisystem recently purchased the South Beach diet brand. This makes sense to me because now that the South Beach Diet offers prepackaged meals that are delivered right to your home at a very reasonable price – very much like the nutrisystem plan that you may have seen on TV or in magazines. Over time, nutrisystem has had a lot of experience with prepackaged home delivery plans, so they are definitely qualified to provide home delivery to people who want to use South Beach.
Previously, if you wanted to do the South Beach Diet, you had to research all of the phases and either cook your own meals or work with a small amount of foods and snacks that were available in grocery stores. Many people are intrigued with the research which indicates that South Beach can be very effective. However, until recently it required a whole lot of dedication to see it through.
The home delivery option solves a lot of the dedication issues. You no longer need to keep track of the phases because your order is shipped with this already figured out for you. You will get enough of phrase one foods to last you for the first two weeks. Then you’ll get a week’s worth of phase two foods. Then the last week of the package allows you to go to phase three. You have the option of going with meals that have already been chosen or you can choose your own. The company’s website very clearly lays out which foods are phase one, which are phase two, and how many you need of each.
Although the foods are high in protein and low in carbs. There are options like muffins, bars, and shakes. They have a lot of options from which you can choose. As far as cost, they do offer a weekly option, but it makes sense to go ahead and buy a monthly package as this saves a little bit of money and, in order to go through all of the phases, you will need four weeks’ worth of meals anyway. They’re currently offering a monthly plan for $299 with free fed ex shipping, which is an incredible deal at around $10 per day. If you’ve ever purchased South Beach products from the grocery store or tried to cook this for yourself, you probably spent a good deal more than $10 per day AND you didn’t have the convenience of having all of the work done for you. Plus they are running some specials which makes this a good time to give them a try. Here is the special: $50 OFF + 1 Week FREE + FREE FedEx Shipping!
By: Ava Alderman: A lot of people wonder or ask about some sort of butter or butter substitute on nutrisystem. I think that the biggest concern about this is because people want to use a butter flavoring on their vegetables. When you are diet or are trying to eat more healthfully, you’re going to automatically add in more vegetables. And because many vegetables are “unlimited” on nutrisystem, this is a no-brainer way to fill yourself up by eating as much veggies as you want.
But plain, non-doctored veggies can certainly take some getting used to. So if you can use some butter, of course, you’d want to. Someone might say: “I really want to try nutrisystem because I’ve seen a coworker having success on it. I notice that she eats a lot of vegetables. But she eats them steamed and plain. I don’t think that I could do this. I might be okay with a little cheese or even some fat free dressing or sour cream. But I would really want is butter. Would this even be remotely allowed?”
Butter and margarine fall under the category of “extra” on the nutrisystem grocery guide. Basically there are five categories: SmartCarbs, PowerFuels, Vegetables, Free Foods, and “Extras.” Free foods are things like spices and herbs which can be healthful and don’t add a lot of additional calories. In fact, because the free foods are around 10 calories per serving, you can have all that you want. Extras are things like condiments and sauces – used to jazz up the other other food. You’re allowed three servings of extras per day. While butter substitutes are considered an “extra,” real butter is not. Specifically, the grocery guide indicates that 1/2 tablespoon of a butter substitute like margarine, benecol, or smart balance. This should help out with the vegetables. You can also have 2 tablespoons of fat free salad dressing or one tablespoon of regular. You can also have one tablespoon of reduced fat cream cheese, which should give you something to work with.
If the three servings of the “extras” isn’t enough, know that butter flavored spray falls under the category of a “free food,” which means that you can have all that you want. Some of the butter flavored sprays are quite good and pretty convincing and, when combined with the other “extras,” will certainly allow you to have some flavoring with your vegetables. So no, no one expects for you to choke down plain vegetables with no flavoring. There are many options.
People sometimes want to try nutrisystem but they are afraid that in order to do so, they will have to give up their favorite types of meals. For many people, this is Mexican food. I don’t know many people who don’t enjoy at least some Mexican dishes. Unfortunately though, because it’s often heavy on cheese, sour cream, and ground beef, you won’t find it allowed on many diets. So people interested in nutrisystem might worry that their Mexican fix is going to be off limits.
You might be happy to know that you don’t have to give up Mexican food on nutrisystem, although you may need to make some adjustments. The diet actually does offer some Mexican options right on its prepackaged menu. On the lunch menu, there’s a southwest fiesta melt which looks an awful like like a fajita. It’s basically rice, beans, corn and cheese wrapped in a tortilla. It’s rated 4.2 out of 5 stars by dieters and it only has 240 calories and 5 grams of fat. There’s also tortilla soup which is pretty spicy and contains chicken, corn, rice, black beans, tortilla chips, red pepper, and cilantro. It only has 120 calories and 1.5 grams of fat. It is rated almost four stars. There is also a chicken fajita melt. This is about what you’d think expect from a fajita, except that it has mozzarella cheese instead of cheddar. It contains 220 calories and 1.5 grams of fat.
Now, let’s move onto the dinner menu. Note that although these meals are still low in calories, many are a bit higher in fat than the items on the lunch menu since the portion size is a bit bigger. One of the highest rated dinner items is a black bean enchilada with chicken. It’s pretty spicy with jalapeno peppers and salsa verde. It contains 270 calories and 8 grams of fat. There’s also sante fe style chicken and rice. It contains 240 calories and 6 grams of fat. Finally, nutrisystem offers a chicken enchilada that comes with a side of rice. It’s topped with cheese and sour cream. It has 260 calories and 8 grams of fat.
As you can see, you can make this diet work at home and still eat Mexican food. Also, the company will give you a dining out guide with your package so that when you do have to eat out, you can do so sensibly. As evidenced here, there are ways to incorporate Mexican food into your diet and still stay in compliance. You just have to be careful with ingredients and portion sizes. Here are the latest nutrisystem specials: Get 40% off every order + Free bars & Shakes and FREE SHIPPING!