How To Start Nutrisystem: Tips To Make Choosing And Implementing The Process Easier

November 10th, 2015

By: Ava Alderman:  I sometimes hear from people who have done their research on nutrisystem and have decided that this is the right diet for them.  They are all excited and they usually want to start right away.  But they are not sure how to do this.

Below, I’ll offer some easy and quick tips on how to quickly start nutrisystem and then to have success on it while avoiding some pitfalls.

Go To The Site And Spend Five Minutes Of Less Answering Questions To Customize Your Plan: If you go to the site ( and look toward the middle of the page, you’ll see a little icon that says “build my plan”  In order to use this in order to customize a plan just for you, you’ll need to answer some quick questions about your lifestyle, your likes and dislikes, your goals, and a description of your body as it is today.  This only takes a few minutes and it is well worth it because it helps to customize a plan that is going to be a good fit.  You pay for this service on some other diets, but it is free here so definitely take advantage of it.

Decide On Which Plan You Want To Go With And Use Specials:  You’ll need to ask yourself a couple of questions in order to chose your best plan.  If you are interested in the frozen meals, then the select line is probably going to be your choice.  If you don’t want the frozen meals but still want to hand pick your foods, then the core package might be a good fit.  If you are fine with the company giving you a selection of the most popular meals, then the cheapest plan, the basic, may work for you.

Whatever plan you chose, sometimes there are specials that save you a lot of money.  In fact, sometimes, some plans are so discounted, people go with that plan because it is such a good deal.  (In some cases, you can upgrade to the select line for not much more.) Either way, it makes sense to check to see if you can save some money before you make that purchase.  You can find the latest coupons here.

Learn The Tools Before You Get Your Order:  It doesn’t take too long for your order to arrive, but you will have some time between the time you place your order and when it arrives.  Use this time to familiarize yourself with the support tools on the site.  There is tons of useful stuff there and it is all free.  Spend some time on the forums and you will pick up tips that will make your life easier.  There are also recipes, grocery lists, and dining out guides, to name just a few things you can find.  Again, this is all completely free.  It makes sense to take advantage of everything that you can.

Clear Your Pantry:  You don’t want to have to stare at forbidden foods once you start your diet.  You’ll need to make room for your nutrisystem meals anyway.  So clear your pantry and your refrigerator of things that you know you shouldn’t have.  I believe that it’s very important to see results quickly.  You don’t want to do (or eat) anything that is going to interfere with this.

Set Up Support And Exercise:  You may want to tell your family or household what to expect.  Your being on this diet shouldn’t really disrupt anyone’s life.  You can still have meals for your family and eat right.  It is very doable and again, the website has tips from people already on the diet about making it all work.

If you look and are willing to receive feedback, you can receive support from folks on the forums, but you may also want a friend or family member to be a face to face support system also.  Many couples or friends lose weight together and this is very effective.

This is only my opinion, but I found it helpful to start incorporating gentle and moderate exercise before starting with the food.  Because I’d already started to see some results, I was excited to add the food and I was less likely to cheat since I was putting in the work for the exercise.  Plus, it can enhance your results and keep your excitement and momentum going.

How Many Carbohydrates Do You Take In With Nutrisystem? What Is The Percentage Or Ratio?

October 29th, 2015

By: Ava Alderman: People sometimes read that nutrisystem is a diet that limits your carbohydrates while boosting your protein intake. And then they look at the menu and they become confused.  Because they see foods like pizza, pasta, bagels, cakes, and cereals.  And they wonder how nutrisystem is limiting your carbs when the menu seems to be filled with them.  They often also wonder if the diet is going to work because of this.

Someone might say: “I really want to try nutrisystem.  But I am worried about the carbs.  The only diets that have really given me the body that I’ve wanted are the diets that are very low in carbohydrates and high in protein like Atkins or South Beach.  However, I am miserable on those diets.  I am also hungry and grumpy. Plus, I have serious digestive issues until I eat at least some grains.  I think nutrisystem would be much easier, but I am worried that I won’t have success. What is the percentage of carbs that you are taking in each day?”

It is very hard to give you an exact number because this diet allows users to add in their own side items with each meal.  Although they do give you very specific information about only choosing high quality, nutrient dense “smart carbs,” there is no way for me to know what you would chose each day.

However, I can give you a rough estimate.  It breaks down this way.  Around half of your daily calories come from high quality carbs.  Around 25 – 30 percent come from protein. And around 20 percent come from fat.  You can also consider that on the women’s plan, you take in around 1200 calories or day.  This isn’t set in stone because of those foods that you add in which I was talking about above, but 1200 is a general guide.

I know that the amount of carbohydrates appear high to some, but they are balanced out by a high amount of protein also.  And, the emphasis is on high quality foods.  You won’t see white bread or white rice on the diet.  Also, you have to keep in mind that the foods have been modified.  When you see a donut on the menu, it’s not a donut like you’d see in a grocery store.  It’s a donut that has been modified to be much lower in sugars.

The whole idea is include realistic, appealing foods that still help you to lose weight. Deprivation often doesn’t work. The focus here is on glycemic friendly foods. They are more concerned about how the carbs affect your blood sugar than with the numbers of them.  The emphasis on is on quality versus quantity. The idea is to have a slow release of glucose into your blood stream so that you burn more calories and feel fuller for longer periods of time.

I don’t have a problem with the ratio of nutrisystem. They are bumping up your protein and restricting your carbohydrates and fats.  They are also requiring that components of those foods in your diet are of a high quality.  And they are being realistic.  I believe that it’s rare to have long term success when you take out too much of any one food group.  With this diet, you can have all types of foods, which means you’re more likely to comply, and you still lose weight at a healthy and realistic pace.

I think that the results are an indication that the diet works even with its current ratio.  An average of 2 pounds per week is enough to change your body but it is not so high as to be dangerous or unrealistic.  I know that it’s hard to try something new when you have doubts going into it.  But I don’t see any harm in trying it.  You might be surprised to see your body acting very favorably. Having enough carbs is important for feeling full and for helping your digestion.  Some people on diets that are too low in this have problems with constipation.

It’s not as if they are letting you eat everything you want.  They aren’t.  They are giving you access to this food group with control and they are teaching you how to include it with high quality foods instead of those with empty calories and no nutritional value.  Here is the latest nutrisystem special. Get Fast 5 Plus and lose 5 lbs in your first week!

Is Nutrisystem The Best Tasting Diet?

October 20th, 2015

By: Ava Alderman:  If there’s one positive that is obvious with nutrisystem, it’s that they do a good job of offering comfort type foods that appeal to many dieters.  There aren’t many diets that let you have burgers, pizza, and cake.  But nutrisystem does.  They also offer entrees inspired by chefs as well as international favorites.  But sometimes, when you are watching those commercials, you can’t help but wonder how this food actually tastes and if it is as good as it looks.

Someone might say: “is nutrisystem really the best tasting diet?  Because I have to say that it appears that way from some of the commercials.  Some of the food likes quite good, but I worry that I will get it and it will taste awful.”

Taste is something that is very subjective.  Some of the meals that are my favorites might not be the favorites of yours.  Foods that you absolutely love may not be all that appealing to me.

However, I will tell you a somewhat sound way to judge this for yourself as best as you can before you buy.  Go to the nutrisytem site and look over the menu.  (You can do that here, under “our menu” NutriSystem, Inc.

Make a note of the foods that you think that you would like.  And then check out their review rating.

Granted, tastes are subjective, but when you are talking about this many people all agreeing that the taste of the item is good, then that can give you confidence that the meal is something that MANY people like.  I give nutrisystem a lot of credit for using the rating system.  This is quite a lot of disclosure and there are not  a lot of diets do this.  And this allows you to see which items are well-liked and popular.

As of this writing, here are some of the highest-ranked items.  I’m only going to list the best of the best here.  Only items with the full five stars are going to be listed.  Keep in mind that there are LOTS of 3 and 4 star foods that are also quite good, but I’m only listed those items that have the highest possible rating.

Breakfast (Five Stars:) Buttermilk waffles, chocolate biscotti, granola cereal, cinnamon roll, cinnamon streusel, thick sliced fresh toast, and turkey sausage mcmuffin sandwich.

On The Lunch Menu (Five Stars:) Bar b que pulled pork, double chocolate carmel bar, four cheese melt, chicken sandwich, hamburger, and red beans and rice.

On The Dinner Menu (Five Stars:) Bar b que seasoned chicken,  broccoli and cheese stuffed chicken breast, chicken bacon and ranch pizza, chicken parmesan, flatbread pizza, meatballs in marinara sauce, margarita pizza, roasted turkey, and pasta formaggio,

Desserts And Snacks (Five Stars:) cheesecake flavored bar, chocolate cake, chocolate cupcake, chocolate chip cookies, chocolate almond bar, chocolate pretzel bar, golden pound cake, milk chocolate covered pretzels, oatmeal raisin cookie, peanut butter cookie, red velvet whoopie pie, stuffed apple pie, walnut chocolate chip cookies, white cheddar popcorn, and whole grain pretzel.

I hope this article has shown you that there are plenty of foods that have the highest possible rating by the folks who are actually eating them.  In my opinion, this is a pretty good indication that the taste factor is acceptably high.

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Does The Nutrisystem Fast Five Work?

October 15th, 2015

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!

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

October 14th, 2015

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!

Noodles On Nutrisystem: Are You Allowed To Have These Carbs?

October 8th, 2015

By: Ava Alderman:  People often assume that you aren’t allowed to have many tasty carbs on nutrisystem. In other words, there’s an assumption that you can’t have the sort of white foods that we all love – like bread, pasta, and sugar.  Luckily, this assumption isn’t true. Nutrisystem allows bagels, cereal, desserts, and pasta on their diet.  It’s just that the food has been modified to be much more diet-friendly.

This article is going to focus on noodles because I get asked about them sometimes.  The diet offers a decent selection of foods that contain noodles and I will outline them below.  Note that I’m just covering noodles for now.  I won’t be including dishes with rice in this article (although there are plenty of those, too.)

On The Lunch Menu:

Spicy Kung Pao Noodles:  This is probably the most popular menu item that contains noodles. It’s on the lunch menu and features large noodles in a spicy soy sauce.  It also has some nuts and green onions.  This entree only has 190 calories and has been rated four stars by users.

Fettuccine Alfredo:  This meal is rated four stars also, probably because it is the classic comfort food that many of us grew up with. It features four cheeses along with mushrooms, peppers, and large noodles.  It is 200 calories and is also on the lunch menu.

Homestyle Chicken Soup:  This meal is rated almost five stars and I’ve read some reviewers comparing it to chicken pot pie. This dish contains egg noodles as well as chicken, carrots, and celery. It comes in at only 150 calories.  Now I will move onto the dinner menu choices.

On The Dinner Menu:

Ravioli Farmaggio:  This is pretty much a traditional ravioli that features ricotta and Romano cheeses.  It is rated almost five stars and has 280 calories. (Note: The dinner options have more calories because the portion sizes are larger.)

Mac And Cheese With Beef: This is your traditional mac and cheese with some meat added. (There is a vegetarian version of this available also.)  This item is rated four stars and has 240 calories.

Chicken Primavera: This item is a frozen meal that is offered with the “uniquely yours package.”  It too is a comfort food classic that comes with chicken, noodles, broccoli, carrots, and a creamy parmesan sauce. It has 250 calories.

Chicken Parmesan:  This is the highest rated meal on this list at an almost perfect five stars.  This chicken, sauce, and cheese is set on a bed of spaghetti noodles.  It too is part of the “uniquely yours” line. It has 270 calories.

By no means is this an exhaustive list of nutrisystem foods that contain noodles.  There are others, but I tried to pick popular choices that were the most highly rated.  I hope you can see that by no means are noodles off limits with nutrisystem. In fact, they are pretty liberally included.  Here is the latest nutrisystem special if you are interested. Right now, they are offering free shakes. Get Fast 5 Plus and lose 5 lbs in your first week!

Do I Really Need To Use The Daily Tracker On Nutrisystem? Is It Mandatory? How Does It Work?

September 29th, 2015

By: Ava Alderman:  If you’ve found this article, you may have been looking around under the nutrisystem site and noticed that thing called the daily tracker.  You may have seen all those charts and print outs and thought that it looked pretty complicated.  And you might wonder if this is going to be a lot of additional work that you have to complete on top of the diet.

For example, someone might ask: “is the daily tracker mandatory on nutrisystem? Honestly, I am interested in nutrisystem because it seems easy.  It seems like the meals are pretty much picked out and prepared for you and that’s what I like about it.  I like that I don’t have to count up calories.  So why am I being asked to figure things out with the daily tracker?  Is this mandatory?  Is it complicated? Is it useful?  What does it tell you that the scale doesn’t?”  I’m glad you asked because I think that you are going to be pleasantly surprised at the answer.

First of all, it’s totally not mandatory. It is a free tool that they offer and many people for find it very helpful. (You can see or get it by following this icon to the nutrisystem site and looking under “tools.”  NutriSystem, Inc.

It offers you tons of useful information that only takes a second to obtain.  But no one is going to make you do it.

Here’s how it works.  You don’t need a fitbit, Apple Health, or Jawbone, but if you have one, this is going to make life easier because these devices easily sync with the daily tracker.  However, if you don’t have a device, you simply enter the food you’ve eaten that day and your exercise.  This will help you track your progress. (The tracker already has calorie count for all of the foods as well as estimates for all exercise, so you’re not required to figure anything out.)

And the tool offers so much more than just tracking.  It allows you access to tons of recipes, suggestions on dining out and exercises, and daily inspiration from nutrisystem.  Honestly, it makes the plan easier for many people – not harder.

I know that not everyone has the patience to enter information.  But in exchange for those few seconds of entering in (or syncing) the information, you get so much free support in exchange.  Plus, the tracker is supported as an app so you can have it on your phone.  That way, if you are eating out, you have guidelines right at your finger tips.  If you have a question, you may be able to easily find the answer on your phone.

Another advantage to this is if you go for the free counseling, the information on the daily tracker makes it very easy for the counselor to see exactly where you are and how they can best help you and offer the most applicable suggestions.  Plus, the tracker can help to prompt you as to when to add in your smart carbs, power fuels, etc.  Some people have a little confusion about this and the tracker makes this very clear so that you can literally see what you are supposed to be doing and when.

So no while the daily tracker isn’t mandatory, it is incredibly useful and very easy to use.  You simply enter what you ate and how you moved, and it will do the rest.  It’s totally free once you buy nutrisytem food.  Here’s the latest nutrisystem coupons for food.

New Nutrisystem Foods / Fall 2015

September 18th, 2015

By: Ava Alderman:  Every once in a while, I like to write articles about new nutrisystem foods.  Because I have to hand it to them.  They really do make a very constant effort to roll out new choices quite often.  So you are not always stuck with the same old choices and you regularly get to try something new.  This article will outline some of the new foods as of September, 2015.

From The Lunch Menu:

Arroz Con Pollo:  This is Latin comfort food at its best.  And many of us are familiar with this dish from our childhoods. My mother used to simply call this dish “chicken and yellow rice.”  The nutrisystem version only has 200 calories and is rated around three and a half out of five stars from the community.

Bar B Que Pulled Pork:  This item is one of the highest rated items from the new menu. It’s only 150 calories, but it doesn’t taste like it.  The sauce is tangy and sweet as the same time.  It’s rated an almost perfect five stars from the community.

On The Dinner Menu:

Chicken And Roasted Vegetables: There is a lot of white meat chicken in this dish, but you’re also going to get a lot of roasted red potatoes as well as corn, zucchini, red peppers, and onions (all roasted.)  This meal comes in at 200 calories.

Mac And Cheese With Turkey Sausage:  This is your typical cheddar-sauced macaroni and cheese with one exception: there is a generous amount of turkey sausage that you will find throughout the dish which gives it a very rich flavor and which also makes it very filling.  It’s surprising that it is only 250 calories.  It is rated 3 out of 5 stars.

I will update this blog as new foods come out.  One thing I can say from watching nutrisystem for a while now is the diet isn’t stagnant.  It does change and evolve.  (You can see the latest specials here: NutriSystem, Inc.)

Some foods go off the menu while new foods go on.   The frozen line used to be called “select” and now it is called “uniquely yours.”  I think that the company does a good job of watching dieting news and trends and responding in order to give the customers what they want.  And rest assured that some very popular foods like the pizza, desserts, waffles, and hamburgers have become staples that likely are here to stay for a good while.  And others come and go to make room for new food items that will hopefully be popular tomorrow.  All of this is done, I think, with an eye toward keeping the diet fresh and effective.

Nutrisystem Uniquely Yours: How Does It Work? What Is Included?

September 16th, 2015

By: Ava Alderman: If you’ve been on the nutrisystem website lately, you may have noticed that the most popular plan is no longer there – the select plan.  Well, it is technically there, but it’s named something else.  Nutrisystem has rolled out the new “uniquely yours” plan.  And while it’s loaded with frozen options that were the cornerstone of the select plan, it’s been repackaged differently, as follows.

You Get Unlimited Frozen Foods: To me, this is the biggest innovation.  Granted, the select line did give you a very generous amount of frozen items.  But they were combined with the boxed, non-frozen meals.  So you truly were getting some foods on the core and basic plans, even while you were technically on the select plan.  Now, if there are non-frozen meals that you really like, you can still have them.  Uniquely Yours doesn’t mandate that you eat all frozen meals.  But you CAN if you want to.  And this is a value since the frozen meals have, in the past, been significantly more expensive than the non-frozen variety.

Free Fed Ex Shipping: I don’t know if this is just a limited promotion or if this is here to stay, but right now, they are offering free Fed Ex shipping.  If you’ve ever tried to pay for Fed Ex shipping on a package lately, then you know what a value this is.  Especially since they are shipping a month’s worth of meals, snacks, and desserts – which won’t be a small box.

Counselors On Call And A Huge Selection Of Free Resources:  Just one order of Uniquely Yours qualifies you for unlimited access to the counselors.  You can access them by live chat, email, or phone call.  This program tries really hard to give you everything that you will need to succeed.  To that end, you also have access to which is Nutrisystem’s tracker / app that allows you to chart your progress, look up recipes, access support and all of the resources.  This app also syncs with fitbit or any other tracking system you have.  It may sound like work, but it’s not bad.  A few seconds of your time allows you to have so much information at your fingertips, which can be incredibly motivating.

I know that you might expect these additions to mean that this must cost much more than the select line, but it truly doesn’t.  Right now, Uniquely Yours is currently priced at $334, which is extremely competitive.  It’s hard to buy frozen non-diet meals for the month at that price, much less diet meals that are balanced and healthful.  Here is the link to that: Get Fast 5 Plus and lose 5 lbs in your first week!

So if you’ve been searching for the frozen meals or the select line, give uniquely yours a look.  Sure, they’ve changed it.  But they’ve also improved it. Between the counseling and the resources, you should have access to everything that you need to be successful.  Now, I know that some people like nutrisystem because it doesn’t require “work” or counting calories or seeing counselors.  So if the extra support doesn’t appeal to you, then you are never forced to use it.  But sometimes, it is nice knowing that it is there.


How To Do Nutrisystem Step By Step

August 23rd, 2015

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 select;) 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, select, 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 “select” menu.  Some people will answer a definite yes. And if this describes you, then you will want to chose the select 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.