How Much Weight Can You Lose In One Month On Nutrisystem Fast Five?

December 4th, 2014

By: Ava Alderman: There’s no question as to why nutrisystem’s fast five is so popular. The food is good. The weight loss is rapid (five pounds in your first week or your money back.) And they sometimes offer free shakes which are not always included during other promotions.

But as good as all of this sounds, people want specifics. They want to know exactly how much weight they can expect to lose. Someone might ask: “I am going to try fast five and I’m going to buy one of the monthly packages on nutrisystem. I’m trying to determine if one month is going to be enough. How much weight can I expect to lose on that month of fast five?”

While there isn’t any specific literature that I could find, I think that you can figure this out relatively easily, although results may vary. And I’d strongly encourage you to reach out to a counselor on the nutrisystem site. (You can do that here: NutriSystem, Inc.)

But, we know that losing five pounds during the first week of fast five is not out of the question. (Remember that fast five is only for the first week.) Beyond that, nutrisystem’s result range is around 1 – 2 pounds per week. So let’s assume five pounds for the first week and a range of 3 – 6 pounds for those remaining three weeks. That is anywhere from 8 – 11 pounds in that first month.

I am not sure what your goal is or whether this is enough weight to meet those goals, but that is probably a decent range indicating what you might expect. As you probably already know, everyone is different and people who start out with more weight to lose tend to take it off more quickly and dramatically, especially in the beginning.

Still, losing 8 – 11 pounds is the kind of weight loss that many people are happy with because it means that you will go down inches and dress sizes. This is the type of weight loss that people notice. So I think it is substantial enough to make most people happy. And to make most people motivated enough to keep going. If you only have a small amount to lose, that first month may be more than enough. Luckily, nutrisystem is a pretty easy diet. The food is good and you eat regularly so hunger isn’t too bad. So if you do need to do a little over a month, that is very doable for most people. And if you don’t need to do a complete second month, you can order as needed a la carte so you don’t have to make a big commitment. Sometimes though, if you buy specials, you will pay not much more for the entire month. And you can use the extra food as snacks or to help you transition off of the diet.

I keep the latest specials for nutrisystem on the right side of this blog.  So if you think that one month will work, make sure you use the coupons.  They aren’t valid a la carte, but they work great for packages.

How Effective Is Nutrisystem?

December 3rd, 2014

By: Ava Alderman: I sometimes hear from potential dieters who want to know what type of results they can expect from nutrisystem and how effective the diet might be for them. It’s absolutely normal and understandable to want to know what to expect.

Of course, it hopefully goes without saying that every one’s results are going to vary. But I can tell you what is considered results that are in line with what most would consider typical or realistic by clinical studies and the company’s own literature – and that is around 2 – 3 pounds per week. With that said, I suspect that there are some who fall a little short and I know that there are some who exceed this.

Whether you consider these numbers to be effective is a question that only you can answer. But in a month’s time at this rate, you’re looking at an 8 – 12 pound loss. In three months, that would be 24 – 36 pounds. And in six months, that would be 48 – 72 pounds. Over a year’s time, realistic results would look like 96 – 120 pounds, which I think most would consider effective.

If I had to break it down, I would say that the effectiveness of this diet for most boils down to 4 things: how closely you follow the diet; how long you stay on the diet; how carefully you monitor your side items; and whether you exercise or not. It should be obvious that if you don’t eat the nutrisystem meals, you can’t expect the same results as those who do. Also, you’re asked to add in fresh sides with each meal like low fat dairy, fruits, vegetables, or healthful whole grains. Obviously, this doesn’t mean adding in a side of fries or chips with the nutrisystem hot dog on a regular basis. Instead, a good choice would be red pepper slices or a portion of yogurt, to name only a few examples.

That’s not to say that you can never cheat on nutrisystem. People do this all the time, but the successful dieters don’t fall into the trap of letting one day of cheating derail their whole diet or become a habit. The next day, they just continue on and complying and often they don’t see any negative results from their day of cheating.

Of course, the longer you stay on nutrisystem, the more your results are going to build over time. Someone who is only on the diet for say three weeks can not expect to lose as much as someone who is on it for two months. The effects are cumulative.

Finally, exercise is not mandatory. (No one is going to scold you or even know if you don’t exercise, unless you confess this to one of the free nutrisystem counselors if you use one.) But, they do encourage exercise. And I have found that it makes a difference both in terms of pounds lost but also in the way that your body looks and feels. A more toned body that has lost five pounds is going to look a lot different (and better) than an untoned body that has lost the same five pounds. Of course, the decision to excise is up to you. But many people find it hugely helpful and you don’t need to over do it. Just power walking or biking will often get good results.

So to answer the question posed, I believe that nutrisystem can be very effective when used correctly, How effective it ends up being for you depends on many factors, usually including the effort that you put into it.  If you need more help evaluating whether nutrisystem is right for you, feel free to check out my  Nutrisystem Review Website which has tons of information about what you might expect on nutrisystem and how to be successful on it.  You can check it out at

Nutrisystem During The Day But Real Food For Dinner: Would This Work? Would I Still Lose Weight?

December 3rd, 2014

By: Ava Alderman: I sometimes hear from people who are really interested in beginning the nutrisystem diet but who are exploring the idea of tweaking the diet a little bit so that it will better work with their lifestyle. Before they do this though, they want to know if the changes that they are proposing are actually going to work. Because it would potentially be a waste of time or money if you didn’t lose weight.

As an example, I might hear from someone who expresses this concern: “I’d really like to try nutrisystem. I have some friends who have lost a dramatic amount of weight on it and who have also had good experiences. But these friends are single. They don’t have a family to care for. It is easier for them to comply with the diet. But dinner time would be particularly difficult for me. I would like to have dinner with my family and I would like to be able to eat the same food as my family in moderation. So I am considering doing regular nutrisystem during the day and then having a real and regular food for dinner. Would this be allowed? Would it work? Would I still lose any weight?”

First of all, even though this is not how the diet is designed, you should know that there isn’t going to be anyone standing over you waiting to report back that you aren’t in compliance with the diet. You can take advantage of their counselors if you like. But no one is going to lurk over your shoulder and check on you. So no one is really going to know what you are doing because there are no weigh ins or anything like that.

So that addresses the question of whether this practice would be allowed. It would be allowed if you allow it because really, you are in charge. But let’s now address the question as to whether or not it would work and by that I mean if you would still lose weight. In order to figure that out, let’s look at the composition of some of the nutrisystem dinners. I’ll look at three popular dinners and list their calorie, sugar and carbohydrate content and then take the average.  I am doing this because this diet works because of a healthy glycemic index.  You would want to try to replicate this with your regular dinner.

The diet flatbread pizza has 270 calories, 35 grams of carbohydrates, and 3 grams of sugars. The chicken pot pie has 270 calories, 34 grams of carbohydrates and 2 grams of sugars. The beef and mashed potatoes have 220 calories, 30 grams of carbohydrates, and 2 grams of sugar. So if I was to average these out, the meals would have about 253 calories, about 33 grams of carbohydrates, and about 2.5 grams of sugar.

If you were trying to keep your dinner at home comparable with the diet as it is intended, then this is the calorie to carb to sugar ratio that you would need to be going for and this would likely be a bit of a challenge. You’d have to keep your portion size small and you’d have to be careful of your sugars and carbs.

But, let’s say you missed the mark a little bit and you took in some extra calories at dinner only. Think about it this way. One pound equals about 3500 calories. So if you aren’t working out a bit more, then you’d need to take in an additional 3500 calories from your dinners before you’d sacrifice any weight loss, at least theoretically. There are a lot of factors that go into what you might lose from one week to the next.

But I have always looked at it in this way. Even if you stretch a little or don’t always do your diet as directed, you are most definitely doing much better than you did off the diet. And it all adds up. Perhaps you won’t lose weight as quickly or as steadily as if you complied with the diet one hundred percent. But, if the diet as you’ve tweaked it works better for you and you are still losing weight, then I don’t see a problem, but this is just my opinion.

I keep the latest nutriystem specials and discounts on the right side of this blog or you can see them here.  Plus, I try to keep the articles current to help you evaluate if it would be right for you.

Can You Do Nutrisystem D If You’re Not Diabetic?

December 2nd, 2014

By: Ava Alderman: Sometimes, I hear from people who are considering ordering a nutrisystem plan that doesn’t appear to be intended for them. For example, men will ask if they can order from the women’s program or vice verse. And non diabetics will ask if they can order the plan that was intended for that purpose.

For example, someone might ask: “I am not diabetic. But I would like to order Nutrisystem D. I am mostly concerned about losing weight first and foremost. But I have diabetes running through my family. So I am thinking of the long term and I’m trying to take preventative measures. I also notice that I lose more weight when I cut out more sugars. So, I just feel like nutrisystem D is going to be the best option for me. Would I be allowed to order it? Do the people on this program have to do more exercise than those on the other programs?”

I will try to answer this as best as I can, but I’d suggest reaching out to a counselor on the nutrisystem website (which you can access here: ) and ask this question. They’d be much more qualified to answer and they would be happy to do it. I’ve not ordered this plan.  But from others, I’ve heard that with this plan, you work with a dietician who asks you questions about your blood sugars, your goals, and helps you come up with a plan that is appropriate for you.

Again, I’ve not tried the D plan, but as far as I can tell, the main difference with nutrisystem D and other programs is that the foods are limited to having under 12 grams of sugar. To be honest, many of the meals fall into this category – even those on the non restricted programs.  People who aren’t on the “D” program also take in less sugars than folks who aren’t dieting. But, because it’s so important to be very careful when you have a medical issue, this plan doesn’t contain any item that contains sugar that goes over that threshold.

My understanding is that this is truly the main difference.  I checked on the website and I did not see any specific changes in the exercise suggestions (which are 3 very short segments per day at ten minutes each for a total of 30 minutes. If 3 times per day is hard for you, then you could do one session of 30 minutes or two 15 minute sessions.)  Like with all of this diet’s programs, you eat every few hours to keep your blood sugar steady.

It appears to me that the D program is structured like all of the other programs. You have a diet breakfast, lunch, dinner and dessert and then you add in your own healthful snacks and grocery add ins, so you would want to be careful with these grocery items if you’re trying to limit your sugars. They are good about providing guidelines with this.

But to answer the question,  I’d suggest asking both your doctor and a counselor from the company about your wishes to try this program.  The D plan is not any more expensive than other plans. But you should know that the regular plans also limit your sugar. The D plan just limits all items to under 12 grams of sugar. Otherwise, the program is very similar to the others, but it offers more input from the counselors. Right now, they are having a very good sale on the D plan.  It’s up to 50 percent off.  Here is the link. Start fresh on a fabulous new you with Nutrisystem D for Diabetics. Lose the weight, feel great and save up to 50% off!

What Is The Differences Between Nutrisystem And Weight Watchers? Here’s Two Big Ones

November 19th, 2014

By: Ava Alderman:  I sometimes have people ask me to spell out the differences between nutrisystem and other well known diets.  For the purposes of making sure that this article isn’t too long and cumbersome, I’ll be focusing on one diet in this article – weight watchers.

Both diets are very well known with lot of commercials featuring celebrities.  Nutrisystem has Marie Osmond and Melissa Joan Hart and, until very recently, Weight Watchers had Jennifer Hudson.  (She recently left the program.)

Both diets work by having you take in fewer calories and adding in more healthy foods and some exercise.  Both provide education and support.

But, in my opinion, there are two main differences.  And these differences are the reason that this two diets have distinctly different target audiences.

The Difference Of How Much Food You Provide For Yourself: Nutrisystem provides most of your food for you.  Most people agree that the food is pretty good.  You can choose from foods like french toast, donuts, hamburgers, pizza, and fajitas.  Now, you do have to add in fresh fruits and vegetables.  So, you do make decisions about your sides. But for the most part, all you have to decide upon is which meal sounds good for you that day.  Then, you just heat it up.  You don’t have to shop for it or prepare it.  There aren’t many decisions for you to make.  And there’s very little for you to keep track of.

With weight watchers, you are going to be providing much of your own food.  You are going to be deciding what to eat and keeping track of your calories (or points, as they are called on weight watchers.)   Once you reach your points for the day, you’re done.  If it’s early in the day, you may be hungry for the rest of that day.  You can make a variety of foods, but obviously, healthy foods are going to give you the largest portions because you won’t be burning through your points.  In my opinion, weight watchers is ALOT more work, but it also gives you more control.

It’s no coincidence that people who don’t mind shopping, planning and cooking are more likely to be OK with weight watchers. But those who like doing less work and not having to tally calories or points are going to be more drawn to nutrisystem.

 Differences In The Level Of Support: Another major difference is the level of support.  Nutrisystem does provide support.  You can have a counselor if you like.  And they have tons of free support on their website. The main difference is that this is available online or via live chat or phone call.

With weight watchers, you are encouraged to go to weekly meetings where you discuss your progress with one another and sometimes weigh in.  Some people feel that they need this and others say that it makes them feel self conscious and that they dread the meetings.  Or they say that they don’t have time.

People who like to have support without the obligation are more drawn to nutrisystem and those who like face to face accountability might lean toward weight watchers.

Hopefully, by now it’s become clear why these diets target different types of dieters.  Those who really like convenience and having the work done for them favor nutrisytem.  Those who don’t mind doing the work and attending the meetings might prefer weight watchers.

I’m not really a group joining type of person and I would probably weasel out of those meetings in no time.  I also know that worrying about cooking foods within the confines of the diet is a hassle for my type of personality.  But not every one thinks the way that I do which is why it’s great to have choices.

If you’d like to know more about how nutrisystem works, there are tons of articles on this site.  I also keep more information and the latest nutrisystem specials here.

New Nutrisystem D Promotion / Special As Of November 2014 – Deeply Discounted And One Week Free

November 12th, 2014

By: Ava Alderman:  If you’re been looking at or considering nutrisystem d (the plan for diabetics or people trying to control their blood sugar,) now might be a good time to jump in.  They’ve recently not only discounted all of the D plans, they are also offering one whole week of free food if you sign up for auto delivery (which can be canceled once you’ve met your goals.)

Here is the pricing.  The basic plan where you’re given the most popular meals (but don’t hand pick your foods) is normally $344 for the month.  It is now discounted to only $259.

The core plan (where you are able to handpick your foods) is normally $424 for a month’s worth of food.  It is now only $279.

And the very popular select line – which includes the yummy frozen meals and allows you to choose your meals – is discounted to only $329 when it’s normally $510.

So not only are you getting a really good deal for a whole month of food, you’re getting an entire week’s worth of meals free.  To see what type of value this is, let’s look at the monthly cost of the core plan when not on sale.  At $424, a week’s worth would cost about $106.  So in addition to getting a deep discount on the plan, you’re getting over one hundred dollars worth of free food.  This is a really nice deal if you’re been shopping the D or diabetic plan. Here is the coupon NutriSystem, Inc.

Should I Fast Before Starting Nutrisystem?

November 11th, 2014

By: Ava Alderman:  I think it’s fair to say that most every one who starts a diet wants quick and dramatic results.  There is nothing wrong with this.  But I also think that every one can agree that this wish is fine as long as you do it in a sensible and safe way.  Unfortunately, not everyone takes this to heart. I sometimes get questions about taking the nutrisystem diet too far.  Some are tempted to overexercise or even to eat less than the diet calls for.

Once, I had someone ask me if it was a good idea to fast before even starting the diet.  The thinking behind this goes something like this: “I just ordered my nutrisystem food and it should arrive next week.  I am wondering if perhaps I should fast before it gets here. I know that the idea of the diet is to get your body to burn fat.  And I figure if I fast, that process will already be started and then going on nutrisystem will kick things into high gear.  Is this a good idea?”

I’m not a nutritionist or specialist.  And I would absolutely suggest that you ask a nutrisystem counselor or your doctor about this.  (You can follow this link to the main site and link up with a counselor.

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But my own answer to this would be that no, it is not a good idea to wander away from the directions of the diet.  The whole idea is to take the weight off quickly but sensibly.  Not only do fad, dramatic, or yo yo diets often mean that you don’t keep the weight off, but they are not good for your health or your metabolism.

I understand that you want to take advantage of the fat burning process.  But, do you know how hard your body has to work to burn the fat?  It works quite hard. And what allows it to do this? Fuel!  And for your body, fuel is food.  If you fast, your body can not get the fuel that it needs.  If it doesn’t have fuel, it can not burn fat.

So by fasting, you’re actually doing the opposite of what you want to do.  No one intends for any diet to be unhealthy or so drastic that it isn’t good for you.  And if you fast, you are far more likely to be hungry and to not stay on the diet anyway.

In my opinion, you are far better off to follow the diet as the instructions tell you to.  I think the much better plan is to eat healthfully in the week before the diet and then follow along with the instructions they give you once your food arrives.  The plan is designed to give your body the fuel and nutrients it needs while still losing weight.  You don’t need to do more than is asked.  In fact, by doing so, you may be hurting your results rather than helping them.  And you’d put yourself through a very unpleasant fasting experience that is pointless anyway.  Why do that to yourself?

Tips For Beginners To Nutrisystem

October 29th, 2014

By: Ava Alderman: I sometimes hear from people who have made the decision to try the nutrisystem diet, but who have some apprehension about getting started. I find that people tend to put a lot of pressure on themselves when they start a diet. I think that part of that is that this isn’t their first time dieting. Many have tried before and have been less than satisfied with the process or with their results. So, in their minds, they know that this is something that they should do, but many believe that it’s not something that they are going to enjoy doing.

A lot of people come to learn that this diet is pretty easy, but a lot of dread and emotion is wasted in the beginning when they go into it with negative expectations. This article is meant to offer tips for folks who are just beginning the diet and who want to make the process as easy and as pleasurable as possible.

Commit To Embracing The Simplicity Of This Plan: Without any doubt, I believe that one of the huge advantages to nutrisystem is that they have done most of the work. Many people approach this in a way that, frankly, is too uptight for what is required. You don’t need to do much work here. You don’t need to make a lot of choices other than which diet meal you’re going to choose that day. Resist any urge to make this more difficult than it really is. They have made it easy on purpose.

The same holds true for exercise. They are only asking you to get in your “daily 3″ each day when it comes to exercise. This means that you only have to get in ten additional minutes of activity three times per day. So if you take a twenty minute power walk with your dogs and then you do sit ups for the commercials of one sitcom, guess what? You are done. You don’t have to hit the gym or do more than what is asked of you. Don’t fight this. I know that when things just aren’t that hard, you feel like you aren’t working hard enough. But you are. Don’t feel pressured to do more than is asked.

Fall Back On Things You Already Like When Adding In Your Sides Or Your Exercise: Like the comfortable clothes that we favor, many of us have old standbys when it comes to our favorite foods. If you are honest, you might find that you eat a lot of the same foods over and over. You already know what types of foods you like.

For the most part, you do not have to provide your own foods, except for when it comes to side items with your diet meals. You are asked to add in fresh fruits, vegetables, grains and dairy. Now, if you want to make this easy on yourself, add in healthy versions of what you already like – especially in the beginning when it is all new to you. Fall back on what already feels comfortable. For example, I love pudding cups. So there would be nothing wrong with adding in sugar and fat free pudding to my lunch. That is a dairy item that is fair game. I also love bananas so I could add them to my breakfast cereal in the morning to get in a serving of fruit right away. What I think you don’t want to do is to feel like you have to immediately and totally break away from your old patterns. Of course, you want to expand your horizons. But when you are just starting out, there’s nothing wrong with finding healthy versions of what you’re already doing so that you are comfortable.

Make Your Expectations More About The Long Term Than The Short Term: I get a lot of correspondence from people who ask things like: “how much weight will I lose in my first week on nutrisystem?” Or “can I lose weight after a couple of days of nutrisystem?” I understand why these questions are being asked, but I cringe a little when I get them. You probably won’t lose the same amount of weight every week. You may have weeks that are a little disappointing, at least in terms of the scale. But you know what I’ve found out? Sometimes, after those less than great weeks, a wonderful week is approaching. But you may not have had the patience for it if your expectations were too high. I am not sure that tracking your daily weight is a good idea. Because it truly is the weight you lose over the course of the diet that is important. And very few people are going to meet their weight loss goals in a week, unless they do not have much to lose to begin with.

If you still haven’t placed your initial order yet, you can see the latest nutrisystem coupons here.


October 11th, 2014

Welcome to my review website which features many articles about how to have success on the nutrisystem diet. I hope that you find something here that is useful to you and helps you make decisions about, or have success on, this diet. Nutrisystem is a pretty straightforward diet.  There’s no weigh ins, counting calories, or anything to keep track of, really.

Basically you just eat the foods that they send you, add in fresh fruit, dairy, or vegetables, and exercise as you see fit.   You eat three meals and two snacks / desserts per day.  The food is pretty good, but the gourmet and select line is a little better.  One thing that I find really cool about nutrisystem is that you do get to eat comfort type foods that normally aren’t allowed on diets – like pizza, tacos, ravioli, macaroni, chocolate cake, cheese puffs,  ice cream sandwiches, etc.   Many foods that are off limits on other diets are allowed here, as long as you eat their modified foods, many of which are not half bad.  They do allow you the option of hand picking your foods if you know of some foods that you like better than others.  I can’t think of any foods that are truly awful, but of course as with any diet, some are better than others.  One thing that really helps is the fact that nutrisystem allows users to rank their foods.  You can go on their menu and see how other people have liked or disliked the foods and why.  So, if you see a food with five stars, you can be relatively confident that this is a food that most people like.

You can also chose between the part time flex program and many of the full time regular programs, depending on how much weight you have to lose and how much time and money you want to spend.  Hopefully, the articles below give you enough information to evaluate if this diet is right for you, but if not, you can check out my free nutrisystem ebook here.  You can see the latest nutrisystem coupons here.

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New Nutrisystem Promotion – Fast Free Five Plus FREE SHAKES August / Fall 2014

October 10th, 2014

As of August 19, 2014, Nutrisystem is running a new promotion.  It might already be pretty familiar because they’ve run it before.   They are continuing the fast five free program – where you are given specially selected meals  to help you lose five pounds in the first week.  This promotion has been extremely popular.  Now, they have added back in the FREE shakes.  Specifically, you get 7 free energizing shakes (to increase your metabolism) and 7 free craving crusher shakes which suppress your appetite and make you not as hungry.   This is a great added incentive.  When the company first introduced the fast five free, the shakes were included.   Now, they have added this back in.  The shakes are incredibly popular, so if you’ve been on the fence about fast five, now might be a good time to try it.  Here’s the promotion: Lose 5 lbs. in you first week* with Fast 5 plus FREE SHAKES