Does The Nutrisystem Fast Five Work?

January 26th, 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!

Where To Purchase Nutrisystem In 2015

January 20th, 2015

By: Ava Alderman: Once you have made the decision to go on nutrisystem, you will likely have an urge to get started right away.  After all, what is the point of waiting?  Why not get started so that the weight will start coming off?

To that end, people will sometimes ask where you can buy nutrisystem in 2015 and where is the very best place to buy it?  Here’s my opinion.  While there are some super centers or chain stores that sell nutrisystem in theory, this often is not the best experience.  Why? Because many of them offer you nothing but cards that you have to send to nutrisystem to get your food anyway.  You are not saving yourself anything in terms of time and you are rarely saving yourself anything in terms of money. If you have to send in a card, why is that better than just ordering straight from the company?

Also, I’ve seen little boxes of nutrisystem food in some stores.  BUT if you look at these closely, you’ll see that you are getting so little for your money.  If you figure out the cost per meal, you’ll find that you paying MUCH more than you would if you’d have ordered a package directly from the company.  Plus, those little boxes of food are going to run out so quickly that you are going to need to buy a bunch of them or run to the store over and over again in order to have enough food that you are able to lose any weight.

And don’t get me started on buying nutrisystem from ebay or craigslist.  Do you really know how old the food is, whether it is genuine, or how it has been stored?  That is a huge risk for most people and pretty unsavory to think about.

Personally, I believe that the best and only place a person should buy nutrisystem is from nutrisystem itself. Why? Well, first of all, you know that you are getting the real deal this way.  This is also the only place where you can use coupons like this one where you can save money and get free shakes. Get Fast 5 Plus and lose 5 lbs in your first week!  Plus, you have cut out any middle man who has not so great intentions.

And as I alluded to, you usually have access to the best price this way because you’re able to take advantage of the promotions running at the time, allowing you to almost double dip on the savings.

Lastly, you get access to the counseling and resources which are going to help you much more than just buying the food from a store and then having no help in order to implement what you are supposed to do once you get the food home.

I understand being in a hurry.  But quite frankly, it doesn’t take long at all to receive your food.  And quickness will not matter if you are not successful in losing weight.  Give yourself the best chance to succeed and get your food right from the source so that you can take advantage of the resources and the price breaks.

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

January 15th, 2015

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: Get Fast 5 Plus and lose 5 lbs in your first week!)

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.

The New Fast Five Plus (Fast Five +) Just In Time 2015 – Here’s Details About What It Includes For Free

January 15th, 2015

By: Ava Alderman:  Considering the huge popularity of nutrisystem’s fast five last year,  I am not the least bit surprised that they are carrying this promotion over to 2015.  I think it’s a great idea.   With it’s money back guarantee and it’s quick results, the program takes a lot of the doubt out of dieting.  You have very little to lose by giving this a try.

And while it’s good news that they are continuing on with the program, it’s even better news that they are improving it, (and they are now calling it Fast Five + or Plus) just in time for 2015.  Here are details about what has improved and what is in the new Fast Five Plus kit:

  • They are still saying you can lose five pounds in your first week, but they have expanded that it include one inch off your waist – which is pretty impressive.
  • They are including new food selections for that first week.
  • There are new guidelines and tips from the experts
  • And they are bringing back those free shakes – which I think is the thing that is going to excite people the most.  You’re getting 14 free shakes (7 energizing and 7 cravings crusher.)
  • FREE shipping and the locking in of 2014 prices before they are gone.

As you can probably see, they have pulled out all of the stops. I’m sure that as we approach dieting season, they want to offer the best and most enticing deal possible. Here is a link to that new promotion Get Fast 5 Plus and lose 5 lbs in your first week!

How Is Nutrisystem Rated Among Other Diets?

January 15th, 2015

By: Ava Alderman: If you are anticipating starting a diet plan and are researching nutrisystem, I’d bet that you are researching other diets also.

Deciding on a diet is a major decision. Although some diets offer quicker results, you’re still going to have to spend some time on any diet that you chose. So, you want to chose well. You don’t want to pick a diet that isn’t a good fit, later regret it, and waste money.

To that end, you want to make sure that any diet that you chose is going to be considered one of the best diets on the market. So a natural question would be how nutrisystem is compared next to other diets? Does it stack up? Is it considered one of the most effective?

To answer those questions, I did a bit of research and I found out that nutrisystem is actually ranked quite favorably when compared to other diets. For example, U.S. News And World Reports has rated nutrisystem at nearly four stars out of a five star scale, with highest rankings under the categories of ease of use and nutrition. And among the “pros” that are listed are the ability to just heat and eat the foods with very few foods being off limits, including carbohydrates. (I agree with this assessment. Very few diets out there allow you to eat pizza, hamburgers, and ice cream.)

An article on WebMD’s website stated that as long as you stick to the plan, you should lose weight while eating meals that “are good for you, nutrition-wise.”

Another interesting thing that I found in my research was that nutrisystem had earned four out of five stars on consumer What is so interesting and encouraging about this is that this scare is based on user reviews. In other words, this high rating was given by people who had actually used and had success on the diet. Many people indicated that the program is very convenient, that the food is pretty good, and that in terms of weight loss, the program is effective.

Nutrisystem has been clinically tested with positive results. Of all of the tests and trials that I read about, one in particular caught my eye because it is very applicable right now. They actually tested dieters on the program from right before Thanksgiving to right after New Years. As you probably know, the average person gains weight. But people in the study and on the diet in this study actually lost weight.  In fact,  the average person in the study lost more than six pounds over the holidays. That’s actually amazing to me. Because that tells me that even with the holiday temptations, it is possible to live and enjoy your life while still losing weight on nutrisystem.

So yes, from the research that I did, nutrisystem fares quite well when compared to other diets. If you’re considering nutrisystem, there’s a great sale on the very popular fast five plus. Here’s the link where you’ll see the special: Get Fast 5 Plus and lose 5 lbs in your first week!

Can A Woman Order The Men’s Plan On Nutrisystem?

January 14th, 2015

By: Ava Alderman:  I sometimes hear from people who are considering ordering something other than what might be considered the traditional nutrisystem package for them.  An example is a woman wanting to order a man’s package or vice verse.

Someone might say: “my husband and I would both like to try nutrisystem.  I have looked over the plans and have noticed that the food is not any different for the men’s program.  The only difference is that the men get more snacks and desserts, as they take in 300 additional calories per day.  I like the option of having more snacks for myself as I do not need to lose a drastic amount of weight.  My question is whether I will be allowed to place an order as a woman since the plan will be for a man?  We plan to both try the program until the food runs out and then place another order if all goes well.”

As far as I can tell, no one is going to card you or ask your gender when you place an order. (Besides, the order can easily placed online where you don’t have to talk to or explain anything.  Here is the link to where you can order it online:  I’ve never heard of anyone being denied an order at all.  As you said, the food is the same.  The men just get a little more of it in terms of snacks and desserts and they are allowed to add in a little more with their grocery side items.

So I don’t think you will have any problem with your strategy when you place your order.  You may just want to keep a close eye on your weight loss to make sure that you are on track, considering you will be adding in the extra snacks.  If you are happy with your results, I don’t see any harm.  You’ll still be taking in far fewer calories than you normally would and the food / snacks provided by nutrisystem is nutritionally sound.  And if you feel that you need or want the additional snacks, I think it’s perferable that you’re using the diet’s snacks instead of trying to add in your own, which isn’t likely to be as low in calories, carbs and sugars.

You might go through the meals pretty quickly though since you are sharing a plan.  But it will give you a lot more information about how much more you need to order the next time.  I really don’t think that there will be a problem as it is all done online.  And every one knows that much of the time, the woman in the family does most of the shopping, even if she is buying items for the men or children in her life.  By the way, both the men’s and women’s plans have coupons.  Here is one for the men’s:  Men – Get Fast 5 Plus and lose 5 lbs in your first week!

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.