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

October 16th, 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.


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

Does The Nutrisystem My Way / Fast Five Plan Include Any Frozen Food?

October 9th, 2014

By: Ava Alderman: Lately, a new approach by nutrisystem has made potential customers look at the diet in a new way.  The “my way” plan allows customers to chose foods meant to work with their personal metabolism and that the way that their body works so the weight comes off somewhat easily and quickly.  To use “my way,” you are asked questions about your height, weight, lifestyle, preferences, and goals and the result is that you get a plan customized just for you.  Better yet, the “my way” plan includes the new “fast five” which is five days worth of meals meant to jump start your metabolism and have you losing a lot of weight quickly.  Plus, they give you free shakes, which doesn’t always happen.

Most people really like the customization and the fast weight loss, but some worry that the quick weight loss might mean that they are restricted against having the foods that they might find to the most appealing.  One concern like this addresses the frozen meals from the select line.  Someone might ask: “I understand that the ‘my way’ plan includes the fast five with the free shakes.  I understand that this plan is meant to help you lose five pounds in the first week and this appeals to me a good deal. But I was most interested in the select line because the frozen meals just look more appealing to me.  Is the select line excluded from the ‘my way’ and the fast five?  Because if it is, then it’s not worth it to me. I’d rather lose weight a little more slowly and get to eat the foods that I would like more.”

I understand the concern.  But ALL of the plans are offered with fast five and my way, including the select line. One thing to remember with the select line is that every meal isn’t frozen.  You do get some non frozen meals with the package.  Specifically, there are 18 days worth of the “ready to go meals” and 10 days worth of the frozen meals. So this gives you a good deal of flexibility with fast five and beyond.  The select plan paired with my way / fast five works the same way as the other plan.  You will just have the option of using the frozen foods. (Here is the fast five special and it will work with select: Lose 5 lbs. in you first week* with Fast 5 plus FREE SHAKES

Currently, some of the most popular meals on the select line are as follows: the buttermilk pancakes; the homestyle waffles; the turkey sausage and egg muffin; the beef bean and cheese burrito; the four cheese melt; the meatball melt; the grilled chicken sandwich; the broccoli and cheese stuffed chicken breast; the chicken and bacon ranch pizza; the chicken enchilada; the meatloaf sandwich; the ice cream sandwich; and the carrot cake whoopie pie.

And while these are all great options, you will also get some very popular non frozen meals which give you a wide variety of options.  But yes, you can definitely do “my way” and “fast five” when you chose the select plan.

What Comes With Nutrisystem Membership? Is It Worth It To Become A VIP?

September 30th, 2014

By: Ava Alderman: I’m always a little startled when I hear from someone who clearly doesn’t know about all of the support and extras that are available for free on the nutrisystem website. There is so much support and so many resources available. In fact, you can have access to some of the resources even if you don’t take the time to create a profile or buy food. But, if you do create a profile, you’ll get access to more cool things. And if you become a VIP member (by signing up for a plan,) you’ll get even more still. In this article, I’ll look at the different levels of membership and tell you if I think VIP membership is worth it.

As I alluded to before, you don’t have to buy anything to use some of the resources, even if you’re not going to create a profile or buy anything, you can still read the daily dose message, read the chat boards, and look at the dining out guide. The daily dose message are inspirational writings to help keep you on track.

If you’re not ready to order food yet but you want to use more of the features, all you have to do is set up an account and profile. This doesn’t cost you anything and it allows you access to all of the above plus you can post things on the blogs and discussion board, make friends and follow people on the boards, and participate in “buddy bucks” which is a program where if you refer someone to the boards, you and that referral get $30 off your next order.

Now in order to get VIP membership, you have to make a program purchase which means you have to buy a month worth of one of the packages. With this, you get all of the above plus more, including all of the tracking tools including an online journal, a daily planner, a log for your daily 3, and a food tracker. You can also receive personalized progress reports. Plus, you can take advantage of some very cool incentives like being able to play on the 50 clicks rewards program. Also, you can earn nutrabears. These are adorable little teddy bears that they send you when you hit a weight loss milestone. It may sound silly, but I know a lot of people are extremely motivated by those bears. Many people collect them.

That’s why I think going ahead and making a purchase and being a VIP member is totally worth it. Because what’s the point of creating an account and then stopping short of eating the food? The food is one of the main parts of the diet. I mean, participating in the forums and reading the information can be helpful and inspiring, but the food is the tool by which you have success. To see all the benefits you can get with each level, go to the nutrisystem website ( and then hit “tools and community”

What Is The Nutrisystem Recipe Center? How Does It Work?

September 18th, 2014

By: Ava Alderman:  I sometimes hear from people who have been on the nutrisystem website and who have found something that has confused them.  One such example is the recipe center which you can find under the resource section.

Someone might ask something like: “I don’t really get what the recipe center is.  I thought that all of the meals were provided for you? Are you expected to make meals on top of the nutrisystem foods?”

The recipe center is a resource for people who are in the transition phase.  What this means is that they’ve lost their target weight and now they are trying to keep it off.  Typically, a counselor will help you figure out a regimen that includes a few nutrisystem items for convenience and you beginning to prepare your own meals.  Some people chose to keep their favorite diet meals because frankly they have become fond of them and don’t want to give them up.

So, most of the users who have posted recipes to this page are in transition.  That’s not to say that there aren’t people on there who are still trying to lose weight and who want to take a day off or enjoy their own food on special occasions. If you take a look at this page, (which you can view by following this link, then clicking “tools and community” followed by the “recipe center” link) you might be surprised as to how extensive it really is.  The recipes are broken down in the categories of breakfast, lunch, dinner, protein drinks, desserts, and grocery store additions.  One part of this page that I really like are the “top rated member recipes.”

Users rate the recipes and on the right are the recipes that users have rated the highest.  As of this writing, here are the recipes that have made the cut right now; mac and black bean chili; eggplant feta casserole; shrimp alfredo; crabby mac and cheese; and easy and healthy hoagie salad.  All of these contributions have been rated five stars by the people who have tried them.

Another part of the page that I really like is the “spice it up” option. This allows you to take a nutrisystem food that you eat often and then search for ways that other users have modified it to spice it up, improve it, or make it different. This gives you variety and keeps things from getting stale.

Also, each member is given a “recipe box.”  When you try and like one of the recipes, you can easily save it so that you don’t have to search for it again.  This is set up for people to share what is working for them.  Speaking of sharing, there are also extensive forums where you can ask questions of or share with other members.  On the day I wrote this article, the most lively discussion was someone asking about whether eating a diet ice cream for dessert would effect your weight loss results.  Most people agreed that every once in a while, this would be perfectly fine.  If you haven’t yet checked out this section of the site, do so.  Even if you are not in transition, the support alone is worth checking out.

Does The Nutrisystem Fast Five Work?

September 9th, 2014

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. Lose 5 lbs. in you first week* with Fast 5 plus FREE SHAKES

How Do I Do Nutrisystem Fast Five? What Is The Process?

September 4th, 2014

By: Ava Alderman:  Recently, I’ve gotten a lot of correspondence about nutrisystem’s fast five.  Within the last couple of weeks, the company has launched an extensive, new television campaign featuring Marie Osmond.  The campaign has been popular for a while now, but the new campaign has meant some renewed interest and curiosity.

People are often intrigued about the idea of being able to lose five pounds so quickly. It is part of our culture to want quick results.  That’s only natural.  But an increasing amount of research indicates that having early and fast success does have positive implications for losing the weight and keeping it off.

So it’s no wonder that people are interested in Fast 5, but not everyone understands how to go about getting started.  I get comments like this one: “I really want to try fast 5, but how do I go about doing this? What is the process?  Do I have to go on the site and pick the meals for myself?  How would I know which means to chose?”

Actually, there is very little work for you to do.   When you first log into the nutrisystem website (which there is a link to at the end of this article,) they will ask you to answer some very short questions.  This is designed to help them come up with a personalized plan for you that is going to give you the best chance to lose the optimum amount of weight quickly.  It only takes a few minutes to answer the questions and it is worth it.

After this, the company offers a weeks’ worth of meals that are meant to jump start quick weight loss.  They will give you breakfast, lunches, dinners, desserts and snacks.  You will also be given guidelines about the best fresh sides to add.

As if this isn’t already enough, they are also giving away a week’s worth of two different type of shakes.  You get nergizing shakes to up your metabolism and craving crusher shakes to help with hunger.  In the past, these shakes have not always been included.  You could order shakes individually, but having them included isn’t always the norm and is definitely a bonus.

After the first week, you’ll go with the plan as you normally would.  As to whether or not you get to chose the meals for the rest of the month, that depends on which plan you choose.  The core and select plans allows for you to hand pick your meals.  The basic plan includes popular items that are chosen for you.

But fast five is pretty easy to follow.  You go to the website, answer the questionnaire, chose your plan, and then much of the work is done for you.  Here is the current promotion for fast five. Lose 5 lbs. in you first week* with Fast 5 plus FREE SHAKES

The Nutrisystem Shake It Up Plan With Weekends Off: Why There’s A Cheaper Option

August 28th, 2014

By: Ava Alderman:  Lately, I’ve gotten  a couple of emails asking about the nutrisystem “shake it up” plan where you are given a month’s worth of meals and you take your weekends off.  This promotion was introduced in August 2014 and has been sold on QVC.

Honestly, I see the attraction to this.  The idea of being able to lose weight while having weekends to enjoy meals with your family or to not have to worry about dieting is very appealing.  I am not questioning why the plan is attractive.  I am questioning what is your best deal. Let’s have a look at two different offers to give you a better idea of what I mean.

Currently, the shake it up plan is offered on QVC for about $185.  With that, you get enough breakfasts, lunches, and dinners for 20 days plus they give you 7 free shakes.  That is basically 67 meals, which adds up to about $2.76 per meal.

People often think that there is something special about the meals in this program, but there isn’t.  It is the same meals that you would get right from the nutrisystem site for the basic or core plans. You simply take weekends off.

Right now, nutrisystem is running their “fast five free” promotion where they are giving you 14 free shakes on top of their cheapest monthly plans. If you purchased the basic plan (the cheapest), you would pay about $230, but you would get so much more.  You get 28 days worth of food instead of only 20 – and there are snacks and desserts too.  Plus, there are 14 shakes instead of 7.  I won’t even include the desserts and snacks. Just looking at 28 days of breakfasts, lunches, and dinners, that is 84 meals plus the 14 shakes for a total of 98.  That works out to be about $2.34 per meal.  This works out to be the better deal with much more food and more flexibility.

You can use the basic program and take the weekends off and it would be the same thing.  You’re getting the food cheaper, plus you are getting 14 shakes instead of just 7.  And you will get some dessert and snack options also.

For most people, what attracts them to the Shake It Up Plan is the weekends off.  You can simply not eat the meals on the weekends and provide your own food with any of the plans.  The foods amongst all of the plans is the same – with the exception of the select line – which includes frozen foods. So if you are attracted to Shake It Up, you should know that you can do it with the other plans and you will get more and you will pay less per meal.  Here is the link to the offer with the free 14 shakes. Lose 5 lbs. in you first week* with Fast 5 plus FREE SHAKES

Can I Lose Ten Pounds In Three Weeks On Nutrisystem?

August 26th, 2014

By: Ava Alderman: I find that when people begin a diet, they often have a round number in mind when they define their weight loss goals. It’s very common to hear someone say they want to lose 10, 15, 20, 25 or 50 pounds. Rarely do you hear someone say that they want to lose, say 11 or 17 pounds. No, it’s much more common to hear a goal of a nice, rounded number, like 10 pounds.

And when people think of losing those 10 pounds, the next logical question is how long it’s going to take them. No one wants to be unrealistic. But no one wants to be on a diet for any longer than is necessary either. And most people would like to start seeing at least some results in less than a month. So, someone might ask: “I really want to lose 10 pounds and I want to try nutrisystem. I’ve got a special event in three weeks. Would I be able to lose the weight in 3 weeks?”

That’s an interesting question, and the answer depends on many variables and of course can only be speculated upon. No one can predict the future. And I think you really have to be careful with your goals. You don’t want to put too much pressure on yourself. And you want to be realistic so that you don’t get discouraged. But from what we know about the guidelines, we can take a guess as to what range might be reasonable.

Nutrisystem’s new “fast five” is supposed to help you lose five pounds in one week. Assuming that you used this and were successful, that would leave 5 pounds for the remaining two weeks. Now, the guidelines for the diet list a range of 1 – 2 pounds per week as reasonable. Assuming that you were on the high end of the range and were at 2 pounds per week, that would be an additional four pounds for those two weeks which would put you at a 9 pound total. Nothing says it’s impossible to do a little better than the range. But assuming you didn’t, nine pounds in three weeks is great. And nine pounds would make a difference in the way your body looks and in the way that your clothes fit. I think that it’s important not to get too hung up on a specific number at a specific time. But the diet is set up to try to get you fast results while being reasonable and safe at the same time.  Here is the promotion for “fast five” Lose 5 lbs. in you first week* with Fast 5 plus FREE SHAKES