How To Do Nutrisystem Step By Step

October 11th, 2017

By: Ava Alderman:  This is the time of year that many people are motivated to get healthy.  It’s also the time of year that people are researching nutrisystem and trying to figure out the best and easiest way to place an order.  This article will outline the steps of this process to make things a little easier when getting started.

Step One: Choose The Right Plan For You:  The first step is deciding on your plan.  They offer plans for men and women.  After that, they offer: regular, traditional plans (men’s and women’s core, basic, and uniquely yours;) options for people with diabetes (nutrisystem D;) and plans for people over 65 (nutrisystem silver.)  Once you’ve narrowed it down that way, you’ll have to choose between what types of food, support, and selection you want.

You’ll be choosing between the core, uniquely yours, and basic lines. To make that decision, first ask yourself if you think that it is worth it to pay extra for the gourmet, frozen items, which make up the “uniquely yours” menu.  Some people will answer a definite yes. And if this describes you, then you will want to choose the uniquely yours plan.

Others will figure that there are some great options for the cheaper non frozen line.  If this is the case for you, then you’ll want to chose between the core and basic plan.  The difference between the two is that with the core plan, you get to hand pick your foods, get free shipping, and get access to counseling.  This plan costs a bit more than the basic, but you get to choose the foods you know that you will like.

The basic plan is the cheapest plan and there are some great food choices in there because it’s a sampling of popular foods.  You don’t get the free shipping or the counseling, but you still get all the free, online resources. And for some people, this is more than enough for a great price.

Choose Your Special Offer Or Applicable Discount:  Frankly, you should never order nutrisystem without looking at the specials.  Sometimes, it’s possible to go on the select plan without paying more simply because that plan is on special offer.  Sometimes, they deep discount all of the plans.  Other times, they offer a special, premium plan at a very low price (like the fast five promotion going on right now Get Fast 5 Plus and lose 5 lbs in your first week!)  Before you buy any plan, see what is on special.  You can save ALOT of money that way.

Line Up Your Sides:  I find that people tend to over-think this part.  People assume that you have to buy tons of specialty groceries.  You absolutely do not.  These sides are small and easy.  You may add in a piece of fruit.  Or a cup of yogurt. Or a handful of nuts. This is generally healthy snacks that you might be buying anyway for the rest of your family.  So you should not need to spend a lot of extra money here.

Check Out The Free Resources And Get The App:  I am always surprised at the people who have only used the nutrisystem website for their order and have never visited again. If you do this, you are missing out on so many features that will contribute to your success.  You can get recipes, track your progress, get tips, or share with others with the click of a mouse.  Yes, the counseling is great.  But sometimes you want to interact with other dieters.  There is also an app option for your phone.  (You can hook up with all of that on the company website here: 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.

What Is Nutrisystem’s New Turbo Ten? What’s Included? How Much Does It Cost?

October 8th, 2017

By: Ava Alderman: Nutrisystem’s fast five was very popular for a very long time. But, it appears that they’ve decided to retire that plan this year in lieu of the new plan, Turbo Ten. I’ve had people ask me how turbo ten is different from fast five and what you get with turbo ten. Here are the particulars:

Honestly, turbo ten is quite similar to fast five in that it is set up the same way. However, it is set up to help you lose 10 pounds and five inches in your first month. Now, 10 pounds is nothing to sneeze at, but I’m more impressed by the 5 inches. I find it harder to lose inches than pounds. On the new turbo ten plan, you get:

  • 21 meals meant to kick start your metabolism
  • 7 turbo shakes (these are protein shakes that contain probiotics which help with belly bloat and digestion.)
  • 7 nutricrush shakes (meant to help with hunger and cravings)

You are able to choose from over 150 popular choices plus free fed ex shipping. The price of the plan depends upon whether you’re going with the basic, core, or uniquely yours. However, as of this writing the plans are on sale. (I’ll post a coupon for $50 off at the end of this article.  Take advantage of it if you like.)  I will describe the plan and then tell you how much it costs currently. (Note that these prices were current when I wrote this, but prices do change sometimes.) The basic plan includes online resources and free shipping, but not the counseling. Plus the meals are selected for you, but it is the cheapest plan and has a great price point. (Currently priced at $269.99)

The core plan provides free counseling and the ability to hand pick your foods. (Being able to choose your own foods is necessary for many folks who consider themselves a little more picky.) The core plan is right at the middle in terms of expense. (Currently priced at $289.99.)

Uniquely Yours (this used to be the “select” plan) is the most expensive but it’s very popular because it allows you the frozen or gourmet foods which are very tasty. And unlike the select line, they now let you have as much frozen food in your package as you like. They don’t limit the amount of frozen meals anymore. You get the counseling and the ability to hand pick your meals with this plan also. (Currently priced at $334.99. Yes, this is more expensive, but if you look at the individual cost of the frozen meals, you will see that this price is very discounted and it’s a pretty decent deal. Plus this plan is the most popular and has the highest degree of satisfaction because you have more choices and the food is so good. Here’s the coupon code.  This is good for any of the plans (basic, core or uniquely yours.) Get $50 off plus Turboshakes and Fedex Shipping Free

Does The Nutrisystem Fast Five Work?

October 7th, 2017

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!

What Kind Of Food Can You Eat On Nutrisystem?

October 4th, 2017

I sometimes hear from people who are considering the nutrisystem diet, but who are trying to get a better feel about what their experience might be like.  Specifically, they want to know about the food because, let’s face it, what you eat has a huge impact on how much you’ll like the diet.

Many people imagine that they’ll have to eat tons of salads, raw vegetables, and bland snacks.  While vegetables are certainly encouraged on any diet, I think that many people are pleasantly surprised at how much normal food is offered as part of this diet.  Below, I’ll go over some typical offerings for breakfast, lunch, dinner, and desserts / snacks so that you will get an idea of what you’ll eat.  This list doesn’t even include the side items that you will be adding in for yourself. Plus, these lists are not exhaustive.  They are just examples to give you an idea of what you might eat in a typical day.

What’s on the nutrisystem menu does change from time to time.  The menu has certainly evolved over the time that I’ve been writing about it, but they’ve always done a good job of offering foods that are popular and desirable.

Here’s a sampling of what is on the breakfast menu right now: biscotti; waffles; cinnamon rolls; chocolate muffins; bagels; french toast; oatmeal; cold cereal; breakfast sandwiches; and omelets.

On the lunch menu, you will find items like: a hamburger; a grilled chicken sandwich; a variety of soups; a variety of melts (sandwiches;) red beans and rice; pulled pork; macaroni and cheese; loaded potatoes; cheese tortellini; and Chinese noodles.

For dinner, you will find things like: meatloaf; meatballs in marinara sauce; chicken parmesan; ravioli; mushroom stuffed chicken; turkey and mashed potatoes; lasagna; many varieties of pizzas; grilled sausage and peppers; chicken enchiladas; stuffed shells; Salisbury steak with macaroni and cheese; and chili.

The snacks and desserts are truly fan favorites, with options like: popcorn; nachos; chocolate covered pretzels; jumbo soft pretzels; chocolate ice cream; ice cream sandwich; chocolate cake and cupcakes; a variety of cookies and brownies; and many dessert flavored protein bars.

As you can see, this diet goes far beyond salad and raw vegetables.  They do a good job of allowing you to feel as if you are not dieting.  I don’t know many diets where you could have french toast for breakfast, a burger for lunch, a pizza for dinner, and a cookie for dessert.  Not only that, but you do get to add in fresh sides for each meal, so not only is the variety nice, but the serving sizes aren’t too bad either.  Most people are pleasantly surprised at all of the desirable choices offered.  Here is the latest coupon: Get 40% off every order + Free bars & Shakes and FREE SHIPPING!

The Difference Between Nutricrush Shakes And Turbo Shakes

October 1st, 2017

There’s no question that the nutrisystem shakes have become quite popular.  They really caught on with programs like fast five, turbo 10, and lean 13.  And because of their popularity, they have been expanded.  This expansion, however, can create some confusion as how the shake choices are different.

For example, someone might notice that a nutricrush shake and a turbo shake are offered.  They might wonder if there is any substantial difference between the two and which might be better for their needs.  Nutrisystem has included both nutricrush and turbo shakes in packages in the past.  As of this writing, the biggest difference is that you are able to buy turbo nutrisystem shakes in bulk.  You can buy a tub of powder that makes either 14 or 28 turbo shakes.  However, the nutricrush shakes only come in a box of 7.  They two different shakes are similar in price when you figure out the costs per serving.  In terms of nutrition, there is not a huge difference, although the turbo variety is a bit more diet friendly.  The nutricrush has 150 calories, 3.5 grams of fat, and 13 grams of protein. The turbo shake has 130 calories, 2.5 grams of fat, and 15 grams of protein.  As of this writing, I’m only seeing a chocolate flavor available in the crush shake, although it’s possible vanilla that is sold out.  Both shakes are rated very high by users (for taste and texture,) with the crush being rated slightly higher (at 4.5 stars vs 4 stars for the turbo.)  However, to be fair, the crush has been around for longer and therefore has more reviews from which to draw.  It appears that the biggest difference here is that you can get the turbo in more quantity and it has fewer calories.  So if you’re going to consume a shake every day (and not just for the first week) then the turbo might be easier since you get a big tub with a lot of shakes and you’ll be saving 20 calories and one gram of fat each day.  But both options appear to be a sound choice and both shakes have received high reviews for their taste and texture.  Much of the time, if you order a package, you will get some shakes thrown in for free, as is the case for lean 13.  Here is a coupon: Get 40% off every order + Free bars & Shakes and FREE SHIPPING!

What’s The Difference Between Nutrisystem Weekends My Way And The Basic Plan

September 30th, 2017

By: Ava Alderman:  If you’ve just started to research nutrisystem, chances are you thinking about getting into the program in the cheapest way possible. The two cheapest plans are the basic monthly plan and the nutrisystem “weekends my way” plan.  Both of these plans are inexpensive, but there are some key differences which I will discuss in this article.

The Weekend My Way plan is really designed for people who intend to go off of the diet on the weekends.  Because of this, you will get less meals on this package.  Specifically, you will get enough food for 20 days.  However, you do get your choice of 10 days worth of frozen foods (which are more expensive) and ten days worth of non frozen foods.  The base price for this is around $285.  Keep in mind though that you will be supplying your own meals on the weekends at an additional cost.  Most people don’t mind this though in exchange for the flexibility to enjoy their own food and choices sometimes.

Now, the basic plan is more of a full time plan. And you get more food as a result of this. You get enough food for the entire month (because you aren’t taking weekends off.)  And this plan is actually a bit cheaper than the weekends off plan.  Right now, at least as of this writing, it is on sale for $269.99.  Plus you get the turbo ten shakes included. Get $50 off plus Turboshakes and Fedex Shipping Free

So why the difference in price? Well, a couple of things.  The basic plan doesn’t include the frozen entrees and it also does not include the counseling – although you do have access to online resources that answer many questions.

I guess which plan makes more sense for you is going to depend on how much you value the frozen foods and the counseling. Because theoretically, you could buy the basic meal and simply take off on the weekends if that is what you wanted to do. Other than the omission of the frozen items, the food choices are similar.  There are not separate foods for the weekend plan.  The menu is not vastly different other than the frozen items.

If your main criteria is cost and value, you are getting more value for your money with the basic plan because you are getting more food for less money.  However, you aren’t getting the frozen items or the person to person counseling.  And only you can decide how important this is to you.

Is Bacon A Power Fuel On Nutrisystem?

September 26th, 2017

I sometimes hear from people who would like to eat bacon on nutrisystem.  They wonder if they can eat it, exactly how much of it can they have, and when they can have it. They also wonder how it is categorized and whether or not it’s in fact a powerfuel.

When I was researching this article, I understood the confusion because I did not find bacon listed on the grocery guide.  It was not listed under the powerfuel or “extra” categories.  However, I continued to search and I did find an article in “The Leaf” (which is nutrisystem’s newsletter ) which outlines the favorite snacks of dieters who have had success on nutrisystem. Turkey bacon is mentioned in the article.  To be clear, to satisfy the requirements and to fit into the category of a powerfuel, a food needs to contain only 80 – 120 calories and have at least five grams of protein.  One of the dieters that is highlighted in the article lists turkey bacon as one of her favorite powerfuels.  I would urge you to contact a nutrisystem counselor to be sure about this, but I would think that this article would suggest that lean bacon (like turkey or Canadian bacon) would be considered a powerfuel.  Unfortunately, there is no serving size listed.  However, you could probably look at the nutrition label on whatever bacon you want to consume and make sure your serving size contains only 80 – 120 calories.  That should be easy enough to figure out.  Obviously, the lower the fat and calorie content of the bacon, the bigger your serving size might be.  Again, I’m not a nutrisystem counselor and I only researched this topic in order to answer this question and to help.  You could ask someone from nutrisystem to be sure (by going to the website here: ) Get 40% off every order + Free bars & Shakes and FREE SHIPPING! But based on the article in “The Leaf,” I’d say that you could make an educated guess that a very lean bacon in a small serving size could be an acceptable powerfuel.  You probably wouldn’t want to go with full fat bacon, because your serving size would have to be very small in order to get under 120 calories.

Nutrisystem’s New Lean 13 – On Sale And Discounted For 2017

September 20th, 2017

It’s the time of year again when people are heavily invested in losing weight.  It’s also the time when many companies roll out their very best sales in order to make their diet too attractive to resist.  In 2017 nutrisystem has rolled out its new lean 13 plan.  If you’ve been following nutrisystem for a while, you know that this plan is a refresh of the very popular fast five and turbo 10 plans.  Essentially, nutrisystem packages these popular plans specifically to jump start weight loss quickly.  The idea is that you get early success to continue to be motivated.  They also include a lot of nice extras to make things extra enticing – like the free shakes, the free bars, and free fed ex shipping.  Here are the particulars of the current lean 13 plan:  It is designed so that you can lose 13 pounds and 7 inches in the first month.  In addition to food for the entire month (including breakfasts, lunches, dinners, and snacks / desserts,) they’ve included 7 free shakes, 7 free bars, and free fed ex shipping.  The price itself is attractive and they are running specials on top of that.  For example, the current price (as of this writing) is: the basic is running $274.99, the core is $294.99 and uniquely yours (with frozen meals) is$334.99.  You may already know this, but the main difference between these three plans is the frozen options on uniquely yours and the customization options with the core (and also with uniquely yours.)  The basic includes very popular foods and is a great value if you are looking to try nutrisystem at a very low price point.  But all of the options are discounted and are very nice deals when you consider what you are getting and how much food is offered. They are offering the following specials, making this a great time to try any of these plans. Get $50 Off Your First Order + Free Bars, Shakes, and Free Shipping at! Get 40% off every order + Free bars & Shakes and FREE SHIPPING!

What Does The Second Week Of Nutrisystem Look Like? Do You Eat Only Their Foods?

September 19th, 2017

I sometimes hear from people who understand that the first week of nutrisystem is reserved for the “kick start” or “turbo takeoff week” -where you eat the specially designed meals that are meant to boost your weight loss. During this first week, you don’t have to add in any other foods. You just eat the prepackaged snacks and meals that have been provided. But what happens in the second week? Do you continue to eat the provided foods? Or do you get to add in some side items? That really does depend on your package (which is why I’d recommend reaching out to a counselor on the company website here: Lose up to 13 LBS & 7 Inches overall in your first month with Lean13 at!) But generally speaking, the takeoff week is only that – just one week. It’s not considered healthy to take so much weight off at one time. Research shows that steady weight loss is the key to keeping it off. So on week two (at least for most plans) you’re going to start adding in additional foods. During the take off week, you likely were only adding in non-starchy vegetables. By the second week, you can begin to add in smartcarbs and power fuels (which you buy and provide yourself) as side items. Also, many of the plans offer the option of flex meals – which means that you will typically be allowed one breakfast, lunch, dinner and snack each week off of the plan. This allows you to eat out if you choose your meals carefully or it allows you to plan and prepare healthy meals. It also allows you some variety.

So yes, the second week looks very different than the first week on many plans because you will be eating more side items, snacks, and flex meals. The company’s grocery guide, tracking app, and the counseling can all explain how much of each type of food you can have (and when.) Generally, the less starchy or sugar-filled the food, the more of it you can have. Some vegetables are unlimited and others have large serving sizes, but fruits and proteins generally offer a serving size of at least a half of a cup. Plus, keep in mind that most packages offer a wide selection of prepackaged snacks and desserts that will satisfy your sweet tooth or salt cravings so that you don’t have to burn your side items on this. But yes, to answer the original question, you definitely have more flexibility on the second week of nutrisystem most of the time. They want you to have quick weight loss initially, but then they want you to have sustainable, healthy and gradual loss (so that it stays off,) which is why you get to make more choices on the second week, at least for many of the plans.

What Is The Turbo Take Off Kit From Nutrisystem? What’s In It?

September 17th, 2017

People sometimes ask what is the turbo take off kit from nutrisystem and what, exactly is in it?  It is basically a kit with the first week of meals (and instructions) which you are sent when you order nutrisystem’s lean 13 plan.  The kit in is in addition to the food for the remaining weeks of the month. It is kept separately for a reason.  Basically, this plan is designed to help you achieve weight loss quickly.  The first week works a bit differently than the rest of the month because it’s meant to “kick start” fast weight loss.  The first week’s foods are kept separately from the rest of the package because the foods are specifically chosen for the this first week.   One thing that’s very different about that “kick start” week is that you don’t need to worry about adding in smart carbs or power fuels during that week.  You’ll be doing this on weeks 2-4, but for the first week, you just have to worry about consuming only the meals in the kit.  (They do also encourage you to add in four servings of non starchy vegetables to help you to feel full.)  So what’s in the kit?  7 days of specially chosen breakfasts, lunches, and dinners plus 7 turbo shakes and 7 nutra crunch bars.  You will be using the bars and shakes in place of your smart carbs and power fuels for the first week only.   Both the shakes and bars are supposed to help you stay full and the shakes contain probiotics to aid in digestion and to help with abdominal bloat and discomfort.  The shakes are usually chocolate flavored and the bars are usually peanut butter and chocolate flavored, but this can certainly vary.  You’re also given access to a daily tracker log (to keep track of your movement) and an app for recording and maximizing your results.  I hope I’ve made it more clear as to what you can expect in your kit.  It will be set apart from the rest of your package and it is intended to make that first work easier and more effective.  Basically, you just eat the meals provided and add in a shake and bar each day along with four servings of non starchy vegetables.  You can use the tracking tools if you like, but there’s really nothing to calculate or figure out.  These are just meant to help you visualize your efforts and results.  They’ve done the calculations for you and they’ve already picked and provided the combination of meals that are meant to give you the best results.  Here is the latest special for lean 13: Get 40% off every order + Free bars & Shakes and FREE SHIPPING!