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The Nutrisystem Black Friday and Cyber Monday Sales – $150 Off

Tuesday, November 21st, 2017

We are now getting into dieting season which means that you’re about to see the deepest discounts from diet companies.  Dieting companies know that this is the time of year when people are most motivated to finally start that diet, so they roll out their best offers at what they hope is the most enticing time.  I’ve just seen what nutrisystem is offering on Black Friday and Cyber Monday and honestly, both offers look similar, but since the sale hasn’t started, I haven’t seen the actual offers on the website. However, here is what I can tell so far:  Both offers are going to give you $150 off your orders, but it is divided up amongst three orders.  So you’d get $50 off each order for three months.  Obviously, this isn’t going to be applicable for you if you only need to be on the diet for less than 3 months.  But $150 off is quite good, even if it is divided.  I’m assuming that these deals are going to be offered on all of the plans.  And the only difference that I see between them is that the black friday sale runs until 11/26 and the cyber Monday sale runs until 12/1.  So which you use really just depends upon when you want to place your order and when you want to start the diet.  $150 off is really a steep discount, so if you’ve been waiting to try the plan, now might be a really good time.   If you want to start in the new year, you can just keep the food handy and start whenever you like.  You place your orders once you run out of food, so you really do get to choose your own pace.  I will update this if anything changes or I get any more information.  Here are the offers:

Get $150 off your first three Nutrisystem orders during our Black Friday Sale. Offer ends 11.26

Get $150 off your first three Nutrisystem orders during our Cyber Monday Sale. Offer ends 12.1

 

I’m Worried That Nutrsiystem’s Flex Meals Will Either Mess Us My Results Or Make Me Want To Cheat

Wednesday, November 15th, 2017

In theory, you’d think that the idea of having flex meals or “off diet” meals on any diet would be very attractive.  When you’re talking about the nutrisystem diet, flex meals are healthy meals that you prepare on your own.  You don’t have to eat what the diet provides when you are eating flex meals.  Depending on your plan, nutrisystem lets you eat a variety of your meals “off the diet.”  Many people understandably look forward to this.  Who doesn’t want to have a break once in while?  However, with the anticipation can become the worry.  What if getting used to going “off diet” makes you want to cheat?  Or what if it messes up your weight loss?

Someone might say, “I’ve had a huge amount of success on my turbo take off week on nutrisystem.  I lost more weight than I anticipated and I felt great.  But now I’m on week two and it’s my understanding that I will be adding in ‘flex meals.’  Frankly, I’m afraid of this.  I’ve been doing so well.  I don’t want to slow down my weight loss.  I don’t want to be tempted to cheat.  I have friends who look forward to flex meals, but I actually don’t.  I worry about cravings.”

I understand your concern, but honestly, the idea behind the flex meals is pretty sound.  Nutrisystem has built the flex meals into the calorie content of the diet, so as long as you follow the instructions and make decent choices, you should not notice any negative affects on your results.  If you do feel the desire to cheat, live chat or speak with a counselor. That’s what they are there for and they can help you to come up with an alternative.  There are tons of diet friendly recipes on the nutrisystem forums that you can use for flex meals.  You can even eat out if you are careful.

Other than giving you some variety, the very important reason that they want you to do flex meals is because you need to learn how to plan and prepare healthful meals.  The goal is that one day you won’t need to depend on the prepackaged meals and can maintain your weight loss on your own.  In this way, the flex meals are sort of training wheels for that day when you won’t need the diet anymore.

In all honestly, you get some practice toward this when you add your sides to the prepackaged nutrisystem meals.  You get used to looking at the grocery guide to know what serving size you can have of each food.  You learn that starchy, fatty, or surgery foods mean smaller serving sizes and that low glycemic foods mean bigger serving sizes.  The flex meals are exactly like this on a larger scale.

Also, you might find that your progress helps you stay on track when you make your choices.  Because once you’ve had success, have lost weight, and needs new clothes, etc., you don’t want to do anything to reverse that.  But you also know that you do need to learn to make choices.  So the flex meals are a “safe” way to do both.  I understand why you’re fearful, but give it a chance.  Most people find that it’s sort of the best of both worlds.  Here are the latest nutrisystem coupons and where you can reach out to a counselor: Get $25 off your first two orders + free bars & shakes and FREE SHIPPING!

What Is The Difference Between The Nutrsiystem Snacks Or Desserts

Tuesday, November 7th, 2017

Many people who are researching nutrisystem notice that there are snacks and desserts built into the plan.  If you look on the nutrisystem site, you will notice that the desserts and snacks are on the same page of the website.  People often wonder if this means that they are interchangeable and if not, which you should choose more of as part of your package?  This article will try to address these concerns, but please note that I’m not a nutrisystem counselor.  Please reach out to one if you have any doubt.   This is just my own interpretation from reading the literature.

From what I am reading, every day on nutrisystem has two snacks and one dessert built in.  Basically, you’re supposed to have a mid-morning and mid-afternoon snack as well as a dessert with dinner.  Since most packages don’t come with enough snacks for you to have a nutrisystem snack all of the time, most people will use add on groceries for their snacks.  Meaning they will perhaps have a piece of fruit, a serving of vegetables, or a little protein or carbs.  For example, a good snack might be an apple with low fat peanut butter, a cup of cottage cheese, or perhaps yogurt.  (Nutrisystem sends you guidelines about your add in groceries, so you won’t have to guess about how to add in snacks.) However, some of the packages do come with some prepackaged diet snacks and you can use these for your mid-morning or mid-afternoon snack.

And any desserts that come with your package can be used for your dinner dessert.  If you look on the nutrisystem website, you’ll also see that the snacks and desserts are very similar in terms of calories and fats, so in that sense I do not see why you can’t use them interchangeably if you’d like.  For example, you can see for yourself that both the chocolate covered pretzels (dessert) and popcorn (snack) have 130 calories and 6 grams of fat.  They’re virtually identical in terms of what they would add to your daily calories and fat.  The same is true of the cheese puffs (snack) and the peanut butter cookie (dessert.)

Here’s another consideration.  Many of nutrisystem’s very popular quick-start packages (like lean 13) come with shakes and bars instead of snacks and desserts.  In that case, they should most definitely be interchangeable.  The company does a good job of sending very good documentation with your package that makes what you can eat (and when) very easy to understand.  They try to give you a lot of flexibility.  Depending on your mood and how much nutrisystem food you have left, you can either add in your own safe foods (in specific portion sizes, which the directions will state) or the food that came with your package.  Either way, the company will give you a lot of information about what to use and when.  If it’s still not clear, you only have to reach out to a counselor and they can likely quickly explain it to you.  It’s easy to do on the nutrisystem website.  Here is the latest special (and where you can talk to a counselor.) Get 40% off every order + Free bars & Shakes and FREE SHIPPING!

Comparing Nutrisystem And Lean Cuisine Meals: Why They Aren’t The Same In Terms Of Effectiveness And Price

Wednesday, November 1st, 2017

I sometimes hear from people who want to know if lean cuisine is the same thing as nutrisystem.  I often hear comments like “if nutrisystem and lean cuisine is really the same thing, what’s to stop me from just buying lean cuisine at the grocery store and paying less?” Or “is lean cuisine just the grocery store version of nutrisystem?”

The thing is, these are very different companies and very different foods.  In my opinion, lean cuisine isn’t the same as or even remotely as effective as nutrisystem.  (And it also isn’t any cheaper.)

But you don’t have to and shouldn’t take my word for it.  In the following article, I’ll offer some comparisons between lean cuisine and nutrisystem in terms of nutrition, effectiveness, and price to show you that they really are very different.

Differences Between Nutrisystem And Lean Cuisine’s Effectiveness In Terms Of Calories And Carbs:  First of all, if you were to try to duplicate nutrisystem, you’d have to replace five of your daily meals with lean cuisine.  This would be difficult for breakfast, desserts and snacks since lean cuisine mostly offers lunch and dinner entrees.

But within those lunches and dinners, there’s a huge difference in the meals in terms of calories, fat, carbs, and proteins (particularly calories and carbs)  and these things can really affect the results that you get.

As an example, I’ll look at both of these diets’ chicken fettuccine and chicken Alfredo dishes respectively.

First up, is Lean Cuisine’s chicken fettuccine.  It has 330 calories and a whopping 42 grams of carbohydrates.  It is rated 3 stars by it’s users.

Now, let’s look at nutrisystem’s chicken Alfredo.  It only has 260 calories and only 32 grams of carbs. It’s rated almost 4 stars by users.  So, if you eat the nutrisystem option, you are saving 70 calories (almost a third) and 10 grams of carbs (again almost a third.)  This is pretty significant, especially when you consider that you’ll see these types of differences with each of your five meals.

Now, I’ll look at the chicken quesadillas for both diet meals.  Lean cuisine’s baja chicken quesadilla has 280 calories and 35 grams of carbohydrates.  It’s rated about 4 stars by users.  Nutrisystem’s chicken quesadilla has only 220 calories and 35 carbs.  It was also rated 4 stars by dieters. So, you are saving 60 calories on two foods that are very similar.  (Again, this is approaching a third.)

This might not seem huge for one meal, but if you have that kind of savings over 5 meals, you’re looking at 300 calories per day, which is significant. 300 calories is really enough for an entire extra meal.

Over a weeks’ time, this is around 2100 calories, which could truly make quite a difference in your results and in your bottom line.

Is There Really That Big Of A Price Difference Between Lean Cuisine And Nutrisystem:  A lot of people ask about lean cuisine because they want nutrisystem like results that they can get at the grocery store.  They think they are saving a lot of money this way.  Well, many lean cuisine meals (at least in my grocery store) cost anywhere from $2.79 to $3.00 each.

And actually, if you buy a package and use the latest nutrisystem coupons, (like this one you can get nutrisystem for significantly less than that – at around $2 per meal.  So not only are you taking in more calories and usually more carbs with lean cuisine, but you aren’t saving any money. In fact, if you consider coupons, you’re paying a little more  if you’re using cost per meal. Get 40% off every order + Free bars & Shakes and FREE SHIPPING!

 

Does The Turbo Takeoff On Nutrisystem Have A Metabolism Booster? Are There Stimulants In The Food?

Thursday, October 26th, 2017

I sometimes hear from people who wonder how the turbo take off in nutrisystem programs like lean 13 and fast 5 or turbo 10 help you to lose weight quickly within your first week.  Many assume that the first week of foods that nutrisystem provides must have some sort of stimulant in it in order to boost your metabolism.  Someone might ask: “does the takeoff week in lean 13 work because there are stimulants in the food?”  I’ll give you an answer to this, but keep in mind that I’m not a nutrisystem counselor (you can reach out to one here: Lose up to 13 LBS & 7 Inches overall in your first month with Lean13 at Nutrisystem.com!)  However, I did research this question.  According to the company’s newsletter “The Leaf,” nutrisystem’s foods DO NOT contain stimulants. To quote the newsletter directly, it says that “the foods do not contain any form of stimulants or appetite suppressants. Nutrisystem will not use any chemical substances to alter your appetite or energy levels- just good, clean diet food.”

From my research, the take off period is effective because the only additions that you add in with your nutrisystem meals are special shakes (with probiotics added to boost digestion) and special bars to replace your regular snacks and desserts that you will resume on the second week of the program.  You ARE supposed to add in four servings of non starchy vegetables each day.  But for the first week, you only worry about eating your nutrisystem meals, along with the shakes / bars and your four servings of vegetables.  This is a paired down schedule because typically you are allowed to add in powerfuels, smartcarbs, and extras, plus the vegetables.  In addition, you are able to add in the nutrisystem desserts and snacks.  So in the first week, you will be taking in less extras and sides than normal and you will be choosing low glycemic vegetables rather than fruit, dairy and the desserts / snacks that are allowed into the diet in the second week.  So no, there aren’t stimulants or appetite suppressants.  But there is a restrictions on the side items that are adding in.   This helps your body more efficiently burn fat.  As your body reaches momentum and you see that the program can work very well to help you lose your goal weight, you can then add in the other sides in the second week because your body is already efficiently burning fat.  But you can rest assured that the first week’s food isn’t modified and doesn’t contain stimulants.

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How Hard Is It To Change Your Nutrisystem Plan?

Tuesday, October 17th, 2017

Many people who are just starting nutrisystem (or those who are researching different plans) aren’t sure which plan is right for them.  There are several factors to consider when making this decision including cost, the ability to customize your menu, and the inclusion of the gourmet and frozen foods.  As a result, people often wonder if they are stuck with their initial choice.  For example, if they chose the cheapest, most basic plan at first, does this mean they have to keep ordering the same package? Additionally, sometimes health issues or dietary concerns come up where you may need to consider another plan.  For example, someone might have a check up and decide that they want to move to the diabetic plan or someone may decide to try a vegetarian lifestyle for a while and then want to switch to the vegetarian package.

A concern might be something like, “I want to try nutrisystem, but I’m not sure if I’m going to like it.   So I’ve decided to just to go with the cheapest plan this first time and then if that goes well, I might consider going with the more deluxe frozen plan (the uniquely yours.) Is this going to be possible?  Or do I have to stick with my original choice?”

You actually don’t.  That’s one nice thing about the flexibility of nutrisystem.   You only place food orders when you need them with no obligation. There’s no contract or agreement.  You order your chosen plan each month as long as you need it.  When you lose the weight and have completed your transition, you can stop ordering.  You can order the basic plan in January, the core in February, the uniquely yours in March, the vegetarian in April, and so on. Now, things can be a little different if you sign up for auto delivery.  If you choose to sign up for it (and many people do because it’s the best deal,) then you can still change, but you’ll only get credit in terms of pricing for the model that you chose when you signed up for auto delivery, at least as I understand it. I’d encourage you to look at nutrisystem’s terms and conditions (you can easily google this) which basically says that you can switch your plan at any time, but that pricing and promotions will be adjusted accordingly if you are on auto delivery.  You can change your product selections and your delivery by 6:00pm before any order is shipped.  I want to stress that I’m not an employee of nutrisystem and I’d suggest calling them or even live chatting on the nutrisystem site (via “contact us”) if you want the official answer to this. (You can link up here Get 40% off every order + Free bars & Shakes and FREE SHIPPING!) I’m merely reading the terms of service.   But since you aren’t under contract for any length of time, you would simply just place an order for the package that you want for that month.  If you’ve done auto delivery, you’d need to go in and change your selection before the next month ships, with the understanding that if you chose a more expensive plan, they’ll adjust accordingly.  At least this is the way that I understand it, but I’d suggest contacting nutrisystem to be sure.  Auto delivery can be canceled once you lose your target weight or just change your mind, as I understand it.

What Kind Of Food Can You Eat On Nutrisystem?

Wednesday, 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

Sunday, 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

Saturday, 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?

Tuesday, 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.