One of the biggest advantages of Nutrisystem is not having to count calories or points. You still must stick with the plan, of course, and that means only having a certain number of servings of different types of foods per day. In the free foods section, however, you’ll find foods that can be enjoyed on an unlimited basis every day. These are mostly things like spices and condiments that help to make food taste better, but there are others as well.
I have been on the program for over 2 years and so far lost 75 lbs. I still have more to go but I must say on one of my dinners I was shortchanged on the turkey medallions not to mention they were extremely hard. This was the first and only time since I was on the program I had a problem and they immediately gave me a credit and one other time sent me the wrong lunch bar and promptly sent what I wanted. I think their program is great and not out to extort money. I think you are out to extort money.
There are four phases to the plan, and the first one is severely restricted in carbohydrates. The induction phase lasts two weeks, and the claim is you can lose up to 15 pounds in this time. During this time you consume no more than 20 grams of carbohydrates per day. For example, one slice of bread has 15 grams of carbohydrates, one serving of fruit has 15 grams of carbohydrates, one serving of dairy has 12 grams of carbohydrates, and one serving of vegetables can have between 5 and 15 grams of carbohydrates. It’s clear that 20 grams is extremely limited, potentially unhealthy, and would be very difficult to follow for the long-term.
On their Core plan, which costs $295 a month, meals might include pizza, chocolate muffins, and loaded baked potatoes—all their creations and all calorie, carb, fat and portion-controlled. The Core plan allows you to choose your food and have unlimited access to “expert counselors and dieticians.” 
That being said, I’d have to disagree with you on the portion sizing. I think they were just fine and when you add in foods they allow you to add in it really is a lot of food – just the right food. I would also add that a big key to leaving the plan is continuing to live out what you learned as you go back to “real” food. If you don’t, you’re leaving yourself open to adding the weight back on.
I have to try and be diplomatic when answering some of worst complainers since this is my site. But it can be frustrating at times when you get people that really just don’t get it that they’re the ones with the problem, not the diet.
A few weeks later, I had a birthday and, well, you know how that goes. I ate cake but just a small piece. I also had to attend some family cookouts and a nephew’s wedding. It was somewhat of a struggle, but again, I have learned to eat small portions. The biggest struggle was everyone trying to get me to eat more. People think that since you lost a few pounds, you can go back to eating the way you used too. It doesn’t work that way. It’s a lifestyle change and you have to stay strong. Though I wished I could have had seconds, I didn’t and walked away feeling like Wonder Woman.
I have always worked really hard to try to be thin, but, have gained 10 lbs over the past few months that will NOT come off. So, I’m using this as a kick-starter to making smarter choices. I look at our metabolism as a fire burning. If you put one big log on a fire that is almost burned out, it will choke it out; however, if you put kindling, or a few small twigs on it, it will build it back up. Think of your metabolism in the same way. If you eat smaller meals, more frequently, you are feeding your metabolism, but those big meals that restaurants serve (and we, in turn, create, at home), those meals will completely stifle your metabolism and leave you feeing tired and lethargic.
However, if you enjoy cooking for yourself then you might find pre-planned meals lacking the kind of taste and flair that you are used to. Ever had a Lean Cuisine frozen meal? The Nutrisystem meals taste a little bit like those but are healthier – with less sodium and even less fat. It’s easy to boost the flavor if you need to by adding some hot sauce, fresh lemon, or other non-sodium salt zests. You can also add interesting fruits and vegetables to each meal to make sure you’re satisfied and satiated during this diet plan. It also helps to have a buddy following the plan with you for moral support.
Great review! Just finished month 1. Didn’t hit the 13 pound mark, but lost just over 10 pounds so very happy with the program so far. It is hard the first week or two, but it has gotten better the longer I’ve stuck with it. Think I’ll probably do another month or two, and can hopefully drop about 20 pounds when it’s all said and done.
I joined the Nutrisystem plan because I knew I was headed in the wrong direction with my body weight. I decided to start going to a gym. Once I was going to the gym I decided I needed to start eating right too as I read that 90% of getting back in shape is what you eat. However, I did not know how to start eating right. That’s when I decided to try Nutrisystem.
Depends. Can you afford it to try it? Does the idea of having the work done for you sound appealing? My feeling is if you have the disposable income, either live alone or don’t have to feed a brood, and are okay with not eating out often, go for it. It’s pretty likely you’ll lose some weight, but will it come back when the FedEx person stops ringing the bell?
As we try to live frugally I instantly wanted to find a way to save money on the Nutrisystem meal plan. Thankfully, there are a number of ways to do just that. Nutrisystem constantly runs different deals, especially at the beginning of the year. Often times they’ll allow you to try the first week or two for free and offer different customizable savings options.
I enrolled in auto-shipment and would find another package at my door before I used up what I already had. At some point I had so much food and was so discouraged that I ended the shipments. I ate the food once in awhile and most of it ended up as food for my brother’s pigs and chickens!
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Then mid-morning I would have what they call a power fuel and a smart carb, which is some greek yogurt or cottage cheese with fresh fruit. Next I would have my lunch in a few hours. For lunch I would have a big salad with lots of veggies and a low-fat low-calorie dressing. My favorite dressings are Greek yogurt based and considered a limited extra on the Nutrisystem plan because they are 35 calories per serving. You can have up to 3 limited extras throughout the day.