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What are Flex meals?

We don’t just teach you how to lose weight. We also teach you how to keep it off. Most Nutrisystem plans give you the freedom to dine out or enjoy healthy, home-cooked meals throughout the week. Instead of eating a Nutrisystem entrée, Flex meals are meals that you create or order out by following our simple guidelines.

When ordering your Nutrisystem® plan, you have the option to have every day covered (7 days of our meals and snacks every week) or most days covered (5 days of our meals and snacks every week).  Both options will include a special first week to reboot your body. This includes a week of meals (7 breakfasts, 7 lunches, 7 dinners, 7 snacks and 7 shakes).  The second and subsequent months of your four-week plan with most days covered do not include a separate first week and will include 20 breakfasts, 20 lunches and 20 dinners. That is because you will be incorporating Flex meals. Please note that the Diabetes plan does not include a separate first week.

Going into week 2, you will get to enjoy more flexibility and prepare some of your own favorite meals if you chose to have most days covered. If you opted to receive five days of Nutrisystem meals and snacks for each week, you will make 2 Flex Breakfasts, 2 Flex Lunches, 2 Flex Dinners and 2 Flex Snacks (men prepare 4 Flex snacks) each week where you’ll be adding in your own foods in place of a Nutrisystem® option.  If you opted to have every day covered with 7 days of Nutrisystem meals and snacks every week, Flex meals are not required on your plan.

Flex meals give you variety, flexibility and teach you healthy habits for lasting weight loss success. They provide members with an opportunity to practice preparing their own meals and snacks following our simple guidelines.  You can also enjoy Flex meals while dining out at your favorite restaurants.  We’ve found that members who regularly planned out Flex meals were more successful when eating off of the plan and were more comfortable with preparing their own meals when switching to maintenance mode.

Breakfasts, lunches, dinners and snacks all have different Flex meal guidelines and consist of grocery add-ins called PowerFuels and SmartCarbs. Please note that Flex meal guidelines will vary depending on your specific Nutrisystem program. Use the NuMi app for your specific PowerFuel and SmartCarb goals.

Here’s a general example of a simple Flex lunch:

  • 2 oz. Chicken with Salsa on top (1 PowerFuel + 1 Free Food)
  • ½ cup Brown Rice + 1 tsp. Butter (1 SmartCarb + 1 Extra)
  • 1 cup cooked Asparagus (2 servings Vegetables)

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Please note that Flex meals are not required for Nutrisystem 7-Day plans with Every Day Covered or the Uniquely Yours Ultimate Diabetes Plan.