The Top FAQs About NutrisystemArticle posted in: Nutrisystem for Men
Congratulations on taking the first step towards a healthier and happier lifestyle! Here at Nutrisystem, we’ve worked hard to take all the guesswork out of your weight loss, so you can relax and enjoy the meal plan. We want to ensure that you have all the tools you need for success. Here are the answers to the questions we get asked the most often about Nutrisystem.
Question 1: How much weight will I lose?
Weight loss will vary from person to person. Generally, you can expect to lose 1 to 2 pounds per week while on the program. There is a good chance that you will lose more than that during your first week! In fact, in our research people lost an average of 5 pounds in the first week.* It depends on your starting weight and how much you follow the program.
Question 2: Can I have a Nutrisystem Snack during the first week?
Yes, you get to eat a Nutrisystem snack every day during the first week. Each day, you will be enjoying one Nutrisystem shake and one Nutrisystem snack in addition to your breakfast, lunch and dinner entrees.
Don’t forget to drink at least 64 ounces of water a day and add in a minimum of four servings of non-starchy vegetables. Non-starchy veggies are unlimited on the program, so feel free to munch on them all day long.
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Question 3: Can I move entrees around in my day?
Absolutely! If you feel like eating your dinner at breakfast, go for it! Just remember, if you eat a dinner entrée at breakfast time, you can’t choose another dinner option at dinner. You’ll have to choose from the remaining food options for that day.
Make sure to have one breakfast, one lunch, one dinner, one shake and one snack per day during your first week. So, that means you will be eating 5 times each day in your first week: 3 meals and 2 snacks. In the remaining weeks, you will get to eat 6 times each day: 3 meals and 3 snacks.
We recommend spreading your meals and snacks evenly throughout the day. Aim to eat every 2 to 3 hours so you don’t feel hungry.
Question 4: Which vegetables can be added and are they required?
Learning how to incorporate vegetables into your meals is an important part of the program and is required. Vegetables provide your body with crucial vitamins and the fiber that it needs to be healthy.
We recommend a minimum of four servings of non-starchy vegetables per day, and you can have as many as you want. Non-starchy vegetables include tomatoes, spinach, cucumbers, carrots, broccoli and so much more!
Starchy vegetables, like potatoes, peas and corn, contain more carbohydrates and calories than non-starchy options. While they are nutritious, they are considered SmartCarbs and are limited based on the number of SmartCarbs in your meal plan. An extended Grocery Guide can be found here on The Leaf.
Question 5: What are PowerFuels and SmartCarbs?
PowerFuels are lean proteins and healthy fats, such as nuts, eggs or plain nonfat or low-fat yogurt that you will add to your meal plan. Generally anything that is 80 to 120 calories with at least five grams of protein will be considered a PowerFuel. The more protein, the better!
SmartCarbs are healthy carbohydrate sources, such as fruits, starchy vegetables and whole grains that you will also add to your meal plan. Generally anything that is 80 to 120 calories with at least one gram of fiber will be considered a SmartCarb. The more fiber, the better!
We recommend that you get your PowerFuels and SmartCarbs from whole food choices most of the time – like nuts, fruits, low-fat dairy and whole grains!
Question 6: What are Flex meals?
Flex meals are meals that you prepare at home or eat at a restaurant without the use of anything that has come in your Nutrisystem shipment. Following our guidelines, you will learn how to prepare meals to help you sustain your weight loss long after you’ve finished the program. These guidelines will also help you choose the right options when you are going out to eat.
Each Flex meal consists of a combination of SmartCarbs, PowerFuels and Vegetables. You can also add in Extras or Free Foods to liven up your menu. We have plenty of recipes and suggestions to get you going here on The Leaf.
After your first week, you will be building in two Flex breakfasts, two Flex lunches, two Flex dinners and two to four Flex snacks each week depending on your gender. For the best weight loss results, we recommend that you spread your Flex meals out through the week.
No time for flexing? When ordering your program, you can opt for seven days of Nutrisystem food each week for a foolproof plan that has everyday covered and no guesswork.
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Question 7: What should I have for a Flex meal when I go out to eat?
Using the guidelines found on The Leaf and in the NuMi app, you’ll identify how many SmartCarbs and PowerFuels each Flex meal should include. Generally speaking, great choices include a piece of grilled meat or fish with steamed veggies.
You can also choose between a small baked potato, a whole grain roll or whole wheat pasta. Your Flex meal could be stir-fry, salad or sushi, among many other options. Remember, it’s all about proper portion sizes and NOT about restricting yourself from your favorite meals.
Question 8: Can I have alcohol?
On Nutrisystem, you can enjoy up to 2 alcoholic drinks weekly. We recommend having them on different days of the week. However, we do NOT recommend alcohol during the first week due to the calories. Alcohol = empty calories!
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Question 9: How many snacks are we supposed to have a day?
During the first week you will get to enjoy 2 snacks each day – a Nutrisystem shake in the morning and a Nutrisystem snack in the afternoon.
After your first week, women and men both have 3 snacks during the day. Women will choose grocery items for their morning and afternoon snacks and have one Nutrisystem snack after dinner. Men get a Nutrisystem snack for their morning and evening snacks. Their afternoon snack will be one they make themselves with grocery items.
We hope this information was helpful! For more tools and information about our meal plans, check out our website! For weight loss tips and recipes, explore our weight loss blog, The Leaf!
*Results vary based on starting weight and program adherence.