On the Nutrisystem Program? 10 To-Dos Guaranteed to Get Weight Loss Results

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Successful Weight Loss: Follow This Guide, Lose Weight

If you’re reading this article, it’s because you already know: If you’re looking for a safe and effective approach to weight loss that doesn’t require sacrificing your favorite foods, Nutrisystem is your final stop.

But what you might not know is that there are certain things you can do while you’re on the weight loss meal delivery program to maximize your success. With that in mind, we’ve rounded up a list of the top 10 things you absolutely need to do when on Nutrisystem if you want to succeed on the Nutrisystem program.

Successful weight loss on the program depends on these 10 to-dos:

1. Organize your first order.

The first step to successful weight loss, for men and women, is when that Nutrisystem box arrives. We know you’re excited and perhaps a little anxious to get started. Totally understandable. However, try to hold back from ripping the box open and emptying all the contents into one drawer or cabinet. Newbies often make that weight loss mistake—jumbling all the meals and snacks into one confusing mess.

When the package arrives with your first month of meals and snacks, take the time to put away and organize your items. The meals and snacks are color-coded for your convenience: Breakfasts have orange labels, lunches have blue labels, dinners have red labels and snacks have purple labels. All these items can safely be stored in your cabinets. If you ordered any frozen entrees, you will receive these items in a separate shipment and they will be marked “Frozen.” They have the same color coding and will need to be stored in your freezer.

During your first seven days, you will follow a special meal plan to jumpstart weight loss.* You will receive a specially designed Week 1 Guide to help maximize your results. This first week also includes Nutrisystem meals, snacks and shakes each day. Check out a week 1 sample menu here! > If you are on a personalized plan, be sure to download the NuMi® app for your Week 1 sample menu.

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2. Wait a week before working out.

That’s because week one on the weight loss program is a little more calorie-restricted than the rest. Give your body a chance to adjust before trying a new exercise class or doing any intense activity. Starting week two, you can ease into exercise with short walks in the afternoon and evening, for example; then gradually up your pace as you get more comfortable.

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3. Eat everything (even if you’re not hungry).

Yes, you need to work SmartCarbs and PowerFuels into your weight loss meal plan; and yes, you should eat at least four servings of non-starchy veggies—like broccoli, carrots, lettuce and tomatoes—every day, in addition to your Nutrisystem meals and snacks. The Nutrisystem program provides the right number of calories so you drop one or two pounds per week; research shows people who lose weight gradually and steadily are more successful at keeping weight off. Plus, eating all the foods gets your body the essential nutrients it needs to stay healthy. Still confused about SmartCarbs and PowerFuels? Click here to learn all about them! >

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4. Drink enough water.

The Nutrisystem meal plan recommends 64 daily ounces (or eight, eight ounce glasses a day). Squeeze a little lemon juice or toss orange slices into your water if it helps you get it down; set an alarm to remind you to drink; or click here to try one of these tips to help you reach your quota >

5. Follow the guidelines for Flex meals.

These are the breakfasts, lunches, dinners and snacks you make on our own, as part of your Nutrisystem program. Flex meals are not an excuse to cheat; instead they are a way for you to practice healthy cooking—a skill that will help you maintain your weight loss after you reach your weight loss goal. Each Flex meal includes one or two SmartCarbs and PowerFuels, depending on your gender and the meal you’re making. Still fuzzy on SmartCarbs and Power Fuels? Read this > or for more info on flex meals, click here >

For healthy recipe ideas and weight loss inspiration, click here to check out the Flex Meals section in our Recipe Center >

6. Let NuMi do your tracking.

Research shows that logging what you eat, drink and how much you move every day can increase your chances of successful weight loss—and this (free!) app helps you do just that. You can also mark your favorite foods, access the Grocery Guide for supermarket shopping and Dining Out Guide for healthy restaurant options. Plus, the app syncs with your fitness device. Click on the link below to see why you are twice as likely to lose weight while dieting if you use NuMi!

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7. Talk to a Nutrisystem Weight Loss Coach.

Support is key to successful weight loss. Maybe you’re new to Nutrisystem and have questions about which diet-friendly foods to eat when. Maybe you’re going on vacation and need strategies to keep your diet on track. Or maybe you just need to talk to someone who can understand your ups and downs and help you re-motivate your weight loss. That’s what the Nutrisystem Weight Loss Coaches are there for—to get you through challenges, clear up any confusion and offer encouragement and support to help you succeed with your weight loss. They’re available by phone at 1-800-585-5483.

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8. Log on to The Leaf Weight Loss Blog every day.

Need a super quick recipe for a healthy dinner? You’ll find one here. Want to watch one of our dietitians demo a meal? You can see that here, too. Consider The Leaf—Nutrisystem’s weight loss blog—your online source for tons of healthy recipe ideas, fun videos and science-backed advice on health and nutrition.

9. Weigh yourself once a week.

And do it at the same time, on the same scale and without any clothes on, to get the most accurate measure of your weight loss diet success. Step on the scale more often and you’ll likely watch those numbers fluctuate. It’s normal for your weight to go up and down, depending on how much food you ate, how salty the food was, water retention, hormones, even the time of day makes a difference. It’s very important to your weight loss success to keep track of your weight and food; and that’s why the NuMi App is your best friend! Click here to download it for free! >

10. Trust the Nutrisystem program.

It works. It really does. The first week can be tough, as your body adjusts to the meal plan. But if you stick with it, follow the program, eat the foods, make healthy Flex meals, track your progress and be more active—you will lose weight and you can keep it off.

Click here for weight loss inspiration from real Nutrisystem success stories! >

*In a study, avg weight loss was 5.4 lbs in the first week. The avg weight for the study participants was 207.3 lbs. Results vary based on starting weight and program adherence.

*IMPORTANT INFORMATION: Continuing this meal plan for more than one week in any consecutive four-week period may lead to health complications and is not recommended. If you have diabetes, are under 18 years of age, are pregnant or a nursing mother, or are following a specialized diet for health issues, you may not use this meal plan. Please consult with your physician before beginning Your First Week on Nutrisystem or any other weight loss program. Please be sure to eat all of the food that’s recommended for this program. Failure to follow the program protocol and eat all recommended food may result in developing health complications.