Everything You Need to Know About Your First Week of NutrisystemArticle posted in: Nutrisystem
Have you ever wondered, “How much weight can I lose in a week?” Reaching your weight loss goal isn’t a sprint—it’s a steady jog, that brings you across the finish line at your own pace. But, when you start the journey, you want to know right away that you’re making progress with your smart choices. Waiting weeks or even months to see a difference can be very discouraging. But with week 1 of the Nutrisystem weight loss program, you move right into the fast lane and can begin passing milestones immediately.
According to Courtney McCormick, MPH, RDN, LDN, Nutrisystem Corporate Dietitian, “studies have shown that early weight loss is a predictor of long-term success.” The first seven days of your Nutrisystem weight loss program is designed to help speed up your results from the outset.* It is lower in calories and entirely unique from the rest of your weight loss plan. This first week is a higher-intensity, kick-start, in which you are set up with just about everything you need to make your weight loss plan take off.
Here is everything you need to know about week 1 of Nutrisystem:
1. You can choose your meals and snacks.
You can select any Nutrisystem breakfast, lunch, dinner and snack from your entire order to enjoy during this first week. All of our meals and snacks are high in protein and fiber, making them all acceptable options while you’re getting started. We recommend spacing your meals and snacks about two to four hours apart. The Nutrisystem snack should be eaten after lunch and can help to keep you satisfied until dinner.
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.
2. The shakes are your morning snack.
For your morning snack between breakfast and lunch, you can sip on one of our chocolate shakes packed with protein and probiotics. Say goodbye to milkshakes and say hello to deliciously creamy Nutrisystem Protein and Probiotic Shakes that are high in protein and fiber to help fight hunger. These decadent drinks aren’t just a sweet and tasty way to fill up a grumbling stomach, they also provide probiotics to give your tummy a total reboot. Probiotics support the digestive system and reduce that bloated belly.
3. Non-starchy vegetables are unlimited.
During the first week, you get to enjoy seven days of flavorful meals plus scrumptious shakes and snacks, all of which make results attainable with little to no thought. But remember: You’ll also want to pair your diet foods with at least four servings of non-starchy veggies each day. Other than at least 64 ounces of water, that’s the only thing you need to add in during your first week on Nutrisystem. No need to add in PowerFuels (like nuts and nut butters, lean meats and dairy), SmartCarbs (like fruits, whole grains and bread) and Extras (like salad dressings or coffee creamer) just yet. You’ll be adding those in once you’re finished your first week.
4. We’re here for you!
Week 1 of Nutrisystem may not be easy; as with everything, change can be a bit challenging. But don’t worry. We’ve got you covered. You get a specially designed Week 1 Guide and access to our FREE food tracking app, NuMi, which makes tracking your food, water, activity and weight easy. Plus, along the way, you’ll have a professional support team, with comprehensive counseling from trained Weight Loss Counselors available seven days a week. Your NuMi account and our expert help will all remain vital pieces of your diet for weight loss, long after you’ve completed the first week.
After completing your first week, you’ll move on to your regular Nutrisystem® weight loss meal plan. You’ll enjoy a Nutrisystem® breakfast, lunch, dinner and snack, plus grocery items like PowerFuels, SmartCarbs and veggies. You’ll also incorporate Flex meals and snacks. This can all be found in the Quick Start Guide included in your box as well. Click here for everything you need to know about what comes next! >
Healthy eating bonus: You’ll feel better wherever you are on your weight loss diet journey knowing that all foods in the Nutrisystem diet plan contain no artificial flavors or sweeteners. Plus, the Nutrisystem diet plan meets the USDA guidelines for saturated fat, trans fat, sodium and added sugars.
*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.
*Usage of this kit for more than one week in any consecutive 4-week period may lead to health complications and is not recommended. Please be sure to eat all of the food recommended for this program. Failure to follow the program protocol and eat all of the food recommended may involve developing serious health complications. If you have diabetes, are under 18 years of age, are pregnant or a nursing mother, or following a specialized diet for health issues, you may not use this kit. Please consult your physician before purchasing (or beginning) this kit.