11 Nutrisystem Terms You Absolutely Need to Know

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The Nutrisystem weight loss program is effective for so many people because it teaches a healthful new way to think about eating. When you begin your plan, you’ll also learn a few terms that can help you make the right choices for your goals. For this reason, we’ve compiled a simple glossary of the words you’ll need to know, in order to get comfortable with your plan and familiar with the Nutrisystem philosophy.

Use these Nutrisystem terms as a guide for getting to your ideal weight:

1. SmartCarbs


Carbohydrates are essential sources of energy for your body, but not all carbs are equal. Simple carbohydrates tend to be high in sugars, but low in fiber and other nutrients, so your body burns through them fast. The result: You’ll feel hungry long before your next meal. SmartCarbs, on the other hand, are nutrient-rich sources of carbohydrates that rank low to medium on the Glycemic Index. They’re digested more slowly, keeping you feeling fuller longer. All SmartCarbs contain 80 to 120 calories and at least one gram of fiber in each serving. The difference between SmartCarbs and PowerFuels is all broken down here >

2. PowerFuels


Protein is an essential building block for muscle and a slow-burning source of energy that keeps you satisfied for hours after eating. But, many types of protein come with excessive calories and tons of artery-clogging of fat. PowerFuels are high quality protein foods with a reasonable calorie count and healthy fats. PowerFuels contain at least five grams of protein and 80 to 120 calories per serving. Curious which ones people love the most? Click here to see the list >

3. Extras

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Adding flavor to your food can also pile on calories without you even realizing it. To help you become more aware of this, Nutrisystem categorizes such foods as “Extras,” and recommends that you limit yourself to three servings per day. You can use Extras to spice up your meals or satisfy a craving with each containing 10 to 35 calories per serving. Learn the difference between Extras and “Free Foods” right here >

4. Non-Starchy Vegetables

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Pound for pound, vegetables are the most nutrient-dense foods because they’re loaded with vitamins and minerals, but low in calories and fat. Non-starchy vegetables are also high in fiber and low in sugar. (Starchy vegetables have more sugars, so they’re classified as SmartCarbs.) Nutrisystem recommends that you eat at least four servings of non-starchy vegetables each day, but non-starchy vegetables are unlimited, so you can eat as much of them as you want! A serving of non-starchy vegetables is one cup raw or half of a cup cooked. To keep your taste buds satisfied and your body well-nourished, eat a wide variety of these foods.

5. Flex™ Meals and Flex™ Snacks

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The delicious meals and snacks that Nutrisystem has prepared and portioned for you are the foundation of your weight loss plan. But, after the first week of your program, you will begin learning how to choose and make your own food. This is in the form of Flex™ meals and snacks. Flex™ meals and snacks help you get ready you for a lifetime of eating well and maintaining your healthy weight (long after Nutrisystem). Using the simple guidelines, you’ll create two healthy Flex breakfasts, lunches, dinners and snacks each week. Click here for the full details >

6. My Daily 3

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Physical activity stimulates your metabolism and tones your muscles, helping you to burn calories and shed pounds. That’s why Nutrisystem’s experts recommend that you are active for at least 150 minutes each week. Now, that doesn’t mean you have to spend hours exercising every day. My Daily 3 is an easy way to integrate physical activity into your life.

In three quick, 10-minute sessions, you can reap the benefits of regular exercise, without making a commitment to a rigid, 30-minute workout routine. You can get in 10 minutes of activity before you start your day, 10 minutes at lunch and 10 minutes in the evening if you so choose. Feel free to fit the sessions into any times that work with your schedule! A brisk walk is the simplest of ways to get active, but you can also do yardwork, house work, go for a bike ride, climb stairs, stretch, do yoga or even dance. Just keep moving and feel yourself getting healthier. Really hate exercise? Get some suggestions here >

7. NuMi

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Keeping a food diary makes a significant difference in your chances of achieving weight loss success. The NuMi app (say it “new me”) from Nutrisystem makes it easy for you to track your daily diet, water intake and physical activity. The free app, available for iPhone or Android, is simple to use and offers lots of other fun and helpful features, such as daily meal reminders, lists of favorite foods and syncing with fitness devices to capture valuable health data.

8. The Leaf

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Your source for information and inspiration, The Leaf is the online destination for everyone on a weight loss journey. You’ll find recipes and ideas for healthy eating, reports on the most popular Nutrisystem foods and articles like this one to fill you in on everything you need to know about staying on track with your goal. The Leaf is updated daily, so check it often for new, relevant and entertaining information.

9. A La Carte

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Your Nutrisystem program provides you with meals and snacks that fit the plan you’ve selected, but once you discover how delicious the food is, you may be craving even more it. That’s the time to visit the A La Carte shop, where you can order extras of your favorite meals, as well as handy sampler packs like the Grab N’ Go Breakfast Bundle and Midday Melts pack. There’s even one created just for chocolate-lovers. The A La Carte option also makes it possible to order more FreshStart Shakes, for a quick and energizing boost anytime you need a pick-me-up. Keeping a stash of healthy foods like these in your office, briefcase or car ensures that you’re ready and able to make a smart choice wherever and whenever hunger strikes. Shop our awesome A La Carte selection here >

10. FreshStart

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The latest program from Nutrisystem, FreshStart is a plan that starts you losing weight fast and keeps the results coming. It’s called FreshStart because it gives you just that, a fresh start with weight loss and healthy living. In a clinical study, subjects lost up to 13 pounds and eight inches overall in their first month*, which is twice the weight lost by the subjects dieting on their own. FreshStart gets you going quickly with the first week on the meal plan. You also get a specially designed Daily Tracker log to help you record and maximize your results. Along the way, you’ll have a professional weight loss support team, with comprehensive counseling options from trained weight loss coaches and certified diabetes educators available seven days a week. FreshStart jumpstarts your weight loss journey moving rapidly on the path to your goal, and it provides support all the way to success! Click here to learn more about losing weight fast with FreshStart >

11. FreshStart Week 1

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The first week of a new weight loss program can be the most critical. Your body needs to recalibrate to a different way of eating, and you’re eager to see results.  That’s why the nutrition experts at Nutrisystem developed the FreshStart Week 1 kit for your very first week. It is designed to help you lose weight within the first week, so you feel excited and ready for the road ahead. The first week includes seven days of specially selected breakfasts, lunches and dinners, along with seven FreshStart™ Shakes and seven days of Nutrisystem Snacks to fuel you up as the weight goes down.