Nutrisystem: Reviews and Cost

By Jim F

Nutrisystem is arguably the most affordable diet delivery program, but does the lower cost mean a less effective weight loss program?

We examine the Nutrisystem program and outline some of the issues you need to be aware of.

What You Get For Your Money

Nutrisystem is a diet delivery program that includes both fresh-frozen foods and well as their traditional re-heat meals. Costs are between $9.82 and $11.96 per day (around $290-$360 per month).

  • Basic Plan – Pre-selected ready-to-go food.
  • Core Plan – An additional 100 foods available (choose your own).
  • Uniquely Yours Plan – An additional 150 foods available (choose your own – including frozen foods).

With each plan:

  • Orders are placed on their website and food items are shipped your door free of charge.
  • 24-7 phone access to nutrition support and counseling (not available with basic plan).
  • Access to online tools and community.
  • Transition plans also available after reaching goal weight.

Cancellation Process

Nutrisystem offers a 14-day free trial whereby the customer can cancel and receive a refund (less shipping costs). However, if cancelling after the 14 days AND before the second month is shipped, a $99.00 fee is charged to the customer.

Does Nutrisystem Compare?
With the 28-day autoship option, it is cheaper than Jenny Craig, Weight Watchers, and significantly cheaper than other diet delivery options.

Nutrisystem Programs

  • Women’s Programs – 28 day plan
  • Men’s Programs – 28 day plan
  • Nutrisystem D – Diabetic Plan – 28 day plan for managing Type 2 Diabetes (Men’s and Women’s version available). See more about Nutrisystem D here.
  • Vegetarian

NOTE: Nutrisystem Flex is still available but is no longer promoted. Flex supplies 20 days of meals per month – leaving weekends for you to choose your own food.

Lean 13

The Lean 13 program is based on a goal of a 13 pound weight loss (and 7 inches off body circumference) over the first month. The program comes with a selection of free bars and shakes.

Jenny Craig vs Nutrisystem

Both of these diets are about pre-packaged foods and portion-controlled weight loss. Jenny Craig prices do vary and are often difficult to obtain.

Nutrisystem Jenny Craig at Home
Description 28 Day Auto Delivery One month Premium Success
Content Varies 12 days ready-to-go food and 16 days of frozen.
Shipping Costs Free (*with 28 day order) $130.00
Membership Fees Free $50.00
Food Costs $290-$360 $700-$800
Counseling Support Yes – Telephone Yes – Telephone and in-person

What You Need to Know

The average customer stays for 9.5 weeks.

Nutrisystem conducted a trial of 161 people. Dieters lost 8.3 pounds in a month (compared with only 2.8 pounds on a self-directed weight loss diet). A second trial of 84 overweight adults lead to a weight loss of 11.6 pounds in the first month (compared with a 5.9 lb loss on the DASH diet).

Nutrisystem will help you get back on track, but is not a permanent answer. After finishing your stint with Nutrisystem you still must learn to eat healthy.

Food Options

As long as you are on a self-selection plan, the food options are huge. However there is a great rating system where you can see how others have rated each meal. It’s important to understand the part of the program is the addition of your own vegetables and fruit.

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The taste of the food seems to be… well… a matter of taste. Some people are happy with it, while other (typically more vocal customers) do not think much of the taste.To be honest, given the price of the food, be aware of how high you set your expectations. Other popular food delivery programs start at $675 per month!

Nutritional Aspects and Criticisms

The Nutrisystem is based around metabolic type.

Daily calorie amounts vary from 1200 to 1500, and each days food consists of 3 meals and 2 snacks. The macro-nutrient ratios are approximately 55% carbohydrates, 25% protein and 20% fats.

In recent years there has been considerable improvement in food quality. None of the meals have any trans-fat or high fructose corn syrup. Nutrisystem have been criticized for the amount of sodium in their food. They have addressed this in recent years and customers can expect around 2000mg/day sodium if on a Nutrisystem plan. This is consistent with current dietary guidelines that suggest a maximum of 2300mg/day.

Alcohol should be avoided, but tea, coffee, and diet sodas are okay.

Exercise is fully recommended with beginner, intermediate, and advanced workout plans available.

So… Will You Lose Weight?

Yes.

The diet is reduced calories, and clinical trials undertaken by Nutrisystem have shown significant weight loss. On of the more recent studies of Lean 13 show an average 11.63 lb weight loss over the first four weeks (src).

Most diets eventually reach a plateau, but there some simple tricks you can use to break the plateau.

Nutrisystem is an economical way of losing weight, with very little time investment. However if the taste of food is not to your liking, be prepared to pay around 2-4 times more for other delivered diets.

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175 Comments

  1. Louise

    NutriSystem
    Interesting because it is not actually diet food. I tried it to see what it was like. I examined each product. Every item can be bought ( under a different name) in the stores. Eg the pots of chili are the same as the Hormel brand at about 1/3 of the price. This diet is about portion control and that is about it.

    The food was okay and I know buy the equivilant products at my local store for $ instead of $$$.

    The truth is you can eat your regular food but just put less on your plate. Infact use a smaller dinner plate so it doesn’t look like less!

  2. Michelle

    Jaims said:
    Hey, I just started NS and I have a question for all of you. Are you eating all of the fruits, veggies, etc also? Will you lose less if you don’t?[…]

    You don’t lose less, but it helps you feel full longer, and also helps you develop better eating habits – which is the point of this kind of system.

    • Walter williams

      In most diets, other than potatoes, veggies are considered a ” free” food which means they don’t hurt at all…fruits on the other hand you have to be more careful with…you can over eat carbs in a hurry with some fruits and you can spike your blood sugar…to.much of any kind of sugar almost immediately gets stored in fat cells…so portion control is needed when eating fruits…all in all you will feel fuller, gain important nutrients and fiber and just be overall more healthy including fruits and veggies in any diet

  3. Jaims

    Hey, I just started NS and I have a question for all of you. Are you eating all of the fruits, veggies, etc also? Will you lose less if you don’t?

  4. VIRGINIA WATSON

    I THINK NUTRISYSTEM IS VERY GOOD FOOD,NO IT DOESNT TAST LIKE PIZZA hut but come on what do you expect your on a diet I THINK ITS A GREAT DIET IVE LOST 15 POUNDS IN 5 WEEKS THE FOOD IS GOOD AND IF YOU EAT YOUR VEGGIES WITH THE MEALS ITS FILLING AND ITS VERY EASY TO FOLLOW

  5. Ken

    I’ve been on NutriSystem for 3 weeks and am loving it. Granted, the food is prepackaged so it will never taste as good as fresh. I knew that going in so I had no surprises. I am full all day long and I’ve lost 12 pounds so far. I add my own fruits, vegetables, and whole grains to the prepackaged food and all of my daily nutrient needs are met.

    It is a bit high in sodium (I am averaging about 3200mg/day whereas I’d rather consume 2400mg of less a day), but it’s been lower in fat than advertised. I average around 15% a day instead of the 20% stated. I am also consuming, on average, 35 grams of fiber a day; this is in excess of the government recommended amount of 25 granms/day.

    Most of all, as a working person with a busy schedule, I LOVE the convenience.

  6. Jan

    I always think it is so funny to read comments like these, way too much griping. Clearly we are all chubby or would not be here! I have been on NS for two full weeks and I think the ease of the foods is great and for pre-packaged food I think they are very good. I have never eaten so many fruits and vegetables and that is a good habit to get into. I have lost 9 pounds and feel wonderful. I am back walking, sleeping better, and drinking water, how can this not be good for you?

  7. Linda

    I have been on Nutrisystem for 5 weeks. I had previously been on a low-carb diet and lost 35 pounds but worried it was not good to be eating low carb long term, so I decided to try NS. I am hungry constantly and I just cannot believe these foods are really low glycemic index. If you read the ingredients, especially on the desserts and breakfasts, the second ingredient listed is usually sugar! Ingredients are listed in order of the amount that is in the food, so this means there is a lot of sugar. I cannot believe this is low GI food but think the secret is portion size. I really think it’s just “regular food” in tiny portions (although they say they use only whole grains). I have lost 9 pounds and I do think it is a good thing for people to learn what a portion size should be, so that (plus the convenience of not having to cook for myself) is why I have not quit the diet. The bloating/gas is almost unbearable as well, but I figure I can stick with it for a few months and then (hopefully) be able to eat the same foods as my family, just in appropriate serving sizes.

  8. cmg

    I’m a male and I’ve been on the NS for over 5 weeks. I started at 231 pounds and so far I’ve lost 19 pounds. I ONLY weigh myself every 7 days as I feel any shorter period is just not meaningful. Also, you have to weigh yourself at the SAME time as your weight can vary 2 or more pounds during the day. The first week I lost 8 pounds and since then, I’ve been losing 3 pounds a week.

    Since I went into this diet not knowing what meals were better than others, I just guessed when ordering. However, I kept score of what I liked and what I didn’t and my current month’s supply is much more to my liking. As mentioned in many comments here, this diet is mostly about protion control which is a little hard to do when cooking from scratch. If you have the time to limit your portions, cooking your own foods would be the way to go. I DON’T have the time or desire to mess around in paring my meals down to the size of NS, so for me it’s great.

    During my NS diet so far, I’ve never been hungry and I think I owe that to the amount of water they recommend. I drink 2 8 oz glasses before every meal so I’m half full before the first bite. The downside of that is you better have a toilet close by as you’ll be visiting it every hour or less.

    As per exercise, I try to walk 3 miles daily. I’m not sure whether I’ll order the 3rd month of food or not. That will depend on where I am weight-wise in another 3 weeks. I feel good, I haven’t had the headaches others complain about, but there does seem to be an increase in gas.

    It’s great getting back into clothes that I haven’t worn for a while! When I do go back to normal foods, I’m going to keep doing the water-water part as it does fill me up and will limit portions too much bigger that NS.

    Overall, I would certainly recommend this diet to anyone who doesn’t want to mess around with spliting serving portions into a 1500 calorie daily limit.

  9. Steve

    I’ve lost 13 lbs in 21 days, from 236 to 225. The food is certainly not “delicious”, that’s false advertising. It’s prepackaged, processed food for heaven’s sake! But generally the selections are good, and really, it’s all about low glycemic choices and portion control. I’d recommend Nutrisystem to anyone trying to kickstart weight loss.

  10. patty Rinaudo

    I have been on NS for 5 weeks and I am very happy with my progress, I have learned to order what I like. I am a picky eater,so I sent back the foods with alot of sauce. Even though the portions may not be a good value, I am happy to finally be getting my weight off. Breakfast and Lunch as well as desserts are fine. Dinner I stick to the few things I like. I have lost 13lbs so far.

  11. Lisa

    My husband and I have been on Nutrisystem for 4 weeks now. We’ve both lost 13 pounds. Some food is bad, some is wonderful. Just remember to dress it up by adding your own items. I love the pancakes! The blueberry muffins are wonderful if you spray a little zero calorie butter spray and eat it with 1/2 a banana. The lunches and dinners may not be so good alone but I just add in spices, quality protein, veggies ect.. and they turn out wonderful. I can’t eat much with beef or chicken in it because even though it tasted okay, the meat was poor quality and the consistancy was gross. But I love the Pasta primavera with Tofu, lasagna, ravioli’s, beef taco’s (the beef in these isn’t so bad), the mac and cheese and a couple others. They do add too many chemicals though, and I am reading the labels and trying to order ones with the least chemicals like the split pea soup, ect. Desserts can be good. I add a little Stevia, cinnamon and fat free whip cream to the apple cake and it’s pretty good. I add Stevia, a few raspberries and some Fat free whip cream to the chocolate cake and the puddings. I really love the chocolates, especially the cherry nutri chocolates and the mint bar. My husband loves the chocolate covered carmel corn. Hope these tips help someone.

  12. Jan Crisostomo

    I used NutriSystem for about 6 months, cutting out ordering their breakfasts..I could just eat fruits in the morning instead of spending money on their products.
    The thing is I lost about 8 pounds and that was it!
    I never lost another pound! I ended up gaining it back.
    So, now I’m eating healthy on my own and buying Lean Cuisine and Healthy Choice dinners. I have dropped 11 pounds so far. This is a lot less expensive. Eat fruits, veggies, drink LOTS of water, exercise, and a low-cal dinner! Seems to be working for me a lot better than NutriSystem.

  13. Megan

    I’ve been on Nutrisystem for two weeks and have not lost a pound. My friend who is on weigh-watchers is doing much better. I don’t have much weight to lose and am wondering if the amount of exercise I already do and the low calorie count is screwing up weight loss. I am a vegetarian so I went with that option. The food leaves a lot to be desired but at least I am back to eating 3 meals a day and bringing my lunch to work. I personally think it was a waste of money and am skeptical about the ingredients in the food.

  14. Heather

    I have been on NutriSystem for a week and a half now and I absolutely love it! I’m a 21 year old college student who is working 35+ hours a week, taking a class, and keeping up with school activities and friends.

    Taking the time to cook has always been a problem for me. Most of the NutriSystem meals cook in two minutes or less. Food wise, I would recommend (for dinner) the spinach and cheese ravioli, flame broiled burger (SO good on a wheat bun!), and the lasagna. I’ve been satisfied with all the dinners I’ve had so far. Lunch is hit or miss — the chicken salad is awesome, but the instant potatoes and fettuccini alfredo were… eh, okay. Breakfast is pretty standard — you can’t really mess up granola bars and cereal.

    I would recommend NS to any college student trying to lose the dreaded “freshman 15.” It’s quick to fix and per day (roughly $10 after you buy fruits and dairy and salad) it’s a great deal, especially since you pay about $8 for one meal in a dining hall.

  15. Betty Patton

    I appreciate so much your advise on how to get rid of all the awful gas that some of the foods cause. It has been so bad that I have had to stay home after eating some of the foods. I can truthfully say that I have thoroughly enjoyed the food. Everything has been delicious except for the tuna casserolle. I had to throw that away. I have had the vegetables and fruit as suggested and have lost 7 pounds in the past 11 days. I had been on a low carb diet for 7 months before starting Nutrisystem and had lost 36 pounds that way. My husband ordered the Nutrisystem for my birthday and I can truthfully say that it is the best birthday gift I have ever received.

  16. RJ

    I just completed my first week on NS. I lost 6 pounds. I did not excercise this week, but I am always on the go…wife and mother of 4!!! 🙂

    The only thing I have had thus far that I will not order again is the orange beef with noodles. Also, I liked the blueberry muffins. I put them in the microwave for about 10 seconds.

    Stay Positive!!!

  17. Rob

    I just started NS, I’m a 20 y/o Male college student looking to loose 60 pounds or more. I’m not a very picky eater, but occasionally I guess I’m spoiled. Hopefully this is the ticket!

  18. Jim

    I am not on NS but I am trying to create my own NS System (involves cooking). Basically 1500 calories per day (combination of good fats and good carbs). Three meals, multiple snacks etc, etc. It’s cheaper than NS but you HAVE to prep and cook your food. I think of it as added exercise. I also added walking 2.5 miles per day. I have been on this for one week and I have lost approx 7 pounds. I have 108 pounds to go (yes, 108). Whether your on NS or you go your own way; I wish you all the best of luck and ask you to persevere. Keep it up!!!! Your’e doing good!!!!!

  19. Jan

    JJ, the sodium content on those ready meals is so high. They are not healthy to eat as your regular diet.

  20. JJ

    Please stop the whining. If you want to be fat your whole life you will suffer terrible health ailmends like diabetes, high blood pressure, bad Knees, hips, etc.

    You have to expect to suffer a bit to lose weight.

    I have not lost more than the 10 lbs, but I am happy. I have got the portions under control and now just eat Weight Watchers or Lean Cuisine.

  21. Kathleen

    I started NS four weeks ago today. I’ve lost 6 pounds, but I DO NOT attribute it to this food! The same day I started the diet, I started boot camp, three days a week, plus isometric exercises. There’s more carbs in this diet on a daily basis than I’ve ever eaten, i.e., cereals, pasta, beans, rice. Maybe it’s my metabolism, but I do not tolerate this quantity of starch, or processed foods very well. I share the effects of bloating and gas with many other dieters on NS.

    As much as I’ve been physically working out, I’m sure by now I would have lost more pounds if I would have simply changed my eating habits, cut out most of the alcohol, chocolate, and large serving portions. This diet is very expensive, even on the auto delivery program. I decided not to continue with this program, but to continue with fresh foods without all of the sodium, preservatives and sugar alcohols.

    The one positive comment I can make is that this diet has made me consciously aware of eating on a schedule. I used to “maybe” eat breakfast, skip lunch, then eat a late dinner, most of the time with a glass or two of red wine, followed by dark chocolate for dessert. Also, keeping a journal of what you eat and your exercise activities is “very” important. Since being on this diet, I have cut out the daily alcohol and the chocolate, and I have started exercising again.

    I would only recommend this diet to someone who needs the convenience of pre-packaged food, or someone who doesn’t cook at all. Otherwise, continue your search for a diet that suggests eating healthy foods without all the chemicals, sodium and sugars added, a/k/a “real” food. And most importantly, move around, excercise, and have a positive attitude towards yourself.

  22. Gail

    This will be my second go with Nutrisystem. I successfully lost weight with the program in the early 80’s. I’ve tried lots of other programs by NS is the best for me. Everybody is different and some people don’t like to try new foods or like their food bland. I like most of the food and what I don’t like, I don’t order again. I’ve lost 22 pounds since September on the Over 60 plan and don’t have any plans to go on my own right away. The best part of the plan is it is totally on-line and there are lots of participants throughout the country that are on various Bulletin Boards. This is the support that I needed. Thanks to the Internet and packaged foods that don’t need refrigeration, I don’t have to go to meetings.

    It works and that’s what is important to me. When I do go on my own, I can still benefit from the support online.

  23. Mike

    I spent a few months on this program myself. It certainly made things easier to not have to cook anything and the food wasn’t half bad. All said I did well and lose the “typical” 2 pounds a week for the first month. After that I didn’t find it as appealling and dropped off pretty quick. Still, I’d say it’s worth a shot, just don’t order the eggs… ever.

  24. JJ

    But, I am staying on this diet till the food is gone.
    Today, people have said I look slimmer, that means alot to me.

  25. Nan

    Nutrisystem was wonderful for my getting portion habits under control. Also I got used to not having loads of salt on my food and acquired a taste for little or no salt. I lost 30 pounds and got down to a weight I hadn’t been at for a decade. It helped with my diabetes and blood pressure and I felt so much better. The down side of NS was having to buy more food at the grocery anyway, veggies and fruits, and I felt like I was spending a fortune on food just for myself. The NS food constipated me and I heard this complaint a couple of times elsewhere. I didn’t like the breakfasts, there are just too much sweets, sugar sweetened cereal, granola bars, muffins, and I’m one that doesn’t eat a lot of sweets. The lunches were pretty good and the dinners were too. The snacks were so-so but filling. I would go back on it if I could easily afford it. No plans are 100% perfect and I actually do recommend Nutrisystem for anyone just thinking about it.

  26. Susan

    I have lost 104 pounds on Nutrisystem. I am a diabetic and it was recommended to me by a doctor. Three weeks into the program I had to reduce my diabetes medications by 1/3. I hadn’t lost much weight yet, this was completely due to the system of low GI carbs. I’m totally sold on the NS plan.

    The great thing is that once you are familiar with the plan you can still follow their meal plan with your own food. I still get an autoship of NS food but it lasts me more than 2 months.

    There are a lot of simple ways to fix up a dinner you don’t like, like adding Tabasco or a dab of FF sour cream.

    NS is infinitely preferable to weight loss surgery. I urge anyone to give a try on their own instead of being talked out of ordering because of a few bad reviews. The NS online support board has a wealth of information on how to work the program – unlike Weight Watchers where you have to be a paying member to get online support.

  27. HJL

    I was on Nutri-System for 3 months and my results were amazing. I am a small person, only 5’1″ and was weighing in at 155! After 3 months I went dropped down to 120. I ate the food, added fresh fruits and vegetables and exercised. I did notice more weight loss when I exercised regularly. Also, my favorite form of exercise if weightlifting (I hate cardio) so to get down to 120 I thought was excellent since muscle weighs a whole lot more than fat! The best thing was I went from wearing a size 12, down to a 4! I have gained some weight back since I hvae stopped ordering the food but not much really, I can still wear the size 4 jeans. I really recommend this diet for the convenience, also anyone starting out on a “lifestyle change” this program helps to make it a little less scary.

  28. Susan

    I started nutrisystem 2 weeks ago…trying to lose 15 lbs. Has anyone ever done this program and not lost weight? I have not lost one pound in fact I have gained 1 lb. I exercise on an eliptical machine or swim laps 3 times a week and have been strictly on the system with 2 eat out dinners where I really tried to eat the same things but in a restaurant. What’s up with me??? I keep drinking more and more water – and yes the foods give me gas – but I don’t mind the taste – I was starving before so eating is great. But it is driving me crazy that everybody loses and I don’t. Boohoo.

  29. Gabrielle

    I guess I will be one of the few to rave about the NutriSystem program. I’ve been on the program for 6.5 weeks and lost 8 pounds (Start weight was 145). I absolutely love the food. The first month, I did throw a few things out (like the southwestern chicken, blech), but overall I’ve been extremely satisfied and love the convenience. The chocolate raspberry and fudge graham bars for lunch are heavenly — it’s like eating a candy bar! The dinners I’ve loved too, especially the flame broiled beef patty (tastes like it came straight off a BBQ, plus you add a whole wheat bun, so you don’t feel totally carb deprived). Overall, I’ve been a bit hungry and have had a few cravings, but I’ve let myself have a “cheat” meal now and then to stay sane. I say go for it, especially if you are working like myself and don’t want to spend your days worrying about what to cook.

  30. Holly

    I am considering trying this diet. Has anyone tried Jenny Craig? I am interested to know how the food compares with Jenny Craig food.

    I appreciate your input

  31. Matt

    I’m 6’2″ and start NS 10 days ago at 217. I have lost 4 lbs. I think most of the food is good, though I am not a picky eater. The muffins are the worst though… blech. I have had awful gas problems as well.

    The biggest problem I have is that you have to supplement so much. I don’t mind supplementing with some fresh fruits and salad, but the convenience (and reasonable expense) is lost with all the supplements required. I find myself staying VERY hungry (not sure they have this diet well planned for a guy of my size). To be fair, I look back at my daily log and find that I haven’t eaten a dairy here or a low GI carb there, but I was really expecting this to be more convenient.

  32. Doug

    Thanks for a well rounded & objective overview of the nutrisystem plan. I appreciate your research and hand work.

  33. Peej

    I’ve been on NS for about 2 1/2 months (with a nice long 10 day vacation in there where I wasn’t so good). I’ve lost about 18 lbs which from everything I read is normal and healthy. Loosing too much weight too fast is unhealthy and unmaintainable.

    The food isn’t bad. You really have to experiment and try different stuff. There are a few things that are just horrid, and others that are really good. Avoid the Muffins like the plague.

    To reply to the guy with the bleeding and gas. NS uses a good deal of Sugar alcohols in their food. Especially the bars, muffins, and Nutripeptide stuff (not 100% sure about the NP, but pretty sure). Some people have a lot of problems with sugar alcohols, those who do often find themselves using the bathroom a lot more and filled with a lot of gas (Salad does this to a lot of people too, especially those used to eating McDonalds 3x a day and haven’t eated anything green other then a slurpy in 5 years).

  34. Teri

    I just started Nutrisystem. Breakfasts seem to be okay but how can you mess up cereal? The lunches…a bit harder for me to take. While not bad, not my taste. Dinners okay although I have only had the pizza and chicken patty. I figure I will try to keep on it for about 2 months. I am concerned about the amount of sodium, so I don’t want to stay on it too long. If anyone wantes to try it, I will say this… I am a VERY PICKY eater and a junk food junkie…to the point where that was all I was eating, that and Burger King, so the taste/consistency may be a problem for me but I keep thinking if I can lose 20 pounds, I’ll be thrilled and be able to do it on my own as I have done it before. I’ll keep you posted on weight loss and if I stayed with the program or wolfed down a pint of Ben and Jerry’s.

  35. Jeff

    I have been on NS for 10 days and have lost 13 lbs. I am starting to worry that I am loseing the weight to fast and it might not be healthy. However I feel great and I seem to have more energy. I like NS because of the portion control. I keep the food in boxes in my computer room. This works out very well as it keeps me from looking thru the kitchen cupbords and grabing unwanted snacks. It is expensive. After this month is up I am going to try to pre cook two weeks worth of meals on my own and see if I can control the portions myself. I am very happy with it so far.

  36. gary

    I just started the program, 2nd week, and there are benefits and there are weaknesses. It’s convenient, if you can stand to stomach cheddar mashers. But it’s also expensive if you take the time to find equivalent foods at your local grocery store. In fact, you can find the exact same product, under a different label, at a better per serving price than what you can get from N-S. So here’s the deal, if you need someone to dole out your single serving meals, one at a time, because you don’t have the strength to only take one serving size from a box that holds 15 servings . . . you need N-S. But if you can hold onto the idea of smaller, balanced portions and servings . . . you can do better quality wise and price wise by buying the stuff locally. You have to go to the store to buy all the other support items (fruit, salad, dairy, protein, fats and carbs), why not just get the main course items too? I’m going to . . . .

  37. Karen

    I’ve been on NS for 1 week shy of 3 months. I have lost 28 pounds. In honesty – it is a very easy program, the food is tolerable and the online tools are fantastic.

  38. PB

    Hello TJ – I can say that I just started the NS. I like it so far and I joined to get onto eating normal. I had only been eating dinner for years – coffee in the am. Never a problem before but not that I’ve reached 40+ it is difficult to keep the weight in check – I have a husband and 2 boys and I love to cook for them. They have been supportive of my NS foods and they understand what I’m trying to accomplish. It might be hard for others to cook up a nice dinner for the family and then eat their NS dinner but if you have the support it is worth it. This would be a great alternative for a single person though!

  39. TJ

    I started nutrisystem two weeks ago, and so far I am quite happy with it. The dinners are wonderful, I will probably continue to order them a la carte after I’m off the program. The lunches are not so good, I’ve sent much of it back. I’ve found a few things I like for breakfast, and supplement it with my own favorite.
    Doing this, I’ve lost 10lbs since I started. It has gotten me back on track after I started regaining already lost weight. I don’t know how it would work if you have a family to cook for and eat with, but being single, it works well. I could never have most of these dishes because I’m one person and couldn’t eat it all, how do you cook lasagna for one?? Now I get a great variety. We’ll see how I feel about it 3 months from now, but so far I’m loving it.

  40. Kristina

    I lost 80 pounds with nutrisystem. I now find other convienence foods that are similar to nutrisystem and eat the same “extras” -vegetables, fruits, etc. I am still losing weight all though not as fast. Also there is a book to make your own food if you prefer. Also if you use the message boards you can learn how to stay on the diet without the prepackaged foods. I got kind of tired of the dehydrated lunches and could find cheaper alternatives to the breakfasts. However I loved the dinners. Also the nice thing is when things are prepackaged they are portion controlled. If I cook for myself I tend to eat more.

    • Lanita

      I love NS I’ve lost 26lbs in 2 months. It’s great to see someone else who has lost so much because I have 94 more to lose.

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