How to Use Nutrisystem

By Maggie Hira

  • Overview

    The Nutrisystem weight loss program is based on the glycemic Index, which is a system of ranking foods based on the effect that they have on an individual's blood glucose levels. Nutrisystem is ideal for people suffering from diabetes because it offers a meal plan specifically for those with the disease. It's also a great system for vegetarians because Nutrisystem also offers a meal plan for people who do not eat meat. Thus, the perfectly balanced meal plans can work for a variety of different people. Moreover, the 28-day plans can be customized to fit each person's personal food preferences
    How to Use Nutrisystem
    • Step 1

      Select a plan that works for you based on the types of foods you like to eat, your dietary and health concerns and your age. The Nutrisystem meal plan is separated by gender. Men and women can choose between the basic, silver, diabetic, and the vegetarian plans. The basic plan is the most popular with over 120 different types of foods. The silver plan is for men and women over the age of sixty and comes with multivitamins. The diabetic plan is especially formulated for people suffering from diabetes, and the vegetarian plan is specifically made for those who don't eat meat.
    • Step 2

      Customize a personal breakfast, lunch and dinner plan. You can decide which types of foods you'd like to eat for every meal of the day. You can choose from a variety of meal options for breakfast, lunch and dinner. For example, you can choose a blueberry muffin for breakfast, fettuccine for lunch and beef tacos for dinner. Make sure to customize your meal plan for the next 28 days.


    • Step 3

      Have the Nutrisystem meals delivered to your home. After you have customized your meal plan, place your order for the Nutrisystem meals by providing your billing and shipping information. The monthly meal plan costs between $30 and $350. You can also select the auto delivery option or choose to have the meals delivered on a month by month basis.
    • Step 4

      Combine the meals with other healthy choices that fit into your personalized meal plan. You can supplement your Nutrisystem diet with healthy snacks that you buy from the grocery store or market. Make sure that the portions are similar to the Nutrisystem portions and are well-balanced. You can eat small servings of fruits, vegetables and whole grains in between the Nutrisystem meals.
    • Step 5

      Eat several small meals throughout the day to fight off cravings. Supplement the Nutrisystem meals with healthy snacks to avoid the temptation to binge or eat junk food when you get hungry. Also, make sure to fit in a few minutes of light cardio exercise to help the pounds come off quickly.
    • Skill: Moderately Easy
    • Tip: Make sure you treat yourself to sweets and other favorite foods once in a while.
    • Tip: Drink plenty of water to keep yourself hydrated.
    • Warning:
    • Don't eat junk food like chips and cookies.
    • Avoid soda and other drinks high in sugar.
    • Don't eat at fast food restaurants like McDonalds.

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