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Welcome aboard! Below I have listed some of the important things you will need to know as you start your NutriSystem journey:.
1. Eat all of your food (mark all of the circles in your Menu Planner) and then stop (and, if you are buying from QVC, you may have a slightly different plan or different food from people buying directly from NutriSystem);.
2. If you are a woman with under 100 pounds to lose, you only get a Low GI Carb with an entree that calls for a small roll or tortilla;.
3. Read the instructions and information on all of the food packages (see #2);.
4. The milk for the cereal is NOT counted as your protein/dairy for breakfast;.
5. Your dairy/protein serving should be 100 calories or less, 3g fat or less and 7g protein or more;.
6. Have a dairy/protein serving with your fruit to avoid sugar (carb) spikes from the fruit alone;.
7. Drink ALL of your water (64 oz. minimum), and you can count Crystal Light and decaf teas as PART of your water intake, but try to have as much plain water as you can;.
8. If you choose to drink alcoholic drinks, you could slow your weight loss and become dehydrated and end up munching snacks when you shouldn't, but you are an adult and it is a personal choice (just count it as completely empty calories and don't skip any food to make up for it);.
9. If you can exercise, DO...just walking is excellent, but do as much as you can;.
10. NO, we do not know how FAST you will lose (even though average, healthful weight loss is approximately 1-2 pounds per week, long term, and is quoted by the Dietitians as being average on NutriSystem after the typical first whoosh of loss by some);.
11. The people on the Discussion Boards are your friends...here to help you, motivate you, and kick your butt when necessary...don't be afraid to ask questions, but if you don't like the answers you get, well, those answers are based on the knowledge and experience of the responder. Ummm, like, don't shoot the messenger, y'know?.
12. Oh, and lest we forget, you may (just may, not always) get GAS...we "lovingly" refer to them as the NutriToots. Beano and Gas-X helps..
13. You can have up to three (3) "free foods" per day. A free food is anything 20 calories or less, which includes a Sugar Free Popsicle (15 calories), Sugar Free Jello (10 calories), Sugar Free Gum...anything that you want to take the edge off those munchie times..
Here are 3 excellent resources (Jazzman's FAQ, Ellen's tips for newbies and the transcripts of the e-classes with the NutriSystem head dietitian, Mary Gregg). Reading those first is what got me started off right...and over 100 pounds later, I still recommend them highly! Make sure you bookmark them...you will refer to these sites throughout your journey..
Link to The-Jazzman's FAQ.
Link to Ellen's Information for New Members.
Link to archives of NutriSystem e-classes..
If you're buying pre-packaged slice turkey, chicken breast etc, of you look at the back of the package, it will usually tell you the amount of the calories for a serving, usually 1 oz. I buy pre-sliced package chicken breast, and each slice is 1 oz and 20 calories, etc..
Here's another thought, does your scale at home at least give you .2 increments? If yes, you put a plate on your scale to figure out what the plate weighs. You then put the plate back on the scale with some meat on it. Subtract the weight of the plate you get the weight of the food..
I'm told you can find an oz type of scale at the 99 cent stores..
You'll also find that what's in the book might not equal a full serving of what you could have. A good example, like sassy said, is that I use Oscar Meyer roast beef and 4 oz = 60 cals...if you look at the container, 4 oz = 6 slices.
Protein is up to 100 cals, at least 7 g protein, and 3 g or less of fat...as Pam said...
I find skim milk okay as a dairy, but it doesn't keep you from getting hungry. I would much rather have some string cheese, or luncheon meat. That is something I can nibble on...
Yeah, your protein doesn't just have to be one ounce (and in fact, one ounce is probably not enough). It should be whatever amount takes you to no more than 100 calories, no more than 3 g fat, and at least 7 g protein. As noted, that might be a couple of ff hot dogs or several slices of lean turkey meat...
Thankfully, I still have a Weight Watchers scale from YEARS ago when I tried WW. LOL! I just found it today, though and I was trying to figure out how to "weigh" my food before that...
I measure out 1/2 cup for my cereal, pour over the cereal the amount I want, then drink the rest or add it to my coffee or save it for later in the day when I have my NS dessert...dunking the biscotti ...yumyum! Today I put the cereal in yogurt (breakfast protien) and will save the 1/2 cup to have with the choc cake later tonight...