What can you eat and not eat during Nutrisystem?

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Hi everyone I am a newbie started a week ago. I am sooooo confused reading the posts and how everyone knows what you can eat and not eat from regular food by looking at the package. How is that determined and what am I looking for. I looked over my package in the food boxes that were sent but I dont see any type of translation..

I see a post from someone listing the calories and things from a food then another poster will say no not enough protein, etc..

Please help me I am getting discouraged and feeling like I am in a math class..


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Your question was: What can you eat and not eat during Nutrisystem?.

Sounds like maybe you didnt get your Meal Planner booklet. So do call a counselor - they..

Comment #1

Sounds like maybe you didnt get your Meal Planner booklet. So do call a counselor - they can help you get started & also send you a Planner...

Comment #2

I wouldn't worry overmuch about the stats at first. Many people on this program do count calories but it is not required. Just count servings and you'll do fine..

For the first couple weeks of getting used to it, I didn't care if the orange or apple I had was too big for an official serving. A fruit was a fruit. And I didn't care if the reduced fat cheddar fit the exact stats or not. It was a healthy dairy in my book. For a carb serving (guys get a couple) I had a slice of pumpernickel toast. Was it a large slice? yes.

My meal planner said 1 slice of pumpernickel was OK for a carb, so that's what I had, and to heck with other stats..

Now. As time went by, I've found I need to pay more and more attention to that. As I get closer to goal, I have less of a calorie deficit, so I need to be stricter with my add-ins, and kick up the exercise a bit more. And I'm completely fine with that. But I would not worry about that while your body is going through the first de-toxing from all the bad stuff we used to eat. For now, just work with your best judgement on the add-ins as described in your meal planner, until you feel you have that part down...

Comment #3

Have you called and discussed your plan with a Counselor? We learn from the Counselors and the Dietitians. You can also read the archives of the e-classes in the Dietitian's Forum..

Did you have any specific questions?..

Comment #4

Don't feel discouraged. We all started with the basics from the meal planner booklet, which is all that you really need to be successful on the plan. Then we learned the more "advanced" version from the Nutrisystem counselors and the more experienced members. Keep reading the boards and you'll be an expert too in a few months.

The Clif Notes version of the Nutrisystem plan is: consume moderately high levels of protein, high fiber, low fat, and low levels of starches (stressing the "good" carbs that are low on the Glycemic Index and break down into sugar slowly for slow and steady absorption into the bloodstream).

From posts of info received directly from Nutrisystem counselors:.

1 Vegetable Serving = 5 g. carbohydrates, 2 g. protein, 25 calories.

1 Fruit Serving = 15 g. carbohydrates, 60 calories.

1 Low-GI Carb Serving = 15 g. carbohydrates, 3 g. protein, trace of fat, 80 calories.

1 Fat Serving = 5 g. fat, 45 calories.

1 Protein (lean) = 7 Grams of protein, 3 grams of fat and 55 calories.

1 Dairy (or Dairy/Protein) Serving = 12 g. carbohydrates, 8 g. protein, a trace of fat, 100 calories.

NOTE: I have also seen 7+ gr protein & no more than 3 gr fat, and the occassional yogurt at 120 cal - for a dairy/protein serving in the E-Classes with Mary Gregg, Nutrisystem dietitian.

Free Foods = A food that is 20 calories or less... You can add 2-3 free foods to your meal plan.

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Comment #5

Please just follow the instructions in the book. It tells you what veggies, fruits etc to choose from. If you follow the book, you're not going to have to worry about the amount of carbs in your veggies, etc. Look at the shopping list, that too is very helpful..

Stick with the Nutrisystem foods as is. Of course you can add spices to your food. You're right there is no translation on the box, because you don't need one..

Pop your dinner entree into the microwave, make your veggies and your done...

Comment #6

If you can't find the Nutrisystem packet that was supposed to come with your box of food then click on MY PROGRAM at the top of the page. It has the outline of food groups you should eat. When you click on say Dairy, a box will pop up with some of your choices and serving sizes. I track everything online and don't use the packet at all...

Comment #7

Don't feel discouraged, I know it's alot to comprehend at first, but you'll realize it's not that difficult, you really don't even have to count calories, etc., if you don't want to.

If you received a meal planner book with your order, just follow that, it will tell you what foods and what amounts you can add with your Nutrisystem entrees (fruits/veggies/dairy/proteins/carbs, etc.). Try not to do anything fancy at first, just keep it simple..

I think it would be helpful if Nutrisystem would include a little video or DVD with the first shipment to help explain the program. It would be especially helpful to those of us (most of us) who are visual learners...

Comment #8

Don't try to overthink this. Just keep it as simple as possible for the first week or so and you will automatically grow into the plan. Keep reading the discussion boards for support and questions...

Comment #9

Try not to feel overwhelmed with all the "food facts" you see on the boards. Later, when you've had some experience with the program, it will all begin to make more sense to you..

This program is really quite simple and the reason that so many have found success with it..

All you need to do is eat the items as listed in your meal planner, check them off, drink your water and try to get in a little exercise that you enjoy every day..

The meal planner booklet has a wealth of information that is easy to understand and follow..

Then, if you have any questions, just give Nutrisystem a call and a counselor will be more than happy to help you. The toll-free number is listed on the inside front cover of your meal planner booklet.

You made a good choice.....if you follow the program, you will succeed. Good luck to you...

Comment #10

A lot of the chat about substituting is from people who have been on the plan for a long time..

To start, follow your meal planner book.

As you get more familiar with the plan, you will be better able to follow the more in depth "math-oriented" conversations.

Don't worry, it's easy and it works!!!!..

Comment #11

Sounds like maybe you didnt get your Meal Planner booklet. So do call a counselor - they..

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