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Got a quick question: On Average, What's the cost of a Nutrisystem meal for one week? Thanks for any answer. Another quick question... It seems that every diet/program that Ive every started goes well and I lose weight. Then after about a month or two, the novelty of being on the diet wears of and I get off track. Its happened again, and Ive spent the last two days off of the program. Things were great during the first month or so and I lost 15 pounds.

Any suggestions?..

asked Apr 21 at 10:56

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I'm stumped. I'm not so sure what is the answer to that question. I'll do some research in Google and get back to you if I find an decent answer. You should email the people at Nutrisystem as they probably could assist you..

answered Apr 21 at 10:58

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I think that's part of the problem. The foods ok, not great. Sometimes I feel that I want something to excite my taste buds, something different. But the foods is either ok, or tasteless...

answered Apr 21 at 12:32

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Try treating yourself to a nice piece of grilled chicken or fish instead of an entree. Its better than cheating and having a burger or something worse.... just try to stay healthy and mix it up a bit. I started in January and am now down about 22lbs so I am no expert but if I am tired of Nutrisystem foods I will try a good meal that is off program that still fits the stats...

answered Apr 21 at 13:16

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I saw some vegetarian burgers at WalMart and thought about getting them. I figured it could really mix things up and they were really low in calories..

I've also started dressing my dinner up a bit. When I'm having a Nutrisystem pasta for dinner I fry up some mushrooms and garlic to put over the pasta. It helps a lot. I also really enjoy Diet Rite Pure Zero pop at dinner time. I've usually got nearly all my water in by that time so a little diet pop doesn't hurt..

I about got sick of eating whole wheat bread so I've dressed that up a little too. Put a few sprays of ICBINB on it and toast it in my pan after I'm done with the garlic and mushrooms and cook it like grilled cheese. If I had the right sliced cheese I could probly make a grilled cheese sandwich in the morning...

answered Apr 21 at 13:43

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Yeah, I'm with Jef the new guy on this one..

The book has lot of things in it you can eat, like if you're at a restaurant or somewhere else where you can't get to the Nutrisystem food. You know, the peel back the corner to vent or it might explode in your microwave food..

But on the other hand, if you're like me, there will be plenty of meals ahead of you where you just have to say 'no' to yourself, lower your head and push forward with what Nutrisystem tells you to eat. You.


Thank yourself months from now..


answered Apr 21 at 14:37

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Start a weight loss competition at work. Put $100 and your pride on the line - what your colleagues won't know is that you have a huge advantage - NS! Right now I'm sucking everyone in in my department - not only will I defeat them, but it's also easier to lose when a bunch of folks are all it with you..

My 2 cents.....

answered Apr 21 at 14:52

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Just suck it up and do it. This is a life style change and good eating habits need to be learned. This is not a fad diet. Novelty should become the norn..

Just my 2 cents...

answered Apr 21 at 16:17

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Hey, I asked about Land O'Lakes Light Butter with Canola Oil spread. One tablespoon (not teaspoon) is a legitimate fat serving. I love my spray, too, for certain things, but knowing I can make some honest-to-God garlic toast on plan is nice...

answered Apr 21 at 16:40

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Hi Pandawdy, I'm a newbie and thanks for the tip. I have always ait whole wheat bread and I've wondered about grilled cheese with a dill pickle. Yum.....Maryann..

answered Apr 21 at 18:09

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For me, restarting the Mindset Makeover has been a big help. I've been close enough to the plan that I've been maintaining since November - but it appeared to be creeping up - after a few drinks Friday night I showed up at 205 Saturday morning - and I started the first week of the MM. Somehow it re-triggered my initial serious,quality decision. It's like a light switch that goes from yeah yeah - to THIS IS WHO I AM - take your crap and hit the road....

This morning I was back down to my low of 198. As Mobay has said over an over - if you get back on 100% (definitely not 98%) the extra weight will drop back off. I am fortunate because I really like the Nutrisystem foods and have found good substitutes that appear to work as well (grilled fish, rotisserie chicken etc.).

Most importantly, we have to recognize that self indulgence can be catastropic to our health and quality of life. When you hit 60 you'll understand just how important this is. Thank heavens I finally got the message!..

answered Apr 21 at 19:43

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If you want to be a LOSER, then stick to it. But you can spice up the food. Check the recipe posts, bake some meals instead of microwave them, use non salt seasonings to give things a different fllavor. Just some quick suggestions:.

Steam some brocolli and then heat the tender beef an veggies along with it in a pan. It's pretty good that way..

Experiment with your add ins. Baked veggies are a good change and can be seasoned anyway you like as long as you stay away from sodium..

Try fish or shrimp as one of your proteins..

The garden burgers are good and you can jazz them up with peppers, pickles, cheese (if you want to use a dairy) all on a small wheat or whole grain roll..

Don't give in!..

answered Apr 21 at 20:33

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Are you exercising? If no, start. If yes, change that up, make that the "new" thing for a month until you get bored, and then change it up again. For me, exercising and periodically changing the workouts to keep them challenging was how I kept the program "fresh"...

answered Apr 21 at 21:44

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I have to admit, I have been on vacation for the past week. Completely off plan, but I have tried to sub things into my diet. I eat cherrios in the morning, subway in the afternoon and some fish for dinner. That was the game plan and I am proud to say I am sticking to about 75% of that. I am ready to come home in the next few days, to jump on plan and finish this diet. This time away has been perfect and to teach me that I need to finish it...

answered Apr 21 at 22:18

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I agree with the point that this can't be a "diet"...It needs to become your life style of eating..

I started in September...In that time I have gone on two vacations and a couple of business trips. Although I didn't take Nutrisystem food with me, I followed the guidelines for eating (portion control, vegs and fruit, and eating every 2-3 hours). I have been losing weight the whole time..

I think you have to realize that you, and only you, can control your eating. If you think you will lose weight and start eating like you did prior to starting the journey, you might as well stop now..

This has to become your life...Not a diet..


answered Apr 21 at 23:31

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You just have to get the idea out of your head that food is pleasure or reward. It just isn't. Food is something that helps you to sustain life and the healthier you eat, the healthier you become..

I admit that I still eat food for pleasure but not every morsel that I eat has to do that for me. Most of the time the food I eat is just fuel. I don't really pay that much attention to the taste and even eat a few things that I'm not really that fond of just to help remind myself of the reason I'm eating..

The rewards is that I'm healthier, more active and will probably have a longer life for doing it. Not that I'll be able to afford to live any longer with the way things are going with the economy..

If you really want to lose the weight, keep it off and be healthy, you just really need to rewire your brain on how you think about food in general..

Eat to live, don't live to eat...

answered Apr 22 at 00:34

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Great Point Mobay....

One of the other things that I have discovered during the journey is how much I like fruits and vegs. I really think that you need to have your body adjust to natural foods once you are off the crap..

I know it really helps keep me on the right track..


answered Apr 22 at 01:57

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Agreed. Besides making this a lifestyle change as opposed to a 'diet that i'm trying to finish,' another tool for success has been eliminating food as a reward. You can still break bread with good friends, so to speak, without eating what they are eating. You don't have to forever deprive yourself of a good steak or a greasy slice of NY pizza but you can't be successful long term trying to "diet" just so you can return to a food-centric lifestyle...

answered Apr 22 at 03:23

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While I agree with the concept that you're adopting healthy eating habits for the rest of your life, but I would think this.

Is a diet for weight loss.

Maybe Im taking this to literally or perhaps Im just flat out wrong. We're all taking in less calories now than you need to maintain your body weight. Once we're done losing Im assuming you up your calorie intake somewhat. Im not suggesting we make unhealthy choices like bellying up to the Krispy Kreme counter but the idea that you'll be limited to 1,500 calories or less a day for the rest of your life doesn't seem right to me...

answered Apr 22 at 03:32

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The caloric intake is reduced for weight loss, you are correct. But for long term success, you will simply increase the calories from healthy sources of protein, fats and low GI carbs. We should hopefully learn to apply what we have learned with regards to portion control and the eating of small meals throughout the day. If we get to the average American intake of 2,000 calories by adding butter and chocolate chip cookies, we'll eventually end up right where we started. Or worse...

answered Apr 22 at 05:08

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While you might call this a.

Diet for weight loss.

, your time and efforts will be much better served if you consider this a.

Program to lose weight and learn proper eating habits.

That way you will have the opportunity to sustain your loss..

Yes, you certainly can eat more calories once you reach your goal but you can't go back to the hog trough that most of us used to eat at. You will need to eat the proper foods in proper portions to maintain that sucess...

answered Apr 22 at 05:50

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One more thing I want to add here. If you are buying the Nutrisystem food and following the program I can almost guarantee that you will lose weight. If that's all you want from this, more power to you. But I can also guarantee you that if, once you've reached your goal you go back to your old ways of eating, you will gain back the weight you lost or more if you don't apply the brakes..

My goal when I started Nutrisystem was not only to lose weight, I had done that a few times before, but also to learn what it took to keep the weight off for good. That's what I accomplished...

answered Apr 22 at 06:20

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I agree with that. Im being to literal but the difference in our views though is likely due to time and experience. I didn't have a history of "dieting" before Nutrisystem and since Im only in my second month I'm still learning the lifestyle and just what it can do for me..

On a side note I'm so glad I went out and bought a fatboy scale. My official weigh in is Thursday, but I took a sneak peak and I'm down to 399. Out of the 400's!..

answered Apr 22 at 07:03

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Maybe reward yourself with some new size or so too small pants to keep Nutrisystem interesting..

When I first got on the boards here someone said that after a while eating actually feels like a chore. I can't believe how true that was!..

answered Apr 22 at 08:26

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While I was "on the way down", I bought a pair of cheap jeans that I found in a discount store and hung them in my closet. They had a 34" waist. Every once in a while, I would try them on to see how close I was getting to being able to button them. Seeing them come closer to fitting me every time that I tried them on was a big motivator for me. I never did wear those jeans outside of my house. I didn't really like them much so I just donated them with some of my big clothes...

answered Apr 22 at 08:32

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After the first month or so of NS, after I had the plan down, sort of - once a week we would go out. Nothing big, no buffets, no Taco Bell. But a piece of grilled chicken or fish, maybe a small 4-6 oz sirloin, with a salad (dressing on the side) and steamed veggies went a long way to help me from getting bored on the plan. One of the stipulations I gave myself was that if I didn't stay on plan 100% during the week, then no eating out. Just a little incentive but it really helped...

answered Apr 22 at 08:43

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Yep - the wife and I still will occassionally "cheat" as it were and go out for a special occassion - but when we do, it's with healthier choices in mind and we've more often than not started sharing appetizers (if we get them at all) and bringing home the leftovers instead of continuing to graze till bloated..

As for the food - the big thing for me is to really mix up the veggies. Right before we started Nutrisystem, we bought a new toaster convection oven. I laughed and figured it was a huge waste of money as we'd be living out of the microwave for the next year - instead, it's proven to be the best investment I've ever made. I usually roast or bake some mixture of veggies (sometimes by themselves, sometimes on a bed of rice or barley as my carb) and allow myself to play with various seasoning blends (just no salt). It's worked out really well for keeping a nice variety and has helped offset the bored with this food blues...

answered Apr 22 at 09:01

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Thanks for the advice guys. I'll definitely try many of them. I think that it's a motivational issue right now. I'll have to take a look at the Mindset Makeover...

answered Apr 22 at 09:14

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I had to say goodbye to smoking. It was like a bad relationship. It took some time, but eventually you can say goodbye to all of it. The good isn't all that great, and the bad is pretty bad, indeed..

Well, it's the same thing with being fat. There are benefits to being fat. Let's list them together, shall we?.

1. Being fat is a great way to constantly punish yourself..

That's a benefit? Oddly enough, it is. Not everybody is like this, but I fear a great many of us are. I won't go into reasons why we might feel like we need to punish ourselves because I'll bet as soon as you read that sentence, you recognized whether it was true about you or not..

Well, I'll mention one one of the worst ones. We deserve to be punished.

Because we let ourselves get this fat!.

That causes a vicious feedback loop. We need to be punished because we let ourselves get this fat, so we keep shoveling the food in..

So our fat becomes both our sin and our absolution. We learn to put up with the stares, the inconvenience, and the health problems because after all, who put us into this mess? We did! And that becomes an odd comfort at least we're shouldering our own cross!.

A more rational response to this is to get rid of the fat, get it down to a healthy level. Then you can take a sense of accomplishment from making yourself better and keeping yourself better. Continuing my religious analogy, Jesus was only on the cross three hours, right? At some point, he was finished with it. When are we going to be finished with our cross of lard?.

2. Being fat is a great way to protect ourselves from other people hurting us again..

Again, I don't have to go into details here because you'll recognize the truth of this if it applies. It's so much easier to avoid pain if you can convince the pain to avoid you. A great way to make sure somebody who could hurt you stays away is to make sure these people are repulsed by you..

Fat becomes a powerful defensive weapon in this constant struggle. There are others avoiding society, anti-social behavior and demeanor in unavoidable society but fat ranks right on up there. It's the choice of people who don't really want to avoid society at all (the stereotype of the jovial fat guy is based on a kernel of truth, a really large kernel)..

However, this is one you probably need some outside help with. When the fat goes away, the shield goes with it, and if you don't fix the root problem, a relapse is one bad scene away..

Hey, tired of all the psychobabble? Here's one we can all agree on..

3. Being fat is just so damn easy to do..

Shoving a pizza down your gullet is the easiest thing in the world to do. Pizzas taste GOOD. They are designed to taste good. We used to have to chase our food around in Africa for days, and now we can put Papa John's on speed-dial. "Yes, I would like my usual with extra cheese sauce." Ding-dong! You're a fat ass..

When you get past the genetic inclination to obesity, you still end up with a lot of lazy fat asses. Fat, after all, is stored energy. To lose it, you've got to burn it. And there's only two ways to start burning all that stored energy eat less food and get your body into motion..

I'm finding that my body is losing some muscle along with the fat. The overall trend is a loss in body fat percentage, but it is slow. Part of that isn't so surprising I don't need as much muscle because I'm not lugging around all that much fat anymore! Fat guys have to be strong because just walking to the mailbox is resistance training!.

I love that picture of happyhoward holding onto the two 50 lb bags of dog food. He used to have 100 excess pounds of fat on his body 24/7/365! Guys, you are carrying your gym with you right now. I'm not going to discourage anybody from buying a gym membership or a Wii Fit or a BodyBugg, but you have everything you need to lose weight right now. Find time two or three times a day to walk your home gym around the block. Haul your home gym up the steps instead of parking it in the elevator..

Losing the weight means we lose these benefits of being fat and we have to be ready to give them up. If not, right back up the scale you will go, because it's an established comfort zone. We can help each other be entirely ready to give up these benefits, but in the end it's up to those three people in the mirror: me, myself, and I..

No more self-flagellation! No more hiding! No more stalling! Let's do this...

answered Apr 22 at 09:39

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I asked and they said 5 (or maybe it was 8) sprays would be the limit for one day and it would have to count as a fat serving. But, the kind I'm using has zero calories.. it actually doesn't have anything at all except 5mg of sodium per spray..

I might try the Land O'Lakes spread that you mentioned. One heaping tablespoon... I mean one level tablespoon sounds about right to butter up a few pieces of bread...

answered Apr 22 at 10:06

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Boloboffin, that was one of my favorite all-time posts. Thanks for sharing that with us...

answered Apr 22 at 10:22

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Great post. Yes, we all can see ourselves in your post...

answered Apr 22 at 11:00

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