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02-11-2006, 12:11 PM
I'm currently on the Nutrisystem diet and I love it. The food is good (it's just really portion controlled) .I've been on it before when I first had my kids. I've lost 5 lbs. in the first 1.5 weeks!

Since they have several discounts the food is fairly reasonable. They currently have a week free when you order the 28 day order. So that makes it 5 weeks of meals. The regualr price is $329 but if you order the "autoship" where they ship your order automatically every month, you get free shipping and the order gets down to 289. That's not bad when you think about losing weight, not really cooking breakfast lunch dinner, snacks. All you add is fruit and salads and dairy.

Also you can change the autoship program back 45 days and then cancel altogether if you don't plan on re-ordering.

I'm an accountant so I "run numbers" for everything (lol)! Let me know if I can help in any way!

02-17-2006, 05:42 PM
Hi, I'm not on Nutrisystem diet, but I did order their 7-day vegetarian dinner pack from QVC, just to have some quick dinners on hand and see what all the fuss is all about.

I was really surprised at how tasty and filling the food is. By the time I add a vegetable and fruit I am really full! Glad you've had good success with it!

02-22-2006, 08:54 AM
Hello glad I found this thread, it seems you like the food, I've not ordered they food yet nor am I on a diet. I've been thinking about nutrisystem and want to figure out how everyone handles meals for husbands and other members of their household. I lost 50 pounds 2 years ago by calorie counting, but need to lose about 50 more counting some weight gain back. I didn't know you could get nutrisystem on QVC is it cheaper or just without any strings to try it.

02-22-2006, 09:53 AM
Why don't you calorie count again? It apparently works. Then you won't have to worry about what to feed the family. I'm doing Calorie Queen menus and my family dh, 12 year old son, 10 year old daughter, and 4 year old daughter are loving every bite and are none the wiser that it's "diet" food. :)

Then you can put the money you would save into your pocket instead of someone elses. :)

02-22-2006, 09:58 AM
I may end up doing just that, counting calories, but I'm a little scared I'll get too bored with the way I used before. I've never heard of Calorie queen, can you tell me what it is?

I've just been at the QVC site and it seems you can order a one week supply with out it being on direct reorder so there may be hope yet. It is only me and my husband here so I'm trying to avoid a ton of work cooking two meals, but also the tempations that comes with seeing something different from what you are eating. Yikes....

02-22-2006, 04:32 PM
There's actually a thread here in the Calorie Counters forum about it.

It's a calorie counting program where you learn to live with food. The premise is you take your ideal weight and multiply that time 12 to find your max caloric intake. So, if your ideal weight is 135 your max caloric intake is 1620 per day. Of course, that's just an estimate but a great jump off point. It's not fast weight loss, but satisfying. You feel your calories with nutrient rich foods and I've found when I do that then I always have room at the end for a little indulgence if I wish or I can take the deficit.

The book is called "Calorie Queens - Living Thin In A Fat World" and it's by Jackie Scott and Diane Scott Kellum. They also have a website at The authors post there and they are very humble and honest about what they've done (lost 300 pounds collectively). They share their recipes and boy howdy can they cook!

Scan through the thread I linked above and see what people here at 3fc have said. Some like the plan and some don't. I am one that just loves it. :)

Even if you don't go with calorie queens, I hope you seriously consider calorie counting again. Honestly, all diets are low calorie...they just fear the old fashioned name.

02-22-2006, 05:52 PM
I've just ordered the book and will give it a good read. It really sounds like what I did last time. I think just trying to start gives you tons of confidence. I guess today I've made a start!!!! I had a meal bar for breakfast and a apple as a snack. Then lunch I had two pieces of diet bread and diet cheese, then a bag of the 100 calorie chips. Tonight a simple meal. It won't be exactly diet but it will be a good beginning to cutting back and down off of the other stuff.

I do believe I'd be skinny if my mind didn't want to eat all the time, and want cookies and junk. I wish I could develope an allergy to any kind of chocolate!

02-22-2006, 07:09 PM
I know what you mean. I'm a milk's my alcohol but I've developed an allergy to it so I can't drink it. :( Yeah, I don't have the calories any more but I don't get to indulge either.

02-23-2006, 07:56 AM
I developed lactose intolerance for a short while, never did figure that out? I survived day one of a plan. No matter that the plan is willy nilly right now. For yesterday I didn't give up and just eat everything in my sight!

I know I feed my face when I'm bored, lonely, or even the slightest bit down. Looking back over the last 12 months, I can say I've been mentally in a hole. I've got tons of things to do, or things I could be doing that are quite interesting but instead eat, eat, eat. Nasty circle.

We are leaving tonight to go to my uncles just for the weekend so I'll have to figure that out as I cross each bridge. I figure if I eat the same, meals bars for breakfast lunch etc. Then I can have a regular dinner as long as I keep it fairly moderate. I need to just manage day by day until I get my feet solid on the ground with this. Hopefully by then my QVC order and the book will have come in.

03-03-2006, 06:50 AM
My nutri system meal package arrived yesterday so today will be the start of my one week test. I did weigh myself and I will weigh at the end to just see how it goes.

03-04-2006, 02:48 PM
quilt- you can do this! Just take it one day at a time- hour by hour if you need to. Make sure to eat all your extra fruits, veggies and protein so that you are not hungry. I try to eat something every three hours, and I am rarely hungry. If you have any questions, don't hesitate to ask!

03-05-2006, 07:25 AM
I do love the portion control and I like the ease of it, and all the calories and things are there. I track that too, because evantually, I know I have to make the transition to counting caloreis, to know how much I eat, to maintain my goal weight. eeek! It seems so far off but I'm not going to focus on that now!

03-07-2006, 10:11 AM
I am currently on NS as well. I don't have time to count calories since I travel a lot for work. I'm also single, so I don't have to worry about the rest of the family just yet!

The review on this web site does not give them justice! If you follow the plan properly and eat all of the food, you'll never be hungry and everything will taste great!

Not only is there the NS BB ( for recipes to spice up the foods (if you don't like them), but there are also other BBs dedicated to NS users. The one I use, for example, is Jazzman's site ( This is a HUGE support BB for people currently on NS or people who were on it and are now living life the "regular" way by eating healthy with their own foods! There are recipes for NS food and healthy everyday food. The people are awesome, friendly, and so supportive.

We all have our choices in life! We all have different reasons why we choose to do things! I chose to start NS to get me down to an ideal weight easily without fuss since my life can be crazy and I can be very forgetful! Once I've reached my goal with them I can use everyone's help from the Jazzman site to keep myself going in the right direction and eat healthy!

03-07-2006, 10:30 AM
Sounds good Tallullah. I can't see why anyone would give them an overall bad review. anything that helps someone should be considered good and their choice. Many folks are the same as you, lead hectic lives with work and or kids plus many other things added in that are very stressful. I'm lucky in that, that I only have the husband to stress me out now, LOL. but I do have time to think and prepare different things and try different things to see what works for me and how best to use different things.

I kind of think of that as a progress towards, as you say the goal. I know if I was working now (retired in 2000) I'd be more than likly taking ever advantage I could to ease my time and make dieting less hassle and stress. I don't see why anyone could object to that.

I like the fact that NS does not have to be frozen or refrigatrated. That really makes it so much more stress free at a time you need less stress. I think the meals are balanced and nutritious. I didn't read the review and probably would not as I like forming my own opinion. I also know that some things come easier based on each individual. I don't think anyone should find fault with that. I think that is what makes us appreciate each other and hopefully considering and understanding other folks have things going on i.e., like you work, and like me family issues that pull me out of my home for days at a time. I think anyone who is trying to better themselves should get as much support as possible. I know how hard it is for me to just get the nerve to diet, let alone the motivation. I can only imagine it is as hard for others if not harder.

I've yet to go to the NS site to get ways to jazz up the meals. Mostly because of the way I will be using them. My situation is I will not have access to many things I would in my home and without the NS meals I'd be forced to eat foods that are not healthy for me and could easily help me dig myself into a hole diet wise. I'm just glad I have choices, like NS to help me get over a hump in the journey.

03-07-2006, 12:53 PM
I registered just to comment on the Nutrisystem review because if I had read this review before I started NS, I would have hesitated to order it.

I don't know why the reviewer chose milk for all her dairy/protein servings and then complained that she got hungry. I don't know why she would complain that the broccoli soup would taste better with fresh broccoli - and then not add it. If you read the info that comes with the box of food, it's entirely on plan to switch up your vegetables and mix them into the food. The dinners are saucy on purpose so that your 2 hot vegetables at night can be added to the entree. The pizza is plain so that you can add your own fresh vegetables. The beef tacos are awesome when made into a taco salad.

I do question whether someone who won't eat any of the beef entrees, which are some of the best ones in my opinion, is qualified to review the plan. By steering away from the beef, she missed a great lunch called "pasta with beef" that is like a spicy hot chili mac. There's only 3 or 4 lunches that are the add water to them kind. Wait, I counted - there are 5 of these out of 26 options on my diabetic plan! The review told people most of the lunches are this kind!

Nutrisystem is oriented towards people who donít want a face-to-face weigh in, and there is a massive amount of information on the NS website to make up for this. They have real-time online classes, a support board, and a recipes board for suggestions on how to prepare the food. Maybe this isnít made clear if you order through QVC, but if you sign up online you know about these resources.

One other point about QVC: if you order directly from Nutrisystem, you get to choose all your food instead of getting a big packet of stuff preselected for you. Also, you donít pay shipping and you get a discount. My bill for this monthís autoship is $280, which I find quite reasonable. I live in the Bay Area where a dozen eggs costs $3.59 at my local Safeway, so I am actually saving money by using NS, especially since I eat out less often.

Lastly, I wouldn't even be writing this except for the comment that people who like the food have comatose taste buds. Please, if youíre thinking of joining, disregard this insulting comment. I really love about 90% of the food choices, and I wouldnít be trying to lose weight if I didnít appreciate good tasting food. I have not had to resort to MacDonalds once since I started. Itís one thing to choose to go off the plan, but to imply that the food forced you to - well, letís just say this hasnít happened to me. And for every food I despise, like the morning muffins or the ramen soup (both which were reviewed), there is someone who is an avid fan of these foods. Thereís a wide variety of choices - which is a good thing!

03-07-2006, 03:07 PM
Nutrisystem may or may not be the program for you. But you will never know unless you seriously try it. Not some one week experiment combined with McDonalds and baklava. I've tried many plans before.. WW, SBD, counting calories, etc and Nutrisystem is the one that has finally worked for me. I've lost 19 pounds (I started at 270) in just over a month and it has been the easiest program for me. Unlike the reviewer - I didn't cheat in the first week - or the second week - or even the third week. I never felt the need. Is the food gourmet cooking? No. Does it taste good? To me the mass majority if the items taste very good. Plus there are 100's of ways to spice up the meals without going off the plan. And I do eat chocolate practically every day.

Am I spending more money now on NS? Hard to say - but unlikely as I ate out all the time. So I am paying for convience? Heck Yes!!! NS provides me a multitude of meal options. I am paying NS so when I go to the grocery store I don't have some massive list to make all these complicated recipes. My last shopping trip ran me 40 dollars - and outside of milk - I'm good for two weeks. I'm also paying so I DONT have to count calories and I DONT have to count points and I DONT have to count exchanges. All I need is a measuring cup. NS does the rest.

But I'm also learning - I'm learning portion control. I'm learning that a 1/2 cup is a whole lot bigger than it use to be. I'm learning that you can fill up just as easily on fruit and veggies as you can on a Big Mac - and live longer too. I'm also learning that food should not control my life - I control my life. My life doesn't not revolve around what I'm having at my next meal... which it normally does for people over weight. Until you've mastered that - you will never lose weight.

But I'm what I'm really paying for is a very successful weight loss program and for a better and longer life. Can't hardly put a price on that.

03-07-2006, 04:38 PM
Hello there,

I believe when you write an article on a subject that there needs to be adequate research or it simply becomes your opinion. Your article on Nutrisystem doesn't accurately protray the program. Many members on NS believe the information provided is inaccurate and lacking all the facts. In addition, had I read this first, I would be completely turned away from the program that I am successful with.

I tried Jenny Craig in the past it was much more expensive and their food is not shipped to you.

You mentioned numerous times that NS food was similar to grocery store foods but cheaper but you never mentioned the nutritional facts of the store bought items. NS is about portion control, lower calorie items, lower fat content, lower carbs, and less calories from fat. It is balanced. If you take a frozen dinner, it is packed with sodium which is not good for you and doesn't have the nutrition we all did in a healthy diet.

You never mentioned water or fat intake which are vital to this program. It also appeared like meals were all over the place and were not consumed at the correct time. I am not even sure if you made the right choices for salads and veggies. So are big no-no's.

It is not fair to your readers that only one person attempted this program and reported on it. That is a biased report and is not very credible. Your readers depend on you to provide them with accurate information. I am not saying you were providing anything false but when facts are missing, it is not accurate.

My intentions are not to attack you or offend you but I wanted to let you know how one of your readers feel. A suggestion would be to do a little more research into each program and have more than one person do the program separately.


03-07-2006, 10:24 PM
My nutri system meal package arrived yesterday so today will be the start of my one week test. I did weigh myself and I will weigh at the end to just see how it goes.

QM if ya ever have any questions feel free to ask! I hope your trial goes well! Visit us for recipes to make your meals even better!

03-14-2006, 03:02 PM
I started NS on 1/30/06 & the food wasn't as bad as I kept hearing. The first week was easier than I thought but when my first weigh in came I was nervous because I didn't feel like I lost anything. Well I got on the scale & I was down 7lbs my first week! I was soooo excited. I've been consistantly losing between 2-3lbs a week. I'm down a total of 17lbs in about 6weeks. I feel great & it's so easy to follow. My body is finally taking shape again. I never thought I'd be able to lose the weight that I gained in 5 years. I had just accepted that I was suppose to be heavy. I don't know what I was thinking. I can't wait to go down to my goal weight... hopefully before my 30th b-day in Nov. That would be an amazing gift for myself... a better self image.

03-25-2006, 08:23 PM
wickedgrl_76, congrats on your success so far. I've dropped 23.5 in 50 days. The plan is so simple and flexible it's hard not to succeed. :D

03-26-2006, 12:31 PM
Reading this has given me so much inspiration. I lost 9 lbs the first week, and it was so easy!! The food is good. And the recipes on Jazz's site are wonderful. If I hadn't found these sites it might have been harder, as NS doesn't really tell you to jazz up the meals. I have found all that information from peeps on the diet already. I am alittle concerned that I'm not losing weight this week. I weight in tomorrow morning, we shall see. It seems the scale is not moving. I know I shouldn't weigh every day, but hard to break that habit. I guess I lost so much the first week I won't get upset if I don't lose any this week. I will keep going. I know this will work if I stick with it.
Thanks everyone for all of your helpful posts.

03-26-2006, 04:35 PM
Vikki! you shameful girl! Weighing everyday :yikes:
We wrote about this in the Nutrichicks thread, please read that and you will come away with a different perspective on that. Don't set yourself up girl, you can do this!!!

03-29-2006, 10:58 PM

i live in the bay area too (marina to be exact) and nutrisystem is CHEAPER for me! i easily spend 80 a week on groceries and thats being fairly conservative and bargain browsing etc. dont even get me started on going out with my friends... its MIN 30 bucks a person. I just told them I am busy for the next two months! haha well i have an excuse... my law exams are coming up so they think that I will just be studing... but I also will be avoiding the cost of eating out.

also ITA about the review- i read it after i ordered and started regreting my order... but now i got my food... just ate my first dinner, and couldn't be more pleased.

i think this is going to be great!

04-24-2006, 01:26 AM
I just checked out the cq site, joined, but didn't get a respond email back as of yet, this was an hour ago...
seems to make sense without starving yourself, at this point a pound a week would be great!

04-24-2006, 04:18 PM
I took live in the Bay Area (Silicon Valley)! Whoa, a lot of us on here! :)

I find the program to be very doable. I think of this as a battle I must win. My health is on the line. I am on meds to prevent diabetes as I am already insulin resistant. That is changing though...and after enough weight (about 20 lbs) my doctor will have me go off the meds.

The N/S is affordable and portable. I am taking some with me when I visit my sister next month.

I had a 1/2 lbs only weight lost for 2 weeks...then lost 4 this week! Woohoo!