For those of you looking to lose weight, you're not alone. One of the most popular and effective weight loss systems is Nutrisystem®, which delivers delicious and perfectly portioned meals to your home. While we all think we know how the program works, many simply don't know the true story. That's why we've made a guide for you! We're going to give you the skinny on Nutrisystem®: What to expect, the secrets to surviving, and everything in between.

First of all, the key words:

PowerFuels and SmartCarbs. These, along with vegetables, are fresh grocery additions you get to add in yourself to supplement your Nutrisystem® meals. The goal with these is to allow you to still enjoy all of the foods you love as well as to help prepare you for life after Nutrisystem®. A Powerfuel can be various nuts, meats, cheeses, fish, peanut butter or dairy. A SmartCarb can be fruit, bread, grains, pasta, oatmeal or even sweet potato. Not so bad, right?

Will I starve?

No, you'll be far from starving. Since research suggests that eating smaller, balanced meals throughout the day promotes greater weight loss and maintenance, on Nutrisystem®, you'll be eating six meals a day—every two to three hours. You'll enjoy a mix of Nutrisystem® entrees and snacks, adding in your favorite fresh grocery items for balance and variety. Trust us, hunger is not an issue on this program.

What will I eat?

With the Uniquely Yours plan, you can hand-pick every single thing you eat. Or, if you're unsure, you can easily opt for the pre-selected Favorites pack, which includes all of the top rated Nutrisystem® meals and snacks.
No matter which route you go, you won't have to give up your beloved comfort foods! Some of Nutrisystem's meals include pizza, lasagna and steak. Yes, steak! It's actually "Steak and Mac & Cheese." And of course, you're free to choose your own PowerFuels, SmartCarbs and veggies, so don't worry: Nobody is going to force you to eat Brussels sprouts!

How's the food?

One of the great myths of healthy eating is that all of the food tastes like cardboard. But not with Nutrisystem®. Nutrisystem® wants eating healthy to still be enjoyable. Their food is flavorful, delicious, and can even satisfy your craving for chocolate cake! Plus, you get a few flex meals throughout your week, during which you can prepare your favorite homemade recipe or enjoy a meal out on the town.

Can I Still Eat At My Favorite Restaurants?

Speaking of meals out on the town… of course you can enjoy a trip to your favorite restaurant with family or friends. That is one of our favorite things about Nutrisystem®. They send you a whole guide on eating out, which includes what to eat, what to avoid and what to swap. They even have a list of specific items to order when visiting 30 popular restaurants like McDonalds, Chipotle or Pizza Hut.

Is it worth the money?

The cost of eating out, grocery shopping, and ordering in can add up. When you consider how much you're getting from Nutrisystem, the value does not compare. Also, at the end of the day, you can be on your way to a healthier and happier lifestyle, something you simply can't put a price tag on!

Now that wasn't so scary, right? Many people will shy away from starting a weight loss program because they don't know what to expect. Now's your chance to join the millions Nutrisystem® has helped to achieve a better lifestyle without the sacrifice.

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