The NutriSystem diet plan is a heavily advertised weight loss meal plan that offers dieters a fixed menu of meals at a super low price. The portions are small and packaged in non refrigerated, shelf-stable packaging that has a shelf life of about a year.
With NutriSystem meals you eat three specially designed meals for 28 days. These meals offer a single serving, though they are very small portion sizes. A fiber bar can be a meal.
NutriSystem does offer an a la carte menu for those people that wish to try a few NutriSystem meals before committing to an entire month of food, which is a very good suggestion. It is very hard to find the link to the a la carte section, probably because they would prefer to sell the 28-day weight loss meal plan.you must also eat an additional carbohydrate. As far as the meals themselves, they are the typical fare of an average American diet. Breakfast usually consists of cereal, muffins, snack bars, pancakes or eggs. For lunch, you would have soup, sandwiches, rice dishes, hot dogs or another snack bar. Dinner consists of the best meals, as you would eat pasta, Chinese food, Mexican food or pizza. You can also eat standard meals consisting of meat and vegetables.
At the end of the day, you are allowed one snack. If you prefer a savory selection, the plan includes Cheese Puffs, pretzels and flavored chips. For sweeter tastes, the diet offers chocolate bars, cookies, cakes and candy. You can also get ice cream if you are willing to pay a little extra.
If you do not like the NutriSystem meals they offer, it is possible to get a refund. According to their Money Back Guarantee, you will get a full refund if you try their foods for a week and do not like them. You just have to return the remaining portion of non-frozen meals. NutriSystem does not have any discounts or coupon codes at this time.
NutriSystem Scrambled Eggs with Vegetables
Nothing about this breakfast is convenient or worth the time it takes to make. It is nothing more than a bag of powdered eggs with vegetables that have to be hydrated in water for 5 minutes before you can microwave it. Even then, you have microwave it at 30 second intervals and stir before the start of the next cycle. It took me 5 times. The eggs are flavorless and unsatisfying. I feel like I didn’t have a breakfast at all.
NutriSystem Cheese Tortellini
This “meal” was actually okay, but nothing that you couldn’t get at the supermarket for about one third of the cost. The nutritional values are about the same as the ones you would find in the store too.
The sauce tasted like a sauce that comes from a jar. The tortellini were soft and almost mushy, like you would expect coming from a can.
It was very easy to microwave, but I prefer a complete weight loss meal that has a side and vegetable.
NutriSystem Meatloaf and Potatoes
I may be marking this meal on a curve a little, because I understand NutriSystem is the least expensive diet delivery company out there, that sells meals.
The meatloaf is small but good. It’s not your Mom’s meatloaf, but it works. The mashed potatoes are instant, but there is a generous portion. The gravy gets lost in the reheating process. Again, I’d like to see a vegetable, but this NutriSystem meal I would recommend for the dieter on a very limited budget.
NutriSystem Southern-Style Biscuits and Gravy
I ordered this breakfast because I it had 4 out of 5 stars, on 382 reviews, on the NutriSystem website. I also love biscuits and gravy. It is one of my favorite meals I seek out when I travel down south.
Again, this another powdered breakfast that is far from convenient and not worth the effort. My biscuit never amounted to anything more than a blob, and the gravy didn’t have any flavor at all. Southern-style? I don’t think so.
NutriSystem Spaghetti with Meat Sauce
Again, I’m marking this meal on the “NutriSystem Curve.” The meal is far from a spaghetti and meat sauce meal your Mom would make, and much closer to a Chef Boy-a-de canned spaghetti.
It is more like meat and spaghetti than spaghetti and meat sauce. You can’t twirl the spaghetti with a fork. It’s like eating sauce from a jar with some spaghetti tossed in. The sauce is a little watery too. Eat it with a spoon.
NutriSystem Chicken and Penne Alfredo
I was pleasantly surprised with this NutriSystem meal. Of the meals I tried, it had the most substantial portion size. Although no one could make the mistake of this being a gourmet meal, the penne was good, as was the sauce.
The chicken cubes were plentiful and tasty, but they did have an after-taste like they came from a can, which extended to the sauce. Some vegetables would be nice to make it a complete meal, but this was good.
NutriSystem Chicken and Pasta
Here is another meal that you can get at your local supermarket for about one third of the price. I always thought of these little microwave cans as food for small children. There is nothing about the food that is “diet,” it’s just the tiny portion.
It did have a very strange taste that took me a bit to figure out. Sliced black olives are hidden in the sauce. It doesn’t quite go with my tastes, but this meal is okay.
Lasagna is one of my favorite foods, and whenever I get the chance to order it from a meal delivery service, I do. I have to say that most places give very small portions of their lasagna, so NutriSystem was able to maintain pace on portion size.
But it was pretty good too. I’d say it is in the top five of all the lasagnas I’ve tried. It’s not a lasagna you’ll get in Italy, but none of them are. Be sure to get a few of these, and at $6 it’s not a bad deal.
I tried this beacuse they much a big deal about pizza on the menu on their TV commercials. As a New Yorker, we know a little something about pizza and I was eager to see how this microwave pizza compared.
Of course, it’s not fresh pizza, but it was okay. You do have to build it yourself, which doesn’t make it to convenient if you’re at work. The crust is very fluffy, similar to that of one of those premade pizza crusts from the supermarket. It’s okay.
There is nothing to say about this meal than it is just bad. It is something like cups of noodles meets Italian cuisine, but this is far from any cuisine you would want to have, and have it count as you mid-day power lunch.
It is so not worth the inconvenience of reheating the product. For me, the noodles never absorbed the liquid (notice I didn’t say sauce) and the only it had in common with a Alfredo Sauce is that it is white. The cup of noodles at the supermarket are better and about 1/6 the cost.Try another lunch.
I Returned the Whole Thing
They claim that they have nutritionist who can answer any question the customer has. I tried but only got to talk to somebody who had limited knowledge. They claim their food have 0 trans fat but most of them have hydrogenated oil which is trans fat. Most of their food tasted and smelled of fish.
Fish oil and fish jelly-whatever that is-were among the ingredients. I returned the whole thing. The guarantee does not cover shipping, which was very costly. I will strongly suggest to do thorough research before considering NutriSystem. Too bad I did not come across Prepared-Meal-Delivery-Reviews.com before I wasted my money and time!
NutriSystem did help me lose 97 pounds in 8 months, but it gave me a lot of problems with my gallbladdar. I suggest that you lose weight on your own. Their food tastes awful.
Still Have To Buy Meals at the Store
The Nutrisystem Diet is not totally truthful with their advertising. I know because I had been on it, and very dissapointed. They certainly give you meals to eat for breakfast, lunch, dinner, and dessert. However these “meals” are, in fact, just the “shell” of their total plan. You have to include your own food items around their plan. If you don’t, you can almost starve.
The things they do not disclose in their commercials, as well as on their website, is that you have to go shopping and purchase additional food items to supplement their meals to get enough nutrition in your diet. I thought I was a buying all the food I needed when I signed up.
I Did Lose the Weight I Wanted to with NutriSystem Food
I expected to have lesser quality meals from a diet plan, so I was prepared for the worst. I just figured I would tough it out until I lost ten pounds. Granted, this is not a gourmet meal plan, but I thought the food wasn’t as bad as most others think, maybe because of my low expectations.
The sizes of the meals are tiny, but they are portable and that makes it easy to take them to work. I carry a spare in my pocketbook, in case I need to eat a meal when my schedule changes unexpectedly.
I did lose the weight I wanted to in about a month. I might buy some packages on eBay instead of going through Nutrisystem and paying full price. Then I can do the program for a few days, or as often as I like. It worked for me, but we all know dieting isn’t fun.
My Advice would be to Read the Fine Print
Most of the foods were actually pretty decent and I really like the tracking system online. It helped me to maintain my daily intake and taught me how to track other foods.
Nutrisystem has terrible customer service. I was given the wrong information regarding the auto delivery option and attempting to delay it so I ended up being charged before I anticipated and having the wrong items shipped to me. I was told the situation was fixed and the right order would be shipped to me; all I needed to do was refuse the original shipment and have it sent back to Nutrisystem, which I did.
The correct order was never shipped so I had to spend another 20 minutes on and off hold trying to get what I already paid for sent to me. We will see if I actually receive it without any issues.
It really seemed as though customer service reps who work for Nutrisystem are not all educated about the company’s policies. I was told several different things and my complaints were quelled but the promised actions were never taken with anything that I called about, not even by a supervisor. Very disappointing for such a large and apparently reputable company.
If you do decide to go with Nutrisystem, my advice would be to read the fine print on their materials when ordering and expect long wait times when you do actually need to contact them.