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I will be starting the program tomorrow I think That I am ready...

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I just started today...food is good so far..but I was unable to eat that was recommended as the add ons!..

Comment #1

Welcome, both of you. Kate, the add-ins aren't just recommended, they are mandatory. Make sure you get them all in everyday. If you aren't hungry, have a cheese stick instead of 8 oz. of yogurt, or 3 prunes instead of a whole apple, but meet all of the requirements. It is very important..

Welcome aboard! Be sure to call and speak to a Counselor (1-800-321-8446, Option 4) and go over your program with him/her. They help you get started off right..

Below I have listed some of the important things you will need to know as you start your NutriSystem journey:.

1. Eat all of your food (mark all of the circles in your Menu Planner) and then stop (and, if you are buying from QVC, you may have a slightly different plan or different food from people buying directly from NutriSystem);.

2. If you are a woman with under 100 pounds to lose, you only get a Low GI Carb with an entree that calls for a small roll or tortilla, then you add a multi-grain or whole-wheat roll (or any of the Carb selections) of between 80-120 calories (or 45 calories' worth of bread or melba toast for the chicken salad). If you have over 100 pounds to lose (man or woman, any plan), you add a Low GI Carb to both Breakfast AND Dinner and an extra fruit serving to lunch;.

3. Read the instructions and information on all of the food packages (see #2);.

4. The milk for the cereal is NOT counted as your Protein/Dairy serving for breakfast, but is part of the entree itself. You still need to add your Dairy/Protein serving if your plan calls for it.;.

5. Your dairy/protein serving should be 100 calories or less, 3g fat or less and 7g protein or more (but you can go as high as 120 calories once per day for yogurt, if necessary to meet the minimum protein requirements);.

6. Have a dairy/protein serving with your fruit to avoid sugar (carb) spikes from the fruit alone that happens to some people;.

7. Drink ALL of your water (64 oz. minimum), and you can count Crystal Light and decaf teas as PART of your water intake, but try to have as much plain water as you can;.

8. If you choose to imbibe alcoholic drinks, you could slow your weight loss and become dehydrated and end up munching snacks when you shouldn't, but you are an adult and it is a personal choice (just count it as completely empty calories and don't skip any food to make up for it);.

9. If you can exercise, DO...just walking is excellent, but do as much as you can;.

10. NO, we do not know how FAST you will lose (even though average, healthful weight loss is approximately 1-2 pounds per week, long term, and is quoted by the Dietitians as being average on NutriSystem after the typical first whoosh of loss by some);.

11. The people on the Discussion Boards are your friends...here to help you, motivate you, and kick your butt when necessary...don't be afraid to ask questions, but if you don't like the answers you get, well, those answers are based on the knowledge and experience of the responder. Ummm, like, don't shoot the messenger, y'know?.

12. You can have up to three (3) "free foods" per day, just not at the same time. A free food is anything 20 calories or less, which includes a Sugar Free Popsicle (15 calories), Sugar Free Jello (10 calories), Sugar Free Gum...anything that you want to take the edge off those munchie times..

13. You may (just may, not always) get GAS...some members refer to them as the NutriToots. Beano and/or Gas-X seems to help..

14. Be sure to read and study the MINDSET MAKEOVER under the MY PROGRAM tab above. It really does help you get your head around this lifestyle change...

Comment #2

Got my shipment today, too! Tomorrow's the big day!..

Comment #3

Thank you Pam for the wonderful info! I saw your before and after pictures - wow - what an inspiration!..

Comment #4

Thanx pam for the guidelines posting. I am going into week 7, but some of that stuff you posted I didn't even know...

Comment #5

I ordered my first shipment yesterday and can't wait until it arrives! in anticipation of beginning, I have lost 1.5 pounds already! that can't be bad!.

I am SO ready and look forward to finding encouragement and tips from these discussion boards...

Comment #6

I started my program today. WOW, I am so full and satisfied... and I haven't even had dinner and dessert yet!..

Comment #7

Welcome to each of you as you embark upon a journey to a better lifestyle and health. Make sure you have taken your measurements, and you may also want to have a "before" picture made if you do not have a good one currently available. Log your measurements in on line and take them once a month. The scale is not the only measurement of progress. Others include inches lost, better sleep, walking easier, etc...

Comment #8

This is my 8th day on NS..... I've lost 5lbs!!!!! Just make sure you follow the program and you will do just fine. We can all reach our goal weights if we just stick to the plan...

Comment #9

Received my first month supply yesterday and started on my program. Loved the food today and feeling very full...

Comment #10

I began the program Tuesday August 10. Early on my first thoughts are "this is a lot of food to eat each day." I had to set a timer to remind myself to eat. I called a counselor on the first day for advice on what groceries to buy. One useful tip she gave me was that I should never go more than four hours between eating. I work on deadline in the media and it's often very difficult to make time to eat. That's a big adjustment for me.

Today I got to 7 1/2 eight ounce glasses. I know I have to get to 64 oz minimum, but that's tough for me. I was never one to spend time making a lunch or preparing my own food. And now, I need to set away time to chop veggies and pack a lunch. I've always been a "grab and go" type of guy - or buy my lunch at Quiznos.

I have learned in just two days on the plan just how much adjusting I need to do. But you know (and maybe it's just my mind playing games) I already feel just the smallest bit lighter and seemed to have little more spring in my step today..

Did anyone check with their doctor before starting NS? I was too anxious to get started and did not talk to mine. I was a little concerned because I had my gall bladder out a couple years ago and I wasn't sure how my system would handle the food. But except for the gas - or NutriToots - things are pretty normal on the digestive front..

In closing, good luck on reaching your goal. I'm not losing the weight so much for myself, but for my kids. I have an 11-month old girl and I've decided (at 46) that I want to be around for her college graduation..

Favorite Nutrisystem snack so far: BBQ Soy Chips.

Least favorite breakfast item: Chocolate Chip Scone (reminds me of clay)..

Comment #11

Sometimes, the first week can be a little overwhelming with all the changes. I think that is why the Mindset Makeover is so important. You got off on the right start by not assuming anything but calling a counselor to double check..

I was never that much of a veggie person except in limited amounts far less than what Nutrisystem requires, or they were veggies not recommended. I have learned to throw a steamer bag in, throw on some Mrs. Dash and eat. About mid-way into the first month, I began to realize I didn't mind it as much. The veggies became part of the accepted routine..

I was never that much of a water drinker either, primarily token water with the rest being coffee or Diet Mountain Dew. Now, I haven't given those up but I am getting the water in. I found that if I got one of those big bottles and filled it and kept it by me and took frequent sips, I got the water in much easier than by using 8 ounce glasses..

I'm a slow loser but as much as I would like for it to be faster, I try to focus upon all the other benefits as the weight slowly disappears. With age, it becomes more difficult but not impossible. I did not get my doctor's permission as he has always reminded me to eat sensibly and to remember that eating is for fuel for the body. I did have a health evaluation provided free by my part time work place. My cholesterol level is now normal, so that is a big plus..

Keep up the good work. Focus upon all successes, not just the one measured by the scale...

Comment #12

I did speak to my doctor about this - since I am on total thyroid replacement and BP medicine - she just said she will monitor both those things, to see if she needs to adjust my medicine. Once I lose weight, I will need less thyroid medicine and if I remain on the same dose that could cause A-Fib, as I have a tendency toward that. So every 4 weeks I will have blood drawn to check that. She is hoping that eventually, I will not need BP medicine...

Comment #13

Only six weeks into Nutrisystem I had a checkup and my blood sugar and blood pressure were already down. I don't think the sodium contents on some of the food are very low, but whatever it is - it works and not only on weight loss but your total health...

Comment #14

Thanks for all the pointers. I am going to start my program tomorrow...

Comment #15

I just started today and haven't had any problems feeling hungry or under-fed. I didn't realize that I was supposed to have each category at each meal. I just found that out after reading the discussion board. I have a slight problem doing that today because I am in a location without access to food except for what I brought with me. Should I make up for the veggies I missed or just let it go? What should my target calorie intake be in a given day? I am tracking my meals using the app on my iphone and it gives a total caloric amount, so I was curious if I was on target or not...

Comment #16

All new members,.

Congratulations on making the decision to lead a healthier lifestyle! As you may already see, we have an incredible system of support going on here, so be sure to check in often! Also, keep in mind that under Challenge Central you can join in on some fun and exciting weight loss challenges, by searching Food Talk and Tips you can gather ideas and suggestions for preparing the program foods, and in the General forum you can take part in helpful support groups! Also, keep in mind that in the Dietitians Corner our experts will always be more than happy to address any NS-related questions or concerns you have, and by clicking on My Program you can log your progress!.

If you need any assistance at all while exploring the site, feel free to email us at , or visit us in the Ask the Mod forum..

Best wishes for a happy and healthy summer!..

Comment #17

Thanks for all the advice! I celebrated one week on the plan today and I was happy to see I have shed two pounds. I realize this is not a sprint, but more of a distance run. It took time to put all this weight on and it's going to take time to get it off. I love the idea about veggies in a steamer bag. I went to the market this past Sunday and bought more canned vegetables as they have longer shelf life and I won't have to go to the store as often. Also, you are so right on the bigger bottle of water.

In. All-in-all I am enjoying the plan after one week. It's a little more money that I wanted to spend (by adding in the groceries) but if it can add some years to my life and add time with my family, it's all worth it...

Comment #18

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