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Saturday, March 1, 2014

Nutrisystem 5 Day Weight Loss Kit

My weight has always been a struggle.  When I was younger it was trying to gain. To join the military you had to be at least 100 pounds and I was 97 at the time I signed up.  I spent two days cramming my face full of everything I could get my hands on just to make that 100 pound cut off.  Years after that, I still had trouble gaining weight when I was pregnant and my doctor put me on a high calorie diet.

But after the baby, stress and age; it’s has became a struggle to lose the 30 pounds of weight I’ve gained.  I have tried every kind of diet pill, drink, and plan with little to no success.  

I stumbled across the Nutrisystem 5 day weight loss kit at my local Wal-Mart.  I normally wouldn’t have paid the $45 dollars for this plan but I was lucky enough to find two boxes in the clearance section for $36 and couldn’t pass it up. I was really excited after doing my research and seeing others results.

The Nutrisystem does not have all your daily meals you will need.  It comes with your breakfast, lunch, dinner and dessert.  You must supply your snacks and extras.  These would included your Vegetables (4 daily), Smartcarbs (2 daily), Powerfuel (2 daily) and Extras (not over 3 daily).  So if you buy these kits and want to start them right away, you will need to pick up some extra things as well.  For me, I picked up some of my favorites:
  • Bag of Apples (SmartCarb)
  • 6 pack Applesauce (SmartCarb)
  • Bag of Cashews (Powerfuel)
  • Bag of String Cheese (Powerfuel)
  • Bag of Carrots (Vegetables) x2
  • Celery stalks (Vegetables)
  • 8 can V8 Spicy Hot (Vegatables)

This was around $20.  So lets do some grade school math problems to see if it's worth it.  I spent $36 on the kit and an extra $20 for the add in items which comes to $56.  If you divided this by 5 days you will get $11.20 a day spent on food.  If you divided this by 6 meals each day you will get $1.86 for each meal.  Even if I bought the kit at full price of $44 then we are still only talking $64 total; $12.80 a day; and $2.13 per meal. Sounds like a good deal to me.

Once I got everything home, I sorted each days meal out into one bag. This took the thinking out of what I was going to eat each day and for a busy single mother, it made everything so much easier to grab and go.

Day 1
Breakfast:  Nutrisystem Cinnamon Streusel Muffin
Snack:  Apple (SmartCarb-Small Apple) & Cashews (PowerFuel-2 tablespoon)
Lunch:  Fudge Bar, Celery (1-Vegetable), Carrots (1-Vegetable)
Snack:  Applesauce (SmartCarb-1/2 cup) & String Cheese (PowerFuel)
Dinner:  Nutrisystem Lasagna with Meat Sauce & V8 (2-Vegtables)
Dessert:  Nutrisystem Cheesecake Flavored Bar


I use My Fitness Pal to track my food intake and exercise.  Above is what my first day looked like.  I had issues drinking enough water, just because I got busy at work and forgot.  The food wasn't bad and I ate more than I normally do.  The high sugar does make me wonder a little.  I found that I wanted to eat something before I went to the gym and again about 8pm.  I may try to hold my afternoon snack off until later in the night. I worked out at the gym at lunch and was able to gain an extra 508 calories back.

Day 2
Breakfast: Nutrisystem Double Chocolate Muffin
Snack: Apple (SmartCarb-Small Apple) & Cashews (PowerFuel-2 tablespoon)
Lunch: Chicken Noodle Soup, Celery (1-Vegetable), Carrots (1-Vegetable)
Snack: Applesauce (SmartCarb-1/2 cup)& String Cheese (PowerFuel)
Dinner: Nutrisystem Rotini & Meatballs & V8 (2-Vegtables)
Dessert: Nutrisystem Milk Chocolate Flavored Pretzels



Today was hard to finish all the food on the required list.  I was full at lunch after eating the Chicken Noodle Soup but made myself eat the carrots and celery.  I also was full after eating dinner but drank the V8.  I saved the Pretzels for later in the night because I wanted to snack late last night.

Day 3
Breakfast: Nutrisystem Honey Wheat Bagel & Laughing Cow Cream Cheese (1-Extra)
Snack: Apple (SmartCarb-Small Apple) & Cashews (PowerFuel-2 tablespoon)
Lunch: Nutrisystem Double Chocolate Caramel Bar, Celery (1-Vegetable), Carrots (1-Vegetable)
Snack: Applesauce (SmartCarb-1/2 cup)& String Cheese (PowerFuel)
Dinner: Nutrisystem Chicken Pot Pie & V8 (2-Vegtables)
Dessert: Nutrisystem Chocolate Chip Cookies



Today started off bad and it was a rush to get out of the house.  I forget to grab the carrots and celery so I didn't get to eat them at lunch.  Today I felt the not eating them because after my workout the Nutrisystem Double Chocolate Caramel Bar did not fill me up and I was tempted to cheat and reach for an extra snack but I held off until dinner.  So far the worst meal I've tasted has been the Pot Pie.  I didn't care for that at all.  It's just the pot pie filling with a crust that you lay on top of it.  There wasn't much taste so I had to add pepper to help it out a little. 

Day 4
Breakfast: Nutrisystem Granola Cereal
Snack: Apple (SmartCarb-Small Apple) & Cashews (PowerFuel-2 tablespoon)
Lunch: Nutrisystem Red Beans & Rice, Celery (1-Vegetable), Carrots (1-Vegetable)
Snack: Applesauce (SmartCarb-1/2 cup)& String Cheese (PowerFuel)
Dinner: Nutrisystem Chicken Alfredo & V8 (2-Vegtables)
Dessert: Nutrisystem Popcorn




I didn't eat all the of the popcorn for the afternoon snack.  I'm not much of a popcorn fan so I gave most of it to the dog.  It was good but I just don't care for it.  I didn't show this on the above breakdown because I wanted everyone to see what the days totals looked like.
 
Day 5
Breakfast: Nutrisystem Peanut Butter Granola Bar
Snack: Apple (SmartCarb-Small Apple) & Cashews (PowerFuel-2 tablespoon)
Lunch: Nutrisystem Loaded Baked Potato, Celery (1-Vegetable), Carrots (1-Vegetable)
Snack: Applesauce (SmartCarb-1/2 cup)& String Cheese (PowerFuel)
Dinner: Nutrisystem Italian Herb Flatbread Pizza & V8 (2-Vegtables)
Dessert: Nutrisystem Peppermint Cookie Patty



After using the kit for five days I have lost a total of 2.2 pounds.  Overall, I liked the program and look forward to repeating the next five days with the second box I have and maybe dropping another 2 pounds.  I also found a few coupons and went back to Wal-Mart and was able to purchase two more kits for Diabetes.  I will test them out as well and write another detailed blog like this one.  

I would love to continue with this program as long as I can purchase the kits at my local store.  I'm still not sold on buying a 28 day supply online at over $200 yet.  From what I understand these are just tester boxes but I hope they develop this further.  I would love to see these products sold separate in the stores so I could create my own meals, leaving out the pot pie. 



27 comments:

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  2. Thank you for writing this review. I decided I'd try it too. The most informative review I've found on the internet. Also, it gave me a general idea on how to follow the plan effectively, but I do have adjust it to me my macronutrient goals. Thank you!

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  3. Very welcome! Post back your results once you complete the box with your thoughts as a way to help others like us. I would love to hear how it worked for you.

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  4. I really enjoyed your review and I am happy that you included what meals were included in the 5-day meal plan package. I also like that you put the daily meal together ahead of time - great idea! I will definitely do that as well.
    I was on the program 3 years ago (received food monthly in the mail) and I lost a great deal of weight, and I felt great. I had difficulty eating all of the food as well. There were many days that I just couldn't eat it all (made me sick because I was so full) and found myself sharing some of the food with my co-workers.
    Thank you very much and Congratulations on your success. ~Mary

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    1. Thank you so much for posting and sharing your success as well! Great job :-)

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  7. Thank you! Very helpful. I think Nutri Systems should give you a freebie for all the free advertising they're getting from you. :)

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  8. Thanks for taking thetime to provide this informative post.

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    1. Thank you for taking the time to read it :-)

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  14. Thank you for writing such a thorough review. Can you please tell me how you determined the food options that fit into the Smart Carb and Power Fuel categories? I am ordering the kit on-line and want to be prepared when it arrives. Thank you!

    Elizabeth

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    1. Thank you for taking the time to read it. The program will come with a list to pick from but if you are wanting to have the stuff on hand then try doing a search for "Nutrisystem Grocery Guide". You should be able to find several pdf pages of stuff to pick from. I tried posting a link but I can't in the comment section. Hope this helps!

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  20. Thanks For Sharing the wonderful article, this post is really amazing.
    nutrisystem best way to loss weight

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  21. Very helpful post. The Fitness Pal website is the best calorie counting/exercise log I have ever used. Thank you!

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  22. Seeing this is a dated post, might I ask how long you continued with Nutrisystem? How much success did you find throughout the program?

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  23. I'm curious as to where to find those little zip bags with the portion size markings?

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