Nutrisystem offers two types of programs: 1) Weight Loss Programs and 2) Transition and Maintenance Programs. All are designed to meet national nutrition guidelines through portion control and the selection of nutrient-rich, low-glycemic index foods. A key distinction between the weight loss programs and the transition and maintenance programs is the extent to which they incorporate prepackaged entrees and snacks. The weight loss programs include portion-controlled items for three meal entrees and one or two snacks or desserts per day. The transition and maintenance programs vary in the number of the portion-controlled items they deliver, while providing the opportunity for customers to prepare or select healthy conventional foods for themselves.
My Way, Nutrisystem's core weight loss program, offers meal plans for women and men at approximately 1000, 1200, 1500, and 1800 calories per day, depending upon the customer's estimated energy needs. Approximately 60% of customers' daily calories come from pre-packaged Nutrisystem® foods, with the remainder coming from fresh grocery additions. As shown below, the nutritional quality of the program stands in sharp contrast to that of the typical American diet. Furthermore, the program is consistent with national guidelines for macronutrient balance and fiber content, and is within limits for saturated fat, cholesterol, and sodium. Customers can customize their selection of Nutrisystem foods and grocery additions to meet dietary needs and preferences (e.g., low-sodium or lacto-ovo vegetarian diets).
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Nutrisystem D is, by design, consistent with nutritional recommendations from the American Diabetes Association. Nutrisystem D promotes the consumption of a balanced, nutrient-rich, low-glycemic index diet and includes a meal plan to avoid carbohydrate loading. All of the program's supporting materials are tailored to individuals with diabetes. In addition, Nutrisystem D customers also receive free access to Certified Diabetes Educators who are trained to help them address the specific dieting needs of those with diabetes.
Although the Nutrisystem D program was created with patients with type 2 diabetes in mind, it is also appropriate for patients with impaired glucose tolerance, or patients with type 1 diabetes who would benefit from weight loss. Because persons who follow a program consume a low-calorie diet, those on certain medications (especially insulin, sulfonylureas, and non-sulfonylurea secretagogues) may require dosage adjustments to reduce the risk of hypoglycemic events. Thus, we encourage all customers who purchase the Nutrisystem D program to discuss their enrollment with their diabetes care providers to determine whether any action is necessary. Interested providers can click here to request our Medical Advisor's recommendations for adjusting medications to avoid hypoglycemia (verification of medical license required).
Nutrisystem for Teens is a weight loss and management program created
specifically for teenagers with obesity who are
between the ages of 14-17. Designed in accordance with the weight management
recommendations of the American Academy of Pediatrics (Barlow SE et al.
Pediatrics 2007;120;S164-S192), Nutrisystem for Teens was created to help
teenagers manage their weight while introducing them to healthy eating and
activity habits that will last a lifetime. The combination of nutritionally
balanced packaged and supplemental foods provides approximately 1400 calories
per day for girls and 1700 calories per day for boys, and meets age-appropriate
targets listed in the Dietary Guidelines for
The Nutrisystem for Teens program includes:
Note: Enrollment in the Nutrisystem for Teens program requires approval froma parent or guardian, as well as a pediatrician or family physician.
The use of portion-controlled foods in a low-calorie diet can improve adherence and enhance weight loss compared to a diet of self-selected foods. However, consistent long-term use of prepackaged foods may not be feasible for all persons seeking weight control. To address this issue, Nutrisystem offers programs to help customers gradually reduce their reliance on its portion-controlled foods while simultaneously increasing their ability to follow the dietary principles of the program on their own.
This transition program includes 5 days' worth of entrees and snacks/desserts per week. Rather than allowing customers to "take the weekend off," this program provides instruction on how to prepare Nutrisystem-consistent meals and snacks, as well as how to select healthier choices when eating out. Customers have full access, by phone, email, or chat, to our team of counselors who provide support as customers step-down their use of Nutrisystem foods.
Customers who select this transition program continue to receive Nutrisystem® breakfast and lunch entrees plus snacks/desserts. Instead of dinner entrees, customers are encouraged to prepare and select healthy meals on their own with help from the resources described above. This program allows customers the experience of self-selecting and preparing meals in accordance with the tenets of the Nutrisystem® diet, while retaining a good deal of structure.
For an annual fee, Success A La Carte customers receive free shipping and a recurring discount on all A La Carte orders. This maintenance program provides the opportunity for customers to select whichever Nutrisystem pre-packaged foods they choose in whatever amounts they choose at a discounted price, along with free shipping.
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Health Insurance/Flexible Spending Accounts
Patients may be eligible to receive reimbursement for their purchase of Nutrisystem programs.