Good question... I dunno what is the right answer. I'll do some research in Google and get back to you if I got an decent answer. You should email the people at Nutrisystem as they probably could assist you..
Thank you I have been searching and even was before I put this post up. I just can't find it. I have e-mails saved with the links for this however when I go to that link it just brings up the main Nutrisystem home page...
Dont feel bad...I was looking for it FOREVER yesterday and found nothing!..
As I understand it, there is a "flex plan" with 5 days onNutrisystemand 2 days off. I had copied and pasted these guidelines for my own use some time ago, though I am still 7 days on NS. I suppose you can use these guidelines for all 7 days, but I am not sure about that. If you go to "Tips & Recipes" above, and link to "Recommended Grocery Foods" I think that is where you find serving sizes. I have also found them in the Online Food Tracker. Good luck!.
1 Dairy Serving.
1 Lean Protein Serving.
1 Fruit Serving.
1 Low Glycemic Carbohydrate Serving.
1 Fat Serving.
2 Lean Protein Serving.
1 Salad Serving 2 Tbsp. Fat Free Dressing (if desired).
1 Low Glycemic Carbohydrate Serving.
1 Vegetable Serving.
1 Dairy or Protein Serving.
1 Fruit Serving.
2 Fat Serving.
3 Lean Protein Serving.
1 Salad or Fruit Serving 2 Tbsp. Fat Free Dressing (if desired).
1 Low Glycemic Carbohydrate Serving 2 Vegetable Serving.
1 Dairy Serving.
1 Low Glycemic Carbohydrate Serving..
I did not write down who posted this, but if you search for "flex plan" under advanced search (thread titles) you will find some information there...
Thank you Patty! I used to do the Flex plan and I still have my book from that and it does explain some of it but the detail you provided is more then is even in the planner! Thank you for that!..
Michelle (m2marsh) compiles the averages of theNutrisystemmeals and updates them:.
If you send her a PM with your email address, she will send you the files listing the stats of all of theNutrisystementrees (I don't have the most updated file). That way you can compare to some store bought equivalents..
If you follow theNutrisystemguidelines of what constitutes a Dairy, Lean Protein, Dairy/Protein, Fat, Fruit, Vegetable and Low GI carb servings, then between that and the averages above, you should be able to follow the program using your own foods..
I know the information is on the boards. Click on search, then advanced search (the regular search is useless 99% of the time), and then type in "Nutrisystem on your own" for the key words. Make sure it is set to search Titles Only and then Show Threads (at the bottom). Lynn (GrayLady) posted the information time and time again so the information is out there. I know that some of the calorie ranges and averages for the meals in her posts are no longer accurate with the reformulations, but you have those from the chart above compiled by m2marsh..
The rest of the stats as to what constitutes a dairy, protein, fat, etc. have not changed. Just keep in mind that a Lean Protein serving is different from a Dairy/Protein serving. The lean proteins follow the serving sizes in theNutrisystemmeal planner (i.e. 1 oz of chicken) as opposed to the 100 calories or less, 3g of fat or less and 7g of protein and more rule for dairy/proteins...
If you have a flex planner (or even a regular one), letting him look at it would show how the thing works..
I know money is tight, but being fat sucks and if someone is having a hard time (like years being fat) dieting down on their own, it's worthwhile to try an organized program. When you factor in the restaurant meals and alcohol he WON'T be buying, the money can even be close to a wash..
I would think about making it a priority and just signing up for the plan. Skip some other luxuries and budget for it that way...
I know all this and that is why I do NS! I am trying to show my boyfriend why to do this. I already showed him the planner but he thought it looked like too much work..
This is a priority in my life. I am at the weight I need to be. I am strictly speaking about my boyfriend. As for your comment about "SKIP some other luxuries and budget." I do not need to do this. I already pay for myself each month. I am not going to sacrifice everything I love to do so I can pay for my boyfriend.
ONCE we are married at that time I will consider paying for him as well. Until then I want to show him what it is all about. I would think that seeing how great it works for me would be enough..
Thank you for your time and comments; they just don't apply to me...
Thank you so much for all of this information! I really wish just seeing how much I love it and how much it works for me would be good enough for him but it is not! I know that if I can get him to do it on his own for a month he will be willing to purchase it. I just need to get the ball rolling and all your information will go a long way in helping that process. Again, THANK YOU!..
One other thing, the flex plan posted earlier is for the women's plan. The guys have a different meal plan since they get to add in carbs (bastids!) and an extra snack. I think I have that saved so will post it for you..
I agree. You paying for the program for you BF won't do any good. He needs to be committed to losing weight. If he's not, then no point in wasting your money. Comments like it looks like too much work are indicative that he isn't serious about getting into shape..
If you wanted to share a week of your food with him and let him see how it goes following the men's eating plan, that may be an idea. I don't think he will be very successful following the program without theNutrisystemfoods, especially when first starting. If you gave him some of your food, there are plenty of subs we can give you for the entrees that you can use to fill in and even make for the both of you for dinner and on weekends. Maybe just even cooking a healthy dinner for the two of you following theNutrisystemguidelines and portion control is a good way for him to see that he can eat well while getting healthy..
At the end of the day we each need to decide for ourselves whether we want to lose weight. Having people tell you that you are fat just makes some of us resentful and tune them out. Until someone's mind is in the game, there is no point. Hopefully he will come around and see the light. Otherwise, we can send him off to the men's room to bash some sense into his thick skull...
What a great idea! Thank you. I will give him my food for a week and I still have the Flex planner from when I was on the flex plan. I will just flex for the entire week. Since the planner shows men and women I will have him follow the non flex portion for the men with my food. I know he wants to lose weight and is committed to it. He just wants to do it they way he always has in the past.
I want him to see thatNutrisystemis a way of life and eating theNutrisystemway for the remainder of our lives. We now live together and it has become a little difficult for me to maintain as well as I have. I am hoping that he will follow this once I show him how great it is. I am lucky that he does want to live a healthy lifestyle I am just having a hard time convincing him thatNutrisystemis the best and just buying frozen meals will not work. He is a wonderful cook and his skills in the kitchen would make FLEXNutrisystemeven better for him.
Thank you so much for your time. Just me rambling back to you have given me even more ideas!..
Here is the men's meal plan. I've noted the subs for the entrees. The add-ins are in addition:.
Nutrisystem breakfast entree (sub is 1 Lean Protein serving and 1 Low GI Carb serving).
Dairy or Protein serving.
Low glycemic carb serving.
Dairy or protein.
Nutrisystem Lunch entree (sub is 1 Lean Protein, 1 Fat and 1 Low GI Carb).
Salad serving (or two vegetable servings).
Fat Free dressing - 2 tbs, if desired.
Nutrisystem dessert entree (sub is 1 Dairy/Protein and either 1 Fruit or 1 Low GI carb).
Nutrisystem dinner entree (sub is 3 Lean Protein, 1 Fat, 1 Low GI carb).
2 Vegetable serving.
Salad or fruit.
Low Glycemic carb serving.
Nutrisystem dessert entree (sub is 1 Dairy/Protein and either 1 Fruit or 1 Low GI carb**).
** although you have the option of using either a low GI carb or fruit serving for both theNutrisystemsnack and dessert, I don't think it is a good idea to eat that many carb servings and only one fruit serving. As far as a balanced healthy diet goes, I think a minimum of 2 to 3 fruit servings should be consumed daily. There are more than enough carbs in the mens' plan especially, so he should opt for fruit over the carb for at least one..
The guys average 1500 calories per day if they have less than 100 pounds to lose...
Thank you! I really appreciate all your time. I have a good feeling with all this information when I get home tonight this will be something he will be willing to do!.
Thank you! I really appreciate all your time. I have a good feeling with all this information when I get home tonight this will be something he will be willing to do! If it was not for people like you I don't think I would ever be able to talk him into doing this. I have always done well onNutrisystemand did not need to boards for much support. I can not tell you what it means to me now that I do need the support for my boyfriend to have people like you that are willing to take their time to help people! I have always read the boards and seen what people like you and PamSB ect...have done but it was not until today that I truly realized what a blessing all you people are! THANK YOU!..