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Got a quick question: Is the Nutrisystem website down? Thanks in advance for any answer. Another quick question... How many calories should you be eating per day? I used my tracker and 1231 calories came up. I wouldn't have known that if I was just tracking in my book, is that bad?..

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The answer is Yes, but you might want to make sure and wait for another person to confirm this as I am not confident. Better yet, why don't you ask the Nutrisystem guys because they can give you an answer better...

Comment #1

The Women's I started yesterday, and when my pts. added up to 1200 and something it made me nervous. I want to do this right I have to lose weight. Between 40 - 50 lbs. Oh yea Thank You for answering me!..

Comment #2

You are just fine then. Women with less than 100# to lose average 1250 plus or minus 100 calories a day...

Comment #3

Thank you! This is pretty cool. Since I'm new I'm ttrying to figure out how to use this : )..

Comment #4

Welcome aboard! Be sure to call and speak to a Counselor (1-800-585-5483, option 5) 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 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 #5

Your tips were very helpful. I am on day 6 of the program and am really (and surprisingly) enjoying the food..

My main question is this:.

Where are the basic instructions on how to follow the program? I ordered my food and luckily logged in on the website to see the food tracker so I just started following it. I called a counselor on my 1st day because I have really long days away from home during the week and I wanted to find out if I needed to consume all the lunch foods together or if I could split them up & same with the afternoon snack. I was told it was ok to split everything up and to not go longer than 4 hours w/o eating. I also asked if there was an hour of the day thatNutrisystemadvises not eating after since BECAUSE of my long days, dinner is often 8 or 9 o'clock at night. that's a lot of food to eat that late at night....

So I was important is it to eat 'meals'? is the combining of the food items eaten at the same time part of what makesNutrisystemwork, or is it ok to basically eat a la carte all day long and out of order in comparison to the meal tracker as long as you eat everything listed?.

I've browsed some recipes this weekend just out of curiosity because like I said, I really like the food 'as is' right now. I noticed people talking about 'saving a protein' which takes me back to my original question. IS it important to eat the entire dinner grouping at one sitting (just an example) or can things be combined into other meals or consumed separately as a snack?.

Hopefully this all makes sense and I really appreciate (in advance) your help...

Comment #6

Feel free to split meals up - spread them out - & also eat as late in evening as you wish .....

Comment #7

And be sure you eat it ALL!.

For the OP who asked about calories, the online tracker will give you calorie counts, but the beauty of the program is that you don't have to count calories. If you only use the hard copy meal planner, follow the servings guidelines and check off each box, you will be in the target range and be on track..

Also, don't forget the water - you will find less water retention when you get in all your H2O..

Good luck!..

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