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First off, Is there a difference between Nutrisystem and Jenny Craig? Thanks in advance for any answer or 2. Second question of mine... Ok.. I am really wanting to start cheating already.. I do have will power and so I won't, but I am extremely hungry at night...

During the day I am fine, but after supper and the dessert around 9 p.m. my tummy feels very hungry again....

I drink anywhere from 13-15 glasses of water a day, I don't have chicken in my house to have that with a meal, I have been either having eggs or tuna for my protein and PB on celery for my fats...

Can I eat celery or cucumbers after hours???....

Before getting on Nutrisystem I would eat a big bowl of cereal (good kind with whole grains and all that) at night and that would do me well till the morning. Then.

I'd eat a bowl of the same cereal the next morning, (if I'd eat breakfast at all), for lunch it use to be not always but some days, 4 slices of toast with PB and honey, and supper I'd have whatever, a bun or crosant etc... Then my cereal just before bed.. I seem to be eating more food on Nutrisystem then before,.

But I am more hungry now. I think my cereal must have had more fiber to keep me less hungry..

My calories for a day range between 1145 - 1200.. I am craving white sub buns and crosants.. My hubby buys them for my kids to have and my boys get me to cut them for them and they are fresh from the bakery.. I love that smell.. It makes me want to eat them so bad.. But I haven't given in yet...

When I was dieting last Spring, I don't remember being this hungry.. I wasn't on Nutrisystem then, I was following Tom Venuto, but after having a very stressful episode last summer I started to lose my determination and got really depressed and stopped eating properly and gained all my weight back.. No I am back to square one.. I just don't want to give in to my cravings...

The depressing thing for me is after 5 days I've only lost 1 lbs.. I want to be like others that drop 5 lbs in a week...

Anyway, before I write a book, I'll end this here....

Comments (27)

The answer is Yes, but you might wanna make sure and wait for someone else to confirm my answer as I am unsure of myself. Better yet, why don't you contact the Nutrisystem guys because they can help better...

Comment #1

And, you can eat as many of the Unlimited Veggies as you want, every hour on the hour, if you like!.

Do you know about the FREE FOODS?.

Here is a suggested list of "free foods" or "extras" that was provided by NutriSystem counselors and posted by NutriSystem on the Discussion Boards. These are just an extended list of the "extras" that are listed in your Meal Planner on Page 38..

A "free food" is anything that is 20 calories or less and you can have up to 3 per day (they don't need to be with your meals, you can have them anytime). I use SF Popsicles as a snack before bed. You can eat SF Jello topped with 1 tablespoon Free Cool Whip, which is nice in the afternoon. SF Pancake Syrup is another example (most of which are 20 calories for 1/4 cup...or Walden Farms with 0 calories per serving). Just don't have all 3 at once, that would make it a carb..


There are Free Foods that can be used on the NutriSystem plan. The term Free Foods comes from the American Diabetes Association. They are low calorie foods (20 calories or less) that can be added to the meal plan in small amounts. This minimal amount of calories will not affect weight loss, but we do recommend that they be limited to 2 or 3 servings per day if the foods have any calories at all..



Coffee/Tea Unlimited.

Diet Soda Unlimited.

Sodium Free Seltzer Water Unlimited.

Sugar Free Tonic Water Unlimited.

Club Soda (not tonic or quinine water) Unlimited.


Artificial Sweeteners Unlimited.

Spices (salt-free) Unlimited.

Herbs Unlimited.

Vinegar Unlimited.

Lemon Juice Unlimited.

Nonstick Cooking spray Unlimited.

A-1 Sauce or Steak Sauce 1 Tbsp.

Butter Buds 1 oz.

Bouillon or Broth (Dry)- Low Sodium 1 packet, 1 tsp, 1 cube.

Bouillon or Broth (Canned)- Low Sodium cup.

Catsup 1 Tbsp.

Cocoa, dry unsweetened 1 Tbsp.

Coffee Whiteners (Powdered) 1 Tsp.

Chili Sauce 1 Tbsp.

Chocolate Topping (Reduced Calories) 1 Tbsp.

Cool Whip (fat free) 2 Tbsp.

Low cal or reduced cal syrup Amount not to Exceed 20 cals/ 0 fat.

Dream Whip 1 Tbsp.

Sugar-free Jam/Jelly Amount not to exceed 20 cal.

Low sugar Jam/Jelly 2 Tsp.

Horseradish 1 Tsp.

Mustard 1 Tsp.

Picante Sauce 1 Tbsp.

Relish 1 Tsp.

Salad Dressing (Fat Free) 2 Tbsp.

Salsa 1 Tbsp.

Soy Sauce (Low sodium) 1 Tsp.

Taco Sauce 1 Tbsp.

Worcestershire Sauce 1 Tsp.


Sugar Free Gelatin/Jello 6oz per serving = 15 cal.

Sugar Free Gum 1 stick = 5 cal.

Sugar Free Candies 20 cal or less per serving / 0 fat.

Dill Pickle 1.

Popcorn (light and natural) 1 Cup POPPED.

I lost 105 pounds, and I swear, I was never hungry...but I never skimped on the veggies and my salads fill a sink....

Just as an example, here is my typical day for a Woman who is on the 1100-1300 calorie a day plan (under 100 pounds to lose). If you have over 100 pounds to lose, you add even more food (carbs with breakfast and dinner and a fruit to lunch):.


NutriSystem Low-Fat Granola mixed with 3/4 cup blueberries and 8 oz yogurt for a Breakfast Parfait (Entree/Fruit/Dairy or Protein) The Granola can be eaten first with 1/2 cup milk (that is not the Dairy/Protein serving, it goes with the cereal), then have the fruit and yogurt an hour or so later (I have 7-8 "meals" a day doing this)..


NutriSystem Lunch Entree or Bar, Small Can Sodium-Free V-8 Juice or a HUGE Mixed Green Salad with FF dressing, 1/2 cup FF Cottage Cheese or a small, 80 calorie can of Tuna (Entree/Salad/Protein or Dairy). I usually have the salad, then the bar about an hour later..


Small Apple and String Cheese (Fruit/Protein or Dairy).


NutriSystem Entree (different one each night, I usually only repeat an entree 2-3 times a month, but you can have the same thing more frequently if you like), 2 Servings of Veggies (usually broccoli and cauliflower for me, but any veggies you like...remember, however, that peas and corn are carbs, not veggies), Mixed Green Salad with 0 Calorie Walden Farms Dressing.


NutriSystem Double Chocolate Almond Cookie or Dessert Bar with 1 Teaspoon Peanut Butter (Dessert/Fat)..

Raw celery and zucchini to munch on if needed, SF Popsicle, SF Jello, also..

You can eat up to 3 servings of "free foods" of under 20 calories each per day. Even 1 cup of air-popped popcorn works..

I generally keep on hand a bag of Mixed Greens salad, a box of sliced mushrooms, zucchini, broccoli, string cheese, yogurt, cottage cheese, apples, bananas and frozen blueberries..

You will also need to drink at least 64 oz. of water a day...

Comment #2

I eat really slow and it usually takes me about 20 - 30 mins to eat. I drink approximately 120 oz of water a day. Which is 15 cups..

Then about 30 - 60 mins after eating breakfast I do my Biggest Loser Power walk 3 miles in my livingroom..


NutriFlakes Cereal - 40% Bran Flakes with 4oz... 1 Meal 150.0.

Organics Vanilla Yogurt 113 grams 100.0.

Grapefruit 1/2 fruit 51.7.

Total 301.7.


Chicken Noodle Soup 1 Container 110.0.

Celery 1 medium-stalk 5.6.

Lettuce, green or red leaf 1 cup 5.4.

Tuna, water packed 1/4 cup 44.7.

Total 165.7.


Blueberries 3/4 cup 62.0.

Organics Vanilla Yogurt 113 grams 100.0.

Total 162.0.


Italian Herb Flatbread Pizza 1 Package 270.0.

Bell Peppers, red or green, raw 1 cup 18.0.

Lettuce, green or red leaf 1 cup 5.4.

Celery 1 medium-stalk 5.6.

Salad Dressing 1 tbsp 57.3.

Total 356.3.


Thin Mint Crisp Bar 1 Bar 150.0.

Total 150.0.

Total Calories for the day 1135.6.

Don't want to eat anything sweet or salty past 6:30 p.m...

Comment #3

Eat more tuna...1/2 cup..


How much protein is in that yogurt?.

The calories on the salad dressing are a little high (30 calories is more in line with the NutriSystem recommendation). Are you using that as your FAT SERVING (45 calories and 5g fat)?.


Comment #4

Don't be afraid to eat as much of the unlimited veggies as you want. Make yourself a nice big salad and enjoy it..

Don't skip your fat serving. (I love my 6 almonds before dinner! They take the place of the three or four handsful of mixed nuts I used to have before starting on NS!).

And yes, you can have celery or any other unlimited veggie after your snack at night...

Comment #5

Well I love my veggies so Yay to that...

For the yogurt protein it has 5 grams in it..

Sometimes I use the dressing as my fat serving..

I usually don't use a whole tbsp though.. It's the only dressing I like..

My Calorie wise Balsamic Vinaigrette is :.

Nutrition Facts.

Serving Size 1 tbsp (15ml).

Amount Per Serving.

Calories from Fat 18 Calories 25.

% Daily Values*.

Total Fat 2g 3%.

Saturated Fat 0.2g 1%.

Cholesterol -.

Sodium 190mg 8%.

Total Carbohydrate 2g 1%.

Dietary Fiber -.

Sugars 2g.

Protein 0.1g.

Vitamin A - 0 Vitamin C -0.

Calcium -2% Iron -0.

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs..

I just asked my hubby to buy me some almonds for my fat serving...

Thank You for trying to help me with this.. I greatly appreciate it!!!....

Comment #6

The serving sizes for the unlimited vegetables are minimum serving size. You can have as big a serving as you like!..

Comment #7

Thanks.. I asked my hubby to go out and buy me some almonds.. I love my salads so I'll eat more of them.. Thanks again.. I appreciate the help....

Comment #8

You want NO LESS than 7g protein in your yogurt (or any Dairy/Protein serving). I go for 8g-20g each...

Comment #9

Just curious as to why you don't want to eat something after 6:30? If you spread your food out more, saved your dessert and even a protein or fruit from earlier, you could eat that later in the evening and might not feel the hunger. If you are concerned that eating late will make you gain weight, that is just not true. Actually, spreading things out and eating every 2-3 hours keeps your metabolism boosted and working efficiently. I usually eat my last thing around 8:00 or 8:30 and go to bed around 10:00. I am never hungry when I go to bed and seldom "starving" when I wake up in the morning. Just trying to help figure this out for you!..

Comment #10

Ya, I was wondering that. Thanks for letting me know....

Comment #11

Deb - look at you !! 55 pounds!!!! Awesome!.

And a good question for Blondee. Maybe that would help...

Comment #12

Oh ok.. I will look for more protein in my yogurt.. Thanks....

Comment #13

I tried incorporating yogurt into my meal plan, but I swear it just makes me more hungry! Maybe you should try incorporation other protein instead..

I've gone to just eating protein like turkey, canadian bacon, 2 Hebrew National hot dogs (97% ff), an egg, or cottage cheese with blueberries (that one is the most filling because you get a huge portion!) or a non-fat Latte..

Also, you should add more stuff into your salads like tomatoes, carrots, cucumbers, etc. If you're doing a salad with your lunch entree, add your protein to it and have a grilled chicken salad or turkey, etc..

Just a few of the things that have been working for me!..

Comment #14

Let me were eating Dannon Light 'n Fit or Yoplait? Same thing happens to me. Immediately hungry after I ate a Dannon yogurt. Took me forever to figure out why. Too many carbs (sugar) and not enough protein. That coupled with the sugar from the fruit serving was pushing me over the edge. I switched to plain FF greek yogurt (90 cals, 15g protein and 7g carbs) which is very filling and doesn't cause me to become hungry. I have a greek yogurt with blueberries an hour or so after the breakfast entree and always have a lean protein with lunch...

Comment #15

If you're eating something like yoplait light that is not uncommon. Between the sugars and the low protein they never satisfied me. I made the switch to greek yogurt and there is no looking back now, 4 ounces of that stuff makes me feel full...

Comment #16

LOL Losingw8now, we quoted and responded almost identically to the same post...

Comment #17

Hi Debbie, Thanks for trying to help me out with this.. Yes I heard that if you eat anything past 8 I believe, it'll turn to fat.. So I wasn't eating past that time.. I know that spreading the food out every few hours is good for keeping the metabolism up so that my body doesn't go into starvation mode. I will continue to munch on veggies when after hours, like celery and cucumbers...

This morning I didn't wake up with that burning in my stomach.. I have water by my bed at night so I even drink during the night when I wake up.. I will get this thing down pat soon I hope.. Thanks....

Comment #18

The desserts are high in protein so that you won't get that hungry feeling at night. Don't watch the clock, just eat your dessert some time between dinner and bed, when you're feeling hungry..

The plan works!!!! Welcome to the boards!..

Comment #19

That is an old, silly, outdated myth..

I eat from 7AM until 11PM and look at me...NO FAT.....

Comment #20

Thank You ladies.. I will take all your idea to heart.. I will purchase some chicken breast next pay day.. I can't purchase Greek Yogurt where I live.. No one carries it. I've been looking for a year now....

Comment #21

You should be able to find.


Brand of greek yogurt somewhere. I can get Chobani and Oikos at Martin's... Dannon, and Brown Cow at Wegman's..... Dannon and Athenos at Walmart....and Fage 0% at Safeway....all of them with fruit. Plain greek yogurt should be easier to find..

Also if you do get your hands on the greek, don't eat more than 1 a day. Eat protein instead...

Comment #22

I'm in northern Ontario Canada, a small community of only 1500 people, I've gone to the walmart in the neighboring town, and I looked up and down for Greek yogurt on their dairy shelves and they didn't carry it...

Comment #23

One of the grocery stores near me doesn't put the Greek yogurt in the dairy sectionthey have it in the vegetarian refrigerated foods section. Maybe look there?.

Ditto to what others have said about eating unlimited veggies, spreading out your meals more, and getting in more protein than your yogurt's giving you..

Good luck!!..

Comment #24

I'll just ask one of the reps that work at WalMart if they carry it in the store, that way I'll know for sure if they have it.. Thanks....

Comment #25

I'm with the others, the carbs in yogurt make me hungry..

Also agree about spreading out your meals. If you look at your afternoon/evening eating schedule, you're eating most of your food for the day in a three hour period (3 pm - 6:30 pm). If you can, I suggest moving your dinner to 6 pm, and then having a snack at 9 pm. That's what I do and it works great. I start to get a little hungry (or maybe just wanting to munch...) around 8 pm, but I tell myself I must wait another hour for my chocolate reward at 9 pm. I eat that and by then it's late enough that I'm all set for the night..

You have a great attitude and really seem open to the suggestions from the pros - I can see already that you will be successful!!! You definitely have what it takes. Keep asking questions - these members are awesome. Good luck and please let us all know how it goes!!..

Comment #26

Well that sucks..

I hope you can find it somewhere...

Comment #27

Another option is to make your own yogurt. It is very easy and you can control everything that goes into it. I have a yogurt maker, but you can do it in the oven, too. Google "Homemade Yogurt" for lots of ideas..

My homemade yogurt is 90 calories, 0g fat and 9g protein for a full cup...

Comment #28

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