Taking days off from Nutrisystem?

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I'm a (newly) single mom and now need to run a VERY tight budget. I also need to lose weight and I know from past experience that Nutrisystem works. I was thinking about ordering Nutrisystem through QVC's 5-day on and 2-day off plan, but I wasn't able to choose my own food through them. SOOoooo... I ordered a full 28-day pkg through Nutrisystem BUT I'm gonna ration it to follow as a 5-day on and 2-day off plan. I received my food on Friday, but I start tomorrow..

Is anyone else doing Nutrisystem w/ 2 days off per week? If so, how is it working for you?.


Comments (6)

Your question was: Taking days off from Nutrisystem?.

You need to be vigilant about flexing responsibly. The "off days" are still days where you consume the same amount of calories, with similar nutritional content and lots of veggies to keep you full...

Comment #1

As long as 'off' days are structured the same as 'on' days, you'll lose.

Check out the recipe and food tips forums for lots of ideas for your flex days...

Comment #2

One day's menu for a flex day (to help get you started.).


1/3 cup Chappaqua granola layered with low fat yogurt and fruit..


Turkey sandwich with fat free Ranch dressing on Arnold Thin bread piled with lettuce and tomato and with a salad on the side..


Apple and low fat cheese stick..


Two fat free hot dogs on one low fat bun. Cole slaw made with vinegar (not mayo) and sliced tomatos with low fat balsamic dressing..


Zone or South Beach protein bar...

Comment #3

If you talk to a sales person for NS, they have a 20 day food plan called Flex, which is bascially what you are talking about, 5 days on/2days off..

This is what I'm doing because I am not able to eat the Nutrisystem food on the weekend. I chose my own food for all 20 days worth..

It may work out cheaper to buy 28 days worth of food then delay your order, in the long run, but for me it was easier to just purchase 20 days worth of food, instead of 28..

This past weekend was my first weekend "flexing" my meals, I've only been on the program for a week. I did fine, you just have to know in advance what you can have (which the food planner tells you) and spread it out through the day. What I did was totalled up everything I was supposed to have (ie: 8protiens/dairy, etc etc) and figured out where they would fit best in the day..

Seems to have worked as I am 2 lbs lighter today than I was on Friday!..

Comment #4

I am doing the 5 on and two off. I figure the two off is practice for when I reach goal..

You can do this. Welcome...

Comment #5

I do the Flex plan, which is the same thing and cheaper monthly, though not sure about long run. You can see it's worked well for me. The key is to stick to the Flex guidelines. You can call a counselor and get this info. It can be tricky at first, but once you grasp the plan it's easy to flex. The hard part is sticking to plan, but that's true flexing or not. Good luck!..

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