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Nutrisystem Review

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Last Updated: March 2024

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Our Summary

For more than 50 years, Nutrisystem has offered customers healthy eating options with fully prepared and delivered meals. As a pioneer of the meal delivery revolution, Nutrisystem has spent years refining its famous weight-loss program to meet its customers' needs and tastes by offering specially designed, pre-packaged and low-calorie meals.

Nutrisystem first launched as a weight-loss counseling platform with products in their brick and mortar facilities. The company shifted its direction in 1999 to focus on a direct-to-consumer business model to support customers who have busy lifestyles and who do not have time to visit their centers in person. The company pivoted to 1-800 numbers and then to the consumer internet business that we mostly associate with the Nutrisystem brand today.

For more than 50 years, Nutrisystem has offered customers healthy eating options with fully prepared and delivered meals. As a pioneer of the meal delivery revolution, Nutrisystem has spent years refining its famous weight-loss program to meet its customers' needs and tastes by offering specially designed, pre-packaged and low-calorie meals.

Nutrisystem first launched as a weight-loss counseling platform with products in their brick and mortar facilities. The company shifted its direction in 1999 to focus on a direct-to-consumer business model to support customers who have busy lifestyles and who do not have time to visit their centers in person. The company pivoted to 1-800 numbers and then to the consumer internet business that we mostly associate with the Nutrisystem brand today.

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What Is Nutrisystem?

Nutrisystem is an all-inclusive meal delivery weight loss program. Nutrisystem doesn’t force exercise or expect extra work from their customers. Dieters simply have to restrict their mealtimes to the delicious foods provided by Nutrisystem.

While the delivery method has changed over the years, the primary philosophy of Nutrisystem has not. Through all of its iterations, Nutrisystem has stuck to its goal of simplifying the weight-loss process. What this means is that Nutrisystem customers do not have to:

    • Decide whether certain foods fit their diet
    • Count calories or carbohydrates
    • Monitor portion sizes

Nutrisystem offers its food packages to all residents of the continental United States.

Weight loss is often overwhelming and frustrating, especially for people who have dietary restrictions. Nutrisystem offers alternatives for everyone who wants to eat healthier at a reasonable price.

Meal Plan Options

The team at Nutrisystem understands that each member they serve is different and might have unique dietary needs. Here are just a few of the dietary modifications Nutrisystem readily makes available for customers:

    • Diabetic menus that focus on low carbohydrate intake
    • Low-sodium menus for people suffering from hypertension
    • Allergy-based adjustments to make sure the customer is safe from allergens in their meals

Cost of the Subscription

With so many meal plan options available today, customers want value for their nutrition investment. Base pricing for the Nutrisystem meal delivery service starts at $9.99 per day, with options to pay more for add-ons such as shakes or snacks.

Ordering is simple once customers determine how long they want to try the program and create an account and fill out health and weight-loss goals and special eating considerations.

How to Order

Customers who sign up for Nutrisystem will enjoy prepared breakfast, lunch or dinner shipped right to their door. Nutrisystem also packs in nutritious snacks and desserts. Everything Nutrisystem sends fits within each customer's specific weight-loss goals and adheres to calculated calories per portion.

Customers interested in signing up for this subscription meal plan first create a Nutrisystem account. The next step is to customize the plan by answering a few simple questions, such as meal plan option, delivery dates and selected meals. Again, customers can choose from a variety of programs and customizations that cater to paleo, gluten-free and weight-loss.

The program duration is typically four weeks per meal plan, but customers can re-order as necessary and desired. The first week of the plan, however, offers a unique twist compared to the other weeks:

    • Week 1: Eat three meals, one snack and one specially formulated Nutrisystem shake daily. The theory behind this week's approach is to prepare the body for weight-loss success.
    • Weeks 2-4: Eat six times per day, supplementing Nutrisystem meals with lean, low-calorie and low-sodium food options.

Unpacking the Box

Nutrisystem's frozen foods arrive via FedEx and are sometimes shipped separately from ready-to-go menu items. Customers who will not be home to receive deliveries can let Nutrisystem know, and they will ensure that frozen items are packed in dry ice to keep foods frozen for six-to-eight hours. The typical shelf-life for Nutrisystem foods is six-to-eighteen months.

Our Bottom Line Summary

Whether you’ve been trying to lose weight for years or are just trying for the first time, the Nutrisystem program can set you along the path to success. The meals are delicious, ready to eat in minutes, and filling. Instead of worrying about your exercise or cooking habits, Nutrisystem is easy to manage and doesn’t require any outside time or hard work.

If you want to lose weight, but do so without giving up the foods and activities you love, Nutrisystem could be the perfect program for you.