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Want to be sure you know your Nutrisystem “dos and don’ts”? We’ve got you covered! Registered Dietitian Mary Gregg, Nutrisystem Director of Nutrition and Dietary Services, is on the frontline of the Nutrisystem community and regularly takes on the most frequently asked member questions. Some of them may seem basic, but as you read through these questions and her answers, test yourself. Go ahead! See how many you get right.

Top 10 Most-Asked Nutrisystem Questions

Is it OK to use canned fruit and veggies on Nutrisystem? Yes! Some people actually prefer canned vegetables. You can incorporate them into your program, provided you opt for those labeled “no salt.” Can’t find them? Just put the veggies into a colander and rinse them to reduce the sodium content. Don’t forget frozen vegetables; they’re a good pick, provided you don’t get any in butter or cheese sauces. As for canned fruit, look for those packed in water, not in syrup. Some makers also offer “light” versions.

What about alcohol…can I drink on Nutrisystem? Beer, wine and liquor all add calories, so when you’re trying to lose weight, drinking isn’t the best idea. (Plus, after a drink or two, it can be hard to resist all those high-fat, high-calorie snacks at the bar.)

Are there any stimulants or appetite suppressants in the Nutrisystem® food? No. Nutrisystem food is low in fat and calories. It’s a low-Glycemic Index program with good carbs and fiber; this will help you feel fuller longer.

How many calories a day am I consuming? One of the benefits of Nutrisystem is that you don’t have to count calories while you’re on the program. All the work has been done for you! The Women’s Meal Plans average between 1200 and 1350 calories a day; the Men’s Plans average between 1400 and 1500 a day. And remember, you need to include all your grocery add-ins to make sure you’re staying in the appropriate calorie range.

Six to 8 glasses of water each day…why? Simply, water is your body’s most vital nutrient; it helps all the body’s organs do their jobs. When it comes to weight loss, water can help reduce the number of calories you consume each day by replacing high-calorie drinks, and it can help boost metabolism.

Can I eat out when I’m on the Nutrisystem® program? You can eat out occasionally—just follow the guidelines in the Dining Out Guide that was included in your Meal Planner. That will help you order, especially in a variety of ethnic restaurants. Whenever you do eat out, be sure to keep your portion sizes small (you can use your Nutrisystem® entrees as a guide).

Do I have to add all those grocery items that are listed in my Meal Planner into my meals? You should. These help you meet your daily requirements for nutrients such as fiber, protein, vitamins, minerals and total calories. Plus, they help keep you full, so you don’t get cravings. Your Meal Planner lists a number of options for all the add-ins, so you can make sure you’ve got a lot of variety.

What time do I have to stop eating at night? On Nutrisystem, there’s actually no set time of day for finishing your food; it really depends on your schedule. Think about this, though: since food gives you energy, it makes sense to have most of your food during the day, when you’re more active. Also, space out your food evenly throughout the day, instead of “saving” food for late at night. This will help you control those pesky cravings all day long.

What if I am hungry--what can I eat? In your Nutrisystem Meal Planner, quite a few vegetables are listed as “unlimited.” That means you can make a huge salad with them. In your Meal Planner, you’ll also find “extras,” like sugar-free gelatin with a spoonful of light whipped topping. For more “secret weapons” check out the sidebar. And if you’re still hungry, just get in touch with one of the Nutrisystem counselors who can help you make a plan.

How many pounds a week should I be losing? Members tend to average 1 to 1.5 a week. This varies depending on your start weight, your age, and the amount you exercise.

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