NutriSystem Select: New Plan That Includes Fresh Frozen Foods

by Jackie Wicks

NutriSystem Select is a new offering that improves the taste and increases menu choices by including fresh frozen foods from the Schwans food delivery service. When you sign up for NutriSystem Select you get 28-35 menu items (depending if you are a man or a woman) that you eat in addition to the regular “ready to go” entrees. This appears to be a very good move for the company, and it allows people to add more fresh foods to their meals.

Is NutriSystem Select A Good Program?

From our perspective any program that increases your food choices and improves the levels of fruits and vegetables is a good one. This page has a list of the new fresh frozen menu items and choices:

NutriSystem Select Menu Items

Tip Of The Day readers know we had written very recently that we expected the company to come out with some new offerings that improved the amounts of plant-based foods in the diet. Select appears to be a nice balance between great taste and health. To get a free diet consultation from the company, order Select or to ask questions on how it works click here

How Is NutriSystem Select Different From NutriSystem Flex?

NutriSystem Flex is another new, different offering that allows you to order 5 days of food a week instead of seven. The idea is that you have “flex” days to follow your own plan. Right now, you cannot order NutriSystem Select with the Flex option. 

How Do I Order NutriSystem Select And Can I Choose My Own Foods?With NutriSystem Select you have two options for ordering the program:
1) You can either order the pre-selected Favorites Package- the easy option
2) Or you can choose to customize your 3 weeks of ready-to-go entrees and desserts, plus a bonus free week to fit your preferences (in this option, you select your own menu items, ready-to-go items only). Then, in addition to your ready-to-go meals, you will receive a pre-selected assortment of delicious frozen breakfasts, lunches, dinners and desserts (one week’s worth or 28 menu items (35 items for Men’s Program)) to add into your meal plan as you choose
How Much Does NutriSystem Select Cost And How To I Get The Best Price?
This is a premium product and they are offering an initial discount of about $100. The program is $369 a month for women and $30 more for the men’s program. Both men’s and women’s “Silver” programs are $360 a month. I would observe that money spent on a healthier diet is money well spent. If the program does end up costing a little more it would be something to prioritize. I would imagine that the overall food quality is higher as well. We will see.

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NutriSystem Select FAQ:

When Will NutriSystem Select Be Available?

The product has just launched in February of 2009 and is available now.

What Foods Are Available On NutriSystem Select?

There seems to be a very big selection of foods available through Schwan’s “Live Smart” product line. One big problem with the old NutriSystem line is that they made you buy your own fruits and vegetables and the new Select program allows you to order everything you need once. Makes it easier to eat healthier. And the added cost is probably mitigated because you no longer have to buy a ton of extras to make it a healthy meal.

How Expensive Is NutriSystem Select In Comparison To Jenny Craig or Other Meal Delivery Services?

According to a recent Forbes Magazine story, NutriSystem was the cheapest of any diet out there when you analyzed all the costs of buying food, going to meetings, buying extras, equipment like blenders. Forbes compared NutriSystem to Weight Watchers, The Zone, The Abs Diet, South Beach, 5 Factor and the Martha’s Vineyard Diet Detox and found NutriSystem to be cheaper by quite a bit after a total cost analysis.

Does NutriSystem For Men Now Include An Option To Do Select?

Yes, if you are a man, woman or a senior you can opt into the select program. Men pay a little more, I would assume because they get more calories a day and will eat more food.

Will The Foods Taste Better On NutriSystem Select?

That seems to be the idea, and their partner, Schwans, has a strong reputation and track record of delivering healthy and tasty foods. NutriSystem seems to be

How Can I Find A Coupon, Coupon Code Or A Discount For NutriSystem Select?

NutriSystem often gives incentives to join a program or commit for a period of time. When you click on one of the banners you will see some incentives to get you to start. Most companies do things like this to get business. We have also created a page where we link the latest NutriSystem coupons.

What Is The Cost Of NutriSystem Select In Comparison To Buying Your Own Groceries?

I am sure that one could buy a great amount of healthy frozen foods for cheaper, but what you are paying for is the convenience and the knowledge that you are on a program with a certain expectation. Over time ideally you will start buying bags of frozen spinach and broccoli every time you go to the store. But keep in mind that even with the higher price of NutriSystem select you probably will not spend a ton more than you already are.

Does NutriSystem Offer Select Or Advanced Especially For Athletes Or Other Very Active People?

We need to look into this. Men already get a higher caloric intake and obviously if you are burning more calories you need to eat a little more. One thing we observe is that higher quality foods such as fruits and vegetables will give one more energy as a general rule. There is great micronutrient and phytochemical concentration.

Does NutriSystem Really Help You Lose Weight?

We observe that the company has been very successful in the past in helping people lose weight, especially in the short term. But what the company lacked was a focus on high levels of fruits and vegetables which are critical to getting people off the food addiction cycle. So Select will probably improve the ability of NutriSystem to lose weight. For permanent weight loss and the odds of the best health possible one will have to graduate to a nutritional approach like the one pioneered and advocated by Dr. Joel Fuhrman. But NutriSystem is an excellent first step, especially for people who have not been successful getting started.

Do NutriSystem Select Meals Have Fewer Preservatives?

It would seem that by freezing foods you are able to keep them fresh for a long time without preservatives which increase one’s overall toxic load.

Should One Join The Select Program Instead Of One Of The Legacy Programs?

Based on everything we have observed in the last 4 years running PEERtrainer, we feel very strongly that if NutriSystem is a solution for your particular needs, you should definitely pick this plan over the other ones. No question.

What is the Favorites Package?

The NutriSystem Favorites Package, gives you a pre-selected assortment of their most popular ready-to-go menu items for each meal occasion. If you’d like to try the wide array of NutriSystem foods, this may be a good choice for your first order (versus choosing your own foods). Once you’ve tried the NutriSystem favorites, you can always customize your ready-to-go items in any subsequent orders.
Does NutriSystem Help You Keep The Weight Off?

The company has spent a lot of effort building support groups on their site. This is a fundamental aspect of their program now. PEERtrainer has also started a NutriSystem Select Weight Loss Support Group for the members of the site who end up choosing this program as part of their overall weight loss efforts.

Discuss this in the PEERtrainer community:How will my NutriSystem Select Order be Shipped?
Your order is divided into two separate shipments: Your first shipment will contain your 3 weeks of ready-to-go NutriSystem entrees and desserts, your bonus free week of ready-to-go menu items, and your Results Kit with a Meal Planner that outlines how the program works. They will help you understand which foods to eat and when, as well as guide you in selecting the add-in foods to complete your diet. This way, you can get your program underway before your frozen foods arrive. 
Within the next 14 days, your second shipment will arrive containing your frozen items, which you can then begin to incorporate into your program. There are a couple caveats: If you refuse to accept the shipment once it is delivered, you will be charged a $30 cancellation fee. Residents of Alaska, Hawaii and Puerto Rico are not eligible for the NutriSystem Select program. Select cannot be shipped to PO Boxes, APO boxes, or military addresses.
What If You Are Not Sure About Ordering NutriSystem?
There are all sorts of options out there to help you lose weight. NutriSystem seems best for people who need some real hand holding during the weight loss program and don’t want to have to follow a plan. Over time you are going to have to change your diet to increase fruits and vegetables, decrease animal protein and keep your portions in check for long term success. If you go to restaurants a lot you probably would do better with the NutriSystem Flex program. You also might want to consider the Weight Watchers Momentum program.
If you do think you want the convenience and the low relative cost of the program compared to other diet options, you might want to start your process by taking the weight loss assessment on their site.

How will my frozen food remain frozen for delivery and how will it be shipped?
From the NutriSystem site: “Your frozen food shipment will be shipped separately from your ready-to-go items and delivered by a special Schwan’s Home Service truck that is designed for frozen storage. If you are not available to accept your food upon delivery, your frozen items will be packed on special ice packs and placed inside an insulated bag to keep your foods frozen for approximately four hours. Some customers may have their frozen food delivered by UPS. In this case, your frozen shipment will be packed on dry ice and placed in a Styrofoam cooler.”
Can I order extra items?
From the NutriSystem site: “The “A la Carte” area is good for picking up a few extra items beyond your total program (not for building a meal plan). It’s also the place to get things like vitamins, supplements, and other individual items. Browse through the A la Carte menu before checkout and you can find some great items which make weight loss that much easier. Simply select the category in which you’re interested, and choose individual items to be added to your shopping cart. Then proceed to checkout.”

What is Auto-Delivery? From the NutriSystem site: “With Auto-Delivery, you get a 10% discount off the regular 28-Day program price and FREE shipping within the Continental US when you remain on the program for at least 2 shipments. Plus, your discount increases to 15% after your third consecutive 28-Day program delivery. You are automatically charged and shipped your 28-Day order once every four weeks unless you cancel. You will be sent an e-mail reminder when your next order is to be shipped. You can edit, customize or delay your Auto-Delivery order at any time.”
Does NutriSystem Offer A Money Back Guarantee?

The company offers this money back guarantee: “Try our foods for a week. If you do not like them for any reason, simply call within seven days of receipt of your first order and return the three remaining weeks of food, and we will give you a full refund of your purchase price, less shipping. NutriSystem Select Program customers must return two weeks of non-frozen foods only. Frozen food items are not returnable.”
Can You Exchange Foods You Don’t Like?
Here is the NutriSystem Exchange policy:  “Our exchange policy is simple. Within 30 days of receipt of your order, you may return any item in its original condition, for an exchange. Simply contact the Customer Service Department for an Exchange Code. Please make sure you have an adequate supply of NutriSystem food to stay on the program, as you need to allow 14 business days to process your exchange. Make a list of the items you are sending back and a list of the items you would like in exchange (breakfast for a breakfast, lunch for a lunch, etc.). On your list, please indicate the order number, your name and address and send the package to the below address: NutriSystem Returns Dept – (Your Exchange Code) 200 Welsh Rd Horsham, PA 19044”

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