Just like football, weight loss requires a strategy. Who knows better about a successful game plan than a Hall of Fame Quarterback? Long-term Nutrisystem ambassador Dan Marino shares his Getting Started Game Plan for a weight loss win. From perfecting your playbook to huddling with a coach, check out Dan’s top tips for success on Nutrisystem.
1. Get the NuMi App
Every player needs a playbook. For Nutrisystem, that playbook is the NuMi app. It’s our FREE tracking app that’s easy to use and fits perfectly into your weight loss game plan.
Easily keep track of your daily meal plan, water intake, exercise and weight loss progress in one organized place. NuMi also has fun tracking challenges and provides easy access to healthy recipes, The Leaf and our a la carte shop. You even have the possibility of getting a surprise message from Dan himself! “The NuMi app is full of rewards and tips to keep you motivated,” says Dan.
2. Call a Coach
Your Nutrisystem plan is simple. However, that doesn’t mean you have to go it alone. “Nutrisystem is more than just food,” says Dan. “It’s a complete system.” That’s why we offer one-on-one coaching with trained Weight Loss Coaches that are available for your support every step of the way. “They have coaches to answer any questions when you have them,” explains Dan.
Whether you’re a Nutrisystem rookie or a seasoned player, our Coaches are here to guide you, motivate you and support you. Even if you fumble and fall off the weight loss track, they can help you get back in the game. “They’ll help you create your own best game plan,” says Dan. “I want to give a shout out to the many dedicated coaches who help people every day.”
3. Set Goals
Get your head in the weight loss game by setting realistic goals that keep you motivated! “When you accomplish certain goals that you have and see the difference in your body and how you feel, it just gets you pumped up,” explains Dan. “It gets you more excited about losing more weight and working harder at it and continuing to see how your body changes.”
4. Stick to the Game Plan
Whether you’re playing football or trying to lose weight, a game plan is key to success. Nutrisystem for Men provides you with a game plan for eating that’s simple, satisfying and specially designed to help guys lose weight. “Nutrisystem for Men is so easy to stick to. The food is great and you get to eat frequently,” states Dan.
Your weight loss plan allows you to eat every two to three hours. Make sure to follow the daily plan in your NuMi app and eat all of the food recommended to stave off hunger and cravings. During the first week, you will eat five times per day (three meals and two snacks). Going into week two, you get to eat six times per day (three meals and three snacks). Dan explains, “The snacks and shakes in-between meals helps you beat hunger throughout the day. You feel full because you are eating all day long.”
5. Stay Hydrated
Any athlete will tell you that staying hydrated is key to their performance. The same thing applies to weight loss progress: Drinking water can help you achieve your goals. That’s why we recommend drinking 64 ounces of water each day on Nutrisystem for Men.
Score a touchdown on your daily water goals by setting a personalized reminder in the NuMi app. You can also invest in a sports water bottle that’s easy to take with you on the go.
Pro Tip: You can get a FREE Nutrisystem water bottle just for downloading the NuMi app!
6. Get Moving
Exercise isn’t required to lose weight on Nutrisystem for Men but it can really help to move things along. After week one, we encourage 30 minutes of physical activity each day.
“Get off the couch and start exercising,” says Dan. “I’ve been spending time on the recumbent bike to add flexibility to my knees due to surgery. I’m also walking and can’t wait to get on the golf course!”
Go for a walk around the neighborhood or incorporate some strength training into your routine. Just try to get up and move around every day. “It’s going to change your life and it’s going to make a difference. You’ll see it, and you’ll get excited about it and you’ll want to continue to do it,” explains Dan.
Pro Tip: Try splitting your 30 minutes of activity into three 10-minute increments throughout the day. This is the perfect solution if you have a busy schedule or are new to exercise. Get started with these 10-minute workouts! >
7. Power Up With Protein
A meal plan high in protein will keep you satisfied, energized and ready to get back in the game. Protein is also more thermogenic than carbohydrates and fats, meaning it requires more energy for digesting and absorbing. This means that you’ll burn more calories eating a high-protein food compared to something higher in carbs and fat.
Your Nutrisystem menu combined with your favorite grocery additions provides you with the protein you need to achieve your goals. In week two, make sure to start incorporating lean protein PowerFuels like grilled chicken, eggs and low-fat cheese. Dan likes to stock up on Nutrisystem Protein and Probiotic Shakes so that he always has a quick and easy PowerFuel option on hand.
8. Pick Your Line-Up
What makes Nutrisystem so special is that you don’t have to give up your favorite foods to lose weight. Being able to choose your top picks and eat your favorite meals and snacks makes it easier to stick to the game plan and see success.
Month one is all about trying different menu items and finding what you love. When it comes time for your second order, make sure to take full advantage of the customization that your program allows and select your second month line-up. “You can pick your own food and create your own menu,” explains Dan. “The burgers and the ice cream and all the different choices you have makes it more exciting. I think that the variety makes you want to work at it even more.”
9. Follow Nutrisystem on Social Media
Add some game-changing content to your social media feed by following Nutrisystem on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter! Whether you’re looking for meal plan tips or an a la carte deal, our pages are the place to go for all things Nutrisystem.
Join in on fun giveaways for a chance to score some awesome free stuff (think gift cards, Nutrisystem food and air fryers). Tune into frequent Facebook Live events for expert weight loss advice from Nutrisystem dietitians. Plus, be the first to know about new food launches and get Nutrisystem hacks to keep things interesting. You can also connect with other people on the plan for even more support and motivation!