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Walk the Weight Off with Shape Up Tips from Leading National Walking Expert Leslie Sansone and Nutrisystem
Date:9/1/2009

HORSHAM, Pa., Sept. 1 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Nutrisystem, Inc. (Nasdaq: NTRI), a leading provider of weight management programs, products and services, has partnered with fitness expert, Leslie Sansone, to offer consumers striving for a late-summer shape up, some easy, top-of-mind tips to keep healthy eating, heart rates and pedometers pumping all month long.

According to Sansone, there are many great, convenient ways to kick-start a personal exercise plan and stay motivated. Variety is often the key to helping weight loss and shape up efforts stick. However, there is also a wrong way to lose weight and consumers often attempt to drastically cut calories while working out obsessively, which can lead to 'yo-yo' dieting and the weight loss patterns that go hand-in-hand with these behaviors.

"'Walking is Man's Best Medicine for Life,'" Hippocrates said and today, some 1500 years later, still remains true" quotes Leslie Sansone, America's #1 Walking Expert. "I am thrilled to be working with Nutrisystem and have the opportunity to offer people the basic, one-step-at-a-time, tips to start a walking routine and attain the health rewards that come from Walking Our Way!"

"We are excited to partner with Leslie Sansone to help get people on their feet, active and motivated to walk their way to a better, healthier lifestyle," says Dr. Jay Satz, Nutrisystem's Vice President of Research and Development and Scientific Affairs. "It is our hope that the combination of Leslie's expert, attainable fitness tips along with our proven, scientific nutritionally based weight loss programs will jump start the journey of people out there searching for a healthier path this Fall."

To help consumers from coast-to-coast get psyched about their realistic diet and fitness regimens, Sansone offers the below handy tips designed to not only help people look great and feel confident as they close out the summer, but have them way ahead of the game with fall fitness and diet resolutions already behind them!

  1. It's Late Summer- but there's still plenty of time before Labor Day to get moving! Grab a significant other, child or best friend and have them join you for a walk. Whether it's exploring a new trail at your local park, hitting the promenade at the beach or just taking a stroll around the neighborhood, take in the enjoyment of it all and then turn it into a habit. If it is too hot outside, you will need a "At Home Walk", it is the smart way to get fit. Just put in a DVD, in the comforts of your air conditioned home and get a great calorie burning work out.
  2. Good nutrition is a must. Healthy eating and a proven weight loss food plan like Nutrisystem will rev up your metabolism, keep it going all day long and provide the fuel you'll need to embark on that morning, midafternoon or sunset walk. The nutrient dense foods keep your blood sugar levels steady. When blood sugar readings spike, you become ravenous and more apt to eat excessively. When blood sugar levels plummet, so does your energy.
  3. Exercise is a foolproof metabolism booster. Aim for 5 or 6 sessions a week for 30 minutes. Walking briskly, jogging or biking will bump up your energy by increasing oxygen levels while releasing endorphins. Any activity that causes your heart to pump will increase your daily calorie burn significantly and aid in your weight loss. Get moving to get fit!
  4. Hydrate your body; feel full faster. Eight glasses a day is the general recommendation for an average adult, and drinking plenty of water can help you lose weight. If you drink water before and during meals, you tend to fill up on less food. Be sure to bring a bottle of water while you walk to hydrate as you go and quench you at the end.
  5. Don't "out eat" your exercise. A portion controlled eating plan like Nutrisystem will ensure this doesn't happen. Controlling calorie intake after a wonderful, invigorating workout is important if you want to see forward progress. You wouldn't want to spoil the benefits of a brisk walk by topping it off with a hot fudge sundae!
  6. Strength training can do wonders for your looks. It gives your muscles definition and makes them stronger. Easy moves can be added to your exercise program using light weights or resistance bands. Don't overdo it. Heavy weights can stress joints!
  7. Lean fit legs get more than compliments. Achieve a set of strong toned legs by doing lunges and climbing stairs whenever the opportunity arises. When out walking, head for the hills over the perfectly paved routes. The incline will give you stamina, beautiful lean leg muscles, and will break up the walk with new elevated surroundings to take in.
  8. Flatten your tummy with good old-fashioned walking. Since your body cannot just eliminate fat in one specific area, "crunching" your way to a flatter stomach without exercising the rest of your body won't be effective. To achieve a flat stomach, your entire body has to get leaner. So, lace up your sneakers, swing those arms and get moving!
  9. Never skip breakfast. The perfect boost to your metabolism everyday is a healthy breakfast. Your metabolism slows while you sleep, and it doesn't rev back up until you eat again. A Nutrisystem breakfast selection will jumpstart your morning.
  10. Enlist the help of an exercise buddy. Let's face it, sometimes we just don't feel like exercising. A partner inspires you to push yourself when you might be inclined to skip a workout. Even the guilt of letting down a friend can be a great motivator!
  11. Weigh yourself today, and track your progress. Nutrisystem offers a free online weight loss progress tracker that allows members to set a goal and record what they eat and their physical activity by day. This is a great way to stay motivated by checking your progress against goal and seeing where you went wrong or where you went right!

Sansone's tips, in addition to weight loss and fitness advice, are available free to members of Nutrisystem's popular online community. Membership is free, visit www.Nutrisystem.com to sign up today. In addition, a copy of Leslie Sansone's popular walking workout DVD is provided free of charge to Nutrisystem customers in the Women's Program Results Kit. For more detailed, media-friendly information on Nutrisystem in the news, spokespeople and success stories, please visit our social media newsroom www.nutrisystemnews.com

All Nutrisystem(R) programs are delivered straight to customer's homes and can be ordered online at Nutrisystem.com or by calling 1-877-681-THIN (8446). Now, for a limited time, consumers can save additional money with the Nutrisystem "One Month Free" offer. Customers can receive four weeks of gourmet-style food, 112 meals, absolutely free by visiting nutrisystem.com/monthfree or by calling 1-877-335-4741 for further details.

About Leslie Sansone In-Home Walking

Leslie Sansone In-Home Walking, located in New Castle, Pa., is the number one walking fitness program in the world. Creator, Leslie Sansone, has helped people of all shapes, sizes, and ages get fit and stay fit with their programs designed for anyone to achieve their total fitness. Leslie Sansone In-Home Walking has Web programs, fitness products, and more than 80 engaging fitness DVDs. Leslie Sansone has six certifications, including Group Exercise Leader from the American College of Sports Medicine and Cooper Institute. For additional information visit www.walkathome.com

About Nutrisystem, Inc.

Nutrisystem, Inc. (Nasdq: NTRI) is a leading provider of weight management products and services. Nutrisystem is sold direct to the consumer through nutrisystem.com for convenient home delivery. The company offers proven nutritionally balanced weight-loss programs designed for women, men, and seniors, as well as the new clinically tested Nutrisystem D plan, formulated specifically to help people with type 2 diabetes lose weight. The Nutrisystem program is based on 35 years of nutrition research and offers a variety of great tasting, satisfying high-fiber, heart healthy, good carbohydrate meals that are low on the Glycemic Index and contain zero trans fats. Nutrisystem is hundreds of dollars cheaper than other weight loss programs, based on an independent study by National Business Research Institute (October 2008). The program has no membership fees and provides 24/7 weight management support by trained weight loss coaches and online weight management tools free of charge. In 2009 Nutrisystem was selected as the #1 overall online retailer in the Health and Beauty category and #46 out of the top 500 online retailers overall by Internet Retailer Magazine. For more information or to become a customer visit http://www.nutrisystem.com or call 1-877-681-THIN (8446)


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