I was recently contacted by a 55 year old women asking me if there was any real differences between the Nutrisystem women’s basic plan and the silver plan. She was wondering if there was any advantage to her going with the silver plan, which is meant for older adults. I will tell you what I told her when I compared foods and cost in the following article.

Nutrisystem’s Silver Plan Is For Both Men And Women And It’s Designed For Dieters Over 65: This program is not just for women. There is a version of this for men too. And, there seems to be a perception that the plan for older folks is premium or costs extra, but it really doesn’t. The basic plan starts at $299 and the silver plan is no different. The pricing is the same.

The company’s literature states that the plan is meant for people over 65. However, I’m sure that you can use your own discretion and knowledge of your own situation to decide which is best for you. All of the women’s plans share some of the same foods. The main difference between these two is that one omits a few of the foods that the other contains, which I’ll discuss below.

The Nutrisystem Plan For Seniors Omits A Few Of The Foods From The Basic Plan: Generally speaking, the vast majority of the foods between both plans are the same. However, to pinpoint the exact differences between the two, I printed out the meal plans of each one. What I found was that the basic program offers you only a few more foods.

So, some of the higher carb, acidic, and spicy foods have been cut out of the senior menu. Specifically, according to my understanding of both menus, the silver plan does not contain the following foods (which are included in the basic plan): banana nut muffin; cheesy mashed potatoes; tomato soup; Mexican tortilla soup; and buffalo wing pretzel sticks.

You’re Still Getting The Same Amount Of Food On The Nutrisystem Silver Menu. You’re Not Paying Any More: I’ve had some people tell me that they perceive that because some of the choices are omitted from the senior menu, that this works out to more expensive because there is less food.

This is not true. You are getting the same amount of meals – enough for 28 days. You are given enough to eat five meals each day. Since this plan omits some of those spicy foods that I mentioned, then you are given more of something else. And, you still have well over 100 foods to chose from, so there is still a lot of variety. You’re still getting to chose from 28 breakfast items (examples are pancakes, scones, and muffins.) There are still 23 lunch choices (macaroni, tortellini, and hot dog.) And there are 42 dinner choices (like pizza, fajitas, and sweet and sour chicken.) There are no less than 35 snacks and desserts to chose from including carrot cake, strawberry shortcake, and pretzels. In short, you should have more than enough foods from which to chose.

As I said, these two programs are priced the same (starting at $299, depending on which shipping method you chose) and since both of these programs are part of packages, you can use some of the higher valued coupons with these. I’ve had people tell me that the silver plan is considered a la carte (which doesn’t allow coupons.) Again, this is inaccurate, both plans are packages and you can use coupons for both.

As you can see, there are only small differences between the two. Which you go with is your choice, but you’re not missing all of that much with the senior menu.