Can You Lose Weight with Medifast?
If you're tired of fad diets, you may want to give Medifast a try.
Medifast focuses on portion control and low calories. It's supposed to
help you lose weight faster than other diet programs. However, that
claim is open for debate. One of its main selling points is that it's
easy to use because there are no points to count. This is obviously a
dig against Weight Watchers and their points system. Instead of points,
Medifast operates on a 5 & 1 Plan.
Medifast and the 5 & 1 Plan
The Medifast 5 & 1 Plan allows you to eat 6 meals per day. Five
of the meals must consist of Medifast products. And the sixth meal can
consist of regular food purchased from your grocery store. The meals can
be eaten in any order. So you can have four Medifast meals, the plain
meal, and then another Medifast.
Some people are put off by the price of the Medifast meals. There's
no way around buying the meals because, in order for the plan to work,
you must have 5 Medifast meals per day. Prices for the meals range from
$140 for two weeks worth of food to $275 for four weeks worth of food.
It's worth mentioning that meal packages do contain a lot of food. For
example, the women's four week package includes:
- 49 Shakes (Dutch Chocolate, French Vanilla, Strawberry Creme,
Banana Creme, Orange Creme)
- 28 Nutrition Bars (Oatmeal Raisin, Caramel Nut, Chocolate Mint,
- 21 Oatmeal Packets (Apple Cinnamon, Maple & Brown Sugar, Peach)
- 28 Containers of Soup (Tomato Creamy Soup, Chicken Noodle, Beef
Vegetable Stew, Chicken & Wild Rice)
- 7 Banana Puddings
- 7 Cappuccinos
That's a lot to choose from, so you won't get bored with the menu.
You can also order individual products. Four weeks of Medifast requires
approximately 20 boxes of meals. So you can substitute any item you
want, as long as you're sure to get the right amount. Considering the
ease of use, the price seems to be worth it if it's in your budget. You
don't need Medifast products for your daily Lean & Green Meal.
Simply prepare a well–balanced meal consisting of lean protein, salad
and/or other vegetables.
What's the Transition?
The transition period begins after you've lost the desired amount of
weight. The purpose is to gradually return to eating foods that Medifast
didn't allow. For example, you'll be allowed to once again eat fruits
and dairy products. Slowly adding these calories back into your diet
gives your body time to readjust. Medifast even has a Transition Plan to
help with the process.
During the first four weeks of transition, you'll add a different
food group each week. The first week allows more vegetables; the second
week adds fruits, and then comes dairy and whole grains. The length of
your transition depends on how much weight you loss. If you lost less
than 50 pounds, your transition should last for 8 weeks. If you lost
between 50 – 100 pounds, your transition should last 12 weeks. Anything
above 100 pounds requires 16 weeks of transition.
Following the transition period, Medifast encourages maintenance. The
purpose is to help you retain your weight loss and healthy eating
habits. There's also emphasis on exercise. Medifast has an exercise
guide that shows you how to incorporate exercise into the Medifast
The main complaint about Medifast is the cost of the food. Other than
that, it seems like a pretty good diet program. However, you should do
more research and look into other diet programs. Find the one that's
best for you.