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FAQ About Medifast Diet Answered

      If you’re looking for a simple diet then the Medifast diet may be just up your alley. It is a low-calorie diet that does not take much tracking on your part. You don’t count calories, fats, or carbs all you do is eat and drink the suggested foods for about six times per day. The Medifast diet was introduced over 25 years ago as a meal replacement plan that you could only get from your doctor. Today, the plan has been revamped and remarketed to the general public and offers over 70 meal options that users have come to love.

Science behind the Diet

     The objective of this diet is “5 plus 1”. This simple math problem basically means that you would have five daily meal replacement drinks and/or foods plus one meal that consist of a lean selection of meat and a side of green veggies or a salad. The overall results have averaged that dieters eat and drink approximately 800-1,000 calories per day and can lose up to 5 pounds per week. Of course it is important to remember that the weight loss depends on other factors such as the stage of the Medifast program you’re in as well as your amount of physical activity.

Who Can Join And What Are the Costs?

     The Medifast diet has plans that are great for the entire family! There are diets for seniors, teenagers, new moms, and even those who have undergone certain weight loss surgeries. The costs can be approximately $80 per week or $300 per month for all of the 5 Medifast foods and drinks that you can eat in a day. The “plus 1” meal that you can have per day is paid for and prepared on your own. You can get started on this diet by going online to the Medifast website, by reaching out to a participating doctor’s office, and by contacting the “Take Shape for Life” network. If you live in Florida or Texas you also have the option of going to a Medifast clinic.

What if You Need Further Help?

     There is a lot of educational information that you can request to help you during your diet. The information available ranges from exercise guides to online communities and personal trainers. You never have to feel alone as you go through this transition and can reach out by email, phone, or in person for the support and help that you need.

What Types of Food Can You Eat?

     The great thing about the Medifast diet is that there is not much thought needed. You can select five of your daily meal replacements from a pre-selected group of portion controlled chilies, bars, and shakes, puddings, eggs, and even soups. You are only responsible for preparing your one meal per day that consists of a lean meat and leafy veggies. The “trick” to helping dieters feel full while on this low calorie diet is the ingredients in the replacement meals. The primary basis for the replacement meals are soy or whey protein.
     You are allowed to have about 5-7 oz. of lean meats or fish in a day. You will see that your options will be broken down into categories of lean, leaner, and leanest. You also get to choose the way in which you prepare your meat from grilled, poached, broiled, and baked. With your selection of lean meat you are also allowed to combine three servings of uncooked, grilled, baked, steamed, or broiled veggies for a complete meal. You will be supplied with a list of vegetables that are listed in order from lowest to highest carb content.
     There are certain things that are not allowed while on the Medifast diet. Some of those things include alcohol, grains, fruit, sugars, and some fats. The suggestion is that you consume about 64 ounces of no calorie drinks such as water, diet soda, sugar free drinks, tea, and coffee per day. If you do choose to drink caffeinated beverages there will be a limit of about three servings in a day. If you’re looking for a quick snack, you have a choice between three pieces of celery, popsicles or jello that is sugar free, or two dill pickles. You are only allotted about 80-85 grams of carbs per day until you reach the transition to the next phase when they are gradually introduced back into your diet.

How Does it All Work?

     Experts believe that losing weight simply comes down to math. When you reduce the amount of calories you intake in a day you will ultimately lose weight. The Medifast diet does just that in drastically cutting calories from your diet, however creating replacements that help dieters deal with feelings of hunger. The meals as well as the replacements are calculated precisely combining the right amount of fiber, protein, and calories. It is believed that to achieve success in weight loss you need to eat meals that are high in protein every few hours. In doing this you are able to control blood sugar levels, hunger cravings, and maintain muscle mass all while burning fat.
     It is said that to get to your ideal weight you need to manage your hunger. It is also important to realize that the beginning stages of the Medifast diet may not be easy. Adjusting can take some time. Medifast materials warn that in the beginning you may feel fatigued, irritable, and hungry. You may also have to deal with headaches and light headedness at times.
     Finally once you have obtained your ideal weight you will be put through a 4-16 week phase entitled “transition to maintenance”. In this stage you are going to be gradually introducing high carb vegetables, fruits, dairy, and grains as well as other lean meats back into your diet. Your transition period time depends on how much weight you lost. This final stage is created to help dieters transition into eating more calories while controlling the portions they eat as well as choosing foods that are healthier for them to prepare. As you may know watching your food intake is not the only thing that will help with weight loss. The Medifast program highly recommends that dieters participate in mild to moderate exercise routines. So if you’ve tried diets in the past but felt there was too much involved with counting calories and carbs this just may work well for you.

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