Medifast Diet


The Medifast diet consists of eating mainly prepackaged Medifast meal replacements to reach your desired weight loss. For around $300, you get a month’s worth of meal replacements to be consumed five times per day. Medifast states that, on average, dieters lose about 2-5 pounds per week.

How Is This Diet Supposed to Work?

The premise is that by following a low-calorie, low-fat, and low-glycemic index diet the body will use its fat storage for energy. Medifast claims that the protein and carbohydrates in their food will preserve muscle mass while allowing fat loss. With carefully planned meals and support from the Medifast staff, the program is designed to eliminate a lot of the guesswork and calorie counting. Medifast also has a transition and maintenance plan.

What’s Involved?

The Medifast diet is divided into three phases: 5 & 1 plan, transition, and maintenance. The core part of the diet is the 5 & 1 plan, which you follow until you reach your desired weight loss. During this time you get to eat six times per day: five Medifast prepackaged meal replacements and one “lean and green” meal, which consists of lean meat and nonstarchy vegetables. Medifast provides over 70 meal replacements to choose from, such as soups, shakes, and bars. Medifast claims that the five meals a day cost about $11. All of these products are fortified with vitamins and minerals to help you meet your nutrient needs, which would otherwise be difficult to do since this diet only provides around 800-1,000 calories per day. All meals are low-fat, low-glycemic, and many are gluten-free. During the weight-loss phase, there are no starches, fruit, or dairy products. And never, in any phase, including maintenance are there greasy, fried, or sugary foods. You provide the daily “lean and green” meal, which consists of 5-7 ounces of lean meat, fish, or poultry, plus 1-2 cups of vegetables or salad. Meat-free recommendations are also made for vegetarians. Meals with high protein are supposed to be consumed every 2-3 hours, so you will not feel too hungry while on this strict calorie reduction.The first step is to pick your specific plan, such as:
  • Women
  • Men
  • Vegetarians
  • Women who are nursing
  • Seniors
  • Teenagers
  • People with gout
  • People with diabetes
  • People who had bariatric surgery
  • People taking anticoagulants
  • People avoiding soy
Then you pick a support system:
  • Online through a community support group
  • Online health coach
  • In the Medifast center with a personalized coach
  • Your doctor
The next step is to order meals.Then, you eat six times a day (five of the Medifast meals) until you reach desired weight loss. After you reach your desired weight loss, you begin thetransition phase, which gradually reintroduces you to foods that were missing from the weight-loss phase (fruit, starches, dairy) and increases your calorie intake. Over several weeks, there is a transition from the packaged meals. The length of the transition phase is directly related to how much weight was lost. For example, if you lost less than 50 pounds, the transition is eight weeks. If you lost 50-100 pounds, the transition is 12 weeks. This allows the body to slowly get reintroduced to these foods (fruits, starchy vegetables, whole grains, dairy). The final phase of this diet ismaintenance, during which you are encouraged to eat a healthy, balanced diet with all varieties of healthy foods with some Medifast meals. A plan for how many calories you need for weight maintenance is created for you, as well. The Medifast plan recommends that its subscribers also engage in regular exercise, especially during the transition and maintenance phases.

Additional Features of This Diet

  • Free online meal planner, weight-loss tracker, and support
  • Access to registered dietitians via phone or online
  • One-on-one counseling sessions with health coaches trained in the Medifast diet plan
  • Some states have weight-loss centers for in-person support

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