What is the Cheapest Way to Order Medifast Meals?

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I recently had someone contact me and tell me that she was trying to “order medifast in the cheapest way possible.” To that end, she stressed that she wanted to pay for the “food only” and was looking for the “cheapest dealer.” There were a lot of things that I had to explain in order to address her questions. I figured if she had these concerns and questions, I’m sure that other people have similar issues. So, in the following article, I’ll go over how to order medifast meals and foods in the cheapest and most cost effective way possible.

You Don’t Have To Pay For Anything Other Than Your Medifast Food: The person who wrote to me seemed to think that there was some membership or joining fee to sign up or to use their resources, counseling, or support. She seemed to have the perception that she was going to save money by stripping her order down to only food.

The thing is, membership, support, counseling, and the use of the resources are all free with any food order. So, you really are only paying for your food and you don’t have to do anything special in order for this to happen. The only thing extra you’d need to pay for (if you wanted or needed these things) would be blenders or books. But these aren’t required and you can place an order for just food and still have access to all the extras without any additional cost.

The Cheapest Way To Buy Medifast Food And Meals: People commonly ask me for information about the “cheapest medifast dealer or seller.” Only the company itself sells it’s food. Now, there are a few clinics, but not every one has one of these close to them. Third party businesses and websites offer coupons, tips and links to specials but they themselves are not the seller. If someone is claiming this, I would very much doubt this and I’d be reluctant to deal with them.

Like with many things, the cheapest way to purchase this diet’s meals and foods is often in bulk. The company offers two week and monthly packages, but they will also allow you to buy any of the foods individually. However, if you buy the meals separately, you’re going to pay more. A monthly package that gives you enough meals to eat five times per day for the whole month is around $299 before coupons. And if you attempted to buy that many meals individually, you’d pay a lot more for them. Plus, buying a package often means that you have access and are allowed to use the best coupons, which leads me to my next point.

Effectively Using Medifast Coupons: I often tell people they should never forget to use the coupons. Why pay full price when you do not have to, especially in this economy? This company is extremely generous with their coupons and discounts. Although the codes and offers generally change from one month to the next, there is always an opportunity to save money.

Typically, you can chose between some monetary discount off of your order (usually over or around $50 off) or they will offer you free food (usually around 2-3 weeks worth.) Most people will go with the money off coupons. I do understand this. It feels good to save around twenty five percent and put that $50 back into your pocket. But, in terms of monetary value, the free food is worth more.

Whichever way you chose to go, always remember to enter your coupon code into the blank box at the bottom of the page. (You can cut and paste it.) And make sure that you’re using a non expired coupon. When people tell me that their medifast coupon code didn’t work, it’s usually due to the fact that they’re using an old one.

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How to Be Successful on Medifast – My Top Three Tips to Help You Get the Results That You Want

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No one wants to waste their time and money. And no one wants to put their faith in yet another diet program that’s going to disappoint them and leave them more frustrated and skeptical than when they started. And yet, this is what many of us secretly suspect is going to happen any time we brace ourselves to start a new diet program. I know that – at least in the end – I ultimately failed on many diets before I eventually changed things with medifast. Some were better and lasted longer than others, but ultimately my body seemed to always go back to where it seemed comfortable. (This weight was where my body seemed comfortable but not where I personally was comfortable.)

Honestly, by the time I made my way to medifast, I was under no illusions that it was going to be the solution. I was just looking to fulfill a short term goal – to lose weight for a wedding. And perhaps that’s why it stuck so much better than the others. It sort of snuck up on me because I wasn’t resisting, questioning myself, or over analyzing. My goal was simply to take it one day at a time, do well enough to reach my weekly goals, and to keep going if I were so inclined. This “one day at a time” approach took the pressure off and made the whole process much more desirable. And, once the results kept coming, that was the motivation that I needed to keep going.

If there is anything that I’ve learned, it’s that dieting is really tacking the short term hurdles and then just continuing on. You should keep losing gradual weight as long as you can keep going. When you stop, the weight creeps back up or the progress stops. This is why it’s so vital to pick a diet that you really can live with. In the following article, I will offer more tips that I’ve learned along the way that I believe had contributed the success that I’ve had with this diet.

Tip #1: Define Success In The Short Term: Do Not Allow Yourself To Feel Pressured Or Stressed: Here is a basic truth of all human nature. People are generally going to avoid things that feel undesirable. If you are not getting some positive pay off, then you’re going to begin making excuses, not giving your all, and eventually, you might give up.

Look at it this way. Say you want to lose 100 or even 50 pounds. Both of these seem like life changing yet daunting goals. But, if you were to lose only 2 ½ pounds each week (which really isn’t that difficult,) then you would lose 50 pounds in about five months and 100 pounds in less than a year. And along the way, because you weren’t stressing over it and taking a somewhat sensible approach, you would have probably enjoyed the process more and maybe picked up a new lifestyle which has everything to do with whether the weight will stay off.

Tip #2: Understand Ketosis And The Glycemic Load: (And How Medifast Helps You Achieve This:) There are probably not many people who equate medifast with high protein, carbohydrate controlled diets like Atkins or the belly cure. But, in a sense, it works under the same principal. The medifast foods are low in sugar and carbs and are weighty on the protein. Before you sigh or groan (like I did,) understand that the food has been modified to make this happen. You’re not eating eggs and bacon. You’re eating pudding, oatmeal, shakes, chili, chocolate bars, and chips – and not always foods that you would associated with being “low carb.”

By combining a low amount of calories and a low amount of carbs, you’re inching your body toward ketosis which is where your body finally gives in and starts burning fat stores rather than those carbs that it’s been feasting on. This is really your promised land and where you want to stay as often as you can manage it. And, this is why you want to reasonably follow the instructions for your one large “lean and green meal” each day. If everything is going along swimmingly with your five medifast meals but then you carb load at dinner (if that’s when you have your lean and green) then you run the risk of of getting out of your hard won ketosis. And then your progress might slow.

Of course, it’s completely unrealistic to expect that you will never cheat or come a little short and this is perfectly OK. It really is a marathon rather than a sprint. It’s the cumulative effect of all of your efforts. Don’t beat yourself up or stress yourself out. Just get back up and keep going.

Tip #3 Find Your Unique Stride Where Things Are Clicking And Keep Going: After a few weeks, many people find the combination of foods and preparation methods that are going to make this process the most comfortable and desirable. For me, it was making the shakes very cold and adding a little more liquid. It also took me a while to find a nice rotation of lean and green meals. I also learned it didn’t negatively affect me to add fat free cheese to the chili and chips or sugar free syrup to the oatmeal, pudding and shakes. These things made me like the foods better and I was still losing weight. Don’t feel guilty or bad for making things work for you. As long as you’re getting results, it’s all good.

Some people will make charts and rewards for themselves and others don’t like the pressure that this brings. Whatever works for you as an individual is absolutely fine. I believe that there are really only a few keys to this. Make it as pleasurable and as low stress as you can. Find what works. And then repeat the process so that you get the results that you want and make these things habitual.

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What’s the Difference Between Medifast Oatmeal and Regular Oatmeal? I’ll Tell You

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Sometimes, I get emails from people looking for alternatives to medifast or wondering what is so special about the company’s products.  I understand this because I used to wonder these things too.  At that time, I didn’t understand that the cost of this plan’s food is actually usually cheaper than groceries and that the nutrition, carbohydrate, and protein content of the medifast foods is often quite a bit better than the alternatives.  I’ll use the very popular oatmeal as an example in the following article.

The Real Differences Between Medifast Oatmeal And Regular Oatmeal: I make no secret of the fact that I love the plan’s oatmeal.  All of the flavors are good (blueberry, peach, apple cinnamon, and brown sugar and cinnamon) but I really love the peach.  And, I often use the brown sugar as a dry ingredient for very low fat, low calorie, but tasty oatmeal cookies.  One of my coworkers asked me how this diet product was different than say, Quaker oatmeal.  Well, let’s look at the numbers.

This diet’s oatmeal (peach flavored) has 110 calories (15 of those calories are from fat.) It contains 1.5 grams of fat, only 16 grams of carbs, and 2 grams of sugars. It has a very high 11 grams of protein and 5 grams of fiber.  Additionally, it contains at least 25-30% of the requirements for vitamins and nutrients like iron, folate, and vitamins A,C, D, E, and K, as well as biotin,  niacin, and riboflavin.

Now, let’s look at Quaker’s equivalent (also peach flavored). It is 130 calories and has 20 calories from fat (2.0 g total).  This is not too bad, but things worsen when you look at the carb and sugar content.  The regular oatmeal has a whopping 27 grams of carbohydrates and 12 of sugar.  It only has 3 grams of protein 2 of fiber and this is the major difference.  (Taste wise, believe it or not, there is not a huge difference between the two, at least in my opinion.)

The Importance Of The Low Carb / Low Sugar / High Protein Combination: The reason that the medifast diet works so well is because of ketosis. This means that the low amount of carbs and sugar and the high amount of protein convinces your body to turn on it’s fat and effectively burn it.   The oatmeal in this diet is an example of how many of the snack type foods change up the nutrition to make sure that not only are you consuming  a low amount of calories, you’re also limiting your carbohydrates and your sugar.

Sure, the regular oatmeal is pretty low in calories and fat. But, that’s not the whole story.  It is very high in carbs and sugar and it doesn’t have nearly enough protein to counter this.  There’s no way that this product would allow you to get into ketosis, which is really the key.

And, you can make similar comparisons with many different kinds of the foods. Chose your typical protein bar or pudding and you’re going to find tons of sugar and very little protein. This isn’t the case with the medifast equivalents.

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Can You Skip the Lean and Green Meal on Medifast?

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I get a lot of questions about the medifast “lean and green meal.”  If you are not familiar with this, it is the larger meal that you prepare each day while on this diet.  You do get to eat five prepackaged meals per day that you really just have to assemble.  But, the “lean and green” does require a little food preparation.  However, you can make this very simple too.  The only real requirement is that you have 5 – 7 ounces of lean protein and three servings of vegetables.  You can accomplish this in anyway that you wish.

Still, people often write me and ask if they can just skip the lean and green meal and or if they can just eat a prepackaged meal instead. In other words, they would be eating six “medifast meals” while forgoing the lean and green.  I’ll tell you what I think about this practice in the following article.

Why Most People Consider Skipping Their Lean And Green: I find that overwhelmingly people want to omit this because they think that it will allow them to lose weight more quickly.  Roughly each prepackaged meal is about 100 calories each.  Obviously, very few home made meals are going to meet this criteria whether it’s “lean” or not. So, if you’ve consumed your 5 ready made meals, you’ve only at 500 calories for the entire day.  People decide that they don’t want to ruin this hard work by eating a larger meal.  I understand this thinking but I know for a fact that it’s flawed because I extensively experimented with cutting it out and it backfired on me.

Why I Think You Should NOT Skip It: My Experience: Here’s what most people don’t understand. The calories for this main meal are already built into the program.  This diet is designed so that you’re taking in around 1200 calories per day.  This is an acceptable low amount by most any standards.  Having 500 calories before this gives you a lot of wiggle room with your main meal.  Even if you take some liberties, you’ll often still be in the 1200 -1300 range unless you just don’t follow the guidelines.

Understanding That Ketosis Requires Regular Meals: Medifast works because ketosis works. Since you’re eating a low amount of calories and a high amount of protein, you’re body is sort of forced into burning fat rather than carbohydrates.  But, you will slow this process if you don’t give your body the fuel that it needs to do it’s job.  If you watch The Biggest Loser, you know that Jillian gets on the contestants when they don’t eat enough.  The same thing is going to happen if you start skipping meals.  I know this for certain from personal experience. 

So, don’t cheat yourself.  You really don’t need to.  I really believe that if you eat regularly within reason, you’re going to have better results.  And, the lean and green is beneficial not just in terms of keeping your metabolism going, but also in terms of teaching you how to plan and prepare healthy meals.  You will need this later when you go to the maintenance phase of the plan.

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How Often Do You Eat on the Medifast Diet?

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I’m asked this question quite a bit. People will often do a little bit of research and learn that they will need to eat five of the Medifast meals each day as well as one of the larger “lean and green meals” (which most folks will often prepare for themselves.) They wonder what this means for their daily schedule.

Yes, in total, you’ll be eating six times per day. Although there’s no set requirements about the times of the meals that you will consume to accomplish this, many people eat every couple of hours or so. But, many people worry about this schedule before they actually attempt it. But, it’s not as hard as it sounds and there are good reasons for this. Eating often ensures that you’re not all that hungry, sustains energy and blood sugar levels, and supports your body as it goes into ketosis (or fat burning mode.) In the following article, I’ll give you an example of what I eat and when in an attempt to give you an idea of what life might be like on Medifast.

I often eat breakfast before work at about 7:30. Typically, I will have oatmeal or the eggs. If I’m in a hurry, I’ll wrap the eggs in a fat free tortilla so that I can eat them on the run. My work dictates that I’m really busy in the morning and things really don’t slow down until about 10:30. This is when I usually have my morning snack. Because the morning is my busiest time, I’ll typically have a bar because this is so convenient and fast.

Lunch is usually one of the soups and I most favor the chili. I like it because I can put it in a wrap (like the eggs) and be on my way. I take lunch at about 1:00. I often walk with coworkers a little to put a little extra calorie burning into my day. Then I don’t think about this diet again until around 3:00 when I have my afternoon snack. If I’m in a hurry, I will typically have one of the ready to drink shakes. If I have time to actually sit down and enjoy my snack, then I might chose the brownies or the pudding.

I do have access to a refrigerator and small kitchen at my job. But you can make your Medifast meals ahead of time and just take them with you if you are limited at work at school. I usually have my “lean and green meal” for dinner. I just find this to be easier as dinner is the only time of the day that I have the time to make a meal. Plus, I’m cooking for my family any way at this time. But, I feel that I need to mention that you could have your lean and green anytime that would work out to be the best for you. If I’m having a breakfast or lunch meeting for work and need to eat at a restaurant, I will sometimes switch it around so that I’m eating my main meal at those times.

So up until now, I’ve eaten four Medifast meals and my lean and green meal. This means that I only have one more to go. What I have for my night time snack (usually at around 7:00 or so) just depends on my mood. If I have a nice work out that evening, I’ll sometimes put the Medifast fruit drinks over shaved ice for a snow cone to cool me down. If I’m just watching TV and relaxing, I might just have the chips. If I know I’m not going to be home in the late evening, then sometimes I’ve have this sixth meal in the early morning.

In this case, I might have the cappuccino or latte as soon as I get up in the morning. Then I’ll proceed on with breakfast a few hours later. There’s no hard and fast rules here. Doing what works best for you is fine as long as you eat relatively regularly for fuel and eat all five of your meals plus your lean and green meal.

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Popsicles On The Medifast Diet

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Not every one knows this, but in addition to the six meals that you eat on Medifast, you are allowed to have two snacks each day. Granted, these snacks can’t be anything that you want. There is a snack list from which you have to choose. But, they do offer you some decent choices. And one of the choices on the list are popsicles. I believe that this option receives a lot of interest because they are a sweet or dessert like option which many people crave when they are dieting. But you should now that you probably shouldn’t just blindly choose the first Popsicle you pass in the grocery store because they are not all the same.

Ideally, you want for them to be fruit flavored, but you most definitely want them to be sugar free. One of the main principles behind this diet is not taking in too many carbohydrates so that your body is able to burn fat rather than carbohydrates to get into a metabolic state called ketosis. And if you have a snack that is full of sugar, then this process might be delayed or even thwarted. Also, this is just my opinion, but I try very hard to stay away from artificial sugars. I prefer products with sugar alcohols. They are converted to glucose more slowly and don’t require insulin for this process, which means that your blood sugar is kept stable.

Here’s another idea and please take this only as a tip. This is just something that I do which I’ve found helpful. But if you have any specific questions about compliance, please ask the company itself. I freeze some of the Medifast shakes to make my own popsicle that is extremely low in sugar. I like to use the dutch chocolate flavor with a little bit of water. You can either freeze it in a mold, an ice cream tray, or in a cup (to later be eaten by a spoon.) I find that this home-made options tastes sort of like a fudge pop to me. And because I know exactly what is in it, I don’t have to worry that I’m consuming something that I shouldn’t or something that is going to spike my blood sugar.

It’s not that it’s really hard to find a sugar free product in the grocery store (that hopefully includes sugar alcohols,) but sometimes I like variety and having a chocolate option is nice also. However, you could also try the vanilla or banana flavoring depending on your preferences.

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Are There Any Grocery Store Foods Comparable to Medifast?

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I sometimes have people ask me if there is any way that someone can replicate the medifast diet on their own. I find that many people who ask this question feel that they can save some money by doing this. In my experience, not only is this not the case, but finding healthy foods that are low enough in calories, carbs, and sugars while still high in protein is a very tall order. And, in my opinion, this is going to be needed in order to have the results that you would get on medifast. You’ll need to be able to get in ketosis in the same way that you would on the diet and this combination can be quite difficult (and expensive) to find in the grocery or health food store. To demonstrate this point, in the following article, I’ll show you some comparisons between medifast foods and popular grocery store items.

Finding Something Comparable To Medifast Oatmeal: Probably the breakfast item that I enjoy the most on this diet is the oatmeal. I know that some people ask me if you can find something similar at the market, but, if there is an alternative, I haven’t found it. The diet oatmeal has only 100 calories, 15 grams of carbs, one gram of sugar, and 11 grams of protein. In contrast, Quaker brand has (depending on the flavor) 120 calories, 27 carbohydrates and a high 12 grams of sugar. There is only 3 grams of protein. If you look, you’ll likely see that it’s very difficult to find a similar oatmeal with the same ratios.

Is There Anything Similar To The Medifast Brownie?: If there is, I haven’t found it either. The diet brownie can be served warm and is pretty decadent tasting, yet it only had 110 calories, 15 grams of carbs, 8 of sugar, and 11 of protein. Granted, this product is a bit higher in sugar, but this is factored into the diet and I can’t imagine finding another brownie product that is this high in protein while being lower in sugar. I’m very impressed that you’re able to eat a brownie while on this diet. Not only that, but there’s no restriction on this meal. You can enjoy it quite often if you like it.

Are There Any Compatible Medifast Shakes?: This is the question that I’m most often asked. And I’ve looked at several, which have come up short of my criteria. The 55 shakes that are in the women’s basic package have only 90 calories, 15 carbs, 8 sugars, and 11 proteins. Compare this with special K shakes which have not only 180 calories, but also about ten grams more of sugar, and about 16 more of carbs. Some of the slim fast shakes contain a whopping excess of 200 calories, 20 grams of fat, and 40 grams of carbs.

Grocery Store Bars As Opposed To The Medifast Bars: This diet does have a maintenance bar that is limited to only one per day because the calories, carbs, and sugars are a bit higher. But the crunch bars, which are also quite good, are not limited in this way. Like the other foods, they barely break the 100 calorie mark and only have 12 carbs, two sugars, and 11 grams of protein. Compare that with a bar like Kashi’s or special K which has between 11 – 13 grams of sugar.

People will often ask me things like “does 10 additional grams of sugar or carbohydrates really make that much of a difference?” In terms of ketosis, it really can. Every gram counts here and it’s very important to get the right ratio of these things with a high enough amount of protein if you’re trying to get into fat burning mode. And, as you can have these differences in each of the six meals, over the course of the day, you really can see a very big difference in what you are taking in.

Do You Really Save Any Money At The Grocery Store?: As I said, many people are looking for an alternative because they are trying to save money. In my experience, most anything that is remotely comparable is going to be a very specialized product that is going to be much more expensive than typical groceries. Since with coupon codes you can often get the cost of medifast meals down to just a little over $2, you might not save as much as you think, if anything at all depending on where you live. Not only that, you might still be walking away with more calories, carbohydrates, and sugars (and less proteins) than you would if you went with the diet.

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Crackers On Medifast: Is This Allowed?

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I often hear from people who are considering the Medifast diet but who also have a love of a certain type of food that they don’t want to give up. Some common items are breads, crackers, chips, and sweets like cookies or brownies. I heard from someone who was particularly concerned about crackers and who asked: “will I be able to eat crackers on Medifast? If so, what kind?”

You absolutely can eat crackers on Medifast, but if you do, you need to eat the diet’s crackers because they have been modified to be very low in calories and carbohydrates while also being higher in protein and fiber. Regular crackers that you can get from the grocery store are discouraged while you are in the weight loss phase of the plan. The reason for this is that regular grocery store items likely contain a lot of carbohydrates that might prevent ketosis and may delay results. Once you have met your weight loss goals and are ready to transition back onto regular eating, you will get to a point where you can slowly introduce foods back into your day to day life. At that point, you could chose a healthy brand of cracker and be fine as you add grains back into the diet.

People often ask me why you have to stick to the diet food. Well, let’s have a closer look at them and see why. The garden vegetable crackers re only 60 calories per serving. There are 12 grams of carbs, only one gram of sugar, and 2 grams of proteins. The multi grain crackers have similar nutrition. There are also soy crisp that are on the menu and which also make a very nice snack. They are nice and crunchy but also have a touch of salt and often satisfy the same type of craving as a cracker might. They come in flavors like white cheddar, ranch, and apple cinnamon. And, these contain even less carbohydrates than the regular crackers. These options are also quite inexpensive at only $4.50 per box. It’s not as if you can’t have any snacks from the grocery store on this diet. You are allowed to have certain type of popsicles, dill pickles, some nuts, jello, mints or gum, and celery. I find that people often discount the celery or the pickles but I find that they can give you the same crunch or the same salt as you might be wanting from the crackers. If not, you can always go with the diet version and still be playing it perfectly safe. If you must have your favorite type of crackers, try to limit the number of them and then get back in compliance on the diet on the next day. This is only my opinion of course but I think it’s better to go ahead and have a tiny bit of something if you are really craving it rather than deny it until you gorge on it.

But I don’t think this is a real risk with crackers when they offer a safe version with the diet. They also have brownies and cookies that are safe as well.

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Are There Any Negatives of the Medifast Diet?

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Often, when I write about medifast, my responses and observations are positive. That's because my experiences have also been positive. Because of this, I'm sometimes asked if I believe there are any negatives with this diet. I used to find some faults in the beginning, but over time, I not only got used to these things, I came to understand why they were necessary. Still, if you are evaluating this diet, you may find these observations helpful. So, I will share them in the following article.

Eating Six Times Per Day On The Medifast Diet Can Be A Real Bummer At First:
When I found out that I was going to have to eat this often, I wondered how in the world I could get this done. If you think about it, depending on what time you go to bed and what time you get up, you're going to need to eat every 2 – 3 hours. When I figured this out, I was reluctant.

Intellectually, I understood why this was a good idea. It helps to keep you from becoming ravenous throughout the day and it keeps your metabolism humming nicely along. Still, the thought of getting up and stopping what I was doing that often was not initially appealing.

What I did not realize though was that these meals are pretty much ready made. You can make your shakes a head of time or you can chose the "ready to drink" variety that require no preparation whatsoever. The bars don't require any work. You'll need minimal effort and assembly for the soups, stews, puddings, and eggs. But really, all of it can be put together ahead of time and even if you don't go this route, nothing takes more than a few minutes at the most.

And, these are small meals. You can eat them probably in the amount of time that it takes you to prepare them. In short, this was not at all an issue. It became a habit pretty quickly. And since the meals are smaller, you really appreciate the regularity. In the beginning, I was hungry and ready to eat by the time a few hours went by. Now that I'm used to this, I don't need to eat but it has become my habit so I do.

Having To Make The Medifast Lean And Green Meal May Seem To Be A Negative At First:
When I first found out that I was going to have to cook for myself once a day, I was again not too excited. I love the fact that they provide most of my meals. So, I did not want to break from this and suddenly start cooking.

Again, I intellectually understood why you need to do this. You need fresh foods. And, you need to learn how to research for, plan, and then make low glycemic meals that you're going to want to eat. In this way, you're changing your lifestyle – a little bit at a time. And, this is what is going to need to happen for you to keep the weight off.

Still, these meals don't require for you to be an award winning chef. They just want you to get some fresh protein and vegetables. You can do this via a one pot meal, stew, stir fry, etc. And, I must say that the community and support are superb here as there are entire forums devoted to coming up with fast, easy, and decent tasting lean and green meals.

Also, when you are eating the same foods a lot, you begin to look forward to something different. This gives you a sense of control that you eventually come to crave, at least I did.

The Price For Medifast Can Be A Consideration:
I used to worry about the money here. I mean, it is true that the basic plan runs around $ 299 per month before coupons. And, no one is going to be happy to part with $ 300. But, then one day, I sat down and I looked at my grocery bills. And, then I sat down and estimated how much it would cost me to try to make foods that were this low in calories and this low in carbs and this high in protein all by myself. Not only would this have been difficult and time consuming, but I would've had to shop at the health food store and I knew from experience that this is pricey.

In the end, I decided that, at about $ 8 per day with coupons (for five meals each day,) the cost of this diet is not all that bad. (You have to make sure that you enter in the coupon code before you check out.) Once you consider the value of my time and my convenience, I realized that it was silly to try to save some pennies only to put myself in a situation where I was going to be frustrated and could possibly give up. I'd seen this happen too many times before. And, you can order the foods on an individual or weekly basis if you are not sure.

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How to Succeed on Medifast

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I suppose if you judge in terms of pounds, I’m a Medifast success story. But, I believe that the real success is in how I’ve changed my life. I am much more healthy, have tons more energy, posses much more confidence, and see food (and how it relates to my body) in a whole new way. I finally believe that I am worth something and am just as important as any one else. I’ll offer advice and tips on how to succeed with this diet in the following article.

As Simplistic As It Sounds, Follow The Directions And Trust The Process: When I tell people that the first advice that I would give is to follow the directions, I’m sometimes met with sighs and eye rolling. But, I have a lot of experience on this diet and in weight loss forums and I can not tell you how many people (myself included) think that they know more than the doctors who developed Medifast.

It’s very tempting to look at the plan, learn that you are eating six times per day, and think that you can do better. Countless people cut out either the number of meals eaten or they will substitute one of the Medifast meals for one of the larger, fresh, “lean and green” meals. I can tell you with 100% certainty that the weeks in which I lost the least amount of weight were the weeks where I skipped meals or skipped lean and green meals.

You’ll only be taking in about 1,000 to 1,2000 calories per day on Medifast, so there is no need to cut this down anymore. If you do, you risk slowing your metabolism and cheating your body out of the nutrients and energy that it needs. Eating so often may seem weird at first, but you quickly get used to it and there’s a reason that the diet has been designed as it is. It’s been tested repeatedly by institutions like John Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health and countless people have had success, so trust that you will too and just go along with the program even if you resist the six meals at first.

Know Yourself Well And Do What Works For You: Some people like to surround themselves with others when they are dieting and others feel that it is a personal process and would rather go it alone. No matter where you fall on this spectrum, you can make this work for you. The company’s website offers tons of free support, resources, and counseling. You can interact with others online or in person. Accountability really does help and although I’m by no means a group joiner, I have found these resources to be quite helpful.

Some people are introverted and are uncomfortable having to interact. That’s perfectly acceptable too. The company offers you tons of resources that allow you to go solo if you so chose.

Finally, I would say to know where you’ve failed before. I know that I need a lot of variety. So, I do add “safe” ingredients to my foods, like sugar free syrups, fat free whipped cream and cheese, etc. I knew that this would be necessary for me to stick with this and it certainly hasn’t slowed down my progress any.

Don’t Allow Cheating To Derail You. Accept It And Move On: It’s a fact of dieting life that you are going to cheat. It’s very unrealistic to think that you will never have a bad day on your diet. Perhaps you eat at a restaurant and opt not to go “lean and green.” That’s perfectly OK and not a big deal. It becomes a big deal though when you allow this to discourage you so that you repeat the process the next day.

When you cheat, just shrug your shoulders and vow to do better tomorrow. It’s not the act of cheating that sabotages you, it’s allowing the cheating to become a habit or a derailment. Essentially, you’re trying to get in the habit of a new lifestyle. This will happen as you start to have many more good days than bad. So, don’t allow the bad days to feed upon themselves and keep this from happening.

Understand How Ketosis Works: Ketosis is the metabolic state that makes this diet so effective. Because Medifast is low in carbs and high in protein, your body will burn fat rather than carbs. And, when you get into this state (which you can test with ketone strips), you’ll be less hungry and have more energy. The best way that I can put it is that once you’re in ketosis, you no longer think about food with the intensity that you once did. You no longer think about the diet so often. You begin to lose your cravings and generally this is when you hit your stride.

Obviously, this is your goal and where you want to stay. When you cheat, it takes about 2-3 days to reach this state again. And, although you can test yourself, you can generally feel ketosis when you are in it. So, use this as a motivation and know that if you falter and knock yourself out, all you have to do is regroup and continue on.

Know That It’s The Little Victories That Change Your Life: So many people are intimated and turned off by diets. They feel so pressured and allow themselves to be beaten before they even get started. What you need to realize is that it’s the little victories that count – the victories that are repeated and add up. Two pounds becomes five and then ten. Ten becomes twenty. Just keep repeating your success until you’ve reached your goal. Don’t look at it as a big, huge change. Look at it as small baby steps over time.

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Source by Lindsey Price