Medifast, Part Two: Weight-Loss Miracle or Pyramid Scheme?

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They were quite supportive and worked with me the whole time. However, since starting the site, I've received so many reviews from other Nutrisystem customers that it only made sense to allow everyone to share their experiences - the good and the bad. Well, at least online anyway. All in all, I have been on the diet for 42 days and I have lost 23 lbs and 3 inches off my waist! Summer Banks, Director of Content at Dietspotlight, has researched over weight-loss programs, pills, shakes and diet plans. Medifast worked for me Jane Verified User. Take a look at our curated selection of Nutrisystem meals to get a glimpse of the delights that await you on its menu.

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I have been fortunate that my body responded as well as it did to this diet. It is better to suffer a little now, then later in life when it is too late to help you body and heart. I dont want to die because I am over weight that is a dumb reason! Congrats to everyone one the medifast plan. I too was on it in 08 and lost 30lbs. I know it is hard, but you feel so good when u drop a couple sizes and feel thinner.

I am wondering if anyone out there has gained weight back after the program, I have done the program 3 times and have gained almost all the weight back each time.. I have been on the medifast 5 and 1 plan now for 3 days, starting the morning of my 4th.

I stepped on the scale this morning and wow down to When I weighed in on wednesday night today is sunday I weighed in at I am excited to see what my one week weigh in is gonna be.

My goal is to lose my first 50 lbs by the end of July. I hear so many of you complaining of cost-how much is your health worth? Believe me the cost of all the medication and Dr visits will cost way more than a medifast. Take care of yourself -you are worth every penny!

I placed my first order and am angiously awaiting for it to arrive. I am making myself a priority! Once I got past the inital transition period, I stopped being hungry and started being less tempted by the bad foods brought into the office on a daily basis. My husband and I are doing this together which helps a lot! I have been on medifast for 11 days. So far I love it.

Some of the foods are super delicious, others leave much to desire. There is a lot of information on how to edit your meals to make them taste better, and then once you know what you like you can just reorder.

So far over 6 pounds gone which is amazing, water weight or not I am excited! I dont feel hungry at all as my body is in this light form of ketosis but all the added protien allows my body to not breakdown my own muscle. I cant wait until I get to week 3 and can exercise again! If you are considering this- consider it for at least a month.

Yes it is expensive but if you add up all the money you spend on groceries plus fast food, snacks drinks- they add up. I wish i had found this program years ago! I was on this diet for 3 months. Started at and now i am down to I have stopped eating their food since december and have not gained a pound, but have been slowly losing it. Not some miracle diet.

Or it could be the fact that im 19 and all medifast did was kickstart my metabolism and teach me some portion control. For all those who have been on the Medifast Diet and have lost a lot of weight, go get a HIDA Scan done to check your gallbladder function. PLEASE, go get that gallbladder function test done after losing large amounts of weight to make sure your gallbladder is still functioning!!!!! Those of us with weight problems will likely struggle for the rest of our lives.

Your more or less have to stay on a diet permanently. Losing weight quickly makes you feel good and keeps you motivated. Once you get past the first week you feel great. I eliminated all my stomach problems and was in a great mood most of the time. I love the scrambled eggs, with a lil bit of pepper and salsa but you have to whisk them before cooking not only mix with a fork , same for the chocolate pudding…whisk well, and plaze in the freezer not the fridge for 30 minutes, so creamy and delicious!

My fav shakes are the whey protein ones, like the dark chocolate shake, I add ice, and a tbsp of Black Cherry sugar free syrup which you are allowed to and blend it, super yummie, my coworker tried it and she said she would drink it without being on the plan! I also like the Cinnamon apple oat meal, I add a little brown sugar splenda and a bit of cinnamon powder…very good. The trick with the soups is to let thme soak… at least 30 minutes. My favorite soup is the Wild rice, I add a bit of Tabasco and black pepper…wonderful and filling!

You have to stick to the plan EXACTELY…no piece of fruit here and there and no cheating, it is not good to take your body in and out of the mild kitosis Medifast puts you in.

You re-learn how to eat and what a portion is really suppose to be. No miracle, nothing will work, not even surgery, if you go back to your old habits! Good luck to you! Food is not that great and is very expensive. Medifast Staff is rude. Can not even have fruit or high carb veggies like peas. So it is hard to follow for more than a couple of months. Weight gained back very quickly even following up with a low calorie plan.

It must have something to do with maintaining low carbs or starting to eat carbs slowly. There is no mercy with this plan. You follow it exactly or you GAIN weight. Can not workout any more than 45 minutes a day or you will not loose weight.

If you have to loose a lot of weight fast, go for it. But be very careful coming off or you will gain more than you lost. I am strictly following the diet and I can say that I am not hungry!!!

I have begun lightly working out the last 3 days. I have honestly not felt better. I would highly reccomend it! I had success on Medifast once before, but feel that it contributed to my thyroid becomming less functional. Medifast denies this of course, but soy is a thyroid antagonist, and when you strictly do Medifast, you are living pretty much exclusively on soy.

I was doing only the shakes, no meal. My weightloss was proceeding, if you could call it that, at a glacial rate. That is, S-L-O-W 2 pounds in four weeks, despite complete compliance. I think my case is unusual, but again, if you are borderline hypothyroid I really feel Medifast is NOT a good program for you. I was diagnosed finally as being clinically hypothyroid and went on thyroid meds. I found a different program — HMR — which is medically supervised and also uses shakes, but these are milk based except the shakes made specifically for the lactose intolerant.

I have had no problem whatsoever losing on HMR and am down over 40 pounds in 10 weeks. Medifast is okay but I really believe all that soy is what sent my thyroid over the edge. If you are having trouble losing on Medifast, get your thyroid checked and really consider switching to a non-soy based diet program. Once I switched to my health coach at miofit.

I have been on the Medifast program for 62 days. I have had 4 total in 62 days I have also given myself a fruit day here and there. I have lost a total of 13 lbs average 1. I am an avid exerciser, always moving, yoga Hot and cold , running, pilates, dancing Ballet, Hip Hop, and Salsa , boxing, biking, and anything I am interested in doing that day!

The Medifast program has given me energy, confidence, and a new handle and control on what I eat and when I eat it. I was noticing before the program all kinds of stomach issues, once I cut out greesy fried foods, dairy, and the ton of bread I was consumming, all of the problems disappeared. Once I started Medifast and had about a week of cleansing, my system was normal again. Now running is easier, I can go farther and last longer, since I am lighter. I love this program and will be on it till I complete my goal of safe weight loss with another 24 lbs to go!

And hey if it takes me till a year from now, so be it! I am in no rush for anyone but myself! Love yourself more then you love anyone else first! Remember health is your bestfriend! And be good to you today!

I have been on this program for two months and I have lost 35lbs and went from a size 24 to an I have never felt better. Far less than I was spending eatting out all the time. I have not had any medical issues as a result of being on this plan and I have never felt better. Just do it, all the junk we eat is killing us……… think of it as a health plan NOT a diet.

Be very carefull of this one. I have colitis from taking it for a short time, so it certainly is not for everyone. Trying to work my way back to good health and promising my body that I would never do anything like that again. We were told that they do not give refunds. I told the center reps that I am lactose intolerant.

The shakes are suppose to be low lactose, but after a week I could not go to the bathroom. I finally emailed Medifast and received their list of no lactose products. I no longer drink the shakes, only their punch.

When I told the center reps that I obtained the list thru email, then they said they could have given me a copy of the list!!! I have now lost 24 lbs. The center reps are suppose to be councilors, but are working on commission. A couple of reps have lost a lot of weight, but not all of it on Medifast. How can someone who had not even tried the diet advise me? Instead of 5 Medifast meal replacements a day, I do 3 a day.

Here is what is working for me:. I have one for breakfast or half a cup of Bran Buds with a little hot water. MF allowes a half a cup of Jello a day, so I eat it at breakfast, too. I have been walking 5, steps. I am happy at losing more than 2 lbs a week. I will not quit, just modify it to work for me. I only buy enough meal replacements for my 3 a day. The 1st week, they insisted that I buy their supplements. I found the same at Costco for a lot less. I hope this helps someone.

But as soon as I stopped their plans, the weight slowly came back. Plus, talking with my doc, the FL4I diet is not very good for the system. Dropped 3 pant sizes and lost total overall inches! I have stepped off the plan a number of times due to family gatherings, vacations and a wedding and was surprised at how little weight came back. My husband and I were eating out every night due to his strange work schedule and I just set the time that I want to cook mostly on the BBQ or grill , eat and have his meal waiting for him.

I also work out on Wii Active, swim in a resistance pool, ride a recumbant bike as well as walk the mall. I am now up to 50 minutes of exercise a day and feel absolutely great! I am allergic to artificial sweeteners and found most of their meals do not include them. I have found the types of meals that suit me and taste the best: Their Antioxidant shakes, chocolate pudding, their new crunch bars are yummy, as well as their Momentum cappuccino and Chai Latte.

I highly recommend this diet to anyone! Portion Control means that the expert team calculates the perfect calorie count for you, allowing you to enjoy tasty food in reasonable portions. Through Balanced Nutrition, Nutrisystem ensures that all your meals are perfectly nutritionally balanced, so you can stay strong and satisfied throughout the day. Finally, Frequent Meals means that you are encouraged to eat up to six times per day, which helps you fight off hunger.

In order to help you choose the best meal plan for you, Nutrisystem provides a free diet analysis and plan recommendations, primarily based on your BMI Body Mass Index. All plans come in two variations — for women and for men. Furthermore, each plan allows you to decide whether you want to get the Favorites Pack — pre-selected meals — or Custom Menu — you handpick the meals.

We will explore the plans in greater detail in the Meals And Recipes section of this Nutrisystem review. In addition to meal plans, Nutrisystem offers a diverse a la carte menu. With a la carte ordering, you can freely choose the meals in your order, get as much food as you need, and order as frequently as you want. If you have any questions before or after placing your order, you can contact the company through its customer service or live chat, which is available from 8am to 11pm EST.

It is important to note that Nutrisystem allows you to easily modify, pause or cancel your subscription. You just need to make the changes to your subscription before 6 pm EST on the day before your next auto-delivery ship date. In order to cancel your subscription, you need to get in touch with the company via phone. What makes Nutrisystem one of the best weight loss meal delivery services is its unique weight loss philosophy that has already helped millions of dieters of all shapes and sizes reach their weight goals.

The program is designed to help you get in the best shape of your life, regardless of your potential dietary requirements and restrictions and how many pounds your need or want to shed. However, there are three major problems with these types of regimes. First, if you are starving, you are not happy.

Second, if you lose weight by starving, the yo-yo effect is inevitable. Third, highly restrictive diets are bad for your health. Nutrisystem is the complete opposite of starvation diets. It allows you to eat 5 or 6 times a day and never feel hungry. If you are not hungry all the time, you do not feel like you are dieting at all and it is easier to stick to the regime and get in the desired shape. Plus, all the meals are healthy and balanced, so you can improve your overall health and well-being while shedding pounds.

They are rich in protein and fiber and contain low-glycemic carbs, which help keep your blood sugar in balance and reduce those nasty cravings. However, Nutrisystem provides more than just meals.

Along with your regular deliveries of tasty food, you get handy grocery guides that help you eat properly outside the program, plenty of extra information that can help you better understand the weight loss programs, and expert guidance from counselors and dietitians, as well as helpful tools and trackers. While researching for this Nutrisystem review, we were happy to see that the company has an excellent referral program.

Let us begin with the basics. Nutrisystem menu features more than items. The items on the menu include breakfasts, lunches, dinners, snacks, shakes, and bars. Everything on the menu meets or exceeds the standards set by the US government in the Dietary Guidelines for Americans.

Furthermore, all meals and snacks are free from artificial sweeteners, MSG, and trans fats. You can choose your meals yourself or get pre-selected favorites, depending on your preferences. All plans are 4-week plans that allow you to eat 6 times a day, enjoy plenty of fresh produce, form healthier eating habits, and steadily lose weight throughout the program. The plans include breakfast, lunch, dinner, and 1 or 2 snacks per day, depending on whether you are a lady or a gentleman.

In addition to pre-made meals in your deliveries, you get to enjoy 4 flex meals a week. Flex meals are meals that you cook on your own following the provided Nutrisystem guidelines.

Alternatively, you can dine out, but the same guidelines apply. The Basic plan is the most affordable plan. In the past, this plan only allowed you to get pre-selected meals. Now, the key difference between the Basic and Core and Uniquely Yours plans is that it only allows you to choose from a limited range of meals and does not come with free tools, trackers, and counseling. It simply includes meals and snacks per day for 4 weeks, so you have all your dietary needs covered, but without the extra help — except for the online resources available on the website.

The Core plan allows you to choose from a greater variety of meals. Plus, you get unlimited support from counselors and dietitians who are there to assist you throughout the program, as well as handy tools and trackers to monitor your progress.

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