Can You Have Medifast Shakes Hot? Can You Heat Them Up?

Now that we are approaching colder weather, people sometimes wonder what warm drink options there are on medifast.  Yes, there is the hot chocolate and the cappuccino.  But you sometimes only get a limited amount of those in a package.  So one question that comes up is whether or not you can heat up the medifast shakes and serve them warm.  Yes, people do this and some have it down to a science.  It works better to mix the shake BEFORE you heat because if it is warm and you attempt to mix it, you might create a lumpy mess.  Most people just mix it normally and THEN they apply the heat.  So they might use the medifast blender or whatever method that they would normally use.  They get the shake to the consistency that they would normally want.  And then they transfer the shake to a larger, microwave safe cup or container and heat it for about 1:30 – 1:45. (Of course, all microwaves are different so maybe start out at 1:00 and then keep adding until you know how your microwave will work.)  Then, they re-stir to get a smooth consistency and that is all there is to it.  The re-stir is the reason that you transfer it to a larger cup – so that you have that room to stir out any remaining lumps. Many people also like to mix the medifast shake dry powder with hot coffee.  This gives you a flavored coffee without the fat, sugar and calories (of course, you don’t want to add cream and sugar.)  If you have any questions about this, just reach out to a medifast counselor on the medifast site.  But, I can tell you that in practice, many people use the medifast shakes to make other things including cakes, brownies, hot drinks, etc.  They make a good, chocolatey base with which to work on all sorts of recipes.  And you know that they are low in calories and safe.  Plus, they often give you a very generous amount of shakes in various flavors with your package, so they are easier to get your hands on than some of the other foods.  I’ve even had people tell me that they got a hand held milk frother and then use a touch of skim milk on the top to make a sort of whipped cream topping for their hot shake.  There are many recipes and resources on the web to give you ideas about what you can make with the medifast shakes.  Here is the latest coupon: Try 30 days of Medifast and Get 7 days of Free Medifast Meals! w/renewal plan

Where To Buy Medifast Cheap

By Lindsey Price:  I sometimes have people contact me and ask me where they can “buy medifast cheap.”  I can only assume that people think that there are several medifast dealers and that hopefully competition will make these dealers compete for business so that one or a few of them will be the cheapest out there.  People often look online or on places like craigslist or ebay in search of cheap medifast food.

But here’s what you should know about this.  Only one company manufactures or sells the foods / products and that is the company themselves on the Medifast Official Site. I know that this is not commonly known, but medifast doesn’t sell it’s products or foods in grocery stores, in health food stores, or in pharmacies, etc.  That means you’re likely not going to find it in your local wal mart, walgreens, cvs, publix, wegmans, or gnc.

With that said, there are a handful of clinics scattered across the country where you can buy foods and products.   But there are not many of these except for in states like Texas and Maryland.  (I only have two centers in my own state and the closest is four hours away from me.)

The point that I’m trying to make is that unless you have an official clinic close by, you might want to be skeptical if you see people claiming to sell medifast out of their garage or a strip mall.  The company doesn’t have third party retailers.  They handle sales and distribution themselves.   When you see the foods on craigslist, what you are often seeing is used foods that someone did not finish, or at least that was always my perception.  If you personally know the seller, then this might be a decent way to try out some of the foods, but I have to tell you that many have told me that they’ve gotten expired foods or something that just didn’t look quite right.

Yes, websites such as this one offer medifast coupons and showcase the latest deals.  But they don’t sell the food.  And they shouldn’t be claiming to.  People who are on the look out for cheap medifast dealers want to save money, of course and you can’t blame them.  In today’s economy, ever dollar can count.  But this savings isn’t going to do you any good if you buy expired or imitation food that isn’t really edible or isn’t what you expected.  Honestly, most people don’t realize that if they aggressively use the coupons that are readily available, they may not be paying much more than they would pay buying old food from strangers.   And if you just want to try the food, you should know that the company offers every menu item for sale individually, but that’s not the cheapest way to go.

Because if you do order the foods individually or go with the smaller package, you won’t be able to take advantage of the coupons.  The cheapest way to go really does depend on how long you plan to stay on the diet.  The following link lists what is currently a popular medifast discount.  Medifast Specials  Note that Medifast Flex is the plan where you eat 4 medifast meals per day and 2 of your own lean and green meals.  This plan is cheaper, but you get less food.  The medifast go plan is the traditional 5 plus 2 plan.  You get the most food with this plan, but it’s slightly more expensive because you’re paying for around 30 more meals.  Both plans usually have specials, like this one:
Now less than $11/Day. Try 30 days of Medifast and Get 7 days of Free Medifast Meals! w/renewal plan

Medifast New Year’s Sale – 20 Percent Off Your Entire Order

UPDATE: This offer has been extended until January 14th. Medifast has just released what will be the promotion over New Year’s.  They are offering 20 percent off of all orders of $300 or more.  They are also offering free shipping.  This pretty much covers most monthly plans including Medifast Flex and Go.  If you think about it, twenty percent on a $300 order is around $60 off, which is pretty substantial.  This promotion will definitely not be around forever.  From what I am seeing, it begins on December 26th and expires on January 3rd before midnight (see update above. It’s now 1/14.)  I’ve had people ask me why they’re running it so early as most people still have holiday parties to attend and won’t want to diet until well after the holidays.  The reason is probably that it takes time to process and ship your order so if you order it before the holidays, you still have plenty of time to attend parties and eat normally.  Your shipment would likely arrive about when you’d want it.  And if it comes early, you can always just wait until a convenient time to start.  Here is the coupon / promotion. New Year’s Special! 20% off orders $300 or more + Free Shipping* See details

What Does Medifast Cost Per Month. How Much Is It?

By: Lindsey Price:  I sometimes hear from people who truly want to know how much they are going to spend on medifast each month.  They really want to be able to plan and anticipate any expenses so that they know ahead of time.  For the purposes of this article, I am going to assume that you are going to be on one of the monthly packages.  And the reason for this is that they are typically going to be cheaper and you can typically use coupons for them.  If you order by the box and a la carte, you’ll pay a little more and you are not able to use coupons.  Many of us do place a la carte orders for items that we really love and want to have extras of, but it just makes financial sense to order a package.

As of this writing, you have a couple of choices on medifast and this is really going to determine how much you pay. Medifast flex offers you four prepackaged meals and you’ll provide two lean and green meals. A trial kit runs around $150 and a full month runs around $300. If you want the more traditional medifast plan where five diet meals were provided (which used to be called the 5 plus 1,) that plan is called medifast go and that plan is currently on special at $149 while the monthly plan is $329. This is a very good deal because you’re getting more food.  These prices are BEFORE coupons.  Which you choose depends upon your preferences. I keep all of the coupon codes on the right side of this blog.  And I will also place them within this article for convenience.  You can look at the latest specials here: Medifast Specialsbut the most current popular special is this one:  Now less than $11/Day. Try 30 days of Medifast and Get 7 days of Free Medifast Meals! w/renewal plan

Sometimes, they also offer an option of free meals if you choose to go with the auto ship option (which you can easily cancel once you have lost the weight.)  This is an excellent value.

Now, do keep in mind that you do have one lean and green meal each day. (Or two per day, if you are going with the flex plan.)  So, you do have to buy some groceries.  But, if you are very crafty about it, you can usually just modify what you are already buying for your family so that you aren’t spending that much additional money.  I think it’s very realistic to believe that you shouldn’t spend more than $50 for groceries (for yourself) per month especially since you’re only having to come up with one meal.

They do not charge you to use the website or to get counseling.  They only charge you for the food that you buy.  You won’t pay per pound like some diets.  And when you have lost the weight, you simply don’t place any more orders.  But to give you a hard figure as to how much medifast would cost per month, I’d say with coupons and crafty grocery shopping, you should be able to get it to about $2.20 or so per meal which I believe is extremely competitive.   Check out the Medifast Specials on the Medifast Official Site


How Are You Supposed To Do Medifast During The Winter Holidays – Christmas, New Years, Thanksgiving

I sometimes hear from people who are either currently on the medifast diet or who are considering beginning it soon.  The winter holidays always pose an interesting challenge because these are fun holidays that are full of opportunities for parties.  The parties (complete with lots of delicious food) are one of the things that makes this holiday season so special.  Understandably, no one wants to give up these parties because of their diet.  So people often wonder how to start of navigate these parties on medifast.  They might say, “honestly, I gain a lot of weight over the holidays.  Between my work, my kids’ school, and my family, I attend a lot of holiday functions and of course there is always wonderful food there. So I guess I partake too much.  I gained weight last year and I never took it off.  I’m afraid of doing that this year.  I’m honestly considering starting medifast, but how do you do it with all of the holidays?  I’m not sure if I should start now or not.”

I can’t make that decision for you, but I can offer some tips about the holidays with medifast.  Most people chose to do their lean and green part of their plan at the party.  In other words, they eat the diet’s meals the rest of the day and they save the food that they provide for themselves for the party.  Since a lean and green meal is lean protein and vegetables, it’s often very doable.  Most parties have a veggie and meat tray. Or, you can bring your own dish that is “safe” for you to eat. One popular choice is a taco type salad with lot of veggies, beans, and seasoned turkey.  Or, you could bring the veggie and meat tray and make sure to use lean meats.  Honestly, I can’t tell you that no one on medifast goes to holiday parties and doesn’t hit the dessert tray a little too hard.  It happens. We are only human.  But I look at it this way.  If I have a party over one weekend and I eat well during that week, that one weekend is not going to derail my whole plan, especially if I get back on my diet the next week.  Yes, there are three major holidays over this season.  But there is time between them to get back on track.

It helps to remember that no food tastes as good as the feeling of being in control of your own health.  Also, remember not to drink your calories.  Stick to water so you can have more leeway with food.  Try to put this into perspective and understand that the parties can be about people and being with those you love rather than about food.  My rule of thumb has been to cheat with proteins rather than carbs.  Meaning for me, it’s better to have a hamburger or prime rib than cake.  But I know that there are people who love sweets.  If you’re going to have them, enjoy every minute.  Eat slowly and chew completely.  Try to keep portion sizes, small if possible, but then savor every bite.  Then get right back on your diet guilt free.  We’re not robots.  We are human beings who want to enjoy ourselves.  I figure if I’m in compliance the rest of the time and I don’t go overboard most of the time, then I’m not going to beat myself up for enjoying myself (within reason) for special occasions.  Of course, you can be sensible about it and make good choices, but you don’t need to feel like you can’t celebrate the holidays if you are on this diet.  That’s just not true.  Here is the latest coupon. Free meals are always a great incentive and a huge savings: Try 30 days of Medifast and Get 7 days of Free Medifast Meals! w/renewal plan

Medifast Black Friday / Cyber Monday Sales – 25% Off

Like most companies, medifast is offering some enticing holiday specials in order to lure people who have been considering the plan to go ahead and try it.  We are coming up on the busiest time for dieting season, so this is when the companies generally roll out their best deals.  Medifast is offering 25 percent off of their plans for the holidays.  I just tried the links and saw them up, but I can’t promise that they will work until Cyber Monday.  Here is what the 25 percent off translates to for all of the plans: The medifast flex 30 day kit is now $299 instead of being around $390.  This is the plan where you eat 4 medifast meals per day and two of your own lean and green meals.  This is very low price point.  You don’t see this all of the time.  The medifast go 30 day kit is now $329 instead of being around $429.  (This plan costs more because you get more food, since you eat five medifast meals per day and one lean and green meal.  This is the plan that used to be called the 5 plus 1 and that is the most popular.)  Finally, the medifast flex 30 day complete kit is $399 rather than around $460.  This kit has a lot of extras, like 13 flavors of home lean and green meals, which are typically quite expensive.  So if you were interested in the flavor of home meals, this is probably the cheapest that you are going to see them.  If you’ve been thinking about medifast for a while, then you’ve probably researched it and you know that this is much cheaper than what you would normally see.  If you want to try it, this is a really aggressive price point.  Which plan will be best for you really does depend on how many medifast meals you want to eat per day and whether you want the flavors of home meals. If you’re content with four meals, then the cheaper medifast flex will work.  If you want the traditional plan, but don’t need the flavors of home, then the cheaper medifast go kit is probably your best bet.  Here is the coupon: Cyber Monday Special! Save 25%* plus Free Shipping on orders of $300 or more.*  See details.

Meal Planning For Medifast

I sometimes hear from people with a family who are researching and are getting ready to start medifast.  They are worried about how their family meal planning might have to change with the medifast plan.   They know that their family isn’t dieting.  They also know that they need to provide at least one (and possibly two) lean and green meals each day (depending on which plan they are on.)  They can worry that this is going to mean a lot of additional work.  They might say, “I have two picky kids plus a husband and I am starting medifast.  I am worried that I am going to have to make regular meals for my family and then make my lean and green meal on top of this.  How are you supposed to keep everything straight when you’re cooking for a family, but also have to worry about your lean and green?”

I know that it sounds impossibly complicated, but it may not be as bad as you think.  First, many people find it helpful to get one of those little stackable cabinets to put in your pantry or kitchen and to place out prepackaged meals for each day of the week.  This way, you do not need to go scrambling to make a food decision several times per day.  This also helps to keep your meals nice and organized so that you aren’t digging around to try to find a lunch option around lunch time when you’re very hungry.  You want to set it up where you can grab something without having to think too much about it.

As far as your lean and green meal, remember that it can be for any meal.  On some days, it may be easier for you to make yourself an omelet for breakfast and have that be your lean and green and then make your family a regular dinner while you just put in one of the flavors of home lean and green meals (that are prepackaged by medifast.)  Also remember that a lean and green is really only lean protein with three servings of non starchy vegetables.   Most of the time, your family is already eating one protein and some vegetables. So, many people will have the same protein as the rest of their family, but they’ll just add in raw veggies or allowed vegetables.  For example, let’s say that you’re making your family a roast with mashed potatoes, carrots, and gravy. Pick a lean roast and cut of the excess fat.  Look up the serving size for roast beef on the medifast quick start guide (which you can do here: Medifast Official Site) Then, make yourself the medifast mashed potatoes and forego the gravy / butter / cream.  You can have the same carrots as your family if they’re not covered in butter or a sugary glaze (you can use butter buds to get the same affect.)  Then, you still have one more side that you can play with.  You might add in microwaved beans or raw red peppers or something that you can easily throw on the side.  Customizing this regular family dinner to be a lean and green meal should only take a couple of minutes.  I know someone who does burger nights right along with her family.  She uses lettuce to wrap her very lean burger and she actually makes waffle fries (using a waffle iron) with the medifast mashed potatoes.  This is only one additional step. You just have to be creative sometimes.  Most people easily find recipes and tips and tricks online.  Some of the recipes can be customized for your family so that you’re not having to make separate meals.   Here is the latest medifast special.  It is a pretty generous discount: Try Medifast Diet! – Take 28% off 30-day Go Kit, w/renewal plan

The Medifast 4 Plus 2 Plan (4+2): What Is It? How Does It Work? How Do You Order It?

I will admit that I believe that most people on medifast are on the 5 plus 1 plan.  This is probably the most popular and well known plan on the diet, but it’s not the only one.  Recently, I had someone ask me what the medifast 4 plus 2 is and how it works.  This approach to the plan is not all that well known, but it does exist.  Many people are on some version of the medifast 5 plus 1.

Note / Update – The medifast 4 plus 2 is now called the medifast Flex.  You can learn more about it on the medifast site (link below,)  but the way that this would work would be instead of eating five of the medifast prepackaged meals, you eat t 4 of them and you eat 2 “lean and green” meals rather than only one.  Most people on this version of the plan will have a “lean and green” breakfast and dinner to accomplish this but some will swap breakfast for lunch, especially those who eat out a lot for their job or have to take clients out for lunch.  It is totally possible to chose wisely at restaurants when on medifast and stay within the lean and green guidelines if you are careful.

So why do people chose the 4 plus 2?  Some think it will be easier and some want to ease into the 5 plus 1.  Or, some don’t have as much weight to lose and feel like this is more appropriate for them.  The amount calories on the 4 /2 is going to vary depending on what you chose for your “lean and green” meals and how stringently you follow the directions.

If you don’t have too much weight to lose or you’re seeing good results by not being all that stringent, I don’t find anything wrong with choosing a sort of hybrid plan that you find more attractive or that works for you much better.  If having only one main meal each day just seems to be too much for you or something that you don’t think you should or would want to do, there’s nothing wrong with trying the 4/2, at least in my opinion.

You’d still be taking in much less calories than you would normally and if you play your cards right, ketosis may be possible.  So, how would you go about ordering a 4 plus 2 plan on medifast?  Well, I think the cheapest way would be to just go ahead and order a package as this is always the cheapest way to go.   They have coupons for the packages, like this one currently for medifast flex – Fall Special – Save $145 on the 30-day Flex Kit. Offer includes 21 Free Shakes, w/renewal*

Can You Eat Or Diet Like You’re On Medifast Without Having To Buy Their Food?

By: Lindsey Price:  I sometimes hear from people who completely believe that the medifast diet would likely be effective for them.  Many of them have watched friends, family, or coworkers lose weight on medifast so they generally already buy into the program.  But, where they have some reservations is on the price or what it is going to cost.  And that is when they will try to get creative and they will try to determine a way that they can eat or consume diet foods like they are on the medifast diet, but they are trying to avoid having to buy too much of the food.

I might hear a comment like: “I would really love to do medifast.   My sister lost a good deal of weight on it and she didn’t seem to be miserable in the process.  I want to get the same results.  But, my budget is limited.  Is there any way to do the medifast diet without having to buy their foods and their meals?”

This is a relatively common question and it’s completely understandable.  It’s hard to shell out money for something before you have had the results.  Sure, you may have seen friends and family have results.  But you haven’t seen them on yourself yet.  And no one wants to willingly waste money.

I looked into this question myself when I was considering medifast.  And, I ultimately determined that although you could try to buy grocery store items and / or make your own foods, you really don’t come all that close to the low amounts of carbohydrates, fats, and calories with the high amounts of protein and fiber with those types of foods.

To demonstrate my point, I’ll look at some popular diet bars, shakes, and brownies – all of which are popular choices on medifast.  And I’ll show the difference.  First, let’s look at a pure protein power bar.  I actually used to eat these and I will admit that I enjoyed them.  And, admittedly, they contain a lot of protein.  I’ll look at the chocolate deluxe flavor.  It has a very high 17 grams of protein.  That is the good.  But, it has 180 calories and 4.5 grams of fat.  This might not seem a lot.  But, it is when you compare the medifast bar.  I’ll chose the S’more Crunch Bar.  It has only 110 calories and only 2.5 grams of fat.  Let’s say you ate two of these each day.  You’d save 140 calories and 4 grams of fat.  That’s almost another bar’s worth of calories and fat.

Now, I’ll compare some shakes.  I’ll look at the Atkins RTD Advantage shake in French Vanilla.  It has  160 calories and 9 grams of fat, which is pretty substantial when you look at the French Vanilla Shake which only has 110 calories and only .5 grams of fat.  If you consumed two of these shakes per day, you’d save 100 calories and 17.5 grams of fat, which is quite a bit.

Finally, I’ll compare brownies. I realize there aren’t too many diet brownies.  And this is why people will make them at home.  I will be honest and tell you that I have tried this also.  But after a couple of days of making all of my own “special foods,” this gets very old.  But for the sake or argument and assuming that you would enjoy all of that cooking, let’s look at diet soda brownies, which are pretty well known.  They don’t contain much sugar because you use diet soda that is loaded with artificial sweeteners. Medifast doesn’t contain artificial sweeteners.  (This didn’t used to be important to me, but it is now that I’ve researched the harm that these artificial sweeteners can do over time.)  But let’s keep going and set that concern aside

The diet soda brownies are relatively low in calories and sugars, but they are loaded with carbohydrates at almost 24 grams.  The medifast Brownies in contrast only has 15 carbs.  This may not seem like a lot.  But as someone who has tracked her results very carefully, I can tell you that even a small deficit like this can make a difference between getting in ketosis or not, especially when you’re first starting out.

You can probably tell from this article that I believe it would be difficult to get medifast results without medifast food.  And frankly, I think that if you did it by making your own foods, you wouldn’t save that much money.  Many of the diet foods that you make yourself require special ingredients and yield a small amount.  Keep in mind you eat six times per day on medifast.

If you use coupons, you can generally get the meals down to just a little over $2.00 per day.  (You can see what specials are running here: Medifast Official Site (And there are coupons on the side of this blog.) But generally, you are offered a substantial discount off of your order of a generous amount of free food.  I consider this to be fair.  And I can tell you that having it made for you is a huge relief.

Alternatively, you can just order some foods individually at first just to see the results for yourself so that you won’t feel as much hesitation.  I hope that this has helped. Here is the latest medifast special: Medifast Specials


What Happened To The Medifast 5 Plus 1 Plan and The 4 & 2?

Sometimes, people have researched the medifast diet in the past but have now decided that they’d like to go ahead and get started.  But when they go onto the medifast site and attempt to place their order, they might notice some changes.  Many of them conducted their research with either the 5 plus 1 plan or the 4 / 2 plan.  So they are usually prepared to purchase one of these plans, depending on their needs.  But they notice that these plans no longer appear to be offered. The same can be said of the medifast achieve plan.  Suddenly, you go on the site and there appears to be two new plans – the medifast flex and go.

So what’s the deal with that?  Has medifast discontinued it’s long-term, best-selling plan, (the 5 plus 1.)  No, it hasn’t.  It has renamed its plans.  What used to be called the 5 plus 1 is now called Medifast Go.  And the 4 / 2 is now called medifast flex.  (It also used to be called the achieve.)    So, all of these older, popular plans didn’t disappear or get discontinued.  They just got renamed.  Although medifast does add new foods to their menu, the foods that were offered on previous plans are still there.  So if you had your heart set on the 5 / 1 or have used or liked it in the past, don’t worry, it’s still there, with mostly the same foods – although there are some new additions.   It’s just now called the Go.  And if you wanted the 4/2 or achieve plan, you can still still exactly that, it’s just called the Flex.

Which one appeals to you depends upon how many medifast meals you want or need to eat in a day and how many meals or snacks you want to provide yourself.  Also, they still have the thrive plan (three prepackaged meals) but this is just used for maintenance.  Anyway, I hope this article has explained that the medifast foods and plans are really are still there.  They have just been renamed.   The price point is mostly the same, and not surprisingly, the Go plan costs a bit more because you’re getting more food.  Since you’re eating five meals instead of four, you’ll need more meals in your package, which is why it costs a little more.  Here are the latest coupons for both Flex and Go. Thanksgiving Sale! Offer Includes 28 Free Shakes, Free Shipping & Bonus Gifts on 1st order of Medifast Go™ w/renewal

$Holiday Sale! $25 Off & Free Shipping on Orders of $250+ *See details