Why Can’t I Have Fruit On Medifast?

By: Lindsey Price:  When you are researching the medifast diet, you might be a little disappointed to learn that fresh fruit isn’t part of the plan – at least in the beginning.  Sure, you can have fruit flavored bars, oatmeals, and shakes that medifast provides (and I’ll list some a little later.)  But as far as fresh fruit, that doesn’t become part of the plan until you have met your target weight loss and begin the transition part of the program.

Someone might ask: “why can’t I have fruit on medifast?  I don’t understand it.  Fruit is healthy and it contains vitamins and nutrients. Other diets allow it.  Why isn’t it allowed here?”

I am certainly not a dietician.  And I would highly suggest that you go to the Medifast Official Site and online chat with a counselor if you still have questions.  That is why they are there, after all.  But I believe that the reason that they don’t allow fruit is that fruit contains a high amount of sugar (albeit natural sugar) that your body reads as carbs.  Some fruits have as much sugar as a dessert or candy bar.  It just isn’t worth it when you’ve worked so hard on the diet to have fruit bring your carb levels up so high that you get out of ketosis.

After all, ketosis happens when your body can’t burn carbs, so it has to burn fat.  This helps you reach your weight loss goals.  In order to get there, though, you have to limit your carbohydrate consumption and increase your protein consumption.  Eating fruit would make that almost impossible because of the high amount of sugar and carbs that some fruit contains.

It may make you feel better to know that there are oatmeals, shakes, and some bars with fruit in them.  (Examples are the Medifast Peach Oatmeal, the Medifast Triple Berry Smoothie, and the Medifast Strawberry Crunch Bar, to name only a few.  So you do get a taste of fruit with some of your meals.  I know that it may not seem like the same thing to you now.  But for many people, when the results start to come, so does the realization that short term sacrifices are sometimes worth it in the long term.

You only have to forego the fruit while you are done actively losing the weight.  Once you have done that, then you begin to gradually add back in regular foods, including fruit.  So you are not expected to give it up forever.  You are just asked to give it up while you are going to be actively in ketosis.  Because it is going to be hard to get in ketosis when you eat fruit.  There is just too many sugars associated with it.  At least this is how I understand it.

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

Can You Buy Medifast Without Being A Member. If So, How?

By: Lindsey Price:  People often ask me if it’s possible to order medifast foods (the shakes and bars are a very popular request) without being a member or buying a membership.  There is a ALOT of confusion about this.  There’s no membership fee (it’s free) or membership purchase required for medifast.  People sometimes allude to the fact that they think that this diet is like Jenny Craig or others where you have to pay to join.  It’s not.  You can basically go to the Medifast Official Site and place an order for any of the products without paying to be a member.  And with your food order, you will get all of the support that any one else gets.

People sometimes confuse auto delivery or VIP membership with being a member.  This VIP membership means that you never have to worry about running out of food because they will automatically deliver your next order until you tell them to stop.   And you are offered some pretty decent discounts for this.  But even people who place orders for individual medifast products or the smaller, cheaper packages are entitled to support, live chat, placing orders for food, and all of the other goodies.  The thing with medifast is that you only have to pay for your food.  You’re not paying per pound, per month, or anything like that.

Of course, the amount that you pay for your food will depend on which package you chose, if you use the latest medifast coupons, and how long you plan to be on the diet.  But you should know that no membership is required.  You can always place as big or as small of an order as you want.  If you’re going to be on the diet for a while, it’s cheaper to order a package and use coupons, but if you just want to try the foods you should know that they allow anyone to place an order for all of the individual products.  For example,  you can order a box of shakes, bars, brownies, or pancakes for about $16.5o each on the main site link above.  The same goes for nearly every item on the menu.

Of course, since you eat six times per day, you’d need a lot of boxes if you’re going to comply totally with the plan for any length of time.  That’s why most people who plan to give the diet a fair try will go with a package.  But no matter how you order, membership payment isn’t required.  No one will ever ask to pay for anything other than your food.   If you want more information about how medifast works, check out my free medifast ebook which has links to the main site, coupons, tips, and lots of information on having success with medifast.  I also always keep the latest specials on the right side of this sight. Good luck.

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 Is The New Medifast Achieve Plan: Learn More About This Plan That Is Less Than $10 Per Day

By: Lindsey Price:  I hear from a lot of folks who really do want to try medifast but who tell me that it’s just too expensive at this time. I always encourage people to use coupons and I do believe that for the most part, medifast can be less expensive than making your own diet foods, simply because speciality ingredients are expensive and your time and effort are certainly worth something.

However, now that medifast has introduced its new achieve line, I can honestly say that even without factoring in time and effort into the equation, medifast is certainly now very competitive with, if not cheaper than, using your own foods.  That’s because the new achieve plan is less than $10 per day (that’s about two dollars per meal, which is REALLY hard to beat.)  Not to even mention that they give you a lot of freebies that you would have to pay for separately in these kits.

If you have more than a few pounds to lose and you want to go want to go with the diet for at least a month, then check out the cheapest monthly plan available which is The 30 Day Select Kit.  They give you 125 meals which includes shakes, bars, soft bake, pancakes,  soups, and a sampling of the taste of home meals.  (These are the prepackaged lean and green meals, and they are the most expensive meals that medifast sells.)  So getting these included for free is quite a bonus. Plus, you get a free food journal, dining out guide, healthy living workbook, plan guide, as well as the shaker bottle to make your shakes.  Here’s the coupon for that because it’s been rare to get started with medifast for less than a $300 price tag for an entire month.  Try the Medifast Achieve Program for $10/day  (Note that on the site, it will be called medifast flex.)

Let’s look at some more of the options that you have here.  If you just want to try the program and you want to get in for the cheapest route possible, you’ll want to go with the 2-week $149 plan.  What you get here is you get: 56 medifast meals including items like bars, shakes, soft bake, and mashed potatoes.  On top of the food, you get a free journal, plan guide, and shaker bottle (in which you make your shakes.)  Here is the coupon for that: Try the Medifast Achieve Program for as low as $149  Again, look for medifast flex.

Believe it or not, the above is not the most deluxe achieve plan.   They’re also selling what they call the “complete kit.”  You’re still getting 125 meals with this one, but you’re getting a little more variety and snacks.  You are getting the shakes and bars like before, but you are also getting pudding, cheese puffs, ziti marinara, cold cereals and the 12 taste of home samplings.  In addition, you get both medifast supplements included with this order (digestive health probiotic and heart health omega.) You also get all of the freebies described above, but you also get the electric 300 watt medifast blender which is quite popular.  It’s very high powered and it does a great job of getting the shakes, puddings, and soups at a very nice consistency.  Whichever plan you go with, the achieve plan has brought medifast to a price point that we haven’t seen in quite a long time. If you’ve been considering it but thought the price was out of your reach, now might be the time to get in because yes, it really is less than $10 per day.


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 Specials

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


Can You Customize Medifast Go? What About Medifast Flex?

I sometimes hear from people who want to order a medifast package, but who are looking at the list of foods that comes with the plan and would like to tweak or alter that list in some way. In other words, they’d like to be able to customize the plan and they wonder if this is possible. They might say, “I’ve decided to try the medifast go plan because it has more of the prepackaged meals. I don’t want to have to plan and cook for myself very much and I figure that I might lose a little more weight if I “replace” more meals with the diet meals. I also like the idea of eating small meals so often. But since I’ll be eating the medifast meals so much, I want to be able to choose more of the foods in my package. Is this possible?”

I am not a medifast counselor, but I researched this topic in an attempt to answer. On the medifast site, it basically says that, “each kit features an assortment of our customer favorites. However, if you have special dietary requirements or would simply prefer different food in your order, we’d be happy to customize this order for you! Simply call us.” It does gives the number to call on the medifast site and you can find that number here: Medifast Official Site (Scroll all the way to the bottom on the medifast go order page.) By the way, it has the exact same language on the medifast flex order page, so that makes me assume that the company is willing to customize for any of the packages, but the only way to know for sure would be to call them.

I do know that some people will buy additional boxes of foods that they really love. It’s very popular to buy additional shakes and bars. But if this is your first order and you are just wanting to try out the food, then it certainly reads as if the company is willing to work with you to come up with a package full of foods that you will enjoy. I know that they do try to fill the packages with the most popular choices, but everyone’s tastes are individual. I would call them and specify what you are looking for. Your success depends on your sticking to the plan, and having food that you prefer would be a factor in this, so by all means call and get the foods that you like. My observations are that medifast wants their customers to be happy and to have success on the plan.  Here is a coupon for medifast go: Try Medifast Diet! – Take 28% off 30-day Go Kit, w/renewal plan

Eating Chocolate On Medifast: What That’s A Very Easy (And Often Safe) Thing To Do.

By: Lindsey Price:  There are many foods that people do not want to give up when they are dieting.  Chocolate has to be up there at the top of the list.  I do not know many people who do not love chocolate.  And I do not know many people who would be willing to give it up for a diet.  Many people ask me what are safe chocolate cheats when on the medifast diet.  Honestly, you really should not have to cheat too much.  Medifast has tons of chocolate options built right into the diet.  Eating these items are not cheating.  And the chocolate flavored foods have no more sugar or calories than other foods, so, with only few exceptions, you can eat them like you would any of the other medifast foods.  Below, I will list some of the very popular chocolate options on medifast.

Bars:  The protein bars are among the most popular food choices and the chocolate varieties are among the most popular flavors.  Among these, there are chocolate crunch, chocolate mint, peanut butter chocolate, smore crunch, and carmel nut. (Note that if you are going to want to eat more than one of these per day, you’ll want to choose a crunch bar.  The maintenance bars contain more calories and are limited to one per day.)

Shakes:  These are another very popular option. You can choose between the Dutch chocolate, the Mocha, and the dark Chocolate if you are looking for shakes that you mix yourself.  If you want to go with the ready to drink shakes, then you have mocha and Dutch chocolate in that variety too.

Pudding, Soft Serve, And Brownies:  Next we come to what many people choose as desserts.  Medifast offers chocolate pudding, chocolate brownies, and chocolate soft serve ice cream.  There’s also a chocolate chip soft bake (which is like a thick chocolate chip cookie bar.)

Drinks: Finally, they do offer a hot cocoa which is very chocolately.   It too is part of the diet and counts as one of the meals.

I know that it can be hard to believe that there are chocolate options in the one hundred calorie range that are also high in protein and low in carbs and sugar, but this is the case.  These items are among the most popular because they taste good.  They taste like you would expect chocolate to taste.  Yes, the portion sizes are not huge, but it is enough to make you satisfied and to address your craving for chocolate.  Here is the latest medifast special: Try Medifast Diet! – Take 30% off of 30-day Select Kit, w/renewal plan

The Medifast Summer Sale: Including Discounts, Free Shakes, And Free Food

Medifast has just rolled out it’s summer offers.  It has basically placed its two most popular plans – medifast flex and medifast go on discount.  Depending on which plan you decide to go with, you can enjoy an initial discount plus either free shakes / free food.  Before I get into that, though, I’d like to explain the difference between the two plans.

If you’ve been researching or following medifast for a while, you may be familiar with their 5 plus 1 plan. This plan was quite popular for a long time.  The current Medifast Go plan is very similar to the 5 plus 1, so if you wanted to follow that program, the Go plan is probably what you would choose, since you eat five medifast meals per day on this plan and then add in your one lean and green meal.  This is the plan that gives you the most meals, since you’re required to eat 5 prepackaged meals instead of 4 (as with the the flex plan, which I’ll describe below.)  The current summer special has this plan discounted by 28 percent.  Instead of costing over $450, it’s coming in at around $329 for 154 meals over the course of a month.  Since this plan is basically like the 5 plus 1, you do have the advantage of knowing what clinical studies have found with it.    Here is the coupon for the summer Medifast Go promotion.  This plan is best for people who want to eat six times per day. Summer Sale – 28% off Medifast Go. Choose from 65 Meals for less than $11/day*! With renewal on 1st order

Next up, we have the medifast flex plan.  The idea behind both plans are the same, but the frequency of meals are different.  On flex, you eat four medifast prepackaged meals and 2 lean and green meals.  This plan is good for people who want to eat their own food more than once per day and who want to eat less prepackaged foods.  Because you are relying less on the diet foods, you do get less meals with this plan.  But, it is predictably cheaper.  In the summer promotion, they are offering 30 percent off of this plan PLUS free shakes.  You get 126 meals with this plan, plus 21 free shakes.  Because you’re getting less food, this plan comes in cheaper at $299.  Again, this plan is going to be best for people who want to eat less of the medifast provided meals and more of their own food.  That said, this is a pretty nice deal because not only do you get the free shakes, which are expensive, but you also get some samples of the flavors of home meals, which are also pretty pricey.  Here is that summer special: Summer is coming! 30% off Medifast Flex. Deal includes 21 Free Shakes, Free Shipping and Bonus Gifts!* w/renewal

How To Pay For Medifast

By: Lindsey Price:  I often have people ask me what type of payments options are offered on medifast.  Many are interested to know if any payment plan is available.  I will go offer different payment options for medifast below.

Payment Options When You’re Ordering Your Food Online: I believe that the vast majority of people order their meals online at the Medifast Official Site. This is just the easiest (and only) way to go about it if you don’t have a clinic close by (and this is true for many.)   There are various ways to place an order including several packages or ordering the food individually.  But no matter how you order, the payment options are the same. They accept payment by American Express, Master Card, Visa, Or Discover.

People often ask me if there’s a payment plan or if you can make regular payments.  I’ve had readers tell me that there’s a “bill me later” option which allows for payments but I myself have never used it and can’t vouch for it.  Another question I often get is if medifast is covered by insurance.  Again, that’s not something I have personal experience with as I pay out of pocket using coupons and specials, but I’ve heard from readers (and have read on the medifast site) that you need to check with your doctor and your insurance company.  In my observation, most insurance doesn’t cover weight loss programs unless it is in direct response to a health concern like diabetes or heart disease.  It certainly doesn’t hurt to ask though.

Paying For Medifast When You Are Going Through A Clinic: There are a few medifast clinics scattered about the USA and Canada.  So some folks do have access to the foods in conjunction with a clinic.  If this is the case for you, then you might be interested to know that in addition to the credit cards listed above, the clinics also take cash or check.

No matter where you’re ordering from or how you’re ordering the packages run about $11 per day (including everything) before coupons.  I always keep the latest medifast coupons in my free ebook which you can take a peak at http://easiest-diet.com/free-medifast-ebook/html