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: Try Medifast Achieve for as low as $149 w/ renewal plan

How Many Calories Are On Medifast Achieve? Does It Contain Too Many Calories?

By: Lindsey Price:  I sometimes hear from people who are considering the new and popular medifast achieve plan but who still have some questions and concerns about it.  When you research this plan, you may see that it offers one additional lean and green meal.  The older 5 plus 1 plan only had one lean and green meal with five prepackaged medifast meals and two optional snacks.  In contrast, the new achieve plan has two lean and green meals with four prepackaged meals and one optional snack.  Some people worry that this is going to make the calorie content too high.  They’ll ask questions like: “just how many calories are in the achieve plan?  I worry that it will contain too many calories to be effective?”

Well, let’s look at the numbers.  The Medifast Official Site states the achieve plan is going to contain 1,000 to 1,300 calories per day, depending upon your lean and green choices.  In contrast, the 5 plus one plan contained 800 – 1,000 calories per day.   Yes, the achieve plan does have the potential to take in 300 additional calories per day, but nothing says that you can’t be careful with your lean and green meals in order to stay in the 1,000 range if that is your goal.  Frankly, 1,300 calories is still in the dieting range and should certainly bring about efficient and very noticeable weight loss.  When you consider that the average daily caloric intake in the western world is over 3,500 calories per day (in the United States, statistics tell us that it is around 3,770) then you can see how most people would be creating a calorie deficit by taking in a range of 1,300 calories per day.  In order to lose a pound a week, you need to “save” about 500 calories per day.  As you can see from the above, most people are going to save 2 – 3 times that.  The medifast guidelines from the 5 plus one plan used to be around 2 – 5 pounds the first week and 1 – 2 pounds per week after that.  Looking at the above numbers, this does not seem out of the question for the achieve plan, even with the addition of the new lean and green meal.  But these are just one person crunching the numbers.  I’d highly recommend running this question by a counselor on the Medifast Official Site.  You’ll likely get a quick and more “official” answer.

How Many Daily Servings Of Greens Are There In The Medifast Diet?

By: Lindsey Price:  I’m sometimes asked about the green vegetable requirement on medifast.  I believe that the word “greens” are closely associated with this diet because of the “lean and green” meal that you have each day.  Some people ask about this because they are concerned about getting enough fiber or enough vegetable intake.  And others ask because they are trying to be honest with themselves and they know that they struggle to be enthusiastic about eating vegetables.  In either case, it’s normal to want to know exactly how much (or how many) of these green vegetables you will be expected to eat.

Basically, there are two ways that you will take in any food on medifast – regardless of whether you are talking about green vegetables or something else.  It will either be contained in the prepackaged meals that they provide you with or you will include it in your “lean and green” meals that you prepare each day.  Now, some of the prepackaged foods do contain small amounts of vegetables.

Examples are the celery, peas, and green peppers that you will find in the stews, soups, and in the “flavors of home” meals that might already be included in your package.  Generally though, these are small amounts that you don’t notice all that much because they are blended in with other foods.

In terms of the greens that will be included in your lean and green meals, they ask that you take in three servings.  And while many people assume that the vegetable must be green, that isn’t necessarily the case.  It’s true that you often get a bigger serving size if you choose a green colored vegetable (because greens tend to be lower in carbohydrates, which mean that you can safely have more of them.)  But you can also have non green vegetables like mushrooms, red cabbage, and squash.

Generally speaking, if the vegetable is both green and low in carbohydrates, you can have an entire cup of it.  This includes vegetables like mustard, collards, spinach, and many different types of lettuce.

The non green type (or the types that are higher in carbohydrates) have serving sizes of one half cup.  Examples are celery, mushrooms, asparagus, and squash.

If you have some vegetables in your prepackaged meal, you don’t have to count that.  And if you don’t enjoy vegetables and you think that it is going to be difficult for you to get all of the requirements in, know that you don’t have to get your lean and green meal at dinner time.  Perhaps you’d prefer to have a mushroom or spinach omelet and then do one of the prepackaged flavors of home meals for dinner?  Maybe you’d like to have a lunch of chicken breast with celery sticks and some non fat dip on the side? It’s OK to play with which meals include your vegetables to make life easier for you.

If you’re interested in seeing what is on special at medifast for particular packages, you can see the latest coupons here.

What Is The Most That You Can Lose On The First Week Or So Of Medifast?

By: Lindsey Price:  There’s no question that people wanting to lose weight on a diet want to get a fast start.  Because that is often what is going to help you to stick to it.  No one wants to do the work, spend the money, and make the sacrifices if you aren’t going to be rewarded for your efforts.

It is much easier to stick to something (including a diet) when you know that there will be a pay off in the end. And in our fast-paced society, we want that pay off nearly immediately.

To that end, someone might say: “what is the most weight that someone can possibly expect during the first couple of weeks of medifast?  I honestly would love a 10 pound weight loss.  I am not sure if this is too much to ask. I’ve seen people discussing that type of loss, but I don’t know how realistic it is.  However, that’s about what I’d need to see in order to be able to see a noticeable difference.”

You can lose a notable amount of weight in the first week, as the range is stated at as much as five pounds in the first week and as much as two pounds after that for the next week and beyond.  (Note that the range is stated as 2 – 5 pounds per week for the first week and 1 – 2 pounds per week after that.)  So you might get within that range after the full two weeks, but I think that it’s probably a lot to expect in the first week.  Do some people proclaim that they’ve done better than this?  Yes, some have.  I’ve even seen some photos regarding this.  And I am always happy for people who have had good success, but I don’t think it’s good to expect that type of loss.  And I’m not sure that it’s completely sustainable.

I think that it’s better to shoot for reasonable and safe numbers and to be pleasantly surprised if you do a little better.  Frankly, when people tend to want those more dramatic results, they do silly things like not eat all of their food and over exercise.  Both of these things actually impede your progress because your body needs fuel and rest in ketosis.

Plenty of research indicates that you are more likely to keep the weight off if you lose it in a sensible manner.  When look at this sensibly, you are training yourself to adopt a new, sustainable life style that you can reasonably maintain.

Quick results don’t do you much good if you can’t maintain them. You don’t want to burn out before you even get started.  So my answer to this question would be that by the company’s own guidelines, five pounds in that first week certainly isn’t out of the question.  And frankly, that’s great.  Five pounds is noticeable, makes a difference in how you look and feel, and is highly motivating.

Beyond that, I think that you are really are getting into unrealistic and unsustainable expectations.  Want to know more about how medifast works?  Feel free to check out my free ebook where I keep tips and the latest coupons.

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 SpecialsTry Medifast Achieve for as low as $149 w/ renewal plan

 

What Grocery Chains Carry Medifast?

By: Lindsey Price:  It is completely understandable that when you decide that you want to try a self improvement project – a new diet, a new look, an exercise regimen, etc., you want to implement it NOW.  Most of us don’t take these types of decisions lightly.  We research.  We compare the product with other products in the same niche.  And we consider the pros and cons. of each  Only after we have done all of this do we make a decision.  With that decision made, we want to get started.

That’s why I hear from people asking me which local grocery chain they can use to buy medifast products.  They want to be able to run down to their local Publix, Winn Dixie, Sweetbay, Walmart, Target, Groger, Walgreens, CVS, Sam’s Club, Costco, etc., and simply buy the products.  Many reach out AFTER they’ve been all over town – looking everywhere for the medifast shakes and bars, only to begin to suspect that the products may not be sold in grocery stores, drug stores, or pharmacies.  Many are really surprised because they see other diets in stores and wonder why they can’t get medifast.

I’m only speculating.  I don’t have any first hand knowledge whatsoever. But I’d suspect that medifast doesn’t sell their products in grocery or retail stores for a couple of reasons.  First, perhaps they don’t want to deal with distributors (when they handle things themselves.)  But most importantly, I think that they want their consumers to interact with their website (the Medifast Official Site) because that same website is where you are going to get support.  In other words, when you create an account and place an order, that is the same account you are going to use when you want to speak to a counselor, when you have a question, when you want to track your progress, when you want recipes, and when you want to interact with other dieters.  It’s well established that dieters who have support are more successful, not only in terms of losing weight and keeping it off, but in being happy with the entire experience.

Just selling you the product at a grocery store would only be half of this equation.  They want you to have the support and the tools that you need.  The food itself is only a part of the product.  I understand wanting to buy the product right away.  But shipping really is fast (and most of the time, it is free.)  Your order will arrive very quickly, most of the time.  And while you are waiting, you can get acquainted with the resources on the website, assemble ideas for your lean and green meals, and start thinking about incorporating exercise.  All of these things ensure your long term success, which is really the goal here. Here is the latest medifast coupon:
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Medifast And Visceral Fat: Does The Medifast Diet Help To Burn This Very Specific Type Of Belly Fat?

By: Lindsey Price:  People who want to lose weight also want to lose fat.  Many want to lose fat all over, but some are interested specifically in belly or abdominal fat.  And there are some who are aware that it’s particularly important to lose visceral fat.  There are two types of abdominal fat: subcutaneous and visceral.  Subcutaneous lies right underneath the surface of the skin.  When you pinch around your belly and waist, it is the subcutaneous fat that you are feeling.  Visceral fat lies much deeper and is around vital organs like the liver, intestines, and pancreas.  There are health risks associated with having too much visceral fat – including interference with the health and function of your organs and hormones, as well as high blood pressure and high cholesterol.  Even worse, a large amount of visceral fat shows some correlation with certain cancers and with chronic disease.  Lessening this type fat could definitely be beneficial to your health.

So it’s a no brainer that you want to decrease this type of fat if you have too much of it.  That leads you to wonder if medifast can help you to do this.  Well, there has been a clinical study which can hopefully shed on light on this and give us some specifics.  In 2010, a study was published that outlined a 40 week trial in which 90 adults either used medifast or a self-selected, healthy food-based meal plan in order to lose pounds, fat, and inches.

At the end of the trial, the group who ate the medifast showed an average 15 percent reduction of visceral fat.  The food-based group only had around a 9 percent reduction.  There were also vast improvements in waist circumference.   The medifast group had a waist circumference reduction of almost 8 1/2 percent while the food based group had a reduction of almost 3 1/2 percent.

This data seems to indicate that medifast is more effective at lessening both types of abdominal fat than a self chosen diet, although both groups saw really nice gains.  If you are already leaning toward medifast and think that it could be a good fit for you, then it might be encouraging to know that clinical trials indicate that yes, medifast is quite effective at helping you to burn abdominal visceral fat, which is known to be challenging to burn.  This can have additional health benefits outside of just losing weight – although losing weight is always a worthwhile goal and is a healthy thing to do if you’re not yet at a healthy weight.  If it helps, here is the latest medifast special: Try Medifast Achieve For As Low As $149

How Does Medifast Achieve Work? Is There A Catch?

By: Lindsey Price:  I’ve been getting a lot of questions about medifast’s new achieve program.  It’s been quite a long time since the company had a $10 per day price point, which many dieters are going to find quite attractive.  But, people understandably think that there is some catch with this program.  They wonder why (and how) medifast is doing this so cheaply.  They think that perhaps there is some unpopular or bulk food that comes with only the achieve plan or that you only get half of the food or something.

Neither is the case.  In this article, I’ll try to explain how the achieve plan works.  First, there are three options: the two week plan at $149.99 with 56 meals and $5 shipping; the 30 day select kit for $299.99 with 125 meals and free shipping; and the 30 day complete kit for $399.99 with 125 meals, free shipping, and included supplements and additional bonuses.

I’d like to make clear that the achieve plan contains real, popular foods.  The food is not any different than what you would get on other plans. The food choices do vary depending on which package you get.  For example, the two week plan does not include samples from the taste of home line.  But, all of the packages on the achieve plan do include popular meals like cereal, shakes, bars, pancakes, and snacks in appealing flavors.

Now, you may or may not have noticed that the achieve plan comes with the medifast advantage program.  This is medifast’s savings plan which ships you food until you tell them to stop.  People think that there is a huge commitment with this plan, but there really isn’t because you can cancel it at any time.  Plus, it is true savings plan that allows you to not only save on your first order, but to also get 5-10% off your next order as well as discounted or free shipping each time, depending on what you buy.  So they really are giving you a repeated incentive on the advantage plan, but you aren’t stuck with it if you outgrow it.  Some people do lose the weight before they thought that they would and don’t need to continue on for as long as they thought.

Finally the achieve plan does offer slightly less food than the regular, higher cost plans.  You typically get around 153 meals when you’re spending over $375.  But with achieve, you get 125 meals on the 30 day plan, which averages out to a little over 4 meals per day rather than five.  So if you were planning to do the 4 plus 2 plan or you were planning to provide one small snack yourself, this plan would be perfect for you and could save you a significant amount of money. Here are the coupons for the achieve plan: Try the Medifast Achieve Program for less than $10/day,

Try the Medifast Achieve Program for as low as $149

Can I Have More Than The Medifast Meals?

By: Lindsey Price: Some people have a little bit of an adjustment period when they start the medifast diet. It can occasionally be a challenge to eat all of the meals. Or, people are often worried that they won’t feel quite as full as they would like. Sometimes, people ask if they can eat more medifast meals if they find themselves in this situation.

Someone might ask: “I’m starting medifast this weekend. But I am used to eating more than normal on weekends as a treat. So I’m a little worried. If I get hungry, can I eat more than the medifast meals?”

Well, I think it may be a mistake to just assume that you’re not going to be full or satisfied before you’ve even tried.  If it helps, know that you get two larger “lean and green meals” in addition to the four medifast meals plus one snack (with the new achieve plan.) This is lean protein with 3 vegetable servings. You can get creative as to what food items you choose to prepare this, but most people use this as their main, larger meal. So make sure you include this every day.

Also, in addition to these opportunities to eat, you can also have a healthy snack. If you take advantage of all of these  opportunities to eat, you’ll be taking in food pretty constantly. For many people, that feels like eating all of the time. But if that is still not enough, I would think that eating an additional medifast meal would be much better than cheating with foods off the diet. But, I’d encourage you to reach out to a counselor on the Medifast Official Site to be sure.

If you’re really hungry and are tempted to cheat with a lot or high calorie foods, consider having one of the new hearty choice lean and green meals. These are substantial, so it should quell the hunger, but it will still be less calories and fat than regular food that you would cheat with.

I think that every one has experienced some cheating. It happens simply because sometimes we have special occasions or we have had a rough day in terms of compliance. The key is to realize that it’s happened and you can not change that. But you can change today. And you can get back on the diet as soon as possible so that you don’t get into bad habits. I don’t think it really hurts much to cheat every once in a while. But if you get in the habit of doing it all of the time, then it may affect your results.

Many people find that they get used to the diet pretty quickly. So hopefully, if this is an issue, it will only be something you have to deal with in the beginning and then your body will adjust.  Here is the latest medifast special for the achieve plan: Try the Medifast Achieve Program for $10/day

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

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

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.