Medifast Go Vs Medifast Flex: What Are The Differences?

I’ve had some people ask me to explain the differences or distinctions between the medifast go and medifast flex plans. I think that some of the confusion is due to terminology.  These plans have actually existed on the medifast site in the past, but they were called something different.  But that is in the past.  Let’s move on to the present.

Details On Medifast Go:  The go plan is what used to be the five plus one.  This means that you will eat five prepackaged medifast meals and one lean and green meal.  You can either prepare the lean and green meal yourself or you can carefully chose a restaurant meal or use a medifast flavors of home meal.  Traditionally, this has been the most popular plan. And it is the plan that is used in many clinical studies.  People who like having their meals provided for them will generally gravitate to this plan because it means that they only have to cook or provide for themselves once per day (or none at all if they are using flavors of home.)  This plan is very convenient, but because you get more meals, it is a little more expensive than the medifast flex plan, which I will discuss now.

Details On Medifast Flex: The flex plan is what used to be called the four plus two or the achieve plan.  This is four prepackaged medifast meals, two lean and green meals, and one snack. People who don’t mind cooking will generally gravitate more toward this plan. It’s also a good plan for people who have less weight to lose or people who want more gradual results and more flexibility, since you’re going to be providing two of your own meals each day.  However, it is important to note that, just like above, if you don’t really like to cook, you can use medifast’s flavors of home meals for your lean and green meal.   So that is always an option if you want to eat two larger meals per day but don’t want to cook them yourself.  As you might suspect, this plan is a little cheater since you provide more of your own food.

Another important thing to consider is that the meals offered for both plans are the same. There are not meals specific to flex or go.  They completely overlap with one another.  The only question, really, is how many of the meals you will be eating each day. On flex it will be four.  On go, it will be five.  So your experiences would be somewhat similar on both plans, as the food choices are the same.  The only major difference is that on one plan (the go) you’ll eat five prepackaged meals and one of your own and on the other  plan (the flex) you’ll eat four prepackaged meals and two on your own, plus one snack.

Which you prefer really depends on how much weight you are looking to lose (and how quickly) plus how many of the meals you want to provide for yourself each day.  I hope that this article has clarified that the flex and go are really not new.  The names may be different, but the idea is the same.  Here is a promotion that can be used with either plan: $35 Off & Free Shipping Orders of $350+ *See details

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


Average Medifast Weight Loss In The First Week: What Is It?

I recently had someone contact and ask how much weight she could expect to lose in her first week of medifast.  Essentially, she  was in a big hurry to lose weight quickly and she felt that each pound counted.  So she wanted to know what she might expect in her first week.   There can be a wide range of results in the first week.  However, most of the time, dieters approach or get into ketosis at some point in their first week.  This typically brings about some weight loss (as can the loss of “water weight”) which means that many people see some weight loss in their first seven days.

Now if you’ve been on any weight loss blogs, I’m sure you’ve seen claims of people losing a huge amount of weight within their first week.  And you may have seen people claiming to have gained some weight.  I always take these claims with a grain of salt and think that the more accurate statement is usually somewhere in between.  (I’m not saying that it isn’t possible to lose tons of weight or even to gain, I just think that it’s probably the exception rather than the rule. ) Medifast clinical studies and the company’s guidelines indicate a range of anywhere from 2 – 5 pounds per week in the first couple of weeks, with common sense telling you that the average being around 3.  After those first few weeks, you’re looking at around 1 -2 pounds per week. (Men tend to lose more as do people who have more weight to lose.)

Sometimes people ask me if they should skip meals or exercise a lot in the first week just to “get things going.”  I don’t see the need for this.  In the first week of this diet, you’ll often be figuring out how things work and adjusting to eating six times per day.  When you use the diet as designed, the idea is that you get into ketosis and begin rapidly burning fat.  But in order for this to happen and to go off without a hitch, your body needs fuel (thus the need to eat as regularly as 6 times per day.)  But think about it. If you skip meals or over exercise, you potentially jeopardize this whole process, not to mention that you potentially make your experience a more difficult one than it needs to be.

I understand that you want to make sure that you lose as much weight as possible on the first week of medifast, but the diet is designed to have quick and decisive results.  You don’t really need to do anything but follow the diet as it’s designed.  If you truly want to lose as much weight as possible on the first week, my best advice would be to eat all six meals and to follow the guidelines for your “lean and green” meals.  You don’t want to add in high carb sides because doing might delay ketosis and you want for that to happen as soon as possible because that’s when the weight loss starts.  As far as exercise, you can move more as that feels comfortable to you, but there’s really no need to overdo it.

Want more tips on having success with medifast in the easiest way possible, check out my free medifast ebook at

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


The Best Medifast Fall Specials And Promotions 2017

If you follow this blog, you know that I like to include what I consider to be good medifast promotions.  The company has just released some fall promotions.  Here are the two that I think offers you the best bang for your buck.   The first offer is on medifast Go.  This is the company’s traditional plan that has you eating five prepackaged medifast meals per day and one lean and green meal (which you either prepare or provide.)  With this package, you get 154 meals plus 28 free shakes, which is quite a generous incentive. It also gives you free shipping.  The entire package comes in at only $329 for the month plus you get bonus gifts like the medifast blender, food journal, and guide. You get meals like ziti marinara, pancakes, mashed potatoes, oatmeal, and a whole variety of shakes.  You can see the list of foods here: Fall Sale! Get 28 Free Shakes, Free Shipping & Bonus Gifts included w/offer on 1st order of Medifast Go™! w/renewal

The next special I want to highlight is on the flex plan.  This plan has you eating two lean and greens per day and four prepackaged meals.  So you have a little more flexibility with this one, but you get a little less food as a result, so the package is cheaper.  In this package, you get 126 meals and 21 free shakes.  One really big incentive that they offer here is that they give you 9 flavors of home lean and green meals. (So that would be nine meals that you don’t have to cook.)  These are really expensive if you order them separately, so this is a nice addition.  This package only costs $299, but as you see above, you’re getting 30 less meals than you do on the medifast go plan, since you provide one more of your own meals on this plan each day.  You can see which meals are included here: Fall Special – Save $145 on the 30-day Flex Kit. Offer includes 21 Free Shakes, w/renewal*

So, which do you choose? Which offer is better for you really does depend on how many lean and green meals you plan to eat each day.  If you want to go with the traditional plan where you have 1 lean and green meal, you’re going to get more meals and pay less per meal with the Go plan and that would be the better deal (in the first paragraph.)   If you don’t need as many meals because you don’t mind preparing two small meals per day, then the flex plan is cheaper plus you get the flavors of home meals, which are usually pretty pricey (in the second paragraph.)  Both of these are offer nice discounts and allow you to get a lot of shakes for free, which is something that people always seek out in the medifast specials.

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

My Coworkers Always Make Me Feel Guilty For Dieting On Medifast

By: Lindsey Price: I sometimes hear from folks who are a bit disappointed that their friends, family, or coworkers aren’t as supportive of their weight loss efforts as they may have hoped. Often, they had  assumed that everyone would only want the best for them. And it’s very disappointing when this doesn’t turn out to be the case.

Common comments are things like: “it was hard for me to make the decision to start medifast. My office is a place where we all live for going out to lunch every day. Our work is very repetitive and monotonous. So going out to lunch together is a highlight of the day. Many of these women have been friends of mine for years. And they know that my weight bothers me. I have talked about losing weight for a long time. And they have listened. But I guess they never thought that I would actually take some action. Once I did, they were less than supportive. When I bring a medifast meal for lunch, they make fun of me. Sometimes they will be talking about going out to lunch and they will look at me and say ‘oh that’s right. This doesn’t apply to you because you’re eating rabbit food.’ It’s like they dismiss me and it hurts my feelings. I’m only trying to better myself. What’s so wrong with that? I still want to go out to lunch with my friends. And they make me feel like they can’t enjoy their lunch anymore because of me.”

This correspondence makes me realize how lucky I was to have such supportive people in my life. Many people in my office were dieting all at once. And that made the process a lot easier. In order to handle this, you need to understand why the coworkers may have been acting in the way that they were. They may have been a bit jealous. They may have been reacting to their own self doubt or lack of motivation.  It is a fair bet that their reaction might have had as much to do with them as it had to do with the diet or with you. People often react this way when they see someone who they care about make positive changes because this makes them feel guilty and complacent by comparison.  As a result, they might lash out. Or, they try to get you to stop making changes so that they can comfortably go back to the status quo.

But of course, you don’t want to go back to the status quo. You deserve to be healthy. And in order to do that and to thrive in your work place, I feel that there are a couple of options. First, you might just be very upfront about this and reply with something like “yes, it’s true that right now I am dieting. And I hope that you will support me. But I won’t be on the diet forever. And I don’t expect for you to give up your lunches out for me. I can go and order a drink and bring my own lunch, or I can order something healthy off of the menu. Or I can just stay here. There would be no hard feelings on my part. I realize that you aren’t on a diet and you shouldn’t have to change your lunch for me. I’m sure that we can work something out. But our relationship is important to me and I hope that it is to you, too.  Our relationship is more important to me than lunches out.”

One great option might be to make lunch the time that you eat your lean and green meal so that you can eat out. Yes, you will have to be careful about the items that you choose and about your portion sizes. But if you are careful, you can usually find something that fits the bill. That way, it wouldn’t hurt your diet but you could still partake in something that you have found enjoyable. Or, you could do a combination of the two and eat the prepackaged meals for part of the week and eat your lean and green at lunch time for the other part of the week.

Here is the latest medifast special: Medifast Specials

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.

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.

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.