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
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