By: Lindsey Price: I often say that I believe that medifast is a diet for people who love sweets or carbs. And, sometimes, I have people challenge me on that because technically, medifast is a high protein diet that is relatively low in carbs. And this ratio is necessary to help you to lose weight. But, if you’re willing to look a little closer, I think you might agree with me with medifast offers of a good deal of sweet flavored foods. I’ll outline some of them below.
The Shakes: Yes, the shakes are low in sugar. But, they don’t taste like a food that fits into this category. They are actually pretty rich and although I don’t find them overly sweet, I find them sweet enough. I do think that some flavors are better than others. In general, I like the creme flavored shakes the least. But I am particularly fond of the Swiss Mocha 70 Shake and the Banana Creme 70 Shake. Before medifast sold its own syrup, I used to flavor them up on my own using sugar free syrups meant for diabetics and this worked just fine.
The Bars: To me, these are very dessert like, particularly the maintenance bars. The good news about the maintenance bars is that they are incredibly decadent. The bad news is that you’re only allowed to have one of them each day (unless you are on the maintenance or transition plan.) The Caramel Nut Maintenance Bar is particularly good. The crunch bars have plenty of good options too, though and they are unlimited. You can have as many as you want as long as you don’t go over five meals per day. My personal favorite is the Peanut Butter Crunch Bar.
Soft Serve: People often aren’t sure what this item is. It is ice cream with a softer texture. And it is definitely a dessert food. This item definitely tastes sweet to me. Much to my surprise though, my favorite flavor is the Coffee Soft Serve.
Brownies: Here’s another item that is meant to be a dessert but many people use it as a snack. This can be served warm (which is the way I prefer it.) But if it cools down, you can just wrap it up and eat it cooled down later. It’s pretty good this way too. They also have a chocolate chip bake that has the same texture but tastes a lot like a cookie.
The Pudding: Here’s another item that can be eaten as either a snack or a dessert. I find all of the flavors to be good. The texture is also right. Like the shakes, I enjoy the Banana Pudding the most.
The Apple Cinnamon Soy Crisps: I’ll admit that not all of the chips taste like desserts. In fact, I think that they mostly make nice snacks. But the cinnamon option is definitely sweet enough for dessert.
The Oatmeal: I will admit that there are times when I am perfectly happy with a bowl of hot cereal for dinner, especially if it’s been a long day. Many of the oatmeal offerings are quite good for sugar cravings. Flavors that I find particularly effective are the blueberry the Maple & Brown Sugar Oatmeal and the peach.
The Chocolate Chip Pancakes: Again, this is a breakfast item that will work for a nice dessert in a pinch. The chocolate chips are more liberal than you might expect and texture of this item isn’t at all dry.
So overall, I believe that if you have a sugar craving on medifast, you will easily find something to suit your needs. Yes, many of the foods shave off sugar by using sugar alcohols but your body (and your taste beds) probably won’t know the difference. And it’s very difficult to find sweet flavored foods that easily fit into your weight loss plan. I’ve gotten so used to these items that at this point, I prefer these foods to traditional desserts which actually taste odd to me and just overly sweet.
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