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

What Happens If I Eat A Burger On Medifast?

By: Lindsey Price:  I get asked a lot about cheating on medifast.  And one of the most popular cheats are burgers.   Because let’s face it.  Burgers are delicious and often very convenient.  All restaurants serve them.  Most kids will eat them if you make them for a family meal.

Unfortunately, most diets do not include them, so most people assume that they are absolutely off limits on medifast.  Someone might ask: “what happens when you give in and eat a burger on medifast?  I’m only half teasing when I say that I feel like alarm bells are going to go off or something.  A burger is my favorite meal and I’d like to have it some of the time.  Will this completely wreck my diet?”

Frankly, I don’t think anything wrecks your diet for the long term.  Sure, you may not lose a lot of weight on the day that you eat the burger.  You may even gain.  But dieting gains and losses are not made over the course of one day or one meal.  It’s for this reason that people who are dieting often weigh themselves weekly or monthly.  It’s the week to week, and month to month losses which will make the most long term difference.  One meal often doesn’t derail this – unless you eat the meal and do not get back on your diet.

There are two places where you could have a burger – during your lean and green meals, or in place of one of your other prepackaged meals.  Honestly, you are allowed to have 5 ounces of very lean ground beef on your lean and green meal.  So if you made a 5 ounce lean burger and used lettuce for a bun, then you’d have no problems whatsoever.  You are not cheating on your diet at all.  As I understand it, would be well within the guidelines.  Pair that with the three non starchy vegetables and have a feast.

However, let’s say you want to get a burger from a restaurant or fast food joint.  Okay, we can agree that this isn’t exactly within the confines of the diet.  (And you can definitely talk to a medifast counselor about this.)  But, in my opinion (and I’m not a counselor) there’s a way to minimize the damage.  Obviously, depending on what type of burger you choose, fat and calorie content is going to widely vary.  You are better off getting, say, a small, plain burger.  Assuming you are going to skip mayo and cheese, burger king’s whopper junior has 240 calories and 3.5 grams of fat. Mcdonald’s small hamburger has 250 calories.  If you add cheese, add 50 calories.  Wendy’s junior cheeseburger is 280 calories.  As you can see, this isn’t absolutely horrible.  You probably don’t want to make this a daily ritual, but once in a while, it’s not going to hurt you too much.   This might put you a little over your lean and green calories for the day, but so long as you keep the portion size small (and obviously you don’t get the Big Mac) then I doubt it is going to be catastrophic.  The next day, you will want to try to get back in compliance.  Then, at the end of the week, see what happened.  I’d suspect that not much.  From my experience, the key is getting back in compliance as quickly as possible and keeping the “cheat” as diet friendly as is possible.  Obviously, you don’t want to gorge on huge mayo and cheese-filled burgers on a daily basis, but if you use common sense, having a burger every now and again doesn’t have to kill your diet.  But this is just my opinion.  Please ask a medifast counselor to get an official take.  (You can do that here: Medifast Official Site    Here is the latest medifast special: Summer is coming! Save $145 on the 30-day Flex Kit. Offer includes 21 Free Shakes, w/renewal

The Medifast Memorial Day Sale: What Does It Include?

For Memorial Day, Medifast has offered deep discounts on 2 plans as follows at around 30 percent:

Medifast Flex (which is the meal plan where you eat 4 medifast meals and 2 lean and green meals on your own) is being discounted by 30%.  Now it’s coming in at $9.97 per day or $299.  This includes 126 regular meals and 9 flavor of home meals plus 21 free shakes and a journal, dining out guide, blender bottle, and healthy living work book.  The free shakes are a very high value because a box of 7 medifast shakes costs about $20.  So getting 21 free is a $60 value.  A sampling of the foods that you get on this plan are things like pancakes, ziti marina, chicken noodle soup, garlic mashed potatoes, chocolate pudding, and brown sugar oatmeal. Memorial Day Sale – 30% off 1st order! Choose from 126 Meals for under $10/day. Includes 21 free shakes!* w/renewal

The Medifast Go Package is the plan that used to be called the 5 plus 1 plan.  It is the traditional medifast plan on which all of the clinical studies are based.  On this plan, you eat five medifast meals and provide your own lean and green meal.  The package includes 154 meals (so almost 20 more meals than Medifast Flex)  This plan is currently on sale at $10.97 per day or $324.  With this plan, you get 28 free shakes and all of the good stuff that you get above.  You’ll get foods like brownies, chocolate chip cookies, and wild rice and chicken soup as well as what was mentioned above.  (This is just a sampling.  There are many more foods.) Spring Sale – 28% off Medifast Go™. Includes 28 Free Shakes! Delicious Meals for only $11/day, w/renewal

If you’ve been waiting to get in on medifast, here’s a special occasion where popular plans have been discounted and free shakes have been offered to sweeten the deal.  They will sometimes offer discounts and free food.  But here they are offering both.

What Kinds Of Seafood Can You Eat On Medifast?

By: Lindsey Price:  I often hear from people who don’t want to lose a main food source when starting medifast.  For example, sweets lovers don’t want to give up their dessert.  Carnivores don’t want to give up their meat.  And people who love seafood don’t want to have to switch to something that doesn’t come from the sea.

People sometimes ask about whether or not seafood is restricted on medifast.  It’s not really restricted although you can’t eat unlimited amounts of it.  Although there is a medifast meal that has seafood (the Medifast Maryland Style Crab Soup) most of the time, the seafood that you eat will come via your lean and green meal.  This meal is pretty easy to assemble. The main guidelines are just that you include lean protein and three servings of healthy vegetables.  This protein could be beef, pork, chicken, eggs, seafood, or meatless options.

How lean the seafood is will dictate how large your serving size is.  For example, here is some good news.  Many types of seafood are considered the leanest of the bunch and will allow the largest portion size of seven ounces. In the shellfish category, these include crab, scallops, shrimp, and lobster.  In the fish category, these include cod, flounder, orange roughy, grouper, tilapia, mahi mahi, wild catfish, and tuna.

The next category is the “leaner” category which allows for six ounces.  Under this category is less lean fish like trout, swordfish, and halibut.

The final category is “lean” and this allows for five ounces.  What you will find is here is salmon, bluesfin tuna, salmon, farmed catfish, mackerel, and herring. As you can see, this gives you a whole lot to work with and the portion sizes are pretty generous.  This makes sense as seafood is said to be part of a healthy diet and is also a natural anti inflammatory food.

Now, keep in mind that you don’t want to fry any of this seafood in fat.  You’ll want to steam, broil, grill, or panfry it with just a little non-fat no-stick or a healthy oil.  You are allowed to have two servings of healthy fats with your protein.  This includes olive oil, canola oil, flaxseed oil and peanut oil as well as margarine, butter, cream cheese and mayonnaise.

Hopefully, you can now see that not only can you have seafood on medifast, but you can have a decent serving size.  And you can cook it up with healthy fats and extras in order to make a large variety of dishes.  It would probably help to look at medifast’s “quick start guide” which you can find more information about what types of food you can eat and how much.  You can download it for free on the Medifast Official Site. (Look under guides and tools.)  Here are the latest Medifast Specials

The Free Shakes Offer On Medifast: What Does It Entail?

There’s no question that the medifast shakes are among the most popular items on the menu.  They’re often listed as among the best selling.  So when medifast gives them away for free, this is often a very popular promotion.  As of this writing, medifast is offering 28 free shakes when you purchase a medifast go package with medifast advantage (which is their auto renew package.)   This means that they continue to send you food until you cancel this, but it can be canceled at any time.  Medifast Go is the package that used to be called the 5 plus 1 plan because with this plan you eat five prepackaged meals per day and you cook or provide one lean and green meal.  In addition to the free shakes, the plan is heavily discounted right now.  Its running at $329 when it is usually over $400.  Plus, you may or may not know that a box of shakes (which contains 7) generally runs about $20 per box.  So 28 shakes is the equivalent of four boxes, which is quite a value.  The whole savings / package is probably worth around $150.  This is quite a good deal if you were waiting for the right time to try out medifast.  For less than $350, you’ll get enough meals for a month (five per day) as well as the free shakes (which would be about one per day.)  That’s just a little over $10 per day and you are getting quite a lot of value for that.  Here is the coupon for that deal: Spring Deals on Shakes – 28 Free Shakes, Shipping & Bonus Gifts included w/first order of Medifast Go! w/renewal

Can You Have Tofu On The Medifast Diet?

By: Lindsey Price: I sometimes hear from either full or part time vegetarians who are considering the medifast diet and who want clarification as to what type of meat substitutes are acceptable on the diet.

I might hear something like: “if I go on medifast, will I still be able to eat tofu? I am not a strict vegetarian. I sometimes consume milk, eggs, and chicken or fish. But I do consume a lot of tofu. And I don’t want to give it up.”

You won’t have to give it up. You can consume it as part of the protein in your “lean and green meal.” You might already know that when you are on this diet, you eat the prepackaged meals (many of which are vegetarian) for five of your daily meals and then you come up with one main meal that you can choose and prepare for yourself.  (You can also choose vegetarian prepackaged meals.)

As part of that lean and green meal, you are asked to consume 5 – 7 ounces of lean protein and three servings of vegetables. The company puts out many guides designed to help you plan this meal including a quick start guide and a vegetarian guide. (You can download them for free on the Medifast Official Site.) The vegetarian guide lists the serving size for soft silken tofu as fifteen ounces, which is much more generous of a portion than is allowed for animal protein.

Obviously, you want to prepare the tofu in the healthiest way possible, like grilling or stir frying it rather than deep frying it. But the diet encourages and allows the use of a wide variety of vegetarian substitutes like veggie burgers, veggie sausage and vegetarian chicken nuggets.

It might be interesting for you to know what the medifast shakes are soy rather than milk based. So it would make sense that medifast would welcome tofu into the plan. There are also a lot of vegetarian options with the prepackaged meals. For example, the chili and sloppy joe contain texturized vegetable protein (or TVP) rather than meat. While many of the meals do contain at least eggs, milk, or both, there are some items that are completely vegan – like all of the shakes, oatmeals, crackers and cereals. This diet is pretty friendly for people who choose not to consume animal protein. And if you consume at least some milk or eggs, you shouldn’t have much of a problem.  But yes, tofu is most definitely a protein that you can include with your lean and green meal and you can have as much as fifteen ounces.  Here are the latest medifast specials. Now less than $11/Day. Try 30 days of Medifast and Get 7 days of Free Medifast Meals! w/renewal plan

What If I Hit A Plateau On Medifast? These Tips Might Help

By: Lindsey Price: Many people have wonderful results when they first start medifast.  The weight comes off at fast and at regular clips.  And you can start to think that this is the way that it is going to be EVERY week.  Sometimes though, this just isn’t reality for most people.  And here is why.  The more weight you lose, the less weight you need to lose to keep the same body percentage of loss each week.  Also, our bodies sometimes get used to our new regimen and don’t always respond in the same dramatic way.

It’s not always a reason for concern when your dramatic early results taper off.  Frankly, if you continued to lose weight at such a dramatic clip, it probably wouldn’t be sustainable.  Most people consider it optimal to lose stable, safe, and realistic amounts of weight from one week to the next.  So a slowing down of weight loss doesn’t need to get be all that upsetting.

But what happens if you truly reach a plateau and the scale isn’t moving?  This can be normal, too.  And many people find that this is somewhat short lived. Not every one responds by making changes to their regimen.  Some people opt to just wait it out.  This is certainly the easiest route to take and that’s certainly a viable option.

But, if you’re truly worried about the plateau, there are some easy things that you can do.  First, make sure that you really are drinking 64 ounces of water per day.  This is eight full 8 ounce glasses of water per day.  I know that in my own case I thought I was drinking enough, but it wasn’t until I bought a 64 ounce jug to carry around with me all day that I realized that I wasn’t.

Another thing that is often overlooked is sleep.  I was on a forum once talking about plateaus and a noticeable amount of folks going through the plateau had just gone through a stressful time in their lives and as a result haven’t been getting as much sleep.  If you’re not sleeping enough, this can mean your body doesn’t have the support it needs to work so hard.

Also, take a look at your snacks.  You want to make sure that you’re taking in the medifast approved snacks and limiting your bars to only one maintenance bar at a maximum.  (There’s no limit with the crunch bars.)  Also, if you’re eating a maintenance bar daily and also having the snacks, perhaps you alternate days where you are having both until you get past the plateau.

Another thing you want to check is to see if you’ve backed off a little in terms of compliance with your lean and green meal.  Make sure that your portion sizes aren’t too generous and that you’re not eating starchy vegetables.  I know that it’s easy to have success and gain confidence and think that you can fudge a little bit.  And this can be fine.  But getting back into strict compliance can be a way to ease yourself over the hump.

Also, if you haven’t yet added in exercise to your regimen, this would be a good time.  Understand that ketosis means your body is already working hard.  So use common sense.  Just move your body more.  Do whatever you enjoy and will consider fun.  This may be dancing or getting outside and riding your bike or roller blading.  Or maybe walking your dog.  You don’t necessarily need to go to a gym to get some exercise.  If you’re already exercising, you don’t need to go overboard.

These things should help.  But most of the time, your body has begun to adjust or you have lost enough weight where you will just naturally begin to taper off.  Sometimes, it’s better that you don’t measure your results weekly during this time.  Instead, focus on your monthly results and you will often see that it tends to even out in the end.

If this doesn’t help, seek out a medifast counselor.  That is what they are there for.  You can access them on the Medifast Official Site