Lasagne On Medifast: Is It Allowed?

One of the things that people miss most when dieting is their favorite comfort foods.  One of the most popular comfort foods that people don’t want to give up is lasagne.   I sometimes have people ask if they are going to have to totally write off lasagne while on the medifast diet.  This would be an understandable assumption because traditional lasagne contains pasta which is high in carbohydrates and could keep you from getting into ketosis for effective and quick weight loss.  Also, traditional lasagne contains large amounts of cheese and, therefore, fat.  So I could understand why people would assume that it would be off limits.

However, in your lean and green meal, you are allowed to have lean protein and three servings of vegetables.  You are also allowed to have some “extras.”  Because of this, if you were very careful with the recipe that you use, you could make lasagne that is safe for your lean and green meal and you would not even be cheating.  There are lasagne recipes that use fresh tomatoes rather than sauce and they either omit the noodles or use cauliflower for the noodles.  Then, they add additional vegetables and some very lean ground beef.  The cheese is really considered a meatless option for the lean and green protein, so in order to truly be in a compliance, you’d have to use less cheese and meat in order to make up one serving.  But I think that this is doable and even if you go over just a bit on protein, you’d still be eating a meal that is low on the glycemic scale and diet friendly.  Also, if you are just looking for an Italian option and you don’t feel like cooking a lean and green lasagne, you could go with some Italian “Flavors Of Home” options like the turkey meatball marinara or the chicken cacciatore.  These  are made by medifast and are meant to be eaten as lean and green meals, so they are totally in compliance.  Plus, they are already made for you.  You can reach out to a medifast counselor for very specific information about making lasagne that would be in compliance (you can do that here: Medifast Official Site,) but as I understand it, if you stick with the three veggies and a serving of lean protein guideline, you can get creative and make a diet friendly lasagne.  Also, people do sometimes choose to go off the diet with a meal or two for special occasions.  Many will just go right back on the diet after this to minimize any slowing down of progress.   Here is the latest medifast coupon: Fall Sale! Get 28 Free Shakes, Free Shipping & Bonus Gifts included w/offer on 1st order of Medifast Go™! w/renewal

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

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.

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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.

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.


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