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

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

The Two New Medifast Flavors Of Home Options: Chili Lime And Lemongrass Chicken

Folks who were on medifast several years ago did not have the luxury of lean and green meals being prepared for them. People often asked if they could find something that would allow the convenience of the prepackaged meals when it was time for the lean and green meal. But for a long time, this just wasn’t available. You weren’t supposed to use an additional medifast meal because these did not have enough calories to count for a lean and green meal. Eventually, medifast introduced its flavors of home meals, which were ready made items that were substantial enough to be used for your main meal. These items took off pretty quickly – so much so that medifast has recently added to the line up with two new flavors. This article will go over these new choices and outline the nutrition information.

Chili Lime Chicken – This item is a bit spicy. It’s chicken over long grain rice that is flavored with chili peppers, lime cilantro and pineapple juice so that it’s bit spicy and sweet all at once. This item has 300 calories with 12 grams of fat and only 2 grams of sugar. There are four grams of fiber and a very large 27 grams of protein.

Ginger Lemongrass Chicken: This is definitely an Asian type dish. It’s also a chicken and rice dish at heart, but it is enhanced by ginger, lemongrass, bamboo strips, coconut milk, and carrots. It is very similar in nutrition as the lime chicken. It has 300 calories, 4 grams of sugar, 25 grams of protein, and 3 grams of fiber.

The other original flavors are still available, like the turkey meatball marinara, chicken cacciatore, chicken and rice with vegetables, and beef stew. All of them are pretty similar in terms of calories and fat. All of them are available as part of a box. Six meals cost $29.70. You can get a box of the same six meals or you can get a variety box which has 12 meals – (with a variety of different flavors) for 54.96.

Of course, the cheapest way to get these meals is to buy them as part of a package. The medifast flex 30 day kit comes with 12 of these flavor of home meals, which as we have seen is a value of about $55. In addition, you get 126 of the lower calorie prepackaged meals. This would get you 12 days where you don’t need to cook your lean and green meal yourself. And it would save money.   Here is a coupon for medifast flex

The Medifast 2017 President’s Day Sale

Medifast does sometimes take an opportunity to put their most popular plans on special.  The holidays are a common time for them to do this.  And they’ve put a few plans on special in honor of President’s Day.  Here are the specifics.  The medifast go plan is on special for $329 – discounted from $455.  This popular plan used to be called the 5 plus 1 plan and it’s the plan that many of medifast’s clinical studies were based off of.  On this plan, you eat five prepackaged meals per day (that are provided by the company) and add in one lean and green meal that you prepare.  Plus you get a free food journal, a welcome kit, a dining out guide, and a medifast blender   Here is that coupon. President’s Day Deal – Save $126 on the Go 30-day Meal Plan! w/renewal

Medifast also offers the medifast flex plan.  That plan gives you four prepackaged meals per day and you make two lean and green meals on your own (this plan used to be called medifast achieve or the 4 plus 2 plan. ).  The flex plan is on special for $299.  That’s quite a discount because it is normally $443.  You get all of the free stuff described above.  But you also get three “flavors of home” meals which you can use as lean and green meals if you like.  These substantial meals are pretty expensive when you buy then by the box, so this is a nice incentive. President’s Day weight loss deal – Up to 30% off Medifast monthly meal plans! Plans starting at $9.97/day, w/renewal

Which plan is best for you really depends on how much you want to provide your own meals and how much you want to rely on the prepackaged meals.  If you like making the lean and green and would rather have two instead of just one, then you’ll probably like the flex.  If you want to stick with the traditional medifast plan where you eat six times per day, with only one of those being a lean and green meal, then you’ll probably want to choose with the go plan.

Cheese On Medifast: What Are Your Options?

By: Lindsey Price:  If I had to pinpoint three foods that dieters ask me about, the three would be chocolate, cheese, and potatoes.  People often assume that all three of these are off limits on medifast, but that isn’t always the case.  Medifast has many chocolate options and they do offer mashed potatoes (and I have seen some great potato pancake recipes for these.)  As far as cheese goes, not only are there options in some of the prepackaged foods, but you are also allowed to add in cheese (within reason) to your day.  I will discuss this more below.

One of the easiest places to look for cheese on medifast is in its snacks.  There are Medifast Parmesan Cheese Puffs,
Medifast Chili Nacho Cheese Puffs
, and cheese pizza bites. They also offer cheddar and sour cream popcorn.  Moving on to more “real” or substantial food, there is an offering of Medifast Macaroni & Cheese.

Now, people would typically eat the “bites” and “puffs” for a snack and the macaroni and cheese for lunch.  But what about for dinner or other times during the day?  Well, cheese is classified as a sort of extra or condiment in this diet.  You can certainly have it, but you want to stick to lean choices and you want to keep the serving size reasonable.  Here is how it would work: If you want cream cheese, the guidelines indicate that you can have it, but it’s recommended that you eat one tablespoon of the low fat variety.  If you can’t stomach low fat, then you can have 1/2 tablespoon of regular.  The same is true if you’re having blue cheese, feta cheese, or parmesan.  You can have 2 tablespoons if you are going with non fat and one tablespoon if you are going with the regular version.  A serving size per day of the laughing cow spreadable cheese is one wedge.  So you can see that you don’t have to cut cheese completely out.  You can get it in your medifast meals if you like and you can also add it in to your meals and snacks within reason.  So yes, you can certainly have some cheese on medifast and you don’t have to totally cut it out.  You just have to be smart about it.  Most of us are used to the lower fat versions of cheese by now, and when you embrace that, your serving size is double.  Here are the latest medifast specials.  If you have any questions about this, you can reach out to a medifast counselor on the company’s site.