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

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