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.

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