Medifast Review

Editor's Review: 3.2 / 5.0

What You Should Know

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Medifast is basically a diet plan, which consists of pre-planned meals. There is a separate Medifast “5 in 1″ plan to suit women, men and individuals afflicted with diabetes. The official Medifast website states that this diet program does not involve the process of counting calories or points. The meals involved with Medifast are stated to be low in fat and calories, but also nutritionally rich. A single month’s supply of meals costs $275, regardless of whether it’s for men or women. Consumers additionally have the option of designing a more specific menu of meals.

The official Medifast website claims that each meal is “portion controlled” and user’s tend to see results in the first week. The individual meals are stated to “create a calorie deficit,” hence enabling the body to burn off fat as energy. Medifast supposedly enhances lean muscle mass by offering just the right combination of carbohydrates and protein. There doesn’t appear to be any key active ingredients found in Medifast meals other than simple nutrients. The general cost for using the Medifast diet program is 10 dollars per day. Medifast meals incorporate a vast array of fruit drinks, bars, chili, soups, oatmeal, hot beverages, shakes, puddings and eggs. The official Medifast website lists no side effects in regards to their meal plans or products. Medifast meals are intended to be eaten every 2-3 hours, which is commonly six times each day. If all meals are not consumed, it’s claimed that the weight loss process can be hindered or slowed down due to the user’s body storing energy.

List of Ingredients

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Product Features

Medifast is a diet plan consisting of pre-planned meals. This product comes in three forms; one suitable for women, one for men and one for individuals that suffer from diabetes. While Medifast does not appear to contain any specific key components, it is stated to offer a sufficient variety of protein, carbs and nutrients. This combination is claimed to assist users in reducing weight and acquiring lean muscle mass. Medifast aims to “create a calorie deficit,” hence enabling the body to burn off fat as energy. The general meal plan costs $275 per month and users are directed to consume six meals throughout each day.

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Advantages

  • Medifast can be conveniently ordered online through the official website.
  • There are Medifast meal plans specifically geared toward women, men and diabetics.
  • The Medifast diet program does not involve taking medications.
  • The official Medifast website offers consumer success stories.

Disadvantages

  • Medifast may prove to be a bit pricey for some consumers considering it costs $275 per month.
  • The Medifast eating program may be difficult for some individuals to keep up with since it involves eating six meals each day.
  • Some dieters may find the Medifast plan somewhat restricting since they’re only able to consume the Medifast meals.
  • Medifast meals have to be eaten every 2-3 hours, which may not fit every dieter’s schedule.
  • Some individuals become “bored” with the meals and even find some unappetizing. (See reader comments.)
  • Medifast does not appear to contain any specific active ingredients that curb hunger or promote fat reduction.

Conclusion

While some individuals may enjoy the idea of Medifast providing all daily meals, the plan itself might get a bit pricey over time considering it costs $275 per month. On the bright side, Medifast does not involve any diet drugs or pills. However, the idea of consuming six meals each day on a schedule may be somewhat difficult for working individuals, or for those with frequently eat out. It’s prudent to examine all current diet pills and plans prior to purchasing one like Medifast. Especially since this program restricts the consumption of foods that are not purchased from Medifast.

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102 User Reviews about Medifast

  • 1
    Whatevs

    I cannot believe this scam is getting such a high rating. Lousy packaged products, too low calories, and a lack of concern for long term health coupled with a pyramid scheme.

    What a horrible plan.

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  • 2
    Treasure

    Well my 5-year old loves the bars, brownies and shakes. Can’t get him out of there. Medifast has helped me cut out bread and now I not bloated. Have not checked the scale…but i havr lost 2 sizes. Your stomach shrinks with the smaller portion sizes. I cheated one day and ate a banana. Got a bellyache—too much food.

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  • 3
    jamie

    i have been on the medifast diet for 10 days and ive lost 8 pounds so far. i have been having some tummy troubles though and am wondering if this is normal. I also would like to know if i can use a sugar free coffee creamer on this diet. coffe is my addiction. thanks!

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  • 4
    Heather

    I have been on Medifast for two weeks. I wasn’t as hungry after about a week and a half, but I can’t get used to the awful food. I feel bloated,and light headed and have terrible gas and a headache mostly all day. I am used to eating mostly whole foods with some cheating here and there. I wanted to lose 15 lbs. before vacation and thought this would be a good idea. I am glad I only purchased one months worth of food. Will do weight watchers to get back on track in the future. This diet is just not sustainable.

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    patti t

    I just came back from a consultation & I need to lose 40/45 lbs. goal time is about first week in Aug. fine. Then I was hit with the total cost $1152.27 to join first 20 weeks food cost is $82.50/6 weeks cost of food 30/40.00. I find it extremely expensive & don’t know if I can afford it. Final cost about $3,000 ish. Can that be right? Thanks.

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    sandy

    yes, I went with my husband to a consult to get started the start up cost was 1750.00 and that didn’t include food. go to gnc and buy there lean shakes in the 25 protein and cant remember carbs but less just like the medifast label. plus the lady almost held us hostage waiting for us to make a decision when we said we needed time to talk about spending that kind of money. her comments were you came here for a reason nothing will change tomorrow that isn’t the same as today ect… we know a man featured on one of there commercials he lost over 100lbs but when he was weaning off the program he hadn’t reported in for 4wks and they never called to check on him until the end of the 4th week he was mad he said your not calling to check on how i’m doing your calling to see when i’m coming in to spend more money, your just calling to see where the money is. of course they said oh no we care, they didn’t care before then only when his monthly money didn’t show up. and he barley got squat for doing the commercial. so even tho it worked for him, he is starting to see there clear purphase money. he said same thing you can research shakes and bars with about the same amount of carbs and protein. you want protein to be higher if possible on shakes and bars need to be close if carbs in a bar are15 protein needs to be 12 and up as close as u can get. good luck and please don’t give them money.

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  • 6
    Renee

    I think people may need to hold on to their receipts. I have Quicken so I know exactly how much I spend monthly on food. Last year groceries and eating out totaled $5059.00. On Medifast it would have cost $3000.00. Just some food for thought.

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    Whatevs

    Not everyone buys expensive food and eats out a lot. I wouldn’t even come close to hitting $3K, let alone surpass it. And the food I choose actually tastes good.

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  • 7
    belinda

    i am starting the medfast this friday, need to lose 50 lbs whish me luck everyone

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    tasha

    hello i will be starting medifast monday as well…GOOD LUCK.. i will comment the 1st week in march

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    Your Name

    Hi,
    Go for it!
    I did this diet last year, and now I’m doing again!
    Does work, I have tried in the past other kind of diets didn’t work, this one does!
    Wish you lucky

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  • 8
    rhonda anderson

    i have type 2 diabetes i order the diabetes meals… i’ve been on this diet 4 wks now i’ve lost 20 lbs and been off my 4 diabetes meds i was taking every day to taking none after less than 2 weeks….. amazing my diabetes averaged 240 even with the meds and now stays around 105 :)

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  • 9
    Mary

    Medifast i lost so much hair and only after a 6 weeks. It was coming out by the hand fulls. If you have regular or thin hair run!! If you look on their site where all the customers chat there are PAGES of posts about hair loss on medifast – and bald spots. I wonder what else it was doing to my body that i couldnt see.

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    Seleena

    I too have lost a lot of hair!!!! Thankfully I have thick hair, but I can really notice how thin it has gotten all over. I don’t blow dry it or straighten it anymore. I would never had done this diet if I had know I would lose this much hair or any hair at all. Hair loss is still continuing and no new hair is growing!!!!! Better think twice about this diet

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  • 10
    Elaine

    really liked medifsat but I was postmenopausal for 2 years and after 3 months I got my period again!! First I noticed breast tenderness and I felt like I was going to get a period and then I DID! I went tomy gynecologist and had to have a cerviacl biopsy luckily it is benign but the soy was acting like estrogen for me. Too bad i like it!

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  • 11
    Marlene Kalke

    I’ve had breast cancer. Can this soy protein isolate give me cancer again? Also I’ve had A-fib (heart) and am allergic to MSG. Can I do this diet??? I do not want cancer back!!!

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    Tina

    I have also had breast cancer. I started doing medifast in Sept. 2007, lost 20 lbs and was thrilled. Then I started cheating, starting over, cheating and during this period, I prolonged the diet a great deal. The diet does not allow you to eat fruit, which has antioxidants. I am not sure – but in 2010, I had the cancer. I had stopped doing medifast, gained all the weight back and more, and re-started it, when I was diagnosed. I always wonder whether medifast had anything to do with the breast cancer. If it was, then how come I didn’t get it in 2008 and 2009. I have made a list of all my orders over the period of 2007 to 2010, but still cannot figure out, whether the cancer came from not following the diet which is supposed to be for a short period of time, and then going on real food. I am so desperate to lose weight, but am so scared to order medifast. By the way, having had breast cancer, even though it was not hormone positive, I would never pick soy products. They would all have to be soy-less products, which are not many, just the hot drinks and soft serve. I am not sure, I hope anyone can really figure out what caused my breast cancer. I usually have a dream, when there is something wrong in my body. During doing medifast, I used to dream that the water in my body was toxic – does that make sense? Maybe all the chemicals. Maybe the long term effect is not food.

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  • 12
    Anonymous

    alot of the food on medifast really sucks. the oatmeal and the softbake cookie are horrible. the rest is tolerable. If they improved the taste it would be much better.

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  • 13
    HKrog

    I am currently on the plan and have been for almost 5 weeks now. I have lost 19 lbs (only 1 last week) We (my husband and I are both on the diet) are very strict and don’t cheat. I don’t feel energized, I feel nauseated, dizzy when I stand up, even like I am going to black out sometimes. I feel fatigued and have headaches. I have not had a menstrual cycle except for slight bleeding after being intimate. A little concerned. I take thyroid meds for hypo. Any suggestions?

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  • 14
    Linda besore

    Im having stomach priblems and diarreah. I think it is from the maltitol syrup in the bars. Any suggestions other than eliminating the bars?

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  • 15
    Stephen Wolf

    Can you drink alcohol while on Medifast. I do like to have my beer at night?

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  • 16
    Lilly

    Here is my problem (maybe someone experienced something similar). First day I started Medifast I didn’t mind taste it was ok with a little light spices added. But after second meal I started to feel very dizzy (almost felt of my chair) and my heart rate went crazy, I also had some weired feeling in my stomach and my hands and legs got cold and kind of numb. I also was shaking and breathing heavy. I basically had to take right away a mint with glucose that I had on my desk by chance and drink a bottle of water so I don’t pass out. Later at the day I got diarrhea. I called medifast they told me it was because of low calorie intake, but I been on calories count for a while and by that time of the day that was the same amount of calories I usually intake without this side effects. So I had to eat a fruit after that experience because I thought maybe my sugar dropped. After water, fruit and mints I felt better… till the next Medifast meal I eat, which again made me dizzy and my hands numb – so I don’t think it is low calorie intake. I also don’t feel hungry after taking this, but I also lost a taste, anything I try seems tasteless. I want to know if anyone else had similar side effects and what ingredient may cause it?

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    Pebanks2

    I had the same reaction. For some reason, low calorie diets cause you to have an electrolyte imbalance. Low calorie diets throw off the minerals in your blood such as calcium and potassium which can affect your msuscles, heart, body temperature and breathing. I just discovered this after researching on the net for a few years now. Regardless of how effective it is, low calorie diets are very dangerous. You have to make sure that you take at least 600 mg of calcium to keep your circulation normal along with vitamin D and potassium. I know of this first hand since I was on the lemonade diet a few years ago and have been suffering from the same problems ever since. I have started the Medifast program and suffered the same results. You are doing a good thing to add some fruit to your diet. As for me, I’m going to add a small bowl of berries which are low in calories and carbs and eat one less Medifast meal. Good luck

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  • 17
    mana

    Does anyone know how much a dietician or COUNSELOR at Medifast, etc…gets paid? I am looking to get into this field.

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  • 18
    TRACY

    I cannot afford the $1500.00 it costs to join so the Medifast counselor offered me a much cheaper rate but w/no counseling. Do I really need it to be successful on this plan esp. on the maintenance plan? Will I know how to eat properly and maintain my weight w/o the counseling?

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    sheila

    hi i don’t understand why it’s will cost you that much money. that’s total wrong. and the counselor is free for rest of your life. my coach i never here from her. me and my sister we supported each other. my coach she cheated and gain weight. and now back on medifast. i think it’s kinda funny when i cheat i cheat eating fruit. like strawberrys grapes. blueberrys. i love fruit. but i don’t understand so many people on you tube have lost so much weight not doing medifast just eating fruit salads. i love salads. and fruit but when i ate fruit while on medifast weight lost stop and gain weight.

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  • 19
    Sharon

    Works, if you can stick with it. I lost 16 lbs. for a trip, with plans to continue afterward until I reached 40 lbs. lost. After taking a break during the trip, I just couldn’t force myself to “eat” (drink) the food anymore. Had to add salsa to chili, cal-free carmel sauce to oatmeal & pudding, etc. just to make it acceptable. I craved SOLID, REAL food, and ended up cheating. And Dad ended up making less healthy food for he and kids. I am using product now to finish off my expensive supply. I’ve been trying “New Abs Diet Cookbook” and “Eat This Not That”. The whole family loves the recipes, and you eat REAL food that’s good, and good for you! Plus, we are learning to ENJOY eating healthy for a lifetime.

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  • 20
    Rosemary

    been on medifast for 6 weeks..lost 20 pounds so far. My doctor just called and told memy calcium count is very high. I did not tell her I was on Medifast. Am a little scared. Is it the soy protein doing it. Please help with answers…

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    dar

    Hi Rosemary!
    I just saw your post from Feb of 2011 regarding your high calcium count. I have been on Medi Fast for about 3 weeks – and have kidney issues. Have you found out anything since your post 2 years ago! This is a concerning issue for me. I would be so thankful to hear any comments from you! Thank you!

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  • 21
    connie

    this is the best diet ever i went from a size 16 to an 8 in
    15 weeks i dont know what anyomus is talking about this pprogram works and i spend 250 a month but im gettng 5 meals a day from them my grocery bill has gone way down..this program is amazing

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    nikki

    Congraduation!how much weight did you loss in that 15 week and did u exercise?

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  • 22
    Kelly

    try adding in a small out of SF pudding’s to your shakes..makes a big difference.

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  • 23
    Donna

    Hello is there a diet plan just using the medifast shakes?

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  • 24
    Anonymous

    I have tried everything to lose weight! and I mean everything, you name it I have done it, so i was really interested when i heard about Medi-fast. I did a little research and am horrified by the ingredients! Dr. recommened!?!? I would strongly encourage anyone who is thinking about doing this diet to spend a little time researching the ingredients! I am sooo disappointed! I was so hopeful about this one!

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    Naida

    Where can I find information on the ingredients??

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  • 25
    Meghan Sue

    Can I have a couple of glasses (not more) of red or white wine in the evening?

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    Dawn

    You are not supposed to drink while on the plan because there is so much sugar in alcohol that it can hinder your weight loss.

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  • 26
    Matt

    My wife and I are both professionals who used to spedn 3 meals a day eating out. Needless to say, we were making poor, expensive decisions that resulted in significant weight gains over the past few years.

    We started Medifast just a few weeks ago and have lost 25 & 18 lbs respectively. We’re now saving hundreds of dollars a week (yes, I said hundreds).

    Most importantly, this program is teaching is both self control, portion control, and making us conscious of our daily decisions. Also, we’re learning that even two busy professionals with 10+ hr work days CAN take control of our diets and find time to cook daily.

    Lifestyle change is the key to success. This program does a good job of instilling healthy habits and breaking bad ones.

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  • 27
    Rose

    I would like to have more information about siy free items, please

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  • 28
    Gina Scalise

    Medifast rocks My family of four lost 380 pounds in 10 months. I am a Health Coach for Take Shape for Life, the coaching division of Medifast reply for more info

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  • 29
    Annie

    Hi I am considering medifast after a friend mentioned it, there are no centers near me. If I order the foods I like online is there a book or any information that comes with it to explain the plan and keep you on track? or do I need to talk with a counselor to get started? and are there coupons or discounts available?

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    sassymyty

    There are a few books that you can order when you make your first food order with the company. You could call their support line and find out if their is a health coach in your area that can support you in your weight loss journey. Another advantage to the program is that you will have a nutritionist among other specialist that you can call at no extra cost to you. Additionally, there is a website that you can join called support in motion that helps you track your food, weight loss, and measurements. Call (800) 572-4417 with any of your questions.

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  • 30
    dude

    These diets don’t train you how to really eat. What does it matter if you lose 50lbs if you get bored and go right back to eating the way you always eat. Moderation in everything. If you want a diet that makes sense, try something like No S diet or the Southbeach diet where you learn to eat normal portions and that you control your hunger, not the other way around.

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    Janice

    I have to disagree with you, dude, I spent yesterday with 2 people on medifast, one had lost 18 pounds, and is now maintaining because she did learn how to eat, and watch calories, the other person has lost 63 pounds since March, and is going to lose another 20 before he goes on their maintenance plan!! They both look great and say only glowiing reviews of the plan and how great they feel.

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  • 31
    Stacy

    The packaged food is really GROSS! Remember Slim-Fast grainy shakes? That’s exactly what these taste like. And the snack bars are TINY…you can eat them in two bites. Of course you lose weight…you don’t eat because the food is horrible.

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    maryanne

    if you add half an ice tray to the blender and half a cup of water and equal or splenda before dumping your shake in the blender, you would be surprised at how yummy and thick it is, especially if you add a drop of vanilla flavoring to it.

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    TPC

    I started the Medifast the middle of Jan/2011. Twelve weeks later I am so disappointed that I have lost less than thirty lbs. There is no guarantee that you will lose 2 to 5 lbs. weekly. In my case, that just wasn’t so. I have found it very difficult. With the exception of the shakes, bars and a couple of the soups, the Medifast meals taste horrible. After three months, I have not been able to convince myself any differently. It is what it is. Of course, the reasons I gained the weight in the first place was emotional/psychological, my relationship with food. Food was my drug of choice. However, when you have an addiction to drugs or alcohol, you abstain completely to recover. Food is another area entirely, as you must have it to live. Therefore, it is still about the food. You have to change how you eat FOOD in order to lose weight. Medifast is VERY restrictive, boring and requires a commitment that may not be realistic for some people. Do your homework before you make a decision.

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  • 32
    Elise

    hi i was wondering if anyone had the soft serve icecream and another question can you taste the protein or smell it .. the reason I AM ASKING I am on antoehr protein diet and they dont offer the amounts of food medifast does I WONT SAY my doc was on this and he looks great and its way cheaper than the one I AM ON AND YOU EAT MORE TO FILL UP THANKS FOR ANY ADVICE TO ANYONE THAT SEES THIS I want to team up with hubby on this one I can spend that same amount of money on this medi fast for both than just me I AM SERIOUS … AND MORE FOOD FROM MEDI FAST

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    jo

    The ice cream is terrible. I like the bars, strawberry creme shakes and most of the soups

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  • 33
    Missy

    I tried Medifast Last year. I was dedicated to the plan for a month and a half. It definitely works. You have to get over the 3 day hump (thats the hardest). In that time, I lost 15 pounds. What I noticed is I was getting bored of just drinking shakes and oatmeal and snacks. I wanted real food. The chicken salads and chicken dinners wasnt enough after a month of eating them. So my advice, try medifast cause it works and stick with it as long as you can. The great thing is the weight i lost stayed off. So now i have the option of trying up again or something else starting at a lower weight. Any thing can work if you dedicate yourself to it.

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  • 34
    Fred

    Medifast is not expensive! the average American spends $16 per day on food, Medifast costs $11 per day

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  • 35
    Stacie

    I started my own weight loss program early this year with the hope to have lost all of the weight I was trying to lose by the end of the year, and from January 2010 to June 2010, I only lost 20lbs.! I considered Medifast when I saw that my plan was not working very well, but was a bit skeptical due to the cost. I’ve sucked it up and decided, it wasn’t cheap getting 70-80lbs. heavier so it’s a small price to pay to lose it. I’m going to try Medifast. The only down fall to my decison right now is, I found out in July that I am pregnant! I’m really excited about the baby, but discouraged at the fact that I didn’t get to lose weight before I got pregnant. Now I feel like I’m probably going to have a few more pounds to lose on top of what I had pre-pregnancy when it’s all over with. At 5’7 and 230lbs and high blood pressure, I really can’t afford anymore weight. I do have a two questions; Once I’ve gotten to my goal weight and move on to the maintenance plan, will I be using and eating store bought food instead of the Medifast Meals? It sounds like this phase is preparing me to eat in “real life” like what to buy, how to portion it, etc. if that makes any since.Also, will I be responsible for purchasing any food items from the store while on the regular Medifast Plan? I saw a few people mention the Mean Green Meal, it sounds like vegetables or salads of some sort. Does that come with my Medifast order or is that something I put together based on a menu or something they give me? Just putting all of my ducks in a row early. I won’t be able to start this plan until after March 23rd, 2011, but I like to be prepared.

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    Robin

    Dont try and loose weight right now – just concentrate on your precious baby – I felt the same wasy you did when I was pregnant and I ended up miscarrying because I cared too much about how I looked instead of being concerned about my baby!! LOOSE THE WEIGHT LATER-TAKE CARE OF YOUR BABY RIGHT NOW-and then loose the weight afterwords.

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    chelsea

    im not sure if you got your answer, but i just had my baby in september. there’s a nursing program. look up “medifast nursing program” on google and there should be a link. you have to wait until your baby is 2 months old to start the nursing program. im also overweight and just started 5 days ago and already lost 6 pounds. the nursing program allows 3 medifast meals per day, lean&green for dinner (lean meat, vegetables..it explains on the website), unlimited fruits and veggies during the day, 3 servings of fat free dairy, etc. its awesome and you arent ever hungry because u get to eat 6 meals a day. just dont try starting it earlier than your baby being 2 months of age if your planning on nursing, because it can make you milk suply go away. eat enough, drink plenty of water and good luck!

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    Stacie

    I began my own weight loss program early this year with a goal to lose all of the weight I need to lose by the end of this year. From January 2010 to June 2010 I only lost lost 20lbs. I considered Medifast when I didn’t see the weight coming off with all of the “eating right” and excersise I was doing, but was skeptical because of the cost. I have not read one bad review yet about Medifast and have decided I’m probably going to try it out. I can’t really do it right away since I found out in July that I am pregnant! So I’m excited about the baby, but a little dicouraged, because I really wanted to loose weight before I got here so that I wouldn’t have more weight to lose on top of whats already there. I need to lose about 70-80lbs. It doesn’t look like it but for my height and weight ( 5’7 230lbs) I really do. Does the maintenance plan consist of store bought food or will I be continuing with buying Medifast Products when I get to that phase and have reached my goal weight? Do you buy anything store bought with the regular Medifast Plan before you get to the maintenance plan?

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  • 37
    John

    I began using medifast in April, attempting to lose 25 lbs. By mid-summer. As of August 1, I had lost 30 lb. and felt more energetic. The plan was easy to follow, and actually saved me some time (less cooking). I will be recommending medifast to my overweight diabetic patients.

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    Christina

    I am considering trying medifast, but have type 2 diabetes. I know they have a plan for type 2 diabetics, but I’d like to hear from anyone with type 2 diabetes who have been on the program. Specifically, I’d like to know what the pros and cons are.

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    Dale Little

    The Medifast program offers a program for diabetics. They also have coaching as part of the cost. Losing weight may be exactly what you need to get your type 2 diabetes under control.

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    maryanne

    i too am diabetic. i have been on the plan for 14 days, lost l0 lbs. and my dr. told me to cut my insulin shots down from four a day to one.
    it works and the food is delicious if you do add little drops of things like, vanilla flavoring, orange flavoring, rum flavoring to the drink mixes. you can also add l tsp. of olive oil to stir fry veggies or l tsp of basil oil or garlic oil to stir fry veggies. i am off half of the ll pills that i used to take. medifast rocks and i have so much energy, it is hard to settle me down for sleep each nite. i am 48 years old and started the program at 205 lbs. now i am down to 195 and my happiness is catching, so i have been told. i am off depression meds too.

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    Mae

    I started on Medifast Jan 5, 2010 and I have lost 60lbs to date. It’s not that hard to eat more frequently. In fact, I like it because i don’t feel hungry. The downside is that sometimes I forget to eat. The review above leaves out an important piece of the diet plan: the lean and green, which is not a Medifast pre-packaged meal. You can have lean chicken, beef, pork, fish, etc. They have many simple recipes with 6 or less ingredients. Yes, it is expensive but if you add your grocery bill in the month plus eating out, it’s not that bad. Besides, it does work. They have a great variety of food/drinks to choose from. My only dislikes are the scrambled eggs (yuck!) and Vanilla pudding. If you are motivated to lose weight fast and safely, this is the plan for you. The first 3 days when I started the plan were tough and I struggled with hunger, but once I got over that hump, I was on my way to weight loss heaven :) Believe me I fully researched Medifast prior to trying it and it’s the best thing that happened to me (well, other than my family…) I’m happier, I have more energy and I can actually do things with my kids without feeling like I’m going to pass out. And best of all, the compliments are great :)

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    Angela

    thanks I needed to read your comment, I am thinking about Medifast I need to lose at 6O and keep it off. A little concerned about once I reach my goal how hard is it to transistion. Thanks

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    Cheryl

    Thank you for your positive comment. I’m starting tomorrow

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    mary

    I was hesitant to start Medifast. My husband as well as myself need to take of over 75 lbs of weight per person. We find the system to be awesome. We eat every 3 hours which is really easy even if You are Working!!!
    We fill a plastic cup up with 8 oz water drop the powdered shake mix in shake and drink…people spend more time on break smoking and talking then we do preparing our meal! We are losing weight with the greatest of ease. I find the meals to be easy, tastey and they do satisfy. By far this was the best program. thumbs up !!!

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    minni

    I love medifast. I lost 20 lbs. in 4 weeks. I could get the scale to budge before.

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    Cheryl

    I am starting tomorrow…after reading your comment it has encourged me more to get started. Hope all still working for you.

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    Jen

    I have been on it since November 1st, and have lost 58 lbs…average a safe 2 lbs per week. It is perfect for my lifestyle, as I never ate much during the day prior to the diet. Now my routine is their oatmeal for breakfast (I add cinnamon and Splenda), two protein shakes (I add one Splenda to each), and two protein bars a day…that’s my 5 Medifast “meals” then I eat one sensible low cal/low fat meal..sometimes I eat it at lunchtime and sometimes dinner. I sometimes have their soup instead of one of the shakes or protein bars. It has absolutely worked for me. I found the food in the program that I like and I order that, I am motivated, and I have been happy with the slow consistent week after week loss.

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    denise

    Okay, my medifast shakes just arrived, I will start on them for the next six weeks. I’m currently tipping the scale over 300 now, wish me luck!!

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    Mom of 6

    How are you doing on the program, I need to lose 70 and really nervous about starting the program.

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    Barry

    I have been using Medifast for 5 months. I have lost 81 pounds. My only problem is that my wife, who is already thin but loves the food, steals it from me. The price isn’t so bad when you consider that your aren’t 5 of your meals at a grocery store or fast food joint.

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    Sharon Zastrow

    I am thinking of starting Medifast. I am taking Reliv supplement and would like to stay on it because it is not only good vitamins also help many other health problems I have .Is that going to be a problem?

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    kay

    You can remain on supplements while on medifast

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    Patti

    I’m considering trying Medifast. Are there nuts in the bars or any of the food? I am very allergic.
    Also, how long do you have to stay on maintenance?

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    justjill

    I have many allergies and a sensitivity to milk is one of them. Is it necessary to drink the shakees? And can anyone tell me what is in them. Also, if I ordered a half month supply do you think I culd get a good overall idea of the basic plan to start? TY.

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    sassymyty

    I started the progam with only a two week order. I did this so I could see if it was for me. I lost 8 pounds my first week and 4 in the second week. My health coach has been great too, she is there with me every step of the way. She checks up on me almost daily and tracks my wieght loss. I can text or call her anytime I have questions or feel I may blow it. I decided to continue the program and bought my first month supply which included a free week! I have more than 100 pounds to loose and can’t wait to see the pounds melt off.
    As for the shakes, I prefer the ready made because I can put them in the frig and grab and go. The first three ingredients are as follows: Water, soy protien isolate, and fructose. Hope that helps!

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    jsd

    all of the Medifast stuff mixes with water, shakes also. the pre made shakes are better tasting and not gritty. I only do the bars and pre made shakes lost 15lbs in 3 weeks, even cheated some weekends. I recommend ordering what you want from the website first, the start package has a ton of stuff in it you will not like.

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    SHIRLEY

    so it isn’t a bothersome, i made up my 5meals a day and put them in a siplock bags. i made them up for the whole month , then if you are in a hurry getting to work you just grab the bag and off you go

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    Carole Smith

    Does the SOY in medifast meals contribute to breast cancer and/or not good for the breast?

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    kay

    Actually, soy has the opposite effect and studies have found it may reduce the risk of breast cancer. Another reason why I should stick with this! (On day 2 and it goes from okay to hard- hate lunch time in the office, the smells lol)

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    Jen

    That actually is not true. My oncologist says absolutely NOT to eat soy, other than a rare bit in a Japanese meal, but not every day or even every week. I’ve had breast cancer and it was estrogen-positive, so I’m not going there. My oncologist goes to all the national meetings for oncology and keeps up with the latest info, so I’ll go with her.

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    InResidency

    Clearly, your oncologist is NOT keeping up with the latest, and/or does not know how to use PubMed to keep up with recent studies. If she did, she’d read otherwise. Soy can safely be eaten by breast ca pts; it does NOT increase breast tissue density, isoflavones may in fact decrease tumors by competing with natural estrogen (which is much, much stronger than isoflavones), and may prevent recurrent of breast ca. The only contraindication to soy is if the pt is taking tamoxifen concurrently–in which case, soy may decrease it’s effectiveness. Otherwise, according to RECENT STUDIES, it’s okay, possibly beneficial to eat when eaten with a balanced diet of other proteins, vegetables, fruits, and limited grains. Not every dr is keeping up to date or graduated anywhere near the top of his/her class, so don’t assume so. Get another opinion.

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    Josie

    Hi,
    I would like to know (or hear comments) about how Medifast diet works with hypothyroidism
    Thanks.
    Josie.

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    not fat forever

    Hi,
    I’ve been hypo for years, and thankful for meds keeping it under control. I started Feb. 1 and lost a good 15 lbs. Very easy to follow, the weight just falls off- like magic. The only thing that a drag is the price. good luck

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    KAREN

    It is working for me. I have lost 21 lbs in 6 weeks and I have hypthyrodism. I take my pill at night before going to bed so that the soy products don’t take away from the pills effectiveness.

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    Kate

    I lost over 50 lbs in 6 months with Medifast. YOu eat 5 Meifast meals but still have 1 real food meal per day. It’s a great plan. It Really works. Not much thinking involved so it’s grfeat for the bust person.

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    jane w

    As a soy-based product, is Medifast suitable to a person with an egg, milk and all-by products of milk food allergy?

    JWW

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    Brenda

    good program. i’ve lost 15 lbs and will stay with it until end of March. the food is not that tasty to me.

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    Brenda

    I’ve been on Medifast with TSFL since 1/5/10 and have lost 15 lbs. The weight has stablized and I’m getting bored with the food. I plan to hang in there until the end of March hopefully to see more results.

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    dallas

    Stay with it – you will plateau for about 5 days but the lb will start coming off again

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    iuseitto

    i have been using medifast for almost 4 weeks now and have lost 37 lbs. The price is the only thing holding me back, but after talkin to the nutri. specialist; i found all u have to do is change from their meals to 5 smaller portians of lean and greens, and then ur 1 normal lean and green, wich was great to find out. This i have done for the last 4 fays and still i have lost 9 lbs.

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    gaby

    What are the recommended portions given by your nutri.specialist. for those 5 meals, do you have a sample menu?

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    John

    Doesn’t the other food cost you anything. Most people save money while on program,less trips out to the store,not eating out as often.

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    Maribel

    I have been trying Medifast for 2 weeks now and I have lost 7 lbs. I make sure to have my lean and green meal everyday in addition to the medifast meals. You are not going to be hungry at all. The bannana pudding is great and I add a tbsp. of fat free whip cream on top. You can add acouple of things like that and you will still lose weight. I also make sure that I walk 30 min. a day. I have an awful sweet tooth and it is nice to have some sweet things to eat on this diet. Good luck to all.

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    Christine

    Medifast is the only way I could have lost 65 lbs. and kept it off for two years (and counting). I like it BECAUSE it’s not “real food”; makes it seem like I’m abstaining from my personal addiction, and that is very helpful to me. I’d recommend it to anyone, but you really, REALLY have to be committed. It’s a strong exercise in self-control, which is a good thing.

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    Anonymous

    are you a coach?

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    Mary

    I can’t seem to find a menu planner besides the 2 day starting menu…Is there a site where I may find this?

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    Tyler

    In the book you received ‘The secret is out’ has a 5 day menu. Good Luck.

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    Larry Goodale

    I have been on Medifast for about 10 weeks. I have lost 45 lbs. Eatting six times a day is not hard. They have things like Honey Mustard Pretzels and Crunch Bars that are very easy to carry with you and eat at your desk. It is pricey, but it is working. I use their products mostly-but my goal is life-style change, so occasionly I eat something that is not on the plan. But I use wisdom and discretion.

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    Jeanna Chapman

    Do these Medifasdt meals contain soy? (I have mmany allergies & Nutrisystem’s meals didn’t agree with me.

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    rodyanne

    You can order soy free items: shakes – blueberry, dark chocolate, etc. cold drinks, hot cocoa, cream of chicken, cream of tomato soup. There are other items also.

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    Doris

    I cannot have any soy products and I have been asking around if Medifast as to which diet shake I can purchase and be safe. Saw your input and wanted to respond for your info.

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    Brenda

    I’ve been on Medifast since Jan 5th and lost 15 lbs. I was excited at first because of the weight loss but now am getting bored with the food and I do not see the weight dropping off like it did at first. I plan to hang in there a while longer hopefully until the end of March.

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    Jane

    The 5in1 plan does include food other than the Medifast meals, therefore that part of the above is incorrect. You can have steak, pork, chicken and vegetables, all without the weight spelled out in the plan. Eating many small Medifast meals during the day really is not difficult-you are never hungry. Once your target weight is reached you do have to stick to the maintenance plan as instructed. You cannot go out and consume a full pizza. Like all plans, you must want to lose weight, and have the determination to change your eating habits. Medifast worked for me, I loved the shakes, pudding and soups. Good Luck

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