This popular diet, launched 27 years ago as a meal replacement
program available only through doctors, is based on a “5&1” plan.
Five meals are pre-packaged Medifast foods and this is supplemented with a 'lean and green' meal prepared by the dieter, using 5–7 ounces of lean protein, such as fish, shellfish, poultry, beef, pork, and meatless options. Non-starchy vegetables like spinach, spring greens, asparagus, salad and broccoli are suggested as an accompaniment.
The meal replacements ( which include 70 meal-replacement options and shakes) are nutrient-dense, low-fat, low-calorie and low-glycemic and are eaten every 2-3 hours. The high-protein, low-carb plan allows dieters around 800-1,000 calories a day.
During the initial weight-loss phase carbohydrates are limited
to 80-85 grams per day. Typical weight loss on the Medifast Plan is 2-5 lbs
per week for the first two weeks and then 1-2 lbs per week .
The diet plan is made up of 3 phases: Weight Loss Phase, Transition Phase and Maintenance Phase.
What foods does the Medifast Diet suggest?
You eat or drink (there are shakes) 6 times a day :
5 Medifast products and one 'lean and green' meal (lean meat or fish with salad or green vegetables) that you prepare yourself.
A days eating on the Medifast diet might look like this:
4. Snack - Strawberry shake
Additional Snacks: Medifast cappuccino, Medifast chocolate bars, Medifast brownies, Medifast cheese puffs, Medifast cheese pizza bites, Medifast cinnamon pretzel sticks, Medifast soy crisps and crackers, sugar-free gum or mints, celery sticks, ½ oz of nuts: almonds, walnuts, or pistachios.
No calorie counting
Ready prepared meals - available for purchase online
Plenty of snack options
No supplements needed
There is plenty of diet support available online on the Medifast website
Health experts reccommend 1,200 calories as the minimum needed for adequate nutrition
Difficult to maintain low calorie intake once you are off the prepared meals
Alcohol, fruit, dairy, grains, sweets, and many fats are prohibited.