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The Medifast diet

Medifast diet

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.


Medifast Diet foods

lean and green healthy meal 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:

1. Breakfast

  • Medifast Scrambled eggs with dill
  • Medifast oatmeal Apple Cinnamon

    2. Snack - Caramel bar

3. Lunch

  • Medifast chicken noodle soup
  • Medifast beef and vegetable stew
  • 4. Snack - Strawberry shake

5. Dinner
  • Lean-and-green meal:
    Chicken breast cooked with tsp olive oil and 1 cup mix of green and red peppers, ½ cup mix of squash, cherry tomatoes and courgette with ½ tsp barbeque sauce if required.

  • Sun-dried tomato salmon fillet with asparagus

    6. Snack - Medifast chocolate pudding

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.

Advantages of the Medifast diet

No calorie counting

Ready prepared meals - available for purchase online

Plenty of snack options

Vegetarian option

No supplements needed

There is plenty of diet support available online on the Medifast website

Disadvantages of the Medifast diet

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.

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