Losing 20 pounds in 30 days almost sounds too good to be true. Medifast says its possible. With programs designed specifically for men, women and diabetics, Medifast can be responsible for helping people lose 2-5 pounds a week. This rate of weight loss makes it one of the fastest ways to lose weight, amongst popular weight loss programs. Medifast also boasts the support of 15,000 physicians who recommend it as “safe and effective in multiple clinical studies.”
What is Medifast? It’s meal-delivery meets meal-replacement. You’ll follow a low calorie diet, about 1200-1400 calories/day, that is low in fat, offers balanced nutrition and has been proven successful in clinical research. Critics suggest that a diet this low in calories is counter-productive as it forces your body into starvation mode, where the body begins holding on to fat stores for survival. However, Medifast clarifies that limiting caloric intake will let your body use those fat stores for energy rather than packing on more calories.
Following the Medifast 5 & 1 plan means eating 5 Medifast “meals” and 1 Lean and Green Meal each day. Every two to three hours throughout the day you will eat your choice of Medifast shakes, bars, oatmeal, soups, scrambled eggs, pudding and a variety of other meal replacement foods and snacks, all of which are delivered directly to you. For dinner, you’ll eat one Lean & Green Meal that you prepare with your own food. The L&GM consists of a small portion of lean protein. This can be 5-7oz. of chicken, fish, beef, seafood, pork or turkey and can be cooked any way you like- just not fried. You’ll accompany this protein with three servings of vegetables from the Medifast Vegetable List, which might include fresh spinach, cucumbers, asparagus, eggplant, mushrooms, zucchini, peppers, tomatoes and green beans. During the beginning of your Medifast program, higher carb vegetables are removed from your diet to help you jump start your weight loss. Things like carrots, peas and corn will reintroduced at a later stage.
Medifast also recognizes the importance of regular exercise in order to lose weight and maintain health. Many programs dismiss exercise encouraging you to change little about your lifestyle to lose weight. This is not realistic. While Medifast does not provide clear-cut guidelines to follow for your exercise regimen, it does recommend that you find time each day to incorporate physical activity. Depending on your current level of exercise- don’t over commit or strain. “Listen to your body” is what they suggest and do no more than your body will allow. Many Medifast customers make walking their activity of choice because it conveniently fits in with their schedules.
The Medifast site features dozens of testimonials from real people who found success with the program, as well as blogs of six current Medifast customers. The site also offers many tools and support that have become popular amongst online weight loss programs such as weight trackers, community message boards, BMI calculator, online ordering and more.
What sets Medifast apart from many of its notable competitors in the diet market is that it makes the distinction that this is a lifestyle change and not a quick fad diet or even fast approach to dropping pounds. So while other diets help you shed pounds quickly, after that they leave you hanging. Medifast teaches when you should eat, how to eat and what to eat- so that long after you’ve bid farewell to the program, you’re still maintaining a healthy weight and lifestyle.
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March 31st, 2008