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One of the leading meal delivery and meal replacement diets serving men and women since 1980.

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  • Established: 1980
  • Founder: Dr. William Vitale
  • Headquarters: Owings Mills, Maryland
  • Stock Symbol: MED
  • Accessibility: Online
  • Diet Type: Meal Delivery, Meal Replacement, High Protein

Save time and energy by never having to grocery shop, count calories or cook your meals again. Medifast meal delivery service will send high protein meals directly to your home. By controlling portions, nutrients and calories, Medifast users can expect to lose 2-5 pounds per week for the first two weeks on the Medifast 5 & 1 Plan and 1-2 pounds per week thereafter.

The Medifast Plan menu consists of shakes, bars, soups, and other sides you can pair up to create your diet or the day. Medifast offers 70 meal choices to satisfy different palates and dietary requirements. Kosher, low glycemic, lactose-free and vegetarian diets are all supported by the Medifast plan. Medifast even has specific plans for the unique needs of women, men and diabetics.

Medifast's success has been proven in multiple clinical studies, the Medifast website offers dozens of real-life testimonials, and its products and programs have been recommended by more than 20,000 doctors since 1980.

A John Hopkins study found the Medifast plan helps dieters quickly and safely lose weight by decreasing the amount of calories they consume each day. The study also found that participants with type 2 diabetes lost 2 times the weight of individuals following the American Diabetes Association's dietary recommendations. Medifast also shows positive results in participants with other illnesses, like hypertension and high cholesterol.

All of the Medifast products are available online, but Medifast does offer some physical centers throughout the country, in Alabama, Arizona, California, Florida, Georgia, Maryland, Minnesota, Pennsylvania, Texas and Virginia. You can choose to go to a center, but you can complete the program online just as easily.


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  • Convenient, pre-packaged foods sent to your home
  • Reasonably priced
  • Large variety of foods so there is something for everyone
  • Encourages and incorporates exercise
  • Clinically proven weight loss
  • Doctor recommended
  • Provides detailed weight loss maintenance plan
  • Plans made for diabetics and other medical situations
  • Quick Start Guide available at

  • Must cut carbs
  • May be tough transitioning back to regular diet
  • Low-calorie diet has its critics
  • Makes social situations harder to manage

A sampling of feedback and experiences shared by our community.

I am a 48 year old male with a fairly unactive lifestyle. On May 16, 2011 I started the Medifast diet following the 5/1 plan. My starting weight was 325 lbs. I am 11-1/2 weeks into the diet and have lost 58 lbs.

I come from a family of excellent cooks. Are the food offerings gourmet quality? No. However, they aren't, in general, as horrible as people say. Sure, there's a few clunkers out there but, for the most part, there are so many varieties that you should be able to find your way through. - Greg 8/5/11

I am 49 yrs old...5"5" and I started my program Aug 8th 2010 at 172 lbs I lost 45 lbs in 14 weeks! It's easy and the results are rapid. The first week I lost 8.5 lbs and the first month 17.5 lbs and then I averaged about 2.5 lbs a week. I have been reading lots' of discouraging people on here in regards to the food. Yes, there are some of the meals that you will not care for. But, you will figure out your likes and dislikes right away. Just don't eat more then one pkg out of each box for any returns.For me personally ..I love the bars and like the rice cakes, pretzels and puffs vanilla and mocha shakes yum! - Lorrie 8/4/11

I started medifast around October 2010. I went from 165lbs to about 142lbs in 3 months. I was very pleased. Unfortunately once I became comfortable being able to fit in my own clothes again I stopped the program. I did not start the maintenance program. My own fault. I ended up gaining my weight back and have started weight watchers and it's been successful so far. So depending on wether or not I would of stayed on the program I would have a better review. So it does work, and I do like it. But it was not for me and the food gets old quick! If you keep to it right, and do not cheat! I would cheat just for one day with some medifast and maybe a real meal with the family and I would be gaining a pound.. Just keep to it. - Alyssa 7/4/11

This diet works without a doubt as long as you can stick thru it. It is VERY difficult the first few days but once you make it thru week 1 the cravings pretty much go away. The food will also begin to taste better, however its best to try everything because not everyone like everything. I personally just do the shakes and brownies sometimes the scrambled eggs. They also have a great community site for advice and support and you can get great ways to doctor it up the meals too. The weight definitely comes off quickly and you see results weekly on the scale on with a measuring tape which is great motivation. Of course it has its downside like every diet the weight can come back quickly and more, but only if you don't go into the transition stage and gradual reintroduce foods back into your diet and maintain a healthy balanced diet. - Izzy 5/17/11


The Medifast diet consists of five prepared meals and one "Lean and Green Meal." (L&GM) known as the Medifast 5 & 1 plan. Your L&GM will consist of a lean protein (a seven-ounce serving of chicken, turkey or fish, or a five ounce serving of beef, pork or lamb) with a tablespoon's worth of condiment like ranch dressing, ketchup or mustard. You will also choose your side dish, which can include a salad, or raw or cooked vegetables. You will always eat at least three servings of vegetables in your L&GM.

The Medifast program encourages you to keep your metabolism high and avoid hunger by eating every three hours. It also recommends that you stay hydrated by drinking your choice of calorie-free beverage, preferably water, consuming at least 64 ounces each day. While your Lean and Green Meal and beverages are up to you, the rest of your meals will be chosen from the dozens of low-calorie, high nutritient meal-replacement items that Medifast delivers directly to you. With options like puddings, oatmeal, shakes, and scrambled eggs, it's hard to get bored.

At the beginning of the program, you will remove high carbohydrate vegetables from your diet like corn and carrots, to jump start your weight loss. You'll slowly introduce these items back into your diet over time and they can be a part of your diet in the maintenance phase, if you wish.

While on the Medifast program you don’t have to worry about counting anything; calories, grams of fat and carbs are all controlled and you can expect to lose between two and five pound per week. The Medifast meals are made with 24 different vitamins and minerals to keep you full and satisfy your nutritional needs.

A typical day of eating on the Medifast program looks like:

  • Breakfast – Spiced Pancakes with Sugar-Free Syrup
  • Snack – Chocolate Crunch Bar
  • Lunch – Chicken & Wild Rice Soup
  • Snack – Cinnamon Pretzel Sticks
  • Dinner – Baked Tilapia Fillet; Sautéed Sugar Snap Peas with Mushrooms, Carrots
  • Dessert – Coffee Soft Serve

The Medifast website offers an exercise guideline document, but there is specific workout program. Medifast recommends getting daily exercise, but your intensity, mode and duration are left completely up to you. They suggest running, jogging, swimming, dancing or walking, but with such a low calorie, structured program, getting your daily 30 minutes reccommended for health should be enough for you to successfully drop weight.

Medifast recommends waiting two to three weeks before introducing exercise if you do not already exercise regularly. You should also consult your physician if new to exercise. Start slow, and gradually increase you time and intensity as you feel things become easier. If you have been exercising consistently prior to starting Medifast, it is recommended that you reduce your intensity and duration of exercise for the first couple of weeks so your body can adjust to your lower calorie levels, and do no more than 45 minutes of vigorous exercise each day during this time period.

Medifast suggests, as do we, that you find something that you enjoy for your workouts so you are more likely to stick to them. The gym isn't your only option. You can take up jogging outside, dance classes, swimming, or biking to get in some exercise while finding a new activity you enjoy.


Common questions asked about the Medifast program by our community. Click each to see the full answer.

Does anyone experience an early plateau on Medifast? - NB 6/21/11

Is there any medical supervision on Medifast? - KJ 6/10/11

What is the cost of 3 months on Medifast? - Jeannie 6/8/11

Will my body adjust to hunger at the beginning of the diet? - Lisa 3/7/11

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For more than 20 years, Medifast has been the answer for many people's weight loss struggles.. It’s also helped people with pre-existing health conditions, like diabetes and hypertension, lose weight safely. The taste and quality of the meals have gotten mostly positive feedback, so if you want to take out all of the guess work, Medifast may be the diet for you. You'll learn how to eat proper portions with balanced nutrition, while eating consistently throughout the day. Most programs and diets cannot boast the doctor recommendations, positive clinical findings and glowing testimonials that Medifast can. It's worth a look if you have weight to lose and are looking for a convenient, all in one approach to eating.


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I like they shakes they are yum!

posted Jun 4th, 2010 6:24 pm


This diet is okay for anyone who can live on shakes, faux candy bars, oatmeal and soup. I need some real food so this junk food diet doesn't cut it for me. Taste is average - if you want the same type of diet with better results just do slimfast. It's pretty much the same prepackaged bars & shakes with the luxury of a meal other than oatmeal or soup at less than half the price of medifast.

posted Jun 3rd, 2010 2:47 pm


Easy peasy dieting. That is my kind of dieting. Delivered to my door. Just tell me what to do!

posted Jun 3rd, 2010 12:19 am


The food is better than the food back in Ireland! and I am losing weight done and done...

posted May 29th, 2010 8:38 pm


I loved medifast and it definitely worked for me. The problem is that I gained it all back because I didn't maintain my habits and that is my own fault. Had I continued on a healthy eating plan and exercised like I was on Medifaast, I would be excatly where i wanted to be. I started at 218 lbs at 5"7 and was at 165 lbs only 4 months later. I went on vacation and my good habits went out the window and I never got back on track. Guess what that got me? A year later, I am 218 again!

posted May 25th, 2010 11:08 am


worked great used the coupon in the review!

posted May 21st, 2010 12:31 pm


The food is good. I like to throw in some fresh veggies from time to time and other low calorie foods. it rounds it out nicely.

posted May 21st, 2010 12:10 pm


I lost over 100 lbs in 10 months on Medifast food and have kept it off for over two years. It is safe for thinner people as my 80+ year old Aunts eat it for healthy, fast food. It's just the right amount and perfectly balanced. I carried my "baby weight" for 30 years was never able to get it off. This is the only program that has worked for me.

posted May 20th, 2010 5:55 pm


Medifast does help you lose weight but it is just as unhealthy as most of the other meal replacement programs out there. If the food wouldn't benefit a thin person , it doesn't benefit an over weight person either. people have to remove the thin is healthy lie from their thought process and investigate all natural, nutritionally complete, health programs that ALSO have the side effect of weight loss.

posted May 19th, 2010 12:03 pm


I am one week into this program. Have lost almost 5 pounds. I find it interesting that anyone one hear would claim that I haven't done my research...I have. I realize it is high protein, low fat and low carb...basic. I know what to do...I just have a very hard time executing it without structure. I am a working mom with 5 kids and 1 granddaughter. I am a very busy person with little time to shop and prepare for healthy meals. Not on this plan. I have food for the entire month. It is practical for someone like me...

posted May 5th, 2010 2:50 pm


I've lost 73 pounds in 6 months. I feel better than I have in years!!! I'm healthy, lots of energy. If I'd known it would be this easy, I would have done it sooner had I known about Medifast. I've done every diet imaginable, but Medifast is the only one I have lost this much weight with, and now I have the tools I need to keep it off forever. The best part? I look and feel younger! No saggy skin or lose of muscle tone like other diets.

posted May 5th, 2010 1:01 pm


It is working for me! I am so glad it is a lifestyle change! I have lost 57lbs in 11 weeks! I eat 6 meals a day and exercise about three times a week. This program is fast, simple, and convenient! I cant believe it! I am half way to my goal!

posted May 4th, 2010 1:43 am


I do not know how anyone eats this food, I can only take a few bites and then I have to throw it away. It all tastes aweful!

posted May 3rd, 2010 10:07 pm

suzie q

Love it! It does work and you can eat!

posted Apr 26th, 2010 12:32 am

Sean Stewart

I've list 8.2 lbs in the first 3 days

posted Apr 22nd, 2010 5:16 pm

Barbara Quigley

Still always hungry after 3 weeks!

posted Apr 20th, 2010 2:25 pm


They have good meals not the best but i lost weight.

posted Apr 16th, 2010 12:42 am


I've lost 7 lbs in 6 days. I fee great.

posted Apr 9th, 2010 9:12 am

ivette santana

Its about discipline! Medifast is convienient. I dont have to think about what I am going to eat..I always have a shake or snack handy and I am a work in progress. I have been losing, not sure how much, but I feel good. will keep you posted! woohoo to medifast!

posted Mar 22nd, 2010 10:06 am

Jeanne M

In 2008, I lost 20 pounds on Medifast in 20 weeks. Now I have gained back 12 of those pounds, partly because of stress due to my husband's illness, and partly because I fell back into old habits. I want to get back on Medifast, because it was the only plan that worked for me. Hopefully, I can get in shape before summer.

posted Mar 10th, 2010 10:53 am


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