Medifast is a low calorie diet that will bring about rapid weight loss – in the region of 2-5 pounds per week. The diet is undertaken by purchasing meal replacement products from Medifast that will provide an optimal calorie and nutrient amount for both men and women.
How The Plan Works.
This Medifast plan is made up of 5 meal replacements per day (generally shakes, but there are also bars, soups, oatmeal, and puddings). In addition to the meal replacements – 1 meal per day is a “lean and green” meal – a small portion of lean meat, and generally up to 2 cups of salad or vegetables. Meals are taken every 2-3 hours and you are required to drink a minimum amount of water each day.
Chicken wild Rice soup
Although the food can be bought over the counter Medifast recommend having supervision from a physician. The reason for this is because caloric intake is between 800-1000 calories per day which is very low. While there are over 60 different pre-packaged foods, the most popular items are the protein shakes. Medifast has optimized vitamins and minerals to ensure there will be no deficiencies while reducing calories.
On reaching the desired weight the Medifast plan involves a gradual transition back to ‘normal’ meals over a period of about 2weeks. Thereafter it is recommended that 1-3 Medifast meals are eaten daily. Plus a moderately intense exercise routine of 30-45 minutes per day, 5 days a week is required to keep the weight off.
Taco salad with ice water
Medifast is one of the more successful and balanced low-calorie diets – it has been trialed successfully at John Hopkins Weight Management Center, among other places. There are numerous success stories from overweight people who have successfully used Medifast to drop their weight down to manageable levels. This weight loss program is generally only used by the very overweight (BMI >= 30). It will only suit some people, and beware of slowing your metabolism leading to subsequent weight gain.