MediFast Weight Loss Plan
What is Medifast?
Medifast is a portion controlled, nutritionally balanced,
low fat and clinically proven program that helps people lose
weight faster and more effectively than traditional diet
plans. Medifast Meals come in individual packets that you
mix with water and microwave or refrigerate. Medifast is
available in a wide variety of foods and flavors including
shakes, soups, stew, chili, oatmeal, scrambled eggs, fruit
drinks, iced teas, hot beverages, bars and puddings.
How does Medifast work?
The Medifast 5 & 1 Plan was medically
designed to create a calorie deficit, allowing your body
to burn fat for energy. Each nutritionally balanced Medifast
Meal is formulated with a proven combination of carbohydrates
and protein, allowing you to successfully lose weight while
maintaining lean muscle mass.
What does the Medifast
5 & 1 Plan
The Medifast 5 & 1 Plan consists of five (5) portion
controlled, nutritionally balanced Medifast Meals plus one
(1) Lean & Green Meal.
What does the Lean & Green
Meal consist of?
The LEAN portion of the Lean & Green
Meal consists of 5-7 ounces of lean meat. The
GREEN portion of the Lean & Green
Meal consists of 3 servings of low carbohydrate vegetables.
Are there certain “approved” vegetables for
the Lean & Green Meal?
All vegetables promote healthful eating;
however, during the weight loss phase of your plan, we
do suggest that you avoid the “higher carbohydrate” vegetables
in order to enhance your weight loss results. Once you
Transition to the Maintenance phase of the program, we
encourage you to include ALL vegetables for long-term health.
*NOTE: Carrots, corn, potatoes, peas and brussels sprouts
should be avoided while in the weight loss phase of your
Medifast Plan. Please add them to your diet once you transition
to the Maintenance Plan.
Can I use Medifast Meals interchangeably?
One of the great benefits of Medifast Meals is that they
may be used interchangeably. The bars should be limited to
one (1) per day (due to their higher caloric and carbohydrate
What kind of snacks can I have on this program?
Medifast offers a variety
of healthy, delicious snacks that
can be used to augment the 5 & 1 Plan.
Other snacks you may have include:
- 3 celery stalks
- 1/2 cup sugar-free gelatin
- 1 sugar-free Popsicle®
- 2 dill pickle spears
- up to 3 pieces of sugar-free gum or mints
Limit your snack intake to one (1)
per day. Snacks should NOT take the place of a Medifast
Meal or Lean & Green
*NOTE: Eating more than one
(1) snack per day may hinder weight loss.
Can I substitute a
sixth Medifast Meal for my one Lean & Green?
This is not recommended. In order to
maximize effectiveness and to ensure that you get all the
nutrition your body requires, the Medifast 5 & 1 Plan (5 Medifast Meals plus 1 Lean & Green
Meal) should be followed – unless otherwise recommended
by your physician.
Is the Lean serving size the cooked or uncooked weight?
It is the cooked weight.
How many calories
are in the Medifast 5 & 1 Plan?
The Medifast 5 & 1 Plan provides
800 to 1,000 calories per day, depending on your personal
Can I substitute frozen
meals for my Lean & Green Meals?
Medifast does not recommend frozen
dinners on the 5 & 1
Plan – primarily due to their varying calorie levels,
excessive sodium content and lower protein levels.
Do any Medifast products contain MSG?
The Cream of Tomato Soup and the Robust Tomato Fast Soup
are the only two Medifast products that contain MSG.
How does Medifast sweeten its products?
Medifast uses a combination
of fructose and acesulfame potassium to sweeten most products.
This combination is used because we have found it to make
the best quality products without contributing significantly
to calories, sugars or carbohydrates.
There are sugar alcohols in some flavors of Medifast bars
(Caramel Nut and the Diabetic Plus bars). There is no Aspartame
or Sucralose in Medifast products.
What’s the difference between ‘Medifast 55’ and ‘Medifast
‘Medifast 55’ Shakes have 90 calories and 11g
of protein. ‘Medifast 70’ Shakes have 100 calories
and 14g of protein. Medifast 55 Shakes are recommended for
women. Medifast 70 Shakes are recommended for men and for
women who are active or prefer a higher protein count.
What is the average weight loss amount per week?
Clinical studies indicate that most
people lose an average of 2-5 lbs per week with Medifast.
The scale isn’t
the only test, so check other indicators such as your waistline
measurement and how well your clothes are fitting you. Individual
results may vary, and are dependant upon various factors
such as your weight when you start the Medifast program,
targeted weight loss goal, level of exercise, presence of
medical conditions, use of medications, accuracy with diet
compliance, etc. As with most diets, Medifast suggests that
you consult with your physician prior to starting a weight
Is Medifast safe?
Medifast has been clinically proven
through a number of controlled studies. More than 15,000
physicians nationwide have recommended Medifast programs
to their patients -– and
more than one million customers have safely used Medifast
for over 25 years.
Are there any stimulants in the Medifast Products?
No. Medifast does not contain any stimulants, ephedrine,
or other herbs that might be harmful to your body.
How much does Medifast cost?
Medifast food products cost about $10/day,
$70/week or $275/month when taking advantage of our convenient
Variety Packages purchase option*. And since Medifast does
not charge enrollment or membership fees -- you’ll
pay only for your food!
*NOTE: Costs may be slightly higher when purchasing on a
Most people find the cost of Medifast comparable to the
amount they're already spending on groceries and dining out.
Did you know that the average adult spends nearly $16/day
on food? Between the grocery store and fast food, we spend
much more money on food than we realize -- and we often don't
make the healthiest of choices. At $10/day, Medifast represents
significant cost savings for many people. When you also consider
the additional benefits inherent in every Medifast Meal (doctor-formulated,
vitamin-fortified, portion-controlled), Medifast equates
to an even greater value.
Is Medifast covered under my insurance?
Weight loss programs are generally not covered by medical
insurance, but please check with both your doctor and your
insurance carrier for information relative to your individual
circumstances. Some policies may cover weight loss programs
in conjunction with specific medical conditions (such as
primary diagnosis of type 2 diabetes or heart disease) in
which obesity is a factor and weight loss can lead to management
or improvement of these conditions.
But again, you will need to ask your doctor and your insurance
carrier this question in order to receive an accurate answer
based on your coverage and medical status. Medifast does
not bill insurance companies on behalf of its customers.
Does Medifast have a support system on the web?
Yes –- “MyMedifast” provides you with
valuable tools, support and information that will help you
with your Medifast plan AND assist you with nutrition, exercise
and motivation. An easy-to-use meal-planning tool is available – plus
you'll be able to connect with other people in the Medifast
community just like yourself. MyMedifast is offered at no
additional charge – but is available only to Medifast
customers. Medifast customers can visit www.mymedifast.com to
Does Medifast have Diabetic weight loss programs?
Medifast has special diet
programs for those with type 2 diabetes. The Medifast diabetic
diet plan can help you manage your type 2 diabetes and
control your weight, with your doctor’s
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