Medifast is a weight loss program that is made to help you to control your weight properly. It enables you to lose your undesired weight and to maintain it at a healthy level. It involves five meal replacement products during the day in addition to healthy meals. The official website of the company is low-informative but professionally made. It provides superficial explanation of the diet plan and products. There is a FAQ section, some clinical studies and customers' testimonials. The program works by helping you stay full all day long. In fact, the Medifast diet program offers three main basic plans for you to choose the plan you like and find the most suitable for your needs. All of them provide you with a low-fat and low-calorie diet to reduce your body weight. Before we discuss these plans in detail let us take a look at the manufacturer information available online.
The company behind the Medifast diet carries the same name called. We have encountered a lot of reviews of people who have worked in the company, which is not necessarily the indication that the manufacturer has good reputation. This is something we will discuss further in this review. The company boasts to be quite known within the field of weight-loss products. This is something you need to consider when deciding whether you need this dietary system or not. This product intends to help you balance your weight and get rid on the unnecessary pounds on your waistline. It boasts to have been recommended by over 20,000 users, but this is a very questionable claim that as no proof online. It also promises to help you lose body weight in a safe and proper manner.
The Medifast weight-loss program includes three main plans. The first one is Achieve Weight Loss Plan which intends to help you balance your body weight and to remove the unnecessary belly weight. The second is Thrive Healthy Living Plan which provides you with advice on how to prepare healthy food and to live healthily. The third plan is called Medifast for Special Diets. It includes the tricks and tips designated to help dieters with special requests and needs. The official website does not say much about the working process of the program or its ingredients. It is mentioned that weight loss is possible when the body uses more calories than it consumes. It means that in order to shed excess body fat, you will need to consume little calories during the day. You will need to make some changes in your diet to stay healthy and fit effectively. The Medifast weight-loss program comes with replacement meals consisting of oatmeal, bars, soups, shakes, scrambled eggs, cappuccinos, puddings, and fruit drinks. There is Lean and Green meal that consists of low carb vegetables and proteins. You will also be provided with a chart that gives an opportunity to choose between different vegetables and proteins.
In general, Medifast offers more than 70 meal replacements. Your daily diet should include three servings of vegetables, 5-7 ounces of lean meat, and up to two servings of cereals. You can also have dressings, sauces, and one snack per day. For snack you can choose Jell-O, celery, a Popsicle, gum, pickles, or mints, and half an ounce of either pistachios, walnuts, or almonds. You are not allowed to consume alcohol. The Medium Level of Effort presupposes meal replacements for most of your food. Possible meal replacements may include cereals, bars, shakes, and snacks like pretzel sticks. Dairy products, fruit, and starches are not allowed in the 5 and 1 Plan. With meal replacements you won't have to go to the grocery store. You may have in-person meetings with the company's consultants in more than 100 nationwide Medifast Centers. Daily exercise is encouraged, but there is no specific program provided. The company says that over 40 of its products are certified gluten-free.
The official website of the Medifast weight-loss program does not mention any possible side effects associated with the use of its diet plans. In reality, this program presupposes the consumption of a low number of calories, which might be dangerous for some people. According to our research, meal replacement plans can be harmful for people who suffer from any chronic diseases or health conditions, as well as those who take any medicines on a regular basis. Consult your doctor to monitor your condition and to know what to do better. Medifast could be good for someone with diabetes, since weight loss helps people with this condition and may reduce the need for taking drugs. It is important for the user on this diet program to follow all the instructions provided. It is also a wise decision to consult a healthcare professional. It is not indicated on the official website how long you should use this program before any improvement. This program promises to help you lose 1-2lbs per week.
There is a great number of customer reviews about the Medifast weight-loss program on third-party websites but not all of the clients are happy with the results they face. One dieter reports that he purchased a month's supply. Some of his coworkers at work have been successful at losing weight with this program so he decided to follow their example. He has been on the diet for three days and found out that the majority of their food was soy. Within 30 minutes after eating his stomach and intestines started killing him. The man suffered from terrible gas and was constantly drinking water because of the dry food. He was afraid of the next snack and could not stand the taste of the stevia in the drinks. The dieter only needed to lose 10-15 lbs, but it was extremely difficult. Let us take a look at the actual dieters' reviews online.
"I signed up for the Medifast diet plan and received the first month "food" without any consultation from a professional. No one even asked me whether I liked the food they had offered me or not. I opened my account a few days before the 30 days was up and I found out that they had sent out an order of their own choice. This company does not respect their clients for sure."
"I started Medifast Optavia 5 and 1 plan in late August in an attempt to lose 20 pounds. As a result, I lost 15 lbs in a month; however, it think this is a too overpriced program. The website is not user-friendly and food is not tasty. Most of the food has cardboard taste. Lean and green meal was the only meal I could eat with pleasure. After a month I was bored with the diet and limited options."
"I tried Medifast dietary program ten years ago and lost some 30 pounds. Recently I decided to try it again but it is not working for me anymore. I am still trying to use it because the company does not want to return my money. I want to send it back, so I called them. I was told that they sent me a label return, but I never got it. I called them many times but the label return is not in my mail. I had bad experience with the program and I don't recommend it to others."
Prices for the plans may vary. A 4-week supply of meal replacements cost at least $300 plus shipping. You can buy a seven-pack of any meal replacement (shakes, oatmeal bars, smoothies, or other foods) for $16.95. Medifast's "Take Shape for Life" program offers free access to a health coach. You will have free online access to food guides, journals, chat rooms, and a weight-loss blog.
Summing everything up, the Medifast diet program does not seem to be worthy since it has many disadvantages. First of all, it is extremely expensive when compared to the competition. You will need to follow a serious low-calorie diet. You might have to work out regularly to see any weight-loss results. You will need to have six meals per day which is impractical for busy people. You will be asked to stick to the plan to achieve any benefits. Most dieters find the foods not tasty. With all this in mind, I cannot recommend the Medifast diet program. There are many other diets available out there for you to choose from.