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Is the Medifast Diet really the best way to lose weight quickly?
Can Medifast plan actually work for people like me?
1. And is it worth the money?
2. Is medifast safe?
3. Is the food good?
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What do Medifast foods actually taste like?
Last year I decided to try out the Medifast Diet and I remained on it for about 8 months
before getting completely tired of the food. Since whether or not you can stomach eating the
food on a diet program like this is usually a make or break part of weight loss success, I
thought I'd give a rundown of all the foods I've tried and whether they were tasty, edible,
barely passable, or utterly nasty.
There's no question that if you follow the Medifast Diet, you will lose weight. I lost about 100
lbs in the 8 months I was on it. But like most diets, once you are done with the special foods
and go back to eating like a normal person, the weight creeps back on. If you can
successfully change your lifestyle after you stop eating their product, then I think Medifast is
quite effective. If you go back to the "same old, same old", then it's a short-term solution.
One thing I noticed in particular while following the Medifast program that turned out, for me,
to be even better than the weight loss is that my skin cleared up and I have way more
energy. Medifast is primarily soy-based.
The Medifast shakes are the mainstay of the program and, fortunately, I found
all of the shakes to be pretty good as well, but they do tend to have a faint soy
aftertaste. In my opinion, the powdered packets taste better cost less, than the
Ready-To-Drink shakes, which just seem rather thin and uninteresting. Mixing
the powdered shakes with ice in a blender improves them considerably and you
can also add flavored syrups to them as long as the syrups are sugar-free, they
make wonderful smoothies. Tried doing the same with the Ready-To-Drink and
they just didn't turn out as well. I'm guessing the formulation is quite a bit
Good and/or Tolerable is the Question !
The Soups -- There are two Medifast soups, Chicken and Minestrone, and the cream of
broccoli. They are all good, the cream of broccoli more so, but only if you mix them well
that’s the whole trick. If you don't give the water time to soak into the dehydrated bits of
noodles and vegetables, your soup will be a bit crunchy and a bit disgusting
Food Bars -- with the exception of the Oatmeal Raisin and the Lemon Fantasy (both of
which I love), I find most of the Medifast food bars to be just okay as far as taste goes, but a
step above what most replacement food bars taste like in general so I guess that is a plus.
The other bars are Chocolate Divine, Peanut Butter, Chocolate Mint, Smore Granola and
Oatmeal Packets - I have to confess that I only eat regular oatmeal after drowning it with
milk and sweet things like honey or maple syrup so it was hard for me to eat the Medifast
oatmeal packets without adding lots of other stuff to them. But overall, they taste exactly like
oatmeal so if you like oatmeal, then you'll like these. Flavors are peach and apple cinnamon,
maple and brown sugar. I think that's all of them.
The Puddings -- there are two Medifast puddings, banana and chocolate. They are
described as "smooth, creamy and delicious". I just love them. If you mix them with extra
cold water they are great treat on a hot summer day or night. And well take care of a sweet
Here’s my suck list
I need to state upfront, this is all my personal opinion of what I liked and what I didn't. There
are lots of folks in the various Medifast forums who love the things I hate. But still... some of
this stuff was just plain gross.
Chai Latte -- truly disgusting. Like the Hot Cocoa, you just mix it with water and then zap it in
the microwave until it is hot enough to drink. Unlike the Hot Cocoa, which tastes exactly like
cocoa, the Medifast Chai Latte taste nothing like any Chai tea you've ever had anywhere. If
you've never tasted Chai, maybe that would be okay, but as I drink the stuff all the time in
various forms -- powder mixes, tea bags, liquid mixes -- I found this stuff remarkably
Iced Tea -- I was sent some Iced Teas (Raspberry and Peach) as some samples with one of
my Medifast orders. I am so glad I did not order a whole week's worth. I figured they would
taste more or less like Snapple Ice Teas. Boy, was I wrong. So vile, I couldn't even finish
drinking them. The worst soy aftertaste of any of the Medifast foods.
The eggs- are just totally vile don’t waste your money
What I loved about the problems “ the website and all the
Participants in Medifast receive a variety of online tools, including message
boards, BMI calculators, physician finders, product information, sample meal
plans, recipes, helpful articles like a “holiday survival guide,” and materials
printed in Spanish. The chief plusses are the convenience of the plan, with foods
that are delivered right to your door in pre-packaged, portion-controlled
servings, and the rapid rate of weight loss, which helps individuals stay
Medifast costs average about $10 per day, $70 per week, and $275 per month, if
you purchase the plan’s vitamin-fortified Variety Packages. Prices can go higher
if products are purchased individually. However, there are no enrollment or
membership fees, and many people find their Medifast bill isn’t any higher than
their regular grocery and vitamin supplement costs. Keep in mind, though, that
you’ll still need to purchase meat and vegetables, plus additional food once
you’re on the maintenance program.
The Medifast 5 and 1 plan cost $275 for 4 weeks. However - that's the cost of the "5" -
you will still need to buy your daily "lean and green" meal (lean protein plus
Behavioural changes “ A must to become successful”
Behavioral changes are critical to the long-term success of Medifast. Unless these
lifestyle changes are applied, then the weight could easily swing back on like a yo-yo.
It's worth taking a look at the post
What many people don't realize is that very few commercial weight loss programs have
ever undergone any clinical studies. Medifast heavily promote the fact that a Johns
Hopkins university study has shown that Medifast results in significant weight loss (67
pound average loss in males and 57 pound average loss in females). It's worth pointing
out that this study looked at patients who attended Medifast clinics.
There is also an additional study that compared the Medifast program with diabetes
medication. The study found Medifast more effective at controlling type 2 diabetes than
an ADA-recommended program
Both studies were led by Associate Professor Lawrence Cheskin of Johns Hopkins
Bloomberg School of Public Health and were funded by Medifast
Researchers at Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health Find Meal
Replacement More Effective for Weight Loss and Reduction in Diabetic Medication
Than Standard Food Diet
- Participants using Medifast lost twice as much weight and were twice as
Likely to complete both phases of the study compared with those following a
Diet based on the American Diabetes Association dietary guidelines -
- 24% of Medifast users decreased diabetic medication after 34-week weight
Loss phase, compared to 0% of participants on the standard food diet -
OWINGS MILLS, Md., June 13 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Researchers from Johns Hopkins Bloomberg
School of Public Health released the results of an 86-week diabetic weight loss study that found participants
using Medifast's portion-controlled, meal replacement program lost twice as much weight and were twice as
likely to complete the study as participants following a standard food diet based on the dietary guidelines of
the American Diabetes Association (ADA). Additionally, 24 percent of the Medifast users decreased or
eliminated their diabetes medication, compared to 0 percent on the standard food diet.
Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health Associate Professor Dr. Lawrence J. Cheskin, M.D.,
officially presented the study, “Long-Term Efficacy of 2 Diet Plans for Type 2 Diabetes on Weight Loss and
Weight Maintenance,” during the American Diabetes Association's 65th Annual Scientific Session in San
Diego this past weekend.
Dr. Cheskin's study enlisted 112 overweight or obese people with type 2 diabetes using two weight loss
approaches of equal caloric prescription - a portion-controlled, supplement-based diet (Medifast) and a
traditional reduced-calorie diet based on the ADA's recommended dietary guidelines. The study tracked the
participants' progress over 86 weeks (approximately a year and eight months), including an initial weight
loss period of 34 weeks, followed by a 52-week maintenance phase.
"Weight loss is critical for controlling type 2 diabetes, but individuals with the disease are faced with health
issues that make it significantly more difficult to lose weight than people without the disease," explained Dr.
Cheskin. "While type 2 diabetes cannot be cured, losing weight can significantly improve one's quality of life
by reducing or even eliminating the need for daily medication and/or frequent treatment. People with type 2
diabetes are in need of weight control options they can commit to long term."
According to the results, the Medifast group lost twice as much weight and was twice as likely to complete
the study as the group on the standard food diet. Of patients completing the initial weight loss phase (34
weeks), average weight loss was 16 pounds on Medifast and 8.1 pounds on the standard diet. After
completing the additional 52-week maintenance period, average weight loss after 86 weeks was 13 pounds
for those who received Medifast in Maintenance vs. 5.3 pounds on the standard diet. Also, 44 percent of the
Medifast participants maintained more than a five percent body weight loss vs. only 14 percent on the
"There is no room for miscalculating portions when using portion- controlled foods, which might explain in
part why participants on Medifast achieved superior weight loss results and demonstrated significantly better
completion rates," added Dr. Cheskin. "In addition, meal replacements are easy to follow and require less
effort, which is why they can be an effective weight loss option for many people in serious need of losing
A crucial finding was a significant drop in diabetes medication intake for the Medifast group. After the 34-
week weight loss phase, 24 percent of the Medifast participants either decreased or eliminated their
diabetes medication. None of the participants on the standard food diet could say the same.
"The difference in diabetes medication intake between the two diets reflects that Medifast was significantly
more effective at helping to control type 2 diabetes than a standard food diet," explained Dr. Cheskin.
Brad MacDonald, CEO of Medifast, Inc., states, "This study reinforces the fact that with Medifast, people not
only lose weight, but their health improves as well."
Average weight loss after weight loss
Phase (week 34) 16 lbs 8.1
Average weight loss after weight loss and
Weight maintenance phases combined (week 86) 13 lbs 5.3 lbs
Percentage of participants maintaining
At least a 5% weight loss (week 86) 44% 14%
Participants completing the program
For the full 86 weeks 16 7
Percentage of participants that reduced
Their diabetes medication after 34 weeks 24% 0%
Dr. Lawrence J. Cheskin, M.D., F.A.C.P., is a board-certified internist and Associate Professor of Human
Nutrition at Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health. He is the director and founder of the Johns
Hopkins Weight Management Center. He is also the principal investigator on a number of research grants
and is a frequent contributor to research and popular articles on weight management.
Medifast funded Dr. Cheskin’s study, “Long-Term Efficacy of 2 Diet Plans for Type 2 Diabetes on Weight
Loss and Weight Maintenance,”.
About Medifast: (http://www.medifastdiet.com)
Medifast (Amex: MED) has been helping people lose weight and achieve better health for almost 25 years.
Its meal replacement foods have been recommended by over 15,000 physicians and used by more than
1,000,000 customers. Medifast offers its customers world-class customer service, technical and medical
SOURCE Medifast, Inc.
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The Medifast program has been helping people lose weight and maintain a
healthy lifestyle for more than 25 years. Medifast programs and products were
developed by a physician and have been clinically proven in numerous studies
conducted by major university teaching hospitals. Additionally, third party
studies published in leading medical journals have deemed meal replacements as
an effective means of weight loss and weight maintenance. Medifast has been
recommended by over 15,000 physicians and used by more than 1 million
Medifast Meals are nutritionally complete, low calorie and low fat – providing
everything your body needs to lose weight quickly and safely. Medifast Meals
contain a medically designed balance of protein and carbohydrates as well as 24
or more essential vitamins and minerals per serving – ensuring your daily
nutritional requirements are met while losing weight on the program. Unlike fad
diets that restrict a specific macronutrient such as protein or carbohydrates,
Medifast is nutritionally balanced —allowing you to maintain lean muscle as you
lose weight. This helps you continue to burn fat as you transition and maintain
your weight loss long term.
Most Medifast Meals are formulated with heart healthy soy protein, which may
reduce the risk of heart disease according to some research studies. Soy’s
naturally occurring isoflavones may also help reduce the risk of bone fractures
and osteoporosis. Soy protein is a complete protein – providing all of the
essential amino acids. Medifast also manufactures a product line formulated with
whey protein, for customers who have an allergy to soy or prefer a non-soy
Clinical Research Using Medifast Products
REFERENCE: Crowell, M.D. & Cheskin L.J, The Johns Hopkins University School of
Medicine. Multicenter Evaluation of Health Benefits and Weight Loss on the
Medifast Weight Management Program.
PURPOSE: To retrospectively evaluate the efficacy of a medically supervised,
protein-supplemented modified fasting program (Medifast) for weight reduction
and to evaluate the impact of weight reduction on coexisting health problems.
RESULTS: The results of the study concluded that medically-supervised, protein-
sparing modified fasts offer a safe and effective means of weight reduction and
are accompanied by significant improvements in coexisting health problems. Of
samples taken, males lost an average of 67 lbs and females lost an average of
47 lbs. The study found significant reductions in systolic and diastolic blood
pressure, total cholesterol and triglycerides, as well as the normalizing of blood
pressure and hypertensive patients.
Conducted from 5/1/02-4/30/04 Publication in ADA journal/ADA national
meeting, June 2005.
REFERENCE: Cheskin, MD, FACP, Mitchell, MS, Lewis, BA, Jhaveri, MD Yep, BS.
Johns Hopkins University School of Bloomberg Public Health. Efficacy of 2 Diet
Plans Designed for People with Type 2 Diabetes on Weight and Health Measures
(Published at American Diabetes Association’s 65th Annual Scientific Session in
San Diego, CA, June 11, 2005. The information was peer reviewed and printed in
ADA’s Diabetes Journal as a written published abstract. Dr. Cheskin is currently
pursuing publication in a leading medical journal.
PURPOSE: To evaluate the efficacy of the standard ADA (American Diabetic
Association) self-selected diet (SD) vs. a portion controlled diabetic food diet
(PCD) in obese patients with NIDDM. The study also aims to evaluate not only
the metabolic effects in the long term, but also compliance and any consequent
medication changes in patients of the two weight loss regimens. (16-34 weeks of
active weight loss, 52 weeks of maintenance) The meal replacements (Medifast)
used in this study are soy-based products (bars, shakes, soups) that are
considerably lower in sugar than their non-diabetic counterparts and other
popular diet products on the market.
RESULTS DISCUSSION: Significantly greater results were achieved after the
initial 34-weeks of weight loss by participants in the PCD group in pounds and
percent weight loss, insulin level and hemoglobin A1c. The PCD group also saw
significant improvements within group in BMI, systolic BP, diastolic BP, waist/hip
measurements, cholesterol, HDL triglycerides, glucose and percent body fat.
Dropout rates were less in the PCD in both weight loss and weight maintenance.
During weight loss, participants in the PCD group significantly decreased their
use of medications to treat Type 2 DM. Participants in the PCD group also self-
reported higher ease of compliance with the diet compared to the SD group
(64.2% vs. 56.0%).
It is our recommendation that a PCD be considered for type 2 diabetics desiring
weight loss, but that periodic use of SD during weight maintenance will not
adversely affect weight loss efforts. Our research supports that using a portion-
controlled diet will produce comparable if not better outcomes in type 2 diabetics
attempting to control their weight.
REFERENCE: National Institutes of Health: Impaired Capacity to Lose Visceral
Adipose Tissue During Weight Reduction in Obese Postmenopausal Women With
the Trp64Arg B3- Adrenoceptor Gene Variant
PURPOSE: The study examined whether women on a weight loss program who
are carriers of a genetic variant (Trp64Arg) lose less visceral fat than women
who do not have this gene. Participants entered a medically supervised weight
loss program aimed at reducing body weight to less than 120% of ideal value.
Food was self selected with dietitian supervision, with or without the inclusion of
the TakeShape, a Medifast brand modified fasting supplement.
RESULTS DISCUSSION: Results from the study showed that reductions in body
weight, BMI, total fat mass and fat-free mass were not significantly different
between carriers and non-carriers of the variant. Both groups experienced
weight reduction of 31-36.1 pounds, which the study identified as a significant
weight loss effect.
Current Active Research
Efficacy of Parent-Child Dieting Plans Incorporating Medifast Meal Replacements
for Weight Loss. Principle Investigator Cheskin, MD, FACP
(18 month study, 6-month weight loss phase, 12-month maintenance phase)
Study examines a joint parent-child dieting approach, as opposed to an
individually based approach, to improve weight loss outcomes. Compares diet
using Medifast meal replacements to a non-supplemented Food Guide pyramid
based diet. Comparative points include, overall weight loss, compliance,
palatability, dietary quality and dietary satisfaction. The study also examines
whether children who lose weight-using Medifast meal replacements as an
adjunct to a Food Guide-pyramid based diet achieve health benefits compared to
baseline values and are these health benefits greater than those obtained
following the reference diet.
Medifast Diet Drug Study, New Dimensions Weight Control Clinic. Principle
Investigators: Drs. Walker S.C. Poston, C. Keith Haddock, Jennifer E. Taylor,
(Retrospective Analysis Study to report on the effectiveness of combining
Medifast with Appetite Suppression Medications.)
Protein fasts and low-calorie meal replacements are a drastic solution, and in my
opinion appropriate for drastic situations. Given the choice between gastric bypass
surgery or Medifast, then Medifast must surely be a better answer.
Medifast diet – pros and cons
If you ever hear or read about people saying that they’ve gained back all the lost weight
after the Medifast diet, don’t believe them. This can’t happen with Medifast unless you
return to your old eating habits. But to be realistic - you will gain back the lost weight no
matter what diet you use if you return to your old eating habits.
Returning to your old eating habits also can’t happen to you as long as you stick to the
Medifast diet foods and follow the plan strictly for at least one month. The chances of
returning to your old way of life are minimal if you also follow the Medifast weight
maintenance plan afterwards.
First week is hard as your body needs to adapt to your new diet meal plan. There is no point
to hide it, but you should not give up, though… All you have to do is just give it a few days
and your Medifast diet will turn into a pleasant everyday routine for you.
Medifast foods, products and sample meals
Food Supplements: Oatmeals in different flavors, Homestyle Chili, Minestrone Soup, Chicken
Noodle Soup, Peach Pro Tea, Hot Cocoa, Chocolate Pudding.
Fast Soups and Snacks: Delicate Chicken, Robust Tomato, Savory Beef, Multi-Grain Crackers.
Creamy Soups: Broccoli, Chicken and Tomato soups.
Supplement Bars: Oatmeal Raisin, Chocolate Divine, Chocolate Mint, Double Berry, Crunchy
Lemon, Peanut Butter.
Lean & Green Meals:
Lean is for meats - Skinless chicken or turkey breast, Fish, including shellfish, tinned tuna or
salmon. Lean cuts of beef, pork, or lamb. Grill, bake, or poach. Condiments allowed. For
men there should be 6-7oz of lean meat, for women 4-5oz.
Green is for vegetables - not all are allowed, though. Here are some - Asparagus, Cabbage,
Cauliflower, Spinach, etc. You can make a green salad: 1-2 cups of salad greens, up to 1/4
cup raw vegetables. Or you may cook the vegetables: 1-1 1/2 cups of fibrous vegetables
instead of salad.
I found this eating schedule works wonders for dropping the
You need to spread out when you consume the shakes. As a rule of thumb, you should
have a shake every 3 hours, and the first 3 by 2:30 PM. You should drink 3 shakes a day,
but if you take a supplement, that will replace 1 shake. Don't overeat those MediFast
bars! Just have 1 a day!
Here is a basic schedule most MediFast'ers follow:
8am- first shake
5pm- fourth shake or meal supplement, or a Lean and Green Meal
8pm-fifth shake or supplement
11pm-an additional shake
How Much Weight Can You Lose? The real trust!
The scale will fluctuate from day to day. All sorts of things affect it, including stress,
not enough water, a little more salt, etc. Some people who have been very committed
to the program can handle seeing a 2lb. increase, knowing it's just part of the
pattern and it will go away in a day or two. For others, it ruins their day. Realize
that fluctuations WILL occur, but will lose lots of weight as long as you stick with
In the long-term, you can lose up to 20 lbs a month. This is not rare -
many people who undergo the program experience losing over 40 lbs in
a course of a few months. It's possible if you stick to the program
strictly, and follow the guidelines! Remember, after the first week, the
ride should be smooth, and you will be well on your way to permanent
Why Have So Many People Been
Successful with Medifast?
The Medifast plan uses nutritionally balanced
meal replacement foods to help people lose
weight faster and more easily than ever before.
Medifast products are formulated with the right
balance of protein, carbohydrates, vitamins and
You well appreciate the "nocounting"
approach to the Medifast plan, which
provides structure and simplicity, while meeting
all of the body's nutritional needs.
Why the Medifast Plan Works
Medifast is designed to safely create a gap
between the calories a person takes in and the
amount the body burns. Fortified Medifast Meals
help people lose weight without sacrificing
nutritional needs. In fact,
Medifast Meals provide
the nutrients needed to lose weight and improve
health. Each nutritionally balanced Medifast Meal
is formulated with a proven balance of
carbohydrates and protein.
The key to the Medifast plan is the nutrient -
dense, low-calorie Medifast Meals that promote
the release of free fatty acids, which are
converted by the liver into an energy source
called ketones. This mild fat burning state of
"ketosis" helps the body achieve rapid weight
loss while preserving muscle tissue. Ketosis also
helps eliminate physical hunger while providing
su_cient levels of energy.
Patients with Diabetes
Oral diabetes agents - It is advised to check blood
sugar at least 2-3 times a day, especially at the
beginning of the Medifast program. If blood sugar
levels fall below the range speci_ed, there may be a
need to reduce or possibly discontinue the oral
Insulin - Prior to beginning the program, Medifast
recommends that all diabetic patients consult with a
physician about current insulin dosages. Blood sugar
testing should be performed several times a day. As
blood sugar level drops, continual physician consulting is
necessary to determine insulin requirements.
Concerns for females
Because estrogen is stored in the fat cells, rapid weight
Loss may cause an increase in the level of estrogen in the
Bloodstream. Increased estrogen levels can affect the
Regularity of menstrual cycles, and possibly increases PMS
Symptoms. Rapid weight loss along with higher estrogen
Levels can also increase fertility. If a patient becomes
Pregnant, they must discontinue the Medifast plan.
Patients with Diabetes
Oral diabetes agents - It is advised to check blood
Sugar at least 2-3 times a day, especially at the
Beginning of the Medifast program. If blood sugar
Levels fall below the range specified, there may be a
Need to reduce or possibly discontinue the oral
Insulin - Prior to beginning the program, Medifast
Recommends that all diabetic patients consult with a
Physician about current insulin dosages. Blood sugar
Testing should be performed several times a day. As
Blood sugar level drops, continual physician consulting is
Necessary to determine insulin requirements.
Most people feel great and don't experience much physical
discomfort on the Medifast program. However, some people have
had the following:
- Dizziness, lightheadedness, fatigue
- Feeling cold
- Dry skin or hair
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.
What is the Fat-Burning State?
On the Medifast 5 & 1 Plan, your body enters a fat-burning state -- also
known as “mild ketosis.” The nutrient balance of Medifast in
combination with its low calorie level causes the body’s fat stores to
release free fatty acids, which are then converted by the liver into an
energy source called ketones. This mild dietary fat-burning state helps
the body achieve rapid weight loss while preserving muscle tissue. The
fat-burning state also helps eliminate physical hunger while providing
sufficient levels of energy.
For more info or to find the best medifast health advisers,
Mrs white will answer any question you might have about medifast she’s lost well over 188 lbs on
medifast from her own personal experience