The Basics of the Medifast Diet Explained – What You Need to Know to Lose Weight on Medifast

In this article we are going to discuss the basics of the medifast diet. If you are thinking about starting a new diet program this Summer or Fall, my feeling is that the Medifast diet is a phenomenal one to look into! Why? It’s quite simple. People are having life changing experiences on Medifast, and finding themselves able to shed pounds often for the very FIRST time, and sometimes…in really large quantities! So continue reading as I outline some of the foundational elements of this particular program, so you can see (and taste.) whether it’s a good choice for you. Read on..:-)

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Medifast allows you 6 meals per day – 5 of these are going to be in the form of meal replacements (shakes, bars, soups and more) and one is going to be a “lean and green” meal you prepare for yourself. The lean and green meal is comprised of 7 ounces of protein and your choice of up to three servings of green (or otherwise colored) vegetables alongside it. For the sheer quantity of meals you are going to be consuming ( 6 is unusually high for a diet) make NO mistake about the caloric content: Medifast IS indeed a low calorie diet, with 800-1000 units of caloric energy a day.

What about expectations? Well, according to Medifast literature, most will lose 2-5 pounds per week for the DURATION of the time they are using the diet. According to a prestigious John’s Hopkins university study, the AVERAGE weight loss for men on Medifast was 67 pounds…and the average for women 57! (These people followed the Medifast program in a clinical setting)

What about costs? The monthly average is going to cost you $275.00 – this is for the 5 meal replacements per day, but you WILL need to furnish your own lean and green meal, so do keep that in mind when you calculate your budget! Overall, it’s still FAR cheaper for many that what they ordinarily consume in sheer FOOD, so many of us have found it has a value proposition to boot…which in today’s strained economy is a GOOD thing across the board!