The other day, I got an email from a reader that asked me to put together a sort of cliff notes version of what the Medifast diet is all about. So, in the below article, I’ll go over some basic facts about this diet to give you an overview of what life would be like on it.
You Actually Eat Quite Frequently On Medifast: Perhaps it’s because the word “fast” is in the name of the diet, but it’s a common misconception that this is a liquid only or starvation type diet. Although the caloric and carb content of the diet is low, you eat often – six times daily to be exact. You eat no less than five of the company’s pre prepared meals and then you make one larger “lean and green” meal yourself. This is basically 6 ounces of lean protein and vegetables – preferably those low on the glycemic index. You can mix these together to make a one pot meal or soup, etc. or you can eat it separately. You can have the lean and green at any time during the day.
You aren’t just limited to shakes either. There are a lot of shake options, but there’s also bars, puddings, soups, stews, chilis, eggs, oatmeal, lattes, hot chocolate, and fruit drinks. You can also use these ingredients as a base for other recipes, so the variety and control is there, but you don’t have to count calories or tally points or carbs.
The Medifast Diet Was Developed And Tested By Doctors, But You Don’t Need A Prescription To Get It: This diet was initially developed as way for cardiac patients to quickly lose weight in preparation for surgeries and procedures. It worked so well that further testing was done. Eventually, it was evaluated at John Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health where a study found that folks on Medifast lost two times the amount of weight as the American Diabetic Association’s diet (and stuck with it for twice as long.)
Once upon a time, you had to be under a doctor’s supervision to participate, but this is no longer the case. Although the website does offer physician referrals and nutrition support and counseling, you can order the foods yourself online and have them shipped right to your door.
Medifast Is Actually A Low Carb Diet That Works A Lot Like Atkins Or South Beach With Out The Pain: Because there are a lot of snack type options (shakes, bars, oatmeal, pudding, etc.), most people don’t realize that this is a low carb diet. The foods are high in protein and run an average of only 100 calories each. This all works together to put your body in a metabolic state called ketosis. This sounds scary, but it’s just another way to say that your body is burning fats rather than carbs.
The beauty of this is that you aren’t eating pork rinds and eggs all day though. When I was on South Beach, I lost a lot of weight, but my cholesterol went sky high. That hasn’t been the case on this diet.