What You Should Know
Medifast is a diet plan that contains meals that have been planned previously, with specific meal plans suitable for women, men and those who have diabetes. The meals themselves are purportedly nutritionally adequate but low in both fat and calories. For a one-month supply of meals, you’ll be charged $275, regardless of the type of meal plan you get (for women, for men, or for diabetics).
If you wish, you can design specific meals for yourself for a slightly higher charge.
At the Medifast website, meals are said to be controlled in terms of portion size and that those on the plan should see weight loss results within about a week. The meals are designed to provide you with less calories than you burn, which means that your body can then burn off fat as energy. Supposedly, Medifast also claims to boost your lean muscle mass because it offers you the “right proportion” of carbohydrates and protein.
Other than that, there don’t appear to be any special ingredients to the meal plan, other than basic food elements. It will generally cost about $10 a day to eat on this meal plan, and provides puddings, eggs, shakes, hot beverages, oatmeal, soups and chili, bars and fruit drinks.
No special ingredients listed other than basic food ingredients.
Medifast is supposedly designed to have a perfect balance of carbohydrate and protein so that you burn off fat more quickly.
- The meals are convenient and calorie controlled
- You don’t need to take medications with the program
- You can order online through the website
- Customers have supposedly lost weight through the program
- You have to eat six meals a day; although this may seem advantageous at first (eating all the time!), it may be inconvenient for some.
- It’s expensive; you’ll spend $275 a month for prepackaged meals, compared to probably half that cost for either home-cooked similar meals or other nutritional programs.
- You can only consume Medifast meals and nothing else. This may get boring and restrictive over the long-term, and it’s not realistic.
- This is food, but it doesn’t appear to contain anything that further helps restrict or suppress your appetite, other than unproven company claims that the protein and carbohydrate combination help you burn fat.
Although following a prepackaged meal plan is an easy way to diet, it’s not realistic in the long term and is expensive as well, costing $275 a month. In addition, because you have to eat six meals a day, this may not fit into everyone’s schedules. In addition, the program restricts your consumption of food that you don’t purchase from the company, further making it difficult to follow.
A better way may be to take a proven weight loss aid by mouth, construct a diet of healthy foods for yourself, and then control your appetite naturally that way. In addition, exercise of course is also important to long-term weight loss.