Tuesday, February 23, 2010

Update

So, I found out the Medifast shipment will be coming this weekend (hopefully)... Saturday, which is a little later than I expected, but okay. I will probably start that plan on the first which is Monday. I am excited to be trying something new.

At first, there might seem to be a lot of posts that talk about the Medifast food, but that's not because I am trying to plug them. In fact, I don't even know if it will taste good or work for me or what. When they contacted me, they offered to provide me with their food and a nutritionist for free, and asked me to blog about my experience when I felt like it. Which will be more often at first, I am sure, because I am excited to share my experience... good and bad. I also looked around a lot at Medifast reviews on the web and found a lot of opinions but not much in the way of concise, honest, down-to-earth, trustworthy reviews. (There are a few, but you have to dig to find them). I hope by the end of March I will have developed a *great* resource for people who are considering the program and want to know things like, what's the food taste like? Are you hungry all the time? Did you really lose weight on it? How did you feel? And I think it will be fun to put a blunt, factual, honest review out there for Medifast.

In the meantime, I am doing okay with my eating. I've averaged around 1700 calories/day this week and the scale is down to 232.

**Edited to add: If you've emailed me please be patient! I have been SWAMPED with emails and it might take awhile for me to respond. Thanks!

28 comments:

Autumnforest said...

I'll be curious to see how it goes for you. Doing anything is better than nothing, right? We'll be beside you the whole way.

Kyle Gershman said...

It already seems like the mere prospect of Medifast has you focused on your program. I'm so happy for your scale victory too.

Missa said...

Will you be doing a completely liquid program, or will you eat actual food?

Cheers,
Missa
LosingEthel

Margie M. said...

Good Luck! I'm sure you will show some real progress and things will begin to look so much brighter to you. Change is good sometimes!

Margie M. writes at:
www.myhealthylivingthruweightcontrol.blogspot.com

Lyn said...

Missa~

Not at all a liquid diet. I'll be eating stuff like chili, chicken & wild rice soup, oatmeal, pudding, eggs, beef stew, and bars. There are shakes available as an option but I plan to stay with mostly solid food. Dinner will be something I make myself... lean meat and 3 servings of fresh vegetables.

Roder said...

Please let us know about it. I hear Medifast commercials all the time on my local sports radio show, and a couple of the on-air guys rave about it, though they don't go into details much.

Momma Hunt said...

Good luck, what a great day to start, the first. A nice fresh start at the start of the month. YEAH

Lauren said...

Good luck, Lyn! I really think this will help restore your confidence in your ability to lose weight. We all struggle, so it's so refreshing to hear your honest words.

MsMagnetism said...

I'm looking forward to hearing about your experience. Not something I even plan to try if you rave about it (I can't afford it anyway) but I'm always interested in learning. I've heard that most of those food programs don't have the best tasting food..I've heard alot of them over flavor their foods, since I go to you for alot of food advice it'll be nice to hear your opinion on their food..

Anonymous said...

I have done, and am doing Medifast too. Like any program, it works if you work it. It works super fast. I lose 10-14 pounds in the first week, average 3-5 all the following weeks. Some foods are horrible, some are really good. There are tons of recipes on the MF web site if you care to play with them. I don't. I need to get back on program myself and am happy to find someone just starting off. Thanks!

Seth said...

good luck!

Rebekah said...

BEst of luck. To me is sounds like you could do oatmeal for breakfast, slimfast or similar shake for lunch then lean protien and veggies for dinner and add in a few peices of fruit and veggies for snacks but it will be nice for someone else to get your food ready!
Good luck girl!

beerab said...

Good for you! Why would anyone not like you going on Medifast? It's not easy and it's not a magic pill! You have to stick to the foods and if I remember correctly on medifast don't you have to make one protein meal a day for yourself anyways? And I think you supplement veggies and fruits so you will still have to do some work (my friend was on it and lost a TON of weight, 50+ lbs, and he looks amazing!).

I definitely thumbs up approve this plan (so much more than surgery).

I've read every single one of your posts and again I just want to say I am totally rooting for you girl!! LYN LYN LYN! WOOOOO! ;)

Lyn said...

Rebekah~

Medifast is also low carb and all of the food is high in protein. So if one wanted to do a similar plan on their own, they'd need to get about 13-15grams of protein in their breakfast, lunch, and all three snacks and then do the same type of dinner. But they'd also need to be sure to get enough fiber, vitamins, and not go too high on calories. Medifast is a good way for me to get a break from worrying about all of that... the food is already ballanced in those ways.

Anonymous said...

I did what I call "modified medifast" wherein I eat 5 mini-meals consisting of something that has around 150 calories 13-15 grams protein and an equal amount of carbs and then the lean and green meal. Like a lot of your commenters, I didn't feel like I could afford medifast. It worked wonderfully. I lost about 25 lbs in one month with very little hunger. From doing it, I REALLY came to recognize how even "good" carbs, like an orange, make me REALLY hungry if an equal amount of protein doesn't accompany it. If you are like me you will really discover how certain things were making you hungrier than they should have. I definately feel a lot hungrier two hours after eating a bowl of cereal for example than after eating a couple of eggs for breakfast.

mymedifast.com has a great support forum for those on the program. I went to the forum, because even though I wasn't using the medifast foods, I was following their 5+1 program using my own foods.

Anyway... it works. There is something about only eating the mini meals with an equal amount of carbs and protein per mini-meal that diminishes hunger greatly.

If anyone is thinking of doing this, I highly recommend that they keep in mind their gall bladder health and at least once per day (better two times IMO) have at least 10 grams of fat in a sitting, to empty their gall bladder. People on very low calorie diets often end up with gall bladder issues. Try to take precautions not to have problems with your gall bladder as it really hurts!

Anyway, good luck with it. I think it is a wonderful tool, and if someone can't stand their foods (or can't afford them) then it is something they could replicate at home.

Twix said...

Good Luck!! :)

Rebekah said...

I didn't know that at all Lyn, Thanks and again best of luck to you!

Tim said...

I've been on Medifast about 7 weeks and am down about 35 pounds.

My BMI has gone from morbidly obese to just obese.

Good luck!

Enz said...

I am so excited for you and can't wait to hear all about your experience.

Anonymous said...

i wouldn't advise it, i did optifast (australian version, but i did the total liquid diet/shakes), it had so many long term effects that i regret it, and the weight came back anyway.
it was great seeing between 5 adn 7 pounds melt off me each week, but now 7 years later, i still have no short term memory, i cannot remember so much of my kids lives of their growing up as my memory is now really skitchy. I have trouble building muscle and lose muscle so quickly due to having an erratic metabolism... so many issues.. take care with it please, soemtimes short term results are not worth the long term risk.

Lyn said...

Anonymous~

Wow, I am SO sorry to hear about your memory loss. That is really awful. I wonder what component in the liquid diet caused that? Has your doctor been able to pinpoint what happened?

I feel Medifast is much safer since I am actually eating foods, as well as a dinner I make myself with the fresh vegetables. But I will be sure to STOP immediately if I feel it is affecting my health.

Anonymous said...

i think as the version we had in oz was just liquid and very low in fat/calories, (with 3 shakes of about 150cal - 200cal, i spent 6 mths living on 600cal a day) amd being tall and active it was more harmful than good.

my dr wasn't the most supportive and even though i complained of feeling very very sick he said to suck it up and keep going. If i had the knowledge i have now, i would have done 2 shakes, 2 snack and 1 commonsense meal (with carbs and fat included)

and optifast is the one here dr recommended for ppl on gastric banding waiting lists.. and is supposed to be medically safe and nutritionally complete.

Dehlia said...

Hello from a lurker =) I've always been curious about food programs like Medifast, I'm curious to how it works. I'm sure it would help tremendously with portion sizes! Good luck.

Anonymous said...

I started Medifast in June 09 and lost 50 pounds in just 8 weeks. I made the mistake of going off program in August and have gained 30 of it back. I, too, am starting back on it TOMORROW....it works!

Simmy said...

A lot of people have been very successful on it (my friend for example). I joined because she looks fabulous. I just finished my first week and I couldn't stick with it. The food is horrible with the exception of the bars and shakes. LOVE the bars and will definitely order more of those. Don't buy the chili. The puffs are good if you are starving (parmesan better than the nacho). I messed up last week but am re-starting today but I am doing a modified version. 1000 calories is not enough for me. I play tennis twice a week (they say not to exercise for the first 2-3 weeks if you are not used to exercise because of the drastic decrease in cals) so I add in an apple and a piece of Lite laughing cow cheese (35 cals for the cheese). I think it's healthier to have more calories and be otu there exercising ... than to starve yourself. I have a blog and I entered my first day if you are interested in what it was like http://stampersimfitness.blogspot.com

Good luck. I find Medifast really expensive for what you get but it's great they are giving you the food!!

Anonymous said...

The best of luck to you! I've lost 171 pounds on Medifast and it's the best thing I ever did for myself. It's hard but so worth it.

Stephanie said...

OMG - that is too funny, Lyn. I haven't read your blog in quite a while and just today, I ordered Medifast, too. Too coincidental. We will have to stay in touch. Once I get my box I'll let you know! Fun, I will have a partner in crime!

Anonymous said...

I've been on it for 3 days. Have had some starving moments. Cleaned my closet last night and found myself imagining new clothes! That was kind of fun.