Today my first shipment of Medifast foods arrived! I am psyched! In fact, I am going to start tomorrow. So I thought I'd take a post here to explain what Medifast is and why I am doing it. Even if you are not the least bit interested in Medifast, I hope this will be kind of interesting to you. And if not, don't worry. This is not going to become a Medifast blog. It may seem like it for the first week because I am going to write about my food each day along with how I feel. Part of what I want to do is put a real, honest, down to earth review of Medifast out there. If it sucks, I am going to say so, and I told Medifast this up front. No fake kudos from me! Anytime I do a product review, I feel a responsibility to anyone who reads it to be completely honest and not pretend something is what it is not.
Anyway, I explained before my reasons for switching to this new plan and what I think I will get out of it. And I am required by law to post a disclosure whenever I review a product, because the FTC thinks that if a company gives a product to a blogger, the blogger is more likely to give a favorable review. Maybe that's true for some folks, but not here. Anyway, here's the disclosure, which I will paste into any posts about Medifast:
*FTC-required disclosure: Medifast is providing me with its products for my personal use for free.*
(And it's a good thing they are sending it to me for free, because there is no earthly way I'd have done this on my own. One month of Medifast food costs about $300.)
Medifast describes its plan as "low-glycemic, low calorie foods scientifically formulated with the right balance of protein, carbohydrates, fiber, vitamin, and minerals." It's a high protein, low carb meal plan and everything is pre-measured and pre-calculated. You're supposed to eat five Medifast meals each day plus a "Lean & Green" meal, usually for dinner. It works out so you're eating every 2.5 - 3 hours.
Each Medifast meal provides about the same amount of calories, carbs, protein, etc, so they are completely interchangeable. Some of the stuff they call a meal looks more like a snack, and some look more like a dessert, but you just pick what you feel like having. There's stuff like various flavors of oatmeal, shakes, bars, soups, chili, stews, puddings, pretzels, puffs, eggs, even brownies. Eat five of those every day.
The Lean & Green Meal is 5 to 7 ounces of lean protein (chicken, fish, beef, pork, etc) plus three servings of vegetables. Some high carb veggies are not allowed, like potatoes and corn. You can eat the protein & veggies as your dinner, or you can eat have part of them with another meal earlier in the day.
If you want to learn more about Medifast, check out their website. And keep reading... I will be posting pictures of the food this week as well as telling you how good or bad it is.
I've committed to do Medifast for at least a month... more if it works well for me. After this first week the Medifast-related posts will dwindle down quite a bit, but this is another big step in my journey so this week please humor me as my excitement at trying something new bubbles over.
If you have any questions please leave me a comment and I will try to answer you the best I can. This is all new to me, so I'll be learning as I go along.
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