I am so excited! I spent some time talking on the phone with my Medifast nutritionist, Laura, this morning (thanks Laura!) I have been trying to figure out how to transition from Medifast to a healthy eating plan based on the whole, natural foods I want to eat forever, but haven't been sure how exactly to do it and still lose weight. I am very happy with the plan that she suggested to me and am starting right now!
I had planned to just start doing the Medifast Transition plan (you can read about that here), but since I already added fruit back in and also still want to lose weight, I was not sure how to proceed. Laura explained to me that the gradual, step-by-step introduction of higher carb foods was not necessary for me now since I am already out of the state of mild ketosis (fat burning state) that Medifast 5 & 1 Plan encourages (by eating about 85 g of carbs per day). So she helped me figure out a plan based on my height, weight, and activity level. It looks like this:
1 Lean serving (same as before... 5-7 oz lean meat or equivalent in eggs etc. I can also use beans/legumes for this now)
3 Green servings (as before... 1.5 oz cooked or raw vegs or 3 c salad greens)
1 extra cup of any veggies, including higher carb peas, carrots, yams, etc
Healthy Fats as before (up to 2 servings)
2-3 Medifast meals (I will be using non-soy-based ones)
1-2 servings of fruit (yay!)
1-2 servings of low fat or fat free dairy (which will be, for me, mostly Greek yogurt which I love and can use in breakfast smoothies.)
Now if I understood correctly, this should be about 1200 calories. I am going to log my meals to stay around that level. She also said it would be okay to go up to 1500 calories but that would probably slow my loss. I also should increase my exercise (right now I am walking about 2 miles/day).
So that's the plan, plus drinking lots of water and green tea. Also, after my current stash of diet sodas is gone, I won't be buying anymore.
I got a phone call late yesterday re: the ultrasound, but the lady who called kept using words like "maybe" and "not sure" and "probably." So I am going in to pick up a copy of the radiology report myself today because I am pretty capable of understanding medical terms, even if the lady who called me is not! Will update when I know something. Also, my son and I woke up with sore throats. Can I not catch a break and stop getting sick?? I took a bunch of vitamin C and am sucking on zinc lozenges, so maybe this one will pass me by quickly.
*FTC-required disclosure: Medifast provided me with its products for my personal use for free. I am not paid or compensated in any other way for mentioning their products. Medifast states an "average weight loss of up to 2 to 5 pounds a week."*
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