This post is because of the countless questions I’ve been asked and the countless long phone calls I’ve been on with people talking with them about Medifast.
This post might rub you, dear reader, the wrong way and know that was never my intent. I am just going to do a tell all here rather than continue spend hours on the phone with people who a) buy the food and quit or b) never even try. Every time I talk to someone about it they do with a or b..and it makes me wonder why I even bothered spending my time trying to help.
It is so very frustrating..so, here goes.
1 year ago I weighed about 170 pounds. I say “about” because I stopped weighing at 160 pounds but from looking back at pictures I think 170 is a conservative estimate.
Today, May 3 2012, I weigh 119 pounds with no exercise. (Click picture for full size)
Here’s the secret. Medifast. You can read all about it at their website. In fact, I will just only tell you about my experience with it. If you do it, good for you. If you don’t, that’s your choice.
I started Medifast because I got a severe ankle sprain. I have loose ligaments meaning I can do several of those double-jointed tricks. The downside was I had no idea until AFTER this injury.
- I started out by counting calories. What I found, though, was that my large sweet tea from McDonalds was taking up more of my calorie “budget” than I wanted so, I was drinking my calories and was missing out on the protein/carb balance so I had to change that habit eventually. I probably lost about 10 pounds counting calories.
- Then I started using the Wii Fit and lost about 10 more pounds. The Wii Fit requires you to do it barefoot. Seeing as I have no arches (due to the loose ligaments as I found out later) I sprained my ankle something FIERCE. It was a 8-9 month ordeal. I saw 2 orthopedic surgeons. Both told me I would have to have surgery and that it would be 12 months before I could walk again.
I decided that I had to keep losing weight so I could at least have a chance at recovery through physical therapy. David, my husband, had seen someone’s Medifast results in a forum once and did it himself with amazing results so I though I could give it a try.
With his encouragement, I ordered a full month’s supply. I kicked and screamed over it though. I loved food. I didn’t want to quit eating whatever I wanted. But I knew I needed to.
I was a sweet tea or coke a day kind of person before Medifast and now it has been 1 year since I have had sweet tea OR a full strength soda. Now, lots of people say sugar substitute causes cancer but you know what? I have bad genes as it is and we’re all going to die one of these days I might as well die in the body I want!
Here’s the deal:
Medifast is a 5 and 1 meal plan. You eat 5 of their meals and 1 lean and green meal a day. There is a chart that even tells you the leanest of the lean to the fairly lean meats.
- I ordered the pre-selected foods on the women’s plan. My advice- try the bars, shakes, puddings and brownies.
- The peach tea is TERRIBLE. The soups are okay, but they take too long to make. The eggs are actually good but, again, they take time to prepare. The oatmeals were tolerable at first but then I began to hate the taste of them- they also take time to make. (see a trend here?) I wanted a quick, easy solution and the bars and such fit the bill.
- The hardest part was the first 3 days. Your body has to adjust to the lower calorie intake so I suggest starting the plan on a Friday.
- David was VERY supportive and we went through and donated any pastas or otherwise unhealthy food/snacks we had left.
- I began to really get into the My Medifast forums. You will find lots of tools, support, recipes, and the like. Reading and connecting with other Medifasters really helped me in the early weeks of the process.
My goal was to get down to 130 pounds.
I noticed inches coming off before I noticed weight. My clothes were getting baggy. I kept with it. I lost a few pounds at a time until they all started adding up. Down 1 dress size. Then another. And if I failed (and I did cheat ALL the time. My biggest fail was cheese dip) then I just ate my next Medifast meal on time. The weight came off and I kept going.
That’s the long and short of it. Commit to the program. Commit to eating the food. Commit to your own success and you WILL LOSE WEIGHT. I cheated, was physically unable to exercise, and actually lost MORE than my goal weight on Medifast.
And, for the record, I get paid NOTHING to tell you about Medifast. I want people to know that if I can do it (and I am one of the weakest willed people in the world when it comes to food) then THEY can do it.
I kept the weight off for 6 months without being on Medifast. I got down to 124 pounds.
- I ate the same concept of 6 meals a day- Egg whites and turkey bacon, a fruit, sugar free yogurt, a turkey unwich wrap (no bread, just lettuce) maybe some crabstick by itself, and then a lean and green meal.
I gained nothing back but I felt like giving Medifast another go a few weeks ago to see what other inches come off because I’m happy with what the scale says. With the inches lost a few more pounds did come off, though. Now I’m down to 119 and a size 7. I started the plan at a size 14/16 and was a size 22 at my heaviest.
I no longer have a craving for sweets, just salty foods from time to time. And when I get weak I use the My Fitness Pal iPhone app to look at the food I was considering. If I discover it is loaded with calories then I just choose something else, or only eat it without the bread, etc. This way I’m still in control of my cravings. I have them, but I choose what I do with them.
You can do this. Stop being afraid. After you’ve read this then decide for yourself.. do you want your life back?
I know I left some things out because I wrote this pretty hastily last night… if I failed to cover something you wanted to know about just let me know!
Update Summer 2013
Current weight: 118-119, current size 2-4 (achieved with good eating habits, exercise, and Hot Pants
I’m asked this alot, so here are some items I seemed to order most:
|Item||Type||Quantity||Price Each||Your Total Price**|
|Dutch Chocolate 55 Shake
Item Code: 51710
|Brownie with real chocolate chips
Item Code: 57500
|Chocolate Chip Pancakes
Item Code: 57710
|Chocolate Crunch Bar
Item Code: 64805
|Chocolate Mint Crunch Bar
Item Code: 64905
|S’more Crunch Bar
Item Code: 65455
Item Code: 57400
Medifast is a tool, your body is the machine. Was it hard? Sometimes- but it would have been harder and taken longer had I try to achieve the same results without Medifast.