I chose Medifast.
It worked so well in the past that I had to do it again. It has been the most effective diet and was the easiest for me to follow with my schedule and family life. I have decided that this will be the eating plan that gets me to my healthy weight.
Medifast is a diet that was developed by doctors and recommended by doctors. The way I heard about Medifast was through my mom’s doctor. My mom was there for a check up and of course thinking about her obese daughter (me) and asked her what she recommended for weight loss. She told my mom she recommends Weight Watchers and Medifast. Well, I had tried WW many, many times so I figured I would give Medifast a try.
The Medifast plan is called the 5&1. You eat 5 medifast meals and 1 on your own called your lean and green or L&G. A lean and green is just what it sounds like – a lean meat and an approved green vegetable.
When you sign up for Medifast, you can either choose a food plan or you can customize your own. There are over 70 meals for you to choose from. A lot of them come in powder form that you mix with water. Some come in food form like bars, puffs, pretzels, etc… The meals all have similar nutritional contents so they are interchangeable. They are also fortified with vitamins and minerals.
This plan has your body in a fat burning state called ketosis which helps you lose weight quickly without feeling hungry. I will be honest with you that the first week is rough. It feels kind of like going through withdrawl. I get headaches and I am very moody. After the first 3-4 days you really do start feeling better and you really aren’t hungry between meals.
I will be following this plan and letting you know from week to week how much weight I lose and what foods I like and dislike. I will let you know the good, the bad, and the ugly.
They also have an online community where they have forums, a chat, and you can blog about your own experience. This is a great area to get support from people going through similar things as you. You can find this community HERE. There are also people on there who have gotten to goal, some losing hundreds of pounds that stay on the boards just to encourage others.
I started my eating plan on a Monday because all diets start on Monday, right?
I wanted to share the experience of opening my box from Medifast so I had Jen come and videotape me! Here it is:
I started on Monday, April 15 but I didn’t want my weigh in day to be on a Monday so I have chosen Friday to be my weigh day. So… one and a half weeks have gone by and you want to know how much I have lost?!?
I have lost 8 pounds. Yep, in 11 days I managed to drop 8 pounds (Medifast weight loss varies for each individual, the typical person loses 2-5 pounds in the first week…I am an overachiever, I guess!). It hasn’t been smooth sailing but I feel as though I can really do it this time. I also have all of you that I have to answer to.
I am so excited to have started this journey again. I know that I am headed in a much better direction and that one day I will get to where I need to be. I know that my family will enjoy it when I can start doing more active things with them. I can’t wait for the day!! It will come, I just know it.
Are there things that you would like to do but your weight is holding you back? Share with us one thing you would love to do if you were healthier in the comments below.
Jeremiah 29:11 “For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you a hope and a future.”
Medifast has some deals for you! If you use my code, ITSUX56, and sign up for Medifast Advantage when you order $250+, you’ll receive 56 free Medifast Meals and free shipping! You’ll receive 28 free meals with your first Medifast Advantage order and ANOTHER 28 free meals with your next order! This offer is only valid if you enroll in Medifast Advantage, and it’s limited to one per customer. It’s not valid with prior purchases, any other promotions or discounts, or for Medifast Ready-to-Drink Shakes.
Not ready to enroll in Medifast Advantage? You can use code ITSUX28 to receive 28 free meals with your purchase of over $250. Limit one per customer. This offer is limited to new customers only and not valid with prior purchases, Medifast Advantage, or any other promotions or discounts.
Both codes expire on 8/31/2013. See website for complete details on program and discounts. Consult your physician before beginning a weight-loss program.
Disclosure: I receive free product in order to evaluate and comment on my experiences on the Medifast Program. Medifast products and the Medifast Program are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease or illness. Any medical improvements noted while on the program are related to weight loss in general, and not to Medifast products or programs.