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Why Does Eating Once Per Day Work So Damn Well?

Why I Switched from Weight Watchers to Medifast
This is fast, easy, liquid, and at the end of the day, will only be calories. I drink a lot of filtered water. I told you it looks like you're aging backwards in that photo-weight loss and daily vigorous exercise sure shine almost as much as your smile. My husband and I went on Medifast a few years ago through a nurse at a hospital who guided us. Acai and Weight Loss Step 2:

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I love the simplicity. In a culture of excess, eating once a day feels subversive. A thought came to me recently and decided to locate my bearing, got back to a meal a day regardless of availability of food, first week felt my chest getting lighter and fell for the feeling. With any weight loss plan, you will lose fat as well as muscle. To ensure you lose mostly fat, we recommend that you are in the gym lifting weights at least 3 times a week to maximize your weight loss.

This way, your muscle mass will be as preserved as possible and the fat will shed away. This is perfectly fine for an 18 year old as long as you are getting enough calories.

Tomorrow I will be starting and only eating under a cal dinner,contain meats,vegetables,beans,and other stuff. And my birthday is on the 11 of November and thanksgiving is on the 23 of November and I will have to eat full meals on those two days. And for the exercising I will be doing 22 minutes of cardio 3 times in a day and another 11 and 7 min exercise. All that 3 times a day. As long as you get 0. What I did to keep from losing muscle is strength training with weights and walk aerobics by leslie sansone and I did not lose muscle as a matter of fact I replaced fat with muscle by strength training and lost 4 inches around my waist alone.

I realized that in the beginning, most of the hunger pangs I experienced during the day were actually my body over-coming an insidious sugar addiction, which is powerful indeed.

As the old adage goes: The proof is in the pudding. We have been brainwashed into thinking eating 3 square meals is a norm and that breakfast is the most important meal of the day. Imagine the amount of money they would lose out on if everyone in the world just ate 1 meal a day everyday.

Evening…I quite agree re the food companies, no way would they play ball. After a couple of very low carb weeks I found my hardboiled eggs mashed with butter and black pepper filled me for the day. I felt energised and alive, less sluggish, it was quite amazing. I noticed I was walking better, I am 56 with osteoarthritis, and had much less pain. Due to sleep disturbances I switched things around. Loath to ruin my evening meal I decided to push through the hunger pangs for the last couple of hours until dinner.

Long story short it kind of morphed into one evening meal with tons of water during the day. I cannot explain how different my life is now. Wow that is so amazing. I just never feel hungry in the morning. I stared eating one meal a day after a 4 day fast.

I felt so incredibly after the fast and broke my fast in the evening of the last day. The next day I felt amazing. I had before ate 3 meals with 3 snacks. This is my 3 day eating one meal a day and I have lost about 5 pounds in 7 days.

I have never ever lost weight this fast. I wen to the gym today and was had more energy than I have ever had in a long time. I am no longer bloated during the day after lunch, I an longer sleepy during the day, I enjoy food so much more and I am mentally sharper during the day. This is world changing for me. I am going to be 37 years old and I know with this lifestyle change I will get to my target weight and stay there because I look so amazing.

My clothes fit and are no longer tight, my abs are popping out, I feel invigorated and the gym and the sweat pours out of my body as body is burning fat so efficiently now that it does not have to burn glycogen first as much.

I also realized the sugar is a no-no for me like the previous poster. During the holiday I had a lot of sugar with baked goods and I blow up like a balloon. It truly is life changing.

I decided to fast for lent and just continued. I lost 5 stone over 18 months…. At first I got hungry but realised that an hour after breakfast I was getting hungry also, so made the decision to only eat once a day. With 20 mins on the treadmill five days a week excelerated my weight loss. That I gained 20lb… And I hate this sluggish feeling and have now got my self back on track.

Been only one week so fsr, but lost about 4 lbs. Not going to lie, I feel a little weak through out the day, but besides this I was okay. I like the results, and even more I love not having to eat totally healthy Haha. This diet helped me a lot and in 7 day following diet helped me to reduce 3. Once you get used to it, it wont feel like you are actually doing anything.

The initial hunger pangs are from your body used to being fed all the time. Like the other people commented your energy goes through the roof. Three meals a day must have been invented by food manufacturers lol. I just tell them I am not hungry and if they try to make me eat after that they are just being rude. Give it a shot. There are zero drawbacks and it usually takes me under a week to get back to it and I usually lose between 3 to 5 pounds a week.

Within 6 months you can easily be down 60 to 70 pounds. Hi Mary, while I like the fact that you have lost weight, I would like to put a caution here, it is to much weight loss in a week, maybe you need to re-look at what you are not doing right, thanks. Try to make it till night time. This gives your body enough time to flush toxins and use its own glucose.

For a female, a lot of that will be water weight and if she is doing it right, it IS possible to lose that much so quickly. Her body composition can be totally different, water weight high, etc… Everyone has their own journey and success story. When you think about it, this is pretty much how our ancient early relatives ate. They spent the day working, gathering, roasting and then ate their big meal.

I started back this week, have already lost 5 pounds and this time I intend to stay on it. From what I have read this diet really takes the fat off your internal organs also and I know that is really good for long term health.

In my twenties I never struggled with my weight. I felt need most times to eat once per day or if more than that it was something really small. I went from a size 12 uk to a prefect size 8 uk in 12 weeks!

I did it in But apart from losing weight here are some of the. I have a lot of weight I need to lose. I hope this works for me. Hey Ron, how are you getting on? How has the 1 meal a day thing worked out for you? I do love a glass of wine — I usually drink maybe two or three times a week, but I can easily drink the full bottle each time. When eating one meal a day you end up eating so much less calories than when eating 3x a day so yes you will still lose weight even while drinking the wine because your calorie consumption will have reduced from cutting out the extra meals and snacks.

Wine however may be leaving you looking a little puffy, it also may prevent you- once you have lost a certain amount- from losing anything further and in that case you would have to cut down on the wine too. But that depends on your goals. I think to drink one bottle of wine a day and expect to lose weight is pushing it, but I reckon half a bottle, 1 meal and at least 30 minutes exercise should help you continue in the right direction.

I started on Ash Wednesday and should end at Easter. I do drink an apple cider vinegar tonic and this does help suppress my appetite. If I have a snack it is only some grapes or snow apple. I only drink herbal teas for fluid intake. I might continue after easter until I reach my ideal weight.

I lost ten stone, lbs in just 7 months, 4 stone in the first 2 and that was all from one meal a day and a 30 minute walk daily upping to an hour. I went from a size 24 to a 12 and the results are simply amazing. You sound like you started where I am now….. Amazing result Louise , can you please tell your start weight and current weight and what you were eating in your one meal please?

Wow, that is amazing and very inspiring. I just starting eating one meal a day and will begin my walking on an incline treadmill tomorrow.

I have about 75lbs to lose or 5 stones. I am very excited and feel I have finally found something that works for me.

I was just wondering what is the best time to eat my one meal a day at?? I had stubborn vanity pounds that I wanted to lose and it was KILLING me to eat several times a day and keep the calories as low as they needed to be to lose them.

I was never full or satisfied. Once I started eating one big meal a day, the pounds fell off without me feeling deprived. I did a modified version of this by eating something small at the start of the day cheese stick, one fried egg, a protein shake. The only minor downside is that my energy was not even thoughout the day.

I would get a bit tired, but it was manageable. I probably could have increased my total amount of calories and remedied this issue. Also, as another poster mentioned, it seems our bodies are designed for this eating plan. I recall when I was much younger and not dieting that I naturally ate very little during the day and my main meal in the evening. The way I got into it was back in college. I would eat a big thing of rice and frozen veggies all cooked up together with some meat on top.

Of course, do not forget to measure it out so you are not under or over eating. I eat fruit, veggies, salad, a cup of rice with meat, fish or chicken.

On the weekends with your dinner treat yourself to half cup of your favorite ice cream, or muffin or a thin slice of cake. I was researching over the past weekend wondering how Jesus would have eaten. And I have found no problem now on my 3rd day of eating 1 meal.

Funny thing today I looked up eating just one meal a day on Google lol and found this site. Was a bit curious if it could hurt me to keep eating just 1 meal a day. But I guess not glad you guys posted. Thanks and in for the long hall.

Can anyone suggest how many calories to consume or do you just eat a normal plate full? Not stacked,just an average meal size. I live in the UK. Would 3 days of walking for 6 hours working at a dog day care centre and an hour on an exercise bike 7 days a week be okay? As for food,I eat frozen food products as I cannot afford fresh foods.

I enjoy meats,pasta or anything spicy. I can easily live without bread but have a fondness for cereal. Would these foods be okay to eat? Also would having steak once every so often be okay if I go out for a meal?

I can easily drink coffee without milk,sometimes with sweetener or I can have it without. I enjoy Diet Coke and peppermint tea,also green tea. Pleas, if you could offer advice,much appreciated!

Eat a normal plate of food. I eat fruit, veggies, a cup of rice with chicken, beef, or fish. So yes, you can eat anything you like without overly thinking about it. Once I was over my tough time, I have to say I felt fab and was at my ideal weight.

Have put around 28lbs on since and now feel overweight and uncomfortable. This diet is a faster way to weight loss for anyone like me who gets bored of constantly calorie counting with slow results.

Yes you get hungry at the start, but just have to stay busy until meal time and until you get used to it. I remember going on this diet several years ago, and if I was not mistaken, I remember losing one kilogram a day. Now that my weight limit went over the edge aggressively, I tried many diets, but none of them seems to work, so I remembered this diet, and I googled how much wight can you lose, and I found that you only can lose 6 kgs a month.

My target is to drop 18 kgs, even though iit takes 3 moths to drop that much wight,? I love this diet. I actually look forward to eating in the evening. I see it as my reward. I am 60 years old and would often get spikes in my sugar level.

When I started the one meal per day I started to feel much better. Throughout the day I drink water and green tea. If I start to feel really hungry I drink a very cold can of diet coke—works for me! In the late evening for dinner I have fruit, veggies, some rice, chicken, fish or beef. I lose about 3 lbs per week. I am happy to hear from someone in my age group. I turned 61 in Oct. I have been on this plan for about 3 weeks and I love it even though my results are not as good as most other people that are posting.

I am losing about 1. Hey iam pounds. I want to lose 40 pounds in 2 months. I eat only 1 meal a day if I eat pizza I only 1 and a half slices at the end of the day the other days I eat less than calories and drink lots of water.

Especially with how little you weigh now. I did his way of eating around 10 years ago and in exactly 14 days lost exactly 12 kg — going from 65kg to 53kg. Same routine would go on for all 14 days, until I flew back to UK. When back in UK, I went on a scale I saw 53kg. Did I manage to keep the weight off? Yes yet I put on kg. As soon as I started eating more often, I put on kg and that was it, no more than that.

Then years passed, at some point I got depressed and was given an antidepressant which caused 18kg weight gain in 1 month.!!! Then I had the knee issue and gained even more, all in all going from my usual 54kg to 72kg then to 82k and then to Until now I managed to shed 26kg and now I weight 69kg which keep going to and then returns to 69 again! Then next 5 kg from 75 to I dropped by eating very little and very rarely and also it took a long time as k would go down, then back up, then down again then back up.

Right now my weight is anything between Very tired with this so decided to try eating once a day like that time on holidays and will see how it goes and if will be able to shed it again and how quickly. However at that time I walked a lot — hours every day. What I also noticed is that sleep pattern is crucial for weight loss. The earlier you go to bed and the more hours you sleep — the lighter you will be the next day.

I checked it many times and every single time I noticed a huge difference. So, sleep is our best friend when it comes to weight loss. All weight that I lost till now from those I have lost weight by this diet. You just need to occupy yourself with something throughout the day and eat a big meal at night. I usually eat 2 meals at night. Drink water the whole day and also if possible exercise 30 minutes at least 3 days per day.

I started eating one meal a day a few weeks ago. Socially it makes most sense for me. I decided to get online to see if this eating style was detrimental and found this page. Cheap, easy and works for me! I need to cut back on costs and this might do the trick.

As a nomad I spent way too much time in fastfood places or looking for a place to eat. This method might save me money AND time! My wife and I have been doing this for close to 2 weeks now and the weight is dropping off rapidly. I am no stranger to modifying my lifestyle to incorporate healthier practices. This is my 2nd marriage and my wife is Hispanic, 18 years younger and beautiful.

These two starches wreak havoc on the waistline and over the past year I obtained an intrinsic knowledge of this phenomenon.

I needed to do something quick, hence the one meal per day. I have not eaten red meat for over 40 years and pork since I was This is due to years of doing good things Used to run 54 miles per week — martial arts training — and lots of yoga. I was vegetarian for 4 years but added poultry and seafood when I began in kung fu I needed the added protein.

Okay, the one meal per day… I eat whatever I want in the evening for dinner and still losing weight Yes, I pig out!! Think about it though, with 3 meals a day you are beating your digestive system up, constantly shoveling in more food than it can breakdown during those relatively short spurts between the meals.

With my 1 meal per day, my body has about 23 hours to break it down and get rid of it. During the day I have a smoothie to keep me going banana, strawberries, fresh pineapple chunks, spinach and a tbsp of peanut butter, blended with almond milk. My wife just discovered that adding chia seeds to spring water works for her as a meal substitute.

It has wonderful medicinal qualities too. The corporate food conglomerates want to keep you fat, clueless and profitable to them. I just have a question, What happens if a 15 year old does this kind of thing? Am i still going to lose weight? And will it be bad for me? If you get enough calories in during the day and eat calories below your recommended intake for maintenance, there should be no problem. That being said, please consult a doctor before going on a diet.

This is a perfect way to loose weight…. I did it and it worked very well for me…even during the one meal…I try to aviod big food…. I am going to start this one meal a day diet from tommorow 22 June present weight 15 stone 5 pounds and I intend to eat 5 boiled potatoes with ketchup each evening and nothing else. I will let you know the results in 2 months. Yet when you read body building magazines, when they lose weight they cut down the carb and in the off season when they gain weight they eat high carb diets, the same diets doctors recommend for losing weight.

In the off season body builders collect muscle and a lot of fat from the high carb diet, and before a show they lower the carb altogether, the reason is you simply cannot lose weight while on a high carb diet. As a person who is over weight and has lost weight at different points in my life, the worst diet was the high carb diet, it leaves you tired and feeling hungry, and even left me light headed. My cardiologist has just recommended the one meal a day way of eating, so not all Doctors are the same.

I agree and you know the amazing thing about this eating 1 meal a day is that it cuts down on your grocery bill. I love this diet! The number one thing that helped me was drinking kifer, after a week my sugar cravings were gone and sticking to one meal a day was no problem! A cup of kifer b4 bed and one meal during the day!

I eat whatever i desire too. Been doing this for 25 days now. With this system you can lose around 8kgs per month. When you start getting closer to your ideal weight this will start to slow a little. Just keep yourself busy until dinner time.

Drink water and one or two cups of coffee or tea. I have been on Slimming World for three months religiously following the plan and have lost a painful 6lbs. I have documented everything eaten and drunk.

I have been doing this three days and will still go to my weekly weigh-in as a recording exercise. Going to be interesting!! Will try this right away. But not sure which is the best time to eat my one meal. BZee , The best wat for most people is evening meal but i can assure this works.

This is the only thing that works , eat to you fill your one meal and drink plenty of water , Excercise is not needed but if you walk for 30 mins a day the weight flys off FAST!

You dont have to ro do this as it will work but speeds up , rememebr no running or jogging just a plain simple walk. Hi I am wanting to do One meal a day eating plan to lose weight. But I am addicted to my morning coffee 2cups with milk and 1 sugar. Do you think I will still lose weight by having my coffee. In just 2 days by eating 1 meal a day I have lost 4 pounds and 6 ounces and have lost a half inch on waist and hips and guess what I am not even hungry until it it time for me to eat my 1 meal again the next day.

I have more energy and I am less sluggish. Recently I have cut the breakfast. My tummy seams calmer. And the weirdest thing of all,..

Of course I want to lose some extra pounds, but not too many. This is, for now at least, relief to my body! I have tried sooooo many so called DIETS…lost only a few pounds then watched my weight loss stall as I kept right on dieting!!! Felt miserable during the whole process too!!! My current weight is lbs and no matter what type of diet I try nothing has worked for me except the 1 meal a day eating plan!!! I did a little experment, several months ago, I started eating 1 meal a day and during the 2 weeks of eating that way, I lost 10 lbs and felt the best I ever felt, Believe me it works….

Nothing was hard about it, it was me who decided to starting eating 3 meals a day plus 2 healthy snacks, which by the way I have felt horrible body wise and have not lost 1lb Starting again today with the 1 meal a day process plus 30 minute of treadmill walking per day and will come back every so often to post my results! Blessings to each of you who are embarking on this great way of eating!!! Day nine on eating 1 meal a day have lost 5 pounds and 4 ounces so far. I am doing low impact aerobics and strength training with weights so that I wont lose any muscle weight.

I am not having any cravings because by eating 1 meal I can still enjoy my favorite foods and I also take multi and fiber supplements as well. I want to start eating once a day. My question is can I eat breakfast I read of dinner?

Please let me know. Thank you so much. Hey Carol, it really does not matter what time of day you eat your one meal. As long as you are only eating once and not snacking the rest of the day, pick whatever time works best for you! This way of eating makes so much sense to me. Only day 5 but not as hard as I thought it would be. I really look forward to my evening meal. I tend to eat healthily but had a terrible time with snacking.

I think this could really help me get back to where I should be, improve my health and still enjoy life! This has been my go-to web page every time I feel my determination evaporating — Thank you! I love food but dinner is the one meal of the day that I actually enjoy so I really hope this will work….

I need to start this. Save you a tons of money as well. Specially if you live here in NY. Been eating only one meal every day with one to two days of complete fasting a week since may. I have gone from to I am now working on 48 hours in a row of fasting every five days. So one meal a day for 5 day and then a full 48 hours food free.

When I do eat I still only eat half of what is on my plate. At this point I am eating way less than calories a day. The bummer deal is that eating is no longer a social event. It pains me to even have to spend a dime on food. I am so over eating in general. My goal is to get into the s. I think you should be careful with only eating one meal a day and also fasting so frequently. I plan to hang in there until the end of March hopefully to see more results. The price is the only thing holding me back, but after talkin to the nutri.

This i have done for the last 4 fays and still i have lost 9 lbs. What are the recommended portions given by your nutri. Most people save money while on program,less trips out to the store,not eating out as often. I have been trying Medifast for 2 weeks now and I have lost 7 lbs. I make sure to have my lean and green meal everyday in addition to the medifast meals.

You are not going to be hungry at all. The bannana pudding is great and I add a tbsp. You can add acouple of things like that and you will still lose weight. I also make sure that I walk 30 min. I have an awful sweet tooth and it is nice to have some sweet things to eat on this diet.

Good luck to all. Medifast is the only way I could have lost 65 lbs. Hello Mary, please refer to the Medifast official website and contact Customer Service for your inquiry. I have been on Medifast for about 10 weeks. I have lost 45 lbs. Eatting six times a day is not hard. They have things like Honey Mustard Pretzels and Crunch Bars that are very easy to carry with you and eat at your desk. It is pricey, but it is working. I use their products mostly-but my goal is life-style change, so occasionly I eat something that is not on the plan.

But I use wisdom and discretion. Do these Medifasdt meals contain soy? Hi Jeanna, for the exact ingredients please refer to the Medifast official website.

In addition, because of your allergies, please consult with your physician before beginning Medifast. You can order soy free items: There are other items also. I cannot have any soy products and I have been asking around if Medifast as to which diet shake I can purchase and be safe.

Saw your input and wanted to respond for your info. I was excited at first because of the weight loss but now am getting bored with the food and I do not see the weight dropping off like it did at first. I plan to hang in there a while longer hopefully until the end of March.

The 5in1 plan does include food other than the Medifast meals, therefore that part of the above is incorrect. You can have steak, pork, chicken and vegetables, all without the weight spelled out in the plan.

Eating many small Medifast meals during the day really is not difficult-you are never hungry. Once your target weight is reached you do have to stick to the maintenance plan as instructed.

You cannot go out and consume a full pizza. Like all plans, you must want to lose weight, and have the determination to change your eating habits. Medifast worked for me, I loved the shakes, pudding and soups. I would like to understand why the 10, doctors backing up this program are WORKING for the company , or that the research has been tested by the company which makes any claims misleading. I have had over 50 clients who had been hospitalized from this company.

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Depending on your plan, you will eat between 1, and 1, calories on Medifast. How many carbs do you get on Medifast a day? One's overall health status and underlying medical conditions can be at the heart of being unable to maintain a healthy weight. I understand the struggle with weight loss and maintenance. After all, I didn't end up in Weight Watchers because I ate healthy and exercised regularly. However, I've often struggled since attaining my goal weight. Some times, I wasn't faithful to the program, and that is correctable.

It's these times that a physician, not a new weight loss plan, was my best course of action. So, my intention is to encourage your readers to evaluated their own health and visit their doctor prior to adopting a new diet if they think it might be necessary. I, too, needed a change from Weight Watchers. I am a lifetime member, but currently over my desired weight. I tried WW several more times, with no success I decided on Jenny Craig for many of the same reasons, and I am finding the change was a good one.

As a real-food cook, I was worried, but the meals are tolerable, and once I got past the first week of starving, even cooking for my family is ok--they were kind enough to eat dinners out the first week! I worried about all the processed food and still do , so I was glad to hear the friend's advice that the important thing is to lose the weight and keep it off.

I do the Jenny 5 day plan loosely , which gives me 6 meals a week on my own, with their guidelines. I sometimes do more than 6 on my own, but have plenty of Jenny meals and snacks in the freezer for back up. I agree--find something that works for you in this stage of your life. There's another way to lose weight and lower your risk of diabetes and heart disease, as well as most other common diseases of aging, but it requires a complete paradigm shift-- to being fueled by fat, not carbs.

In this way you can keep your blood sugar low and consistent without having to "eat" every hours. And I think you're totally right to be suspicious of highly processed food-- it's not food! Look at what humans have been eating for most of our time on this earth-- it wasn't grains or sugars, and it sure as heck wasn't processed food.

The longterm health risks of a carb-fueled, processed-food diet are still significant, even if you lose weight. And starving yourself is not the answer. You'll lose weight with calorie-restricted carb-based diets, but it will always come back. I've been eating this way low carb, meats, veggies, nuts, seeds, fruit, all real unprocessed food for two years and have never felt better.

Best wishes to you and thanks for a great source of wonderful veggie recipes! Alanna, Three years ago, I reached that very low place where my weight was at an all time high, and I was no longer chubby but FAT. I, too, knew many people who were successful on Medifast. I considered the plan for months before I dove in. I was on Medifast for almost 6 months, and lost 31 lbs. Considering the fact that I lost 7 lbs. I went on a cruise, celebrated my daughter's high school graduation, and never deviated once.

I reached a very happy goal weight of lbs. As soon as the holidays came, I started to fall off the wagon. I did not do a good job transitioning and making the permanent changes necessary. I am sad to say that I am starting again on Medifast tomorrow, and I am not sure how long I will last, or how I will do. I have a limited supply of foods remaining from past orders, so I want to use them up and not order anything new, but I will see how it goes.

I think I have enough for at least a month or two. I wish you luck in the transition and maintenance phase. It is truly the hardest part. I just switched to Medifast myself, which is something I said I would never do, but I just could keep joining WW time after time and failing. I needed something different, and so far so good. Of course I would rather be eating whole foods, but I have tried that way too many times with little success I will continue this until I am at goal.

I also know that I will have to do what I am told if I am to maintain. With weight, indiscretions are visible to all. I wanted to thank you for posting your switch from WW to Medifast. After reading your decision, I started to investigate and found out all I could about MF. I started my journey in February and am now down 40 pounds. I have more to go, but this is the first time in 30 years I have been able to stick to a diet long enough to be successful. So again, I thank you.

But, like you said, I wasn't working the program. I hate how they change it every year so nothing is consistent anymore. Plus, I'm food obsessed. WW was too permissive because I could anything and this made me push the "anything" boundary until those choices were unhealthy and I'd "make up" for it by making more unhealthy choices to compensate. What I love about MF so far is I just don't think about food anymore.

I eat to fuel. I can't wait to get to goal so I can enjoy real food again and I hope that this "reprieve" from my obsession with food may help me develop a different mindset about food in my future. I was reluctant to try it--and I don't share that I'm doing MF with many people--because in a way I feel like I gave in to something "easy" or that I'm cheating in this weight loss.

Except, it's not easy, it just seems to be working. If so, how is that going? I have been doing Medifast on my own and lost 60 pounds so far. I loose and average of three a week! A's book explains how you CAN do medifast without buying the food!

This allows you to eat Organic non processed food AND it gives a better option for people with Soy issues or prefer to stay Vegetarian! One of the best ways I have found to stay motivated is to blog diymydiet I love reading about other people who are successful against the "fat" battle! Thanks for all the info and the super detailed post! I have had the same problem as you with ww. I am lifetime but I feel like all I do is think about food when I'm on it. I have been feeling like a sell-out to good health for considering mf so I really appreciate your honest input.

I am going to give it a try! And btw, your comments to others are always so kind and considerate. Thank you for being such a lovely voice on the internet when we are barraged with so much ugliness!

I think that I started to put on weight again after losing 30 pounds on WW in beginning in when I started writing A Veggie Venture. Thank you for the reminder. PS You put your concern so very gently, no worries about sounding like negative or like a troll! Figuring out what works for each one of us, what a revelation. I hear such good things about this whole approach.

I think it would be an easy transition for me And down 40 pounds, whoa!! Thanks for adding your experience! And good luck, it takes commitment, of course, every program does. I found your blog because of the WW recipes and was so excited. Disappointed that you're eating crap instead of real food.

You realize you can't maintain that for the rest of your life, right? I went back to real food in March and using principles learned from Medifast, have stayed at my goal weight with little issue. I was interested in your journey and also happy to see you are now on maintenance and doing well. I too did the WW thing in I was able to slowly lose, but then hit a plateau and was unable to lose down to my goal no matter how diligent or how much exercise I did. After abandoning the WW plan, I regained all but ten pounds.

I now believe I'll reset my goal to 50 as I feel it is attainable. I don't like all the Medifast food either, however I do like most of it. I appreciate never feeling hungry and all the support the TSFL community gives. It's the easiest weight reduction program and most successful I've every tried.

Not only have I had success, but also my 2 daughters, daughter-in-law and my best friend are losing steadily or on transition. It really is wonderful to have so many of us helping each other. My coach is great too! Good for you taking off the weight and keeping it off. I detested counting points and was always hungry on WW. Every day I say to myself or others "this is so easy I can't believe it. You have your own Medifast support group going on there!

Hi Alanna - checking back here. Thanks for your input regarding the continuing journey! I have found out it really helps me to read inspirational stories of success. I have attended the TSFL meeting that was held locally - it is so much fun to hear the passion that people have to tell how losing weight has changed their life. It was amazing to me that some of the people are even dietitians and health professionals!

One was even the director of "Be Fit" for our state and found out that exercise alone does not a slender person make! I was especially happy to hear the men that spoke. I have some men in my life that could use this program! I am almost ready to go into transition now. I plan to follow the "rules" and add back gradually - I believe I'll be using some MF meals to help me stay at my goal weight even on maintenance.

One last note - it sure is more fun to go shopping now! Yes yes and yes again! Congratulations on reaching the transition point, yes, so empowering it is to take control.

Just FYI - keep your shopping in check, my experience with both WW and Medifast is that it takes a couple two or three or even six months for your body to settle into its new size and shape. I started Medifast after my father died of an obesity related heart condition. I lost a lot of weight, got to a lower size then I had ever been as an adult and felt I went from lb to in about a year.

I seem to be an all or nothing kind of person. I have gained back 50lbs and feel terrible. I am terrified to do medifast again thinking it will work in the short term but not in the long run, but then again maybe I woudl finaly learn to transition and eat healthy after. So scared to make a choice on what to do McDonalds and ice cream.

I dont even like this food, I just dont know how to stop. I had a beautiful garden this year and ate very little of it because I was so out of control with yucky food that nothing healthy sounds remotely appetizing. Just not sure what to do. I hope that someday, when "your" time is right again, that the memory of feeling so fantastic will help you make a choice.

My belief is that "all" the legitimate weight-loss programs work: Maintaining the weight, no matter the weight-loss program, is the real trick. I think WW teaches healthy-eating habits, whether or not you count points. I think Medifast does not teach you what "is" healthy food but does have important lessons about the timing of food intake.

Good luck with your journey, my heart goes out to you. I can "hear" the tears and frustration. Just checked back in and found your update on your MediFast post. You inspire me to try yet again to take off those unwanted 25lbs and keep them off for good. I am considering MF I will have to read more about it on their website. I am pre diabetic and you are right the risks are too high to wait any longer.

Wishing you continued success! It feels a little bit like "paying it forward". Let me know, please? Thanks for your story! I did Medifast several years ago through the guidance of my physician. I checked in weekly, weighed, took my blood pressure, etc. My blood pressure lowered, my cholesterol went down where it should have been and I felt amazing.

I lost over 50 pounds with Medifast. Afterwards, I went to WW to learn to maintain. However, having a daughter who plays travel ball did me in summer after summer. To the point where I said, the heck with it, I just don't care. Well, that wasn't true really! Recently, a very, very close friend of mine who has struggled with weight loss and is a couple years older than me, I'm 52, started going to a trainer and eating better and looks amazing.

With my job, unfortunately, I can't go to a trainer and some physical issue limit me right now on what I can do training wise. However, I got on the scale the other day and not only did I gain back the 50 pounds I had lost about 4 times now I gained another 5. That's when I said, nope, not gonna do this anymore. I don't have lots of time, but hope I can work it out. I know how great I felt on Medifast and how much I don't hurt when the weight is gone.

So, realistically, I have to lose about 70 pounds. The good news is that Medifast has some more choices now than ever before. Years ago, my parents went on Medifast and all they had were shakes! So, to have options now like cereal is huge for me! I love the bars and the shakes and it's easy to prepare. Thanks again for sharing and wish you continued success! I did weight watchers for a while, but with the plan changes and the meetings it just wasn't working for me and I stopped doing it a few years ago I started Medifast on my doctor's suggestion about 6 weeks ago and it has been amazing for me I've been blogging about the experience daily and would love some more readers who can help keep me accountable, and maybe I can inspire some folks too!

Great article, thank you! Medifast was simple, convenient and really fast. I guess I am very healthy so I did not experience any adverse effect from rapid weight loss. On the contrary, my skin problem and gastrointestinal problems were gone since losing 50 lbs. I had more energy and learned to cook healthy mind you, I am a total idiot in the kitchen so this gave me an opportunity to learn to cook.

I felt like I was ready to continue with my weight loss journey and to lose the last 35 lbs using a new method -- yep, weight watchers. I figured cooking 3-meals and learning to eat healthy when eating out might be a good challenge. It's only been 3-days but I do feel good in general and lost a bit already. If this doesn't work, I will go back to medifast.

For now, I'm going for slower method while learning how to cook healthy! I was lifetime WW member and after hitting about Following WW and eating less than extra points on that I was still gaining.

I exercise faithfully 5 to 6 days a week and at age 65 was at my highest weight. I think I had 3 cookies all of Christmas and was careful with food choices. I decided I needed to try that. One of them had been WW member too and was gaining on the plan after about age 50 too!!! I am losing slowly on Medifast and have found shakes and bars that make this pretty easy to do daily. We have always loved veggies and chicken or fish, so easy to have my cooked meal a day too. My only concern is that I hope I am not getting too much soy in my diet with all these products!!

Anyone have any thoughts on this? So far I have gotten used to the soy taste in the shakes and bars and now they seem to taste pretty good!! I need to lose some weight and WW works for me but it is too slow. I did Medifast once but when I went off I gained it all back so quickly.

Want to do it again but with a plan this time for after I lose the weight. Anyone else try Medifast and then go to WW? Good luck with your journey! Alanna - One thing that your readers should be careful about is Medifast triggering their Gout. I have been on Medifast for less than 4 weeks and lost 19 pounds and have had 4 painful Gout attacks in that time period. I think we go through changes, and what worked before all of the sudden doesn't anymore.

I did WW for 3 years and lost 70 lbs, but then all of the sudden I wasn't getting anything out of the meetings and just seemed to lose my interest and motivation. I've gained 45 lbs back. I had a great leader, so it wasn't her.

I just changed I guess. I normally turn up my nose at anything that involves pre-packaged meals too, but for some reason I feel that I need more structure than WW can provide.

Maybe it will be enough to get me back into weight loss mode. Thank you for sharing your experience with this. I have tried them all. I have since lost 63 lbs.! I have been so inspired and want to pay it forward, that I became a coach too. I love my job and love my ability to help others. Thank you for your extended story. I still have about 28 lbs. They have facebook groups you can belong to for encouragement, new recipes, a free nurse and dietician line and even more accountability and motivation.

It is the best way to go The education after the fact. It is what will make your weight loss journey a success. I was given a coach's number through the daughter of a friend and I am on my way to better health.

The processed food is the biggest hurdle, in particular the artificial sweeteners. I am now working on my own almost calorie free pancake syrup and jam using only stevia so I can at least avoid them in the extras. For the first time in a long time, and after 20 years of yo-yo dieting, I feel hopeful for a successful outcome. I love finding postings such as this. I just recently posted on my own blog that I needed a restart.

I am a Weight Watchers lifetimer that has gained back and for the past 2 years have been doing WW on and off - again, the weight is still there because I'm not totally doing the program my fault, not WW. But just this week I decided I was "pointed out". It should not feel like work to eat!

I don't see the food, I see a point value. About a year ago I told my doctor that I was tired of counting points. He told me to stop counting them that if all I learned from WW was counting pts, then I wasn't doing the program.

It took me a year to finally realize I needed to let go. I know what to eat, I know correct portions, I know when I'm full and I know I need to be more active. I'm using Sparkpeople right now just so I have a phone app to use for tracking, though I'm not really worrying over calories and such. I just look at the bottom to see if I stayed within the range - and so far, so good! I haven't been on the scale yet, but I'm hopeful!

Thank you for sharing your story. I'm 6 years into maintaining a goal weight after losing it successfully, finally with Medifast.

My favorite part of the program was not having choose what to eat for every meal. Other programs like Weight Watchers had been a really important part of my journey, bringing awareness of how much food I needed to eat, but in the end, my will power gave into old comfortable habits and I ended up falling off the wagon.

Medifast was so fast and effective, the excitement of what I saw happening on the scale was plenty to get me through the times of hunger and discomfort adjusting to the program. I followed the process from beginning to end, and did the transition plan after reaching my goal weight. I gradually got used to eating real foods a whole new way in little guided steps. I think the biggest factor to keeping the weight off has been making a decision to leave old habits behind and adopt a completely new way of eating.

The emotional and relational connections with food ahve been the hardest to retrain. I am passionate about eating lean and green, but I still face challenges when a holiday rolls around or I have to attend a social gathering when unhealthy foods play a central role in the celebrations.

Keeping the weight off for me has become a daily series of decisions to do the best things for myself - to exercise regularly, drink lots of water, reduce sugars, eat mostly lean and green foods and cut carbs. It's my way to give something back to other people on a similar journey.

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