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MRSKEND
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11/11/13 3:40 P

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Now, I've read most of this thread, and have to add my 2 cents in here. I'm not trying to be negative or offend anyone in any way, but I was on Medifast for about 6-7 months and I DO NOT RECOMMEND IT AT ALL. My doctor recommended it for me, and I know some people have their doctor's recommending it for them as well as certain talk show hosts, and by all means take the doc's advice over mine or anyone else's but I don't think it is good for anyone. It was definitely not good for me. I spent a fortune on it, probably about a good $2,000 in all that time. I lost about 30 pounds along with quite a bit of my hair, which one of the reasons I stopped. I bought all kinds of their food in almost every flavor, and it took a while to get used to eating their bland, weird foods, but I did. Most of the time I was dreading my next meal because I knew I would have to put my taste buds aside for it and just grin and bear it.

After losing the 30 pounds, when I went back to eating regular food, I gained that back and another 30-40 more. Medifast destroyed my metabolism. I'd go as far as saying that I no longer have a metabolism because of it. It is very hard for me to lose any weight again even with exercising in the morning and eating right, but I am trying again because what other choice do we have? I will never ever ever ever eat Medifast again, and am so very grateful for Sparkpeople who is here for everyone who wants to eat right and exercise, and I cannot thank them enough for their support on this site. I will lose this weight again. This time, the right way. In fact, my husband and I can already see changes happening because we are eating right and exercising. Thanks Sparkpeople! :D



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I got rid of 40 pounds on Medifast a few years ago. (I don't say I "lost" them, it was more like I "tossed" them!) I could stand to toss another 15 or 20, so I'm back on the plan and it's going well. Interestingly, I attempted veganism in hopes of getting Type II Diabetes under better control and gained weight quickly. No, I did not live on Oreos and brown rice, but was heavy on the grains and beans. Who knows. I know that Medifast works for me and I concentrate on shakes, bars and chocolate pudding for an evening snack. Any plan that lets me have chocolate is a winner in my book.



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I lost close to 100 pounds on Medifast and I lost it quickly. Was very happy with the results but did not do the transition period where they wean you onto regular food which was a big mistake. I've gained about 60 pounds back over the last year. Am a big emotional eater and went through a crisis where I just gave in to food :( I have failed several restarts. It is expensive if you are not following it to the letter. If you are committed, this program works great especially if you are significantly overweight but it is restrictive and not for everyone. The upside is that it is portion controlled, convenient, the only thing you have to worry about is which packet to select and what to eat for your main meal. The thing I missed most was fruit. There are plenty of options for those with a sweet tooth. However, it does produce mild ketosis so you get the "ketosis breath" and yes many people report hair loss.



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9/23/13 2:18 P

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Kaplods,

On Dr. Anderson's Facebook page he recently admitted his diet is like the HMR diet.

I like your post, you broke it down very well!!

I recently listened to his audio book that I checked out over the internet of the LA public library and the book mentions all these different people he helped to get back to health. Very inspiring.

My sister started the Simple Diet yesterday. I set her up with all the information and made her a nice notebook. She is a school teacher and has a child so she doesn't have a lot of time.

I would wish that she would consult with a doctor before trying to lose weight. I can't get her to go take care of herself. She won't make appointments. Not much I can do I guess except keep harping on her.


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9/15/13 12:53 P

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Thanks for the details, KAPLODS! Excellent!

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The Simple Diet isn't exactly a Medifast clone. It's closer to (and probably was modeled after) HMR (Health Management Resources) which is a product/program used in hospital and medical school in-patient and outpatient programs. I believe they are still the largest and most used medically supervised program (so their reputation is as good or better than Medifast in the medical community).

Dr. Anderson, who wrote the book (The Simple Diet with dietitian Nancy Gustafson), is a weight loss researcher and user of the diet. He never mentions the HMR brand in the book, but the guidelines match point for point, so it's obvious to anyone familiar with HMR that it is the basis for the diet.

It is not exactly like Medifast, but it's pretty darned close, especially if you choose from the lower to mid-range of the calorie guidelines for shakes, soups, bars, and entrees. For example shakes must fall between 100-200 calories and about 10-25g of protein and no more than about 5 or 6g of fat. (My fat and protein guidelines may be off by a gram).

There are phases of the plan that wean you to more whole foods, the closer you get to goal.

The Simple Diet has more in common with Medifast, Optifast, Ideal Protein, and Nutrisystem than differences, but reading the book is essential. Otherwise it's easy to abuse a few of the rules (such as technically unlimited fruit and veggies). While the plan allows unlimited freggies, the author also warns that freggies may have to be limited or selected carefully if weight loss is impeded. However, he also says that in their research patients who ate the most freggies lost the most weight.



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9/13/13 9:07 A

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A protein shake that cut out carbs? Isn't it dangerous?

If I don't know to swim,I'll drown in deep water.
Since I don't swim well I'll tread water until one day I l be able to do a few strokes and from then on, I'll progress.


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PATTIENEHRING
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9/13/13 12:33 A

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A store bought version of Medifast? Never heard of one... You mean a generic program that tries to mimic Medifast? Is it the same carbs, fat etc?




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9/13/13 12:31 A

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Curious...when you gained your weight back.. Had you gone thru the transition and Maint and stuck with the new eating habits? I lost 150 pounds and have maintained it over a year.




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9/13/13 12:27 A

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I did the Medifast diet... I lost 150 pounds and currently in Maintenance. I have kept it off for over a year now.. I found it to be easier than "diets" I had done before..it helped having a coach.. Wishing you well on your journey..

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9/12/13 12:46 P

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Hi,

Because it had been so hot here I used up most of my medifast shakes, but I have most of my medifast soups. So glad we finally got some relief from the heat.

The chicken noodle soup is so great! So filling and so big for a medifast meal.

I am also so proud of how I am tracking my food. I think that has been a huge part to my success.

I have lost 23 pounds. No easy task for anyone. It took some focus and determination to get here and I cannot ever let myself go back to where I was. It is so much easier to do everything not having to carry an extra 23 pounds with you everywhere.

I stumbled upon the diet that Elizabeth Hurley does. She only eats one meal a day and goes to bed hungry. That is no way to live. So much better to eat 6 times a day. Just saying.

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9/9/13 2:48 P

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I bought a protein shake mix to start the new diet. But without the carbs, it just was not cutting it in keeping me fueled which of course leads to eating something not on the diet.

So, I have a low glycemic sugar, (xylitol) and I decided to do the same proportion medifast does with carbs/protein. Lucky I now own a kitchen scale!! And have a chemistry degree.

I measured out two shakes and will try one out today. Even though xylitol is good for your teeth (it messes up carry causing bacterium's metabolic pathway) it can cause some intestinal distress. I will be looking for another low glycemic carbohydrate to add. If anyone has any ideas of a perfect carbohydrate, please pass it on!!

So excited!!



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DIETROCKSTAR
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9/8/13 5:08 P

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Yes, LJOY,

I think you should be working with a doctor no matter what diet you are on!



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9/4/13 2:38 P

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This thread sounds as if Medifast has worked for many people and not so well for others. The best part I saw was that you can do this with medical personnel - that makes it sound safer than a simple crash diet.



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Yes, I did MedFast for several months a few years ago. I did lose weight, about 50 lbs. After stopping the program when it was no longer affordable for me, I gained back everything plus some. Thats when I reach my highest weight ever! Everyone is different and has different needs and goals, so it may work for you.

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DIETROCKSTAR
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9/4/13 1:32 P

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Hi Everyone!!

I have to start saving money for a trip to Europe. So I am cutting back on Medifast to do the store bought version of Medifast, called the Simple Diet. I listened to the audio book and it details what you can buy in the market to help you obtain the same results the doctor that wrote it had with his patients who were being treated for diabetes.

It is interesting the beef about the Medifast cost and then I look into alternatives and it isn't much cheaper.

The great thing about the simple diet is it gives you more fruits and vegetables, which are a great habit to get into and more entree options.

If I do go this way, once my Medifast food is consumed, I need to make sure that I don't over eat. It is easy on Medifast to know what to eat and when to stop.

Food addiction is the most difficult addiction. You can give up smoking and alcohol and never have to use them again. But food is just thrown at you constantly.

On Medifast I feel more in control and not taken over by cravings.

But it comes down to is losing weight and being healthy more important than a trip to Europe. I would have to say it is. Toodles Europe.



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DIETROCKSTAR
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8/28/13 12:53 P

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Good luck in school and great that you are preparing your food ahead of time!!



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I am getting ready to go back to school/work tomorrow. My time in the morning is so limited. I decided to create a recipe that I could make at the beginning of the week and would get me through every day. I used the Medifast Apple Oatmeal and created a baked version. I have included a link to the recipe. It is very dense, but I find it very satisfying.


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Liane
1 Corinthians 10:23 "Everything is permissable, but not everything is beneficial."


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Well, I survived my time away from home and the visit with my mom. We did eat out, but I resisted the pizza and opted for a caprese salad and I also turned down the dessert tray. I walked a mile every morning and also each evening. Yesterday I went out on my boat and ended up at a restuarant on the water. I chose a grilled chicken sandwich, hold the mayo and I didn't eat the bun. I also threw away the french fries that came with it.

When I went to weigh in this morning I was hoping that I would just maintain. Imagine my surprise when the scale showed a 1/2 pound loss. I am now officially down 19.2 lbs since April and have about 7 to go.

I'm really noticing a difference in how I look at food choices when eating out. It'sbecoming so much easier to avoid the poor choices.

Sparkleranger- Great job on your weight loss. Keep working on the therapy. I did many sessions myself over the years and every time I get a little more insight into what got me to that place I didn't like and gained tools to move forward and not dwell on the past.

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DIETROCKSTAR
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8/24/13 10:21 A

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This is my 4 week mark!!

I can't believe I have been on a diet for this long! And without running to the yogurt shop and telling myself it was ok.

17 pounds lighter! It feels great and is worth what I am doing to get there.

I'm in a tough spot in therapy. It seems that I eat to cover up my emotions. And I have to work on getting in touch with how I really feel.

Food has been the medicine that helped me deal with a myriad of emotions and feelings. I know I need to accept how I feel but it seems that a lot of people are not going to like this. Including me.



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DIETROCKSTAR
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8/22/13 5:13 P

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Liane,

It is great that you came prepared with your food.

Nothing wrong with maintaining!

I know that it can be difficult to do when you are away from home. I go away once a week for a few days. It is hard to explain how much meat I have to eat at dinner. It seems ginormous.

Keep up the good work!!



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So I'm away from home and visiting my mom for the next few days. I packed all my meals. So far, so good. I got up and went for a mile walk around her mobile home park. It's no where near the normal exercise I get, but I'm hoping to get some more in later today. I'll be happy if I maintain my weight this week. A loss would be awesome, but it's so hard when you're away from your regular routine and setting. I normally weigh-in on Saturdays, but have pushed it to Monday morning.

Hope you are all having a great day!

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8/21/13 4:20 P

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Thank you! emoticon

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DIETROCKSTAR
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8/21/13 3:54 P

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Hi Cute Smile,

That is great news! Keep up the good work!!



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I haven't done Medifast or anything, but for the past month I've been doing my own meal replacement. I've been using Natures Way Metablic Reset with ranges in price from full price $40ish to $25 (from Amazon or Vitacost) and I've lost 9 lbs since Aug 1. I'm also just replacing my lunch and eat normally the rest of the day and weekends.

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I like the cookie bake as a cookie dough treat. But I actually took the time
to cook it and it was not bad. I might try it as a shake and skip the cream cheese.

Thank you for the idea!!



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Try the cookie bake as a shake. I didn't care for the cookie either until I tried this and now it's my favorite! A handful of ice, 1Tbl of lowfat cream cheese, water enough to cover the blade and the cookie mix. Blend it until it's the consistency of a frappuccino....deeelish!!



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I am new to medifast. I started this past Monday 8/12/13 and I have lost 7 pounds already I am so excited about this powdered food. Haha. I found that some of the food I am not fond of but some good I crave already. I love the brownies of course. The chili nacho puffs could be better and the soft bake cookie is never cooked right. Just my take on it. I drink mio in my water so I can get a gallon a day down. Also add an extra half bar or half meal because I'm hypoglycemic. So far I'm on cloud nine with the results. I hope to read more post from you all. Message me I'd like to hear from you.

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This is my 3rd week. I have lost 15 pounds.

I feel great!

Some of you might have noticed I posted a picture. This is the first time I have ever posted a pic on the internet because I usually cringed when I saw how I looked. Now I think I look better and I know it is only going to get better.

I know that by the next time I see my doctor (October 15th), I should be a total of 29 pounds down. That is such an awesome thought and I will be able to wear a coat comfortably in the upcoming colder months.





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How do I get started on this? I've been to the website, but it's confusing as to what to choose. Also, what constitutes a "meal"? I know about the lean & green, but are the other meals simply one package of whatever (eggs, chili, oatmeal, bar, etc.)? Do I need to sign up with a coach or just order? If I just order can someone please advise me as to what to get?



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Hi Sparkleranger,

I too am on Medifast. I chose this program back in April because I knew my life was going to be crazy for a couple of months. My son was graduating from high school and I was very involved with his grad night celebration. Being able to plan and prepare was going to be very difficult, so I joined Medifast for the convienience. I have been able to eat out, eat with my family and not feel deprived. I am about 10 pounds from reaching my goal weight. I am looking forward to the maintenance phase and am curious how it will work for me. I wish you continued success.

Liane

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Thank you Christy!!



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Go Sparkleranger go! You are doing great! :-)



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Here it is. I have been on a diet for 15 days without cheating. They say all diets work if you stick to them.

I have so much invested in this now. And I can't fail.

I see my therapist tomorrow. My homework was to look at other markers of losing weight aside from weight and aside from the obvious health benefits, which I listed in our last session.

So I asked the internet to help me with my homework. Here is a list. http://caloriecount.about.com/forums/motivation/fantastic-list-reasons-lose-weight

It kind of made me depressed. I see things like "Wear a swimsuit on the beach", or "wear a tight dress". I have a feeling....... ok, I know that I will never feel that comfortable at this age wearing that stuff. I'm afraid those days are gone.

I can look forward to a doctor taking me seriously. And look forward not to getting sent to the worst diet program ever. And I can look forward to when I am in a photo not cringing at how huge I look. I guess the list is a buffet and you can just pick the ones that fit.

There is so much more for me to work on...... But at least I am not going to go and make things worse by trying to make myself feel better by eating something to boost my serotonin levels.

Have a great week everyone!!


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Hi SparkleRanger! (Love the new name...)

So happy to hear how well you're doing. Kudos on your consistency.

Interesting to hear about the limited availability of your food source as the contributing reason you've been so compliant. I hope you can take that and use it for future compliancy however/wherever your health journey takes you. (And I plan to "borrow" the concept myself!!!) Thank you.

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Hi all!!

I'm still doing great. I saw my therapist yesterday. I mentioned to him that this is the first time I've been strictly consistent with a diet. It has now been 10 days. When I have tried to limit my eating in it the past with individual servings it has never worked. I would go ahead and eat other portions that I had not planned to and would feel bad about it afterwards

I think the reason I haven't gone and ate all of my medifast food is its limited availability. The fact that I would have to go and order it and not go to the supermarket to replace it has restrained me quite a bit.

I have been away visiting a friend in the hospital but looking forward to getting back on my scale.



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Interesting info

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Thank you for the encouragement Christy.

I can do this!

15 weeks! 59 pounds! That is awesome!





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Hang in there! Medifast has been awesome for me! I'm starting week 15 and I've lost 59 pounds. :-) even had vacation on the beach for a week and still lost by staying "mostly" on plan!! Congrats on the first week....you can do this!!




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MDOLLARLILY,

I enjoy reading your updates! Congrats on Week 1.

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Tomorrow will be the finish of week one!

I guess there could be some worry at this point of am I tired of the food yet? Well, I do enjoy some of it more than others. Explaining the food to my bf, I mentioned that you have brownies and cookies you make in the microwave. They don't taste bad but they don't taste like the real thing.

The most important thing I did this week is eat without distraction. It is so easy to eat mindlessly while watching tv. Or even while you are going thru an ipad or phone. I have not done that once in the past week. Even if I was just having one of the small medifast meals, I made the best of it. I even pulled out good napkins! Ok, I was out of regular napkins.

I was an avid watcher of the ID network, which ever one that is. But since I don't eat with the tv on, I have not turned the tv on. And I have not missed it.

I went to the gym one night with a high school friend who has diabetes. With her illness and me on the VLC diet and getting in about 14000 steps for the day by the time we did two miles at the gym, we both looked spent.

I did watch my sister today share a big piece of chocolate something cake at Disneyland today. I was a bit curious as to what the damage of that dessert must be as it looked like it was layered with reese's peanut butter cups. I really didn't feel deprived because I was not hungry due to medifast.

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Awesome. But the.people here are cool. I wanted to thank all of you who reached out to me. Thanks for the support.

I have noticed other boards were quite random. I guess it does not matter as long as ypu reach out and see that you are not alone in this battle.

I have lost a few pounds. I got into some jeans today that have not seen the light of day in awhile.

And Im wearing them to Disneyland. Where I will be saving some cash on food today!


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The search box is the same on all pages; you create your own threads in the Community Journals forum. There's also a Medifast Sparkteam you may find more accommodating than the general Diet & Nutrition forum.

www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/groups_individ
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Lol. I searched "medifast" in the search box on the link you had and this came up.

Go figure!



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Thanks for the info.

How do you find the proper one to post under?

Thank you!



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If you're looking for a place to make daily updates, I'd suggest the Community Journals board:

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Here it is, day 6! I feel great!

I talked to my bf about my diet. I warned him a few weeks ago when I purchased the food, but now it is all the more real. I tried to make him look at the positives, number one being that he won't have to worry about making me food when I go to his house. And of course, there is no more candy. He would buy me candy every night I was there.

He asked why I wanted to lose weight. Well, there are so many reasons. I don't want diabetes like my dad had. I don't want heart failure and a cpap machine like my brother has.

It has been quite a freedom to not be thinking about food and to not be worrying about food.

Such a relief.





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Hi,

Just checking in. Today is day 4. I am glad I am still doing it and still proud of myself.

Saw my therapist yesterday and talked a bit about why I immediately go to food when I am upset about something. A hotel reservation was getting messed up when it didn't need to be. I immediately thought I need to eat.

Also talked about meditating before eating. I will try that tonight.

I hope everyone is doing well!

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Of course the goal is to keep weight off. I have lost weight many times before.

I bought a brand new proform treadmill wth an ifit membership. I gp up to 15 % incline many times per week. I will not go to bed until i have at least done 10000 steps that day. Conclusion... You cannot exercise a bad diet away. Both my parents were morbidly obese. I did not grow up in a home where people ate healthy. I need the structure to get some structure.

I'm glad that all that you do is working for you. I'm at a state whete I have to do something because failing is not an option anymore. I dont care how much money I throw at this problem as long as I get off this plateau. I see doctors on a weekly basis. Im going to be fine and get on a path I can do. The past few days have been the first time I could track my food acurately. That is progress for me. I also used my food scale. Progtess again. If this is wjat it takes, then eureka. I can move forward.


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Daily steps are great, but they aren't the key to losing weight. Regular exercise is about heart-healthy benefits, and makes the process easier. Daily steps are about reducing sedentary habits. Not necessarily burning calories. I know people who work in the medical profession who walk thousands upon thousands of steps daily, but are still overweight because they don't get their eating under control. You can't out-exercise a poor diet.

"I am tackling the real problems with my weight. But awesome for you to tell me I'm not when I pay out of my pocket to see a therapist about my weight issues because I was denied entrance into another program because of psychological issues with food. My psychologist has said that a program is a great way to go. Sorry, but I'm going to defer to professional opinions since this guys specialty is obesity. "

No one is telling you to ignore a doctor' opinion. I haven't said anything about you not having this or that problem. I'm talking *only* about the Medifast diet, which is a VLC short-term multi-level marketing scheme. Period. This isn't about you, this is about generalities regarding a potentially risky program with little proven track record.

"If Sparkpeople helped, I would have lost some weight since joining. I even did Spark Coach and what a waste of money that was. I was sent to Spark people buy a doctor referred fat camp because every year I check in at obese my insurance company sends me there. That was a waste of time and my insurance companies money. I see Spark People as kind of like an AA. It won't cure you but there are others that have your disease that you can commiserate with."

No one can "cure" you. Alcoholism and eating disorders are a problem that never goes away. AA doesn't cure you. It helps you understand the nature of your addiction, and provides you the support to help you work through the problem yourself by arming you with facts and methods. It is not about commiseration, and that's not what the program is about. Have you ever been to an AA meeting?

Sparkpeople can't cure you. All we can do is provide support, tracking tools, and help you through as you do all the hard work yourself. If you have a true addiction, then yes, you need more help than a message board support system can provide. I'm not talking about you. I'm talking about the Medifast program. I don't know anything about your life, simply sharing warnings about a predatory company whose sole purpose is to make money. Period.

I'm guessing Sparkpeople is doing something for you, otherwise you wouldn't still be here.

"But again thank you for telling me that doing something for my health is bad. "

Please tell me where I said that? You're reading things that aren't there. Medifast isn't bad. It's risky, and potentially dangerous, as are ANY VLC diets. That doesn't mean there is no place for one. They are not for everyone, but most people here come for quick results and aren't willing to put in the work. Is that you? If not, then I'm not talking about you.

"I don't even buy my food from medifast or a consultant. And I don't care if people make money doing it. It seems pretty petty that it is all you seem to care about."

It's not about people making money. It's about a predatory marketing and sales process that makes this an unethical company. There are plenty of ethical weight loss companies out there who make money. Sparkpeople is a for-profit company. Weight watchers is a for-profit company. The problem is that companies who base their model on the multi-level marketing make their money not by selling products or helping people, but by preying on people they bring into the fold to sell for them. Mary Kay, Avon, Visalus, Beach Body, all prey on people. It has nothing to do with making money. That's just the happy side benefit for people at the top of the pyramid. It's not petty to want people to be aware of where their money is being spent.

If this helps you? Great! Maybe you'll be the one-in-a-million success story we never hear about here. But don't start singing their praises after two days and expect us to suddenly change our minds. Tell us how it's working in a year or two, after you've lost the weight and kept it off.

And we'll still continue to warn people to be careful.

"If you are such a weight loss miracle tell us how you did it instead of telling me how I'm doing it wrong. "

This is being antagonistic, but I'll answer anyway. I'm not a weight loss miracle. Want to know why? Because there is no such thing. I'm working hard on my life, and struggling, just like everyone here. Sparkpeople isn't a miracle pill. It's about a philosophy. It's about helping others, and supporting those trying to lose weight. Not ignoring the facts in the name of "experiments of one." VLCs work to help people lose weight. They do not have a proven track record for keeping that weight off, because they don't address the cause of the weight.

"Looking forward to some mind shattering ideas from you of eat a salad and walk some more. Did that and got the t-shirt. Literally."

I have no mind-shattering ideas. I don't live on salads and walk all the time. I haven't lived my whole life overweight. I'm not a food addict.

However, I have lost weight, and kept it off, by changing my life slowly, one step at a time. I do not have an inspiring story. You want inspiring? Talk to IndyGirl. She's the one with earth-shattering progress, and she didn't do get-thin-quick schemes, surgeries, or pills. Just healthy lifestyle changes.

"If you don't like Medifast and don't want to do Medifast, that is awesome. Just go to another board to complain about it and let people who are following this route be able to support each other. "

No, I won't. This is the general Diet & Nutrition board. If you want uninterrupted support for Medifast, go to their community to get it. I'm sure there's a sparkteam for medifast around here somewhere. I'm not complaining about anything. I'm answering questions and responding to posts. If you are unable to cope with differing opinions, perhaps a more focused location would suit your needs.

I don't know why you're so angry at me. I haven't said anythin about you personally, nor have I attacked you in any way. I wish you nothing but the best, and said as much previously. As I said before:

"I wish you the best, but understand that most people who try this route do not succeed in the long term, because they aren't addressing the causes of their weight gain in the first place. With weight loss, actually losing the weight isn't the hard part."

Are you one of those people? I don't know. That's a question only you can answer. If Medifast works for you, great! They have their success stories. But statistics don't lie. Most people who go on restrictive diets gain the weight back and then some when they go off of them.

I do hope you're not one of them, but the numbers are against you. I'm not the enemy here.

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I also agree that Medifast works great for those who can stay on the diet and want to lose weight, the key is to keep it off. What is hard to figure out is how to maintain that weight after you have lowered your calorie intake to 800 to 900 calories a day and then go back to a normal diet. It takes an active life to keep the weight off, either exercising and watching everything you put into your mouth.

What is more difficult is to have a disease that there is no way to lose the weight no matter what you do. I have Cushing's disease and had my Pituitary Gland removed in 1989. I gained 176 lbs in 6 months and was eating baby food and throwing it up. This disease is a devastating disease that turns your body against itself. I started on Medifast for my second time in April and after 10 weeks I went to the doctor as I had only lost 2 lbs. Why? Because my body is fighting the weight loss and always will.

This is a devastating situation for me. That I can not get this weight off no matter what I do. My doctor told me I needed to accept myself as I am and stop "beating my head against the wall". Using the low calorie diet will not work on me ever.

So those of you on here who are working toward losing your weight, I also believe that if you are to lose the weight and keep it off that it will be a lifetime commitment that you must be willing to stay at forever. Eating less and exercising to keep the weight off and not gain it back. If that is your goal then no coach is going to do it for you. You have to want it so bad, weigh yourself every day and if you fall off the horse just "one day" you have to get back on it and do what is needed to keep the weight off.

No I am not giving up. I bought a Gold's gym bike for $275, less than a month of Medifast food cost and am beginning to exercise in my home. I have no excuses it is sitting in my living room and I can not ignore it. It is easy to ride it has a chair to sit down and has all the things needed, a readout for blood pressure, calories burned, how far, how fast and even has programs for a real exercise workout. I know this is not the only answer to trying to not gain weight, but at least it is a start. I plan to start walking, and slowly build up how long I walk a day. I think that the answer is eating less, watching your portions size, watching what you are eating, healthy foods instead of cookies, candy and any type of sweets. Limiting soda pop will also help. I use Stevia and put it in my water, they have different flavors like Cola and Root beer and berry. This way I limit excess sugars. I also watch for anything extra on my foods, anything you add adds calories, ketchup, barbeque sauces, salad dressings, butter, sour cream etc.

I agree that each of us has our own choices of what to do to lose weight. Having a doctor's advice really is important. But I do know that the more we move our bodies the more calories we burn up. Being active is one of the keys. I don''t think anyone should be critical of anyone else on how they are trying to lose weight, at least they are trying to change it and trying to make their lives a bit better by being healthier.

Losing weight is very hard and someone with my condition it is even harder to do. I am over 60 years old and age makes a difference too. Just know that I am supportive of anyone who is working on themselves to make their lives better for themselves and the family that loves them.

Inspiration also helps and I hope I inspired just one person to keep trying no magtter what you are doing to get weight off.



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Being fat is hard. Losing weight is hard. It is all hard.



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I second what Dragon Childe and SarahD33 said. I was not being negative of the people that try the diet. I was being negative about the diet itself.

We are all at different places in our journey and if I can help someone else to avoid the pitfalls of fad diets. Then I am going to do it. I tried many fad diets before Spark and I wish someone had told me the truth

Made it to my maintenance weight of 125 pounds.

Even though I have reached goal. I still don't know everything about weight loss.

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I've posted here before. I think Medifast works well for people who have alot of weight to lose and need some structure and quick results to keep them motivated, vs those who need to lose 20-25 "vanity lbs". I did it to lose about 20lbs and had issues with my hair falling out and not losing wt after the first 15 lbs. It was very expensive and I found that I was too dependent on their food...it didn't really help me figure out how to eat for the rest of my life. (They will tell you that even in maintenance you should eat their maintenance bars, at $18 a box).

I agree that there are many ways to achieve the same goal and everyone needs to find out what works for THEM. I was very active on the "my medifast boards", and you should go on there and poke around. I saw that there seemed to be two kinds of medifast clients..ones who did it, successfully transitioned to maintenance and managed to keep the wt off, and others who yo yo'd back and forth b/w medifast multiple times...lose wt, gain it back Plus some, get back on medifast, etc. Alot of people are on their second and third medifast tries". So its just something to think about. But that's not different than alot of us who have tried multiple times to lose wt the old fashioned way...its just a more expensive alternative.




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Well, the real exercise got me nowhere, Even at somedays of 15000 to 22000 steps.

I am tackling the real problems with my weight. But awesome for you to tell me I'm not when I pay out of my pocket to see a therapist about my weight issues because I was denied entrance into another program because of psychological issues with food. My psychologist has said that a program is a great way to go. Sorry, but I'm going to defer to professional opinions since this guys specialty is obesity.

If Sparkpeople helped, I would have lost some weight since joining. I even did Spark Coach and what a waste of money that was. I was sent to Spark people buy a doctor referred fat camp because every year I check in at obese my insurance company sends me there. That was a waste of time and my insurance companies money. I see Spark People as kind of like an AA. It won't cure you but there are others that have your disease that you can commiserate with.

Many people go on Dr supervised VLC. My doctor knows. I got a physical before I started.But again thank you for telling me that doing something for my health is bad. Staying fat is bad. My brother has heart failure. He said he was going to get the lap band but he has done nothing for his health in 2 years and has never reached a time to be healthy enough for surgery.

I don't even buy my food from medifast or a consultant. And I don't care if people make money doing it. It seems pretty petty that it is all you seem to care about.

If you are such a weight loss miracle tell us how you did it instead of telling me how I'm doing it wrong.

Looking forward to some mind shattering ideas from you of eat a salad and walk some more. Did that and got the t-shirt. Literally.

If you don't like Medifast and don't want to do Medifast, that is awesome. Just go to another board to complain about it and let people who are following this route be able to support each other.

There is no one road to success.

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I think the question everyone should ask when trying to lose weight is, "Can I do this for the rest of my life?" Whether it be a workout routine or a diet, will you be doing this in 10 years? If the answer is, "No." then it's just a gimmick and it's not worth your time. Seems to me that this diet will work wonders for losing weight, but it will teach you nothing about keeping it off or changing the lifestyle that made you over weight in the first place. At the end of it all you'll just be dumped right back into that lifestyle again.

I have 70lbs to lose and my goal seems so overwhelmingly far away at times. I would love to have a short cut that could get me from "Here" to "Bikini Body" in less time. But I know if I did that I couldn't sustain it, and I wouldn't learn anything from it.

So every now and again I have to remind myself that it's not about the goal weight, it's about changing my life. I'm trying to learn what I need to be healthy and what I need to be happy. I know I will eat a pizza at some point in the future; so I'm trying to learn how to work that into my life while keeping my eating and workouts as healthy and fit as possible and not letting my old habits take over.

I think if you're going to work this hard, you shouldn't start out short changing yourself and your results. Nothing replaces simple hard work.

Also, staying motivated is really tough when you have so far to go. But I found that to stay motivated I focus on small goals rather then worrying about that far off final goal. I made up a chart, that plots my weight loss in 5lbs increments, and includes "rewards" for each 5lbs. So each time I lose 5lbs, I get a reward (non-food) and I get to check that 5lbs off my chart. That way I can physically see how far I have come and it keeps me reaching for that next goal.

I also have points where I stop and really look at how far I have come, I get a big goal (like a new wardrobe); example is when I cross from "Obese" to "Average", or when I hit the halfway point in my weight loss. All that allows me to focus on something more immediate then my final Goal.

Also, my chart extends past my goal weight, into a monthly "Maintenance" rewards system, to keep me maintaining and conscious of my lifestyle for the following year so I won't fall into old routines after I reach my goal.

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Very interesting thread. My husband is thinking about doing Medifast, but I'm not so sure. I see a lot of enthusiasm from people who have just started the diet now, but these people aren't circling back to report that they lost the weight and kept it off successfully.




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MDOLLARLILY:

1) Walking IS real exercise! There's a common misperception that in order to lose weight, you have to exercise vigorously. That's not true. Thousands of people have lost weight by eating right and walking, no more. It doesn't matter how much exercise you do; the more you do, the more you have to eat to compensate, so you end up losing the same weight anyway.

2) Losing a significant amount of weight in a short time is dangerous. I won't deny that it's motivating, but that attitude is what drives the weight loss industry's juggernaut of VLCs, get-thin-quick schemes, supplements, and exercise equipment scams. Fast is not better. It's a trap. Fast also makes you more likely to lose the weight after.

3) With all due respect, two days into any diet can be a success. I don't mean to downplay your efforts, but any healthy lifestyle change takes time. Anyone can do two days, or a couple of weeks, and claim it's a success. We need time. Where are the long term success stories on this thread?

There's no "thinking" it's a MLM scheme. It is.

I wish you the best, but understand that most people who try this route do not succeed in the long term, because they aren't addressing the causes of their weight gain in the first place. With weight loss, actually losing the weight isn't the hard part.

And in spite of their slick marketing campaign, Medifast doesn't give you those tools. If they did, they wouldn't need to resort to lying and liars to support their company's products. The products would speak for themselves.

Like Sparkpeople does.

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I just started yesterday and I agree with you. Although people can speak negatively of Medifast, they don't look at the benefits.

1) For larger people to exercise, it can lead to serious injury and setback. Walking is great. I do at least 10,000 steps a day. But doing a real workout is not in the cards for me at this age and at this weight. I have had several injuries requiring medical attention that I got from yoga. Maybe large young people can do yoga. But large older people are asking for trouble.

2) Losing a significant amount of weight in a short time helps to keep you motivated. When I have dieted before the next plateau would keep me there. I lost 50 pounds 2 years ago and have not moved the scale since. It is a pretty dismal outlook. The only motivating it did to me was maybe make me seriously think about just buying bigger pants and to just give up.

3) This is my second day on Medifast. I have not felt hungry and it has been so easy. I can see people seeing it as some multilevel marketing scheme. But if you shop well, you can get the food for 10 dollars a day and then add your one lean and green meal. It is easy for me to spend 10 dollars for one meal out. And if you just can't buy it, there are things you can do should you say.... run out of medifast meals.

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DRAGONCHILDE, to be honest, I agree with much of what you say. I like the Medifast program. But I strenuously object to the proselytizing that happens. And to the MLM of Take Shape for Life. Which is why I say to do what you need to do.

I use SP because it is complete, free, easy to use and I can track my nutrients to make sure that I am getting what my body needs. Because I don't buy all of my meal replacements from Medifast, and not all of the others are as fortified, I need to keep track.

Could I do this type of program without the replacements? Sure. But it would not be as simple and my goal has less to do with the number on the scale than with what is happening in my head. This program is a tool that I will use until I am done. It is not a lifestyle that I intend to continue after I transition out of the meal replacements.

Just like, for me, daily weighing takes the emphasis OFF the scale, using meal replacements takes the emphasis OFF of food and puts it into the fuel category and gives me the freedom to work on my head.

And as far as negativity, I was not aiming that comment at you or anyone else in particular. I don't expect to get support for Medifast here - why would I? I use whatever tools I need wherever I can find them. That's all.

I can't do anything about my genes, but I can sure do something about my jeans!

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Hm...this is an interesting thread. Most of our Sparks threads are not so heated.

I have never done Medifast, but in 2004 I did do Optifast for 4 or 5 months. I lost 50 lbs. but quickly regained. I think Dragonchilde has given some pretty good assessments about this type of program. From my experience, I would tend to agree.

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I did not post here to be attacked because I posted my thoughts. I have no idea what :shills: are and resent the implication that I am doing something for monetary benefits. I also do not like being judged as to how many times I will post on this forum in the future or for anyone to insinuate what my motives are before I even start becoming a part of this forum. I do not have a coach nor do I have anything to do with MF other than using their products. I am not here to down grade anyone else, nor to criticize others for their choices of how they lose weight, I don't really care what you use try to lose weight. I had hoped to give some inspiration to others who are struggling with their weight, whether it is caused by medical reasons or not. The attacks and negativity is unwarranted and useless when it comes to trying to help others. A lot of support and kindness goes a long way.....try it..you will find it will be worth the effort to help and inspire each other instead of downright negativity.



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COCHESE321, my "negativity" is strictly towards a company that is willing to pay corporate shills to talk about their product. Not those who use and continue to use it successfully as a part of a healthy diet.

The posts here in this thread demonstrate my problem sufficiently.

Why, do you think, someone would join a website, and never do ANYTHING but talk in glowing terms about a for-profit program that has nothing to do with Sparkpeople? I don't particularly think that VLC diets like this are a good idea, but that's not why I commented. Look at this post. Look at the number of posts by people with no profiles, no sparkpoints (indicating they're not engaging at all on this website in any way) who posted and left. All they did was post here, and leave. That is suspicious behavior, and a common tactic of companies. They pay people to do this sort of thing. Yes, they're real people, in fact. But they're paid freelancers, usually, who have no actual affiliation with the program. They're just paid corporate shills. Then, when they're called out for what they are, they can talk about how "wonderful" the community they are paid by is instead.

Look at this thread. Where is HOUSTONIA, RVALES, FIDYNEWME? Why did they join? Why do they create an account, and immediately bump a months old thread about a competing diet program? They clearly didn't do it for the community here. Will IGOTGRIT and MSGIECK be here in a month or two? If they get so much support and care from the Medifast community and program, why are they here in the first place? Don't you wonder? It's no coincidence that this thread is on the front page of Google searches when you google "Medifast."

COCHESE321, I'm glad you're getting results, and are getting healthy. That's what SP is all about. My beef isn't with you. It's these paid postings.

Don't believe that this happens? Check this out:

www.freelancer.com/jobs/Forum-Posting/

That's my "negativity". It has nothing to do with Medifast particularly. People do it for BeachBody (although in all fairness, that's usually overly enthusiastic individual reps, not the main company), Visalus, and more.

For those who are *genuinely* interested in doing the Medifast diet? Be SMART. Make sure you're under close medical supervision. Make sure it's worth the extremely high price tag. And remember that just last year, Medifast had to pay a fines for false advertising because of their outrageous weight loss claims.

www.reuters.com/article/2012/09/07/us-usa-
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They're clearly not above lying and paying people to talk about it. Is that the kind of company you want to be supporting? For some, the weight loss is worth it.

There are literally dozens, if not hundreds, of better options out there. A panel of experts reviewed this and many other diets, and it rated very poorly where it counts: Long term sustainability and general health and safety.

health.usnews.com/best-diet/medifast-diet/
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I'm not one of those. SP works, it's free, and it's here. That's worth more than gold to me.

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Sue - Great post! I just signed up for SP and with the comments below, can quickly tell that this may not be the most supportive place for me. I'm on the TSFL/Medifast Community boards and the support and inspiration is amazing! Agreed...do what you need to do! :)



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I always like what you have to say, Sue! I really respect you! I'm glad you're my friend!

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I have been doing Medifast since last summer. I have been a member of SparkPeople for a few years. First I was on Weight Watchers. I have now reclaimed and surpassed my 113 lb WW loss. I like the program, but you won't find much support for it on SP. There is a group, but it isn't very active. However, I still use Spark to track my food. My support is gotten at the medifastcommunity.com message boards. There are several hundred member in the MF group here, but not a lot of activity.

I know that there is a lot of antagonism towards this or any other non-SP diets. That's fine. I expect it. We all do what we need to do.

I can't do anything about my genes, but I can sure do something about my jeans!

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Wow. Honestly, I'm staying away from this thread because it has more negativity than any other I've been on. I don't need it and don't want it. I'm here for support and not to be told I'm participating in something that others disagree with. There are plenty of teams for people on the Medifast program that have lots of positivity and support. Thank you!

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In what way have I not respected your opinion? I was simply pointing out a trend in this thread. I didn't say anything about you personally.

But since you replied, I ask: Will you still be here posting a month from now? A year from now? Or did you just join this website (which doesn't promote VLC diets, btw) to crow about how well Medifast worked for you?

Why did you join, if Medifast is working so well for you? If I'm wrong, and you're not like the previous dozen or so posts with one post here, nothing else, and haven't been back in months or a year or more, and you stick around and spread the Spark, then I'll gladly apologize, and welcome you as friend.

Look at the thread here. Am I wrong?

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Well, I am real and what I said was the absolute truth. I am not on the band wagon just for Medifast, it is the diet that is working for me. Each of us is different and each of us has our own choices and opinions. It doesn't matter what diet you are on, one that you buy products to use to help you or a weight loss place that helps you with guidance and emotional support or a diet that you make yourself that works for you. It all comes down to your own motivation, your own desire to lose the weight, your grit and determination to do so and the knowledge that to keep the weight off you can not go back to eating out at fast food restaurants or any kind of restaurant everyday and pack on the calories and not realize that the weight will come right back if you don't change your eating habits and learn to eat smaller portions. I have done this diet twice and with all my medical issues I have had not one problem with any kind of side affect. I have my doctor's recommendation and she is watching me, so I do not feel this is a "bad" diet as per se you are saying. That is your opinion, which yes, you have a right to it. I am not on here just once, I just found this forum and I will post again also. Do not judge others you do not know personally. NO, I am not a Medifast spokesperson nor do I mentor others, I am just one person who is happy with the results on this diet. I have a right to my opinion and a right to share it just as you do. I respect your opinion and you should respect mine also.



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Honestly folks? Be smart about this thread. You will notice that the VAST majority of people responding to this thread are people who joined and literally came right here to support the diet. They post once, talking about how awesome Medifast is, and then never return. Never participate in the community.

This is a classic SEO tactic. They may or may not be legit. But all these glowing testimonials coming from one-time posters are not worth the pixels on your screen. Any company that needs to resort to shady spamming and paid corporate shills is a company to avoid, no matter HOW awesome the results they promise.

I will not say that this program does not have benefits for people who are in medical crisis and may need fast, supervised weight loss, but be very cautious before trying on extreme, very low-calorie diets that come with a host of unpleasant side effects.

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I agree with your post. I have read several of the negative posts below yours. First and foremost people who are using Medifast are using it to lose weight. However, my problem is unusual as I have had Cushing's disease, which in 1988 and 1989 took me from 105 lbs to 276 lbs and I was eating 3 small jars of baby food a day and throwing it up. I had 23 doctors and it took 9 years to finally diagnose my "cyclic" Cushing's which was not heard of in 1989. Since that time I have had numerous other surgeries besides the brain surgery to remove my Pituitary Gland and the tumor on it. I have had my gall bladder out, an accidentally punctured lung, 3 other abdominal surgeries, kidney stones 8 times, 14 hand surgeries for degenerate bone disease and I just had my right kidney removed and an accidental injury to my small bowel in Dec 2012.

I was on Medifast 3 years ago and lost from a size 20 to 22 in pants and wore a 4x shirt to a size 10. Because of the hand surgeries and complications with my kidney, I had to go off the MF diet. I had to stop my exercise at Gold's Gym as I was in too much pain. It has been 6 months since I had the kidney removed and I am back on the MF diet and have lost 22 lbs and 15 inches. I am now on the second phase of losing the weight down to 120 lbs.
Will I get there? Yes because as my username says "I Got Grit" and determination and focus. And I mean to get there!

What does it take to succeed? You have to want it, you have to want to get the weight off and be determined to lose it. I do not have a "orgasmic" look at food and never have. I didn't gain this weight by eating. I only weighed in at 89 lbs when I graduated high school. The Cushing's disease gave me "trunkal obesity." I have fought this weight for 25 years and I am determined to not let anything stand in my way.

I see the posts about maintaining your weight after the diet and how to go back to eating the right foods. All it takes is a mindset that you are going to eat the calories that sustain your weight and exercise at least 3 times a week. It is NOT what you eat it is how much and counting calories, eating healthy foods and getting away from applying all the EXTRA's people add to their potatoes, the butter, the sour cream etc, their salads when they they add high calorie salad dressings, when they eat potato chips, candy, cookies, etc and wonder why they can't maintain their weight. Once you get down to where you want to be....never miss a day to weigh yourself, if you are up 2 lbs eat less that day, keep your weight between 2 lbs up and 2 lbs below your maintenance weight. NEVER let it go beyond that weight of 4 lbs window. Measure everything and count your calories and keep a food journal everyday for the rest of your life if you can not trust yourself. Know what you put into your mouth how many calories it is and write it down. How to figure out how many calories
you need to sustain your weight, take your weight and multiply it by 9, 205 x 9=1845 cals a day, subtract the calories you are eating a day, say 800 cals a day, you are losing 1045 cals a day, it takes 3500 cals less to lose a lb. If you exercise you can deduct the calories burned also.

This is not a quick fix to a lot of weight on your body, the wise way to lose weight is slow
as MF does for you. It is doctor and FDA approved. Once you have worked so hard to get this weight off why would you want to go back to the same eating habits and gain it all back? I am 61 years old and if I can do this you can do this. Motivation: Put a picture on your refrigerator of yourself now and write your goal weight on it. Every month add a new picture of yourself and SEE the difference for yourself. Losing 10 lbs a month takes time to loss 100 lbs, but it is worth it to get your health back. I see it as the only way to recover from my last surgery. Like the Nike slogan my slogan is "Just do it." Make it yours.

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Medifast worked for me....not only did I lose the weight, I had some major revelations about my habits. In the past six months, I have made so many lifestyle changes and created new habits of health; I'm honestly loving life these days. My lifestyle changes carried over to that of my husband, and he's now eating healthier and being more active. Great role models for our 3 year old!

I am a health coach for Take Shape for Life...the coaching arm of Medifast. To answer your question about Maintenance, you'll be preparing all your own meals; however, you can opt to continue purchasing the Medifast food for your healthy snacks or breakfast or whatever you like. I've continued to buy the bars and shakes...nothing at the grocery store is as good, despite the price.

I'd wish you luck on the program...but it's not about luck. It's about your determination and focus and staying fixated on your health goals. You've made the most important decision already, and that was to get started! You can't go wrong with this program. And, you can definitely do this!! :)



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I'm just went in for a Medifast consultation. The woman I spoke with at Medifast suggested a 1200 calorie diet for me. They offer different plans and I told her one of my concerns was not making my own meals. They would put me on the 4 - 1 plan. I would prepare two lean and green meals a day, plus a healthy snack- I would choose fruit. My smaller meals would be provided by Medifast- four of them! I would eat 6 servings of vegetables a day, two meats, a fruit, plus the four meals they provide. How is this a "bad" plan? The program is the way we should all be eating. And if I go back to the way I usually eat, of course, I'm going to gain weight because I'm not eatling like I should. One thing I don't remember about our conversation is during the maintenance time, would we prepare food all on our own, or would we still have to use the Medifast meals?

Sometimes people just need a little motivation to get on track to eating healthy. Sometimes they need accountability. The only negative I saw with the plan was the cost and the meals they provide. I would rather do it wholly on my own, but this might be good for some people.

SparkPeople is good, but it's hard to get started. At least it was for me. I can see people have formed friendships and it's hard trying to get in. My favorite team is the team that started at the same time I did. I think everyone should start there. SP is a great place to visit, receive motivation and read good material. But no one can give you the kick-in-the-butt you might need unless you ask for it. It's a lot harder than the one-on-one you receive weighing in at a center. I think what we put into SP it is what we'll get out of it.

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I am glad you wrote...after reading all the negativity about Medifast, I started doubting myself. I prayed, prayed and finally ordered the food last week which is to arrive today. I am excited and don't wnat to be discouraged. May be there is a medifast blog...

My colleague looks great...in a short span of 5 months, she has gone from a size 14 to 8. I need to lose 30 lbs and hope I can read some encouraging thoughts so I don't second-guess my attempt.

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I haven't read all the way through some of these older posts, but thought that I would add my experiences with MediFast.

First of all, Oprah did not lose and regain weight in the 80's with MediFast. The diet she was on was OPTIFAST. Two different programs.

In my 20's, I was a manager with NutriSystem. I did not keep my weight off although I have tried the program several times. I've tried Jenny Craig 3x; and Weight Watchers 2x and every diet in between.

I thought about MediFast for years but figured it was too much like NutriSystem. Finally, I was just desperate. I have been on the program for 11 wks and I LOVE it!! I have lost 25 lbs although since I am now in my 50's, the wt does come off slower. I rarely get hungry and the program just clicked with me.

Although I haven't reached maintenance, I have checked out their maintenance plan and it is very well thought out. The first week you get to add a whole cup of VEGETABLES to your meal LOL so they really do start you out slowly to ease you back to regular meals. You do have one protein and vegetable meal each day that you are on plan called a "Lean and Green" meal so it isn't just MediFast foods that you are eating.

I don't think that MediFast is for everyone, but for me it was a Godsend!



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Lots of negativity about Medifast, but I thought I would chime in with my opinion.

I joined MF in June 2012, after thinking about it for about six months. For me, I needed the weight loss more than anything else. One of the attractive things about MF is the rapid weight loss that helped me feel empowered to lose more.

I really like cooking - before I was on MF, I have to admit - I didn't care about what I ate - just anything - stopping at restaurants, skipping meals - I rarely ate enough nutritional calories and I ate way too many bad calories.

On the MF 5 and 1 plan, I eat one meal that I cook - and this has been really fun - I found out that I enjoy my cooking more than many restaurants. And when you've only got one meal of "real food" you tend to be choosier about what your putting in your stomach.

Healthwise, it's been wonderful - I have more energy, my joints have stopped hurting, I feel more capable and more wide-awake. this is as much due to weight loss as it is what exactly I am eating.

Carbs are evil. CARBS ARE EVIL. This I have also learned - MF helped me break the carb addiction.

From June 2012 to November 2012, I went from 301 to 242 lbs. I had some incidental hair loss that bothered me much more than it did when I suffered the same hair loss after an emotional trauma a few years ago. Evidently though, I was the only person who noticed it. :-p

My food allergies have mostly gone away, EXCEPT for my allergy to soy - most MF foods have soy in them. That's an issue. But that would be an issue anyway, since soy is in a lot of food.

Now I am moving between a 5/1 plan and a 4/2/1 plan, only because I needed some variety. I'm still losing, but not as fast as I was. I'm also experimenting with Spark People and simply doing a low-carb diet using MF foods as my breakfast and snack foods. I know what the nutritional content is in the MF foods, so I know what I'm dealing with.

I anticipate being nervous and scared when I finally reach my goal. What will happen then? I anticipate using my MF foods forever, to ensure that I get proper balance and nutrition. I also anticipate and look forward to cooking more of my own meals - since MF, I have come to the conclusion.. I'm really a pretty good cook!! :-)



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Just started Medifast 5 weeks ago, so far I'm down 20 pounds and my husband is down 26 pounds. I think it's very important to remember that the Taking Shape for Life 5 and 1 plan is to help you control your eating and get to a healthy weight while you learn some tools to deal with your relationship with food. Any weight loss will come back if you don't take a hard look at your eating habits (I don't know about anyone else, but I didn't get fat eating sensibly) I consider it a sort of 'food rehab' where I only have to make good decisions with real food for 1 meal right now, and that is helping to keep me accountable. During transition we'll start to add in new food slowly so that we are in control of more of the food choices and portions that we eat (also adding in more calories to get us to a sustainable "normal" daily allowance) and once we enter into maintenance we are in charge of our eating completely, we've learned new ways to eat and drastically changed our idea of nutrition and portions. I know, from my health coach, that you are encouraged to monitor your weight weekly (either by the scale or how your pants fit) and if you see yourself gaining a few pounds jump back into eating either 5 and 1 or 4 and 2 to take those few pounds off and evaluate what were the circumstances that had the scale creeping back up; was it the holidays or other special occasion, were you emotionally eating to deal with a stressor etc. Obviously no diet is one size fits all, but I feel very confident that following the Take Shape for Life plan and learning new habits of health my husband and I are going to get to our healthy weights and be equipped to maintain them for the long run.

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Just to respond to Heather's comments. I did not eat just the medifast meals, I followed the TSFL 5 and 1 program, I was eating lean and green meals and following their protocol. So I don't think you can blame the hair loss on not using the program correctly. And its not like I lost a ton of weight quickly, that was part of the issue, I wasn't loosing much wt after the first month when I lost the first 15 lbs. I still stand by my opinion that if you don't have more than 30 lbs to lose, I don't think Medifast is the way to go. I asked my coach about changing to the 4 & 2 program (what Heather describes) because I felt like my body wasn't getting enough nutrition, and they told me to stick it out! To each their own, just know what you are getting into....and is it going to be a sustainable and affordable way of living?



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My 2 week Medifast package was delivered today. Had I visited Sparkpeople before ordering the package, I probably wouldn't have. Heather, I am hoping to have similar results as yours and nothing like your sister, MrsLindasaby. We shall see if I can stick to it. I think I can. After all, I only have a 2 week supply. I didn't want to purchase too much in case I hate it. I will keep you posted.

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My dad and sister both did this diet. They loved it at the time, but after they quit, they gained back the weight they lost plus some. My sister also developed intestinal/urinary tract problems from it.



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just wanted to say hello here. I love the community on sparkpeople, it's what has kept me active on the site for 3 years. I started the take shape for life program about 6 weeks ago, it;s a wonderful program that teaches you new health habits, and gives you support and motivation. I think a lot of people don't realize that there are different ways to use the medifast food. some people choose to go to a doctor and get a prescription for the food, (it is made by Jason Pharmacuticals) and eat medifast meals only. resulting in a 800-900 calorie diet. dangerous, but in some cases it is needed, such as pre-op or to reduce health risks from morbid obesity. some people go online and order it themselves. And some people follow this amazing program. Medifast meals are a tool for weight loss, just like an Atkins or South Beach bar or a slim fast shake. It all depends on how you choose to use that tool. I have lost 18lbs in 6 weeks. I have 2 "regular" meals each day that consist of lean protein, healthy fats, and veggies. I exercise regularly, drink lots of water, and take my vitamins.

I guess I just wanted to say: Medifast is not a bad thing, you just need to know how to use it

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