What is the Medifast Diet Plan All About?
This program is essentially a low-calorie, low carbohydrate, and high protein diet that uses meal replacement drinks and food to achieve weight loss. In this diet plan, one eats five meal substitutes per day, instead of the usual foods found in the groceries or prepared at home, plus one home-made “lean and green “meal. The meal substitutes are available in doctors’ clinics, through a network of health coaches, or in legitimate online stores. A day's supply of these food and drink substitutes may cost up to $80. According to the company, no supplements are needed.
Special meal substitutes are available for people with special needs, such as those suffering from gout, seniors, teenagers, new moms, vegetarians, and those who have undergone weight loss surgery.
In this program, one is expected to lose around two to five pounds per weeks while preserving a lean body mass. This is achieved by controlling the portions of the meal replacements to attain a calorie consumption between 800-1000 per day.
The protein content of the products is based on soy and whey. Choices vary from puddings, soups, oatmeal, eggs, shakes, energy bars, chili, vegetables, and more. For the extra home-made meal, one is allowed to have fish or lean meat plus vegetables. However, some vegetables and fruits with high carbohydrate content are excluded. Carbohydrates are limited to 80-85 grams per day, and fats may be increased if leaner options are chosen.
This low-calorie diet is later shifted to a maintenance phase after the desired weight loss is achieved. In this phase, more calories and carbohydrates are gradually added to the diet while controlling portions and making healthy food choices.
Mild to moderate exercise, which is not beyond one’s normal limit, is recommended for the first three weeks of the program. After this period, activities may be increased, until one can tolerate doing exercises five days a week during the maintenance phase.