Medifast diet

Ever heard of a liquid diet? Well, now you have. Medifast is one of the numerous portion-controlled diets out there for consumers to be…well…consumed by. The “food” is actually a series of meal replacement drinks or special foods; five or six of them every day. This diet probably seems like a great proposal: no more counting calories, no more counting fat grams, and no more counting carbohydrates. All of the tedious, mindless things that characterize most diets are not components of this easy-breezy diet. But is it safe? To determine this, you must know the ins and outs of the diet plan. Here is everything you need to know.

Medifast: The Diet Plan
There are two different routes one can take while on the Medifast diet program. The chief Medifast method requires the individual to drink 5 meal-replacement drinks or foods per day, along with one “lean and green” meal. The meal should consist of lean meat or fish and either salad or some other type of green vegetable. The other method is based off a high-protein, low-carbohydrate concept: the dieter can have 800-1,000 calories per day, to allow for 2-5 pounds of weight loss per week while preserving muscle mass. In other words, it wouldn’t be just the loss of water weight. Of course, as with any weight loss program, weight loss will vary by individual, being dependent on the amount of weight that needs to be lost, physical activity level, and the stage of the program. Initial weight loss (weight loss in the first week) is almost always greater than weight loss in the following weeks. Perhaps a good thing to this program would be that there are different programs that can be tailored to each and every individual’s situation.

Medifast: The Food

There is both good and bad to this program, and oddly, they both relate to the same aspect of it. The good part is that you don’t have to make too many decisions about what to eat or drink; the bad part is that you don’t have the option to do so. There are many different “flavors” of the meal-replacement foods and drinks, all of which are portion-controlled; there are shakes, puddings, eggs, oatmeal, chili, bars, and soups. All of these have soy or whey as the main ingredient, which are both very satisfying proteins. For the lean and green meal, 5-7 ounces of meat or fish are allowed. The leaner the meat, the more you’re able to incorporate healthier fats. The meat can be grilled, baked, broiled, or poached. In addition to the meat, you should eat 3 servings of raw, steamed, grilled, baked, or boiled vegetables for a complete meal. Vegetables high in carbohydrate content should be avoided if possible: carrots, corn, peas, potatoes, onions, and Brussels sprouts. Also, certain categories of foods and drinks are prohibited: alcohol, fruit, dairy, grains, sweets, and most fats. Drinking non-calorie beverages, 8 cups or 64 ounces, is recommended and highly encouraged. These may include water, coffee, tea, diet sodas, and other sugar-free drinks. It is okay to snack, but keep the options limited to celery, sugar-free gelatin or popsicles, sugar-free gum, or two dill pickle spears.

Medifast: Basic Principle

The most basic knowledge that we have of weight loss is that calories in need to be less than the calories out in order to be successful at losing weight. Cutting calories helps keep this in line and work out how it is supposed to. Eating every few hours keeps the blood sugar in check, controls hunger, and helps to preserve muscle mass while burning fat. After the weight loss goal is reached, there is a 4-16 week transition phase in which foods such as carbohydrates, fruits, whole grains, low-fat or non-fat dairy, and additional lean meat.

Medifast: Is it Safe?
All the experts say that the lowest amount of calories that an individual should consume is 1,200, unless under the supervision of a healthcare provider. Since this diet provides very few calories, it should be done under the supervision of a doctor. So, it is probably safer for those who have a considerable amount of weight to lose.

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