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You will eat like you never have before and you will love it! I like to keep fluoride out of my diet, so I use my zero water pitcher and drink a lot of water, calorie free tea and calorie free coffee. I have gone from to I want this to be a lifestyle change. 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. I'ts similar to mine.

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Eating One Meal A Day: Insane Fat Loss Or True Insanity?

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.

Observing a monthly fast 24 hours is part of our religion. We believe it helps us spiritually, and is also an opportunity to give to the poor the money we would have spent on food with encouragement to be as generous as possible! I need to lose weight and be smart with all these testimonies.

Hi im on day 3 and apart from a few pangs its going well. Have to say im kinda used to the one meal a day diet because we do that 1 month every year during ramadan where we cam go 19odd hours without food and water so to be able to drink fluids is a bonus!

I have read just about every comment posted here. I am glad to see, I am not the only one who is tired of trying to figure out what to eat day in and out. Being concerned with how many carbs per meal blah, blah, blah… Congratulations to all of you who are enjoying the success and making it a lifestyle. It makes total sense eating one good meal a day. Thinking about it, none of them carried the weight I keep allowing to make contact with my body either.

So that says a lot to me. I have been considering this for a few weeks now and I am ready to get started. I have cut out sugar and gave up wine for 30 days on day 10 now.

I am today and is my goal that will be accomplished. I will keep you posted on the progress. I am so excited to have found this site. Started this diet without researching it first 6 days ago. In the first 4 days I lost 11 pounds and over the past couple days I have had more energy than I know what to do with and my jeans are feeling looser. No noticeable physical change as far as appearance goes just yet but I feel like I may need to shop for new clothes soon.

I am drinking water almost nonstop throughout the day, light snacking a few walnuts every few hours and after I eat dinner I get full so fast.

I started at pounds, yesterday I weighed in at pounds and my goal weight is pounds. This is pretty exciting! This is just an answer to my problem,, I started it 6 days already and without having weighing scale.. I admit it I lost very much of weight.. For those who did not try in this easy and effective method of losing weight, I recommend u to try this asap.. Can you really eat anything on your one meal? Can you really eat anything on your single meal? This works perfectly for me.

I have lost 40lbs in five months using this one meal per day method. I prefer eating it during lunch instead of dinner. Please make sure to drink water through out the day and remember to take multiple vitamins. I have Fibromyalgia and Ehlers Danlos. I cant tolerate gluten and I am prone to bloating as my stomach is too stretchy and its hard to digest food.

Its vital that I maintain low weight as being even a couple of pounds over, puts pressure on my already knackered joints.

I have tried, like many of you, many different healthy eating regimes and I remember doing the one meal a day thing back in before I was diagnosed and feeling amazing. Yes, it was hard to start with as you are still craving foods. But I feel drawn to trying this again. I feel confident that as well as helping with weight management, it will also give my tummy the break it so desperately needs! I am interested to see what impact if any , it has on the general inflammation in my body. I read an interesting post on here, by someone with rheumatism and they experienced some relief from the pain.

I shall keep you posted. Good luck to you all and do you find that the majority of the people who knock this method of eating are usually over weight?? I was wondering if you could choose your daily meal at different times of the day.

For example, could I eat a giant brunch on Sunday, or choose to have a big late afternoon meal pm like in Europe? Research on this would be fascinating.

Since trying to eat meals a day always an exerciser , I gained 20 pounds in two and a half years. I have always hated it, end up over-eating, and have been very unhappy.

So happy to find this information today. Let me first of all tell you that I agree with your philosophy and myself, have eaten one meal a day at night for coming up on a decade straight.

In addition, I do NOT eat any junk foods, and my nightly meal averages around calories. Despite repeated efforts to lose weight including eliminating soda pop I am lucky if I can drop pounds a month, and if so, I plateau out at lbs. I was wondering how many calories can you eat if your doing the one meal a day only diet and how long dose it take to see results?

I like the idea and the comments really shows that this is a working plan so I am up for it.. I know is gonna work…. I am wondering how a person can do this when they are exposed to food in their face?

He has a high metabolism and does not gain weight. Just want to lose around 20to 25 lbs. Be around food and not be tempted. In the mean time, you could ask him to help you by not waving food in your face.

And know that, although your husband is not overweight because of a fast metabolism, that does not mean he is healthy. A lot of people confuse being thin with being healthy but that is not the case. I agree with the mindset theory…i recently started the one meal a day plan on Saturday 5th November. Anyway, when i pulled through the first day, i lost a whooping 1. My birthday is on the 19th and i plan to look amazing. Then I eat my dinner at 7: I have not been able to add exercise to my routine yet but I am more energetic than usual.

I have lost 11 pounds in 8 days. I weigh pounds right now. This diet is awesome. First 2 days were painful but now iam ok. I eat somewhere between 1PM and 3PM, and try to have a liesurely meal over two hours—not gargantuan, but I hate rushing through 1-hour meals. This way, I get to prepare a nutritious meal and still have a healthy dessert fresh fruit. So I just drink something flavorful in the morning as a no-calorie treat—coffee, tea… And I really like that I have to prep food, cook, and wash up dishes only once a day.

Within a half hour of finishing eating, my kitchen is clean again. I discovered that starches are very difficult for me, even eating just one meal a day. Today I experimented, cut out starch, and ate high-fat, moderate protein sprouted beans , and high fiber vegetables, fruit , but no bread or pasta or rice all which I used to love.

This plan is so simple that I never want to stop. I want to see how it affects my appetite. Been doing this diet for 2 weeks and lost 14 lbs. Got another 11 pounds to go to reach my target weight by 20 december.

I think i can just about do it!! My 1 meal consists of meat , abd vegetables followed by fruit and yoghurt and at least 30 minutes exercise every day, walking, football or cycling. I am finding it tough i cant lie but am determined to make the weight. I will be back here on December 20 look out for my post! Just to update I just realised I didnt give you my starting weight which was 14 Stone 4lb on 19 Nov. I initially lost 1 stone in 2 weeks which is a crazy amount but i since plateaued and i now weigh 13 stone.

My target is 12 stone 7 by 20 Dec which i dont think i will make. I am now struggling to rid myself of my belly fat which is the hardest bit to get rid off!! The last 7 days i have lost nothing even thoe I have intruduced some HIT exercise to my exercise routine. I am not sure why i am sticking at this weight because last time i got down to 12 stone 4 albeit around 2. Maybe its because im older 55 now!!

Never mind my body is looking trim, got a boyish body now and just bought some 32 inch slim jeans which i look good in so cant complain. Its still a great diet!! Hi guys I said I would report back on December However I had to revise my strategy as the weight stopped coming off.

So I decided to go on to the hospital diet which is a 3 small meals low calorie diet which equates to about calories a day. The change in eating plan tricked my body into metabolising the belly fat although some of it will be water!! So over all I am pretty pleased with myself so far.

As regards Christmas I will be back on to eating 1 meal a day for 2 days then back on to the 3 day low calorie diet. My target final weight is 12 stone 7 by 31 December. Update you Jan 1. I was just thinking about the amount of pounds I have lost in the time period. Not bad going eh!!! I will advise next year what I will do. Hi folks said I would update on January 1. My weigh fluctuated over the days as one would expect.

My next target is to hit 12 stone 5 by 1 February. However I might be too thin at that weight! 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. For more information, see our full Advertising Disclosure.

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I can't seem to find a menu planner besides the 2 day starting menu Is there a site where I may find this? I got home tonight after a dinner with some girlfriends, and just as I as going to tell my husband I needed to change my ways, he told ME the same thing about himself.

So I took the chocolate cake I'd made Sunday across the street to the neighbors. I just started Lose It, the app that helps you track calories and exercise, which was a big stumbling block for me on WW. So far, so good! The bar code scanner has been a revelation. I am so proud of you for a mulitide of reasons. I am grateful you shared your story. I have lost 20 pounds just counting calories but am frustrated with the other 30 remaining and am ready for it to be gone. I am considering Medi Fast.

Some of us are allergic to soy and Medifast doesn't work very well in that case. Also, I never lost much on Medifast like I did with weight watchers. Also the food is expensive and too many chemicals.

I prefer real, fresh food. Congratulations on your weight loss and even more congratulations on your feeling great! I went to Weight Watchers in , when I finally got that "Aha! I don't mind spending money, but refuse to spend it on my monthly weigh-ins.

Hope things continue to go well with Medifast. I will be interested to find out how you make the transition from packaged food back to "real" food. How about doing the same thing without "meal replacements"? I found your site when I was looking for more veggie ideas for the diet part of the fitness program that I just completed.

I don't work for them or anything - just thought it was a really great program! The whole summer thing took me by surprise. It's so important, however you can do it. But then I said that already, didn't I? I met a woman at a cookie swap i December, she'd lost something like 40 pounds with My Fitness Pal, just tracking calories.

For her, the tracking made all the difference. I haven't forgotten telling you, back in July, that I was thinking about it I told you before I'd really even told myself, haha. I prefer fresh, real food too. I think of it as my 'reward' - not in the way you get a cookie as a reward but that as long as I can get to a healthy weight and stay there, then my love affair with real food can continue I made the mistake of not continuing to weigh in with WW once I lost the weight more than 10 years ago now.

It won't happen again. I'm just trying to not veer off on my own path quite yet. Because I've definitely learned some good things from Medifast, things I'll want to continue. Thanks for the referral too, I'll check into it! I make everything from scratch, so get to make the things I love to eat, but I find as I age I need to eat less to stay in a healthy weight range; consciously moving more helps too.

I hope you will find the balance that works for you once you have transitioned back to food. Once you are happy you are in a weight range that suits you, please be kind to yourself and do something immediately to remedy the situation should the scales start upwards or your clothes get tighter, so that you don't have to resort to expensive, processed diet food ever again.

Alanna, Good on your for taking charge of your health! 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. I am not trying to lose weight, only to get on my Reformer in the basement at least 3 times a week, but when a bunch of friends were trying and told me about myfitnesspal I did that.

For me, though, cooking new recipes from scratch all the time, it was more of a pain in the bum to type in each recipe than the reward of seeing the calorie count would have been. I have no suggestions for you in that area.

So I will say that having some sort of goal a wedding, a half marathon is probably a good motivator. I don't know--still icy on the sidewalks so I'm not going to take the pup out for a 10 mile training walk this morning. Three miles will have to do.

I'm so proud of you! Also, I can't go on something that eventually I have to "go off of". I am learning moderation, portion control, all the things I need to work out in "real life. I love to cook, love to try WW recipies, and my family doesn't even know. I am staying right here, and have now kept my weight off for 6 months, even during the holidays.

Alanna you look wonderful! My husband and I went on Medifast a few years ago through a nurse at a hospital who guided us. We had to check in with her every week. We lost a lot of weight, felt and looked great. I agree with many of your observations Of course, once we got "off" it we managed to regain much of it. That is not the fault of MF, but our bad habits returning. I am now WW'g with a friend Thanks for your honest sharing.

You are indeed a blessing. I actually started low-carb whole food a few weeks ago and have felt really great. I used to do Weight Watchers, and I did it faithfully, but it just didn't work for me. I mean, it's one of the most highly recommended and highly statistically successful programs. I know people who have lost pounds and inches and sizes. But for me, it wasn't right; my weight and size remained stagnant. It took a bit to realize that I didn't have to fit in with all those statistics.

Good on you for branching out and finding a different path to health. In the past I had lost quite a bit of weight by basically learning about food portions and making sure I didn't overdo any certain type of food. And I worked out. But once I went off program I gained all that weight back -- and another pounds on top of it.

TSFL is a division of Medifast that comes with all sorts of free support and education that makes transitioning back to whole foods safe and easy. It helps you retrain your brain so you don't go back to the unhealthy habits you had before. It's more about creating health for life hence its name than about losing weight as a short-term goal.

I started Oct 2 and as of this posting I've lost 55 pounds. I think I safely fall into the category of "results not typical". It's amazing how great I feel -- how much energy I have, how my cravings have gone away, how I've broken my addictions from sugar and carbs, how I'm sleeping better Ive lost weight before, but nothing like this.

Nothing this fast or easy. That's worth a lot to me. A few thoughts on some of the objections: I wasn't excited about dehydrated food, either. But do you realize how much processed foods most of us use anyway?? Unless you're making your own breads, pastas, yogurts, growing your own veggies and fruits, etc etc, you are definitely eating a lot of processed foods, even if it's "healthy".

At least this food is formulated by doctors to be nutritionally balanced and healthy for you. I heard the price and laughed. But then I sat down and looked at how much I was spending on food: I ate a lot at my work's cafeteria or coffee bar. The portion of our grocery bill that was stuff I wouldn't use while on Medifast was huge. Suddenly the cost looked so much more manageable.

Support on this program is free, unlike other weight loss programs so I was saving those fees as well. Plus consider how much you spend on doctor co-pays, medicines, and how much you could spend ultimately in hospital and other medical bills if you don't lose the weight.

If you've spent money on failing on other plans in the past, why keep going back? The only way to know if you'll succeed on a different program is to try it. In the case of Medifast, if it's not the program for you, return your uneaten food and get most of your money back. This program does not abandon you once you've reached your goal. It will teach you how to transition back into "real" foods again and then finally teach you how to use those real foods to keep the weight off and be healthy for life.

And with TSFL -- the support is free to you for life, even if you're not using the Medifast products anymore. Not a bad deal. Some of it I won't touch again. But a lot of it is really fairly decent and some of it I downright love And then for those foods you're not so crazy about, there are all sorts of creative people out there on the internet who find ways to prepare foods in completely different ways that do make them enjoyable.

For example, unlike Alanna, I can't stand the chocolate shakes. But they make a pretty decent cupcake! I never thought that a program that provides most of your food for me would ever work. I LOVE fresh foods -- fruit in particular was hard for me to give up. When you see results like this as quickly as this, suddenly it's not quite the sacrifice.

And I know when I reach my goal I get to have those foods again. I love this journey and I love helping others reach their health goals as well. There's no better feeling than this! Good for you for taking control of this, and I say whatever works! Great job so far!! However, once I had a little success with Medifast I was motivated to keep going.

Since starting my Medifast journey I have started exercising regularly, my foot pain from plantar fasciitis is all but gone along with all my other aches and pains and I no longer get migraines regularly. I have also started tracking all my food in MyFitnessPal and I will continue to do that after I get back to eating real food to help maintain my weight loss.

Yes - Medifast is not a perfect plan and I would much rather be eating fresh food that I prepare myself, however I needed this to help jump start positive changes in my health.

I wish you continued success on Medifast and your journey to better health. I like it, thank you. And you're the second person today to mention a half marathon, good for you and Mark!

It really is a life-saver for so many. Six months is excellent, stay with it! Good luck with doing WW with your friend, here's to both of you!

I so get that. I'm so glad you've found something that is working for you now. We have different ideas on what's processed food and what's not processed food, but I hear you on each of your points. And I'm so glad you brought up the long-term support, that was new to me. I remember when we first knew one another and talked about the differences between Weight Watchers my way and South Beach yours.

The weight isn't "melting off" me like it does for some on Medifast but still, each day when I get on the scale, each day when I feel bones I haven't felt in some years, I feel grateful. I would've expected better of you guys. Your reasons for switching from WW to MF could have been written by me last summer. I had lost on WW, but the gained back exactly half of it, all the while attending meetings faithfully and sort of following the program. When my daughter decided to try MF last January, I was supportive of her but skeptical of the meal replacements.

She did really well, so I decided I would give it a try. I decided to commit to 2 months and see where I was. Well, 6 months later, I am still here and down 50 lbs. It isn't easy, but it certainly is simple. I am a longtime and, fortunately, a successful -- so far -- WW member , and I read you for inspiration and recipes. I wish you nothing but the best with this and hope you will update us in your "journey. Meanwhile, keep on cookin' with Medifast.

I'm glad you found a plan that works for you at this time. Thank you for your honesty and courage to write about your switch. Keep up your success. Looks like you don't have too much farther to go! My story is that 11 years ago I lost 40 pounds in about two months.

It was too much too fast, but I was "ready", as you say, to just get rid of the weight. I dieted and exercised the heck out of every day--eating very little.

After losing the weight I felt better and ate normal, healthy meals. Over the last five years I have gained about 15 pounds. Reaching 40 was like a stopwatch to my metabolism. In November I picked up running to spend more time with fit family and friends. I am doing the "Run Double C25K"--an app to help you run a 5k in 9 weeks.

Since I have never ran a step in my life, this is a challenge, but I want to be healthier, fit, and to spend time with other healthy people to stay on track. I haven't lost one pound and use that as motivation to keep moving. Surely all those skinny runners looked just like me when they started!

Alanna you look great and each of us will succeed using different methods, sometimes even the same methods at different times.

Can't wait to hear more about your successes. Thanks for your honesty and for revealing that different things work for different people at different times of life. A friend at work lost a lot of weight using Medifast and it's transformed her life--she even just went platinum blonde and is still slender after transitioning to mainly real food again--in her early 60s.

I lost a little over 30 pounds counting calories in my early 40s when I developed hypertension and around 10 of them slipped back on with perimenopause I've figured out I need more protein now and less carbs.

Hard realization for a carb lover, but my body is talking! Thanks for the inspiration! And you size up the program exactly right, "It isn't easy, but it certainly is simple. I didn't realize you were a successful WW!! You've really got me thinking on that one This column inspired me to take a chance on a new program. I've been considering going back to WW "again", to loose the 20 pounds which crept back over the last 6 months. But I'm a very picky eater, a great cook, and to top it off, help my neice operate her scratch bakery.

Not a good weight loss combination. Since I am certain you are particular about food with a discerning palate would you be willing to share your favorite medifast "meals". It's a short list. At first, I could tolerate the chicken noodle soup but I've got three boxes on hand and am having to force myself to eat one a day just to get rid of it. I like the spice pancakes and the chocolate pudding but don't order them because I really don't want to get used to sweet and carb-y things, which I didn't eat before and certainly don't want to get started on.

I hated the eggs. I hated the sloppy joes. I hated the vegetable soup. I liked so few things, I sent everything except shakes and bars back Medifast has a good return policy and stopped trying any others.

I'm not bored with the shakes, they're filling, they help me drink more liquid, I like them hot and cold. I know that the Medifast forum is full of people who take the food and turn them into something else eg some today who doesn't like the chocolate shakes says that they make good brownies but I do not want to pretend this is "cooking" or "real food". So I ignore those possibilities.

For the record, I am NOT a picky eater with real food. While there are a few things I don't care for sweetbreads and Wonder bread or prefer cooked one way more than another boiled kale vs sauteed kale , it is rare for me to not like something. The one thing I'd say is, do everything you can t take charge now at 20 pounds. Don't let it turn into 30 or 40 or worse. I wish I'd followed my own advice. Thank you for the article.

I at a point where I really need to loose the weight-again-and keep it off this time. My health is affected by the extra weight. I know of other people who have chosen meal replacement programs with great success. My question to you which I can't find in the article is why this program and not Jenny Craig or Nutrisystem? I was younger than 40 at the time and thought "not me!!

To be honest, I was in my late 40s when I began to notice this. It wasn't just weight creeping up, it was that I didn't feel well eating like I did when I was younger.

At about the same time I read about a group of people who maintained their health and had minimal weight gain throughout their lifetimes. It didn't prompt me to eat the way they did, but it did inspire me to find out how people in other countries and cultures ate. There were a lot of similarities and some differences -- mostly in exactly what they ate. I also started thinking back to when I was growing up in the s and s -- when it was rare to see someone who was truly overweight.

I was also in contact with older adults, many of whom weren't significantly overweight and had few health problems. I either observed or asked them about their eating habits. I started noticing some similarities. The slim, healthy people in other countries and the slim, relatively healthy older adults I saw had some things in common.

Most never ate processed foods. If they did, they were consumed rarely. And contrary to the advice now to snack throughout the day, most never snacked.

If they did snack it was only once a day. Among the older adults, those who were slim ate less than they had when they were younger. Not little enough to be malnourished, but definitely less than when they were in their prime. I eat three meals daily and rarely snack. About the only time I snack is if a meal is going to be significantly late.

I do eat less at meals. Two of my meals, usually breakfast and lunch, tend to be smaller and one is larger. I don't feel deprived because I'm satisfied with how much and what I eat. There's nothing I don't eat, but many things that I don't eat often. If I really want something, I have it. I also have a general plan of what to eat at meals. I'm also a fan of Michael Pollan's mantra: I've found that I don't need to eat as much real food to be satisfied. Another thing I learned is that it's perfectly normal, in fact, somewhat necessary, for a woman to gain pounds from the time she's about 20 until her mids.

It has to do with reproduction. This has been observed throughout the world and throughout history. It's even observed in art where maidens are slim and matrons are, well, more matronly.

Part of the reason it may be hard for those of us "of a certain age" to lose weight is that we're not supposed to weigh the same as when we were younger. Alanna, I wish you the best of luck on Medi-Fast! A couple of years ago my friend lost 40 pounds on the program, at the same time I was losing 20 lbs on Jenny Craig. Two years later, she's gained 35 lbs back, and I've gained Since I've gone vegan 9 months ago none of those "packaged" plans will work for me, they all rely on animal protein of some sort.

However, if you "use" Medifast as a jumping point and maintain from there, awesome! I just couldn't do it, call me a packaged diet failure. Alanna, you look wonderful! I really enjoyed your story. I'ts similar to mine.

I lost 80lbs and my husband lost lbs on WW about 12 years ago. I am a lifetime member and even worked for WW as a meeting leader for a year quit because a new job forced me to travel a lot. However, like many of us, I've gained the weight back. I wanted to do Medifast for a while, but I was worried that it really didn't teach about how to cook or eat. It, like many other weight loss programs, just gives you the food to eat to lose weight.

I liked learning what a portion is i.

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