Post # 1
I’m getting married in September and want to lose like 40lbs – I’ve gained the weight over the last 3 years & just don’t feel / look like myself anymore.
I’m very curious to hear anyone experiences/ thoughts on medifast!
Post # 3
@sagbride: Have you ever tried Weight Watchers? 40lbs by September is doable and you can do it in a healthy way.
I’ve never done Medifast, but I really don’t like any of the “diets” where you replace meals with something else because that doesn’t teach you anything about keeping the weight off after you lose it.
Sure, you could lose 40lbs for the wedding, but will most likely put it back on afterward when you return to normal eating.
Programs that teach you how to eat and about portion sizes are much better for your health and also help you keep the weight off long term.
Post # 4
@KatNYC2011: I know – I have just lacked discipline with weight watchers online so I was thinking that maybe by doing on of these plans – it would be easier as in – ok you’re eating this next b/c it’s already here & you already paid for it- no being able to choose (aka eat something bad)
I don’t know….it’s so much money also….I’m just going to be so upset if I don’t get back to my normal weight. ??
Post # 5
@sagbride: You will always be able to “cheat” no matter what plan you are on. Have you tried going to WW meetings? Some have said having to WI in front of someone every week really helps.
Even if you have prepared meals, that doesn’t mean you aren’t going to walk by a fast food place or ice cream store (or whatever your food vice is) on the way home and give in to that temptation.
Post # 6
@KatNYC2011: you’re right – I really need to mentally get into it. So frustrated with myself about this….everything else with the wedding I’m super type A about. I haven’t gone to any meetings…I feel weird doing that. Have you gone to any?
Post # 7
My friend works for Medifast so I’ve tried a couple of their products. Basically, you eat these tiny, low-calorie, high-fiber, vitamin-full “meals” (though I wouldn’t call them that) throughout the day, and then you eat one actual meal that consists of a low fat protein and lots of veggies. I thought the stuff tasted ok, but it’s not very filling and I imagine it gets a little repetitive (and expensive!) if you’re doing it over several months.
What’s been working for me is SparkPeople.com. It’s free and if you’re using it properly (keeping a food journal, recording all the exercise you do, recording measurements such as weight and body fat), you can lose weight and get healthy. Knowing I have to record everything I eat and that I have exercise “scheduled” for each day helps keep me motivated to eat healthy and work out.
Post # 8
I’m doing WW in prepration for my wedding in November. I’ve lost 10lbs so far and I haven’t had to stop living (ie eating chocolate and drinking!). I’ve tried online and that doesn’t work for me – I have to go to meetings….I need the accountability.
I had a friend who did Medifast right before her wedding. I know it was hard for her to stick to, especially with all of the wedding related activities (shower, bachelorette, etc). She lost 20lbs quickly, but has put it all back and then some.
Post # 9
A friend of mine did medifast… even with her cheating she managed to lose 10 lbs or so over the course of a month. However, the food all just looked awful! None of it was “real” food… lots of powdered stuff — I don’t think I could take it. I will say that I tried Nutrisystem once… what was good about it was most of the food was tasty and it was pretty filling. The downside was it gave me terrible gas… constantly.
What finally worked for me to lose thirty lbs I gained towards the end of college was counting calories and being aware and concious of everything I ate. (Well, not “everything”… I cheated every once in a while) There are several apps that make it really easy to keep track of how many calories you have in a given day. (Like, for instance… you think eating a few of those mini Reese’s is okay? That’s an extra 36 calories EACH! and don’t even start thinking about a Girl Scout cookie…)
Post # 10
Just to give you girls an update – I started medifast last saturday & have lost 6 pounds. I’m honestly not that hungry on it (guess it’s all the fiber & protein) and I haven’t cheated at all. I’m really motivated & excited. I’d definitely recommend it if any of you are looking to lose some weight. It is mostly powdered food, shakes, bars, soups – but you are allowed to exchange the foods you don’t like for foods you like & it’s not the greatest tasting food, but it’s managable & growing on me.
My wedding isn’t until September & I like Nov11VAbride said – I knwo if I waited for when all my events are I would definitely cheat so I’m glad I started it now & get this extra weight out of the way so I can enjoy the last few months.
Post # 11
I did Medifast for a little under 4 months and lost about 60 lbs. Its pretty easy to follow, your really never hungry, and you see results very quickly. That being said, the taste of the meals can be an adjustment. I also found it difficult to transition to “real food” afterwards. Becasue the plan actualy slows down your metabolism you need to be very careful when you transition off of it. In all honesty I have since gained most of the weight back.
Post # 12
I tried it and didn’t like it. I was always hungry and the food was gross. I lost more weight doing it the old fashioned way: walking daily, replacing sugary drinks with ice water, 6 small sensible meals a day, 20 or so minutes of cardio.
I lost 15 pounds in 2 months.