Medifast is a portion-controlled, nutritionally balanced, low-fat, and clinically proven program that helps people lose weight faster and more effectively than traditional diet plans. Medifast Meals come in individual packets that you mix with water and microwave or refrigerate, and are available in a wide variety of foods and flavors, including shakes, soups, stew, chili, oatmeal, scrambled eggs, fruit drinks, iced teas, hot beverages, bars, and puddings. Quick and easy to prepare, they offer a healthy fast food alternative to a busy lifestyle!
The clinically proven results of Medifast are based on the use of a structured meal plan featuring Medifast Meals, which are nutritionally designed with a proven combination of protein and carbohydrate, allowing you to successfully lose weight while minimizing loss of muscle. The Jump Start Plan, our standard plan for weight loss, is medically designed to create a calorie deficit, allowing your body to burn fat for energy.
What is the average weight loss amount per week?
Clinical studies indicate that most people lose 2-5 pounds per week for the first 2 weeks and 1-2 lbs per week thereafter with Medifast. The scale isn’t the only test, so check other indicators such as your waistline measurement and how well your clothes are fitting you. Individual results may vary, and are dependent upon various factors such as your starting weight, targeted weight-loss goal, level of exercise, presence of medical conditions, use of medications, accuracy with diet compliance, etc.
Has the use of Medifast been researched?
Yes! Medifast is the brand that has been recommended by over 20,000 doctors since 1980. Clinical studies by researchers from Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, as well as other major teaching universities and institutions, have shown the plan to be both effective and medically safe.
Is Medifast safe?
Medifast has been clinically proven through a number of controlled studies. Since 1980, more than 20,000 doctors nationwide have recommended Medifast Programs and products to their patients and more than one million customers have safely used Medifast.
How do I get started on the Medifast Weight Control Centers Program?
We recommend that you come in to one of our Centers for a free consultation. We will walk you through our entire process so you can see how quick and easy it will be to reach your weight-loss goals.
Should I wait until the weekend or start during the week?
You can do either one, depending on what works best for you. The first three days are critical to your success, so pick a start date that makes sense for your schedule. You might want to look for a time when you don’t anticipate any family, work-related, or other social-type events that involve food, which may present additional obstacles or temptations.
How long can I stay on the Medifast Program?
As long as you are doing well and making progress, you should be able to stay on the Medifast program for as long as it takes to reach your desired goal weight.
Should I exercise along with the program?
Exercise is a necessary part of losing weight, improving metabolism, and maintaining weight loss. Exercise also provides many health enhancing benefits such as: improved blood sugar control, improved flexibility and balance, blood pressure control, strength and endurance, and help to decrease stress. If you are not already exercising regularly when you start the Medifast Program, we recommend you wait two to three weeks (and check with your physician) before you begin an exercise program. Start an exercise program slowly, and gradually increase time spent on an activity (and intensity of the activity) as your body allows. Choose an activity that you can enjoy regularly. Most of our customers find walking is the easiest activity to incorporate into their day.
For an individual who has an exercise program in place prior to starting Medifast, we recommend cutting the intensity and duration of your exercise program in half for the first couple of weeks to allow the body to adjust to its new calorie level. As your body adjusts to this lower calorie level, you can increase time and intensity of your exercise plan. For the entire time that you are on the Jump Start Plan, we recommend limiting vigorous exercise to 45 minutes each day.