If you’ve dieted before, you know that sometimes sticking to a diet can be tough. So now that you’re considering the Medifast diet, you might be thinking, “What’s going to help me stick to Medifast?” Well, I have a few tips that should help you meet your goals – losing your excess weight.
1. Follow the Medifast Program exactly
Medifast has been around for over 20 years and the doctors and nutritionists who have formulated the diet know what works. So it’s important that when you get your first Medifast order, that you read the booklet that comes with it and follow the plan as written. I’m going to cover the most important parts of this plan in the next few tips.
2. Eat all of your Medifast meals
Medifast is a very low calorie diet plan, so it is important that you don’t skip any of your meals – otherwise you may not be getting enough calories and nutrients each day. And when you eat your five Medifast meals each day, you’ll have a much easier time combating cravings for foods you shouldn’t be eating. In fact, you may find you have no cravings at all after a few days.
3. Eat Your Lean & Green Meal
I’ve seen some folks decide that if they can lose weight fast eating five Medifast meals and the Lean & Green meal every day, they can lose weight faster eating six of the package meals and eliminating the Lean & Green Meal. But that isn’t such a great idea.
The lean & green meal is an important part of the plan. It provides a significant amount of your daily protein and fat, as well as fiber from the vegetables you’ll be eating. This is important in making sure you stay regular. The most common complaint about Medifast that I’ve seen is constipation and the lean & green meal will help keep this at bay.
The lean & green meal also provides an important thing that helps most people keep committed to their diet: satiety. Satiety is that sense of fullness and contentment you get after eating. And it is an important part of making sure that we stick to our plans.
4. No more than one Medifast bar per day
The Medifast bars are quite tasty. In fact, I think they may be a little bit too tasty as I would happily eat several of them every day. But the folks at Medifast limit them to one per day. The reason they do so is that eating more than one bar each day will increase the number of carbs you are getting daily. And reducing your carbs is important to keeping your appetite in check.
Also, my own experience with the Medifast bars is that they tend to set off my sweet tooth and make me crave other sweets. So by eating more than one per day, they can make it harder to stick to your plan. In fact, some dieters find it best to not use the bars in their plan at all, preferring to stick to the shakes, oatmeal and other products. So if you find that using the Medifast bars increases your cravings for sweets, you can try cutting them out.
I think if you stick to these tips, you’ll have a pretty easy time losing weight with the Medifast program and you will reach your goals. Just remember that the best way to stick to Medifast is to follow the plan exactly. Sometimes it might seem a little boring, but the rewards feel really great.