As many of you might know, MediFast is quickly becoming one of the most popular diet programs out therewhich claims to help both men and women lose 20 pounds in 30 days.
But does it work? Read on to find out the secrets behind Medifast and losing weight...
Medifast has existed for many years, but it wasn't available to the general public at all - just doctors. Just recently, all of their products are readily available to regular people, and you can order their replacement meals online or phone.
Medifast basically offers a set of meal replacement packages. They are all low-calorie, and low in fat. Unlike other diets, the MediFast packages all offer the essentail nutrients and vitamins your body needs.
Their popular package is the "5 and 1" package. It consists of five replacement meals and 1 meal consisting of lean protein + veggies + salad.
Altogether, you consume just 900 calories a day, and most people lost up to 5 lbs a week.
So where's the proof that it works?
The problem with so many diet pills, supplements, and other diet programs is that there is no simply no proof that it works. There are no clinical studies at all, just marketing fluff. Well, with Medifast it's different.
One study done was a John Hopkins study, that proved that using the Medifast diet porgrams will result in weight loss.
Males lost on average 65 lbs, while females lost 55 lbs on average, when using the Medifast program for a couple of months.
In addition, there is another study that essentially shows that MediFast is very effective in controlling Type 2 Diabetes than any ADA program. Both of these studies were done by Lawrence Cheskin, Professor of John Hopkins University.
How many people have succeeded with this program?
There are many success stories about people losing serous weight with MediFast. The most popular one is Nnedi Igwe(who is from Maryland). I saw a page devoted to her in the People magazine. She lost 160 lbs between June '04 and April '05.
There are many other success stories featured in their official website, but Nnedi definitely tops all of them.
Losing 160 lbs in 1 year is life-changing, and very motivating. You really need discipline to achieve that goal, and I congratulate her.
In a recent story, she is still maintaining that weight loss, which is encouraging.
My Experience with MediFast
I tried MediFast starting in January of '05. My goal was to lose 50 lbs after 6 months. After the first month, my goal was halfway there. I bought the 5 and 1 Meal plan ($275/month).
After the first month, I lost 20 lbs.
In the 2nd month, I lost 15 lbs, and after 3 months I had lost a total of 48 lbs.
After I achieved my goal, I went on the maintenance program, and since then I haven't gained a single lb. I have lost a total of 70-80 lbs using MediFast for 6 months. Some of the meals taste great, others taste bland, while a few taste bad (not horrible though).
The shakes taste surprisingly tasty. I didn't feel starved or hungry during the program at all. I felt full, more energetic, light, and it showed by my weight loss.
So should I try Medifast?
Meal replacements are definitely something you do not want to consume for the rest of your life. However, for those who are seriously overweight, it is definitely a healthier, safer, and more effective alternative than taking dangerous pills (Phentermine, Hoodia, you name it).
The plan costs around $275 for a month, which is reasonable. One thing to note is that men and women have their own separate meal plans. Men, of course usually consume more than women. There are also different formulas for the 2 sexes.
If you are just a few lbs overweight, I definitely would not recommend Medifast to you. Just stick to exercising a bit more (take some yoga or martial arts classes).
If you are more than 15 or 20 lbs overweight, I would definitely try MediFast. There are many success stories out there, and it has become very popular among weight loss forums for a reason - it simply works if you follow it correctly.