What is the Medifast weight loss program and how does it work?

The Medifast weight loss plan gets its name unsurprisingly from the medical background of the diet, the plan was originally used back in the 1980’s by family doctors who needed to reduce the weight of patients in a short space of time.

The success of the weight loss program however, soon saw interest generated amongst a wider range of people beyond those needing to lose weight rapidly for strictly medical reasons. As such, today the Medifast weight loss program is a well known diet with a loyal group of followers.

The Medifast diet plan today is most associated with the range of products of the same name which fit into a three stage program.

Whilst the diet is a calorie controlled one, the program emphasizes the fact that starvation dieting will only lead to binge eating at a later date and thus the failure of the diet.

Stage One: Medifast 5 in 1 – In the initial stage of the diet, 800 to 1,000 calories are consumed per day by eating 5 Medifast branded meals plus a regular low calorie meal. Each Medifast pre-prepared meal contains 100 calories leaving around 500 calories to come from the “lean green” meal. The lean green meal is usually a high protein low fat meal based on foods such as chicken and fish or tofu.

Stage Two: Transition – Here the number of Medifast pre-prepared meals are reduced and the amount of ordinary food consumed is increased. Overall at this stage calorie consumption is increased to around 1,500 calories per day. This stage of the diet plan lasts for 16-27 days depending upon the target weight.

Stage Three: Maintenance – At this stage Medifast branded products may be given up however, a two to three month period of consuming no more than 1,500 calories per day should be observed to ensure that weight is not put back on and the hard work lost.

As such, the Medifast weight loss plan offers a rapid weight loss solution however, the diet dose require a serious commitment and can have many of the side effects associated with a extremely low calorie diet. As with all low calorie diets it is recommended that the opinion of a medical professional is sought before starting the program.