Medifast diet plan

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Medifast diet plan
The Medifast diet plan allows you to eat three servings of vegetables per day. (Lauren Burke/Photodisc/Getty Images)

If you’re looking for a low-calorie diet that gives you the freedom to choose from numerous pre-packaged menu items and allows you one home-cooked meal per day, you may want to ask your doctor if the Medifast diet is right for you. The Medifast diet plan is an 800 to 1,000 calorie per day eating regimen that claims to help you lose weight without you having to count calories, fat grams or "points" throughout the day.

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Identification

The Medifast diet plan is a weight loss program that allows you to eat five of the company’s pre-packaged meals per day, and one "Lean and Green" self-prepared or restaurant meal that consists of three servings of vegetables and roughly 140 g to 200 g of a lean meat such as fish, shellfish, lamb or chicken.

Types

Medifast offers variety packages for both men and women that include a vast array of hot and cold beverages and menu items such as shakes, porridge, pancakes and soup that you order online and have delivered to your home. Medifast also offers gluten-free programs and a special program for diabetics. You can order the programs in two- or four-week packages.

Theories/Speculation

The portion-controlled, low-calorie Medifast meals contain a blend of proteins and carbohydrates that help you lose weight without losing a substantial amount of muscle, says Medifast’s official website, although no independent scientific studies exist to support this claim. The diet’s calorie restrictions allow your body to burn fat for energy, which results in you losing an average of about one kilogram to 2.2 kilograms (roughly two to five pounds) per week while on the program, says Medifast.

Support

Medifast offers an online support system that includes a member’s forum where you can interact with other people on the diet, as well as record your meal plans, weight loss goals and get recipes for "Lean and Green" meals.

Expert insight

As the Medifast is low in calories, you should seek a doctor's advice before and during the diet regime to ensure that you are meeting your individual nutritional requirements and avoiding complications that could arise from your low-calorie consumption.

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