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Chances are you noticed that I have a page devoted to Medifast recipes. I did try Medifast for a short period of time, as well as other diets. This page contains my reviews of the various diets I have tried. I hope you find it helpful when trying to decide which diet is right for you. If you have any questions about my experiences, please don’t hesitate to ask. I’m full of helpful tips : )

Medifast

Medifast Website
Time frame: 2 months
Weight loss: 10 pounds the first 2 weeks + 5 pounds throughout the remaining 6 weeks = 15 pounds total + 10 inches all over!
Starting weight: 145
Ending weight: 130
Exercise: Little to none
Advantages:

  • Easy to follow, very straight forward
  • Easy to prepare prepackaged food
  • Cook one meal of your own each day in addition to the Medifast food
  • Auto-refills, discounts, free shipping, and coupons
  • Provided with list of approved ingredients for meals and snacks
  • Quick meals
  • Everything is gluten free
  • Plans for diabetics, vegetarians, and various allergies.

Food quality: Good. If you’re not used to soy products, it will probably take you a few days to adjust to the taste. Once you get over that, the food’s pretty good.
Food quantity: Small portions, but filling. Powdered, just add water. They provide you with one Medifast bowl to cook your food in and one measuring cup to measure water or mix shakes.
Variety of food: Good. There is something for everyone.
Favorite foods: Peanut butter crunch bar, southwestern eggs with egg whites (don’t knock powdered eggs til you’ve tried these!), and macaroni & cheese.
Snacking: Limited, but available
Recipes: I have a pretty extensive list of Medifast recipes on my blog. The online Medifast Community also has an area for recipes.
Cooking meals: You have to cook one “Lean and Green” meal which consists of 1 lean and 3 greens. It’s very easy to calculate. All of my Medifast recipes are Lean and Green meals.
Method: I did Medifast purely online. I used the online community to track my meals, water intake, weight loss, and exercise. If you like having support, Medifast offers counseling and has centers all over where you can go for coaching in person. You can also purchase meals in the centers instead of online. However, the in-person counseling does cost more.
Cost: Meals come in a box of 7, one for each day of the week. You can buy boxes individually, which costs more, or you can purchase packages, which are cheaper but you don’t get to pick what’s in them. Individual boxes are $16.95 a piece. If you want to pick your meals, they you’ll be paying $84.75 a week / $339 a month. 2-week packages are $199.20 and 4-week packages are $339. Also, purchases over $150 get free shipping.
Reason for quitting: It became too expensive since I was take 15 hours in college and only working 20 hours a week.
Bottom line: It worked great for me. I would have kept going if I could have afforded it. I’d probably do it again. I would recommend it to someone.


Nutrisystem

Nutrisystem Website
Plan: Weekends My Way
Time frame: 6 weeks
Weight loss: 0
Starting weight: 130
Ending weight:130
Exercise: 30 – 45 minutes, 4 – 5 days a week
Advantages:

  • Easy and fast prep; just heat up the food in their containers, no equipment necessary/li>
  • Provided with list of approved ingredients for meals and snacks
  • This plan allowed me to eat out and cook on the weekends
  • Auto-refills, discounts, free shipping, and coupons
  • Very structure, but it takes a while to understand and follow the structure
  • Can add ingredients to the packages meals to enhance them

Food quality: Fair. Some of the meals do taste a bit strange. It takes a bit to get used to them.
Food quantity: Good portions, the dinners are about the size of a TV dinner and the lunches are about the size of microwaveable macaroni and cheese cups.
Variety of food: Good. There are munchies, sweets, salty, carbs, pasta, pizzas, meatloaf, burgers, something for everyone.
Favorite foods: Italian flatbread pizza, three cheese chicken, and white cheddar popcorn.
Snacking: Required. You HAVE to snack at least twice a day, between breakfast and lunch, and lunch and dinner.
Recipes: The only packaged meals that I enhanced were the Italian flatbread pizza (with chicken, mushrooms, and spinach) and the chicken Alfredo (with mushrooms and spinach).
Cooking meals: One the days/meals that you cook for yourself, you’re told how many PowerFuels and SmartCarbs to include. It takes getting used to.
Method: I choose to do Nutrisystem purely online, but they do offer counseling online and over the phone. I did use the online tools to track my meals, water intake, weight loss, and exercise. They do have a lot of great online tools and resources.
Cost: This plan cost $159 for a 28-day supply. I was able to hand-pick each meal for no additional charge. Each plan varies. You can purchase pre-picked packages and items a la cart.
Reason for quitting: I wasn’t loosing any weight, not a single pound in 6 weeks. I felt I gave the plan ample time to work and saw no reason to continue when it didn’t.
Bottom line: I would not recommend this plan to someone. The plan isn’t that great and it didn’t work at all for me even though I followed the plan to a tee. And I didn’t fall off the wagon on the weekends, when I ate out and cooked, I still ate healthy and followed the Nutrisystem guidelines.

 

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