I started Medifast on June 27, 2015. I was in a stressful situation. I had just gone to see my sister for the last time. She had terminal brain cancer. I began my journey with Medifast when I came home and started losing weight right away. I talked to my sister and her husband weekly. The simplicity of the Medifast program made it easy to lose the weight without the added stress of meal planning, grocery shopping, cooking meals, etc. My counselor was very understanding and helpful as I lost about 2 pounds a week. I lost a total of 40+ pounds and went from a size 12 to a size 4! The Medifast program was amazing and my counselor, Hannah and everyone on the staff were very friendly and encouraging along the way! I feel a lot healthier and in control of my body. Thank you Medifast.
I joined Take Shape for life and used the program meals through Medifast and lost 25 lbs. My experience was great and very successful. I talked with my health coach every week, she helped, as I made changes, kept me accountable and worked through challenges. My husbands Doctor endorsed the program, as he travels for a living and he has lost 20 lbs too. If you replace your grocery bill with the program meals, it's easy, tasty, portable and affordable. So my friends asked me how I lost the weight I now have become a coach and share what I learned.
The program puts you in a fat burning zone and helps curb your appetite while safely losing weight. A coach shares their journey with the next client! I have made so many changes and have kept the weight off, and love helping others meet their health goals. I read other people's stories and felt I needed to share my very positive experience. Anyone can lose weight, but how do you keep it off, that's where the coach and TSFL come in. By ordering your meals it does not cost any extra for the coaching. The plan costs about 12.00 dollars a day. You will eventually leave the meals when your weight loss is complete and be very successful as your coach helps with the transition. I wanted to share my very successful experience!
I went on Medifast April of 2012 through the coaching division called Take Shape For Life. With TSFL, you order Medifast but get a free health coach that calls you and supports you along your journey. She helped explain the science behind the program and it was amazing! I lost 54 lbs in 5 months! By August I had gone from a size 20 to a size 8/10! My coach helped me do the proper transition and maintenance so I didn't gain my weight back... which is a first for me! I have a long history of gaining my weight back and yoyo-ing! No more! I have not gained my weight back after 3 years! I live a healthy lifestyle eating regular food in moderation... and I learned all the healthy habits I needed in my life to make this a lifestyle instead of a diet!
I now help others on their journey... I just had to pay this forward! I like that you eat great nutrition... get off the addiction of carbs... are never hungry. You eat 6 times a day... get your sweet tooth satisfied. No thinking or counting... and look forward to your lean and green every day which you can eat with your family or when eating out! The success rate is very high with my clients doing Take Shape for Life... fueled by Medifast!
So I started this program two weeks ago and all I can say is that I am very pleased! I have a coach and she is wonderful! I do think the food in the kits is terrible and I prefer only select foods so it has been costly in the beginning but now I know what I like and I only order that. I wish there was a website where people actually posted reviews on the food so I wouldn't have to waste money buying the stuff that stinks. I have lost 8 lbs in two weeks (5 lbs the first week and 3 lbs the second). I think I would have lost more the second week but I celebrated a birthday with a wee bit of cake. ;)
I am very happy on this product. I am hoping to lose 20 lbs and then work out steadily thereafter to tone everything. I love this system. I think it's very easy to follow. It's all about how much self-discipline you have. My kids offer me a brownie, gummy bears, ice cream and I say, "No thank you". My family eats different items than myself but it is okay. You have to be strong-willed and a tough cookie! :)
The effectiveness is awesome and I would recommend it to anyone that wants to use this service and support the best industry I have used. Great food quality and service providers are awesome. I'm glad that I used this food service and it's been a great pleasure to do so. So therefore I will continue to use it. Greatest customer support and satisfaction I have ever dealt with. Great value for the money and anyone interested in this service is guaranteed to be happy with everything that it has to offer.
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A great meal replacement that not only tastes good but also holds you over. I never felt hungry afterwards and it also helped curb cravings. I'd say it worked well and did its job. The quality was good. I've tried different brands that do the same thing and always felt dissatisfied afterwards with the taste and texture. Didn't have that problem with Medifast. It was good. Anytime I had any questions they were always quick to respond and help me get the answers I needed. Very responsive and I never had to wait long to get the information I needed. Of course people always want more for less money. I just think that they could do better promotions or different types of offers and what not to bring new customers in or retain the ones they have.
Works pretty well but kind of hard to stick to regularly if you are not used to dieting. Don't feel extremely hungry either in between meals when on this program. Food quality is ok. Portions are not that big but I wouldn't expect them to be huge either but a little bigger would be nice. Food tastes good though and the desserts are not bad either. I would totally recommend customer support. Very helpful and very caring and took the time to answer all of my questions and explain everything in great detail. I give Customer Service 5 stars. It was ok. The money value of the program really is not that expensive but could be a little cheaper for people who do not have a ton of money. That would be my only complaint about that.
I tried Medifast after hearing ads on the radio. The counselors were nice enough. I carefully followed the program to the letter and had very little success after the first week (about 3 pounds). The packaged food is almost inedible. Seriously, some of the most disgusting food I'd ever put in my mouth! After a summer of struggling to stay on the plan, hundreds and hundreds of dollars, and down just a few pounds, I quit! Such a miserable program! Horrendous food, very costly, total disappointment. Lost only about 12 pounds in 3 months. I figured it cost about $100/pound. Would never, ever, ever recommend!
Honestly it may have been more effective if I had used it as directed and for a longer time period. So it was probably partly my fault that I did not get the results I had hoped for. Personally for me the food was not as flavorful as I would have liked it to be which is probably for the most part why I didn't stay with it longer than I did. The customer support was satisfactory as far as I was concerned. Options were suggested to me that I decided to decline, pretty much for the reason I stated previously. I didn't care for the taste. For me personally the value wasn't that satisfactory. I honestly feel you can achieve the same goals by using other methods, probably for less expense.
The overall effectiveness of Medifast was surprising. The weight loss item really helped me lose weight, and gain the confidence I was looking for. The overall food quality for Medifast was good. The meals had a good serving and proportions for weight loss. I would highly recommend using the customer support options for Medifast. They are supportive and help customers with weight loss options and meals. The overall value is great for customers.
Medifast has been around for a number of decades, and at one time was only available via physicians. However for some years the products have been available to anyone online. Medifast offer meal replacement products typically formulated to be low-calorie and low-fat, and containing optimum levels of vitamins. The formula will generally take users into a mild state of ketosis. Another compared Medifast with diabetes medication. The study found Medifast more effective at controlling type 2 diabetes than an ADA-recommended program. One issue with Medifast is the long-term consequences especially coming off the program. The transition phase is 4-6 weeks, and starts off by introducing oatmeal at breakfast, and fruit for snacks.
I started the Medifast program in June 2013. I lost a total of 43 pounds on the program. I was on the Medifast five and one program and found that it was very easy to stay on. The Medifast life coach that I had contacted me each week and provided me with the information that I needed to continue on the program. The amazing thing about Medifast and the five and one program is that I was really never hungry. The program is set up so that you're eating low carb meals every three hours.
On the five and one program you eat five of the Medifast dietary meals and one regular meal. I think the biggest challenge to losing weight is more in your head than it is in your stomach. You have to be ready to accept a lifestyle change in order to lose weight. You can't go into the program thinking that you are going to lose weight and then go back and eat the way you did before. This is a lifestyle change and Medifast stresses that in all of their information that they provide for you.
I was a diabetic and on several medications before I started this program. I was able to get off all my medication during while on Medifast. I am currently still within 5 pounds of my lowest point in weight and still use two or three meals per day as a maintenance to keep the weight off. I would recommend the program to anybody looking to lose weight.
It worked pretty well but it was not the best that's for sure. For the first 2 weeks it was great but after that everything seemed the same. Over all it had a good effect but not the best. It was very delicious and had a good feel in my mouth, it felt great after I ate it. It did not give me any problems after I consumed it. So overall it was very good and I greatly enjoyed my experience with its quality. The customer support was good, the people were very friendly and nice. They seemed to know what they are doing and have helped me greatly. I was overall very happy and enjoyed myself with them. The value was great and a very fair price. Highly recommended for the price. It was not cheap but it was not too expensive at the same time. Overall great and fair pricing for the product.
Very helpful and hope to have it once more. Sometimes I woud like to use it once in a while so I would recommend it to other people who want it just like me and hopefully they would like it just like me. Very delicious. People all around would love to taste the wonderful food and bring joy to their day. A lot of people would love to try the new foods to bring joy. Very helpful and I would love to keep it that way. I hope that they will improve just a little bit more to get it basting with character. I hope everyone enjoys just like how I did. Very fair - I think it is one of the best value I have had and I hope they keep it that way so I want to thank them for that and I hope they keep up the awesome work.
Though it kept me from starving or caving in from hunger in moments I felt like I ate more when I finally got to eat a meal. The flavors were great and many to choose from though. The food had great taste and texture. It kept well and tasted great. There is a wide variety to choose from and you get what you pay for. They were helpful, supportive and extremely friendly, nonjudgmental and intelligent. They were well informed and knowledgeable about all the Medifast products. While it is a little pricey, especially for someone like me living on a very fixed income, in the end it is worth the money spent as it truly works - is simple and tastes great.
I did lose about 2-3 pounds a week, however did gain some of it back recently, didn't focus on long term care. Lose weight but got sick, constipation. Horrible, could only eat a few of the different items, bars, shakes. Honey pretzel sticks were the only thing I wanted to eat the rest was a chore to eat. Coaches were helpful. She explained how the program worked and what would happen... she kept me accountable and that was very helpful. We made changes when needed. It was expensive for our budget. We were on one income when using the program, so it was a pinch, but it was necessary to my health so we spent the money.
It provided quick and safe weight loss. The meals were tasty. I liked that it included deserts. I liked I could integrate it with real food. I liked the different flavors of shakes and the variety of bars and bakes. The turkey meatball marina was very good. The variety of snack foods was very tasty and satisfying. A Facebook friend had recommended it to me. The food journal and Medifast achieve plan guide was useful. I liked the exercise guide because it helped me formulate a plan for aerobic, low intensity and medium intensity exercise. It was very reasonably priced. I found the menu guide very helpful, as well as the other guides that were included. The healthy celebration and maintenance guides really helped.
Worked well for what it's meant to do. I was worried about other reviews that said it wouldn't. I would try again and refer family to use this. The food quality along with the variety of meals is missing the mark. I would like to see more meal options as well as a higher food quality. Have yet to deal with customer support. I have had no issues as of yet that would require me to call customer service. I had no issues with ordering. I have had a great experience thus far and will continue up to use. The value is pretty decent for what you are getting. Some may find that it is more expensive than other programs of the same type but are getting a good deal for what you are paying for. I like that I can pick what I want.
I'm giving this diet three stars because the diet WORKS. However, the food is absolutely disgusting. The only items I could stomach were the bars, shakes, and honey pretzel sticks. I felt extremely unhealthy eating this food. It is full of chemicals, preservatives, and sodium. I am normally a very healthy eater who just needed to "reset" and lose 10 stubborn pounds. Yes, this diet worked, but I dreaded mealtimes, and never felt satisfied after their food. I had very low energy for an entire week (not 2-3 days like they claim). I can't imagine how anyone with a lot of weight to lose can live through months of this diet. I practically cried at times.
I sent back almost all the food I received, in addition to one of the books. The service rep on the phone was extremely condescending and rude to me when I called to inquire about why the book wasn't credited. I can't remember the last time I spoke to someone who was so sarcastic and abrasive. They also tried charging me $14.00 to ship out a box of shake powder that weighs less than 9 oz. Be very careful signing up with them. Read the fine print. They are more than happy to try to pull a fast one if they can.
I did the "nursing moms take shape for life" program starting at 4 months post-partum and lost 8 pounds the first week and lost 25 pounds in about 3 months with a wonderful coach. I was comfortable with that weight through my nursing journey then at 9 months post-partum, our nursing journey ended and I started the 5 & 1 Plan. I lost 30 more pounds in 3 months. The first month was slightly expensive, about $320, each month has been a little cheaper. I spend about $120-$160 on an order now, and I find I spend a lot less on groceries and definitely save not going out for lunch and dinner. My coach has been a huge asset and is very available. I've even called her while grocery shopping or when I'm out at dinner, she will help me navigate my decisions.
My total loss is around 50 pounds and I've recently started to experience a little hair loss. Mentioned it to my doctor and she said it is in line with the significant amount of weight I've lost but it should be temporary as my body readjusts. I am starting a multivitamin to help with it. Of course the food isn't great, it's a DIET. If you spend an hour googling, you can find a ton of "tips" to make the food better (adding extracts, soaking soups, adding coffee to the mocha shake, etc). I'm super happy and feel great! I even like some of the food items (mint chocolate bar, mashed potatoes, tomato basil soup!). My only complaint is I can't fit in any of my clothes, I have to go shopping now!
The "Take Shape for Life" Plan uses Medifast Food and provides a Health Coach. I was 5'10", 297 pounds with high blood pressure and taking pills and insulin for diabetes 2. I am single, travel full time in my RV and this Plan works for me. By following the 5 & 1 Plan (5 Medifast meals & 1 lean & green prepared by me), I have lost 45 pounds in 14 weeks (average of 3.2 lbs weight loss per week). My Health coaches Facebook page provides me encouragement and recipes. Seeing photos and comments by people who have lost 50 and over 100 pounds, and kept it off for over a year won't allow me to cheat or quit. I expect to reach my ultimate weight goal of 200 before my birthday in September. Then I will begin the maintenance plan. There are over 70 kinds of meals to choose from. Some food is great as is, others I modify by adding spices, garlic, cilantro, soy chorizo or other vegetables to please my taste buds.
I also eat out twice a week and still lose. Self discipline can conquer a lot. For exercise I use the Leslie Sansone's "Walk At Home" low impact workout DVDs and take my dog on evening walks. I did get light headed and dizzy on this diet in the beginning weeks but that was because my blood pressure was getting too low. After taking PB readings for a week at home, my VA Doctor lowered my blood pressure medicine and all is great now. After being on the diet for 6 weeks and as an added bonus, I no longer need to take any pills and insulin for diabetes.
I have been on so many different programs and never have I had one work so well. I was 280 lbs in November and now 5 months later I have lost 50 lbs. I have so much energy. The program is also teaching me about healthy habits of drinking water, getting plenty of sleep, adding fun exercise to my days, and eating healthy food in my lean and great meals. High fiber and protein even give me so much energy. I can keep up with my family and I am a teacher so I need to keep up with my 28 2nd graders too. It has changed my life.
I bought into this scam, ordered 2-30 day supplies for my husband and me. My husband lasted a week because he hated the food and with his rigorous 12 hour day schedule, the portions weren't sustainable. I maintained the program following it to the T with timers to eat every 2.5-3 hours and weighing out my portions for the lean and green meals.
My first week I lost 13 lbs, partially due to my scale being off (low batteries) and bloat ending from that time of the month. 3 weeks later, the scale did not budge. After discussion with my "health coach", I was pushed to continue regardless of my concerns that the food was full of genetically modified (GMO) ingredients including Soy Isolate and my doctor had told me to stay away from soy. This health coach would feed me full of crap about how it's fine for me because it's researched and this diet helps everyone.
I found this diet to be awful and not teaching any proper nutritional habits. And the health coaches aka sales people, only want to push the product and so of course they won't encourage not using the product. They disregard your concerns and push for the next order. I am left with over a month's worth of this crap and my "health coach" won't even respond to my question as to whether or not there is a place to sell my leftover supply. She just ignores me now, I guess because I don't serve a purpose to her anymore. I have PCOS, hypothyroidism, and adrenal fatigue and the crap for ingredients in this stuff was not helping any of it! I would never recommend this... Ever!
My sons, 18 and 20 years old, started the Medifast diet 5-1 plan in July and continued for 2 months. They both did well through the program, tolerated it well, and both lost about 50 lbs each which they need to lose. They both had amazing results. The diet has also taught them to eat healthy and introduced healthy foods that they did not previously like to eat. The transition period went great and now 5 months later they've probably gained 5-10 lbs but it's no surprise because they're teenagers and do like to eat junk sometimes. The 18-year-old did not strictly stick to the diet, he would cheat once in a while and introduce dairy or carbs. He was always behind the 20-year-old in losing lbs, but he still met his goal of 50 lbs loss in 2 months.
The 20-year-old followed the diet to the T and did not cheat. He also did the transition period by the book. During the transition period I noticed him weak and very thin, almost sick looking. I had asked him it was definitely time to stop, which he was in the process. After 1 month I noticed his hair in the back of his head thinning, now he is only 20 years old and very hairy, this was an abnormal reaction. I called the representative of Medifast who checked with the dietician and confirmed it could be a reaction to the trauma of losing massive amount of weight fast, and it is not permanent but temporarily. I was relieved and hoped that was the only side effect. Now keep in mind this is a healthy 20-year-old boy, who never had any illnesses in his life.
Three months after ended the Medifast diet, he fainted and was unconscious for 15 minutes. We didn't know what happened, called 911, was in the ER, did a CT scan of his brain, turned out all normal. Did bloodwork, everything ok. The only abnormal lab was his blood sugar at 60 after eating a full breakfast 1 hour before. I since have taken him to see neurologists, everything OK. Continuing to do tests, have done blood work and nothing yet. Three weeks after the incident, while at work and after 2 hours of eating dinner, he felt dizzy and blurred vision. He drank some Sprite and felt better, couldn't check his blood sugar but I assume it was so low to cause those symptoms.
The doctor has referred him to an endocrinologist which we'll go next for further testing. I am almost 100% sure he's experiencing all these symptoms due to the metabolic stress that was due to his body of losing 50 lbs in such a short time. I'm not saying Medifast is a bad diet, but it should not be done for long periods of time, or the food needs to be adjusted to not cause future health problems.
I was on the Medifast program for about 6 months. I followed it perfectly to a fault. I lost about two pounds a week, sometimes less, but consistently lost the weight. Initially, I felt great but then after 3 months, everything changed. My stomach was constantly turning and eventually the gas became so bad I couldn't do anything. It was painful, smelly and uncontrollable. I was unable to go to the gym and struggled to work but continued the diet because it was working. Next was constipation. Although I had vegetables for dinner and drank tons of water, I battled with constipation. It eventually caused an anal fissure (ripped open). I now have to take Miralax daily for the rest of my life.
This with the final straw of gobs (and I mean literally handfuls) of my hair was falling out. I was afraid to shower or brush my hair because it was rapidly falling out. I have thick long hair and it quickly became thin and stringy. I called Medifast and they denied it was their product causing my issues. They said it was from the stress of losing weight. I stopped the diet. It took my gut and hair about 6 months to recover. I did gain back all of the weight plus 42 lbs within that year. I have since been losing weight for the past year without any issues other than just feeling great and healthy.
In Nov 2014 I went to Mayo in Scottsdale for studies on becoming a donor. I passed all tests with blood levels fine, no issues found in the week long of studies. In March of 2015 I started the Medifast diet and was on it from March until about June 2015. The food was extremely horrible and made me feel so dizzy and weird. They told me to eat more protein so I did however that did not make it help very well. I chose to stop the program because I was feeling so weird all the time and just was very uncomfortable about the way the food was making me feel.
I later in June/July went to the doctor about seeking attention due to having some issues with my body and went to seek medical attention about pain. After having several blood tests done, I found out that I have a high level of Rheumatoid Arthritis in my blood and kidney issues! Now keep in mind Mayo is one of the best rated hospitals so their tests could not have been wrong. So needless to say I am with the lady that placed a rating this past December 2015 that this food is going to kill someone or probably already has. I am getting a lawyer as well and will seek Justice in this diet food that has caused me so many problems and pain that I will have to deal with for the rest of my life.
I'm wondering if there have been any lawsuits. It seems that nearly all reviews are negative. Goodness! Hair loss, dizziness, etc. I lost ten pounds. I haven't experienced these things, but I do have complaints about the Indissolvable and inedible foods. How can this be legal?
I lost 30 pounds on this diet and gained it right back after stopping the program. The bars are sweet so it doesn't really teach you good eating habits. I tried to do the diet again because I received an email with a code for $25 off. The code was accepted when I entered it and then when I went to review the order, the code had disappeared. What a joke. I canceled the order and am completely disappointed with Medifast.
I ordered a month worth of product from Medifast in late May 2015. On July 15th they charged my debit card for an additional month without authorization. They claim we signed up for auto renew each month and they shipped a box of product to the same address as the original shipment went to. What they didn't know is we sold the house and moved out 1 week after the original shipment arrived, so there is no way we would have signed up for auto renewal.
After some online investigation, it appears this is a common practice of this company, as there are many complaints very similar to mine in which they say you signed up for auto renew and just ship product then make you pay for return shipping. I am working with my bank to get over $400 dollars back but want it to be known they have some very shady business practices.
At the urging of my "friend" who had lost over 90 pounds, I placed an order. I was told that I needed to STOP exercising in order for this to "work properly!" Here are my experiences (in no certain order): I had an allergic reaction to several of the "foods!" (And I use the term "food" loosely.) I became weak and continually nauseated for more than two weeks. The "food" tastes like cardboard and is NOT healthy because it is full of additives and preservatives.
Weight loss is NOT about dieting. Weight loss is about EXERCISE and EATING HEALTHY foods in HEALTHY serving sizes. If a "diet" tells you to STOP exercising, it is because it is a "starvation" diet. The TSFL program is 550 calories on the "plan" plus on "Lean and Green" meal PER DAY bringing your total to about 1200 calories. This is DANGEROUS if you are diabetic and exercising.
This plan is NOT healthy. TSFL is a MLM (Multi-Level Marketing) plan to help those at the top make money. Each month's worth of food will cost you $320 or more. You can do a lot better (and healthier) by shopping at your local grocery store for natural, good tasting, and health food choices. Listening to my "friend" entice others into the program was disgusting. She would literally embellish the truth about the plan. This was the final straw in my quest to "set the record straight!" I am sure this posting will be lambasted by those at the top of the pyramid, but I really do not care! The TRUTH will out...
JJ VirginWeight Loss Programs Contributing Editor
Celebrity Nutrition & Fitness Expert JJ Virgin is author of New York Times bestseller “The Virgin Diet: Drop 7 Foods, Lose 7 Pounds, Just 7 Days.” She is also the best-selling author of “Six Weeks to Sleeveless and Sexy” as well as a prominent TV and print media personality.
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Developed by a physician, Medifast takes the guesswork and planning out of dieting by providing full meal plans for adults, teens and those with special dietary needs. Medifast offers over 70 meal replacements for consumers to choose from, including, macaroni and cheese, brownie soft bake and Dutch chocolate shake. Their special needs meal plans can be customized for diabetes patients, nursing moms, those with gout, teenagers, seniors, vegetarians, those with Coumadin (warfarin) and people with gluten intolerance.Medifast certainly sounds doctor-endorsed, and though they provide a variety of studies to support their meal plans, recently government agencies sued because their 5 & 1 Plan low-calorie diet claimed could "lose up to 2-5 pounds per week,” yet Medifast couldn't provide scientific evidence to support that claim. The key principle for Medifast are their over 70 meal replacements, which include macaroni and cheese, brownie soft bake and Dutch chocolate shake.
- No guesswork: You’ve got everything laid out for you. As they say, enjoy “five of our specially formulated meals and one Lean & Green™ Meal of your own.” This takes the guesswork out of losing fat, which is perfect for those who don't have the time or interest to maintain a complicated plan.
- Three phases: Medifast provides 3 phases – weight loss, transition, and maintenance – to make fat loss permanent. Many diets neglect the maintenance phase, which is crucial for lasting fat loss, making this a very well-planned diet.
- Variety: Medifast actually provides 5 plans to benefit a variety of people including plans specifically for nursing mothers and one just for teens. Dieters can choose among 70 low-glycemic meals. Boredom is a key factor many people fail at fat loss, so food choice and variety is crucial, especially if you easily become bored with meal plans. Medifast has a plan that fits any busy person who wants to attain fat loss.
- 30-day money back guarantee: Consumers who are not satisfied with their Medifast food or blenders are eligible for a refund within 30 days of their first shipment. Any promotional and/or free items that were sent with your blender or perishable contents are yours to keep.
- Best for Teens, college students, new moms and busy adults.
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