My Honest Medifast Diet Review
Welcome to my first Medifast diet review. I have to admit that I am very new to this, so don’t expect an expert opinion, but rather one coming from a simple person, like you. I am sure we all have faced a battle with our scales and jeans at one point in time or another. Wherever you are in life, taking a bit of care of yourself can’t hurt, or at least that’s how I have been feeling for a while.
Let me tell you a bit about myself. I am in my late thirties, a busy working from home wife and mom of two with a big house and full schedule. I am in good shape, but would enjoy losing 6 pounds and a couple of inches off my waist. I go to high intensity training boot camp every morning and walk my dog afterwards whenever I can. All that seems fine, but then evenings come and I overeat on a regular basis. This is why my weight is not changing for the better no matter how much I sweat with my friends and my trainer 5 days per week. Needless to say it is quite frustrating.
Given all my struggles, I decided to look into a diet of some sort for myself alone, as my family is doing very fine with their trim waists. I thought that if I could take care of my evening food, I would be fine. My plan was to feed my family the same kind of food I always did and find something healthier for me.
With that goal in mind I looked at many diets, including Medifast, Nutrisystem, Splendid Spoon, and others. While they all have something good, I decided on Medifast because of their flexibility. Splendid Spoon, for example, delivers breakfasts and lunches, but not dinners, which is what I need. Nutrisystem is a complete monthly food supply, but at this point I don’t need all that much. All others didn’t have the best reviews.
So Medifast it was. I loved reading success stories and testimonials from hundreds of users, who lost weight while eating tasty foods. I was sold on this meal plan, especially because it was created by a doctor in order to help overweight diabetes patients stay on track and get healthier. Granted, those testimonials came from people who ordered the entire month’s supply and stayed on it diligently, but I was sure evening meals alone could make a difference for me.
Once my decision was made, I looked at various food options on Medifast website and selected hot meals with protein. I love home cooking from scratch, so those appealed to me. I ordered a few of these meals:
- Turkey Meatball Marinara
- Beef Stew
- Chicken Cacciatore
- Chicken with Rice and Vegetables
I was very excited to get my box in a couple of days. It came nicely packed, except for the poor coffee mug, which did not survive the shipping experience in one piece. I called Medifast customer service and had a conversation with a nice lady about replacing it. She had some trouble locating my account based on Order Number, but Customer ID helped and I have a new coffee mug coming for free. And she didn’t even need to see the picture of it broken! So I am glad to say that customer service works great.
I have been eating my dinners from Medifast for the last 3 days and so far I am loving them! My favorite meal so far was Beef Stew. It might have something to do with the fact that I really love everything beef, but also my taste buds were very happy with hearty blend of meat, vegetables, sauce, and a nice mix of spices. I could eat this every day or at least every night! My next dinner was Chicken Cacciatore and it was almost as good as Beef Stew – also saucy, meaty, with vegetables and pasta. Last night I had Turkey Meatball Marinara and my dog almost stole it from me while I was facing the other way. I thoroughly enjoyed 6 giant meatballs swimming in flavorful sauce.
I am very happy to see that meals have 290 calories, which is not bad at all for dinner. They are also loaded with protein and fiber, so even though the portions are not big, I felt full and great until the next morning. Every one of those meals has 26 grams of protein and that would make even my trainer happy!
All in all, I can see myself sticking to this dinner diet for a while. I might even venture beyond just dinners and order lunches and breakfasts, which I can do thanks to Medifast flexibility. My only complaint is the food is microwavable, which is something I am not used to. I can see that eating those same meals for a long time might get boring, especially when meals tend to taste similar, but there are many more options to be tried in the future.
The box included a few booklets with all the information needed to get anybody started on the diet:
- Food Journal for tracking
- Healthy Living Workbook with advice about changing your mindset and environment, setting goals, and taking control of sleep, exercise, cravings, and everything else that can impact your success
- Medifast for Diabetes with useful tips for success
- Maintenance Guide about transition to real food after a while
In conclusion, I am a happy diet beginner so far and really enjoy eating healthy meals in the evenings without pigging out on mashed potatoes and other goodies with my kids anymore. It’s too early to see the results, but I think I am down at least 1 pound or maybe even 2. This definitely motivates me to keep going!