What do Medifast foods actually taste like?
Several months ago I decided to try out the Medifast Diet and have successfully lost about 50 lbs on it. Since whether or not you can stomach eating the food on a diet program like this is usually a make or break part of weight loss success, I thought I'd give a rundown of all the foods I've tried and whether they were tasty, edible, barely passable, or utterly revolting.
There's no question that if you follow the Medifast Diet, you will lose weight. I lost about 30 lbs in the first two months I was on it.
But like most diets, once you are done with the special foods and go back to eating like a normal person, the weight creeps back on. If you can successfully change your lifestyle after you stop eating their product, then I think Medifast is quite effective. If you go back to the "same old, same old", then it's a short term solution.
I was on Medifast for a few months and then stopped using it because I was cheating too much. Off the diet I gained some weight back. But now I am back on Medifast and this time I'm committed to keeping on it till I lose all my weight. So the trick will be sustaining the weight loss and not going back to my bad old habits in the end.
One thing I have noticed in particular while following the Medifast program that has turned out, for me, to be even better than the weight loss is that my skin cleared up and a lot of my GI Tract problems have disappeared. My guess is that I have some kind of food allergies. Medifast is primarily soy-based and I don't eat any wheat at all while on the program, so who knows? Maybe I have some wheat sensitivies.
My favorite Medifast foods
My personal favorites are the Hot Cocoa, the Orange Cream shake and the Lemon Fantasy and Oatmeal Raisin Food bars. All three of them are delicious enough that I would drink or eat them even if I wasn't dieting. The Hot Cocoa is one of the few Medifast products that doesn't have any soy in it.
The Medifast shakes are the mainstay of the program and, fortunately, I found all of the shakes to be pretty good as well, but they do tend to have a faint soy aftertaste. In my opinion, the powdered packets taste better than the Ready-To-Drink shakes which just seem rather thin and uninteresting. Mixing the powdered shakes with ice in a blender improves them considerably and you can also add flavored syrups to them as long as the syrups are sugar-free.
I tried doing the same with the Ready-To-Drink and they just didn't turn out as well. I'm guess the formulation is quite a bit different.
Good and/or Tolerable
The Soups -- There are two Medifast soups, Chicken and Minestrone. They are both tolerable, the minestrone more so, but only if you mix them with water and let them sit for an hour or three before heating them up. If you don't give the water time to soak into the dehydrated bits of noodles and vegetables, your soup will be a bit crunchy and a bit disgusting. Both need more flavor and I always added more salt, pepper and some hot tabasco or salso to the minestrone. I gave up on the Chicken.
Food Bars -- with the exception of the Oatmeal Raisin and the Lemon Fantasy (both of which I love), I find most of the Medifast food bars to be just okay as far as taste goes, but a step above what most replacement food bars taste like in general so I guess that is a plus. The other bars are Chocolate Divine, Peanut Butter, Chocolate Mint, Smore Granola and Caramel Nut.
Oatmeal Packets - I have to confess that I only eat regular oatmeal after drowning it with milk and sweet things like honey or maple syrup so it was hard for me to eat the Medifast oatmeal packets without adding lots of other stuff to them. But overall, they taste exactly like oatmeal so if you like oatmeal, then you'll like these. Flavors are peach and apple cinnamon, maple and brown sugar. I think that's all of them.
I need to state upfront, this is all my personal opinion of what I liked and what I didn't. There are lots of folks in the various Medifast forums who love the things I hate. But still... some of this stuff was just plain gross.
Chai Latte -- truly disgusting. Like the Hot Cocoa, you just mix it with water and then zap it in the microwave until it is hot enough to drink. Unlike the Hot Cocoa, which tastes exactly like cocoa, the Medifast Chai Latte taste nothing like any Chai tea you've ever had anywhere. If you've never tasted Chai, maybe that would be okay, but as I drink the stuff all the time in various forms -- powder mixes, tea bags, liquid mixes -- I found this stuff remarkably offensive.
The Puddings -- there are two Medifast puddings, banana and chocolate. They are described as "smooth, creamy and delicious". They are none of those things. What they are is powdery, chaulky and gross. It is virtually impossible to get them mixed adequately and you always end up with little lumps of powder and everything tastes vaguely grainy. The chocolate is worse than the banana.
Iced Tea -- I was sent some Iced Teas (Rasberry and Peach) as some samples with one of my Medifast orders. I am so glad i did not order a whole week's worth. I figured they would taste more or less like Snapple Ice Teas. Boy, was I wrong. So vile, I couldn't even finish drinking them. The worst soy aftertaste of any of the Medifast foods.
tracy on November 02, 2012:
I started on the diet yesterday. I have some meals left over from being on the diet previously that I am using until my order comes in. I like the taste but I am used to soy products have gone vegan for periods of time. I use the blender for the shakes and love the flavor of just about all of them, Orange Creme being my favorite. Too many bars and the weight stops dropping, at least for me. I really like MediFast but IT IS EXPENSIVE, especially for someone who doesn't eat out. Almost $3 per meal is a lot of money. I WISH it was cheaper as times are tough. But, I am confident that I will lose the weight like I did years ago for a cruise. Hopefully I can keep buying the product long enough to lose what I need to. I put the weight I lost before simply because I am in my 40s and it crept up on my over the last 2 years. Hopefully I will see results quickly. Thakss for all your posts.
betty feldman on September 14, 2012:
It has been 9 months for me. I lost 53pounds Im so happy I just medifast. Im past my first goal. I weight 127 now. I put myself on maintance 2 monthsa ago (132) and am still loosing 2lbs amonth. Im not eating any crap,deserts,bread (unless really good bread),chips or candy. Use to eating healthy and still eating bars,snacks,pancakes,shakes 3 or 4 times aday. Going on a lot of vacations and out to restarants a lot. Invalid in a lot of social events and not tempted with deserts always carry bars and love all of them. Going right now for Chineese and ordering stemmed shrimp/peapods no rice or eggroll. All my meds cut inhalf my doctor is so proud of me. Im 68yrs old just retired and loving the way I feel and look. LOVE YOU MEDIFAST FOREVER
betty feldman on August 07, 2012:
well its now 6 1/2 months and I lost 50 pounds I didn't think I could ever loose this much weight Im so happy I will always eat medifast pancakes for beakfast with waldon's syrup and the pretzels for snacks and bars for desert its the easiest diet ever and i go out almost everyday just make smart orders and eat medifast at least 3 or 4 times a day Im size 8 and never looked this good and felt this good. Love this product
betty feldman on June 13, 2012:
Well its been 5 months and I lost 43pounds. I feel and look so great i really can eat medifast and eat like this forever I have no reason to change im eating some 4/2 and still loosing weight spending the same money not going to the store and going out to eat is easy make good choices still loosing about 1 pound every week or 2 never bees so happy on a diet and not getting tired of it
Jennifer Oberholzer on June 13, 2012:
I just started Medifast today. I had the maple brown sugar oatmeal for brkfst, the chicken noodle soup for lunch and i will do a chicken salad for dinner. I had the strawberry crunch bar for snack in the mid morning and the cinnamon pretzel bites for mid afternoon.I am so hungry. How long before I feel like I'm not hungry? I am hungrier now that I'm eating every few hours than I everdid when I didn't eat brkfst. I have a monstrous headache. Is it all worth this?
pvh on May 21, 2012:
Are the Medifast foods(shakes, drinks,etc) Made with artificial sweeteners?? I'm thinking about starting the program but am allergic to the sweeteners!
Angela on May 16, 2012:
I have been on the Medifast program for 23 days and have only lost 8 lbs. I have been following the program RELIGIOUSLY. Needless to say I am disappointed. I could have starved myself & lost 8 lbs. for free.
betty feldman on May 03, 2012:
its been 15weeks and 35pounds I love this medifast its perfect food never hungry feel so good lots of engery sleep good feel great down 3 sizes off med's my blood work was perfect
feel young again and look great thanks medifast
Steve on May 01, 2012:
Garlic powder, onion powder, ceyenne pepper, Mrs. Dash, and Hot sauce will make anything taste good (or at least ok) I make a couple of cups of decaf coffee and keep it in the fridge, I use it to make the coffee ice cream and vanilla shakes.
Its really good.
joy on March 30, 2012:
I am strongly considering trying Medifast. I literally have tried ever diet under the sun. from Jenny Craig to the HCG. I am afraid of failure and waisting my money, which I have done on many occasions. I really can't afford it but will make the sacrafice if this is legit. I have a beautiful husband and to kids to live for and currently I am 5'2'' 312lbs and I am no good to no one.
Betty Feldman on March 19, 2012:
Today is my birthday and I lost 25pounds in exactly 2months. I love this diet so much and will probly always eat some medifast forever. I love the bars,pancakes,pretzels and shakes some chicken wild rice soup thats all I order Im so happy and never hungry I have 15pounds to go and then maintance forever. after i loose 40pounds Im never going to be fat again thank you medifast
betty feldman on March 15, 2012:
7 weeks now and 22 pounds I love this diet Im loosing about 1 1/2 to 2 pounds a week now not cheating at all Im really never hungry and love the shakes, bars, bags of pretzels, pancakes and wild rice chicken soup. Ive been on 3 vacations lots of partys gone to so many restarants and no problem using my lean/green so happy i have a 40pound goal hope to get there and go on maintance always eating some medifast forever
Les B. on February 24, 2012:
Started 1 1/2 weeks ago and after 1 week lost 10 lbs. Plan to weigh myself every week. Favorite foods are the Maryland Crab soup and vegtable stew. I always have a salad at dinner but only use low calorie dresing. Found Maple Grove Farms of Vermont which has 5 to 25 calories per 2 tablespoons depending on variety. Also found Walden Farms Grape Jelly with 0 calories or carbs. Just found their peanut spread but have not tried it as yet (also 0 calories or cards). The eggs are better cooked on stove. Tried making an omlet with low cal cheese (25 calories) and it comes out pretty good. Also tried the eggs with salsa and it really helps.
Renee C. on February 16, 2012:
I have been on medifast for 3 weeks. i have noticed a big difference in my clothes. i decided to only weigh myself once a month. To help make the food taste better, I use tapatio or any chile you like. it works well on the soups. as far as the choc pudding, i put an ice cube in it, eating it cold is the best. i also wasn't used to the chocolate taste but now i am and i love it. This diet is the only one that has worked for me, i have 50 pounds to lose. i know i will definetly get there.
betty feldman on February 11, 2012:
3 weeks and 13.5 pounds its wonderful I love this diet the bars,shakes,pancakes and bags of snacks make it easy the bags of pretzels and cheese puffs are so easy to take to work or the movies or a party or in front of tv and there so good and Im never hungry. I love waking up and seeing a weight loss having a bar (peanut butter) with coffee and taking a walk. start my day off in a good mood and makes the day easy. When I go to a restarant I never get a menu I just tell the waiter side salad and a broiled chicken breast maybe some stemed veg do not look at the menu...good luck cant wait wo loose another 20 lbs
betty feldman on February 09, 2012:
I started the diet 3 weeks ago I lost 11 pounds the first 2 weeks and nothing this week. I did not cheat at all and stayed the same for 1 week hoping to see a loss this week I love the bars and shakes and pretzels and bags of snacks easy to take to work and movies and partys I am having trouble with the soups but read all the good ideas. Has anyone else had a week where they stayed the same weight? I never did any diets like this before and really like it. Oh also the pancakes are very good.
Sarah on January 29, 2012:
I've been on Medifast for two weeks now and have lost 10 pounds. I "kind of" cheated this weekend, having a few beers and going to Applebee's (twice!) but on the first visit to Applebee's I had a steak with a spinach topped portobella mushroom on the side (told them to eliminate the potato that came with it and instead replace it with a side salad with ranch dressing on the side) and the second time at Applebee's was a Southwest Chicken Salad with the chipotle dressing on the side, so not TOO bad).
That was yesterday and the day before. Today I'm back to a strict 5/1 plan and am so extremely excited because this diet is working without leaving me feeling hungry!!! It feels like it's always "time to eat". Don't skip the meals, though. You need your body to keep burning fat, so it needs to be fed!
I am not a a fan of most of the savory MediFast meals (soups and cinnamon pretzels are awful), but all the rest of the stuff is awesome (minus the lemon crunch bar - yuck!). I love reading how people mix sugar-free flavorings and instant coffee into the shakes or use half of one flavor packet of shake and half of another flavor (like banana and chocolate). Helps to mix things up, although I'm having absolutely no problem whatsoever in sticking with this lifestyle!
My lean and green usually consists of grilled chicken salad. I've ordered the Walden Farms dressings (no fat/carbs/sugar/calories) and also the marshmallow dip and caramel syrup (WHAAAAT????) to smear on my MediFast Brownie. YUM!!!
I started at 250 and will not stop until I'm 150!!! I can do this! Thank you, thank you, thank you MediFast! And thank you to my sister's best friend, for introducing me to it!!!
SWESE on January 22, 2012:
I eat walnuts or pistachios too as a "treat". Some days I probably eat more than I should! I think if you just watch the portions (like anything else) you should be ok.
I wrote my comments almost two weeks ago and have almost lost an additional 5 pounds. I know - it's a lot easier for guys to lose weight - but I think if you really stick to the program you will be fine.
sherry on January 11, 2012:
I started the diet 3 days ago. I would like to lose 35 lbs, but will not weight myself until after one week. So far, I looooooove the choc mint bar, oatmeal, choc pudding, dutch choc drink.
Hate the cream of broccoli soup...not sure what to do about it. I also exercise, so i am hopeful i will see results after week one. I have not heard anyone else mention this, but I do eat pistachios and/or walnuts as a "treat" once a day. Will this impede my progress?
I would love to chat with someone on the regular who has experienced success. Thank you.
SWESE on January 10, 2012:
I have never dieted in my life. I'm a 48 year old male, used to work out regularly until I hit my mid 30's - pretty much stopped after my kids were born.
Fast-forward almost 20 years, and I suddenly find myself hitting close to the 250 pound mark (I'm 5'10, did a lot of weightlifting and weighed around 185 when I was "fit").
Anyway, I decided I had enough - especially when I started wearing 38" pants.
Purchased the Medifast month-supply after doing a lot of research. I especially liked the "no brainer" aspect of the meal availability.
The original order contained a variety of items. Honestly, I think they all taste pretty darn good. However, I sent back the eggs (I thought they tasted OK, but could not get over the vomit-look visual when mixed with water) and the oatmeal (tasted OK too - but I HATE oatmeal!).
Love all of the shakes ( I mix them in a blender with a lot of ice), peanut butter bars, brownies, pancakes, and cheese snacks. Just had the sloppy joe tonight and thought it was delicious.
I started this diet right after Thanksgiving with a initial weight-loss goal of 20 pounds (which i thought would be an easy target).
As of today have indeed lost 20 pounds. However, I have not been following the diet to the "t" (although i did for the first week and a half).
It was tough to stick with it during the holidays of course, so I had a few days where I cheated. However, I watched my portions. I've also eliminated sugar (I was addicted to sweet tea) completely from my diet.
I typically have 2 of the meals in the morning, and always have a grilled chicken salad at lunch, followed by a shake, then two more meals in the evening.
However, sometimes I'm pretty darn hungry, so sometimes i will eat a baked chicken breast, and pistachios for a snack. However, I work out every night for 30 minutes on an elliptical, and do 30-40 minutes of weighlifting every other day.
I'm taking in less than 2,000 calories a day, so I can't see any reason why I shouldn't continue to loose weight as long as I keep the routine (would love to get around 200 pounds). Time will tell, but so far I'm a fan of Medifast.
Sheri on January 09, 2012:
I did Medifast for 2 months over the summer and lost 22lbs. I went back to my own diet (healthy choices, etc.) for the past few months and only gained 5 back. However, I work out 5 days a week doing 30-60 minutes cardio and 2 of those days are double workout days with 60 minutes of strength training with a trainer. I started at 181 and went down to 159. I'm about 165 now. However, I started the diet back up today, and I had a few products I hadn't yet tried. The chai tea is absolutely DISGUSTING. I'm a chai tea lover and it was just bad. For those of you that have issues with the pudding, double the water, add ice and drink it as a shake. It comes out much more shake-like than the actual shakes. The parmesan and chili cheese puffs are good but leave an awful aftertaste/bad breath. pancakes are great if you throw in a pinch of baking soda and let the batter sit for a few minues. No baking soda and using the batter immediately makes them come out more like crepes. My skin also cleared up immensely on this diet. Drinking the water was hard at first but Mio water enhancers have helped me with that. The best advice I can give is get into a pattern, find the few things you like and stick with them (i have the same 5 products every day and change up my lean and green). Once you see the progress on the scale it gets easier to stick with it. Good luck!
Julie on January 04, 2012:
Love this site. Have about 40 lbs to lose after my second child who is now 2! ACK! Started yesterday... so far i've tried pre-mixed chocolate shakes (YUM!), chicken noodle soup (it made me gag and i couldn't finish it), peanut butter crunch bar (YUM!), lemon (ok, a little dry), fruit and nut (pretty good) and just tried the vegetartian sloppy joe, which i was scared of after the soup yesterday... It's REALLY good!! Honestly, I think i'll mostly stick to shakes and bars... i'm scared to try the other soups from the 4 week sampler box i purchased. I am so desperate to lose the weight, I'm convined I can stay satisfied with bars, shakes and my lean and green!!! good luck all!
garyt on December 14, 2011:
I have been on this 4 weeks and lost 17 pds. I like just about everything between the shakes, bars, soups, oatmeal and the hotcakes. I only had trouble with the hot chocolate because I have a hard time breaking it down to a total liquid. The taste is fine and I am completely happy with the product. I have 16 pds to go to reach my goal.
Shannon on November 25, 2011:
I have been on plan for one week and have lost 11 lbs!! I love this and never feel hungry. The brownies are so good...I also like pb bars. Hate the soups! Thank you tsfl
Diane on November 20, 2011:
I LOVE Medifast!!! I am on day 5 and am not going to weigh myself until the one week point. I'm "nervous" that I will get on the scale and not have lost anything!! At the same time I started this, my "monthly friend" arrived...so, even though I am having no trouble with the food and have followed the plan VERY faithfully, I don't "feel" like I have lost. I have never been so determined to lose the weight and KEEP it off...I'm planning to become a health coach and will be looking into the business plan very soon. I am researching and soaking up any information I can find on the web...reading all of your posts on this site have been VERY helpful.
One thing I did learn is that some things that have been posted about Medifast are a little outdated. There are plans, products and guidelines about how much of some of the foods you can have in a day that don't apply now.
In regards to someones comment about getting a coach....I would highly recommend it! My coach called me the first two evenings to check in, see how I was feeling and ask if I had any questions. She placed my first order for me and will help me with the next. There isn't any "extra cost" for me having a certified medifast coach. The bill for my first month of meals was a little over $300...I did order a book and a few extra boxes of meals that I didn't really need, but wanted to try.
I am looking forward to keeping up with the posts on this site!
JEANNE on November 07, 2011:
I got the shakes I ordered a few days ago with the intention to begin on the following Monday.... Have not been able to do it, I know I am terrified of HUNGER!!!!! anyone else out there have the same problem ??? Need to get the weight off desperately for my health.... HELP!!!!!
joe on November 07, 2011:
I am concerned that 99% of the comments on this site are from those saying they are just starting or have been on for a couple of weeks. Where are all the success stories after 6 months? I suspect most that have posted on here were not able to stick to this plan.
marti388 on October 24, 2011:
i am trying to order, but I feel totally overwhelmed with all the options, what plan is best, what foods to get or merely just click the option that has 4-weeks worth of meals?! HELP
Liz on October 11, 2011:
Hey, I have been on the diet for 2 weeks and I have to comment about my food likes and dislikes... I personally got SO tired of having sweets all the time... Shakes are great I love to have half a package of the dark chocolate essential and half banana creme.. It tastes like a chocolate banana shake... Of course I have a hard time drinking the shakes without blending half water and half ice... The strawberry shake was SO DISCUSTING, if you miss fruit this will only make you discusted... I couldn't even drink it half... I love getting the sugar free hazelnut 1tbsp and mixing that with the dutch chocolate.. Its super yummy... As for bars, the mint choc is the WORST bar in the world... its chalky, its bitter, yuk... someone told me it tastes like a mint thin from the girl scouts OH BOY were they wrong... In my opinion its almost unedible! The smores bar is really sweet and the marshmellows are hard crunchy things... those are second gross! My fav bars are the peanut butter and carmel crunch... As for soups, they are really bland, but if you add seasonings you like they actually taste pretty good... I usually take a 1/4 cup tomatoes and add it into my chicken & wild rice after its done cookings... Its my fav soup! I like the cream of broccoli as well and you can add a small amount of broccoli to it... Thats yummy as well... As for the chili puffs they are edible but not that great, they are bland, and a little chalky.. I liked the hot coco and its really yummy to mix in some coffee to it... that gives you flavor and a little cafeine... The major issue I have had that some may relate to is always having sweets is kinda sucky... I like having salty stuff and having bars, shakes, and many other items are sweet. The soups save me from that!!
jenny on October 08, 2011:
What is the difference between ordering yourself and having a coach.
Michael on October 05, 2011:
I have ordered my first four weeks of Medifast. I weight 320 lbs and need to loose about 130lbs. I figured it will take me about 14 months to loose my goal weight if it continues to work. I know most people on the diet only need to loose between 20-50 lbs, but how well does it work with people who need to loose more than 100? I am worried about a pleateu effect. I did atkins a few years back and lost 80 pounds, but it is VERY unhealthy and gained all of it back plus some. I know that it will take a long time to loose this weight but is it possible with medifast and diet?
Liza on October 02, 2011:
Leslie I bet that headache was sugar withdrawal. That happened to me the first 2 days and I was really irritable..then the diet was totally fine!
Hewatkins on October 01, 2011:
Thinking about signing up, but can't really afford it..looking at buying the meals on eBay, really need to lose the weight, but not such a great time to spend the extra $!!
Ihave2boys on September 30, 2011:
My husband and I started this diet 2 1/2 wks ago. So far I've lost 18 lbs and he's lost about 25 or more. We are both feeling great. Hubby had a hard time the first few days but could tell he was losing. He didn’t weigh himself when he started. Some of the food we love are the bars - some more than others but think they are all good, shakes (except Strawberry-yuck), hot cocoa, parmesan puff and cheese pizza bites. We also like the chocolate chip pancakes and we cook them till they are nice and brown. I have the spiced pancakes in my next order. The soups are better if you let them sit before cooking and I also add a little more water. I made soup for my husband last week and he took it in a thermos and said it was great. The eggs are great too - we cook them on the stove with veggies. We also split a piece of American cheese and mix that in too and haven't had any problems losing weight. For the chili, I add a 1/2 tbls no-fat sour cream, green onions and a few shreds of cheddar cheese. I also add more water to it so it's not so thick - makes it bearable. Our favorite Lean & Green's are just a salad with chicken, steak, ground turkey, fish or pork. Also, we sometimes have a side of steamed broccoli, green beans or asparagus to our Lean & Green meal. Trader Joe's has some great salad dressings so does Boathouse. We think the BBQ Bites are disgusting...they are really smoky tasting and I felt like I was biting into a cigarette when I had them. Yuck! I have some tomato soup but will probably send that back..I haven’t read any comments that compel me to try it! I can't wait to lose all my weight - about 70 more lbs. It seems so do-able on Medifast! Good luck to everyone...
ROZJUNE on September 30, 2011:
IS IT POSSIBLE TO BE ON MF IF I AM KOSHER? ARE ANY OF THE PRODUCTS DAIRY OR PAREVE?
Michele on September 29, 2011:
Today is my 1st day and it has been a struggle. I read everyone of the the reviews on this site Sunday and decided this was for me. When people kept using the word vile to describe the food I just figured they were being a little dramatic but they weren't!!!
I am 38, nearing 39, and had my 1st child 19 months ago and while pregnant I gained 80 lbs. I have 30 more lbs to take off and thought this may be the way but I just don't know!! I really don't like anything soy!!! Plus, I sale food to restaurants and are in about 15 restaurants a day. That's not the bad part though it is getting through this month or so with this food. The hot coco was the worst for me because it had so many clumps in it!!! Tomorrow I will add hot water to mix and stir instead of both the same time and then microwave. The oatmeal(peach) was my 1st meal and it went okay but after that hot coco I guess I just couldn't recover. Any thoughts?????
Schooner1 on September 28, 2011:
I am about to begin MediFast and would greatly appreciate hearing form anybody who is a senior citizen, has type 2 diabetes and/or high blood pressure about whether or not you have had any problems with this f diet and how closely your medical doctor is monitoring you. I'm not looking for medical advice, just consumer reactions from people with some of the same medical problems I have.
Emma (author) from Boston on September 28, 2011:
Leslie, try drinking more water for that headache. You really need to drink a lot of water on this kind of diet. Hydrating will probably help quite a bit.
Leslie on September 27, 2011:
Just started yesterday! Today I have a horrible headache. Advil and excedrine don't help. I hope its gone by tomorrow. I love the bars, eggs were good, pancakes also good. The beef stew or soup was not good. I will try letting it soak longer next time. Love the reviews on this site. I'm sticking with this, I keep telling myself I will get use to the food. Thanks for all the advice and comments.
Brenda on September 22, 2011:
Just a quick follow up to my 1st post 4 weeks ago. I have found the mix of Medifast products that I like and have lost 12 of my 20 lbs. This diet has taken me to levels no other diet has. I will be celebrating my 40th Birthday in a few weeks and I WILL reach my goal. Thanks for everyones comments and support!!!
nanajama on September 07, 2011:
So good to read all the comments, and especially to hear all the successes with Medifast. So far I have lost 42#. I am losing more slowly than most due to a medical situation. I think everyone has different tastes, so will have different food preferences. The fruit and nut bar is wonderful with coffee in the morning. I either have that or the pancakes. BTW: the new spiced pancakes are the VERY BEST!!! And the new Medifast syrup is great! I like the oatmeal raisen, peanut butter, and strawberry bars. The honey mustard pretzels are great with diet coke. The dutch chocolate 70 shake is wonderful made in a magic bullet (blender) with water and ice... Just like a milk shake! If I want to have a shake at work, I just fix it in the morning, put it into a tupperware glass with lid, and put it in the fridge at work till needed. I like the chicken noodle soup and beef veg stew, and fix that in the morning and take to work in a thermos. BTW: the soups are best when they can sit a while and thicken up. You can also put the soup mix in the water, let stand (soak) about 15-30 min, and then cook...then you can reduce cooking time to 1.5 min and then 1 min. And the brownies are really good! I had lab work after my first 2 months on Medifast, and my cholesterol profile had improved dramatically. Can't wait to get repeat lab work again this month. Good luck to everyone here.
Megan on September 07, 2011:
This is my first meal on the Medifast Diet. Maple Brown Sugar Oatmeal...it's hard to choke it down. It has a horrible, horrible artifical sweetner taste.
consue on September 06, 2011:
Hi everyone, This is an update from my last post. I have lost 10 lbs and 11.5 inches. I'm very happy with my one month accomplishment!! I'm still eating just the bars during the day and a lean and green meal. I'm still feeling full after each meal, so with that said, I'm happy I started this journey through Medifast. A month ago I was 10 pounds heavier....I'm looking forward to what next month brings me!!
Dale on September 02, 2011:
I started medifast the 1st time in the late 1980's. At that time it was only available through a doctor, (in my case my cardiologist). Lost 60 lbs in 13 weeks, and kept it off for about 3 years. I'm considering going back on the program again, it's nice to see there is a lot more variety. This website is really going to be helpful, so many good tips. Those of you having success on the program just a little tip that my cardiologist gave me, as soon as you go back to regular food (carbohydrates)you will gain approximately 8 lbs. I think it helps to know this ahead of time so your prepared for it, and of course the simple way to handle it is to just stay on the program until you have lost 8 more pounds than your goal.
Iris on August 26, 2011:
The trick with the soup and the chili is to add water WAY ahead of when you plan to eat them. Let them hydrate, then microwave. Also adding hot sauce to the tomato soup or chili and having the crackers helps. I lost 30 pounds in 2 months and have to admit to cheating along the way as well. I'm jumping back in on Monday when I get back to work. Good luck everyone!
Julie on August 23, 2011:
Brenda, hang in there the first few days are the hardest. If you stick to it the results are worth all the sacrifice. 20 lbs. Won't take long just stay focused and get it over with. Keep us updated on how your doing.
Brenda on August 22, 2011:
Many thanks to everyone for the comments and stories. I am on Day 2 and almost gave up. As a dedicated Weight Watchers girl I really miss the normalcy. Since I have not been able to drop the last 20lbs -I needed a new strategy! Here's hoping I can make it.
O2bslim on August 21, 2011:
Hey all, I started 6 months ago and I've lost 55 lbs. Just started maintenance this week and look forward to keeping the weight off. For all of you that aren't sure about doing this, THIS WORKS! I can't tell you enough how good it feels when you see someone you haven't seen for a while and they tell you how good you look or when your friends start calling you "slim" it's great! Best of all, my Doctor has taken me off of BP, Cholesterol, and Metformin, glipizide(diabetes)medicine. I am so glad I started Medifast. Thanks for all your great comments and tips.
ConnieK34 on August 18, 2011:
It's been 6 weeks since my last post and another 10lbs. down with many social events to derail me for sure. I kept being wise in my selections and only used the one meal around each social event to hijack me. None of this..'well I blew the day so I might as well eat whatever... I used to do that but not this time. I doubled up on a shake and soft serve and wow that was great! Just like the soda fountain thickness!
I make this a game and I play to win. The chili last night was awesome. I'd been reading where it was disgusting but thought...must try it myself and send it back if not delighted. Here's how I made it and will continue making it this way. I added the mix to the water the night before and shook it up with a few drops of tabasco sauce and 1 tsp of chili powder. The next night I grilled a 4oz. sirloin burger down to 3oz with a bit of salt & pepper. Broke it apart. Added it to my chili and heated it all together in the microwave Delish! Sprinkled 1-2 oz. reduced fat cheddar and voila! Success.
Keep playing a game with the food. You will win only to lose!
Julie on August 17, 2011:
Great job Consue, 8 lbs already keep us posted we want to hear how your doing. The first few week are the most important. When you order more food try making a shake out of the chocolate pudding. Use 1 cup crushed ice and 1 cup COLD water, mix in blender. OMG! Good !
Consue on August 16, 2011:
I started the program through a Medifast Center on August 11, 2011. I am 59 years old and have 47 pounds to lose. I have lost 8 pounds so far. It was a very, very hard decision to join the center or doing this online. My main reason for joining the center was the accountability and staying true to the plan. The women there are very knowlegeable and helpful. I have decided to do the bars with the lean & green meals for my 2nd week because I'm not crazy about the shakes. I find the bars to be filling and tasty. I'm not getting hungry and with drinking all my water during the day, this diet has fit into my daily life nicely.
It will take me 16 weeks to lose 47 pounds if anyone was wondering how long it will take to lose the weight. The center explained to me how they will help me incorporate regular food back into my life without gaining back the weight. After reading your reviews, I'm planning to add some of the other foods in my diet next week. Thanks for that!!
I will keep you all posted after my next weigh-in. Good luck to you all!
angie on August 16, 2011:
After multiple attempts to stay on MF until I reach my goal weight. The first time I lost 15 lbs. 6lbs in 7 days. Gained it all back. However, i'm not faulting MF or claiming it's not a good diet and doesn't work because it does! I regained due to faults all of my own. That's why I haven't given up on MF or myself. You have to get over the hurdles, failures and fears to achieve great success.
I just started again yesterday and woke up 2lbs lighter. I'm hoping that i can continue to shed the weight like this for the first 2 weeks and get on a steady more realistic pace. But as many of you have stated...it all depends on how much you need to shed. I have also noticed that the weight loss is different every time.
As far as food... I like the crunch bars, scrambled eggs (I make with salsa and/or turkey sausage crumples.), pancakes, soft serve (coffee & Mint Chocolate), fruit drinks (Cranberry/Mango),Teas (Peach & Raspberry) , hot cocoa, chai latte, cappuccino and shakes (Orange creme, dutch chocolate, vanilla and swiss mocha). I add diet soda to the vanilla for a different taste and blend it with ice to make like a milk shake type of drink.
I ordered the things i thought i would like since i didn't like much of what they were offering in the variety package. Medifast definitely works and I encourage you all (and myself) to stick to the plan. I know it's hard and if you do happen to cheat....it's not the end of the world. Get back on the plan and don't look back. Just don't cheat everyday, week, month etc.... :-) Keep in mind that you MUST drink the daily required amount of water to flush your system and to keep things moving. (toxins & fat) You have to eat all the MF meals and LnG as well. We didn't have a problem feeling stuffed when we ate the wrong things pre-medifast so why have a problem now when it's going to reveal a healthier, happier and sexy/handsome you? How about that???? Eat your way to a sexier you!!! :-) Happy Slimming!!!!
Julie on August 15, 2011:
I've been on medifast almost 13 weeks. I had 100 lbs I wanted to lose but 4 of my friends are on it also that only need to lose about 25 to 50 lbs and as all diets it seems the more you need to lose the faster you lose it. But MOST important is this only works best if you don't cheat because of the scientic way they have put the nutrition together. I have found if I cheat then I lose weight slower and I start craving more foods. When I stay on the 5/1 medifast plan I am satisfied.
Emma (author) from Boston on August 15, 2011:
Shruthi, I really don't see how the Medifast centers are worth all that extra money.
Becky, much of the food is fine, but it really comes down to personal taste. I believe you will find enough things you like to make it worth your while and the weight loss is usually fairly fast and regular so it is not like you have to eat meal replacements forever.
Julie on August 13, 2011:
I have been on medifast 12 weeks lost 31 lbs. I would love to chat with someone who has lost 70 or more lbs and how there journey went.
suzana on August 13, 2011:
i am 5' and need to lose 20 lbs , can anyone that has done this diet tell me how long it took to lose 20 lbs with this program?
Becky on August 11, 2011:
I am thinking about starting the diet. I'm really worried about what the food tasts like though. I know I won't stick to the diet if the food tasts horrible and some of the reviews make me think it does. What do most of you think about the food? Is it really disgusting? Which is the best soups, cereal, shakes bars? Which should I try. I don't have a lot of money and sure would hate to waste what I do have. Thanks.
Nancy on August 11, 2011:
Horrible food and extreme hair thinning on medifast. I felt it was very unhealthy on my body. Not enough food options.
Shruthi on August 11, 2011:
It's very encouraging to see this is working for many of you. I have about 30lbs to lose. Are you all trying on your own or do you go to a MediFast center? Because their center charges $500+ for just counselling for 16 weeks. Not sure if the counselling is worth as it's so much money.
Laura on August 04, 2011:
hi everyone! I am 18 yrs. old and due to lyme disease have gained 60 lbs. I am 5'4" and weigh 188. How long do you think it will take me to lose 60-65 lbs. with medifast?
syeda on August 04, 2011:
I started this diet 2 days ago and already lost 2 lbs. I will keep you guys updated, though. All the comments are very very helpful. God bless you all. I need to loose 50 lbs, I am keeping my fingers crossed.
tricia on August 01, 2011:
Just started the diet last Friday. 4 days down and 4 lbs. lighter. Ordered 4 weeks and got one week free. Costs 300.00. Got a sample of cream of broccoli soup and added a little frozen spinach to it. Let it stand about 30 minutes and it tasted good along with salt and pepper. Will try the chicken base with the chicken rice and chicken noodle. Also will try to find a mini blender.Thanks for all of the ideas and I will contribute as I go along. Have to lose 20-25 lbs..
Julie on August 01, 2011:
Yolanda, I just wanted to say 10 months 80 pounds that's awesome, I would love to chat, would u post ur email? I need to lose 80 pounds also.
ConnieK34 on July 05, 2011:
Just completed week 4 and down 16 lbs of which I'm thrilled about. Found the best use of eggs...mix with the banana shake, 1/4 tsp. baking powder, 1/8 tsp. vanilla then scramble in a sprayed non-stick pan. Top it off with 1/2 tsp SF maple sytrup and enjoy a flavorful breakfast!
MIMI Maniotis on June 30, 2011:
I LIKE THE PUDDING, IT IS EASY TO MIX AT WORK. LUMPS DO NOT BOTHER ME. LOVE THE PANCAKES. ADD 1/4 t. BAKING POWDER-PREFERABLE NO ALUMINUM, CAUSES ALZHEIMERS- AND A A TEASPOON OR SO OF GROUND FLAX. SPRAY GRIDDLE/SKILLET WITH OLIVIO SPRAY BUTTER. USE THAT ON COOKED PANCAKE AS WELL, WITH NON-SUGAR SYRUP. YUM.
LOVE CHOC MINT BARS & CHAI TEA. I ADD CARDOMOM, CINNAMON, AND NUTMEG, DRINK AT NIGHT. CAN ALSO MIX THOSE SPICES WITH FAT FREE MILK AND HEAT, YUM.
HAVE LOST 12 POUNDS IN 3 WEEKS.
I LOVE MEDIFAST
SallyMae on June 29, 2011:
I just graduated from college and have more than the freshmen 15 to lose. Back near my parents, i found that they are both doing medifast and decided to give it a shot. I think the food is awesome so far. Shakes are awesome! I use my magic bullet blender and add lots of ice and (the secret ingredient) instant coffee! So good! Also, i found that letting the soups soak for a while before heating makes them so much tastier. Another great thing i found is turning chocolate pudding into a Popsicle...a nice cool treat.
I've lost about 10lbs in the last week and a half. Not too shabby! However, the hardest thing for me is not going out for that beer with my friends who are back in our home town...oh will power be stronger! I don't need those empty calories! I guess I'm just taking it one choice at a time. Stairs or elevator? STAIRS! Beer or water? WATER...one choice at a time.
Tanvi on June 20, 2011:
There are a lot of recipes out there that use the MF Meals to make better things like faux pizza, faux bread, faux cookies and muffins, using the oatmeal to make pancakes- all sorts of things. Keep a track of condiments and snack usage though.
I can't wait to start this once I'm back in U.S. I research things to death. And I want to be as prepared as possible when I get back to school and need to work in a kitchen that I won't have a permanent key to.
In the mean time, if anyone knows of distributors in Dubai or the U.A.E. in general please let me know.
Deb on June 10, 2011:
I have been on Medifast three days now ! Finding some foods very good and others (shakes-- esp. strawberry ) very nauseating reminded me of medicine when I was little
Love the eggs and someone told me to do them on the stove and I couldn't taste anything other than eggs I used some salt and pepper too.
Oatmeal Raisin bars are good and the honey mustard pretzels are good !!
Looking for some other ways to get the shakes down !!
What I want to know is when you lose all this weight, where does the excess skin go? I see people that have lost 50 -60 pounds and they are slim and trim- no hidden fat there !
Jackie on June 06, 2011:
Hi, I'm curious about the exercising while using the Medifast diet. I've been exercising quite a bit and don't want to give it up, it took a lot to get me to this point (I really hated exercising). I'm not losing any weight from working out though and I need a structured diet to help me gain control of my cravings and learn to eat less. Has anyone else had problems with not losing weight or had any other issues because of exercising while on Medifast?
Nicole L on June 06, 2011:
I've been on this diet for about a month and I've lost 17 pounds. I must say that I am amazed at how fast the weight comes off. I've gotten really used to the foods and actually look forward to eating them, especially the soft serves. My only concern is what will happens when I reach my goal and no longer have these regimented meals to eat, I know there is a maintenance plan, but I'm afraid the weight will come back when I start eating regular foods again. Any one have any experience with the maintenance plan?
Cat on May 07, 2011:
I have been on the diet 4 days and have lost 8 pounds.. I was scared to start as I read the comments on the food.. I find that I love the shakes, puddings, oatmeal the best.. haven't tried the soups.. its does require a hand blender or Magic Bullet... its all in the mixing I think.. the first 2 days I went completely cold turkey on caffiene no coffee or diet pop which I have decided to stay off while I am doing this program.. lots of water and I am not a water drinking normally but for this kind of money I am determined to have better than average results.. I find eating fish/seafood for lean and green tends to give a good result.. I hope this 2 pounds a day continues.. I will try not to get discouraged if it doesn't. :) Happy Medifasting :)
Kim on April 18, 2011:
I have been on diet 1 week and so far have lost 6 lbs. I have about 25 total to lose. The diet is do-able because you eat every couple hours and honestly I am not hungry on it but still fighting a few cravings at night to snack and that is it. So far I like all the food except for the tomato soup. Luckily I only bought 1 box. The choc. shake is good mixed with ice. The Pancakes are pretty decent but it makes one small pancake and with sugar free syrup only about 125 calories. The brownie is good and great for a snack at night. The Vegetable beef stew is ok but a pain to cook since you microwave it for 2 minutes and often is boils over. You cannot cook it in a regular bown or it will boil over.
Portions are small but you eat 5 small meals a day plus lean and green it is doable. My coworker lost 13 lbs the first week on this diet but she is 300+ lbs.
hoffs on April 12, 2011:
I'm considering this program and would like some feedback from people on the program. My doctor has suggested I use this either to lose the full 60 lbs, or as a way to jump start my metabolism. I'm curious if I do the program for a month, what does "maintenance" look like? The cost of the program is a big factor for me and I don't want to regain the weight when I stop eating their foods. Any input would be greatly appreciated.
B3yh@ on April 04, 2011:
first day and I feel like giving up! But I'm not got a 15ñera to go to in July. I really want to look better in July. Hope to loose 30 pounds in 2 months.
Heather on March 31, 2011:
I started the program last July and met my goal of 30lbs on November 1st. I'm a runner and was one before I started the plan. I didn't exercise more then a short walk (about 1 mile 3 times a week) for the first two weeks. I gradually increased it and would do intervals. Walk for 1 mile and light jog for .25 mile. I didn't go more the 40min. If I did over exercise on this plan my body didn't want to let the weight come off and I wouldn't feel good. On the days I did run I would eat an extra meal or extra protein. Now that I'm on maitenance I'm back to my old running schedule and feel great!
rick on March 29, 2011:
Tip for the soups: chop up a celery stalk into bis and add it before cooking, plus a little Mrs. Dash No-Salt Seasoning. Much better texture, feels fresher. If you like the taste of Mexican food you can add some fresh chopped cilantro to almost every variety of soup, and it's delicious along with the celery. If you like onion, add a bit to the soups as well.
Sharon on March 28, 2011:
I should be getting my order tommorrow. I am really excited about it. Has anyone exercised a lot from the first? Good or bad?
Janine on March 18, 2011:
Did most of you start with the variety package and then after that order what you liked?
Emma (author) from Boston on March 14, 2011:
Hi Sassy, you have vegetables once a day as part of your "lean and green" meal. You don't eat any fruit on the plan though... at least not until maintenance. Good luck with it!
sassysyd on March 14, 2011:
I am ordering this program tomorrow and am very excited about it. I know that it will be a change but that is what I am looking for. So I noticed that a lot of people have posted that you can add things to the food. That is awesome I would have never thought about that. Please keep posting all the tricks that you have. Also I am not sure can you still jave fruit and veggies whenever you want or how does that work? Thank you guys so much for all of your posts and comments they are very motivating.
Yolanda on March 09, 2011:
Hi I have lost 90 pounds in 10 months and I feel amazing! I agree with the comments about finding the foods and flavors you enjoy. Try the many sugar free carb free flavorings. A lot of the products need to be mixed well and stand before cooking. Please track on either Medifast or take shape for life websites. If you need support take shape for life provides a free health coach and support calls with experts. Drink plenty of water and exercise after the first few weeks after your doctor says it is ok. I have 10 more pounds for goal. Good luck !
Amy_Z from Florida on March 07, 2011:
I have been on and off Medifast for the past year and I have to say that it has really kept me on track with my eating habits even when I'm not in full committed mode. Some food suggestions I have:
Eggs- By far my favorite! Cook them stove top just like you would with scrambled eggs. I had chives and any other permitted veggie and eat it with a tblsp. of salsa and it is SO delicious! No different than regular eggs!
Soups- Let them soak for at least an hour prior to cooking. Add hot sauce.
Shakes- LOTS of ice. For an extra treat, add a tblsp. of peanut butter to the Chocolate (only once a week).
Pudding- Make ahead of time and refrigerate.
Bars- LOVE the peanut butter, fruit and nut, and chocolate mint flavors.
No matter what I did I just didn't seem to like the Chili, Cream of Tomato, or any of the coffee type drinks but of course that's just me.
My advice for those who can't seem to stick with it is to experiment with the food and talk with other dieters about their favorite recipes.
My favorite lean and green recipe:
Cook 5 oz of ground turkey over the stove and drain excess water, mix with a tblsp of taco seasoning. Add to salad made with romaine lettuce and diced tomatoes. Finally top off with a tblsp. of salsa. (I recommend Herdez).
Hope this was helpful!!
Darlene on March 05, 2011:
Hi, I wanted to offer some tips on making the most of the medifast meals. First off if you can afford the Magic bullit
blender it is wonderful for making all the shakes and soft serve. When I make the shakes I add a couple of things that really add to the flavor..They are made by "Walden Farms" and I get them at my local grocery store in the sugar free section. The Marshmallow Cream, Chocolate sauce and the pancake syrup are great. They taste terrible by themselves but if you add a small spoonful to your choc shake or the mint choc soft serve ( which I add both too) it is really good.I make the pancakes (Original) every morning for breakfast and use the ICBNB spray and the syrup, feels like I'm cheating. The sugar free rasberry syrup in the strawberry shake with a little marshmallow cream is really good..When I make the brownies I always stir them in a separate bowl then scrap into the bowl provided and bake in the oven..I take it out a little early so its warm and gooey..Add a little of the choc sause and a tiny bit of marshmallow and spread on top ..Delious!! Enjoy Hope this helps
Misse on March 04, 2011:
On day 2 of Medifast. I've succesfully lost with the first round of HCG but when I tried going back to it 3 times, just couldn't stick with it. Not enough eating abnd I was miserable. At least with Medifast, I'm able to eat 6-7 times a day. 5 medi meals, 1 lean & green and a snack. So far, I am feeling a little "munchy" but I think it's more habit than hunger. So far, most everything I've tried hasn't been that bad. I LOVE soup, so the soups actually haven't been bad. I rather like them. I've had, mocha shake, brownie, pnut butter crunch bar, lemon meringue bar, pancakes, maple brown sugar oatmeal, Beef stew, chicken noodle soup, chili and I think that's about it so far. I've been pretty much fine with it all. It definitely has a bit of a strange taste, but my guess is, I'm so used to all that junk and crap i've been eating. Just have to retrain my taste buds. You all sound like you've had great results. HERE'S PRAYING!!!!!
Michele on February 26, 2011:
Please experiement with water and cooking times. For the scrambled eggs, stir every 30 seconds, I only cook for 90--120 seconds. Salt, pepper, and cheddar seasoning (no carbs, nada) make it delicious! For the rice of chicken noodle soup, add chicken broth granules to give it flavor. For the brownie, don't use more water than called for and I cook for 60 seconds which makes it fudgier...yum! I just switched to dividing my lean and green in 1/2 and am much happier. For lunch I have a Morningstar or Boca patty and three stalks of celery or radishes. The Walden Farms dressing in the refrigerater section at supermarket have no carbs and I think the Balsalmic one is the best. Plus, to fit in my five medi meals I get to eat every two hours. Not quite three weeks and I am down 14 pounds!
Carol on February 23, 2011:
Thanks everyone for all of the information. I just started Medifast yesterday with the 4 week variety pack. I need to lose over 100lbs. I must be lucky with the preparations, because I haven't disliked any of the products so far. Yesterday I had the blueberry oatmeal, the oatmeal raisin bar, the cocoa, and a brownie. They were all palatable for me. Today
i had the scrambled eggs microwaved with some dill and black pepper added. Then I had a vanilla shake with some coconut extract. Then a lemon bar, and later a peanut butter bar. I'm drinking lots of water, and have not been hungry, and feel just fine. I'm very optimistic about this system.
Gina on February 20, 2011:
This is my first week on the medifast. I have lost weight 5.5 lbs but the food is horrible! The shakes and the bars are ok but the soup it is gross! I have tried all of them... chili, chicken noodle, wild rice... they are nasty... i think for lunch tomorrow only a shake : (
shawn on February 17, 2011:
Day one - And I have a headache and the oatmeal is sooo gross -My stomach has been in a flip flop mode since I had it. Your right the soup is like eating garlic salt water with little pieces of bread which should be chicken -- Im hoping to make it 2 weeks - We will see!
JL on February 17, 2011:
I started medifast 4 days ago and it is actually easier then I thought it would be! The first day was hard and I got a little discouraged bc some of the food I ate was repulsive!.... but i think it was only because I was not preparing it correctly, like the oatmeal omg I thought I was going to vomit when I ate it but the next day I tried it again and added more water and it was a lot better! So anyone who is just starting out stick with it and just try and prepare your foods in different ways! The shakes and the bars are pretty good.
Another thing i never heard anyone mention so far is if you go on the medifast website you can print out a "Daily Success Tracker" sheet. It helps me keep track of what I eat and when! I am usually very busy so this def helps!
klassykim97 on February 15, 2011:
Hi Everyone. I finally have had enough and decided that this time I'm going to focus on me and get this weight off. I've tried everything only to have all the weight come back and more. I decided on a self selection order of shakes and bars so I hope this works. I've got 65 pounds to lose and your comments on the program, whether good or bad have already helped me. I'll let you know how it goes! :-)
Michele on February 13, 2011:
I am on day 6 of Medifast and have lost 8 pounds. I plan to lose 30--40 pounds in all. I am pleased with the food and am not hungry which was a shocker to me. I like the soup...almost embarrased to admit this considering all the negative comments on it. I like the Chicken Noodle and Chicken Rice and they are much better than canned store bought. I add a little bit of chicken boullion and, since I like things chewy, it tastes good with the rice or noodles undercooked. I'm glad I like the soups because I need to feel like I am eating real food and not just sweet stuff for lunch. For breakfast, I eat either the scrambled eggs with salt (which I undermicro for taste)or the oatmeal, which has the consistency of cream of wheat and is a bit pasty, but hey, it fills me up and I am losing so I can cope. I LOVE the caramel bar and the mint bar, which taste exactly like thin mint girl scout cookies to me. The Dutch Chocolate shake is the best and when mixed with one cup water and blended with two cups of shaved ice, tastes like a slightly chalky but delicious icy treat. The brownie or shake is my go to after dinner treat. All in all, I am very happy with this plan and my progress!
Bonnie Williams on February 09, 2011:
I'm on day 8 of the Jumpstart program. Within the first 4 days I lost 4.5 pounds and I way in this Friday so, we'll see. I feel like I'm still in the adjustment stage. I enjoy the shakes & bars however, I haven't found much of the food that appetizing yet. I would like to get some ideas on how to enhance the flavor. I tried the eggs and did not enjoy. Things taste bland to me. Ideas??
ejh on February 08, 2011:
I am so glad I only bought two weeks of the food because there is no way I could make it 4 weeks. I am only on day 2 and the food is horrible! I already lost 2 lbs the first day and I don't know if its because its a good diet or because everything is so gross I can hardly finish it. The only good thing sofar are the brownies. I am not a pickey eater at all and I find almost all of it repulsive. The oatmeal almost made me vomit. I don't know if the diet is worth being miserable but I guess I will see. I am sticking it out so I won't feel like I wasted my money.
Jeff on February 07, 2011:
Just starting the program - the banana pudding is awesome! I take the small shaker cup provided with the plan, add water and ice cubes, shake it up. Then take the ice cubes out and any excess water and then add the banana pudding mix and "shake it". The cold water makes the pudding instantly thicken and it is already cold. Oh, and I don't like their brownie and capachino and chai latte aren't that great. But it seems to be working! I need to lose about 80 pounds so will be doing this for a time.
popcornnow on February 04, 2011:
Hi everyone! Glad to have found this site. I am a new Medifasteeeeeee. I am on my 4th day. It's been both easy and hard. Easy: I get to eat often and I'm a big snacker. Hard: comfort food (craving a Coke and Doritos)! But, am determined to lose this annoying weight. My weight goes straight to my saddlebags. 5'1 1/2 and goal to lose 20 lbs. Already 5 down (probably water weight) but I'll take it!
Emma (author) from Boston on January 30, 2011:
Hi Stefanie, glad you are having luck with Medifast. For work, you might want to consider getting a stick mixer or hand blender and take it to work with you. Easy clean-up and you could just leave it in a desk drawer or even your purse.
stefanie on January 30, 2011:
I am on my 6th day of medifast. I have lost 7 lbs. My sister gave me 2 weeks that she had left over since you has reached her goal weight. She is 5'2" and was 160lbs. She lost 40 lbs in 6 months. I am 5'5" and 270 lbs so I have much more to lose then her. So far what I have is the chocolate pudding, banana pudding, eggs, dutch chocolate and french vanilla shakes, hot cocoa, chocolate mint and strawberry bars and some other hot drink that I don't remember which flavor it was. The shakes taste great when blended but if you mix them by hand they become clumpy and you can really taste the soy which is awful. I compare the taste to miricale whip or generic mayo. Same thing with the hot drinks also. When at work I don't have much option other then to mix the drinks and shakes by hand. So far being at home on the weekend my meals have tasted the best. Also for your lean and green if you have a salad and add 3 or 4 broken up cauliflower and 3 or 4 broken up brocolli then it becomes pretty filling. Along with a Boca burger patty for the lean. I added a flat bread bun to substitute for the 2nd patty you are allowed. I know you aren't suppose to eat bread but the calories and carbs were lower then a boca burger. I still have lost weight.
o2bslim on January 27, 2011:
Just wanted to thank you and other dieters for your comments. I just started a week ago and have lost 10 lbs. Was not impressed with the shakes or puddings either but I am looking forward to trying your advices.
Christy on January 27, 2011:
My first Medifast order arrived today! I can't wait to get home to go through everything and get things sorted out so that I can get a jump start on this. I want to thank everyone for all their reviews of this program because it encouraged me to give it a try. I am getting married in March and want to do what I can to start changing how I feel. I have about 75 pounds at least I would like to lose. I am definitely excited about embarking on this journey. Hope people keep posting their updates whether they be good or bad!
Emma (author) from Boston on January 25, 2011:
Hi Terri, the FDA released announced their conclusions that HCG is basically a scam and doesn't really work. So now might be just the right time for you to switch.
Going out for dinner isn't too big a hassle on Medifast because you have the lean & green meal every day. So if you are planning a dinner out, you just need to make sure that you save your lean and green for that. A good protein and a side of steamed veggies works well, as do salads with meat such as chicken or steak and the dressing on the side so you can control the amount.
Medifast can seem expensive, costing about $300 a month or so, but I don't think it costs more than other diets, and if you currently overeat and hit fast food places or just eat out a lot, it will probably actually save you money.