If you have been looking for a healthy way to lose weight, then you may want to consider a meal delivery system. There are several diets that come to mind, but two of my favorites are Medifast and Nutrisystem. Below I’ll detail some of the best aspects of the Medifast diet, and then we’ll take a closer look at Nutrisystem in a later post.
An In Depth Look at Medifast:
The Medifast diet was developed in the 80’s at the Johns Hopkins University in New York to help patients shed weight before having their surgeries. The diet gained popularity because of its effectiveness. And today, Medifast diet is one of the most popular and one of the most sought after and clinically proven diet programs in the United States.
The diet claims that you can lose up to two to five pounds a week and one to two pounds a week thereafter. The diet was designed around the concept of eating six times a day. The Medifast Meal plan consists of 4 Medifast meals, 2 lean and green meals and 1 healthy snack. Just eat six times daily and once every two to three hours.
For the four Medifast meals, there are over 70 delicious options like shakes, bars, breakfast foods , pastas, soups, and desserts. Every meal is rich with vitamins and minerals, with low fat and provides adequate protein that is needed in losing weight effectively.
The calories, portion and carbohydrates are controlled and with the right mmix of macro and micro nutrients.
The 2 lean and green meal includes 5 to 7 ounces of lean protein, about 3 servings of vegetables and up to 2 servings of healthy fats.
You can choose a healthy snack to add to your meals. A healthy snack includes fruit, yogurt or even pasta.
There are many Medifast recipes to choose from which are great tasting and very easy to prepare.
There are several flavors of Medifast shakes- French Vanilla, Dutch Chocolate, Banana Crème, Orange Crème, Strawberry Crème, and Swiss Mocha.
The Medifast weight loss bars are fortified with vitamins and minerals and are balanced meal replacements with fewer calories and high in protein and bigger in taste. Some of the available flavors are- Peanut Butter Crunch Bar, Cookie Dough Chewy Bar, Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Chewy Bar, Caramel Crunch Bar, Cinnamon Roll Crunch Bar, Fruit and Nut Crunch Bar, Lemon Meringue Crunch Bar, Oatmeal Raisin Crunch Bar, Strawberry Crunch bar and Caramel Nut Maintenance Bar.
There are also Medifast Breakfast Collection which offers Cinnamon and Brown Sugar Cereal Crunch, Mixed Berry Cereal Crunch, Chocolate Chip Pancakes, Original and Spiced Pancakes, Apple Cinnamon Oatmeal, Blueberry Oatmeal, Maple and Brown Sugar Oatmeal, Peach Oatmeal, Sugar-Free Syrup- Naturally and Artificially Flavored.
Medifast drinks are also available in the market- Cranberry Mango Fruit Drink, Calorie Burn Cappuccino and Hot Cocoa.
The Medifast Dessert Collection includes: Chocolate Pudding, Blueberry Muffin Soft Bake, Brownie Soft Bake, Chocolate Chip Soft Bake, Gingerbread Soft Bake, Chocolate Mint Soft Serve, Coffee Soft Serve, Mango Soft Serve and Peanut Butter Soft Serve.
Medifast products also include crisps and crackers for snacks. They offer Apple Cinnamon Crisps, Barbecue Crisps, Parmesan and Olive Oil Crisps, Multigrain Crackers, Rosemary Sea Saly Crackers, Cheddar and Sour Cream Popcorn and Sea Salt Popcorn.
The Medifast Meals come in individual packs that you can mix with water and is microwavable. The products are available and in a wide variety of foods and flavors. These includes soups, stews, chili, oatmeal, shakes puddings among others.
Beyond Medifast, there are other diets that work great too – and they don’t always have to be meal delivery! Shop around, and you’ll something that works for you :-).