How to make it through first few days on Medifast?

  • 1802 days ago

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    Reese Level 1
    ANY advice would be appreciated. This is my last chance at weight loss. Thanks..

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  • 1800 days ago

    Read over all the materials. Make sure you have all your supplies, blender etc. if you do shakes. It helped me to get those off plan foods out of my house, if that is an option for you, DO IT! If not, try to put trigger foods in a place that aren't in plain sight at least. The great news is, the plan is EASY. I ate my meals every three hours, 6 a.m.

    Medifast Meal, Noon Medifast Meal, 3 p.m. Medifast Meal, 6 p.m. filling Lean and Green and 8 or 9 p.m. last Medifast meal for the day. I knew I could do ANYTHING for 3 days and so can you.

    So it was SO worth it. If you get a headache, take what you would normally take for a headache. If you feel light headed be sure you are drinking at least 8 eight ounce glasses of water a day and maybe add in a pickle spear as it's an approved snack. The great news is, the plan works GREAT! Just follow it 100% and you won't have any trouble and you will lose weight! I personally was tired for weeks but I just slept when I could, I was just so grateful NOT to be hungry and to see the scale plunge it was all worth it! Then, came the ENERGY! From then on I have never looked back! You will get lots of wonderful advice, so take note, do what works for you and just do your best. You can do this! Dan.

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  • 1793 days ago

    Dan gives perfect advice. The thought of doing this three days in a row is doable! I had to add some beef broth here and there but once you get past the initial days it is SO rewarding and SO much easier..

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  • 1787 days ago

    Connor,.

    I have one week behind me and lost 12lbs...this might not be the best tip in the world but I will share it anyway. This is a 5 and 1 program as you know so you are getting like 500 cals total from the five medifast items. So your lean and green meal (I eat mine at lunch time...right in the middle of the day) I use "my own set of rules"...basically I eat as much greens and non-startchy veggies as I possibly can...I top my salad off with a chicken breast or can of tuna and use a low calorie balsamic vinger dressing...No croutons, tablespoon of cheese. Basically at lunch time I STUFF myself with lettuce, raw green peppers, spinach, broccoli, etc...I drink a large water with it....that meal gets me to 2:30pm and then I have shake....I then end my evening with a bowl of medifast soup and drink lots of water or maybe a diet coke...bedtime around 10pm...wake-up and do it again!!! I know you can do brother....it really isn't that hard once you get in a good rythym. Just keep in mind...500 cals + HUGE HEALTHY SALAD = Weight Loss....Good luck...Dennis.

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  • 1782 days ago

    Connor,.

    I have one week behind me and lost 12lbs...this might not be the best tip in the world but I will share it anyway. This is a 5 and 1 program as you know so you are getting like 500 cals total from the five medifast items. So your lean and green meal (I eat mine at lunch time...right in the middle of the day) I use "my own set of rules"...basically I eat as much greens and non-starchy veggies as I possibly can...I top my salad off with a chicken breast or can of tuna and use a low calorie balsamic vinegar dressing...No croutons, tablespoon of cheese. Basically at lunch time I STUFF myself with lettuce, raw green peppers, spinach, broccoli, etc...I drink a large water with it....that meal gets me to 2:30pm and then I have shake....I then end my evening with a bowl of medifast soup and drink lots of water or maybe a diet coke...bedtime around 10pm...wake-up and do it again!!! I know you can do brother....it really isn't that hard once you get in a good rhythm. Just keep in mind...500 cals (5 medifast items) + HUGE HEALTHY SALAD = Weight Loss, it's mathematically impossible not lose weight under this program because even with the huge salad you are only taking in roughly 1000 calories...for a 300lbs man that equals like a pound lost per day...It might be a little easier for me because I sit at a desk all day (job) but so far I'm surprised how easy this plan really is!!....Good luck...Dennis.

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  • 1773 days ago

    Eva
    Dan's advice is great a few other thoughts:.

    -First thing to keep in mind is that although getting started kinda sucks, every single one of us has done it, made it through, and is now losing weight as a result. You can do it, too..

    -Don't make it harder on yourself than it needs to be. Until you get the handle on the diet, I'd refrain from putting yourself in a position where you know you're going to be tempted. If your life is like mine, there's always SOMETHING going on that could be an excuse to indulge in one thing or another. For the first few weeks, I basically just avoided those settings entirely. Sucked to miss out on those things a bit at the time, but that was only a few months ago, and I honestly couldn't even tell you what I missed as I sit here now certainly nothing worth derailing my progress, that's for sure..

    -Don't get discouraged if you try something and it sucks. We've all experienced that, and not every Medifast food appeals to everyone. Figuring out what you like and what you don't is part of the process for all of us, so don't throw up your arms and say forget it if you bite into something and find it wretched. You will not like everything, I can assure you, so be ready for it..

    Someone else posted something the other day that I thought was spot on. If your doctor were to tell you that to lose the weight you want to lose, you had to take a particular pill 5 times a day, you'd do it, right? Just think of these meals as that "pill" and along with your water just do it..

    Hang in there, bro, we've all been there..

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  • 1771 days ago

    Connor,.

    I found the first few days to be relatively easy because the plan is so easy to use. I did feel a significant loss of energy the first couple of days but that eventually passed. I started light exercise in my second week. The hardest part for me was keeping up my water intake. The foods I was eating were just not making me thirsty. Drinking water when you're not thirsty is a lot like drowning! What I do is keep water around me at all times.

    I probably don't make it to 8 glasses a day but I try to get as close as I can..

    What you should be doing the first week or two is figuring out which Medifast meals you like or don't like. Figure out how to turn some of the "don't likes" into "likes" by following some of the suggestions on this board. Buy whatever items you need to make meal preparation easier, especially at work. Figure out practical ways to store the meal boxes so that they are always handy and easy to check..

    Good luck!.

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  • 1770 days ago

    Great stuff from dej353 and Toasty so far. So, I will just add some of my tips and experiences:.

    - Many people say that after 3 days or so their hunger went away. That did not happen for me, it takes me a week or so, but just try to get through it one day at a time and it gets better. After the hunger goes away, you just have to deal with the desire to have tasty foods, but that is not too hard when not really hungry..

    - Stay on plan 100%. I know not everyone does that (no offense to urlaubd) and they have some success, but if I go off plan, then I have to fight through that week of hunger againthat is motivation enough for me to stay on plan! Plus you will lose more weight and be done with this sooner!.

    - Exercise after a week or two on the plan. Exercise has mood elevating effects. It will make you lose the weight faster (IMOfrom experience and other people's results). It also makes the whole process feel more like a "get healthy" drive. Running is my choice here. And now, I don't focus just on the diet, I focus on running farther and faster, the weight loss becomes an enabling mechanism for that..

    - Play around with your eating schedule to see what works for you. Some people eat every three hours like clockwork. Others split L&G. For me, a little hunger in the morning and afternoon does not bother me. So even though I wake up a 5:45 AM to go running, I typically don't eat my first meal until after 10 AM. This allows me to "bunch up" several things in the evening when I'm hungry and tend to want to eat (e.g. green-usually a salad at 6:30, lean at 7:30, last medifast meal at 8:45-9)..

    - Water, water, waterand after all that watermore water. It really does help with the hunger. I go through 4-5 32oz bottles of water per day at work. Plus more before and after work..

    - Avoid artificial sweetenersif you are the type "bothered" by them. There is some growing evidence that artificial sweeteners make you feel more hungry. I know this is the case for me. The medifast meals already have a bit more that I would like, so I don't add to that with anymore splenda or any diet sodas. I find that a little bit of stevia sweetener does not make me anymore hungry so that is what I put in my coffee..

    Good luck and after a few weeks, your success will motivate and drive you!.

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  • 1762 days ago

    Just think positive. If you stay 100% OP you will lose weight. I lost 14 lbs my 1st week and 25 lbs my 1st month. That was motivation enough to keep going..

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  • 1710 days ago

    First and foremost, follow the program 100%. No cutting corners, no modifying, no adapting. Just follow the program completely and you will see results, and fairly quickly at that, certainly compared to other diets..

    Second, when you need encouragement, go to the forums. Read some success stories, read posts on questions you think are interesting, etc. Also, try blogging, and logging your weight. Keeps you honest..

    Finally, if you do fall off the program for a day or two, or even just a meal, DON'T PANIC! Just get back on the horse and keep on going. Like any diet it kind of sucks at first, but it gets better fast, at least in terms of how you will feel. I am into my second week now and the hunger has gotten very tolerable, and I feel great in terms of energy. Amazing considering I have cut my calories to a 1/3 of what I was eating..

    BTW, I did the program before a couple of years back and lost 45 lbs in less than 3 months. This is a great program. Good luck and keep in touch!.

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  • 269 days ago

    Im on day 3 and Im having a horribly hard time eatting all 5 and 1 meals in a day. I know how important it is..but Ugh

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