Why am I so hungry on Medifast?

  • 2874 days ago

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    Noah Level 1
    I just started the program today. I've eaten three of the Medifast "snacks", one every 2-3 hours. I have to tell you that I am so hungry that I could eat my monitor! I'm trying not to be skeptical here, but how on earth can one cup of soup keep a guy full for 2 hours? I don't get it..

    Any comments would be most appreciated!.

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  • 2873 days ago

    Lots of water...thats my biggest tip. That and either the Medifast water enhancers or Crystal Light Energy (Wild Strawberry or Grape) in the water. A lot of that craving may not be 'hunger' but the extreme desire to for taste. And the water fills you up..

    Helps me....maybe it might help you... Good luck!!!!!.

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  • 2870 days ago

    The first week is the hardest. After that most people are not hungry. I unfortunately am still hungry at times but nothing like that first week. Tips I have seen: try a pickle, little broth, splitting your lean and green. Try some diet soda but watch the caffeine. You can also add a little extra protein if necessary.

    It does get better..

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  • 2862 days ago

    Stay busy and drink lots of water between your meals, it gets easier. Trust me.

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  • 2860 days ago

    You are not alone bro. I myself am new, 2nd day today. Yesterday I was a miserbale, HUNGRY (no not just craving- actually hungry) and could not stop peeing because of all the liquid and water I drank. I'm hoping it gets better with time like people say but believe me you are not alone..

    I had two extra medifast meals yesterday just because I stay up late.. so I just folllowed "eat ever 2-3 hours" until I went to bed. going to try to stick with the 5:1 plan today since I slept in late..

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  • 2855 days ago

    Once you get into the fat burning state, for most people the hunger goes away. You've got some good advice - do other things. Don't obsess about it. Make sure to drink at least 64 ounces of water - even more is better. You can add additional water to most of the foods, and still have them be quite palatable - I know when I do up a shake or the soft serve in the personal blender, by the time I add all my ice and water, I'm putting close to 2-3x the amount of water needed - it's all bonus, and seems to help with that feeling of volume..

    For most folks, you'll get into that fat burning state within 3-5 days. Hang in there!.

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  • 2855 days ago

    First week is the hardest, I got headaches etc.. The good news is if you stick with it your first week is usually the biggest loss..

    Eat the bars and or oatmeal and drink tons of water. You will get in the fat burning state and your stomach will shrink. maybe have some of your L&G for lunch like salad (watch your servings).

    I drink 128 oz (1 gal) / day and in the beginning I peed alot, your body will adjust just hang in there it gets easier I promise!.

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  • 2850 days ago

    Once you hit ketosis (in the next couple of days) you will feel MUCH less hungry. I have to set alarms on my phone to remind me to eat most days. I never imagined that would be possible, but that is what makes the program do-able..

    Just keep busy, eat a bulky Lean and Green (try 2 Veggie Burgers, 1 cup salad, 1 cup broccoli), drink tons of water, and pop an ibuprofen if you get a headache. It will pass, I guarantee it!.

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  • 2850 days ago

    I must be doing it right...... I'm into my 6th day, and it's not been a big deal..

    I fill 4 mason jars with water every morning, set one by the computer, one by the TV chair, and one in the kitchen..... one jar will have been finished by mid-morning and replaced with another jar of the miracle elixer..

    My other trick is wearing a cheap watch from Radio Shack that allows me to set four alarms during the day.... I eat my first meal replacement upon getting up in the morning, then the watch alerts me,.

    TIME to eat another!.

    Something else I do is (and I did it last night), I made a dozen "Lean & Green" meals. Some with chicken breasts, some with pork chops, and if I have meat too small to qualify I suppliment it with as much of a bean burger pattie as I feel it needs. My choice of veggie needed first to be partially cooked, last night it was asperegus, brocolli, or a mix of borcolli, green beans, and cauliflower. Stick 'em all in the freezer, VOILA'.... got an L&G a day for the next two weeks!.

    Well.... time to lift dumbbells then go for a walk. The first week saw me take two walks, one bicycle ride, and a long distance motorcycle ride over bumpy roads...... if I ever "bonked" as a result of this diet, it may have been about 300 miles into the motorcycle ride as I suddenly felt SPENT! On the other hand, it could also be because my suspension was designed for my former 255 pounds, and at 217..... that was one ROUGH RIDE on a stiff suspension over a bumpy goat trail of a road!.

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  • 2847 days ago

    Your stomach will shrink and you will get used to it. I am always hungry by the time I eat my meals but not hungry enough to lose it like I was the first two weeks. ANd yes, for me, it lasted two weeks, then it hit me hard again the fifth week and I have occasional days where I feel hungry most of the day, though I really think a lot of that is all in my mind..

    Drinking decaf coffee helps me a LOT..

    In your first week or two, drink a cup of warm chicken broth as your snack every day, eat 10 almonds. That really helped me (I'm a girl, but i'm 6'1" and had 103 pounds to lose.) I'm also extremely active with a mowing business. I tend to go over my protein by one or two ounces (sometimes three) but I don't eat extra Medifast meals, I usually don't even eat my snack now though I occasionally do, and I make it work for me. Sometimes I have a cup of unsweetened almond milk for 35 calories, sometimes I eat a cup of greek yogurt (150 cals, 9 carbs, 23 protein in the Kroger plain NF brand) instead of a Medifast meal but usually I just follow the plan, use lots of hot sauce, and it works..

    You will be suffering this week, I guarantee you, but you will make it through if you want to, and you will see the results if you do. Try not to sabotage yourself by telling yourself that you're not getting enough food..

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  • 2838 days ago

    Depending on your activity level doing 4&2 may be an option also. Read the guidelines for each plan and see what works best for you and your lifestyle..

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  • 2835 days ago

    I agree with a couple of earlier posts, drink water and stay busy. And by busy I mean routine and not so routine. I found myself doing fun little projects, the first couple of weeks, that I wouldn't have done otherwise. I built a penny-hockey set for my sons and that used up a good 6-7 hours of free time in my second week; worked like a charm. Don't worry, you'll be fine in few short days..

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  • 2830 days ago

    Hahaha you're right. First day I was starving, I cried, and wanted to give up. Just keep it up for a few more days, eat an extra meal, pickles, whatever and it will get better I promise!!.

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  • 2823 days ago

    Hang in there!! Your stomach will shrink, you'll start burning fat, you'll be drinking lots of water, etc.... it DOES work but some folks have a few rough days getting "into the grove". My husband is 6'5" and weighed 300 when he started - he has lost 60 pounds since April 23rd and LOVES Medifast - so hang in there... if THIS big guy can exist happily on 5 Medifast meals a day, anyone can!! Wishing you the best on your journey!!.

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  • 2818 days ago

    First week sucks...................totally worth it though..

    Pound the water every time you even THINK about food, and get out and keep busy..

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  • 2818 days ago

    @OP - How are you feeling now?.

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  • 2814 days ago

    The first week or two were pretty hard for me as well. Pickles helped me out a lot as well as water. Another thing you might want to try in the beginning is splitting your L&G meal. Eat half at lunch and eat half at dinner. Oftentimes I split my green even to this day by having a small salad with soup for my lunch. Just remember, once you start seeing the pounds melt off you will be hooked!!!.

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  • 2811 days ago

    Hey rbirkey,.

    How are doing? Did you make through the first few days ok?.

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  • 2805 days ago

    Most of my advice has already been stated, but I will repeat it anyway to reinforce. Two hours is really not that long. Drinking water and drinking coffee help to suppress your hunger. I limited myself to the three cups of coffee recommended by the plan, but I took advantage of those three cups to the fullest. I also ate a snack on most days shortly after lunch, which is when I seemed to be the hungriest. A snack for me was usually ten almonds, counted out..

    I just want to say that I like to eat as much as anybody likes to eat. Still do. But I found this plan relatively easy to follow. Hang in there because it works great. Before you know it, it will just be your daily routine..

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  • 2801 days ago

    If you get tired of water I have found that club soda not only keeps me fuller but also quenches my thirst better!!.

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  • 2797 days ago

    I'm going to try this!!.

    Sounds a little more fun than water..

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