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Just wondering when you all felt like excercising. I am only on day 2 and have zero energy. I could barely do a little housework today. Prior to Medifast I was a cardio-lover and would normally run 3 x week, zumba 1 x week, yoga 1-2 x week. I just need some encouragement that this feeling is temporary. I knew the first week would be hard and had hoped to at least walk the dog daily but now I'm not sure I can.

TIA!! Any words of wisdom is appreciated..

Comments (21)

I'm on day 4, and although I haven't exercised yet (hoping to get back into my routine tonight), I haven't felt sluggish or tired at all. I haven't experienced the headaches that others talked about either. But I'm wondering if it has anything to do with the fact that I didn't eat a lot of sugars in my regular everyday diet before Medifast (I'm a carb-a-holic, breads/pasta/rice!). In fact, I haven't even been sleeping as much as I usually do..

Comment #1

Im at the end of week 2 on Medifast and last night was the first night Ive done any exercise. I walked to the Redbox at 7 eleven to rent a movie which is about 2 miles there and back. I have to say it felt good getting out and walking a bit as I was in a motorcycle wreck a few weeks before I started Medifast and Im just starting to feel better. I havent noticed a Super Boost in energy really since Ive been on plan, but I havent felt extremely tired either. Sorry this probably didnt help much, just try and stay positive and it should get better as the days go by....

Comment #2

Looks like you workout regularly like I do (and did before MF) with some pretty intense hours...I felt better around day 6-7 and then the energy I had was off the hook! the only problems I ran into with energy after that was training for my triathlon which I would recommend going to the recommnded 4&2 for increased spurts like that. Good luck, it will pass, promise..

Comment #3

Is 4&2 having 4MF and 2 full L&G meals? I trained for a half marathon last year, but we weren't able to go, so I plan to start running again in a month or so (race early 2011). Didn't think I'd be able to handle the long runs eating such few calories.

Thanks in advance for info...learing so much on these boards!.

Comment #4

I dont exercise I'm lazy and then again I dont have the energy for it! Also you have to wait 3 or 4 weeks to start!.

Comment #5

Everyone is different on when the tiredness and haze goes away.

For me day 4 was much better. I still, after 13 weeks, get tired the day after my 3rd day stretch. I also work as an RN in ICU and do 12 hour night shifts. But rotate to days on occasion..

I recommend that you do your L&G before going to work if you work nights or have your L&G mid-day if you work days. You will appreciate the this way. And so will your patients.

Stick with it, things will get better. You will do this!!!!!.

Oh yeah I have not added exercise back in yet but I am on a restriction from my cardiac surgeon who incenditentally is the one who got me started on MF..

Comment #6

It is recommended that you do not exercise the first 2 weeks on program to allow your body to adjust to the program. I have been on the program for 6 weeks and I'm now just getting back to my exercise routine prior to starting the program, however, 45 minutes per session max. I started out 2 days a week and I'm working up to 4 days. Just take it slowly....you will get there!!! Good luck! The first few days are the worst, and then things DO get better!!.

Comment #7

I'm on day 4, and although I haven't exercised yet (hoping to get back into my routine tonight), I haven't felt sluggish or tired at all. I haven't experienced the headaches that others talked about either. But I'm wondering if it has anything to do with the fact that I didn't eat a lot of sugars in my regular everyday diet before Medifast (I'm a carb-a-holic, breads/pasta/rice!). In fact, I haven't even been sleeping as much as I usually do...

Comment #8

Im at the end of week 2 on Medifast and last night was the first night Ive done any exercise. I walked to the Redbox at 7 eleven to rent a movie which is about 2 miles there and back. I have to say it felt good getting out and walking a bit as I was in a motorcycle wreck a few weeks before I started Medifast and Im just starting to feel better. I havent noticed a Super Boost in energy really since Ive been on plan, but I havent felt extremely tired either. Sorry this probably didnt help much, just try and stay positive and it should get better as the days go by.....

Comment #9

Looks like you workout regularly like I do (and did before MF) with some pretty intense hours...I felt better around day 6-7 and then the energy I had was off the hook! the only problems I ran into with energy after that was training for my triathlon which I would recommend going to the recommnded 4&2 for increased spurts like that. Good luck, it will pass, promise...

Comment #10

Is 4&2 having 4MF and 2 full L&G meals? I trained for a half marathon last year, but we weren't able to go, so I plan to start running again in a month or so (race early 2011). Didn't think I'd be able to handle the long runs eating such few calories.

Thanks in advance for info...learing so much on these boards!..

Comment #11

I dont exercise I'm lazy and then again I dont have the energy for it! Also you have to wait 3 or 4 weeks to start!..

Comment #12

Everyone is different on when the tiredness and haze goes away.

For me day 4 was much better. I still, after 13 weeks, get tired the day after my 3rd day stretch. I also work as an RN in ICU and do 12 hour night shifts. But rotate to days on occasion..

I recommend that you do your L&G before going to work if you work nights or have your L&G mid-day if you work days. You will appreciate the this way. And so will your patients.

Stick with it, things will get better. You will do this!!!!!.

Oh yeah I have not added exercise back in yet but I am on a restriction from my cardiac surgeon who incenditentally is the one who got me started on MF...

Comment #13

It is recommended that you do not exercise the first 2 weeks on program to allow your body to adjust to the program. I have been on the program for 6 weeks and I'm now just getting back to my exercise routine prior to starting the program, however, 45 minutes per session max. I started out 2 days a week and I'm working up to 4 days. Just take it slowly....you will get there!!! Good luck! The first few days are the worst, and then things DO get better!!..

Comment #14


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