Feeling Faint during Medifast ??

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Thank G-d I haven't really been hungry for the most part while on MF, but for the last few days I can tell when it's time to eat cuz I feel like I'm going to pass out. Does this happen to anyone else? Is this normal??..

Comments (6)

Are you eating enough? Also, are you still doing a good job of drinking your water throughout the day? If you can't discover the problem, talk to your doctor. Could be anemia or something like that. Sorry..

Comment #1

I get really light headed a few times a day. I just kind of take a second to get my bearings again. I suppose it isn't normal and I should worry about it but it does go away after a few seconds...

Comment #2

I have really low BP when I'm not dieting (60/90) really falls when I diet and I have to be really careful about fainting when I stand up. I have 40 years of experience with this, and after fainting a couple times for real, I now know what to do to avoid it. It's really troublesome upon standing, but just drop back down to a sitting position then stand up again and it goes away (if this is like what you experience). I also know exactly how far I can let the blackness take over before I faint. As long as I sit back down, or lower my center of gravity somehow, I'm good. It sounds funny, and serious...but it really isn't (for me, you might be different).

Oh...I've also been advised to keep my sodium a little higher, so I never feel bad about adding a little salt to the Medifast soups and my salads...

Comment #3

I would go to the doctor and run a few tests. You may have something there that is not related to being on the Medifast diet..


If the doctor says you're OK talk to Medifast. They may put you on a different program..

What is hypoglycemia?.

Hypoglycemia, also called low blood glucose or low blood sugar, occurs when blood glucose drops below normal levels. Glucose, an important source of energy for the body, comes from food. Carbohydrates are the main dietary source of glucose. Rice, potatoes, bread, tortillas, cereal, milk, fruit, and sweets are all carbohydrate-rich foods..

After a meal, glucose is absorbed into the bloodstream and carried to the bodys cells. Insulin, a hormone made by the pancreas, helps the cells use glucose for energy. If a person takes in more glucose than the body needs at the time, the body stores the extra glucose in the liver and muscles in a form called glycogen. The body can use glycogen for energy between meals. Extra glucose can also be changed to fat and stored in fat cells. Fat can also be used for energy..

When blood glucose begins to fall, glucagonanother hormone made by the pancreassignals the liver to break down glycogen and release glucose into the bloodstream. Blood glucose will then rise toward a normal level. In some people with diabetes, this glucagon response to hypoglycemia is impaired and other hormones such as epinephrine, also called adrenaline, may raise the blood glucose level. But with diabetes treated with insulin or pills that increase insulin production, glucose levels cant easily return to the normal range..

Hypoglycemia can happen suddenly. It is usually mild and can be treated quickly and easily by eating or drinking a small amount of glucose-rich food. If left untreated, hypoglycemia can get worse and cause confusion, clumsiness, or fainting. Severe hypoglycemia can lead to seizures, coma, and even death..

In adults and children older than 10 years, hypoglycemia is uncommon except as a side effect of diabetes treatment. Hypoglycemia can also result, however, from other medications or diseases, hormone or enzyme deficiencies, or tumors...

Comment #4

I had issues with feeling faint until I upped my sodium intake. I was trying to get that down along with everything else and I took it too far. Maybe have some broth during the day and see if the problem goes away...

Comment #5

Another thing that you may wanna do is change your lean and green to breakfast or midmorning. That way you will have energy for the entire day and you won't feel hunger until late in the day.You'll wind up going to sleep anyway...

Comment #6

This question was taken from a support group/message board and re-posted here so others can learn from it.


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