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I am ending my 3rd week on Medifast and getting ready to place my next order but needed some input on how to keep this simple. Simple is what I need to continue and succeed on this journey. I've read lots of posts over the past weeks trying lots of different recipes (w/ the Medifast foods (just to get some of them down) and with my Lean/Green) to help with taste/texture but have found this has really consumed me..

This is a hard journey I have begun but really need to stick with it for not only myself but my family. I know I can do this just like I did when I quit smoking a year ago in January but for me I must keep it simple. So what I'm wondering is if anyone else has done this with just eating a couple of different Medifast foods and the same Lean/Green meals over and over and if you were successful in weight loss or do you need all the varieties so that you don't hit a plateau? What are some of your meal plans you have found have worked the best for you?.

Started July 24th @ 318 lbs.

Currently - 301.2 lbs.

Weeks 1-3 - 16.8 lbs lost..

Comments (44)

I would try to keep it simple too, but also try to add variety of Medifast meals and lean and green meals when possible. I actually didn't make recipes when I started, I saved that for later in the program when I wanted a change, NOT that there is anything wrong with using recipes and I also found, if I didn't like an Medifast meal, if I waited a few weeks, my tastes changed and then I liked it. Honestly, all I did was eat 5 Medifast Meals, 1 lean and green and had up to three condiments a day and drank 64 oz. of water a day! I am with you, Simple is SO easy. Good Luck to you! You can do this! If "I" can, Anyone can! Dan..

Comment #1

I'm coming up on 100 days and I don't do many recipes at all. 5 days a week since the beginning I go downstairs to the coffee shop in the building and I get a dark green salad with grilled chicken , olive oil, and balsamic vinegar. I may have missed 2 weekdays in that time. I just find that for me simplicity works best. If I'm cooking at home I spend a lot more time on my L&G because I enjoy cooking. I've been hitting farmers markets and getting zuchinni, peppers, squash, and other stuff I never really cooked for myself before.

For some it's variety, for some it's simplicity. Good luck to you here......

Comment #2

Not sure if this is more on the convenient side, but I about to end week three and here are the things that have helped me feel like I don't have to put much effort into my meals.

1) I make muffins with the oatmeal. I despise the oatmeal but adore these muffins, especially with a cup of coffee in the morning. There's a word doc with several muffin recipes, feel free to message me if you want it..

2) Costco! They have 7oz cans of tuna which is the exact portion for tuna, so instead of using 1 1/2 cans, you have the exact size ready to go. I also buy their individually wrapped frozen chickens which almost always weigh out to 6 oz. Same with their frozen mahi mahi and cod. I can pop these puppies in the oven with my olive oil serving a bit of spice and wham bam I have dinner..

3) I pre cut all of my veggies a day or two in advance. That way if Im in a rush, or going somewhere I can just grab my portions. Which I also weigh in grams before I ziplock..

4) I lay out my meals the night before. This is totally just a personal preference, but I like having my meals already decided a day ahead of time..

I am no veteran and this isn't mind blowing advice, but it has certainly helped me and hope it helps you too. Great work on your journey this far and keep it up! You're doing a great job and you CAN do this!..

Comment #3

Yes What the 'guys' said!.

I even encourage newbees to try to do the Medifast food "naked" (as is) at first..

This does a couple things. It helps us DETOX from all those flavors and delicious foods we have become accustomed to that have been loaded with, sugars, salt, and etc..

The other thing it does is gives you time to adjust to the whole plan. The simplicity is one of the 'secrets of success' here..

Having said that, Janie a tried and true Veteran of MF, coined the phrase that "MF is simple, but it is not always easy.".

This is soooooooo true..

There are members here who just love to cook and create and w/o the recipes and cookbooks here, they may have failed. I know that making some recipes in bulk and freezing them saved me. We travel a lot and having them frozen and ready to pop into my checked luggage was a lifesaver..

There are members who could care less if their kitchen even had a stove. (HA).

And a host of members somewhere in between..

The wonderful thing about MF, is you can do what ever YOU need to do in order to get to GOAL. If eating 5 Brownies a day will get you there, it is OnPlan. But if that is not how you want your day to look, then YOU get to decide..

The main thing is to do it. Eat 5 Medifast meals and 1 Weighed and Measured L&G, then drink your water and get moving..

God Bless you, whatever you decide..

PS. If you want some ideas or other tips, please feel to PM me anytime...

Comment #4

I did this. Mostly because I couldnt get any of the "recipe making" things like "light cottage cheese" or "light cow" etc. I was in Czech Republic and I dont speak Czech..

My first recipe was just 2 weeks ago. So, yes, the majority of my time was SIMPLE. Same L&G almost every day, 3 boiled eggs and a spinach salad OR chicken breast and a spinach salad. THat was IT!.

I think ALL new people should keep it simple for the first few months until you get your "sea legs". In fact, most vets here I know will say the same thing. "No recipes for the first 6-8 weeks"..

So, back to basics. I also did no condiments. Couldnt find them. I did no salt as well. Just do the 5/1 or the 4/2 as written. Drink A TON of water, weigh your L&G and you will do just fine!..

Comment #5

Sticking to the basic plan is what worked for me. Even after 17 months maintaing, I still keep it simple. I find too much variety is my downfall on any diet. On MF, I ate my 5 Medifast meals and basically ate a salad every night with one TBSP FF and one TBSP low-fat dressing. The only thing that changed was which protein I added to the mix and how it was cooked..

I doctored up some of the Medifast foods about one month into Medifast since I had to get rid of those things I received but did not like (cappuccino, any of the chocolate drinks, etc.) but I made sure that when I did doctor up my meals, I did not do it on a regular basis (not every single day). I was not particular about watching every little thing I put in my mouth but to be honest, I still have no idea what is on the approved snack list as I was never really hungry enough to find out. Family members have asked me why Medifast worked for me but did not work for them and quite frankly, I think it's because they "overthought" the process and tried to doctor the plan up to get the most out of their meals. I stuck to the plan as stated and have never looked back..

I think, deep down, we know what will work for us and how much temptation we can take. Think about it....when you sit down to eat, what attracts you? For me, it was always everything besides the meat. IOW, the side dishes. Too much variety, for me, is NOT good..

If my son did not still live with us, my food bill would drop drastically because my hubby works 7 on/7 off and I eat cheaply. As long as I have fruit and veggies in the house, I could go for days without leaving... Medifast has changed my eating habits, for sure....

Good luck!.

Angelina (136.4)..

Comment #6

I like to keep it VERY simple. I prepare all my Medifast meals exactly according to the package. I don't even own a personal blender. I just use the shaker jars. I only order the Medifast foods that I absolutely love. I order all the drinks (chai, cappucino, fruit drinks, iced teas), 2 types of shakes (dutch chocolate, strawberry), 2 types of bars (peanut butter, chocolate mint), and sometimes the pretzels and puffs for those days where I need more grab and go items.



For my lean and green, we make a huge romaine lettuce salad with cucumber and tomatoes at the beginning of the week...enough to stuff a gallon-size ziploc bag, and it lasts throughout the week. I just have salad every night with some type of lean protein...we change the lean every night, so that is where I get some variety. I change up my dressings also for some variety..

This is what works best for me! I wish you the best of luck in trying to find what works for you!..

Comment #7

I did no recipes at all during 5/1, and still don't in maintenance. I bought the l&g cookbook because the stuff looks great, but I don't like to cook so haven't tried it yet..

I did the package as written, except I soaked all soups for at least 3 hours before nuking them. I blended shakes in my Medifast blender with 4 ice cubes and made it thick and yummy. I also added some SF raspberry syrup to shakes occasionally, but no actual recipes. I have had enough salad to last me the rest of my life, so unless I was at a restaurant, I never ate salad..

I steamed veggies in the microwave, and had my allotted lean with them. I weighed all leans and measured my no-meat leans, but I estimated my veggies by using a large handful as 1 cup..

I found that being in the kitchen, and seeing and measuring and thinking about food all the time would have made it hard for me to stay OP. So I didn't tempt myself by having to mix, bake, stir, and add to......if you know what I mean..

Do what works for you though..

Blessings,.

E...

Comment #8

I basically just eat a salad every night with a different lean like eggs, cottage cheese or chicken. I don't really alter any of the foods either except for more water and ice in the shakes/soft serve and more or less in the oatmeal or pancake to make them into more of a muffin thing. I like it simple. Easier to keep track that way too when you're not adding extra things to them...

Comment #9

No recipes for me, either. I am a firm believer in simpler is better. I shouldn't admit this, but I've eaten the exact same L&G for the last six weeks. Romaine, peppers, cucumbers and Kirkland brand chicken chunks with two tablespoons of dressing. Every single day and I'm not even close to tired of it. Simple, tastes good and there's no cooking..

I'm still doing a lot of different medifast meals, but I think the next time I order, it will be just boxes of my favorites. What's the point of forcing down a banana shake when I love the chocolate?.

Order what you like and don't worry about stalling because of it. It's all interchangeable..

Good luck!..

Comment #10

I work 12 hour shifts on an ambulance. I take my hot chocolate and put it in a cup of coffee. I have at least two or three a day. I use the bars for the other two meals..

My lean and green consists of bulk chicken breast....I cook and refrigerate.....with romaine lettuce and cherry tomatos..

My fat serving is my dressing..

I stay away from condiments, which now that I put my hot cocoa in my coffee, I no longer need and the weight comes off quicker for me..

I notice when I add other condiments or snacks....my weight loss is lower..

On my days up, I'll mix up my lean and green but the bulk chicken breast really keeps it simple. I don't do recipes because I'm very busy and it works for me..

GOOD LUCK!!..

Comment #11

Not sure if this is more on the convenient side, but I about to end week three and here are the things that have helped me feel like I don't have to put much effort into my meals.

1) I make muffins with the oatmeal. I despise the oatmeal but adore these muffins, especially with a cup of coffee in the morning. There's a word doc with several muffin recipes, feel free to message me if you want it.

2) Costco! They have 7oz cans of tuna which is the exact portion for tuna, so instead of using 1 1/2 cans, you have the exact size ready to go. I also buy their individually wrapped frozen chickens which almost always weigh out to 6 oz. Same with their frozen mahi mahi and cod. I can pop these puppies in the oven with my olive oil serving a bit of spice and wham bam I have dinner.

3) I pre cut all of my veggies a day or two in advance. That way if Im in a rush, or going somewhere I can just grab my portions. Which I also weigh in grams before I ziplock..

4) I lay out my meals the night before. This is totally just a personal preference, but I like having my meals already decided a day ahead of time.

I am no veteran and this isn't mind blowing advice, but it has certainly helped me and hope it helps you too. Great work on your journey this far and keep it up! You're doing a great job and you CAN do this!..

Comment #12

Yes What the 'guys' said!.

I even encourage newbees to try to do the Medifast food "naked" (as is) at first..

This does a couple things. It helps us DETOX from all those flavors and delicious foods we have become accustomed to that have been loaded with, sugars, salt, and etc..

The other thing it does is gives you time to adjust to the whole plan. The simplicity is one of the 'secrets of success' here.

Having said that, Janie a tried and true Veteran of MF, coined the phrase that "MF is simple, but it is not always easy.".

This is soooooooo true..

There are members here who just love to cook and create and w/o the recipes and cookbooks here, they may have failed. I know that making some recipes in bulk and freezing them saved me. We travel a lot and having them frozen and ready to pop into my checked luggage was a lifesaver..

There are members who could care less if their kitchen even had a stove. (HA).

And a host of members somewhere in between..

The wonderful thing about MF, is you can do what ever YOU need to do in order to get to GOAL. If eating 5 Brownies a day will get you there, it is OnPlan. But if that is not how you want your day to look, then YOU get to decide..

The main thing is to do it. Eat 5 Medifast meals and 1 Weighed and Measured L&G, then drink your water and get moving..

God Bless you, whatever you decide..

PS. If you want some ideas or other tips, please feel to PM me anytime...

Comment #13

I did this. Mostly because I couldnt get any of the "recipe making" things like "light cottage cheese" or "light cow" etc. I was in Czech Republic and I dont speak Czech.

My first recipe was just 2 weeks ago. So, yes, the majority of my time was SIMPLE. Same L&G almost every day, 3 boiled eggs and a spinach salad OR chicken breast and a spinach salad. THat was IT!.

I think ALL new people should keep it simple for the first few months until you get your "sea legs". In fact, most vets here I know will say the same thing. "No recipes for the first 6-8 weeks"..

So, back to basics. I also did no condiments. Couldnt find them. I did no salt as well. Just do the 5/1 or the 4/2 as written. Drink A TON of water, weigh your L&G and you will do just fine!..

Comment #14

Sticking to the basic plan is what worked for me. Even after 17 months maintaing, I still keep it simple. I find too much variety is my downfall on any diet. On MF, I ate my 5 Medifast meals and basically ate a salad every night with one TBSP FF and one TBSP low-fat dressing. The only thing that changed was which protein I added to the mix and how it was cooked..

I doctored up some of the Medifast foods about one month into Medifast since I had to get rid of those things I received but did not like (cappuccino, any of the chocolate drinks, etc.) but I made sure that when I did doctor up my meals, I did not do it on a regular basis (not every single day). I was not particular about watching every little thing I put in my mouth but to be honest, I still have no idea what is on the approved snack list as I was never really hungry enough to find out. Family members have asked me why Medifast worked for me but did not work for them and quite frankly, I think it's because they "overthought" the process and tried to doctor the plan up to get the most out of their meals. I stuck to the plan as stated and have never looked back..

I think, deep down, we know what will work for us and how much temptation we can take. Think about it....when you sit down to eat, what attracts you? For me, it was always everything besides the meat. IOW, the side dishes. Too much variety, for me, is NOT good.

If my son did not still live with us, my food bill would drop drastically because my hubby works 7 on/7 off and I eat cheaply. As long as I have fruit and veggies in the house, I could go for days without leaving... Medifast has changed my eating habits, for sure....

Good luck!.

Angelina (136.4)..

Comment #15

I like to keep it VERY simple. I prepare all my Medifast meals exactly according to the package. I don't even own a personal blender. I just use the shaker jars. I only order the Medifast foods that I absolutely love. I order all the drinks (chai, cappucino, fruit drinks, iced teas), 2 types of shakes (dutch chocolate, strawberry), 2 types of bars (peanut butter, chocolate mint), and sometimes the pretzels and puffs for those days where I need more grab and go items.



For my lean and green, we make a huge romaine lettuce salad with cucumber and tomatoes at the beginning of the week...enough to stuff a gallon-size ziploc bag, and it lasts throughout the week. I just have salad every night with some type of lean protein...we change the lean every night, so that is where I get some variety. I change up my dressings also for some variety.

This is what works best for me! I wish you the best of luck in trying to find what works for you!..

Comment #16

I did no recipes at all during 5/1, and still don't in maintenance. I bought the l&g cookbook because the stuff looks great, but I don't like to cook so haven't tried it yet..

I did the package as written, except I soaked all soups for at least 3 hours before nuking them. I blended shakes in my Medifast blender with 4 ice cubes and made it thick and yummy. I also added some SF raspberry syrup to shakes occasionally, but no actual recipes. I have had enough salad to last me the rest of my life, so unless I was at a restaurant, I never ate salad..

I steamed veggies in the microwave, and had my allotted lean with them. I weighed all leans and measured my no-meat leans, but I estimated my veggies by using a large handful as 1 cup.

I found that being in the kitchen, and seeing and measuring and thinking about food all the time would have made it hard for me to stay OP. So I didn't tempt myself by having to mix, bake, stir, and add to......if you know what I mean..

Do what works for you though..

Blessings,.

E...

Comment #17

No recipes for me, either. I am a firm believer in simpler is better. I shouldn't admit this, but I've eaten the exact same L&G for the last six weeks. Romaine, peppers, cucumbers and Kirkland brand chicken chunks with two tablespoons of dressing. Every single day and I'm not even close to tired of it. Simple, tastes good and there's no cooking.

I'm still doing a lot of different medifast meals, but I think the next time I order, it will be just boxes of my favorites. What's the point of forcing down a banana shake when I love the chocolate?.

Order what you like and don't worry about stalling because of it. It's all interchangeable..

Good luck!..

Comment #18

I work 12 hour shifts on an ambulance. I take my hot chocolate and put it in a cup of coffee. I have at least two or three a day. I use the bars for the other two meals.

My lean and green consists of bulk chicken breast....I cook and refrigerate.....with romaine lettuce and cherry tomatos.

My fat serving is my dressing..

I stay away from condiments, which now that I put my hot cocoa in my coffee, I no longer need and the weight comes off quicker for me..

I notice when I add other condiments or snacks....my weight loss is lower..

On my days up, I'll mix up my lean and green but the bulk chicken breast really keeps it simple. I don't do recipes because I'm very busy and it works for me..

GOOD LUCK!!..

Comment #19


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