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My first shipment should be here soon, Im hoping by Wednesday. To prep myself Ive been reading the boards everyday and trying to learn as much as I can. I've read a lot of talk about the notorious first week. I have to say, Im a little nervous. I am notorious for starting and stopping different weight loss programs. So I was thinking the more prepared I am for what is likely to come, it won't take me off guard and I will be able to get through it.

I have heard numerous people say the first week is hell, it's tough, but then it gets much better. How and why is it so tough? What can I expect? And when I make it through this first week, what can I expect when it gets better? I just think the more information I have about what it will be like, the more successful I will be..

Comments (76)

Hi jillian, and welcome!.

I also did my pre-reading about the hell of first week, so I went in expecting to be grumpy, headachy, feeling like I was about to expire from hunger, tiredness, queasy, etc...

For me - I certainly had headaches. Hubby and I both opted to take excederin for that (which has some caffeine in it, FYI - that's why we picked it!) Drinking water seemed to help some too..

Hubby and I were both grumpy - but we were prepared for that and tried to treat each other like glass that first week..

I was very hungry the first few days - but some of it was mental, some of it was thirst.. I got through it by watching the clock and counting down to each meal (and reading the boards and blogs).

I wasn't queasy, I didn't feel like I was on death's door. I was very tired, so I slept more than usual at night. I woke up on perhaps the 5th day with renewed energy and have felt pretty good since. I get occasional bouts of hunger still - but I drink more water and get through it. Mostly though, I have to look at the clock to remind myself it is time for my next meal now. That changed in the midst of my 3rd week (which I'm just finishing)..

I hope that helps.. There are plenty of "my first week" posts out there to read as well. YMMV!.

I look forward to hearing about your experiences, and your future successes..

Cheers,.

Comment #1

My first day I was tired and a little hungry. The second day I was very dizzy and sooooo tired. The third day I felt great lots of energy and the Medifast food started tasting better. Do the best you can to get lots of rest the first 3 days and drink lots of water. I started to lose weight right away which kept me very motivated. You can do this.

Good luck!.

Comment #2

Don't assume you're going to feel terrible. You might, and if you do, you know it's temporary. I never had "hell week". I was a little hungry but expected that. I worked the whole week and carried out my normal routine. So, you may be just fine like I was.

I just worry that if you are expecting the worse than that's what will happen. Our thoughts have a lot to do with how we feel. Just my two cents worth..

Comment #3

You might think about limiting really physical activities for a few days. I was in the middle of a big weekend home improvement project when I started. Just about passed out a couple of times the first weekend doing heavy lifting and swinging a hammer. Also had headaches for a couple of weeks. I took Excederin, drank more coffee than I should have and made it through it. Like everyone says, it magically goes away pretty quickly. Hang in there..

Comment #4

Thanks everyone! Im trying not to psych myself into anything, and I really am hoping that my first week goes smooth. Im just going to try to keep myself occupied so I dont get bored and think about snacking. I think one thing that may help me is since I'm in college and will be going back to school next tuesday, I will be busy preparing for that and then actually being in school and having homework again (blah) but at least it will keep me busy! Please send positive thoughts my way! I will keep you all posted and just a forewarning....I will likely be posting lots of questions, etc throughout my first week! So you will all probably be seeing a lot of my name on the boards haha. Thanks again everyone!.

Comment #5

I'm a newbie too, but I'm actually feeling really energized. For months I have been working and then coming home and crashing. Work and sleep seemed to be all I could manage. This week I have been up later, and wake up earlier than ever. I'm on day 7 and I go for my 1st weigh in tomorrow! I sure hope I see some results to keep me motivated..

Comment #6

Congrats Kwittek! Let me know how your first weigh in goes! From what I have been hearing from everyone else, Im sure you will be pleasantly surprised.

Comment #7

You know, I'm not going to lie, I felt pretty crappy my first few days, tired, hungry, lethargic. However, it only lasted 3-4 days and was so worth it. First of all I feel like the fact that it was challenging my first few days prevents me from going off plan because I never want to go out of ketosis and deal with that feeling again. Seriously, the few times I've been at parties or out and contemplated going OP it was remembering how crappy I felt that kept me focused and OP. Also, the plan works, plain and simple, so if I have to go through 3 or 4 days of feeling tired and cranky to have such an amazing plan work so successfully I figure it's worth it. Good luck to you and don't let this deter you! The plan works and is amazing! Good luck to you!!!.

Comment #8

Hey Gillian, welcome! Yes, the first five days for me were rough. However, I'm surprised it wasn't worse. I basically cut my calories in half and flooded my body with waterthat's bound to cause some bodily upset. Just remember if you stay on the plan, you only have to go through it once. I think of it like childbirthuncomfortable but worth it. Best of luck to you!.

Comment #9

I'm about in the middle of the 2nd week right now. And let me tell you, the first week SUCKED for me. But it gets much easier after, hallelujah..

I slept constantly the first week. I was tired all the time, slept too much at night and napped during the day also. Didn't affect me too much because I work for myself, but be prepared not to be as productive as normal. The lethargy was really what I hated the most. I was hungry almost constantly, but just feeling so tired all the time bothered me more I'm used to always being on the move or into something. Also, I was fairly moody, lightheaded some, mild headaches every now and then..

But it was like a flip switched on day 8. I started feeling more energetic, not constantly hungry, etc., etc. So just suffer through it. Your body will be going through a major shift and it's going to be a bit disorienting, but it is ABSOLUTELY WORTH IT. I'm on day 11, and have lost 16 pounds..

Just stick to plan 100% religiously. Measure your portions correctly and record all you eat. Drink a lot of water I have been drinking half my body weight in ounces per day. Get plenty of sleep. And, again, just STAY ON PLAN, no matter what it takes... if you do, you'll be getting the results to keep you motivated. And, if the results aren't enough to motivate you to stay on plan, as another poster above mentioned, going off plan means you're going to have to re-enter ketosis, which means you're going to have to go through feeling like the first week again and it's just not worth it..

Oh, and also, look up recipes for medifast baking. Holy cow, this stuff has been a life saver for me. I think the eggs and oatmeal taste like crap, and most of the shakes taste chalky. So, I started reading recipes here on the forum about how to turn them into cookies, cakes, muffins, etc. All of it is on-plan, and it makes it so much more enjoyable. And soak your soups before you eat them..

Good luck! (Except it's not about luck, it's just about doing it...).

Comment #10

Jillian, you have got the right attitude and you said something that is extremely important in your weight loss journy. Prepared. Doing research, coming on the boards, and getting prepared shows that you are ready to take this step.

What can you expect the first week? It may be different for you. For me, I had headaches on the 2nd and 3rd day, but after the 3rd day, I was fine. I drank more water than ever before and had to go to the bathroom constantly but that leveled off. Other than that, I didn't have many other problems. I didn't consider this "hell" but I have heard of others that had it much more difficult than me. I noticed after the first week or so I had so much energy! I used to sleep in on Saturday's until almost noon!!! I started noticing that on weekends I was waking up between 8 AM and 9 AM.



Why is it so tough? The biggest reason why it was tough for me is because I wasn't prepared. (there's that word again) When on the run, it's important to have Medifast meals with you to avoid being tempted and hungry when you're on the road. When you are with friends and family and someone mentions going out to eat, you need to have self-control and not order items off the menu that are considered off-plan. Most restaurants will modify their menu items for you when you place your order. And if you check the restaurants website prior to going, there may be a list of calories, fat, carbs, sugar, etc. for their menu items that will help you decide what to order before you even walk out the door.

Another reason for it being tough is having friends and family who don't take you seriously when you say you are on plan. They will often ask if you want this or that and it's not on plan. They may say, "but one time won't hurt." For some of us (*raising my hand) food can be as addictive as alcohol (yep, been there and done that, too) and I can't imagine a friend or loved one telling an alcoholic that one drink wouldn't hurt. It may take time for your friends or family to realize how much you need their support and encouragement but you will need to stay strong and have will power during this transition..

What can you expect? You can expect to receive what you put into it. If you stay on plan and follow the 5&1, drink the required amount of water (take your weight and divide in half. That is the amount that you should drink minimum of plain water each day), watch your condiments, fats and no more than 1 snack a day, then you will lose 2-5 lbs. a week. Weigh yourself once a week, on the same day, on the same scale and mark your achievements. This will be very encouraging and motivating!! .

If you decide to go off plan "just for one meal" then your weight loss will slow down, it will take you another 3 days or so to get back into the fat-burning state, and it will become discouraging.

Visit the boards here everyday and join a team. There is lots of encouragement here and without this discussion board, joining a team, and a health coach, I wouldn't have been as successful.

Best of luck to you Jillian!! I will do great! Oh, read the Quick Start Guide. This is what I call the Medifast Bible..

Comment #11

I don't think everyone has a hellish first week. I didn't. I was a bit hungry and had a little diarrhea (not horrible, though), but other than that, I felt pretty darn good. It's a good idea to prepare for the worst, but you may be pleasantly surprised!.

Comment #12

The best thing is that you've made the committment to do this. You definitely have to give yourself some time to adjust to the program and let it work. If you bought the food, commit to doing 1 month and see how you feel - I'm sure you will want to continue. Log your food and use the boards for support and questions (or the chat room).

For me, it was around day 2-3 that I was just really tired. After that, it's been okay and I'm really happy with how I feel. I've been able to stick to the program eating out, traveling, etc.

Best of Luck!! You'll do great!.

Comment #13

I never felt bad the first week. Like others have said, a bit hungry but never had the bad symptoms that others have had. I had to go off plan for about a week (Dr's orders) and when I started again, same thing, didn't feel bad at all. So, not everyone has a hard time in the beginning. We're all different so don't expect it, just be prepared for it.

One thing for me was that I didn't go out and have that last binge like I think some others have done. Once I decided to do this, I just did it! And I'm so glad I did..

Comment #14

Kimberly1971 is right on the money here with her "what can you expect?" In fact, all of these posters are great. I never felt bad at all when I began MF. I didn't expect to feel bad, so I didn't. Expect the best, is what I always say. Then if it is worse, I put on my big girl panties, stop thinking about myself and go do something for someone else..

This plan works, but only if you work it like it is written. All it takes is commitment to follow the rules, and don't tweak it to fit your idea of a diet. This is not a diet. It truly is a life change..........no joke..

You can have success, or excuses, but you can't have both. Just do it......

Blessings,.

E..

Comment #15

I'm on my 4th day and I am happy to say for me it hasn't been bad at all. I think everyone is different, and my husband who is doing Medifast with me has definitely been hungrier than I have. I have found it challenging to get all 5 Medifast meals in because they fill me up so much. I love that I have already lost my craving for carbs (and I really craved them). Being prepared like you seem to be should be a big help. I, too, tried to get as much information as I could before I started, but am learning more every time I come to these boards..

You might want to find the thread for "Things I Wish I'd Known When Starting Medifast". I found it full of helpful information..

Good luck to you!.

Comment #16

One other small tip, that I have "preaching" religiously about lately.. I am on week 8 and in week 7 I got so hungry, it was AWEFUL. Turns out that while I've been drinking my water, I wasn't drinking it WITH my meals. It was always afterwords or between mealtimes. WHOO!! When I started drinking water WITH my meals, the in between hunger mostly subsided. Amazing..

Don't wait to reach out for help or encouragement or a kick in the bootah.. What ever you need, this group of people are HERE for YOU and to help YOU succeed! Good luck! (I am down 34 pounds- WHOOHOO!!).

Comment #17

Stay op, and take it one day at a time! Good luck!.

Comment #18

It's good that the 1st week is hard because it discourages you from eating OP and having to repeat the pain of that 1st week. Remember you're detoxing you body of all that high fructose corn surup you've been living on for so long. Good luck.

Comment #19

Hi jillian, and welcome!.

I also did my pre-reading about the hell of first week, so I went in expecting to be grumpy, headachy, feeling like I was about to expire from hunger, tiredness, queasy, etc...

For me - I certainly had headaches. Hubby and I both opted to take excederin for that (which has some caffeine in it, FYI - that's why we picked it!) Drinking water seemed to help some too..

Hubby and I were both grumpy - but we were prepared for that and tried to treat each other like glass that first week..

I was very hungry the first few days - but some of it was mental, some of it was thirst.. I got through it by watching the clock and counting down to each meal (and reading the boards and blogs).

I wasn't queasy, I didn't feel like I was on death's door. I was very tired, so I slept more than usual at night. I woke up on perhaps the 5th day with renewed energy and have felt pretty good since. I get occasional bouts of hunger still - but I drink more water and get through it. Mostly though, I have to look at the clock to remind myself it is time for my next meal now. That changed in the midst of my 3rd week (which I'm just finishing)..

I hope that helps.. There are plenty of "my first week" posts out there to read as well. YMMV!.

I look forward to hearing about your experiences, and your future successes..

Cheers,..

Comment #20

My first day I was tired and a little hungry. The second day I was very dizzy and sooooo tired. The third day I felt great lots of energy and the Medifast food started tasting better. Do the best you can to get lots of rest the first 3 days and drink lots of water. I started to lose weight right away which kept me very motivated. You can do this.

Good luck!..

Comment #21

Don't assume you're going to feel terrible. You might, and if you do, you know it's temporary. I never had "hell week". I was a little hungry but expected that. I worked the whole week and carried out my normal routine. So, you may be just fine like I was.

I just worry that if you are expecting the worse than that's what will happen. Our thoughts have a lot to do with how we feel. Just my two cents worth...

Comment #22

You might think about limiting really physical activities for a few days. I was in the middle of a big weekend home improvement project when I started. Just about passed out a couple of times the first weekend doing heavy lifting and swinging a hammer. Also had headaches for a couple of weeks. I took Excederin, drank more coffee than I should have and made it through it. Like everyone says, it magically goes away pretty quickly. Hang in there...

Comment #23

Thanks everyone! Im trying not to psych myself into anything, and I really am hoping that my first week goes smooth. Im just going to try to keep myself occupied so I dont get bored and think about snacking. I think one thing that may help me is since I'm in college and will be going back to school next tuesday, I will be busy preparing for that and then actually being in school and having homework again (blah) but at least it will keep me busy! Please send positive thoughts my way! I will keep you all posted and just a forewarning....I will likely be posting lots of questions, etc throughout my first week! So you will all probably be seeing a lot of my name on the boards haha. Thanks again everyone!..

Comment #24

I'm a newbie too, but I'm actually feeling really energized. For months I have been working and then coming home and crashing. Work and sleep seemed to be all I could manage. This week I have been up later, and wake up earlier than ever. I'm on day 7 and I go for my 1st weigh in tomorrow! I sure hope I see some results to keep me motivated...

Comment #25

Congrats Kwittek! Let me know how your first weigh in goes! From what I have been hearing from everyone else, Im sure you will be pleasantly surprised..

Comment #26

You know, I'm not going to lie, I felt pretty crappy my first few days, tired, hungry, lethargic. However, it only lasted 3-4 days and was so worth it. First of all I feel like the fact that it was challenging my first few days prevents me from going off plan because I never want to go out of ketosis and deal with that feeling again. Seriously, the few times I've been at parties or out and contemplated going OP it was remembering how crappy I felt that kept me focused and OP. Also, the plan works, plain and simple, so if I have to go through 3 or 4 days of feeling tired and cranky to have such an amazing plan work so successfully I figure it's worth it. Good luck to you and don't let this deter you! The plan works and is amazing! Good luck to you!!!..

Comment #27

Hey Gillian, welcome! Yes, the first five days for me were rough. However, I'm surprised it wasn't worse. I basically cut my calories in half and flooded my body with waterthat's bound to cause some bodily upset. Just remember if you stay on the plan, you only have to go through it once. I think of it like childbirthuncomfortable but worth it. Best of luck to you!..

Comment #28

I'm about in the middle of the 2nd week right now. And let me tell you, the first week SUCKED for me. But it gets much easier after, hallelujah..

I slept constantly the first week. I was tired all the time, slept too much at night and napped during the day also. Didn't affect me too much because I work for myself, but be prepared not to be as productive as normal. The lethargy was really what I hated the most. I was hungry almost constantly, but just feeling so tired all the time bothered me more I'm used to always being on the move or into something. Also, I was fairly moody, lightheaded some, mild headaches every now and then..

But it was like a flip switched on day 8. I started feeling more energetic, not constantly hungry, etc., etc. So just suffer through it. Your body will be going through a major shift and it's going to be a bit disorienting, but it is ABSOLUTELY WORTH IT. I'm on day 11, and have lost 16 pounds..

Just stick to plan 100% religiously. Measure your portions correctly and record all you eat. Drink a lot of water I have been drinking half my body weight in ounces per day. Get plenty of sleep. And, again, just STAY ON PLAN, no matter what it takes... if you do, you'll be getting the results to keep you motivated.



Oh, and also, look up recipes for medifast baking. Holy cow, this stuff has been a life saver for me. I think the eggs and oatmeal taste like crap, and most of the shakes taste chalky. So, I started reading recipes here on the forum about how to turn them into cookies, cakes, muffins, etc. All of it is on-plan, and it makes it so much more enjoyable. And soak your soups before you eat them..

Good luck! (Except it's not about luck, it's just about doing it...)..

Comment #29

Jillian, you have got the right attitude and you said something that is extremely important in your weight loss journy. Prepared. Doing research, coming on the boards, and getting prepared shows that you are ready to take this step.

What can you expect the first week? It may be different for you. For me, I had headaches on the 2nd and 3rd day, but after the 3rd day, I was fine. I drank more water than ever before and had to go to the bathroom constantly but that leveled off. Other than that, I didn't have many other problems. I didn't consider this "hell" but I have heard of others that had it much more difficult than me. I noticed after the first week or so I had so much energy! I used to sleep in on Saturday's until almost noon!!! I started noticing that on weekends I was waking up between 8 AM and 9 AM.

Why is it so tough? The biggest reason why it was tough for me is because I wasn't prepared. (there's that word again) When on the run, it's important to have Medifast meals with you to avoid being tempted and hungry when you're on the road. When you are with friends and family and someone mentions going out to eat, you need to have self-control and not order items off the menu that are considered off-plan. Most restaurants will modify their menu items for you when you place your order. And if you check the restaurants website prior to going, there may be a list of calories, fat, carbs, sugar, etc. for their menu items that will help you decide what to order before you even walk out the door.

Another reason for it being tough is having friends and family who don't take you seriously when you say you are on plan. They will often ask if you want this or that and it's not on plan. They may say, "but one time won't hurt." For some of us (*raising my hand) food can be as addictive as alcohol (yep, been there and done that, too) and I can't imagine a friend or loved one telling an alcoholic that one drink wouldn't hurt. It may take time for your friends or family to realize how much you need their support and encouragement but you will need to stay strong and have will power during this transition..

What can you expect? You can expect to receive what you put into it. If you stay on plan and follow the 5&1, drink the required amount of water (take your weight and divide in half. That is the amount that you should drink minimum of plain water each day), watch your condiments, fats and no more than 1 snack a day, then you will lose 2-5 lbs. a week. Weigh yourself once a week, on the same day, on the same scale and mark your achievements. This will be very encouraging and motivating!!.

If you decide to go off plan "just for one meal" then your weight loss will slow down, it will take you another 3 days or so to get back into the fat-burning state, and it will become discouraging.

Visit the boards here everyday and join a team. There is lots of encouragement here and without this discussion board, joining a team, and a health coach, I wouldn't have been as successful.

Best of luck to you Jillian!! I will do great! Oh, read the Quick Start Guide. This is what I call the Medifast Bible...

Comment #30

I don't think everyone has a hellish first week. I didn't. I was a bit hungry and had a little diarrhea (not horrible, though), but other than that, I felt pretty darn good. It's a good idea to prepare for the worst, but you may be pleasantly surprised!..

Comment #31

The best thing is that you've made the committment to do this. You definitely have to give yourself some time to adjust to the program and let it work. If you bought the food, commit to doing 1 month and see how you feel - I'm sure you will want to continue. Log your food and use the boards for support and questions (or the chat room).

For me, it was around day 2-3 that I was just really tired. After that, it's been okay and I'm really happy with how I feel. I've been able to stick to the program eating out, traveling, etc.

Best of Luck!! You'll do great!..

Comment #32

I never felt bad the first week. Like others have said, a bit hungry but never had the bad symptoms that others have had. I had to go off plan for about a week (Dr's orders) and when I started again, same thing, didn't feel bad at all. So, not everyone has a hard time in the beginning. We're all different so don't expect it, just be prepared for it.

One thing for me was that I didn't go out and have that last binge like I think some others have done. Once I decided to do this, I just did it! And I'm so glad I did...

Comment #33

Kimberly1971 is right on the money here with her "what can you expect?" In fact, all of these posters are great. I never felt bad at all when I began MF. I didn't expect to feel bad, so I didn't. Expect the best, is what I always say. Then if it is worse, I put on my big girl panties, stop thinking about myself and go do something for someone else..

This plan works, but only if you work it like it is written. All it takes is commitment to follow the rules, and don't tweak it to fit your idea of a diet. This is not a diet. It truly is a life change..........no joke..

You can have success, or excuses, but you can't have both. Just do it......

Blessings,.

E...

Comment #34

I'm on my 4th day and I am happy to say for me it hasn't been bad at all. I think everyone is different, and my husband who is doing Medifast with me has definitely been hungrier than I have. I have found it challenging to get all 5 Medifast meals in because they fill me up so much. I love that I have already lost my craving for carbs (and I really craved them). Being prepared like you seem to be should be a big help. I, too, tried to get as much information as I could before I started, but am learning more every time I come to these boards..

You might want to find the thread for "Things I Wish I'd Known When Starting Medifast". I found it full of helpful information..

Good luck to you!..

Comment #35

One other small tip, that I have "preaching" religiously about lately.. I am on week 8 and in week 7 I got so hungry, it was AWEFUL. Turns out that while I've been drinking my water, I wasn't drinking it WITH my meals. It was always afterwords or between mealtimes. WHOO!! When I started drinking water WITH my meals, the in between hunger mostly subsided. Amazing..

Don't wait to reach out for help or encouragement or a kick in the bootah.. What ever you need, this group of people are HERE for YOU and to help YOU succeed! Good luck! (I am down 34 pounds- WHOOHOO!!)..

Comment #36

Stay op, and take it one day at a time! Good luck!..

Comment #37

It's good that the 1st week is hard because it discourages you from eating OP and having to repeat the pain of that 1st week. Remember you're detoxing you body of all that high fructose corn surup you've been living on for so long. Good luck..

Comment #38


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