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I have been contemplating changing around my Medifast meal choices a bit in order to speed up my losses. How about you? What do you choose?.

I currently eat:.

Cinnamon pretzels.

Hot cocoa & coffee iced mocha.

HM pretzels.

More HM pretzels or pudding ice cream.

A PB bar or brownie.

I usually have peanut butter as my snack, or maybe soy crisps. I use all my condiments. I have lost 7 pounds per month, every month for the past 4 months..

When I do things like switch out pretzels and have Mango drinks or Tropical punch instead, or when I have the scrambled eggs for a meal, and when I cut out the optional snack, my weight loss speeds up that week. I think if I changed it up this way I'd lose closer to 10 pounds a month. Granted I have had some off plan days each month but all things being equal, I lose faster with drinks and eggs. But I am hungrier and not as happy with my meals..

What do you think? Would you choose Medifast meals you enjoy less, to speed your loss? Or is being happy and enjoying all your Medifast meals worth a slower rate of loss?.

Comments (63)

PB is loaded with cals/fat. Dump that if you want to help your chances of losing more weight. If you're overeating it, it can be significantly worse..

Choose low calorie snacks (if any), like pickles, celery or jello..

For the record, 1 TBSP (assuming it is 1 TBSP and not more) is ~ 94 cals. Eating that every day for 4 months is an extra 11,000 calories in 4 months, equivalent to another 3 lbs lost. If you overdo it and have 2 TBSP, it's 6 lbs lost..

Comment #1

I go with happier and slower..

Comment #2

Loosing weight being miserable is not a good thing. I would find a healthy balance that is right for you..

Comment #3

Also, the "snacks" will weigh you down also! Meaning they will slow your losses down!.

Comment #4

I, too, vote for slower but happier..

If I'm miserable with what I'm eating, I won't be satisfied and will be more likely to want to cheat!.

Comment #5

That is a difficult question! While I would love to lose more quickly (I've only lost 16 pounds in 8 weeks) I would be really unhappy if I didn't enjoy the food or if I was hungry all the time. I've pretty much gotten into a routine of oatmeal for breakfast, bar mid-morning, soup for lunch, shake or pudding shake mid-afternoon, L&G for dinner, and something sweet (frozen pudding, bar, or brownie) at night. I've tried all shake days and really don't like any of the flavors, and they leave me hungry. I'd like to speed this up because of the expense too, but I wouldn't want to eat eggs all day to get there faster. Plus I don't want extra saggy skin when I'm finished.

I really enjoy food so to sum this up I guess I would say that I would rather enjoy eating what I like than lose a little bit faster. We'll all get there eventually as long as we stick to it..

Comment #6

Happier but slower vote from me - keeps me from cheating..

Comment #7

Slower and happier/more satisfied gets my vote, too. Who wants to be miserable with what they're eating or not have a snack if you are feeling extra hungry just to lose a couple more pounds a month?.

Comment #8

I wish I could say faster is better, but I go in fits and starts. Some weeks I'm 100% OP, no snacks, no deviation and I lose more. Other weeks I have snacks (sometimes too many) and push the condiment limits and lose very little. But in the end, I have to do what works for ME and what will keep me on plan and eventually get me to goal. I wish I could stick to it like some others have and lose the weight quickly, but you know what? I figure this is my journey. No one else is walking the exact same path as me.

So I do what I have to in order to keep losing, and sometimes that means I need to feel more satisfied to stay on plan. Staying on this journey will get me to goal. Being very restrictive might just push me off the path altogether. But that's just me..

Also, I have some saggy bits that are disconcerting, and I know if I were losing faster they might look even worse. Maybe losing a bit more slowly means my skin can catch up a little easier..

Comment #9

I'm going for speed. I have a lot to lose, and I'm not wasting any time. I take my undoctored no snack medicine every day which doesn't begin to resemble my old food diet. I can't exercize so I'm maximizing my losses through eating. Nothing will stop me from reaching goal asap. ~Linda.

Comment #10

I, too, am going with speed. I've found that if I stick to the plan 100% and up my water, I am happy. Change out what you are eating and see if some Medifast variety doesn't help. Plus, I do not have an endless supply of cash for my weight loss goal to take an extra 3 or 4 months. With the holidays (and family birthday season) approaching, I need all the extra $$ I can get..

Comment #11

I guess I do think there is a third alternative... following the plan without some of the "extras" but also finding contentment and satisfaction in that. If it's physical hunger that is being satisfied by the extras, then that's one thing. But if it's not feeling deprived and like you have to give stuff up - well, we ARE deprived of some things and have to give things up when following MF. And for most of us, we will have to be able to feel satisfied on less or without certain things for life. I find value in making myself forgo some things, as practice for maintenance.

I don't see it as an either or. I think you can have the faster loss (which you know for you is brought about by cutting down on some OP extras) AND feel satisfied mentally/emotionally, and certainly physically because there are plenty of people doing the plan without using all condiments, peanut butter, etc and not having major hunger..

My answer is - there is nothing I have been able to tie to faster losses, but if there was, I would be doing it/cutting it out to hasten losses. I wish I had something I knew was slowing me down!!.

Comment #12

Great insights and I am really enjoying all your answers, guys! Kurz, you're right, and I thought about that, too. There can be an in between. I can choose the lower cal snack *most* days, and instead of trying to rip myself out of my Medifast comfort zone by doing all liquids or eggs I can try just subbing one meal per day, maybe having mango drink or eggs instead of pretzels for one meal per day would speed things up a bit without feeling like I am deprived. I eat 2-3 meals of pretzels every day and I do think the sodium isn't ideal..

Comment #13

There's something amazing about the scrambled eggs .... I have bigger losses when I eat the scrambled eggs once a day.

It's weird ... needless to say my next order will have lots of scrambled eggs.

Comment #14

My Medifast counselor (who is a RD) at the corporate center, assures me that all the Medifast meals are interchangeable and that the rate of loss is the same, no matter which foods you choose. The difference can be snacks and condiments, and the choice of l&g meals. Enjoy all the Medifast foods and do not over think this process.

When you speed up the weight loss, you have more sags, and you are less likely to develop a new relationship with food. THAT'S what Medifast is all about, not just losing weight. If you rush the process, and don't learn what you need to know for T&M, then what have you temporarily accomplished? And how fast will you gain back the weight? Take your time. Just stay 100% OP one package, one hour, one day at a time and let your body do the rest. No reason to stress your body by gimmicks.....

Blessings,.

E..

Comment #15

GREAT attitude!!!.

Comment #16

Speed definitely.

Comment #17

I have read this in the Medifast materials and think it is true that they are interchangeable, in that they all have similar nutritional content and no matter what you eat, you'll lose weight if you stay OP..

However, after looking over the nutrition information on the Medifast site, it is clear to me that while they are interchangeable, they are not *equivalent.* .

I mean, you have Crab Soup with 430mg sodium or your Mango soft serve with 65mg..

You have Peach Oatmeal with 16g carbs or Scrambled eggs with 10g..

Pudding has 10g of sugar, while Scrambled eggs have 0..

So yes, our choices can make an impact on our weight loss, because with 5 meals a day there can be such a huge difference if a person is choosing the higher sodium, higher sugar Medifast foods on a regular basis..

(Who, me?? Overthink? LOL).

Comment #18

Nicely put distinction, Lyn..

I've generally gone with more satisfied, though I've been lucky in that my rate of loss has been pretty good. But I only eat the Medifast meals that I really like, and these tend to be puffs and bars. These aren't on the lowest end of the calories, carbs, etc., but I like them a lot so that's what I eat. I really think that this has had a lot to do with me being able to stay on plan this whole time..

Comment #19

I'm going with speed. I plan on getting my satisfaction from being lean and fit, not from food. For me, 5 and 1 means 5 and 1, every day.

I can't imagine choosing an extreme diet like MF, and then spending a 100 calories a day on peanut butter or extras..

Comment #20

I am going with speed too. The "up to five pounds per week" is what drew me in in the first place, along with the shocking proof witnessed by watching a few of my co-workers shrink before my eyes. I have gone up and down in weight, over and over, for the past two decades. The last time I gained, it took me less than a year to balloon up and I plan on getting rid of it in the same amount of time - or preferably, less! My plan is working out pretty well so far..

Comment #21

For me the extra few carbs etc. in some of the Medifast choices are "best carbs" if you KWIM? They use good quality food and it is still portion controlled. I vote for the satisfied and slow. I also try to keep the eating as normal as possible.

Oatmeal/eggs at breakfast.

Soups/chili at lunch .

Puddings,bars, shakes, pretzels and puffs and hot drinks for snack times.

For me it is a total mental thing. If I had shakes all day I'd think I was deprived, starving, gonna die this way I feel like I'm choosing healthy meals. Total head game....but working ha ha..

Comment #22

For me it's in the middle of the road between fast and satisfied. I choose the foods within the program guidelines that I like which keeps me satisfied. For me that's mainly drink (shakes, soups, coca) and the leanest meat options. I use salad dressings but seldom use condiments or snacks. I also exercise which for me increases my losses. I have to make some concessions for the faster loss though to justify the program. If I only want to lose a pound a week I would still be doing WW which worked for me but had really slow losses..

Comment #23

I varied between fast and satisfied. When I was emotionally in a good place I could do the mostly shake days with real lean and low carb veggies and I did lose faster. When I was feeling a little off kilter I tended more toward comfort type foods and my week was slower but I was able to stay on plan by feeling satisfied with what I was eating..

Comment #24

For me it is about the faster weight loss. I normally don't get so worried about it coming off so fast but I really want to be at goal for my vacation. Normally I don't feel too deprived with this diet anyway. On occasion I get frustrated when the scale doesn't cooperate the way I want it to..

Comment #25

I honestly think that if you switched to those meals and ate them regularly, your weight loss would eventually even out again. You might be better off sticking with what you regularly eat for 3 weeks then changing up you Medifast for the 4th. On the other hand, there is a lot of sodium in the pretzels and puffs..

Comment #26

For me, it was vital to eat my packets every day & to stay OP...it didn't matter which packets....while they are not all exactly the same, the end result is that the body WILL lose weight when the plan is followed. Weight losses slow down or stall mostly from going off plan, using too many condiments or generally not following the plan as written. For me, the speed of my journey was not important. What WAS important was learning a new routine of eating 6 small, healthy meals per day. Which packets I used wasn't the issue....staying OP was my only goal. I needed to learn the discipline required to stick to a food plan for life, and the 5/1 was my boot camp to learn those new habits.

I reached goal in 29 weeks & I used many different Medifast packets. I believe it would have taken me 29 weeks to reach goal no matter which packets I chose to eat. So I stuck with the ones I enjoyed & never forced myself to use packets I disliked *like the swiss mocha shake* LOL..

If my only goal was to hurry up & lose the weight, I don't believe I would have changed my history of yo-yo dieting. I chose to use the 5/1 to change my lifestyle.....not as a quick or easy fix for an issue I was unsuccessful at controlling for 30-some years. That's me....that's my take on it...and how I myself chose to work my program..

How ever you choose to work your program, best of luck on your journey..

Comment #27

Congrats on your 46 pound loss so far! I think to make any life change successful you have to find a balance that is right for you. I do, however, feel that it is important to be happy as you continue to lose the weight. I personally would mix it up a bit. If you have a not so hectic week ahead, then make that a lower calorie week (skip pb and snacks). On weeks were you might be a bit more hectic or stressed and may feel you need some extras, add them in. Make sure you are getting all of your water too.

I have not done that for the past several days and really feel it! .

Bottom line, if you are happy with your loss do what you are doing. If you want to lose more then change things up a bit! You obviously know what you are doing, trust yourself and continue on!.

Good luck!.

Comment #28

I think I agree with this approach overall. I am mostly of the fast mentality. I want to get there and since for us the money is an issue, I want it to be over ASAP in all honesty. I also don't want to spend another day I don't have to being overweight. No snack or food is worth that, BUT if I am PMS or TOM or just emotionally blek- I could see it if I HAD to.

I don't eat snacks. Once I have in 6 weeks, but it just isn't worth it. I also am not big on condiments, etc. But that is me. I am content this way.

In the end, I guess do what you have to - to stay on plan. That may be different for you than me..

Comment #29

Happier and slower gets my vote - this is for the long term!.

Comment #30

I have been pondering this question ever since I posted it, and I have come up with my own thoughts:.

On the one hand, I have been doing the slower and more satisfied route. This is good for me because it gives me time to get my head around going from morbidly obese to a normal weight. When I started losing faster, I freaked out because I had JUST spent a whole lot of time and effort to find 2 pairs of pants that fit me right (nothing else did in my closet) and within 3 weeks they were TOO BIG. It was a little much for me, emotionally, and I actually had a binge, stalled, regained, slowed down (not on purpose, I guess it is a subconscious desire for stability). Also I think the loose skin is better with a slower loss....

BUT.

I have been on Medifast for almost 6 months now. It isn't bad, I like the foods just fine, but I am getting sick of being on this diet. (Not sick enough of it to quit... I am VERY thankful to have found something that really works!) But I really am starting to dream of getting to eat a nice healthy slice of watermelon or a peach, or have a slice of whole grain bread or a bowl of oats once in awhile, ya know?? The whole pretzels/cocoa/bars thing IS sort of getting old even though I LIKE the food. I'd prefer normal, healthy, whole foods in moderation, but I don't want to go there til I reach my goal. I do NOT want to spend another 6 months on MF! So faster is starting to appeal to me more. But if drinking mango drinks and eating scrambled eggs makes me so hungry I end up flipping out and cheating, then it isn't going to make me lose any faster..

So I will just keep doing the best I can do, being 100% OP with whatever Medifast foods work for me, and hope for a decent loss. I have lost 7 pounds per month every month but the first... which, at that rate, means I may be doing this for awhile....

Comment #31

I would always vote for faster, but if I know if I'm hungry, it's not going to be faster because I'll overeat on something! I try to do it as quickly as my body lets me. If I feel extra hungry, I'll try to do more higher protein shakes.

I know what you mean Freedom, I started at the end of January and I go through phases where I just wish I could eat normally and moderately. Sometimes it's hard to be the person at the table sipping water and munching on pretzels while everyone else is eating away. But I tell myself it's temporary, and I will be able to eat moderately when I'm in transition/maintenance..

Comment #32

This is a trick question! .

For me, the program was about the guarantee that you will lose no matter what. I told myself that it was not a matter of speed of losing, but I realize that I'm happier on the program when I'm losing faster. I don't have any issues with a 2 pounds week, but 3.5 pounds means a lot to me in terms of the length of time I have to be on the program. Although our grocery bill is a lot lower, we are spending more total on food with this program. So, 128 pounds to lose makes for a lot of weeks of Medifast food. But I don't eat what I don't enjoy.

faster *and* more satisfied..

Comment #33

PB is loaded with cals/fat. Dump that if you want to help your chances of losing more weight. If you're overeating it, it can be significantly worse..

Choose low calorie snacks (if any), like pickles, celery or jello..

For the record, 1 TBSP (assuming it is 1 TBSP and not more) is ~ 94 cals. Eating that every day for 4 months is an extra 11,000 calories in 4 months, equivalent to another 3 lbs lost. If you overdo it and have 2 TBSP, it's 6 lbs lost...

Comment #34

Loosing weight being miserable is not a good thing. I would find a healthy balance that is right for you...

Comment #35

Also, the "snacks" will weigh you down also! Meaning they will slow your losses down!..

Comment #36

I, too, vote for slower but happier..

If I'm miserable with what I'm eating, I won't be satisfied and will be more likely to want to cheat!..

Comment #37

That is a difficult question! While I would love to lose more quickly (I've only lost 16 pounds in 8 weeks) I would be really unhappy if I didn't enjoy the food or if I was hungry all the time. I've pretty much gotten into a routine of oatmeal for breakfast, bar mid-morning, soup for lunch, shake or pudding shake mid-afternoon, L&G for dinner, and something sweet (frozen pudding, bar, or brownie) at night. I've tried all shake days and really don't like any of the flavors, and they leave me hungry. I'd like to speed this up because of the expense too, but I wouldn't want to eat eggs all day to get there faster. Plus I don't want extra saggy skin when I'm finished.

I really enjoy food so to sum this up I guess I would say that I would rather enjoy eating what I like than lose a little bit faster. We'll all get there eventually as long as we stick to it...

Comment #38

Happier but slower vote from me - keeps me from cheating...

Comment #39

Slower and happier/more satisfied gets my vote, too. Who wants to be miserable with what they're eating or not have a snack if you are feeling extra hungry just to lose a couple more pounds a month?..

Comment #40

I wish I could say faster is better, but I go in fits and starts. Some weeks I'm 100% OP, no snacks, no deviation and I lose more. Other weeks I have snacks (sometimes too many) and push the condiment limits and lose very little. But in the end, I have to do what works for ME and what will keep me on plan and eventually get me to goal. I wish I could stick to it like some others have and lose the weight quickly, but you know what? I figure this is my journey. No one else is walking the exact same path as me.

So I do what I have to in order to keep losing, and sometimes that means I need to feel more satisfied to stay on plan. Staying on this journey will get me to goal. Being very restrictive might just push me off the path altogether. But that's just me..

Also, I have some saggy bits that are disconcerting, and I know if I were losing faster they might look even worse. Maybe losing a bit more slowly means my skin can catch up a little easier...

Comment #41

I'm going for speed. I have a lot to lose, and I'm not wasting any time. I take my undoctored no snack medicine every day which doesn't begin to resemble my old food diet. I can't exercize so I'm maximizing my losses through eating. Nothing will stop me from reaching goal asap. ~Linda..

Comment #42

I, too, am going with speed. I've found that if I stick to the plan 100% and up my water, I am happy. Change out what you are eating and see if some Medifast variety doesn't help. Plus, I do not have an endless supply of cash for my weight loss goal to take an extra 3 or 4 months. With the holidays (and family birthday season) approaching, I need all the extra $$ I can get...

Comment #43

I guess I do think there is a third alternative... following the plan without some of the "extras" but also finding contentment and satisfaction in that. If it's physical hunger that is being satisfied by the extras, then that's one thing. But if it's not feeling deprived and like you have to give stuff up - well, we ARE deprived of some things and have to give things up when following MF. And for most of us, we will have to be able to feel satisfied on less or without certain things for life. I find value in making myself forgo some things, as practice for maintenance.

I don't see it as an either or. I think you can have the faster loss (which you know for you is brought about by cutting down on some OP extras) AND feel satisfied mentally/emotionally, and certainly physically because there are plenty of people doing the plan without using all condiments, peanut butter, etc and not having major hunger..

My answer is - there is nothing I have been able to tie to faster losses, but if there was, I would be doing it/cutting it out to hasten losses. I wish I had something I knew was slowing me down!!..

Comment #44

Great insights and I am really enjoying all your answers, guys! Kurz, you're right, and I thought about that, too. There can be an in between. I can choose the lower cal snack *most* days, and instead of trying to rip myself out of my Medifast comfort zone by doing all liquids or eggs I can try just subbing one meal per day, maybe having mango drink or eggs instead of pretzels for one meal per day would speed things up a bit without feeling like I am deprived. I eat 2-3 meals of pretzels every day and I do think the sodium isn't ideal...

Comment #45

There's something amazing about the scrambled eggs .... I have bigger losses when I eat the scrambled eggs once a day.

It's weird ... needless to say my next order will have lots of scrambled eggs..

Comment #46

My Medifast counselor (who is a RD) at the corporate center, assures me that all the Medifast meals are interchangeable and that the rate of loss is the same, no matter which foods you choose. The difference can be snacks and condiments, and the choice of l&g meals. Enjoy all the Medifast foods and do not over think this process.

When you speed up the weight loss, you have more sags, and you are less likely to develop a new relationship with food. THAT'S what Medifast is all about, not just losing weight. If you rush the process, and don't learn what you need to know for T&M, then what have you temporarily accomplished? And how fast will you gain back the weight? Take your time. Just stay 100% OP one package, one hour, one day at a time and let your body do the rest. No reason to stress your body by gimmicks.....

Blessings,.

E...

Comment #47

I have read this in the Medifast materials and think it is true that they are interchangeable, in that they all have similar nutritional content and no matter what you eat, you'll lose weight if you stay OP..

However, after looking over the nutrition information on the Medifast site, it is clear to me that while they are interchangeable, they are not *equivalent.*.

I mean, you have Crab Soup with 430mg sodium or your Mango soft serve with 65mg..

You have Peach Oatmeal with 16g carbs or Scrambled eggs with 10g..

Pudding has 10g of sugar, while Scrambled eggs have 0..

So yes, our choices can make an impact on our weight loss, because with 5 meals a day there can be such a huge difference if a person is choosing the higher sodium, higher sugar Medifast foods on a regular basis..

(Who, me?? Overthink? LOL)..

Comment #48

Nicely put distinction, Lyn..

I've generally gone with more satisfied, though I've been lucky in that my rate of loss has been pretty good. But I only eat the Medifast meals that I really like, and these tend to be puffs and bars. These aren't on the lowest end of the calories, carbs, etc., but I like them a lot so that's what I eat. I really think that this has had a lot to do with me being able to stay on plan this whole time...

Comment #49

I'm going with speed. I plan on getting my satisfaction from being lean and fit, not from food. For me, 5 and 1 means 5 and 1, every day.

I can't imagine choosing an extreme diet like MF, and then spending a 100 calories a day on peanut butter or extras...

Comment #50

I am going with speed too. The "up to five pounds per week" is what drew me in in the first place, along with the shocking proof witnessed by watching a few of my co-workers shrink before my eyes. I have gone up and down in weight, over and over, for the past two decades. The last time I gained, it took me less than a year to balloon up and I plan on getting rid of it in the same amount of time - or preferably, less! My plan is working out pretty well so far...

Comment #51

For me the extra few carbs etc. in some of the Medifast choices are "best carbs" if you KWIM? They use good quality food and it is still portion controlled. I vote for the satisfied and slow. I also try to keep the eating as normal as possible.

Oatmeal/eggs at breakfast.

Soups/chili at lunch.

Puddings,bars, shakes, pretzels and puffs and hot drinks for snack times.

For me it is a total mental thing. If I had shakes all day I'd think I was deprived, starving, gonna die this way I feel like I'm choosing healthy meals. Total head game....but working ha ha...

Comment #52

For me it's in the middle of the road between fast and satisfied. I choose the foods within the program guidelines that I like which keeps me satisfied. For me that's mainly drink (shakes, soups, coca) and the leanest meat options. I use salad dressings but seldom use condiments or snacks. I also exercise which for me increases my losses. I have to make some concessions for the faster loss though to justify the program. If I only want to lose a pound a week I would still be doing WW which worked for me but had really slow losses...

Comment #53

I varied between fast and satisfied. When I was emotionally in a good place I could do the mostly shake days with real lean and low carb veggies and I did lose faster. When I was feeling a little off kilter I tended more toward comfort type foods and my week was slower but I was able to stay on plan by feeling satisfied with what I was eating...

Comment #54

For me it is about the faster weight loss. I normally don't get so worried about it coming off so fast but I really want to be at goal for my vacation. Normally I don't feel too deprived with this diet anyway. On occasion I get frustrated when the scale doesn't cooperate the way I want it to...

Comment #55

I honestly think that if you switched to those meals and ate them regularly, your weight loss would eventually even out again. You might be better off sticking with what you regularly eat for 3 weeks then changing up you Medifast for the 4th. On the other hand, there is a lot of sodium in the pretzels and puffs...

Comment #56

For me, it was vital to eat my packets every day & to stay OP...it didn't matter which packets....while they are not all exactly the same, the end result is that the body WILL lose weight when the plan is followed. Weight losses slow down or stall mostly from going off plan, using too many condiments or generally not following the plan as written. For me, the speed of my journey was not important. What WAS important was learning a new routine of eating 6 small, healthy meals per day. Which packets I used wasn't the issue....staying OP was my only goal. I needed to learn the discipline required to stick to a food plan for life, and the 5/1 was my boot camp to learn those new habits.

I reached goal in 29 weeks & I used many different Medifast packets. I believe it would have taken me 29 weeks to reach goal no matter which packets I chose to eat. So I stuck with the ones I enjoyed & never forced myself to use packets I disliked *like the swiss mocha shake* LOL..

If my only goal was to hurry up & lose the weight, I don't believe I would have changed my history of yo-yo dieting. I chose to use the 5/1 to change my lifestyle.....not as a quick or easy fix for an issue I was unsuccessful at controlling for 30-some years. That's me....that's my take on it...and how I myself chose to work my program..

How ever you choose to work your program, best of luck on your journey...

Comment #57

Congrats on your 46 pound loss so far! I think to make any life change successful you have to find a balance that is right for you. I do, however, feel that it is important to be happy as you continue to lose the weight. I personally would mix it up a bit. If you have a not so hectic week ahead, then make that a lower calorie week (skip pb and snacks). On weeks were you might be a bit more hectic or stressed and may feel you need some extras, add them in. Make sure you are getting all of your water too.

I have not done that for the past several days and really feel it!.

Bottom line, if you are happy with your loss do what you are doing. If you want to lose more then change things up a bit! You obviously know what you are doing, trust yourself and continue on!.

Good luck!..

Comment #58

I think I agree with this approach overall. I am mostly of the fast mentality. I want to get there and since for us the money is an issue, I want it to be over ASAP in all honesty. I also don't want to spend another day I don't have to being overweight. No snack or food is worth that, BUT if I am PMS or TOM or just emotionally blek- I could see it if I HAD to.

I don't eat snacks. Once I have in 6 weeks, but it just isn't worth it. I also am not big on condiments, etc. But that is me. I am content this way.

In the end, I guess do what you have to - to stay on plan. That may be different for you than me...

Comment #59

Happier and slower gets my vote - this is for the long term!..

Comment #60

I have been pondering this question ever since I posted it, and I have come up with my own thoughts:.

On the one hand, I have been doing the slower and more satisfied route. This is good for me because it gives me time to get my head around going from morbidly obese to a normal weight. When I started losing faster, I freaked out because I had JUST spent a whole lot of time and effort to find 2 pairs of pants that fit me right (nothing else did in my closet) and within 3 weeks they were TOO BIG. It was a little much for me, emotionally, and I actually had a binge, stalled, regained, slowed down (not on purpose, I guess it is a subconscious desire for stability). Also I think the loose skin is better with a slower loss....

BUT.

I have been on Medifast for almost 6 months now. It isn't bad, I like the foods just fine, but I am getting sick of being on this diet. (Not sick enough of it to quit... I am VERY thankful to have found something that really works!) But I really am starting to dream of getting to eat a nice healthy slice of watermelon or a peach, or have a slice of whole grain bread or a bowl of oats once in awhile, ya know?? The whole pretzels/cocoa/bars thing IS sort of getting old even though I LIKE the food. I'd prefer normal, healthy, whole foods in moderation, but I don't want to go there til I reach my goal. I do NOT want to spend another 6 months on MF! So faster is starting to appeal to me more.



So I will just keep doing the best I can do, being 100% OP with whatever Medifast foods work for me, and hope for a decent loss. I have lost 7 pounds per month every month but the first... which, at that rate, means I may be doing this for awhile.....

Comment #61

I would always vote for faster, but if I know if I'm hungry, it's not going to be faster because I'll overeat on something! I try to do it as quickly as my body lets me. If I feel extra hungry, I'll try to do more higher protein shakes.

I know what you mean Freedom, I started at the end of January and I go through phases where I just wish I could eat normally and moderately. Sometimes it's hard to be the person at the table sipping water and munching on pretzels while everyone else is eating away. But I tell myself it's temporary, and I will be able to eat moderately when I'm in transition/maintenance...

Comment #62

This is a trick question!.

For me, the program was about the guarantee that you will lose no matter what. I told myself that it was not a matter of speed of losing, but I realize that I'm happier on the program when I'm losing faster. I don't have any issues with a 2 pounds week, but 3.5 pounds means a lot to me in terms of the length of time I have to be on the program. Although our grocery bill is a lot lower, we are spending more total on food with this program. So, 128 pounds to lose makes for a lot of weeks of Medifast food. But I don't eat what I don't enjoy.

Faster *and* more satisfied...

Comment #63


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

 

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