Why am I up 2 lbs with Medifast?

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I'm back on plan..

First 10 days I was down 7lbs and feeling incredible. I've been totally in the mode and really enjoying Medifast this time..

I am having no trouble staying OP.

I've added in my exercise, starting running and building my endurance. Sometimes on the running days I may add a little extra lean protien (think chicken breast) or something to keep my calories above starvation..

I have worked VERY hard at this..

Last 10 days... up 2lbs..

I'm feeling defeated. Why keep fighting when it seems like a loosing battle? I am far from giving up but just really frustated..

Why am I up? I've had lots of water and been op... given up wine....

Any ideas?..

Comments (7)

SAME problem!! I was down 9lbs first week - now up 2 and havent lost any for last week!! I have NOT cheated even once!! Plenty of water and exercising 3x week. FRUSTRATING!!!!.


Comment #1

My first guess is the increased exercise. Probably the best advice I could give you is to contact either Nutrisystem or an Medifast trainer for some advice and to find out if possible the 4&2 is a more appropriate plan for you while exercising..

Understand that this weight is more than likely water weight. Muscle retains water while it's "recovering". Perhaps it would be better to focus more on what your tape measure is telling you rather than the scale. Are your clothes looser or fitting better? Do you like what you see when you look in the mirror? How do you feel? Sometimes these are far more important that the number on the scale...

Comment #2

Your calories aren't at "starvation". If you have even 10 lbs to lose you have 35,000 of those calories stored up and ready for your body to use if it wants to. So allow your body to use those calories, ditch the extra protein you think you need. Odds are you don't need it.

Protein is hard on the kidneys in excess, and Medifast 5 meals + 1 lean and green provides PLENTY of protein for you. Just work the plan as written, don't try to outsmart it.

Wishing you success on your journey!..

Comment #3

I will post to Nutrisystem for advice too. Thanks!..

Comment #4

I would guess the increased exercise as well. When I upped my exercise in August, I hit a terrible plateau. It was very frustrating trying to break through that and it was not long afterwards that I went off-plan and it took me over two months to get back on. Trust me, you don't want to go that route! Give your body some time to adjust.

Even though I went off plan, I didn't stop exercising and now that I am back on plan, and still exercising, I don't seem to have a problem losing. I guess my body restarted already used to the exercise. Your body will get over that hump and you'll start losing again. Hang in there...

Comment #5

Hi Holly,.

I just read this article on Sunday:, and found it very interesting. It explains very concisely why aerobic exercise can actually sabotage weightloss, claiming that going hard daily "can shift much of your energy away from fat-burning.".

Maybe this is the problem? Even if you're not going hard every day, if you're exercising a lot more than your body was used to in the past, I think it could have the same affect. I'm certainly no expert, but when I saw your post it brought this article to mind. It might be worth checking out the book they mention..

Hope things turn around for you soon!.


Comment #6

I love the article. Just read it and bookmarked it. I've lost 50+ pounds so far and haven't been exercising. I believe I will just add some strength training exercises as the article suggests, but save the running until later...

Comment #7

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


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