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Following The Medifast diet but eating my own food most days not losing??

Junior Low-Carber



Hello,

I have a concern, I've rejoined the Medifast diet which is a carb controlled diet plan which you eat 1 sensible real deal at dinner and 5 of their recommended meal replacement food items. The calorie intake consists of calorie limit between
cal 800-1000
fat 10- 33grams
carbs 80 - 100 a day

My problem is I've been yo- yoing on this diet this pass summer I losss 47 pounds but gained some of it back all but 18 pounds. Medifast food products have gotton too expensive for me, the cost of food is around 400 a month and then you still have to regular items for dinner.

I've been eating my own low calorie food for example in the morning I'll have a coffee with 1 splenda and maybe a egg and for lunch I'll have a soup with is 100 cal total and I'll have a sensible dinner

I think I'm starving myself, it seems like my body is holding on to the weight or my Metabolism is out of wack I need help with this I dont' want to over eat in carbs because I feel incontrol now and not in carb overload, I'm not craving. But here is my calorie intake for the week. Please help me figure this out.

Feb 7th cal=858 calories /fat=31g/carb=64g/fiber =20

Feb 8th cal=1055 calories /fat=43g/carb=75g/fiber =16g

Feb 9th cal=750 calories /fat=38g/carb=71g/fiber =19g


Feb 10th cal=780 calories /fat=29g/carb=72g/fiber =19g

Feb 11th cal=679 calories /fat=42g/carb=42g/fiber =8g

Feb 12h cal=1000 calories /fat=60g/carb=42g/fiber =6g

Feb 13 cal 680 - fat 31 carbs 36/fiber 0

Feb 14 cal 422 calories - fat 20 carbs 26 fiber 3


I was thinking about some ground flaxseed to make me fuller longer.

Expert Low-Carber



You are on a starvation diet and I suggest you dump it right away. If you are miserable and you still aren’t losing weight, what is the purpose of torturing yourself?

If you are looking for recommendations—go buy the Atkins book and follow the program. You will eat, more, feel better and lose weight.

Junior Low-Carber



I wasn't meaning to go into starvation I feel like I wasn't hungry most of the time . I tried atkins it gave me too many choices.

Expert Low-Carber



Induction gave you too many choices? Most people would say Induction is too restrictive.

Looking at your numbers, you are eating a starvation diet. Most days are less than 1000 and you even have one day at 422. How long can you do that?

Don't get me wrong--I am not trying to beat you up, but if a third world country's population were eating the amount of calories you list, the UN would step in with peace keepers and start shipping food in.

Junior Low-Carber



I have this mindset were less is good and you lose. With the Adtkin induction the fat content scares me There is no limit really in consumption of fat. I don't know I'm getting stress again I'm at 191 and I want to be at a healthy weight of 145 - 150 I'm 5'4" I'm at my whits ins here.

Newbie Low-Carber



I lost 25 pounds on Medifast last summer and it IS NOT A STARVATION DIET. It is a diet that was created by Johns Hopkins to treat diabetic patients and has been used for many years with great success. You MUST eat exactly what they say to eat, if you don't, it won't work. The diet is 800-1000 calories, 80-100g carbs, and 25g fiber per day. It comes in 5 Medifast "meals" which contain 100% of all vitamins and one Lean & Green meal (essentially a huge salad with low glycemic veggies and 5-7oz of protein). This system does work but you have to do it correctly.

Newbie Low-Carber



Looking at the OP diet - you're not doing it right. Contact the nutritionists at Medifast ASAP. http://www.mymedifast.com or http://www.medifast1.com.

Expert Low-Carber



I lost 75 pounds (260-185) on the Atkins diet 7 years ago, and I have kept it off. I was a low fat eater for many years and it took a whole new way of thinking for me to go from a very low fat diet to an extremely high fat diet. Once you get beyond the fear of fat, you are home free. It was easy for me because I was so desperate, I was willing to try anything. Since I lost 8 pounds in the first week, I haven’t looked back.

Expert Low-Carber




Don't be afraid of the fat, but I had better success doing Atkins Induction style eating (<20g/day mostly LC veggies and proteins, occasional LC wrap, no other "product") eating lowER fat proteins. Not because of fat fear, but because I lose better with fewer calories. It may be a way for you to transition your mindset and you'll get over the fear of fat along the way.

Medifast is effective, but if Atkins provides too many choices, what are you planning to do when you reach your goal weight? Are shakes and product in your plan (and budget!) for an extended time at a minimum? If not, when you transition back to *real food* chances are you'll regain. With low carb plans, you start out eating real food, so while you may tweak things when you reach a healthy weight, you're always eating real food. I stay away from all LC "product" these days (I don't consider the wraps made with flax and oat bran to be an issue, I'm talking Atkins bars, shakes, etc.), but I did occasionally use 1/2 an Atkins choco shake in place of cream in my coffee. I'm not a big fan of whey protein. THAT seems to make me hungry! All other protein is satiating for me.

Blogs:
My Carb Sane-Asylum (Science Stuff)
My Carb Sane Chronicles (Personal Stuff)

Junior Low-Carber



Thank you for all your input I don't now what to do right now I don't want to feel depress about my weight I'm thinking the weight will evenually shed if I keep eating this way. Last night my calorie intake was 694 I now that is low but If I up my intake it will cause me to gain a little I've been eating like this since Feb 7th. I weigh myself daily but the scale is not moving and I know my fat is holding on I don't know what would make it break. I could eat the Medifast products as suggested by the other post, its just the food is nasty I like the shakes and pretzels but that's about it I got tired of the chicken noodle soup a long time ago maybe I should forget what i feel and just eat like the plan suggested at least I'm eating real food at dinner time. I now I have to eat "real" food evenually. I don't know what do. I JUST DON'T WANT TO END UP FEELING SAD ABOUT MYSELF.

Junior Low-Carber





I thought the most important thing was as long as the carbs is low I would lose?

Moderator



By keeping your calories too low, your body could be thinking you are trying to starve it. I've tried so many other plans with the ready to eat foods that DO taste nasty, so I understand what you're going through. No matter what plan you follow, it's much easier to fall back into your old way of eating and regain the weight you've worked so hard to lose. I've been there, done that so many times. YOU need to find the best weight loss method that seems to work for you by keeping you full and producing good results, not to mention the health benefits. LowCarbing does just that. YOU need to completely believe in the plan you are following in order for it to work. Have you ever read Atkins or Taubes' books? That would be a good starting point ...

Make it a way of life, and not a temporary fix ... that will most likely keep the weight off in the longrun. Good luck ... and if you have any low carb questions or need support ... there are many here who can help you and motivate you in your journey.

* LCing is no longer a temporary fix, it's my way of life!
Belated New Years Challenge Weekly Results (219 Goal Weight @ end of challenge):
SW229 -- (wk 1)227.4 (2)227 (3)225.6 (4)224.6 (5)224.6



Junior Low-Carber



BIKINIBOUNDINTX,

I read the Adtkins book and was on it for a week but didn't see any sigficant results I think I loss 1 pound and I was thinking maybe it was because I was on Medifast which is low carb too and I just didn't have any excess water to lose. The fat content scares me and another thing was Maybe my fat was too high and heard mixed opinions about you have to have low fat and low carb to lose weight and it can't be high fat and low carb like Atkins. One good thing is I feel in control of my cravings because my carbs content is very low. Before the Atkins I thought the book and tried Southbeach and that was more depressing did n't lose anything I felt I was eating heathier, that diet seems like its more for maintenance.

Moderator




I read the Adtkins book and was on it for a week but didn't see any sigficant results I think I loss 1 pound and I was thinking maybe it was because I was on Medifast which is low carb too and I just didn't have any excess water to lose. The fat content scares me and another thing was Maybe my fat was too high and heard mixed opinions about you have to have low fat and low carb to lose weight and it can't be high fat and low carb like Atkins. One good thing is I feel in control of my cravings because my carbs content is very low. Before the Atkins I thought the book and tried Southbeach and that was more depressing did n't lose anything I felt I was eating heathier, that diet seems like its more for maintenance.
How could you be on Atkins which is 20 carbs or less per day when you were on Medifast which is 80-100 grams of carbs per day? No offense, but it sounds like you have mixed feelings and are not sure what is right or wrong because everyone tells you a different story. You are right that your cravings do seem to gain control when you are low carbing ... Again, find a plan that 'works' and is not a temporary fix. Wishing you the best ...

* LCing is no longer a temporary fix, it's my way of life!
Belated New Years Challenge Weekly Results (219 Goal Weight @ end of challenge):
SW229 -- (wk 1)227.4 (2)227 (3)225.6 (4)224.6 (5)224.6



Junior Low-Carber



I'm saying I tried Atkins before but right now I'm on Medifast I just started back on Medifast on Feb 7th a couple of weeks prior I tried Atkins.

Expert Low-Carber



DO check those Medifast products for soy.
Soy can really mess with your thyroid...
and eventually your heart. I was hypothyroid,
and I had to eliminate all soy. If I remember,
there's quite a bit of soy in Medifast.

I notice Atkins has reformulated its shakes
so they don't have soy any longer. Here's
hoping it will come out of all other products
as well. It's hard to avoid...it's in so many
things.

Why soy can damage your health:
http://search.mercola.com/Results.aspx?q=soy&k=soy

-Love in the Spirit that unites us all!
-Jazzy

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Junior Low-Carber



Jazzy,

I didn't know soy can interfer with your weightloss. wow... I thought it was good for you

Newbie Low-Carber



Seriously, you have to do Medifast EXACTLY as written. ANY deviation (i.e. too many calories or too few calories) and it won't work. Please please please, do the diet as written. 800-1000 calories (I averaged around 900) and 80-100g cargs (I averaged 85g) and it will work. But, if you get to thinking that you know more than the diet (which was designed by MDs at Johns Hopkins and tested on literally 1000s of people) then you will fail. If you don't intend to do Medifast exactly as written, then come off because you are starving your body if you're not doing it correctly.

Advanced Low-Carber



Dear NewYou,

You have come to the right place and your feet are on the right path. Give up the commercially prepared foods. Start eating real food that you prepare yourself so that you know exactly what is in it.

Stop obsessing over the scale. I wouldn't weigh more than once a week, and think you should consider weighing once a month or less. Get your body healthy with good food first. THEN worry about the number on the scale. You say you gave up Atkins after only one week because you lost only one pound. You can go up or down several pounds from day to day, almost hour to hour, based solely on body hydration and gut contents. Take a longer view. If you decide to try Atkins again, do it for at least a month and take into consideration not just the number on the scale but also how you feel--is your health better? is your energy up? has your mood improved? When Jimmy was in his first year on Atkins, he had one period of time when the scale didn't show ANY weight lost for about 10 weeks but he lost something like 5 inches off his waist in that time. (I probably have some of the numbers wrong on this, I'm going from memory, but the general idea is there.)

Stop eating harmful foods completely - no little cheats. The big three are grain, dairy, and soy. MANY people are intolerant of these three types of food and don't know it. And if you are eating them it can prevent you from losing weight.

Eat to satiety. Stop measuring, weighing, etc. Allow yourself to feel full--not all the time but at least once a day. You can reach that feeling best with protein and fat.

Educate yourself. Jimmy has produced more than 400 podcasts. Download them from the iTunes Store (they're free!!!) and listen to several each day on your commute or while you are doing chores around the house and yard. I also recommend Robb Wolf's podcasts and book, and Kurt Harris's blog at: http://www.paleonu.com/

I hope I haven't sounded too bossy here, but I just get the feeling that you are flopping around from one thing to another like a rag in the wind. Figure out the most important things for your health and stick to them long-term.

And keep coming to this forum

Hugs,
Sue

What can I do this week that will make me healthier at the end of the week than I am right now?

Junior Low-Carber



I am a little confuse and I've been flopping around because I feel so discourage when I don't see the scale move I did weigh myself almost everyday and it did change my mood so I stopped because it was making me depress. How can I lose weight off of Atkins by eating regular burgers with all that fat? I do feel better when I don't eat as many carbs.