INTRO NUMBER ONE: The Dr Phil Effect.
In these words, I hope, is a story of Choice and Hope and Compromise. This page was last edited on 23 August , at Gas returned in January after only 1 month after antibiotics — so severe that it affects my daily life and routines. The first place you lose it is your stomach which is great but you must follow the program which is fairly simple. I felt satisfied and lost 5 lbs the first 3 days. This does not mean that the diet is necessarily sustainable or healthy, but you will lose weight in the short term.
I started Medifast in May and am approaching 60 pounds lost. This is my "mindless", stress management diet. I keep a variety of products well stocked so I can change my mind easily for each meal.
Looking forward to maintenance, I can see Medifast as a quick option if those pesky 5 or so pound start to creep back on. I do believe that everyone is different and will champion any plan that works for someone as long as they are not compromising their health in the process. For me, going truly low carb makes a difference.
It irritates me to see all of the high carb options with WW and the many "healthy" frozen entrees by a number of brands. Wish they'd focus more on ramping up veggies and decreasing carbs. Enough of my Saturday morning rant. Thanks for being a blessing to so many of your readers. Dear Alanna, I have only just "met" you having stumbled on your site while looking for a recipe.
I am a Weight Watchers Lifer who after several false starts on WW finally lost over 70 lbs 8 years ago and have kept it off. What did I do differently my last time on WW? I had also heard the definition of insanity: Doing the same thing over and over again and execting different results.
Once I lost the weight it was always "Woo Hoo! This time was different. Then when I reached my goal weight 8 years ago I was so excited because I was finally able to start what I had set out to do when I joined. It was like I was finally in front of the door I had been waiting for for so long. I was going to start the maintenance program. And I have never looked back. If you think you can eat a lot on WW when losing weight, you should see what Maintenance looks like!
I wish you much success on Medi Fast but if you ever end up back on WW you might want to consider my strategy. Thank you for your great blogs and your enthusiasm for healthy food and for including WW points in your recipes. There's a big difference between my goal and my current reality. The goal was to really step away from food, to stop reading about it, to stop writing about it and definitely to stop cooking it and thus going through the constant consideration of What's in the fridge?
The reality is that I got away from that last but not away from the first ones, you'd think they would have been the easier ones! I'm still a work-in-progress on this regard but I am slowly filling my time with non-food interests again. How would you do it? I am happy that official WW people are finding what I'm doing to make sense, if only for awhile. Your words really made my day, thank you.
I'm so glad you wrote. I know it's because my practice was to do 18 points a day most days, then relax on the weekends. And that system worked for me for about four years! Thanks for sharing Alanna. I lost 50 pounds thru attention to diet and exercise a few years ago but still had about 50 to go. You have inspired me to try medifast.
Thank you for posting your experience and being so honest and forthcoming. I'm a WW life-timer and loyal to the program. I've been hesitant to post a comment because I did not want to appear as a troll or as negating others' experience.
That's not my intention. So, that said, here is my concern One's overall health status and underlying medical conditions can be at the heart of being unable to maintain a healthy weight. I understand the struggle with weight loss and maintenance. After all, I didn't end up in Weight Watchers because I ate healthy and exercised regularly.
However, I've often struggled since attaining my goal weight. Some times, I wasn't faithful to the program, and that is correctable. It's these times that a physician, not a new weight loss plan, was my best course of action. So, my intention is to encourage your readers to evaluated their own health and visit their doctor prior to adopting a new diet if they think it might be necessary.
I, too, needed a change from Weight Watchers. I am a lifetime member, but currently over my desired weight.
I tried WW several more times, with no success I decided on Jenny Craig for many of the same reasons, and I am finding the change was a good one. As a real-food cook, I was worried, but the meals are tolerable, and once I got past the first week of starving, even cooking for my family is ok--they were kind enough to eat dinners out the first week!
I worried about all the processed food and still do , so I was glad to hear the friend's advice that the important thing is to lose the weight and keep it off.
I do the Jenny 5 day plan loosely , which gives me 6 meals a week on my own, with their guidelines. I sometimes do more than 6 on my own, but have plenty of Jenny meals and snacks in the freezer for back up. I agree--find something that works for you in this stage of your life. There's another way to lose weight and lower your risk of diabetes and heart disease, as well as most other common diseases of aging, but it requires a complete paradigm shift-- to being fueled by fat, not carbs.
In this way you can keep your blood sugar low and consistent without having to "eat" every hours. And I think you're totally right to be suspicious of highly processed food-- it's not food! Look at what humans have been eating for most of our time on this earth-- it wasn't grains or sugars, and it sure as heck wasn't processed food.
The longterm health risks of a carb-fueled, processed-food diet are still significant, even if you lose weight. And starving yourself is not the answer. You'll lose weight with calorie-restricted carb-based diets, but it will always come back. I've been eating this way low carb, meats, veggies, nuts, seeds, fruit, all real unprocessed food for two years and have never felt better.
Best wishes to you and thanks for a great source of wonderful veggie recipes! Alanna, Three years ago, I reached that very low place where my weight was at an all time high, and I was no longer chubby but FAT. I, too, knew many people who were successful on Medifast. I considered the plan for months before I dove in. I was on Medifast for almost 6 months, and lost 31 lbs. Considering the fact that I lost 7 lbs. I went on a cruise, celebrated my daughter's high school graduation, and never deviated once.
I reached a very happy goal weight of lbs. As soon as the holidays came, I started to fall off the wagon. I did not do a good job transitioning and making the permanent changes necessary. I am sad to say that I am starting again on Medifast tomorrow, and I am not sure how long I will last, or how I will do. I have a limited supply of foods remaining from past orders, so I want to use them up and not order anything new, but I will see how it goes.
I think I have enough for at least a month or two. I wish you luck in the transition and maintenance phase. It is truly the hardest part.
I just switched to Medifast myself, which is something I said I would never do, but I just could keep joining WW time after time and failing. I needed something different, and so far so good. Of course I would rather be eating whole foods, but I have tried that way too many times with little success I will continue this until I am at goal. I also know that I will have to do what I am told if I am to maintain.
With weight, indiscretions are visible to all. I wanted to thank you for posting your switch from WW to Medifast. After reading your decision, I started to investigate and found out all I could about MF. I started my journey in February and am now down 40 pounds. I have more to go, but this is the first time in 30 years I have been able to stick to a diet long enough to be successful. So again, I thank you. But, like you said, I wasn't working the program.
I hate how they change it every year so nothing is consistent anymore. Plus, I'm food obsessed. WW was too permissive because I could anything and this made me push the "anything" boundary until those choices were unhealthy and I'd "make up" for it by making more unhealthy choices to compensate. What I love about MF so far is I just don't think about food anymore.
I eat to fuel. I can't wait to get to goal so I can enjoy real food again and I hope that this "reprieve" from my obsession with food may help me develop a different mindset about food in my future. I was reluctant to try it--and I don't share that I'm doing MF with many people--because in a way I feel like I gave in to something "easy" or that I'm cheating in this weight loss.
Except, it's not easy, it just seems to be working. If so, how is that going? I have been doing Medifast on my own and lost 60 pounds so far. I loose and average of three a week! A's book explains how you CAN do medifast without buying the food!
This allows you to eat Organic non processed food AND it gives a better option for people with Soy issues or prefer to stay Vegetarian! One of the best ways I have found to stay motivated is to blog diymydiet I love reading about other people who are successful against the "fat" battle! Thanks for all the info and the super detailed post! I have had the same problem as you with ww.
I am lifetime but I feel like all I do is think about food when I'm on it. I have been feeling like a sell-out to good health for considering mf so I really appreciate your honest input. I am going to give it a try! And btw, your comments to others are always so kind and considerate. Thank you for being such a lovely voice on the internet when we are barraged with so much ugliness!
I think that I started to put on weight again after losing 30 pounds on WW in beginning in when I started writing A Veggie Venture. Thank you for the reminder. PS You put your concern so very gently, no worries about sounding like negative or like a troll!
Figuring out what works for each one of us, what a revelation. I hear such good things about this whole approach. I think it would be an easy transition for me And down 40 pounds, whoa!! Thanks for adding your experience! And good luck, it takes commitment, of course, every program does. I found your blog because of the WW recipes and was so excited. Disappointed that you're eating crap instead of real food.
You realize you can't maintain that for the rest of your life, right? I went back to real food in March and using principles learned from Medifast, have stayed at my goal weight with little issue. I was interested in your journey and also happy to see you are now on maintenance and doing well.
I too did the WW thing in I was able to slowly lose, but then hit a plateau and was unable to lose down to my goal no matter how diligent or how much exercise I did. After abandoning the WW plan, I regained all but ten pounds.
I now believe I'll reset my goal to 50 as I feel it is attainable. I don't like all the Medifast food either, however I do like most of it. I appreciate never feeling hungry and all the support the TSFL community gives.
It's the easiest weight reduction program and most successful I've every tried. Not only have I had success, but also my 2 daughters, daughter-in-law and my best friend are losing steadily or on transition. It really is wonderful to have so many of us helping each other. My coach is great too! Good for you taking off the weight and keeping it off. I detested counting points and was always hungry on WW. Every day I say to myself or others "this is so easy I can't believe it.
You have your own Medifast support group going on there! Hi Alanna - checking back here. Thanks for your input regarding the continuing journey! I have found out it really helps me to read inspirational stories of success. I have attended the TSFL meeting that was held locally - it is so much fun to hear the passion that people have to tell how losing weight has changed their life.
It was amazing to me that some of the people are even dietitians and health professionals! One was even the director of "Be Fit" for our state and found out that exercise alone does not a slender person make! I was especially happy to hear the men that spoke. I have some men in my life that could use this program! I am almost ready to go into transition now. I plan to follow the "rules" and add back gradually - I believe I'll be using some MF meals to help me stay at my goal weight even on maintenance.
One last note - it sure is more fun to go shopping now! Yes yes and yes again! Congratulations on reaching the transition point, yes, so empowering it is to take control. Just FYI - keep your shopping in check, my experience with both WW and Medifast is that it takes a couple two or three or even six months for your body to settle into its new size and shape. I started Medifast after my father died of an obesity related heart condition. I lost a lot of weight, got to a lower size then I had ever been as an adult and felt I went from lb to in about a year.
I seem to be an all or nothing kind of person. I have gained back 50lbs and feel terrible. I am terrified to do medifast again thinking it will work in the short term but not in the long run, but then again maybe I woudl finaly learn to transition and eat healthy after.
So scared to make a choice on what to do McDonalds and ice cream. I dont even like this food, I just dont know how to stop. I had a beautiful garden this year and ate very little of it because I was so out of control with yucky food that nothing healthy sounds remotely appetizing.
Just not sure what to do. I hope that someday, when "your" time is right again, that the memory of feeling so fantastic will help you make a choice. My belief is that "all" the legitimate weight-loss programs work: Maintaining the weight, no matter the weight-loss program, is the real trick. I think WW teaches healthy-eating habits, whether or not you count points.
I think Medifast does not teach you what "is" healthy food but does have important lessons about the timing of food intake. Good luck with your journey, my heart goes out to you. I can "hear" the tears and frustration. Just checked back in and found your update on your MediFast post. You inspire me to try yet again to take off those unwanted 25lbs and keep them off for good.
I am considering MF I will have to read more about it on their website. I am pre diabetic and you are right the risks are too high to wait any longer. Wishing you continued success! It feels a little bit like "paying it forward". Let me know, please? Thanks for your story!
I did Medifast several years ago through the guidance of my physician. I checked in weekly, weighed, took my blood pressure, etc. My blood pressure lowered, my cholesterol went down where it should have been and I felt amazing. I lost over 50 pounds with Medifast. Afterwards, I went to WW to learn to maintain. However, having a daughter who plays travel ball did me in summer after summer.
To the point where I said, the heck with it, I just don't care. Well, that wasn't true really! Recently, a very, very close friend of mine who has struggled with weight loss and is a couple years older than me, I'm 52, started going to a trainer and eating better and looks amazing.
With my job, unfortunately, I can't go to a trainer and some physical issue limit me right now on what I can do training wise. However, I got on the scale the other day and not only did I gain back the 50 pounds I had lost about 4 times now I gained another 5. That's when I said, nope, not gonna do this anymore. I don't have lots of time, but hope I can work it out. I know how great I felt on Medifast and how much I don't hurt when the weight is gone. So, realistically, I have to lose about 70 pounds.
The good news is that Medifast has some more choices now than ever before. Years ago, my parents went on Medifast and all they had were shakes! So, to have options now like cereal is huge for me! I love the bars and the shakes and it's easy to prepare. Thanks again for sharing and wish you continued success!
I did weight watchers for a while, but with the plan changes and the meetings it just wasn't working for me and I stopped doing it a few years ago I started Medifast on my doctor's suggestion about 6 weeks ago and it has been amazing for me I've been blogging about the experience daily and would love some more readers who can help keep me accountable, and maybe I can inspire some folks too!
Great article, thank you! Medifast was simple, convenient and really fast. I guess I am very healthy so I did not experience any adverse effect from rapid weight loss. On the contrary, my skin problem and gastrointestinal problems were gone since losing 50 lbs. I had more energy and learned to cook healthy mind you, I am a total idiot in the kitchen so this gave me an opportunity to learn to cook.
I felt like I was ready to continue with my weight loss journey and to lose the last 35 lbs using a new method -- yep, weight watchers. I figured cooking 3-meals and learning to eat healthy when eating out might be a good challenge.
It's only been 3-days but I do feel good in general and lost a bit already. If this doesn't work, I will go back to medifast. For now, I'm going for slower method while learning how to cook healthy! I was lifetime WW member and after hitting about Following WW and eating less than extra points on that I was still gaining. I exercise faithfully 5 to 6 days a week and at age 65 was at my highest weight.
I think I had 3 cookies all of Christmas and was careful with food choices. I decided I needed to try that. One of them had been WW member too and was gaining on the plan after about age 50 too!!!
I am losing slowly on Medifast and have found shakes and bars that make this pretty easy to do daily. We have always loved veggies and chicken or fish, so easy to have my cooked meal a day too.
My only concern is that I hope I am not getting too much soy in my diet with all these products!! Anyone have any thoughts on this? So far I have gotten used to the soy taste in the shakes and bars and now they seem to taste pretty good!! I need to lose some weight and WW works for me but it is too slow. I did Medifast once but when I went off I gained it all back so quickly. Want to do it again but with a plan this time for after I lose the weight.
Anyone else try Medifast and then go to WW? Good luck with your journey! Alanna - One thing that your readers should be careful about is Medifast triggering their Gout. I have been on Medifast for less than 4 weeks and lost 19 pounds and have had 4 painful Gout attacks in that time period.
I think we go through changes, and what worked before all of the sudden doesn't anymore. I did WW for 3 years and lost 70 lbs, but then all of the sudden I wasn't getting anything out of the meetings and just seemed to lose my interest and motivation. I've gained 45 lbs back. I had a great leader, so it wasn't her.
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Do Not Send Email Notifications. My blood pressure is down and have been able to decrease my medication. I have kept the weight off for almost a year. Even during the holidays when I cheated a bit and an occasional Twix. Seems to be a very balanced diet. The only thing you lose is your sanity and money if you are truely trying to lose alot of wieght this is not for you. Please aviod the same trappings I did the advertisement was misleading.
Cut out ALL fast food drink losts of water and move. I agree with Cristy!! This program cuts your calories way too low to be healthy long not part of a medical field and have no medical training. The scrubs are deceptive as is the advertisements and representations. If you want any information, email me at alstewart2 sbcglobal. Do you get a response to the corp office number, if so I would love for you to share. Did anyone find a number to a corporate office- I am very unhappy with them and how I was treated- I was not losing the 3 to 5 pounds quaranteed and now am just getting blown off by the center.
I certainly do not agree with how you felt you were treated by the Slim for Life representative, as she should have maintained a professional attitude and responded to your needs with understanding,and explaniations, rather than insult. The result would be that as people were leading a healthy lifestyle, taking care of their medical issues with herbals, the Drs industry would be negatively affected.
I have used herbal supplements for many medical issues that I have encountered in my life with little to no side affects, I have been able to avoid the Dr Appointments and the prescriptions, with the long and distubing list of possible side affects that I may encounter which is longer and more damaging than the symptoms to the initial health issue I was encountering.
There are alternative solutions out there. I have several friends that have been very successful with the Slim 4 life plan as well as other plans that are availble.
The internet is a great resource for research. You are absolutely right. I was saying the same thing when I was reading what the doctor said. What in the world could an herbal drug do to hinder your prescription drug except for maybe keep the prescription side affects from killing you?
You should really be looking at what that prescription is doing to your system as opposed to the herbs. I was on Weight Watchers for over a year and lost alot of weight but did not stick with it so I have gained half of it back.
I just joined Slim 4 Life because you can talk to someone for support daily one on one instead of once a week in front of a large group. I have high blood pressure and high colest. Can you tell me what program they use for people with these conditions? I started slim4life Dec. I did loose down to lbs and really maintained at about to as the year finished out — however I began to show symptoms of something. Went to doctor and turns out that my liver has been affected and that something has brought this on — I do wonder if it was all of the thermoboost powder which I drank on a daily basis for the year along with the thermo snacks required during weight loss.
If you have had a similar issue please respond back to me ASAP — I am unable to find out much since slim4life is now slimgenics and they no longer allow past participates to purchase product. I am interested in anything that might be similar to my situation. Hi, I did slim 4 life as well and lost about 35 lbs. Before I started, I had normal liver function tests. When I had my blood tested, post S4L i had elevated liver function x2 , I recently went back and had it checked again and now I have elevated liver function x3.
The only thing in my life that changed during that time was that I was on S4L. I highly suspect that either the carb blockers or the red grays have affected my liver.
I am no longer on S4L and I no longer take any of their supplements. I never used the thermoboost powder but I took all the supplements as directed during the program. I too am being evaluated for elevated liver function. It started with a dull ache in the liver area right after I started slimgenics.
I have an ultrasound tomorrow, will keep you posted. I have been off the supplements for at least a month but am still having the pain…. I started slim4life in May, at lbs…am now at and while I love the way I look, my hair is falling out and my kidney function is out of whack as well as my ferritin levels have bottomed out.
I would just like to know how the product work? Another thing is how much it cost to get started with the program? Is this something i could do without paying a large amount of money? What are the key elements to losing weight on this program? What makes this program different from the other programs out? Slim 4 Life is a good program. They do teach you the essentials of eating healthy.
However, the weight that you lose is great but, you may also be losing muscle since they do not incorporate working out into the program.
You do take supplements such as a daily vitamin, essential fatty acids fish oil and an appetite suppressant they call the metabolizer not to mention the protein bars and shakes that run more than I went from to in a short amount of time. Once, I hit I plateaued miserably. I did all that they asked me to do and could not lose any more weight. I was basically told, they could not help me. I left Slim 4 Life and they still call me wanting me to come in.
I work out now and still eat healthy but, I eat corn, carrots, and cheese. All of which is forbidden until you lose ALL the weight. I am happy and healthy and still am losing in a healthy way on my own.. Wish I had read this page before I spent almost two thousand dollars on Slim 4 Life. I was on the program for aproximately three and a half weeks going to the store four times a week for weigh ins.
I lost six pounds by drinking tons of water and taking there suplements which ending up making my heart race. I ended up in the Doctors office thinking I was having a heart attack. Believe me there is no money back guarantee.
This turned out to be one big mistake….. Hi, l feel the same way two thousand dollars on slim 4 life. I need your help. Thank you very much. Hi, I am 14, and I am about 5'4. I am eating calories a day, exercising once everyday and doing a HIIT workout twice a week I will do more now. Any tips to lose weight faster or why it is not working.
I track my calories using fitnesspal, and i triple check everything i eat before even eating it so I don't know what to do. I only want to lose 9 more pounds! Well, I eat one poached egg per day, and then it starts to vary, but today i ate 5 prawns and a small burger with salad on the side.
I started intermittent fasting today, but at the end of the day, when I checked the scale, I gained 2 pounds, I am really scared and upset and feel worthless. Am I doing something wrong? I want to lose weight not fluctuate or gain weight Also, intermittent fasting and doing your workout are really working for me, I started losing weight again!!
Adrian, I have mental and physical illness that has made me unable to work anymore. In I weighed lbs, had the Bariatric surgery. Placed on a mood stabilizer started weight gain. My treatment includes steroids sometimes more weight gain. Any changes to mood meds weight gain. No carbs and no processed sugar. I have been more active in the last 3 weeks then I have been in such a long time so should be burning more calories.
Unable to get off meds. Not on meds for that. Thanks Adrian for getting back with me. Water weight is a problem for me. I have seen the dietitian at the bariatric center and they have no answers for me except pity. My body is so effective by this meds that this past March I gained 22lbs in 2 weeks. I had an Upper GI that confirmed that my pouch is less then an inch wide, so I have not stretched my pouch out.
I have fought my whole life with my weight. My main goal is to not pin point a weight loss amount. I just want to be comfortable. But also to hopefully learn to control and manage my weight when my meds need to change.
Any words of advice where I could start off? I'm 14 years old and I'm trying to lose weight because I want an active life style. I do work out, outdoor biking, walking for hours every day, swimming. I have a pretty active life but it doesn't add up. I'm frustrated with my weight because I have tried everything and it's all for nothing.
Everyone I eat something small like a sliver of cake I gain and gain. My friends tell me I need to let go and eat what I want but that's not what I want. I only eat around to calories a day and but about calories a day but it doesn't work if you have any tips or workouts for boosting metabolism and burning away stomach fat fast please tell me because I need some encouragement. Man do I need help. I really don't weight any more than before I had her, but the lovehandles are definitely where they weren't before.
I track on cronometer and I stick around I'm 42 female and I gained 30 lbs in the last 2 years. I yoyo with my weight every few years because I can't seem to maintain. But I always exercise 4 days a week with resistance training, and walk on incline treadmill while I read min daily, or outside when it's nice.
I'm worried because when I have done this before I always initially lose the first few lbs quickly. Do you think it could be my thyroid or something?
What a great article! I'm 22, I weight pounds and my height is 5'. My diet has been the same for the past two years, since I suffer from stomach issues. I only eat about or less a day and excerise, yet my weight won't go down. I don't know if it's because I only walk on the treadmill or that I mostly eat the same meals everyday, but I need advise.
Hi, this is Gade. I am pounds. My height is 5. Can I eat calorie diet in my four hours diet window in order to lose weight faster.
Hey, my name is Jose and I am 15, 5'10 and weight and i don't know how to lose weight, can u help me?