One of the best Medifast Tips anyone has ever given me was this: Stick to a Regular Eating Schedule. Sticking to a schedule is fairly simple when your diet consists of 3 big meals and all-the-snacks-you-can-eat in between. But to truly experience the benefits of quick weight loss with Medifast, it’s important to put a little more thought into the timing of your meals.
When I first started, I knew I was going to eat six times a day. I would eat my first meal when I got hungry in the morning then timed the rest of them out in 2-3 hour intervals. But these intervals were really timed on when my body told me it was hungry.
Since implementing a loose but regular eating schedule, I’ve found that I don’t every really get that hungry. The schedule also adds a good structure to my day and I have planned it so that I eat the foods I really look forward to at times I might be having cravings for foods that are not on plan.
To give you an example, here’s what I try to stick with.
7:00 a.m. – Wake up and drink at least 20 oz. of water. Since my system has been relatively empty for about 8 hours, I like to start my day off with water.
7:30 a.m. – Medifast Meal #1. This is usually oatmeal. I’ve actually grown really fond of the oatmeal. If you don’t like it at first, definitely give it a second chance. Experiment with the amount of water and cooking time.
8:00 a.m. - Coffee. I like to have my system primed with water and a little food before I consume any coffee.
10:30-11:00 – Medifast Meal #2. This is generally always a shake. I try to save the bars for the situations when I am going to be out and about or in a place where it’s more difficult to prepare meals.
1:00 p.m. – Drink another 20 oz. of water.
2:00 p.m. – Medifast Meal #3 – Soup or a shake. I like having a soup mid-day, particularly now that the weather is getting cooler.
5:00 p.m. – Medifast Meal #4 – A Crunch bar or a shake-on-the-go. At this time of day, I’m usually in transit. Also, 20 oz. of water.
7:30 – 8:00 p.m. – Lean and Green Meal. Lately, I’ve been trying out some new Lean and Green recipes, but I make sure to always be stocked with the ingredients for a Lean and Green Taco Salad. This has become my go-to Lean and Green meal. I drink at least 20 oz. of water.
10:00 p.m. – Medifast Meal #5 – Chocolate Pudding! Or if I’m out of that, I will make a smoothie in my Rocket Blender.
After my last meal and before I go to bed, I’ll drink another 20 oz. of water. I’ve definitely become a believer in the importance of water and keeping the body lubricated.
This example is just what works for me.
There is a lot of leeway, but it still provides a structure for my day. It also helps me make sure I get enough water (which is a really crucial part of the process).
Everybody has different things going on in their lives. You have to factor in your work schedule, family obligations, etc. But if you take a little time to think about this, a regular eating schedule is definitely possible. It will not only help you make the most out of your Medifast weight loss, but it will establish a great habit for when you transition back to regular food.