Watch Out For Hidden Weight Loss Hijackers

Altoids AdvertisementOnce you get into the groove, Medifast is pretty damn easy. You just follow the instructions and don’t put anything in your mouth that’s not on the program.

Everybody will have cravings for their favorite foods, but you know there are certain things that you will be giving up if you want to lose weight quickly. French fries and doughnuts are not on the menu.

However, it’s also important to keep track of the tiny things. I recently realized that my Altoids addiction could be negatively impacting my weight loss. I know it sounds insignificant and ridiculous. But when looking at the nutrition information on the Altoids box, I realized that 3 mints contain 2 carbs and 10 calories.

This wouldn’t seem like a big deal, but like I said, I am pretty addicted. My Altoids addiction started when I quit smoking. I started popping the mints as a distraction from nicotine cravings – and I pop quite a few of them. They really did help me to quit smoking so the overall health impact has been positive.

But until now, I never really thought about the caloric aspect. Now I realize that those tiny bursts of calories and carbs are adding up throughout the day and could be affecting the overall effectiveness of my weight loss. As I mentally prepare to get back on program next week, I’m taking a look at everything I consume. I’ll definitely be on the market for a sugar-free mint.

If you’re looking to make the most of the quick weight loss that Medifast offers, take a look at everything that you put in your mouth throughout the day. Are there any hidden weight loss hijackers that could be hindering your weight loss success.

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Elizabeth July 20, 2012 at 7:39 am

I found this out yesterday!! I have started using an app on my phone called “MyFitnessPal” and you put in everything you eat (they have MF stuff already programmed, or you can scan barcodes). So, for fun, I scanned the Altoids barcode before I put one on my mouth. I was shocked! I did not end up having one because I was so shocked that there were that many carbs and calories. anyway, it is a great app if anyone is looking to track what they are eating and excercise and you can have your friends encourage you! It is great for me!

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Tamara February 25, 2013 at 5:57 pm

Cough drops are another one. I was addicted to those for a while and they gave me cavities even though I didn’t eat ‘candy’. They have lots of sugar.

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bionicbunny August 17, 2012 at 5:18 pm

i’ve been really careful this time, trying to stick very closely to the plan (i’m waiting for the harder to find torani syrups to arrive), but have had to improvise a couple of times. i have a bunch of questions, but let me start with two:
1. has anybody EVER gotten those softserve things to work right?
2. i’ve yet to see any mention of PB2. if you aren’t familiar with it, it’s an 85% fat free, 45 cal/ 2 TBL. powdered peanut butter, and i’ve used it for several years. the few times i’ve tried to make the pb softserve, i’ve added just a tiny bit (what will fit on the tip of a plastic knife!) to help the flavor along. just wondered if anybody else has tried or used it and under what category?
i’ve noticed that medifast has not updated their booklet/PDFs in a couple of years, what else are we missing?
thanks!

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Bill November 15, 2012 at 10:42 am

Soft serves are easy! Begin with crushed ice and chop it up in the blender. Open it back up and add the mix and the water. Blend it again and enjoy! Soft serves are my absolute favorite! Its like having ice cream for a bed time snack =)

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Rhianna December 6, 2012 at 4:20 am

According to nutrition support 2T of PB2 counts as an optional snack. Absolutely love that stuff! I use it in my Vanilla Shakes.

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Peggy Cole January 18, 2013 at 9:31 pm

I’ve actually never made the peanut butter soft serve the way it is suppose to be made! Never did work right for me but I like the taste and since a lot is Happiness in my mind I make a shake with it…I put ice in my magic bullet fill it almost up with decaf coffee and dump the peanut butter soft serve envelope in. And blend away…Sometimes I sweeten it up a bit with stevia or Stevita Delight for a more Mocha Peanut Butter Shake…Or creamy it up with a bit of Unsweetend Almond Breeze…And Yes eat it with a spoon…Hope this helps, I know it satisfies me!

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Kathy September 3, 2012 at 10:02 am

I started Medifast 1 week ago today. I am spending my Labor Day reading this website and found a recipe for Apple Cinnamon Oatmeal Cookies. Would I consider these cookies as a Medifast meal or a snack? Also, I am finding all of this information so helpful! I absolutely cannot eat another meal of Wild Rice soup or Chicken noodle soup that came in my variety package. I will be changing my meals drastically on my next order. Thank you for all of the advice and tips!!

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pam October 19, 2012 at 5:37 pm

I have been on for 2.5 weeks and I’m starting to be in the groove. I felt the same way about the chili and I had 2 boxes. If you call TSFL you can exchange up to 10 boxes a month, I did 4 (2 chili, 1 chicken and wild rice, and 1 brocolli) You can exchange as long as theres atleast 6 packets left in each box and it’s within 30 days of purchase. You do have to pay the return shipping(I used a medium flat rate box and it fit 4 boxes perfectly and cost $11.35) but TSFL covers the shipping for your replacements. The awesome thing I found out on the phone with the rep however was that you can order individual packets instead of full boxes in order to try things out- and if you buy 7 it only costs $1.00 more than a regular box! Way worth it I think rather than dreading 6 meals that youve paid so much for!

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mac December 13, 2012 at 9:36 pm

be sure with the soups, chili’s, sloppy joes, prepare with water and cook for just a minute then put them in fridge for a few hours and THEN heat and eat. they have to hydrate and they are good. i chop a little onion and celery into them, or cauliflower. oh, and salt. a little.

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Rhianna December 15, 2012 at 9:59 am

I had already been hydrating the soups for a couple of hours which greatly helped. I just tried your suggestion yesterday with the Chicken Noodle soup – cook for a minute and then refrigerate. It made such a difference!

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pam February 24, 2013 at 7:36 am

I mix the chicken noodle soup with the water and “Better than Bouillion” –about 1/2 tsp in the morning. I take it to work and at lunch time it is perfect. The vegetables and chicken have rehydrated and taste delicious.

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Steph March 30, 2013 at 9:14 pm

Hi using bullion isn’t that a lot of salt? Or get low sodium? Also better than bouillon has hydrogenated bad stuff doesn’t it?

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