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Is It Possible To Lose 20 Pounds in a Month?

Is it even possible to lose 20 Pounds in a Month? I know it’s technically possible, but is there a way to do it’s that safe?

I’ve decided to experiment with myself to see if I can lose 20 pounds in the month of July. I will be the human guinea pig. If you’ve ever read this site before, you’ve probably already guessed that I’ll be using Medifast as part of my experiment. It may seem crazy to even try for a 20 pound weight loss in a month, but there are documented cases out there of people having done this on Medifast. Unfortunately, I have not yet been one of them.

You can check out the blog archive to read about my previous experiences with weight loss in general and Medifast in particular. But I started getting serious about weight loss about 2 years ago and weighed almost 280 pounds. I didn’t discover Medifast until last year and when I did it was like something clicked. My best weight loss period so far was last July when I lost 13 pounds. That’s definitely not bad, especially considering I wasn’t really following the program 100%.

Although I’ve made a couple of attempts over the past year, I haven’t been able to stick with Medifast for an extended period of time since then. I could make excuses because I moved, started a new job and have been traveling a lot, but that’s not an area I really want to get into. Looking back, I see a whole year where I have only made a half-hearted attempt or two but haven’t made any progress.

One area that I feel really good about, however, is that I’ve truly learned to think differently about eating. My weight has fluctuated a bit over the past year – mainly during the holidays – but even after months of not dieting or thinking seriously about weight loss, the scale still lands at 213. So if I were analyzing my weight on an annual basis that would be a 3 pound weight gain. Given my history, that’s not bad, but it’s not super encouraging either.

So I’m going for it. I restocked my Medifast cabinet and I started on July 4. So I’m on Day 3. I had a slight headache yesterday, but other than that, I haven’t even experienced any signs of Medifast detox.

Our greatest glory is not in never falling but in rising every time we fall. – Confucius

Doing a Few Things Differently

Before starting up my attempt to lose 20 pounds in a month, I took some time to reflect on issues dealing with weight loss and being overweight in general. In previous attempts, I just tore open the box and got down to it without really thinking. But, I’m making a conscious attempt to be more mindful about all aspects of my life. This includes not only what I eat and drink, but the minor details of how I live my life.

With this in mind I developed a plan that included a schedule for eating and exercising. I also wrote out a general strategy for how I was going to approach this. As I wrote this out, I realized that there are 2 primary things that have derailed my weight loss in the past.

My 2 Medifast Stumbling Blocks

Ordering Product. This may sound ridiculous, but keeping my Medifast stocked up is probably the #1 problem I have with the program. My schedule is really busy and I travel a lot. Somehow, the logistics of ordering new product always becomes an issue. This time, I actually went to a Medifast Center and asked to place an emergency order. It was a little more expensive but I walked out of the center with 3 backs full of shakes and crunch bars. I’m still a little confused about how the Medifast Centers work, but I was happy to pay the premium just to avoid ordering and waiting for delivery.

Alcohol. While I’m far from a raging alcoholic, I do enjoy alcohol on a fairly regular basis. Recently, I realized that my alcohol consumption was on the verge of becoming a problem in areas of my life other than affecting my weight loss. So I’ve made the decision to quit drinking altogether for the rest of the summer. This is a personal decision, pretty much unconnected from my goal to lose 20 pounds in a month. But, it definitely won’t hurt. So far I have gone almost 2 weeks without a drop. It’s been quite a bit easier and more pleasant than I had feared.

Easing into It

Another thing I did differently was to give myself 2 days of eating Lean and Green meals before jumping right into the Medifast 5-1 program. I actually like eating Lean and Green, so this wasn’t too hard. I also think this may have helped my avoid the symptoms of Medifast detox. I didn’t follow the Lean and Green recipes to the letter, but I concentrated on eating nothing but lean meats and lots of vegetables (particularly leafy greens). This is the way that I prefer to eat now, so I think I will actually be able to rock the transition process pretty hard. (I have a feeling that easing into the program this way will have a slight effect on my overall pounds. Normally, you lose a big chunk of weight in the first week – but it’s mainly your body getting shocked into ridding itself of water and other junk. I never trust the numbers from the first 3 days.)

So I am on my third day and I’m feeling great. I already have excess energy. I have been drinking lots of water, eating celery for snacks and keeping my eyes on the goal. Will I really be able to lose 20 pounds in a month? I don’t know, but I will report my results truthfully here on the site. I will try to post weight updates once a week (but regular readers know how sporadic I am with blogging).

**UPDATE** – This is a belated report on my attempt to lose 20 pounds in the month of July. The brief story is that… I didn’t. But, I did lose 10 pounds thanks to Medifast! So I am closer than ever to my goal weight and will be breaking the 200 pound barrier soon.

I would love to hear from you if you’re starting up or in the middle of losing weight with Medifast. Use the comments section below to tell us about your experiences and let us know how you’re doing.

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Laurie July 7, 2010 at 7:26 am

I am also on Day 3 and still have a bit of a headache and feel strange. So far so good though. I’m trying to wait to get on the scale until a full week has gone by.

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Christopher July 7, 2010 at 11:33 am

Day 3 is always the tough one. My detox symptoms have been pretty mild this time around, but I think that’s because I started cutting out carbs and sugars a couple of days earlier. It will get better. Let us know how it goes.

And that’s a good idea to only weigh in once a week. I don’t have the willpower to wait because I really look forward to weighing myself every morning. Strange, I know!

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Becky July 7, 2010 at 8:10 pm

you are inspiring me… I just “quit”… or started transitioning off. I had about 20 lbs to lose, lost about 8-10 (depending on the day) but couldn’t seem to turn the corner and finish those last 10.

I am a runner and being on so few carbs made it so hard for me to survive my long runs on the weekends. Last week I almost couldn’t finish my 10 mile run. Literally – I was fantasizing of hailing a cab and begging him to take me home, promising payment upon dropping me off…. (I don’t carry cash when I run for that purpose – ha!)

I was hungry – ALL THE TIME. And I missed chewing food.

Anyone out there who can help? Other heavy exercisers??

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Christopher July 8, 2010 at 7:03 am

Hey Becky! Thanks for your comment and thanks for reading. I don’t think there’s anyway I could do a 10 mile run while I was on strict Medifast. While I have a lot of energy when on the program, for me personally, it’s definitely not enough to accommodate heavy exercise. I have scaled my running down to just walking for this month. i want to keep moving but I realize I have a small amount of calories to draw from.

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Lynn July 10, 2010 at 11:02 am

Becky, the heavy exercise just won’t cut it with Medifast. The weight won’t come off because the body holds onto it. I started weight lifting and aerobics like I used to do, but the scale didn’t move no matter how strict I was with the program. When I cut back on the exercise (20 min a day instead of an hour or more), the scale moved pretty darned quick. I also wasn’t as tired as I had been. Honestly, you don’t take in enough calories or carbs to maintain any energy for heavy exercise. It’s hard to refrain from exercise when you love it, but for a little while it’s best to cut down and give yourself time to lose weight. Then you can go for a 10 mile run and not be pooped:)

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dave July 12, 2010 at 11:44 am

The most I ever ran on Medifast was 9 miles and that was not easy. I was able to drop the weight quickly and stay on medifast with runs of 4-6 miles.

As an FYI, medifast recommends TWO L&G meals a day if you are burning many calories due to physical activity (e.g. physical job, etc). Since your net calorie burn is about 100 calories per mile, 3 of those miles burns off the extra L&G!

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giovanni August 10, 2011 at 7:51 am

How about having an enegy bar with high protein at least an hour prior to your fun. I’ve done that and it has helped.

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Sarah July 16, 2013 at 11:09 am

Hi Christopher,
I am on my second day of Medifast. I am really looking forward to this diet.My one issue is the Lean and green meals.They all look so good but can I make any of those meals? some have taco shells,buns,cheese…ect…. I want to do this diet the right way because after reading so many great stories I know I can make it work. Thank you for taking the time to help me out with this crazy question!!

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Rose July 9, 2010 at 4:15 pm

Hi Christopher, I love your site! I found it while surfing the net looking for Medifast recipes. I started the diet May 15th and have officially been on it 8 weeks tomorrow. I have lost 45 pounds in that short time. I too started the diet at 283 pounds and am working hard to keep strictly to the diet. I have found the most difficult thing to give up was my evening glass of wine (or 2)! I don’t travel like you do but I do have a stressful job which requires a lot of overtime, that combined with two bad knees and terrible eating habits has led to a lot of added pounds. I decided to try Medifast to avoid knee replacement surgery. This diet is fabulous, and I am here to tell you that you can lose those 20 pounds in one month. I too have the same goal for the month of July…of which I have lost 5 this week. I may have to work myself to death at the gym to accomplish it but I will lose that 20 this month. And I wanted to thank you for all the great information you post on your site, without it in the beginning I would have been lost. Good luck to you on your weight loss and thanks for creating this site!!!

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Bev July 16, 2010 at 1:14 pm

I am frustrated because the more weight you have to lose, the more you lose. I lost 20 in 6 weeks time and now, without changing any meals and no cheating on the 5 and 1, I have lost 1 for the past 2 weeks…..
I only want to lose 30, but that last 10 just won’t come off.

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Christopher July 16, 2010 at 2:10 pm

I totally feel you on this. It definitely gets harder the closer you get to your goal. I am actually researching this right now to figure out ways to close in on the goal.

I should have done my Lose 20 Pounds in a Month experiment when I was first starting out, because I think I am going to fall short. I’ve still been losing, but I haven’t lost 10 pounds yet and I am almost to the halfway point.

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Karen August 22, 2010 at 4:32 pm

Please be patient!!! Are you eating every three hours? Are you drinking the required amount of water you need every day? Is the scale needle going backward instead of forward? This is NOT a race. Please stay in gratitude that we have found a way to become healthy and get the weight off of our bodies. I don’t care how long it takes me, I have made the commitment for the long haul. I am in transition after reaching a healthy BMI and would LOVE to go back on the 5&1, because of the convenience and not having to plan and think about, now what am I going to eat. Hang in there, you will get there and guess what? There are going to be a whole lot of us others right there with you at the summit.

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John March 3, 2011 at 8:55 am

Just to clarify a few things that will make it easier for people.

There have been a number of in-depth studies done lately that have conclusively disproven two points that were addressed in the above comment.

1) The timing of your eating during the day has almost NO effect on your metabolism. None. Nil. Zip. Zilch. Nada. It’s going to speed up when it wants to speed up, and it’s going to slow down when it wants to slow down. The only way to actually increase your metabolism (temporarily) is by doing intensive exercise. Period. To put it another way – if you eat 600 calories more than you need, it isn’t going to matter if you eat it spread out over the course of the day, or if you eat it in the morning, or if you eat it right before you go to bed. If your body needs it, it will burn it, and if it doesn’t need it, it’s going to store it as fat. Period. Doesn’t matter when you eat it. The “eat several small meals over the course of the day to keep your metabolism elevated” has been debunked.

However, spreading out the same amount of calories over the course of six meals rather than three IS helpful in a different way: it makes it easier to avoid snacking between meals, since your meals – while smaller – are also closer together, and thus you feel less hungry less often.

2) The ingestion of cold water has been found to have an almost imperceptible effect on the metabolism. Drinking that proverbial “eight glasses” of ice-cold water daily will help you burn perhaps 10 extra calories a day. That’s the amount of calories in ONE plain M&M.

However, drinking more water and less of OTHER beverages (soda, juice, etc.) will obviously help with weight loss, because you’re lowering your total caloric intake.

Hope that saves some people some stress.

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Barbara July 2, 2012 at 3:14 pm

John:

How does your comment above about not eating to rev metabolism relate to keeping not the metabolism but the blood sugar even? I thought that was the point, not the thing about keeping the metabolism up.

When I was doing the Zone (there aren’t many out there I haven’t tried in the last 43 years) its rationale centered on keeping your body in fat burning rather than fat storage mode during the day by manipulating the insulin / glucagon balance through eating small balanced meals. Is that balance another benefit that happens with exercise and without having to tie yourself in pretzels to stay in the zone?

I noticed, by the way, that the Medifast meals are in the same proportion (mostly) as those in recommended in The Zone.

Anyway, it seems like you may have some background in this and it would be good to get your input.

Jane July 16, 2010 at 9:05 am

I will be traveling to another country, how do you take the medfast meals? Will customs let you bring them or do I need to ship them?

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Christopher July 16, 2010 at 2:10 pm

Not sure about this, but I would probably ship it.

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Karen August 22, 2010 at 4:34 pm

My friend, just came back from traveling to China and she took her bars with her. Said they saved her life. She couldn’t eat Chinese food every meal. :-) )

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Dale July 26, 2010 at 7:12 pm

Hi Christopher. I too found your site while looking for lean and green recipes. Maybe I am not understanding some of what is going on because I do go to a MF center weekly. I think of it has my accountability/coaching session. I find that when the scale seems to stand still the next body scan shows an increase in lean muscle mass. Is this part of your situation? Also, due to the amount of weight I have to lose, I am scheduled for 12 weeks of “normalizing my diet” after the weight loss and 52 weeks of maintenance. Are you saying you gained back weight during your maintenance phase?

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Christopher July 28, 2010 at 3:59 pm

Hey Dale, Thanks for your comment and thanks for reading the site. I am definitely getting close to my goal weight and the pounds are not dropping off like they used to. But, I am feeling better than ever and can definitely see muscle growth. So, my overall weight is evening out. It’s exactly what you’re describing. I don’t go to a Medifast center so I don’t have the advanced scans for fat/muscle/etc. But I know that I’m putting on muscle and losing fat.

In August, I will be incorporating a lot more exercise – not high cardio stuff, but a lot of walking, hiking, tennis, push ups and pull ups. I’ll have some before and after pics soon.

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vic August 17, 2010 at 11:44 am

I just started MF because I have been exercising pretty heavily for months now 6x/week and though have lost quite a bit of fat and gained muscle, I want to be smaller all around. And yes, my old diet was not pretty-mainly huge dinners (did not eat alot of calories, just bad calories from fat though). So I was bummed when they said I should cut my exercising back-honestly I haven’t had a problem with detox and feel great exercising as usual, but I am worried I will still not lose on the scale. I am nowhere close to my goal and am already worried about a plateau. Yikes. I am bored of the shakes, but realize they are the quickest way to lose weight. Anybody else feel weird eating one around 9pm at night? Seems a bit late…

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Dale August 29, 2010 at 9:57 pm

Hi Vic,
congrats on starting the program. I haven’t had a shake since the first week. I tell my co-workers that I have turned into a hobbit. First breakfast is usually cocoa (mixed with decaf coffee and blended with ice). Second breakfast is pancakes or bar. Lunch is soup (I like chicken and rice or chili best – I mix and let them sit in fridge until lunch so that I only have to microwave for about 11/2 min.) second lunch is bar, brownie, puffs, or sticks . Lean and green dinner and usually a bar or brownie for before bed snack. As a diabetic this program is great because the meals are balanced and small. The reason for the late night snack is to keep the liver from producing sugar in the early morning hours. I’m averaging 2-3 lbs weight loss a week which is better then I expected. Mixing it up seems to fool my body into thinking it has eaten more than it has. Good luck on the program.

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Vic September 11, 2010 at 1:04 pm

Well, I lost 18 in a month. Close but no cigar…

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brendamegh August 29, 2010 at 4:08 pm

I am beginning the medifast diet on Wednesday when myfood arrives on Tuesday. I have 86 pounds to lose. I am now at 220. When I was younger the weight would just fall off but now it is stuck. I surely hope this will work for me. I was looking for recipes when I found this blog. I think I will try the 20 pounds in one month. Wish me luck and I will keep you updated.

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Lorraine September 5, 2010 at 6:09 am

A year and a half ago I lost 62 pounds trying to eat high protein and low carb and busting my butt at the gym with a trainer. I also took on the mind set that I was just going to “diet” thinking this was just lifestyle change. So, monitoring myself, whenever I got really fed up with all the “same foods” I would simply go off the diet for a meal or two; maybe even a day or two, then go back to work. I didn’t want to deny myself the foods I liked with variety. What I did do differently is only eat HALF the amount of the serving I normally would eat before the diet. For example, I ate one slice of pizza rather than two. I them moved to a new state and life got a bit out of step. I stopped exercising at the gym but kept the eating up. I began to gain!!! I have decided that I am just too old, nor do I have the time to exercise hard with a trainer. It was not realistic for me. When I found medifast and realized I could do this without hard exercise, I was excited. Be patient. I have once again, eating a meal or two “out of the plan” due to work functions. However, the weight is still coming off while slowly. That’s fine with me. I consider this a lifestyle change not a race to see how fast I can loose a certain amount of weight. When things become so unnatural (out of life routine), that is when we get in danger of gaining weight all back! I have finally found what works for a life style change that is “normal.” I watch what I eat, medifast, moderate walking; I am not on “a diet,” I am just living smart.

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Kay Roberts November 12, 2010 at 7:00 pm

That’s the great thing about the Medifast program, all the claims are scientifically based and clinically proven. I lost 23 lbs the first month on the program. I was delighted with the results of sticking to it (no cheating the first 30 days) because just doing lean and green for 4 months and working out everyday, I only lost 10 lbs. So I decided to give the program a try and I was shocked to have lost 23 lbs in the first month (along with 20 inches all around).

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Ang April 18, 2012 at 8:51 am

Hello Kay,
I am very new to MF and I am loving the program so far. I started the program in March, and in as little as 1 month’s time, I’ve lost 20 lbs! My fear is that I won’t do the same for the month of April. One of my biggest challeges is that I had to give up drinking alcohol. But it has been over 6 weeks without a drink. I can do this! I have 45 more lbs to go and I don’t want to become bored. So I’m going to try a couple of new recipes to help challenge myself.

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Becky May 8, 2012 at 12:11 pm

I did Medifast in Sept 2010. By Dec 2010 I had lost 35 lbs. Took a break in Jan got back on somewhat. Did not commit myself like I did in Sept. Kept the weight off until about 6 months ago. My weight is coming back on like a vengance!! Today is day 1 for me. My goal is to lose 10 lbs by next Fri. I know I can do this. I’m glad we have these sites. It’s keeping me motivated. My goal is to lose 100 lbs. I don’t know why I ever got off plan. It works. As a matter of fact it’s the only thing that has worked for me!

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Dan Houser May 14, 2012 at 7:02 pm

Keep it up! I am down 100# and it’s fantastic. I did lose 26 pounds in the first month, but that is a lot easier when you’re 145 pounds overweight.

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Barbara July 2, 2012 at 2:57 pm

It’s also easier if you are a guy. You are supposed to burn one more calorie per pound of body weight per day than we womenfolk do. It’s good to hear you are doing well.

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alefm June 26, 2012 at 12:53 pm

I kind of feel like a freakish sort…I lost 17.8 in the first week and I’ve lost 3.9 in the middle of week two. I realize a lot of it was water weight, but I am very active even though I top the scale at 306.8 when I started. I love to play golf and was fortunate enough to play three times my first week. I’ve played twice in my second week. This isn’t walking though, it’s riding in a cart. I must add that nearly 1/2 of the holes were carts on path only, so one may as well walk. Anyway, I am really ready to shed this weight and I’m determined to make it happen this time.

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Annie Wagner July 5, 2012 at 10:25 am

I am starting back on Medifast again too. When I was on it several years ago I did lose 20 in one month. Talk about motivation!! But then health issues sidelined me for a while. I will be having foot surgery in November and will non weight bearing for a while, so I am hoping to get down some this summer and maybe I won’t gain any back until I can get back on the program. Good luck!!

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alefm July 11, 2012 at 8:28 am

Annie, sounds like a torn tendon operation? That non weight bearing deal is a pain. I used a little scooter thing that I rested my knee on and guided with my good leg. It was not the funnest experience in the world. I couldn’t put weight on my foot for 6 weeks.

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Kelli July 14, 2012 at 10:58 am

I started medifast throught the “Take Shape for Liife” program. It is still the 5/1 plan, but you are given a life coach for free to help you through any questions. I started last Monday and on day 6 I have lost 6 lbs. So I should not be complaining. However the first few days I had no energy, headaches and hungry all the time. But my coach warned me prior to starting that that was exactly what would happen. Im not sure why they do not have you exercise for the first 2 weeks, so I am actually going against all that I believe in. No exercise, no friut, and eating processed food out of a bag. But it is worth a try for me! My son is getting married in a month and I need to loose 20 lbs! Ive lost that before on B-12 diet and low carb but i think my body is now amune to that and I need something new. Just giving up wine, I love wine, should help loose weight in itself. But I need structure on what to eat…so what the heck! I will stick to it for the 4 weeks!

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Edye July 31, 2012 at 3:39 pm

The reason you don’t work out for 3 weeks is to give your body a chance to adjust to the new routine. You can’t really look at this a temporary. It’s got to be a lifestyle change. The Medifast helps you get there, but there is a maintenance phase that you can’t overlook if you really want to maintain the weight loss. I wish you well on your journey. I too have a health coach. Listen to him/her. They have been there before us!

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Mary July 18, 2012 at 1:04 am

I did loose 20 pounds my first month, so it can be done, but I didn’t so much as have one optional snack and picked the leanest meats and lowest carb veggies, and I started out not just overweight, but obese. Also I walked 2-3 miles each night. Also my loss has slowed to about two pounds a week now.

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Paige July 25, 2012 at 10:32 am

Hi Christopher-

I am two weeks into the Medifast plan and I have lost about 5 pounds so far. I like doing it for the most part, especially since I found your website with some tricks to making the food taste better. I also like to eat lean and green. I am not perfect with this either with carnivals, vacations and social gatherings and alcohol. Summer is a busy social time for us, so I have cut out the fruity drinks and have begun using diet soda with liquor and have cut back my consumption as well and amped up my exercise. Just wanted to thank you for your great website and helpful blogs. Much appreciated!

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Edye July 31, 2012 at 3:34 pm

I lost 18.6 lbs in my first month. Had no real issues with hunger or weakness. On month 2 now and doing great! Had one day that I didn’t eat right and didn’t like the feeling at ALL or the results – I gained 3 lbs – so definitely will not ever do that again! Back on Medifast full out now – no cheating – and Loving it and the way I feel!

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Dean August 21, 2012 at 1:47 pm

16.7 lbs at the end of my 3rd week! No issues once I got into fat-burning. It’s very true that you can actually feel when you are in fat-burning. Energy level’s are way up and I feel like doing things I didn’t before. I feel like this is finally the lifestyle change I’ve been looking for. I’ve got 40 more pounds to go though, so wish me luck!

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Louise September 12, 2012 at 9:52 am

Thanks for the encouragement guys!! I just started Medifast today. I’m stoked! I need to lose 30 lbs or more. I know I look forward to the next meal and start feeling hunger an hour after the last meal. I’m hoping that will go away soon, but I’ll go the extra mile this time because nothing worked before.

I’ll be checkin in…

Louise

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Heatherj September 20, 2012 at 7:12 pm

I’m in week four of Medifast and feeling great! I’ve lost 13 so far my goal was 20 and I just saw your site. I started by writing a promise to myself and that’s been my motivation. In the past I haven’t been commuted to keeping my self promises. This has boosted my confidence and helped my positive thinking. Ive also lost 3.6 inches off my waist, I don’t have heartburn any more. My BMI has come down 3 percent. I have more energy for my four kids and son with Autism. I think keys for me have been drinking lots of water more than 64 oz. getting a good nights rest, and reminding myself that food is fuel and I’m making lifestyle changes. Good luck everyone!

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Vanessa October 12, 2012 at 4:16 pm

Most of the postings are so encouraging. This is day 5 of my Medifast “change of life” plan. I miss sweets – chocolate, gum, ice cream, cake – I guess you can tell I’m a junk food addict. I haven’t had any in the last 5 days. I’m trying to commit for 3 months. I need to lose 80 pounds. Wish me luck.

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Sarah July 16, 2013 at 11:24 am

Good luck!!
I am also just starting!!

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SallyB October 20, 2012 at 7:22 pm

Hello to all,
This is a great site ! Just getting my first order together so all of the topics covered are very helpful…… Looking forward to getting started …. The experiences each of you relate helps a rookie feel more comfortable with the process ….. Good luck and I will be joining you soooooooon …. Thanks for this site Christopher, well done and easy to navigate !

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stephanie December 8, 2012 at 2:05 pm

Hello! Im going to be starting MF on Tuesday. i also want to loose 20 lbs. my concern is that i do weights and cardio 4days out of the week and
about 45mins of cardio. am i gonna have to cut down to tha so i can see resuln

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Rhianna December 15, 2012 at 9:56 am

Exercise is a necessary part of losing weight and maintaining your weight loss. If you do not currently exercise, they recommend waiting 2-3 weeks before you begin an exercise program. If you currently exercise, they recommend cutting your exercise program in half for the first 3 weeks to adjust to the new calorie level. Afterward, you can increase the time and intensity of your exercise plan. Listen to your body and only do what it allows.

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Ruby December 11, 2012 at 9:08 pm

Hello all! I start my mf tomorrow and luv that I found this site! I have 88 lbs to lose. I have tried everything & my wt has been on the yo-yo for the last 10 yrs. I am a student & thought with my busy life this can be an easy no-thought process. I know its very restrictive but I am hopefull. I will keep reading these post for lots of encouragement. Good Luck to ya’all!!!

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Debra April 27, 2013 at 6:14 am

Hi, Ruby!
I just found this site and read your post. I have been on the program for 2 weeks and also have about 80 lbs. to lose. I was wondering how you are doing?
Debra

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Pam January 6, 2013 at 10:59 am

Hello all….I am on day 2 and feeling a little overwhelmed, I am really nervous about screwing up the plan, there seems to be a lot of rules, weighing food ect. I chose this plan because it seemed pretty mindless and that’s what I needed for my busy schedule but now reading all the literature has kind of thrown me for a loop. I have reached out to my coach via email but I m sure she is busy as well and takes 2-3 days to get back to me. I am glad I found this site for some support. I have about 60 lbs to lose and I know it’s not a race but seeing results definitely encourages me to stick to the plan. I am interested in the recipes but the ones that don’t require a ton of changes to the product, I really need to keep it easy and fast. I have heard a lot about Walden farms products, do these count as a condiment? And is there a few anyone would suggest that goes well with the MF food? Thanks

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nancy January 14, 2013 at 3:54 pm

hi pam,
i am 3 days into this program. have last 3 lbs but suspect its just water weight. i need to lose 30 lbs and i am nervous too. im hoping to find good recipes for the lean and green. the lettuce wraps on this site were yummy and easy to make. dont have a coach so im hoping the extra motivation will come from hearing how others are doing here. good luck. i hope you have lots of success.

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Carol February 11, 2013 at 5:09 pm

Hi Pam!
My sister turned me on to MediFast – she’s done it 2 or 3 times now…and she recommended to me not to stress over the “weighing” of your food … just use a pretty good guideline and you’ll be fine. I have a food scale I’ll pull out every now and then and realize that what I THOUGHT was plenty of food, was actually less ounces than I thought.
You are probably WAY past this now but I just saw your comment. Hope you’re doing good!

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Christine January 21, 2013 at 12:10 pm

Hi Guys, I am on day 8 of my MF program. I have very supportive coaches, which has been a god send. I have lost 3 pounds even following the program to the letter this past week. I too have the headache, and am still waiting for the energy to kick in. I am 70 years old, so many it takes longer for us old ladies? I was happy to find a sight that tells how to jazz up the food, it does get blah after a while. I have 80 pounds to lose so will be using some of the tips I have been reading, and keep on chugging along. It took a while to put it on, so know it will take a while to take it off too. Good luck out there to all my new MF friends.

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Carol February 11, 2013 at 5:06 pm

Hi! I’m on day 7 of the first time with MediFast. I lost 6 pounds as of this mornings weigh-in, so I’m pretty excited about 6 pounds in 6 days. I only plan on doing this for about 2 – 1/2 weeks to jump start better eating habits and kick my cravings for carbs and sugar!
I also on the 3rd day experienced a narly headache that mostly went away with Tylenol but ‘lingered’ a bit thru the day. I’m more motivated than ever today seeing my scale go from 4 (yesterdays reading) up to 6 pounds lost today!
Gonna try some new recipes on this website – many look really good! Good luck all!!

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Cindy Maddox April 11, 2013 at 11:06 am

Hi, I was wondering, are you still doing this? I came across your website looking for receipes for Medifast and some inspiration. Your’s was great! I’ve been on since 13Feb13, and have lost 21lbs. But I’ve sat at the 21lbs for the past month! That’s a long time to remain the same.
Any kickstart suggestions?
Thanks,
Cindy

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Dan Houser April 16, 2013 at 6:56 am

MediFast doesn’t tolerate cheating. Each drink of alcohol that knocks you out of ketosis is $70 plus 1 week of progress. A drink a week means you are on MediFast FOREVER. Don’t cheat. Pad hunger with 2 glasses of water and 2 stalks of celery, and measure everything.

I lost 29 pound in first 30 days. Down 130, and weight has (largely) stayed off for a year.

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MissT April 23, 2013 at 10:23 am

I agree. I’ve been on Medifast for about a month, but only have been really serious about it for the last 1.5 weeks. My main motivation to not cheat is $$$. I don’t want to waste the time and money (that’s well spent) to get back in fat burning mode because I decided to go off plan. I enjoy seeing the numbers on the scale decrease weekly and I definitely enjoy how I can live without all of the bad foods that caused me to gain this weight. If hungry, I stay out of the kitchen or just drink alot of water.

7lbs down, 58 more to go :-)

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Dan Houser August 3, 2013 at 6:38 am

By not cheating and giving up pop, we actually saw our overall food bills decrease while on MediFast. Snacks, juice, soda,all of those things are empty and add up.

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Liz April 19, 2013 at 7:33 pm

Hi, I love this site! I am at the end of mysecond week of
Medifast, and I feel that the weight is not coming
Off this week. I do like the yellow bars like the s’more ones.
The medifast website says the yellow bars are interchangeable
With the other meals. However, I can not think of another
Reason why I am not losing the weight this week. I usually have 3 bars, two shakes and a very lean and green meal daily. I would love
To hear any suggestions.:) thanks

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Brooke June 24, 2013 at 6:36 pm

Hi Liz,

My Medifast adviser at the center told me that even though the bars are interchangeable with the meals, you should not eat more than one a day because they contain high amounts of sugar alcohol. I bet that is what your problem is!

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Bea May 28, 2013 at 9:49 pm

I lost 14 pounds in two weeks thanks to Medifast, and there’s still two weeks left of the month so I’m sure I’ll lose 20 by then. So don’t give up, it is possible. :)

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Sarah July 16, 2013 at 11:28 am

Could you please tell me what lean and green meals you ate.
I am having a hard time figuring that part out.
thanks

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Kara June 19, 2013 at 2:01 pm

First try I lost 37lbs and 34 inches in 7 weeks with medifast. Then they found cancer and i couldnt be on it when going through treatment. Just started week 3 and im down 16 pounds already.

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Sally Browning June 19, 2013 at 2:39 pm

That is terrific …. I am going along losing 2-3 pounds a week …. Hope this continues …. Feeling very well ….

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Sarah July 16, 2013 at 11:36 am

Hi Kara,
Hope everything works out for you.
I just started the diet so your story helps me move forward.
thank you,
Sarah

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derek July 23, 2013 at 12:13 pm

I have lost 17 lbs in just two weeks. I will be way over 20 in a month!

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Glade M Peterson June 29, 2013 at 9:07 pm

I lost 100 lbs in a little over 4 months being very strict and daily exercise.

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derek August 3, 2013 at 6:25 am

wow, that is great!

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pasqualina July 19, 2013 at 6:36 am

Today is my 14 day omn Medifast and i lost 13 pounds. Really happy!!!

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derek August 3, 2013 at 6:24 am

ok, I just weighed in, and after 4 weeks on medifast i lost 26 lbs! So yes, I did get over 20 in a month! Let’s keep this baby rolling! Medifast is awesome.

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