Medifast Weight Loss Shake

Weight Loss Shakes Make Dieting Simple

When I started my recent attempt to lose 20 pounds in a month, I stripped down my Medifast order to consist only of shakes and crunch bars. When I’m at home, I mix up the weight loss shakes in my Rocket Blender (which is still going strong) with a little ice, but if I’m on the road I pack a few crunch bars. I even have a box in my desk at work.

I love the bars, but in my opinion, the weight loss shakes are really the quickest and easiest path to quick weight loss. Medifast has done an amazing job of rounding out the diet with a wide variety of food options, but the shakes are definitely what have worked best for me.

I’ve tried just about every type of Medifast food, but when it comes to the taste and to the level of “fullness” they provide, the Medifast shakes beat out all the rest. I stick to Dutch Chocolate, French Vanilla, Orange and Banana. A lot of people complain about the shakes getting boring after awhile, but I honestly love starting my day off with one. If you’re getting sick of them, I highly recommend you ditch the shaker cup and blend them with some ice. They taste a lot better, have a more pleasant texture and seem to be more filling.

During my many years of attempting to lose weight through various methods, I’ve actually tried a lot of weight loss shakes: SlimFast, Special K, MuscleMilk and a bunch of other brands I can’t remember. The Medifast shakes are the only one that left me feeling full, content and like my blood sugar levels weren’t spiking all over the place.

If you take a look at the nutritional profiles of the Medifast shakes, you’ll find that they are very nicely balanced when it comes to nutrition. In addition to only containing 90 calories, each shake clocks in with very low sugars and carbohydrates.

Just for kicks, let’s do another Medifast vs. Slimfast comparison using the nutritional information from a Medifast Shake vs. a Slimfast Shake: A Dutch Chocolate Medifast shake contains 90 calories, 1 gram of fat, 8 grams of Sugar and 13 Total Carbohydrates. Compare that to a Slimfast Milk Chocolate Shake which contains 190 Calories, 6 grams of fat, 18 grams of sugar and 25 Total Carbohydrates. The lower counts allow you to have more shakes spread out over the course of a day. This prevents blood sugar spikes and keeps you feeling a little less hungry throughout the day.

This is my 4th day of staying 100% on program. It’s actually been really easy and I am feeling great today. Recently I’ve started so simplify all areas of my life, and even though Medifast is pretty simple to begin with, reducing some of my options has taken some of the thinking out of it. Right now, I’m not even using any of the Medifast Recipes to jazz things up. I’m keeping things simple and minimal.

Current Weight: 210.5

{ 16 comments… read them below or add one }

Linda July 8, 2010 at 8:13 am

Good for you! Your commitment has re-inspired mine. Let’s do this thing. I, too, love the convenience of the shakes and bars. While I worry about what’s going to happen to my habits once I hit maintenance, I continually remind myself that that is weeks, if not months in the future. My weight loss has not been fast, but it has been steady since I started in early May. Don’t miss alcohol, but man, do I miss my home made sour dough bread. (Ok, we won’t go there!)
For those bored with shakes, I wanted to share one tip: coming from NY, I make the occasional ‘egg cream’. No, there’s neither egg nor cream in them. What I do is mix the chocolate shake with half the required water and then top it off with some carbonated natural spring water – think Pelligrino or Perrier. It’s light, quick, refreshing and brings me right back to childhood.
Thanks again for igniting my commitment just when it needed a boost. Best of luck with your weight loss!


Samantha July 23, 2010 at 2:51 pm

I just wanted to give you a great big THANK YOU for creating this website. I have been researching Medifast and had a lot of questions and your site is, by far, the best and most honest I’ve come across. I am so glad you wrote this, as I am ordering my first month tonight, and I was wondering if I could order just shakes. I really think I need the strict regimine. Anyway, thanks for all the great tips, and best of luck to you (and all of us) in your weight loss journey!


Christopher July 28, 2010 at 4:10 pm

Hey Samantha! Thanks for your comment and thanks for reading. I’m glad you’ve found some useful stuff here on the site. I definitely try to keep it real and a lot of the stuff is here for my personal reference. So I’m always happy when I hear that people are getting some use out of it. Please keep us up to date on your Medifast experience. I would love to hear how it goes!


Marty August 7, 2010 at 4:40 pm

Today is my 6th day on medifast and im down 21lbs!! However I was 370 last Sunday, still have a long ways to go. I agree with you the Shakes are pretty good, I have to try them with ice. I ordered soups as well, they could use a little help in the taste dept. Any ideas?? My next order im going to stick more to bars and shakes too. Thanks for your website here, very informative.


Christopher August 12, 2010 at 7:49 am

Hi marty! Thanks for reading and for your comment. That’s amazing about the 21 pounds. Congratulations!

For the soup, I add some Bragg’s liquid aminos and crushed black peppers. I wrote about it here:

This actually makes the soup pretty great! Would love to hear updates on your progress!


Nancy August 17, 2010 at 1:19 pm

For the soups, my husband likes to add Mrs. Dash. It really adds a punch or flavor, but no salt. We have been on the program since March. I following it strictly and my husband on and off. My husband has lost 50 lbs on the program and I have lost 45. Why to men always lose weight faster? Oh well, as long as it comes off I will be much happier. I was looking at knee replacement and now I can walk again without to much pain. Good luck on the program. I am staying on it until I reach my goal.


Patty April 26, 2013 at 9:37 pm

Marty; I am very similar to where you started a couple of years ago. I was just wondering how you did in the long run?


Kathy August 9, 2010 at 6:23 am

Christopher, I too am an Austinite and I have a brother and sister in law who lost over 160lbs together on Medifast. One of the things she taught me was to make a smoothie out of fresca and the fruit punch and she adds about 1/2 cup frozen fruit to the blender. (not to be made in the rocket blender or it will explode). I did very well on Medifast in 2009 and just started yesterday again and am COMMITTED!


Christopher August 12, 2010 at 7:47 am

Hey Kathy! Thanks for writing and great to hear from another Austinite. That’s a good tip on the Fresca and fruit punch. Sounds delicious! Please, keep us up to date on your progress!


Nancy August 17, 2010 at 1:29 pm

Christopher, thank you for this site. I am enjoying reading it. Knowing that others have not dropped the weight quickly has helped. It seemed it was so much easier for all the others I had talked to that it has been frustrating. It is also making me look at my attitude toward food. You brought up a good point. How did I get here in the first place. My goal has been to get the weight off so that I would not have to have a knee replacement and have lost 45 lbs. For a while it was a consistent 2 lbs a week, but recently I slowed down and am ‘lucky’ to drop a pound. I am on the home stretch and would like to reach my goal by the end of September for my birthday. I need to start thinking about what I am going to do in the future to keep the weight off. If I don’t I could be facing the same problem again in the future.


Kristi September 28, 2010 at 6:12 am

Thank you for your hardwork on this website! As a recent junkfood addict, the Lean Green recipes really clued me in to a healthy change. My husband and I have been on a fully comitted Medifast program for 10 days now and have each lost 8 lbs. We’re Texans living at altitude, so adding more H2O, salsa and longer cook time to soups and stews helped them reconstitute in a tastier way. I was pleasantly surprised at the Tropical Punch. Packing an awesome 15 gms of protein its a refreashing warm weather drink.

I’d like to give Medifast a BIG shout out! I love that it’s MADE IN THE USA. Now days there isn’t much made here at home, but these products rock!

Christopher, I’m so proud of the changes you are making! You inspire me to find my healthy self! Keep carrying the torch Brother!


Christopher September 28, 2010 at 7:35 am

Hey Kristi! Great to hear from you and glad that you are doing so well with Medifast. The lean and green meals are great training for when you are transitioning out away from Medifast and back to normal food. I am experimenting with some new recipes now and will get them up on the site as soon as I have them tested and perfected. Keep us up to date on your progress, I would love to hear more!


Christopher October 26, 2010 at 12:16 pm

Hey Kristi – Thanks for you comment. Glad you are enjoying the site. I have to admit I’ve never tried the Tropical Punch but will put it on m list and try it soon. I love that the packages are proudly emblazoned with MADE IN THE USA as well. Always love seeing that and it’s getting more and more rare these days. Give us an update and let us know how you’re doing!


Kendy Walker October 8, 2010 at 1:16 am

I agree with you I find that I lose more when I drink more shakes. I am doing similar to you and just doing mainly shakes and bars, when I can’t make shakes. I have lost 43 pounds in 17 weeks and have 15 pounds to reach my normal weight BMI and 25 pounds to my goal….so the program does work, which you already know 🙂 I like you website, I use your lean and green recipes and like reading about your journey 🙂 Thanks for being an inspiration!


Sue Speiser November 29, 2010 at 9:40 pm

I just started the Medifast Program. Last Wednesday was a week. I think that I did a great job over Thanksgiving. I went to my daughter in L.A. I did not participate in the appetizers or desserts. For dinner, I had 2/servings of the salad, and a little over one slice of breast meat. and a diet root beer.w/no caffine.
My husband and I left Saturday pm. I notice that I don’t eat enough there, whether MediFast or regular food. My doctor put me on this diet. It is my last chance before the Lap Band Surgery that both my husband and daughter want me to do. This I don’t want to do. I never want to see the inside of another Operating Room as long as I live.
Sue Speiser


Karen December 10, 2010 at 10:04 am

I love to use the Vanilla Pudding to make an awesom shake. I have a Ninja Frozen drink maker. I take a 12 oz drinking glass and fill it with crushed ice from the frig. Add to the Ninja and crush finely, add 1 packet of vanilla or choc pudding, add 3/4 cup or a little less cold water and blend. You may need to add a little bit of water to make the consistency you like. I also add 1/2-1 teaspoon of fat-free, sugar-free butterscotch pudding mix to add flavor. You could use any flavor of the fat-free, sugar-free pudding mix. As you reach maintenance, add a few choc. chips when blending. Yummo!! for me this is the perfect ending to the day as I unwind.


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