I often hear from people who either anticipating starting Medifast soon or who have just started the diet. They often want to know what sorts of things or experiences they might expect. Common concerns are questions like how hungry will I be? How will I feel? Will I like the food? And, how much weight can I expect to lose right out of the gate? I will try to address these questions below and will also try to give you some idea of you might expect to experience on your first week of Medifast.
You May Be Hungry, But You May Not Be As Hungry As You Expected: It's common sense that anytime you take in less calories or fats than what you are used to, your body may have some adjusting to do. This can result in feeling hungry and many people expect this going in. But a good number of people have told me (and I agree) that they were not as hungry as they thought or feared that they might be.
Admittedly, the portion sizes tend to be small. But to compensate for this, you are given quite a lot of those small meals. If you're on any variation of the 5 plus 1 Medifast plan (and most are,) you'll be taking in five of those small meals and one larger meal every day. If you figure out the math on this and look at the 12 hour period during which most of us are awake and going about our day, this is you eating every couple of hours which I truly believe is one major contributor factor to keeping the hunger at bay, which leads me to my next point.
Having To Eat So Many Times During The Day May Be Annoying At First: On the one hand, eating often means that you are not as likely to become all that hungry. But on the other hand, it does mean that you'll have to make the time to eat several times throughout the day. Although the prepackaged foods are convenient and do not require a lot of preparation (and some do not require any,) you still are going to have to make the time to eat.
Yes, I've heard people say things like “well how hard is it to unwrap a protein bar and eat it while going about your business?” This is a valid point, but when you are used to sitting down or fitting in only three meals per day, sometimes moving up to six is an adjustment. However, I find that most people adjust to this pretty quickly, especially if there are seeing some results already.
Expect Varied Results And Know That Week One Is Just The Beginning: Probably one of the most common questions I'm asked is: “how much weight can I expect to lose in the first week on Medifast?” There's no one answer to this. Some people report losing more than they anticipated. Some were right in line with what they expected or with what the guidelines suggest (2 -3 pounds per week.) And some end up just missing the mark.
Sometimes, there is no rhyme or reason to this. People who cheat sometimes still lose more weight than expected and people who do not deviate from the instructions at all can fall just short. But what I sometimes find is that the next week will often even things out. It's important to remember that one week does not dictate your end results. Your weekly results are likely going to vary somewhat and, when you are finished with this diet, are you really going to remember (or even care) how much you lose each and every week? Or are you only going to care what your end results were? I would suggest not getting heard up in the day to day or week to week results. Instead, get caught up in the process and in learning new habits and believe that the results will follow.
Expect That You Might Worry Or Wonder If You Are Doing Something Wrong: I remember over analyzing this diet in the beginning because I was used to diets where you had to do a lot of work or where you were required to learn something new. An example is learning how to cook without a lot of carbs on the zone diet or learning to tally up points on weight watchers. So, when you're starting Medifast and all you really have to do is to just eat what they send you and then fix only one meal on your own, it can feel as if you are missing something.
You are often learning more than you think. At the end of the process, you often find that you've actually learned a new way of cooking, eating, and planning through your “lean and green meal.” And you've learned to feed yourself small and regular meals to get your metabolism at optimal levels, but you often are not realizing it at the time.