Diet Plans & Programs: The "Skinny" on Popular Diet Plans

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You are a great writer and your story of weight loss is one that I share. Take care of the siblings. The plan also allows food substitutions for those of you who are transitioning away from meat, eggs and dairy. This diet claims that the cause for obesity "is simple: I love how easy to follow they are. I think my case is unusual, but again, if you are borderline hypothyroid I really feel Medifast is NOT a good program for you.

Program offers 12 weeks of meal replacement to help you lose weight.


I mix the choc. All food cravings were taken away. I started this diet on May 1 At the end of 8 weeks I was down 34 lbs and had reached my goal of a BMI of Started at 31 It is hard to not cheat on this diet but if you tough it out you do get the results! I am very pleased. Most of the flavours are too sweet for me, but the coffee one is nice.

Works really well when you follow the program and have the 3 shakes and veggies only in the intensive period. I also meant to add that when I started the diet.

In the first month I lost 33 pounds and feel great. For me it was tough to follow the diet because I like to eat but I didn't cheat. I plan to go for another 4 weeks, so I will be on the diet for 8 weeks and then move off to eating healthy while continuing to work out. I would highly recommend this diet. It got me results faster than I thought it would. His suits are impeccable. Name from growing up. I will wake up some and not be so picky cranky.

I am starting Optifast today on a part-time basis, mixed with vegetable and fruit, until I get clinical help for a more structured guidance. I have already lost 35 kilos, without Optifast, but by simply eating a lot less, minimizing carbs and doing lots of swimming. I regained 5 kilos recently because I ate more and did a lot less swimming. I need to loose two dress sizes before April, so I can fit into a coat I am wearing to a Wedding. So, I shall see if blending in Optifast, will help me reach my short term goal, then look at modifying what I do for long term weight maintenance.

I would really like to lose another 40 or 45 kilos. I have been on optifast for 16 weeks. I started at and now weight The first two weeks are hard. I have now a total cholorestrol of I am on half blood pressure meds. I now am in transition to food.

Each week I learn so much in this program. Started the program 5 weeks ago. Ive lost 8kgs to date. Shakes are fine tasting, I stick to banana, chocolate, strawberry and caramel. Others have put in flavour essences in to mix it up e.

Soups are ok, I like vegetable best. Recipes for additional allowances are really nice and varied and Optifast Aust Forum members are always posting good food allowance recipes. Drinking 2 litres of water a day is acheivable by having a water bottle nearby and drinking regularly. I have not cut out my morning coffee with 2SM, it hasnt affected the outcome. Ive been to dinner 3 times in the 5 weeks, I made healthy choices and didnt suffer.

I exercise at least hours a week. He walks times per week an hr at a time. I came into the program via a friend who is kg 6'2. I was 85 5'3. We stated together and post each other our daily weights to keep ourselves motivated and provide support.

Both of us at times have had great weeks and slow weeks. We keep reminding each other its a marathon not a sprint. I m happy I started it. Not hungry, or light headed.

Ive stayed active and its working for both of us. I'm really happy I am learning to eat less on Optifast instead of being seduced by mega food company's intense marketing. I like the tastes and my nutritionist recommends the products as very balanced nutritionally.

This is contrary to my many former diets. Loved the program and lost 50 lbs in 3 months without excersize. I have kept it off. The secret is to eat better and often once you lose it. I also work out 3 days a week. I have never felt so good. Re the entry in the list of 'Pros' for the Optifast program which states "Great tasting meal replacement shakes".

I sincerely feel that statement is misleading. I appreciate and recognize that taste is subjective. I saw your blog posted somewhere…. I can not wait to read more and see what advice I can gain from you!

Right now i feel like you back when you joined the YMCA.. Thank you for sharing your story.. I love your blog, your perspective, your word choices, your recipes. Thanks so much for sharing. I just discovered it today. I really appreciate your inspiration! I am so glad I stumbled upon this. Much like you, I grew up in the kitchen. Much like you, I adore good! Much like you, I also have sciatica although I have that nagging pain in my right buttock- not my left. And much like you, I never really enjoyed the gym, although I love being active if that makes sense.

I also just recently moved to Seattle, and I sold my car. I walk to work now 2 mi round trip and everywhere else I can. I hope that my lifestyle change can help me succeed like it has for you. You have inspired me to stay positive and keep trying. I have to ask… in your exercise history, where were those hiking pictures taken? I thought to myself they looked like Mt. Then again, every hiking picture makes me think of Mt.

I love this blog…found it just now on pintrest. Your blog is incredible — so beautifully-crafted and organized… I simply want to gobble it up!

You are definitely being book-marked: I love that you are so real! I love this blog, and I hate blogs — I tend to find them boring: I also adore that you have a firm grasp on the English language and grammar weird, I know, but verbiage really bothers me! I have been reading your blog for a couple of weeks now after stumbling across it on Pinterest, and I just had to tell you how much I adore you and your site. As a college student, you make weight loss and maintenance seem attainable—not an easy feat.

Thank you for sharing your story. You really are an inspiration… And quite witty, I might add! This is such a cool blog. There are so many blogs yet so few that really get a person. Bookmarking for many futures.

I just found your blog while searching Pinterest for yummy recipes… you are an inspiration! Thank you for writing everyday and telling your story the good and bad. I love your heartfelt writing, your candor and your honesty.

I resolve to plan ahead with lunch this year. I do pretty well on dinners but love the prepare salad veges ahead of time idea. I am also loving the fluffy oatmeal recipe, off to try it now although here in Australia is it 30 degrees celcius here, our summer and may be a little hot! I love the plan ahead nature of breakfast too. If I was to make a massive pot for five days would I just times all the ingredients by 5? I am so excited to find this site.

Thank you for sharing your story with everyone, I am happy to know that there is someone out there that did look like me and successfully changed there life, I have been up and down on my weight since I can remember, I have started eating right and exercising more, but I do enjoy the good things but in moderation. Thank you and good luck on your ventures. I love your site. I am so glad I found it. I was at my heaviest recently lbs and I am now down to and my first goal is to reach lbs. Thank you for sharing your very inspirational and motivating story.

I am so excited to hear that you are writing 2 books. Thank you so much Amy! Yes, the first book to be released Spring will be a weight loss memoir. The second is a cookbook: I just happened upon your blog and love, love, love it! I came across your blog through Pinterest. I am so inspired by your story and your journey! I also struggled and continue to sturggle with my weight. Hearing your story is def great motivation and inspirational. I cant wait to try some of your recipes and i also cant belive you lost weight in Italy!!

So excited to start my journey. First of I am from Walpole so this is exciting and am currently in the whole weightloss stage, I have more to loose than you and you are inspiring.

It makes me feel so good to read this blog and encourages me. I just need to make changes and move more. Thank you for this. So I have finally decided to leave a comment. I come and check on your blog about twice a week for the past year or so. Can You Say for Dinner?

I literally had to come to this post to find that your name is Andie. So hello Andie Mitchell, my name is Kyle. I just wanted to thank you for the many amazing recipes and stories. I have been a pescetarian for the past 4 years and your blog gave me that love for food again.

Seeing your pictures of the beauty of food has made me appreciate it again. It has really grown into a passion for me, thanks to you. So I just wanted to thank you. His all time favorite is the Roasted Broccoli. He can never have enough!! I have tried 2 of the recipes already and am doing another tonight. I am diabetic and trying to lose 35lbs and you have recipes in here that I can eat and not feel guilty.

I love Your blog. The recipes are a blast and fun! And thanks for sharing your journey. So appreciate What You Do! You are a great writer and your story of weight loss is one that I share. I will be back for more. I found your blog from a recipe posted on Pinterest by one my favorite authors Laurie Notaro.

I have been eating better and living a generally better lifestyle for a few months now, and all the good ideas I can find, the better! Thanks for the help!!! I have struggled with my weight for most of my 39 years. Thank you for sharing…. What a wonderful, inspiring blog!! Thank you so much for sharing your journey with us— and continuing to do so: I am so excited to have found you! You are honest with yourself and here on your blog.

You have given me inspiration to be a better person for me. The candy store by my house makes a jalapeno stuffed with peanut butter, dipped in chocolate. They ship too, but I think that you should make them and then make a blog post about how to make them, so I can make them too!

I love your website. I have been overweight all my life, like you I reached a point not long ago where it was scary… so far I am 20lbs lighter and still moving.

The sad thing is I actually work in fitness, I help other people get healthy but for a long time I had a false perception of myself.

Your blog has added a whole new outlook to some of the ideals I have been looking into. I just wanted to say thank you! I will recommend this to many of my clients. I am embarking on this journey myself.

Your blog is my new favorite website! You are a gem and an absolute inspiration! I look forward to your books. I am officially your new fan: So hello, my name is Michelle and I am now an official Andie follower: I just spent the last several minutes reading through your weight loss journey.

I am now hoping to keep coming back and checking in on you and your blog. I have to tell you, that your story was so impressional not only because of the success, but also because in the one photo of you with a friend uncovering a grill, you look so much like my own 20 year old daughter! We have both been eating healthier for the past few months and we have both taken off over 15 pounds, but we have a long ways to go.

You are a real cutie! Great choices of food and recipes. Absolutely great food photography. Hello beautiful lady and lover of food, A friend of mine who follows my blog shared a link with me, your fab blog and I am so glad to meet you. Please come to my blog and we will have a cup of musings together. We have much in common. I am also hoping to publish a book which would be the ultimate achievent for a whimsical dyslexic but quietly determined chocolate lover like me.

Just another thing, how do you even go about being published? I have a great idea and almost manuscript for a book but I dont know what to do now? I found the buffalo chix wraps on Pinterest, then read more of your blog.

Interesting story, great writing. Funny I have been a runner from high school. But I do think geez…do I have to work out the rest of my life? It feels great to be healthy and strong, but sometimes it feels like an endless chore! I cried all the way through your bio posts… Everything you said, from the injury to the semester in Italy, resonated with me. I am rethinking my goals as I begin my get-healthy journey. I am going to stay tuned for whatever else you have in store!

I nominated you for the Sunshine Award! You can find the picture at http: Rules for the Sunshine Award: Link the award to the person who gave it to you. Answer the questions that come with it. Pass it along to 10 people and let them know they have received it. Hi Andy I love your travel adventures, my boyfriend and I are planning on going to Cancun this summer, coud you tell me how did you transport from Cancun to Belize and CostaRica at a low cost?

You are hilarious, gorgeous, real, fantastic, and addictive. Maintaining is my biggest fear looming somewhere in the future — thanks for calming me down. I just love your website! The more I find in it, the more I love it.

I found you on Pinterest and am so glad I did! Thank you for sharing your journey…and you recipes! I found your website looking for a whipped frosting. I look forward to reading about your weight loss and how to keep it off. I stumbled across this page thanks to pinterest! I have been trying to get into a more healthy habits like eating and exercising, but the food I always see looks horrible and I am not a big fan of exercising either!

After reading a few of your blogs so far, I am truly inspired to lose some weight and even become Paula Deen along the way. Your recipes look amazing and you are truly an inspiration for many!

I will definitely be purchasing both of your books once they are on the market! A beautiful story from a beautiful person. You are where I dream to be one day. P and now I am on the path at 7 or so lbs. Interestingly I have found through journaling that my eating habits though not the best were not the main problem. I need to constantly remind myself to just get up and move every day and things will happen.

Your bit about the green field being the same whether you are lying and crying or spinning and laughing… well something to that effect have touched me!

Andie, I just came across your site today, and just spent the past two hours reading as much as I could! You are an extremely good writer, and I feel as if I know you by just reading your words.

Your journey amazes me and inspires me, and I guess I just want to say thank you. I look forward to trying some of your recipes, and because of you I now have a strong sudden urge to go on a nice relaxing walk. I love your site and thanks for the granola bar recipe yesterday!

Looking forward to knowing more about you and your recipes. I am really looking forward to trying out your recipes they all look so delicious and healthy! I think your recipes will be a great help over the next year!! Accidentally found your blog while searching for can tuna recipes and loved your blog!

Your story is so inspirational and so true! Thanks for sharing your story and keep me motivated: Thanks for sharing your story and keep me motivated! I have no words except WOW! You are an amazing person, and an inspiration for so many! I was searching for dinner ideas on Google and your site came up.

I clicked on it and began reading, and was teary-eyed when I finished! Thank you, thank you for sharing your life story. I am going to read every single post on your site! Reading about your exercise history and what you miss from pounds ago help to put a lot of things into perspective. Thank you for your experience and your honesty.

Thanks for taking the time to share! Happened to find your blog by chance on pinterest! And never too late to write about it either-thanks for the inspiration! I nominated you for the Versatile Blogger Award! I just finished reading your entire blog.

All the stories and scanned a few recipes. I laughed and cried. But mostly just gave myself time to chew on the truths presented and how they mirrored many of my own struggles. Thank you for sharing you life, heart, struggles and triumphs! I have been blessed by you and your blog this morning.

And, have taken away many nurturing offerings that I will continue to chew on and apply to my life. I am currently in the midst of my weight lost journey and when I started, I tried to find other success stories from women of my same height and weight… which is incredibly close to yours… and also I love food… good food… and travel. After reading all of your post I found a kindred spirit. Someone who loved the feel of good fashion and cheap junk food: Your blog has been an inspiration and above that I adore really good writing, which you master in a wonderful, simple, enthralling way.

I stubbled upon your blog and I have been reading for 2 hours now! You are my new inspiration! I have slowly been losing for the past 2. I focus on food instead of the people or activity at family gatherings and social events.

I research healthy eating, plan meals, make grocery lists. Food consumes my life and I feel trapped in a prison. When I try to control my portions and diet, I miss the quantity of food- not the type of foods necessarily. What I really want is love from my parents. Addiction to food does seem the hardest to break free from compared to all other addictions. We need food to survive. There are times I wish I could. I envy people who eat without having any thoughts or emotions while they eat.

Trying to work my way back to good health and promising my body that I would never do anything like that again. We were told that they do not give refunds. I told the center reps that I am lactose intolerant.

The shakes are suppose to be low lactose, but after a week I could not go to the bathroom. I finally emailed Medifast and received their list of no lactose products. I no longer drink the shakes, only their punch. When I told the center reps that I obtained the list thru email, then they said they could have given me a copy of the list!!! I have now lost 24 lbs.

The center reps are suppose to be councilors, but are working on commission. A couple of reps have lost a lot of weight, but not all of it on Medifast. How can someone who had not even tried the diet advise me? Instead of 5 Medifast meal replacements a day, I do 3 a day. Here is what is working for me:. I have one for breakfast or half a cup of Bran Buds with a little hot water. MF allowes a half a cup of Jello a day, so I eat it at breakfast, too.

I have been walking 5, steps. I am happy at losing more than 2 lbs a week. I will not quit, just modify it to work for me. I only buy enough meal replacements for my 3 a day. The 1st week, they insisted that I buy their supplements. I found the same at Costco for a lot less.

I hope this helps someone. But as soon as I stopped their plans, the weight slowly came back. Plus, talking with my doc, the FL4I diet is not very good for the system. Dropped 3 pant sizes and lost total overall inches! I have stepped off the plan a number of times due to family gatherings, vacations and a wedding and was surprised at how little weight came back. My husband and I were eating out every night due to his strange work schedule and I just set the time that I want to cook mostly on the BBQ or grill , eat and have his meal waiting for him.

I also work out on Wii Active, swim in a resistance pool, ride a recumbant bike as well as walk the mall. I am now up to 50 minutes of exercise a day and feel absolutely great! I am allergic to artificial sweeteners and found most of their meals do not include them.

I have found the types of meals that suit me and taste the best: Their Antioxidant shakes, chocolate pudding, their new crunch bars are yummy, as well as their Momentum cappuccino and Chai Latte. I highly recommend this diet to anyone! Just be sure to make regular visits to your doctor especially if you are on any medications to make sure the dosages are adjusted accordingly.

It has changed the way I look at food! Which, for me, is a wonderful thing: Been on Medifast for a week. Did Herbalife in and lost 50 lbs…. By end of 9 month went from a size 24 to a Must drink lots of water on each…and be strict on the diet plans. Preference for me is Medifast. Take Metamucil or some other fiber supplement. Concerning putting on weight again, Medifast helps you break bad eating habits and lifestyle changes. If you revert back to cheeseburgers and beer with no exercise , of course you will gain it all back.

I tried Nutrisystem and thought the food was pretty bad. Jenny Craig is expensive. And exercise and no alcohol! It messed with my metabolism. I could only eat real food once a day, and only meat and vegetables. Yeahhh… not quite the best plan out there. I am so sick from Medifast, gassy and bloated all the time, feeling full and just terrible.

What is wrong with me? Medifast is a great diet! If you are disciplined to do it and have the mind set to succeed you will be successful! I have lost 50 pounds since January I workout times a week and make sure I drink lots of water. I lost 65 pounds using Medifast and have kept off all but about five pounds for a year now.

It requires a lot of discipline but it is worth it. Make sure you drink at least the 64 ounces of water recommended. The way I look at success with Medifast is this: It induces a relatively mild state of ketosis and if you really stick with the plan, you will lose weight and lose it rapidly.

My faults with the plan: I am not that overweight and I enjoy running, so the calorie count is a little low for me and others who are already active.

Medifast is overly expensive. Also, as others have stated, it is important to be committed to maintenance! No matter what diet or lifestyle change you are attempting, you will backslide if you reach your goal and then slack off.

Those of us who carry extra weight have to be constantly vigilant about our diet and exercise. Best wishes to all! This is my all-time favorite diet. My chocolate obsession is satisfied with the chocolate shakes.

This diet really works, i lost 65 pounds in year. I recommend you try! My sister went on it and lost 70 lbs…not to mention that her gall bladder and kidneys shut down and she was hospitalized!! Great diet if you want to live on less than 1, calories a day. Products are full of soy and most taste awful. Yes weight loss can be rapid, just like the rate of weight you will re gain once you start putting real food in your mouth.

Try LA Weight Loss if you want to eat real food and lose weight at a reasonable pace. Add up what Jenny Craig would be costing you! Best weight loss program ever!

Because of the increase in your health! Live longer, feel better and look awesome! Oh and sleep like a baby. Reviews and Costs — Medifast is a low-calorie rapid weight loss plan using meal replacements alongside solid food. Medifast currently offer the following programs: Medifast Go The Go plan includes 5 meal replacements.

This is the easiest plan to follow, and aims for faster weight loss. Medifast Flex The Flex plan includes 4 meal replacements.