I get asked this question quite a lot. People often do a little research and learn that they’ll need to eat five of the Medifast meals each day, as well as one of the larger “lean and green meals” (which most people often prepare for themselves). They wonder what this means for their daily schedule.
Yes, in total, you will be eating six times a day. Although there are no set requirements on the timing of the meals you will consume to achieve this, many people eat every two hours or so. But many people worry about this program before trying it. But, it is not as difficult as it seems and there are good reasons for it. Eating often ensures you’re not as hungry, maintains energy and blood sugar levels, and supports your body as it enters ketosis (or fat-burning mode). In the next article, I’ll give you an example of what to eat and when in an attempt to give you an idea of what life on Medifast might be like.
I often have breakfast before work around 7:30. Usually I’ll eat oatmeal or eggs. If I’m in a hurry, I wrap the eggs in a fat-free tortilla to eat on the run. My job dictates that I’m very busy in the morning and things don’t really slow down until around 10:30. This is when I usually have my morning snack. Since the morning is my busiest time, I’ll usually have a bar because it’s so convenient and quick.
Lunch is usually one of the soups and I prefer the chili. I like it because I can wrap it up (like eggs) and be on my way. Lunch around 1:00. I often walk a bit with my co-workers to burn a little more calories in my day. So I don’t think about this diet again until around 3:00 when I have my snack. If I’m in a hurry, I’ll usually have one of the shakes ready to drink. If I have time to sit down and enjoy my snack, then I might go for the brownies or the pudding.
I have access to a refrigerator and a small kitchen at work. But you can prepare your Medifast meals ahead of time and just grab them if you’re limited at work or school. I usually eat my “lean green food” for dinner. I just find this easier as dinner is the only time of day I have time to prepare a meal. Also, I am cooking for my family in any way at the moment. But, I feel I should mention that you could have your lean and green at any time that works best for you. If I’m having breakfast or lunch at a work meeting and I need to eat at a restaurant, I sometimes change it to eat my main meal at those times.
So, so far, I have eaten four Medifast meals and my lean and green food. This means I only have one more left. What I eat for my late night snack (usually around 7:00 am) just depends on my mood. If I have a good workout that night, I sometimes put the Medifast fruit drinks on top of shaved ice to make a snow cone to cool me down. If I’m just watching TV and relaxing, I might as well have the fries. If I know I won’t be home late in the afternoon, I sometimes have this sixth meal early in the morning.
In this case, I could have the cappuccino or latte as soon as I get up in the morning. Then I’ll continue with breakfast a few hours later. There are no hard and fast rules here. Doing what works best for you is fine, as long as you eat relatively regularly for fuel and eat all five meals plus lean, green food.
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