Saturday, March 29, 2014

The Nutrisystemization of Medifast: Don't Get Lazy on Your Lean & Greens

With the three new Flavors of Home microwavable Lean & Green meals in a pouch, Medifast could be treading dangerously into Nutrisystem and Jenny Craig territory.

One major difference between Medifast and these other diet programs is that Medifast has always required participants to prepare or purchase one meal per day that meets specific amounts of lean protein, veggies and fats.

Though the five replacement meals are no-brainers, you actually have to think about and plan your Lean & Green. For me, learning to create the L&G meals was a helpful tool in creating new habits I still maintain.

Medifast is promoting the Flavors of Home meals -- Turkey Meatball Marinara, Chicken with Rice & Vegetables and Chicken Cacciatore -- as occasional back-ups for those busy days when it might be otherwise difficult to comply with the plan. And I'm totally cool with that.

My concern is that some people may rely too heavily on the pre-packaged meals and never learn how to construct the Lean & Green meal on their own.

Some people new to Medifast
may be too lazy to learn how to prepare
their own Lean & Green meals
Since I'm all about easy and convenient, I'm glad this option was not available when I lost my 35 pounds with Medifast. I personally may have taken the easy path and not forced myself to prepare or purchase the meals on my own.

As with most things, the bottom line is moderation. You can drink a glass of wine without becoming a wino on Skid Row. If you're new to Medifast, consider using the Flavors of Home meals as infrequent emergency meals and allow yourself to develop the skills and habits you'll need to be a life-long loser.

You can purchase Medifast replacement meals directly from Medifast Centers, the Medifast website or -- for less cost -- through the co-branded website of a Medifast TSFL health coach. Medifast does not recommend purchasing its products from third party vendors, but if you choose to do so, you can find them on both Amazon and eBay.

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