How Fast Does Medifast Work?

I get a lot of questions about the Medifast diet, but some of the more common concerns are about how it works, whether it really works, and how quickly it works.  In terms of speed, common questions are “how fast will Medifast work for me?;” “how much weight can I lose per month on Medifast?;” or “how long will it take me to lose 10, 20, or 30 pounds, etc.?”  I’ll try to answer these questions in the following article.

The Whole Key To Losing Weight Quickly On Medifast: Before I tell you the best way to accomplish this, I want to quickly explain how the program works.  You’ll eat six times per day.  For all but one of these meals, you’ll eat the company’s prepackaged meals.  But, for the last one, you’ll prepare a “lean and green meal” yourself.  This meal is to consist of lean protein and low glycemic vegetables.  The whole concept focuses on consuming a low amount of calories and carbohydrates and a high amount of both protein and fiber.

And, because of this scenario and because of the fact that you’re consuming about 1200 calories per day, your body is going to be lured into a fat burning state called ketosis.  This is where you begin to lose the weight pretty quickly and dramatically.  So, the whole key to fast Medifast weight loss is getting into fat burning mode as quickly as you can and to stay there.

Now, typically ketosis takes about 2-3 days.  You can test yourself to see if you’ve reached this by using urine ketone strips. You can get these at most drug stores or super centers (often in the diabetes section.)  There are some things that you can do to push this along.  You should not skip any meals.  There’s a reason that you’re eating six times and that reason is that you need to do this to keep your metabolism steady and strong. 

Second, you can chose well for your “lean and green” meal.  A big part of ketosis is consuming very low glycemic foods.  The company takes care of this on their end but you will have to handle this when you prepare the one meal yourself.  The company provides you with information as to which choices are the lowest to highest on the glycemic index.  At least at first, when you’re trying to initially get into ketosis, chose the vegetables that are the lowest on the scale.

Third, you can move a bit more.  You probably don’t want to go over board while you are adjusting to the diet, but if you can burn an extra 100 calories or two, this speed up your weight loss because you’re burning more calories than you’re taking in or a higher level.  Again, you don’t want to exhaust yourself or deplete your body, but power walking or fun but physical activities like dancing or rollerblading with your kids can pay dividends in a few ways.

What Results Can I Expect?: The company says that typical weight loss on this program is 2-5 pounds per week. Obviously, to lose weight quickly, you’ll want to be on the highest end of the scale.  Still, at the end of the month, both results are decent.  If you were on the 2 pound track, you’d still have a 8 – 10 pound loss at the end of the month.  With a 5 pound weekly loss, you’d have lost over 20 months by the end of the month.  But, to get on the higher end of the scale, you must get in ketosis quickly. The company does a lot of the work for you, but the choices that you make and the amount that you move is up to you.

Lindsey’s Medifast Review Website features a list of all of the foods (including design a menu), recipes, videos, tips, coupons ($ 50 off or two weeks free),information and products related to success on this diet. She also offers a free ebook (“Getting The Most Out Of Medifast”) to help you get started. You can visit her at

Lindsey Price often writes about medifast and has published a free medifast ebook called “Getting The Most Out Of Medifast”.  You can get a free copy at

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