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Got a question... Did the Medifast Diet work for you? Thanks in advance for any answer or 2. Another question I got... Hi, I am trying Medifast the second time around, last time tried 4 years ago. I remember filling my page with all the great motivators and reading all of the threads from people in the same boat, but I became like a lot of the others on here, GONE in 60 seconds (or at least in under a month)..

I am waiting on the delivery of my order and I just wonder what it takes to not disappear like so many good hearted people have, I wonder what the success rate is with this plan..

The "good news" is I don't really remember exactly why I stopped the plan the first time, but I think I didn't feel good on it after two weeks and that was with MD oversight. But a few weeks ago I was talking to someone who is back on Medifast and she feels that she just didn't drink enough water and I would say that may have been my issue. I am not a big drinker of anything, even now..

Is it ok to say "hey I am scared, I don't want to fail" but I wonder at the same time how many people fall off in the first weeks never to return and how do those of you that do continue find that way to make sure you get beyond those early days...

asked Apr 28 at 13:57

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I'm stumped. I'm not so sure what is the answer to your question. I'll do some poking around and get back to you if I bump into an answer. You should email the people at Medifast as they probably could give you help..

answered Apr 28 at 14:10

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I think it is natural to be scared. I doubt there are many people who do Medifast that are first time dieters. Many have tried and failed to lose. I have tried almost every diet, in fact I probably started a new diet every week for about 15 years. I tried Medifast a few years ago and stopped after about 1 week..

I really think that success on Medifast or any diet is mostly mental. I believe, and there are many studies to back this up, that you can lose weight on any diet. It has to be the right fit for you and you have to be ready to lose the weight. I don't think I have been ready in the past and that is why I failed, not that I just hadn't found the "miracle" diet. My motivations for weight loss and how I feel about myself have changed. I was nervous when I started MF, not because I was afraid this would be another failure, but because I felt like something inside me had changed and I could do it.



I suggest you look at your motivations and feelings about losing weight and why you chose Medifast as your diet plan. Maybe Medifast won't be the right fit for you, maybe it will. But really take the time to figure out what you need to be successful. It is all about you when it comes to dieting, not the diet..

I hope you do well and find your path. If you do decide to stop MF, don't think of it as failure. If you cheat, don't beat yourself up. You will find something that works if you keep looking...

answered Apr 28 at 15:11

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I've been on the plan one week and one day. I've not felt deprived, in fact I've felt full. I have avoided social situations (easy since it's only been 8 days.

, but I think if I just plan ahead and make sure I have my food that it will stay this easy..

I'm determined that if, no make that WHEN, I get this weight off, it is staying off! Mark my words!.

I wish you all luck and tulipmgr, that's fantastic that your whole family is in on it!!.

Success to us all!!..

answered Apr 28 at 15:58

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These stories are so inspirational! I had the same fear before I started, it took me a long time to begin for fear of failing again..

But I'm in my third week and going strong (nearly 14 pounds down as of this morning!).

I see this as a long term plan. I didnt' eat much to begin with (gained 100 pounds in under a year due to an endocrine disorder caused by a large tumor in my pituitary gland, plus steroids to ease symptoms of another brain tumor which I'm having surgery for at some point.) But I digress..

For me, my morbid obesity was becoming a scary situation... I'm 47, in early menopause, and with a terrible family history of strokes, diabetes, and early death. My mother, who has been morbidly obese since her 20's, is now 70 and in horrible, horrible health. She has diabetes, is in a wheelchair (can't walk due to ruined joints) venous and articular insufficiency (meaning that her blood doesn't circulate very well), incontinence due to obesity (she had surgery and it failed), and worst of all, a large wound that doesn't heal and active MRSA in that wound. She's in constant, severe pain (not even morphine helps sometimes) and spends her time in at home in a hospital bed with visits from a home health care nurse. We can't find a nursing home for her b/c nobody will take her with active MRSA.

The two of us spend many days transporting her to doctor's appts., rushing her to the ER when the infection spreads, etc..

She was discharged from the hospital b/c the doctors agreed they couldn't do anything to help her. But she's not dying. She could live for years like this, but what kind of life is it?.

Anyway, I'm really frightened...I look at her and see myself in 20 years! So this is my last-ditch attempt to get healthy. Due to my endocrine disorder, no conventional diets worked for me. My doctor agreed to monitor me on Medifast (which I read about in freedom99's blog), and I'm doing great!.

So I am committed! I have a little boy, and a husband with cancer, so I definitely need to be around (and healthy!) for a long, long, time!.

Hugs, Maria..

answered Apr 28 at 16:16

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I'm finishing week 7, and just ordered another $500 of food. I love this diet. All the benefits of an Adkins or South Beach ketosis diet, with the added benefits of "bread" and/or "cake" products, not having to cook from scratch all the time, and feeling so incredibly awesome!!! Here are the things that've helped me stay OP:.

1. Commit yourself to the plan, and see the commitment fully through..

I belong to several groups, I blog, and stay in regular communication with friends. Instead of getting emotional soothing from food, now I get it here - from other MFers. These connections and activities keep me committed. I also made a plan with myself. I keep reminding myself that I have goals, and *that behavior* (i.e eating pizza) won't get me to my goal, but *this behavior* (i.e eating a Medifast pancake) WILL..

2. Make buddies..

My hope is that I'll always have enough friends to keep me busy, keep me soothed, keep me accountable. As people drop off, I make new friends, join new groups. From others I've learned about bad habits I need to drop, and good habits I need to establish. (i.e. Make a plan for yourself, and commit yourself to it.).

3. Keep focused on success..

I actively read and reply to people's blogs and posts, and give lots of encourgement to others. Look at the before/after photos. Imagine yourself as you want to be. This helps me keep focused on success..

4. Ensure depression is adequately treated..

What enabled me to start this plan and stick to it is a set of depression meds that have made me want to LIVE again! Not just be alive, but LIVE my life! Gotta lose weight to fully do that. I just got back from vacation where I wanted to canoe. Canoe! ME!! omg, I havn't wanted to do something like that since I was a teenager. If your desire to *live* isn't as full as it.

Used to be.

Or as full as it.

Should be.

, see a psychiatrist who specializes in mood disorders..

Hope something there helps you..

The goal can be yours, but first you have to set the goal. Then you have to work at the goal. Then you have to maintain the goal. Are you ready to commit?..

answered Apr 28 at 16:30

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You've received some great advice here. I agree with Mccee that looking at your motivation is really important. You might consider looking at Dr. Beck's book, "How to think like a thin person". Even just reading the first few chapters really turned my thinking around..

Also, I believe that for this particular diet, you have to stay on plan all the time. This has been a life saver for me as there is never any question of "do I go off for a special occasion?" No, I just stay on plan all the time. Not having the constant questioning and debating myself has been such a relief..

Good luck- I hope to see you around here...

answered Apr 28 at 18:06

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I have to say when I started I was not scared but made the money commitment for a year and 1/2 and wanted to make sure I stuck with it. It is one of the best decisions I have ever made I am in week 6 I have gone on a week long snowmobiling trip out in WY and brought all my food with-except for my L&G and I am down 24.5 LBS I cannot believe it. This has been one of the easiest plans I have ever followed but also has really opened my eyes to the amount of food I need to survive not the large amounts that I was eating before the plan. I do have times when I am "craving" and I have times when I am actually hungry I have learned to tell the difference. I feel better than I have ever felt before and I am looking forward to summer for the first time in a long time. Hang in there do it for yourself you deserve it!..

answered Apr 28 at 19:25

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James
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Thank you all! I too am getting ready to start. The food has arrived but I won't start until Sunday or Monday because I need to get a battery for my scale and talk to my coach. I have the same fears many of you have mentioned and/or addressed. Hearing your encouragement helps me and having to wait for the food to arrive (plus the time I took making up my mind) has given me the chance to be mentally ready to start. Thanks!..

answered Apr 28 at 19:50

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