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First question I got is Is cinnamon ok on the Medifast Diet? phase 1? Looking forward for any answer. Another question on my mind: Hey everyone! I'm a newbie here, been lurking a few days while I wait for my order to finally get here. I have 135 lbs to lose to get to my final goal, though I have other milestones in between! Everyone seems so excited and happy (which is fabulous!) so i'm feeling a but unique in that I have a feeling of embarrassment/shame about having to go on this program, to me, it feels like I have failed myself in not being able to do it alone... how do you talk about the plan with coworkers or friends?.

I don't want to shout it from the rooftops or anything, but I know people will notice Im not eating lunch anymore, just mixing little packets with water all day! Just feeling aprehensive I guess!..

asked Apr 28 at 14:54

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You betcha! although you might wanna make sure and wait for another member to confirm it as I am not very confident. Better yet, why don't you e-mail the Medifast guys because they can answer your Medifast question better...

answered Apr 28 at 15:47

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I have been very open with my co-workers, especially those I work closely with and my boss. The way I look at it is this:.

It is obvious I have a considerable amount of weight to lose - there is no hiding my 170 extra pounds. So I thought, what is more embarrassing? Being the "fat girl" eating a cheeseburger & fries, drinking soda for lunch - which I used to do or people seeing that I am taking charge of my health and losing weight. My co-workers are very supportive of me and seem genuinely excited to see me get healthy. Also, there are other people at work that have similar weight loss needs that have asked me about it. I am very open about my weight, goals and things I have tried..

We are all battling something and I spent enough years being ashamed of myself, which partly led to being here with this much weight to lose...

answered Apr 28 at 16:36

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When I started working after graduating I was so nervous about my little shake packs and what people would think. I've always been very self-conscious and a closet eater, so that mindset didn't help the situation much..

Yes, it was embarrassing that I had spent so much time not caring about myself to let myself get up to 325+ pounds, but in the end all that matters is now. Now I care about myself to make a change and get myself healthy. I get comments at work about the drinks from time to time, usually "that smells really good what is that?" But mostly the comments I get are "Wow you look great!" and "You're melting!" It's working and I'm doing something very good for myself. that is nothing to be embarrassed about...

answered Apr 28 at 18:01

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I've never wanted to do the group thing like Medifast for that same reason, although I've done the diet, among many others. Tell who you want. We have a restaurant in my building, and I still go down and eat with the crew. I eat half my L&G, using the salad bar and turkey from the sandwich line to make up my meal. It basically looks like a salad, which is what many others are eating, although smaller than most. Nobody has said anything, although there are a few I've told, because they're friends, and they are extremely supportive..

There is no shame in being healthier..

There is no shame in taking charge of your eating..

There is no shame in looking better..

There is no shame in having help to succeed..

In the end, this diet is all about you, and your desire to help yourself. You are worth it...

answered Apr 28 at 18:52

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I only told those who asked. Now I travel a lot for work and am expected to have meals with my crew as well as dinner with the customers many times. I couldn't hide it. What I did is not say a word unless they asked. When they did ask I would just say I was "on a special eating plan for the time being" and left it at that. If they inquired further, I'd ask if I could discuss with them at another time privately.

I have to say the bars, pretzels and puffs made travel easy..

Have water will travel...

answered Apr 28 at 19:36

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These are some most meaningful statements I have seen on the boards..

Thank you for posting these!..

answered Apr 28 at 20:56

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I wish you'd be PROUD of choosing health over french fries....

I would be most embarrassed, needing to lose 100lbs as I do, eating a 500-calorie lunch in front of co-workers....

You KNOW they are thinking "Why does she eat that? Doesn't she realize she's obese? Such a pig"....

I would WANT co-workers to see I'm having a Medifast Meal instead of a nasty burrito..

Don't be embarrassed that you are a NORMAL person who cannot eat KFC and stay healthy... people who eat 4000 cal/day and stay slim are the freaks, not you..

In fact, 100% of the people I've known who were eating Chicken & Waffles and staying slim turned out to be Bulimic and Drug Users with profound mental illness to conquer....

And I don't even know Paris Hilton...

answered Apr 28 at 22:04

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Thanks for all the comments, I'm thinking this will just take some getting used to... my new.. ME.. I'm usually a pretty private person & I just don't like people to know my business! lol except all of you apparently..

answered Apr 28 at 22:56

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Great responses and very encouraging. Thanks so much for asking this question b/c I needed to hear these response too...

answered Apr 28 at 23:15

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I really only tell those people who start the conversation. I got one recently who said 'it looks like you've lost weight...is it on purpose?'.

I have been embarrassed by my weight for years, but there's no hiding it. I started in Feb with 276 pounds to lose. You can't hide that much bulk, regardless of what you wear, do, etc. So, I know they could see the old me and I tell myself that now they can see that I'm improving me. They can see I am losing weight visibly and succeeding. And, when I reach goal, these people will know how far I've come, where as strangers will only know the new me..

Give it time. I think your confidence in yourself when you see the progress you're making will outweigh (sorry for the pun) the embarrassment factor....


answered Apr 28 at 23:17

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I tell everyone - I am making good decisions for myself now - plus I am currently down 45 pounds and people can tell it is working so I don't hear many negative comments..

Good for you for starting!!..

answered Apr 28 at 23:25

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If you don't want your coworkers to know you are dieting, the soups come in handy. When I was on the 5-1 I would mix up a soup in the morning before work and take it with me. At lunch time, I would microwave and enjoy. No one knew I was on Medifast until I had lost a considerable amount of weight. If someone asked about a shake or bar, I'd tell them it was a protein bar or protein shake...

answered Apr 29 at 00:13

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What's more embarrassing?.

A- Being 135 pounds overweight.


B- Using Medifast.

Think about it!..

answered Apr 29 at 01:01

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A lot of good responses here. If people ask me, I generally tell them I'm on a special low carb, low fat diet for weight loss. They usually accept that easily. If they want more specifics I tell them more but usually keep my responses within the context of the questions. Some people know about Medifast and some don't. The other day someone actually responded with something like "oh that's 5 Medifast meals and a lean & green". Guess he knew about the plan...

answered Apr 29 at 01:32

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Do NOT be ashamed. Everyone has their thing & for us on these boards obesity is our "thing". And you are taking steps to be healthy. That is what matters..

However, many people in the real world whether a normal weight or a fatty do not understand the medifast plan and may have a negative reponse to it for whatever reasons. So due to this I say keep this plan close to your vest. There are ways of doing this that no one is the wiser. Simply tell them you are eating healthy and exercising. I would not even use words like "low carb" "higher protein" as that sends some into a tailspin. And when they go into a tailspin it can make us wonder if we are making the right choice and get us off our game in a New York minute..

Bars can be put into a zip lock baggie and if one asks it is a "protein bar". Same with pretzels or puffs. Think of ways to keep it close to you as after all it is no one's business after all. I always say we have to carry this load whether it is a 600 pound load or a 150 pound load, we carry it 24/7 and it is our business what we want that load to be..

And if push comes to shove and you find yourself explaining the diet and you get negative feedback tell them it is your life and you have to do what you have to do..

Welcome & Happy Melting!.


answered Apr 29 at 01:51

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I have only told my 2 closest friends. On the days I eat with other friends in the cafeteria I eat my L&G by eating a salad with grilled chicken - so they only see I'm eating "healthier". It's none of their business. I, too, am a private person. I've already determined that when people start noticing my weight loss and ask what I've been doing - I will simply say I've started eating smaller, healthier meals more often throughout the day. It's not embarrasment, I just feel the need to justify a program I know others will judge when they haven't been in my shoes..

Good luck to you! I know once you get started it won't stress you out so much anymore..

answered Apr 29 at 03:19

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This is a great thread. I am very inspired by all the posts and agree with every one of them. We all have our own way of dealing with a 'new way of eating'. I too was more of a closet eater, so I was hesitant to tell people.....more because I was afraid of what others would say if I couldn't stay with it than anything..

But I have been pleasantly surprised at how quickly your body starts to change even with as little as I've lost so far. I have already had 3 people now say 'you must be losing weight' and that has been a big boost for me..

All of you have wonderful stats to be so proud of - you will all be an inspiration for me! Again, thanks for the motivation gals!..

answered Apr 29 at 03:29

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I don't discuss the plan with anyone except my fiance and my best friend. Nobody else knows about it. I'm not ashamed, per se, but I really don't need to constantly hear other peoples' opinions about my plan, so I keep it to myself...

answered Apr 29 at 03:48

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Don't be ashamed at all. My coworkers know all about it, and I'm at the point where I will share my story with anyone. They have been a great source of support-I work at home now, so it's even more fun to go in once a month and see the reactions..

You are taking charge and getting healthy, stand tall and proud!..

answered Apr 29 at 05:00

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I would never feel embarrassed or ashamed of being on any program that is making me healthy. I have the luck of working with many people who are on the plan and at least one girl in my office plus two down the hall, so I not only have these people to talk to about it, but all the wonderful people in these forums. Good luck and enjoy it and don't let anyone beat you up about it!.

All you can get from this is compliments as to how great you look!..

answered Apr 29 at 05:52

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It is a little unnerving at first - I know your hesitation. I hope you will find as you go through this you'll start feeling better, start looking better and your friends and coworkers will comment on how good you look. Then I think you will be proud and not ashamed that you are taking charge and have the determination! All of my coworkers know now and they are very supportive - I have introduced a friend and my niece to the program and they are very grateful!!.

I agree, offer as much info as you would like as you're asked about it. Trust me, you'll find it easier as you go along. There is no stigma attached to this - only success and confidence building. Good luck!!..

answered Apr 29 at 05:55

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For me, only 10 days on plan, I have kept it quiet at work not because they won't be supportive, but because right now, I need, (emphasize I need), to hold the power and control about what I am doing. Hard to explain but right now, explaining it all to everyone else feels like it dilutes my focus, my self-care at a very critical stage of change-making. When it becomes more obvious, and thus I have been partially successful, I think I will feel fine about sharing. Right now, this is mine and I am holding on to it. (Well, mine and God's, but that's a post for another day...)..

answered Apr 29 at 06:30

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So did I....need to hear all this from all of you! I started then fell and have recommitted this month...

answered Apr 29 at 07:18

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My family's response to any of my new diets in the past was "here she goes, another diet that won't work." This time, I joined a Medifast center and made a commitment to God and myself that I would do exactly what my counselor told me to do, without any modifications that I "thought" would help the plan work better. I followed the rules precisely, and it worked. After about 30 pounds people at church started asking me, and I said "I'm eating lower carbs and smaller meals 6 times a day to keep my good health as I get older.".

Not ONE person has ever put me down or made fun of what I was doing. Even the few chronic dieters I told that I was doing Medifast were extremely supportive and have followed my journey..

MF is just awesome, but it only works if you work it.........don't change the rules..



answered Apr 29 at 08:43

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Jennifer, my congratulations to you on your re-commitment. It takes a lot of courage to keep going and not give up. You will do well this time as it is clear you are focused. Hang in there, a day at a time. Make it a good weekend...

answered Apr 29 at 09:29

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You have the power to decide how much you wish to disclose about your lifestyle changes. If you are concerned that any feedback that is discouraging will derail your progress there are many ways to answer questions regarding your food/weight loss..

For me, I don't wish to discuss specifics about how I am losing weight because I don't want to hear about any negative feedback. I know it is working and I'm doing well. I'll just take the compliments and when I'm asked how I'm losing the weight...I just say I'm eating healthier, less and increasing activity...

answered Apr 29 at 09:50

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I told my coworkers who asked about what I was eating, then when some noticed the weightloss I told them because they asked. My experience has been that everyone is very supportive.....especially when they start seeing the results...

answered Apr 29 at 10:28

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If you feel uncomfortable, then be discreet for awhile. I like Merrzie's suggestions. Everyone eats protein bars and drinks protein shakes. That is all they need to know. Spelling out the whole plan is really not your obligation to share with your coworkers...

answered Apr 29 at 11:14

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I put my puffs and pretzels in ziploc snack bags so that people just think they are snacks...

answered Apr 29 at 12:19

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I was very discreet and slightly shy about the whole thing at first. Now I have been doing the plan for over 4 months and my body has changed so people are starting to ask. Some I tell, especially people who I think really want to know for themselvs. Sometimes I just use some of the many suggestions offered here. But it is all so worth it, whether you shout it from the hill top or discreetly use ziplocks, the most important thing is to do it!!!..

answered Apr 29 at 13:05

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I'll add more now. Since my weight loss has actually become visible to people I get more questions than before. Last night while I was at a restaurant listing to my BF perform (he's a musician and is there every Friday night) when someone I hadn't seen in about a month asked me if I was losing weight and what I was doing to lose weight. I told her - all about MF. Her response, and those of other people who I've told, was very positive - to the point where she wants to consider it for herself (she says she needs to lose 20 lbs) and she wants to talk to her mother about it. That says volumes to me about the program and about being honest and upfront about it - but only if you feel comfortable talking about it to others.

As time passes, I find more people willing to accept this as my decision and willing to support me in my work. I think it's about acclimation and - more importantly - feeling comfortable with your own decisions...

answered Apr 29 at 14:08

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I didn't get to read through all of the post here so I may be repeating some thing some one already said. In any case this is my experience. I have one coworker at my job who knows everything about the plan and she is the one I'm most comfortable eating my Medifast meals around. I only told her about it because we both started on separate diets on the same day without talking about it beforehand...it just happened. So I thought we could be a support for one another however she stopped her plan after 1.5-2 weeks and I kept going. She is still very supportive of me and I try to encourage her to restart but she is just not in the mindset plus she does not have as much to lose..

As for other coworkers they just know that I'm "watching what I eat." I will only eat Medifast meals like oatmeal or soups in front of them and they never see the packaging. I eat my L&G at work on my lunch break so that's okay. And if I have a shake in front of anyone and they ask about it I just tell them it's a protein shake. Most people are pretty okay with that..

I'm a private person too and I don't want people knowing exactly what I'm doing. I think after I hit onederland I'll have more confidence in myself to tell people the exact program I'm on if they ask. For now I'm afraid to share in case I fail again. I think what seems to draw the most attention from people is the amount of water I drink and I get more comments about that than anything else..

At the end of the day though it is about you and what you think about yourself...it does not matter how others will perceive the plan. You need to stay focused on making changes for you that will make your life more healthy and fulfilling. No need to be embarassed about that...

answered Apr 29 at 15:21

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I can echo a lot of the comments here. I'm coming up on 6 six weeks since my start date and I'm just now getting ready to talk about it. Until now, only my immediate family and two of my closest friends knew about it. Last week I told another close friend. All have been very supportive..

I just finished hosting my out-of-state in-laws for the weekend and was determined to NOT discuss MF. In general, my fil is a pretty negative guy, so I had no reason to broach the topic with him. He loves me, in his own way, but he always puts a negative spin on anything he doesn't understand. Who needs that?.

I spent the weekend hiding Medifast food, and being as discreet as possible. It was my birthday too, so I bought a cake (prettiest one I could find) but didn't eat any. I didn't tempt me. It just seemed easiest for me to go along with the usual bday routine than to explain why I didn't have a bday cake. I'm sure that they noticed that I didn't eat any of it, but they were too polite to say anything. So, I survived the weekend, but hiding Medifast was just...

And irritating..

Two weekends from now, I'll be spending an entire weekend with my extended family. Because there's no way that I can hide Medifast for that long, I'll have to tell them. I think I'll be ready by then, but I'm not really looking forward to it. Maybe it's my pride, but I'd just prefer to do this quietly and have no fuss about it..

Because quite a few of my extended family have serious weight problems, I don't know what to expect. Will they be supportive? or will their jealousy/guilt about my success lead to snide remarks? Heaven help them if it's the latter, because my dh and sons are so proud of my success thus far that they will fiercely defend me. (Yes, they're the best! <3 )..

answered Apr 29 at 16:23

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Oh I wouldnt feel embarassed if I was you! You making the right choice, although I still do hide the fact from the people here at work that Im on powder diet to lose weight LOL...but it still doesnt stop me! They really noticed I was losing weight..100 pounds ?? LOL..

answered Apr 29 at 17:12

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I am proud of the fact, I do see how it is embarrassing but who cares what every one else thinks. You are doing this for you and you alone. How ever you do it to get there just do it..

I had to explain to my Mother who is a bitter mean person that I had to do this for my health, my family is still skeptical. My "thin" friends just give me a look like your going to gain everything you lose back. My "fat" friends are jealous. lol, So if you think about what everyone is thinking about you mixing powders for lunch our soups just smile and think one day you are going to be an even hotter sexy lady!.

Congrats for you decision to start MF!..

answered Apr 29 at 17:31

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