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Quick question: Is quinoa allowed on the Medifast Diet, and at what Phase? Thanks in advance for any comment. Another question... I love success stories. They are so inspirational. The ones I like the best are the ones closest to my situation..

So...does anyone have any personal success story to report where they have been overweight their entire life? And finally got to goal on MF?.

Not to discount anyone who "just couldn't lose that baby weight" but I feel like those of us that have lived this way (and have to overcome the emotional issues as welll as the weight itself) have such a different battle than someone who was always skinny until a pregnancy or whatnot...

asked Apr 28 at 12:11

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Of course! although you might wanna make sure and wait for someone else to confirm this as I am not quite sure. Better yet, why don't you e-mail the Medifast guys because they can answer you better...

answered Apr 28 at 12:46

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Yes, I have always been heavy - the taunts since first grade-High School have haunted me throughout my life. Just enough to have me crying almost everyday - but obviously not enough to make me do something about it on my own. Mom always had me on some kind of diet, grapefruit, doctors with their little diet pills, slimquick gum... For myself when I somewhat woke up from my stupor and realize I was overweight I did Medifast and managed to lose but that old food addiction crept back in and I didn't wake up again until I was 284 pounds! I went to a nutritionist and started a low carb diet - managed to lose 30 and keep it off for a year. But at that point I am still OBESE! The nutritionist I saw discovered the Medifast plan and contacted me a year after my knee replacement surgery to see how I was doing. To make a long story short - she introduced me to Medifast and it has taken me above and beyond my wildest dreams of ever being able to lose the rest of my weight.

So twice as much weight in less than half the time it took me on the low carb diet! I'm so close to my goal weight and I KNOW - I'm finally going to make it and KEEP the weight off...

answered Apr 28 at 14:01

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Skinnymo and mamurphy you guys are an inspiration! I have been overweight my whole life. I only remember being "normal" once in high school when I dieted for a whole summer and got to 138. But most of my friends were skinny kids then and I still felt overweight at that time..

I don't have any idea what normal weight feels like as an adult and it's hard for me to believe I will get there. As sad as that seems. I have tried SO many different things... I feel like Medifast is the best one I've been on but I've fallen off the Medifast wagon in the past. I'm just gonna keep saying, "I think I can, I think I can".

Any more stories?..

answered Apr 28 at 15:39

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"Normal." Isn't that an almost frightening word? I've been "fat" all my life. I did Medifast in 2005 and was down below 200 pounds for the first time since high school; I made it to about 175 before I quit. I did keep most of the weight off for about two years, until I had an injury, but dang I was ten pounds from goal, and I just quit. I was "tired" of doing Medifast..

And I didn't know how to shop. I've spent my entire life shopping in the "Women's" departments, and in Lane Bryant..

I suspect my life would have been much different if I had found Medifast when I was 20 instead of 40, and I'm thrilled that my kids have followed my 2005 example (and bettered it!), and that one has lost all the weight and kept it off for five years so far and the other is losing it now, on MF..

The weight has been a shield in some ways, I suspect. It's fun not having it I loved the pretty clothes! But fat or skinny the same family, job, financial, etc. stresses are there. They have to be dealt with. We just have to find different coping mechanisms...

answered Apr 28 at 17:14

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I have been overweight...no obese my entire life. I went to a weight loss camp aka a fat farm when I was 9 lost 17lbs but gained in back. By HS I was about 230lbs...in college I ballooned up to 275lbs. At one point, the summer before senior year, I was able to lose about 35lbs which put me from a size 22-24 to a comfy 20 with Atkins. But over time I gained that back plus 5 more lbs making 280lbs my all time high last year..

I've tried all manner of plans including WW and other low carb/low fat plans. I couldn't seem to stick with anything past 12 weeks or so. I didn't want to try any kind of meal replacement plan because I thought it would make me too dependent. However I liked something about MF. It seemed easy. At this point in my life I have an abundance of time and funds to focus on weight loss/soul searching..

I started Medifast in August 2010 right before my 28th bday. I vowed that I'd been in T&M by my 30th b-day. To date I've lost a total of 82lbs (72lbs on MF). I've had many the emotional struggle with this plan. I feel like every week I'm going through an emotional crisis. But I'm determined to get to goal.



I agree with Melinda Ann...being under 200lbs and a size 16 I feel like I don't know how to shop for myself and I'm not even at goal yet. That's a fear I have to navigate. But it's good to know I'll be able to look in fashion magazines/style shows and actually wear what they recommend. I also agree that my fat has been a shield and a form of protection. Learning to live without that shield is tough. So I'm taking my time trying to learn how to deal also so that once the weight is gone...it's gone for good..

Good luck with your journey!!!..

answered Apr 28 at 17:42

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I haven't been this size since I was 13!!! The rest is unexplored territory for meand I don't think I'm 'big-boned' like I always thought!..

answered Apr 28 at 18:13

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I agree with all of you. I'm going to have to find myself (to use an old saying). I don't know how to live "skinny". I was in chubby girl clothes (as they called them way back when (horse and buggy days! lol) and I know I'm too old to wear the cute miniskirts that my nieces wear. Oh well, looking forward to the adventure. Here's to us and our future as HEALTHY, SKINNY PEOPLE!..

answered Apr 28 at 19:23

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See I am not at all worried about clothing. I LOVE fashion. I have spent most of my life WISHING I could wear all the cute clothes my friends wear. So I can't wait for that. When I was in high school and a guy friend said I should be in the movie clueless due to my love of fashion I thought it was a major complement (lol come on I was 15!)..

answered Apr 28 at 21:01

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Not that I'm especially worried - just gotta find my style - being that I'm a lot older than you (lucky you!) some of the cute styles aren't going to look so good on me! Gonna have to have help in the fashion department when I get to goal weight...

answered Apr 28 at 21:25

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Clothing is the one thing I don't have a problem with!.

One of the "fun" things about losing weight is I got to play with different styles since I was always buying clothing as I change sizes. After years of avoiding dresses/skirts because I always got chaffed from my thighs rubbing together - I now love them. I recently discovered I can wear pencil skirts (I thought they were for skinny girls not curvy ones)..

Just don't buy too much until you hit goal - sizes change quickly when you are not a plus size (a lesson I learned the hard way)...

answered Apr 28 at 22:30

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Good Luck... There are MANY of us who can relate to your story!.

YOU can do it!..

answered Apr 28 at 23:07

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Ive pretty much been over weight al my life. Strarting out as a kid I was always eating what I could get my hands on and then I was yep that "closet" eater...(I would get caught too)..

Out of all the kids I was the FATTEST out of all of them..or should I say they were all SKINNY and well heres me outta 8 kids THE FAT ONE LOL....I felt embarrassed as I was getting older..and always wondered why I was the "fat" one out of everyone....

My mom put me on diets..rem my first was DEAL A MEAL I'm not sure how long I was on that but I was 12 yrs old at the time and weighed gosh I cant rem...but I rem when my mom or parents were gone and I was alone I would EAT and hide the evidence....(the only one I hurt was myself)..

Adult hood..just keep getting bigger and bigger...and my over all highest was 380 WOW, HOW IN THE WORLD DID I LET MYSELD GET THAT BIG or should I d=say HUGE HEEHEE...but I tried WW..you name I tried it pretty much...but month before I found mf..I managed to lose 15 pounds by myself.....

Now mf...and Im currently 257 (prob lighter as I didnt weigh this week) and lost 101 pounds through Medifast thus far! Im glad I found this....I was at wits end...but Ive had my ups and downs with mf..but I'm still kicking it!!!..

answered Apr 28 at 23:19

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Life long fatty right here!.

I remember getting called fat in kindergarten by one of my now best friends and best Medifast cheerleaders lol. So I believe it started around then. I think I just went straight from normal to obese. Was my heaviest at 296lbs in my very late teens and have been bouncing around 200-250 since then (weight watchers made a fortune off me as a repeat customer). Finally got to goal with Medifast last month. I really couldn't have learned the lessons I needed to learn from any other plan, it's the absolute best and so are the people here...

answered Apr 29 at 00:57

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