Medifast FAQ’s

Frequently Asked Questions

General information

Medifast Plan Options

Getting Started

Medical Supervision


Soy Protein

What About Exercise?

Planning for Medifast Supplies

What about those Weird Symptoms?

The Scale, Medifast and Weight Maintenance

Information for Diabetics

Medifast for Menopause

Medifast for Joint Health

Medifast for Coronary Health

1. General information about Medifast

What is Medifast?
Medifast is a meal replacement program that helps most people lose weight faster than traditional food-based diet plans. Medifast products come in individual packets that you mix with water to create a “shake” similar to an instant breakfast drink. Medifast is available in a wide variety of flavors as well as several alternate choices including protein bars, creamy soups, oatmeal, and hot cocoa.

How does Medifast work?
The Medifast plan uses the concept of a very low-calorie level along with a high proportion of protein. This combination allows your body to lose weight rapidly while protecting your muscle tissue.

What types of people is Medifast for?

• Medifast has programs available for people no matter how much weight they need to lose.
• People who have a lot of weight to lose, such as 100 pounds or more.
• Individuals who are “stuck” or who can’t seem to lose weight on other plans.
• People who have medical conditions such as diabetes that make it difficult to lose weight.

How fast do you lose?
Women average 2 to 4 pounds a week*, men slightly faster (up to five pounds a week or more*)

Is it safe?
Medifast has been proven to be a very safe way for most people to lose weight. Medifast products are primarily made from soy, along with significant amounts of vitamins and minerals. By following specific protocols, you can safely use Medifast even if you have high blood pressure, high cholesterol or triglycerides, or adult-onset diabetes, including if you are insulin dependent.

Has the use of Medifast been researched?
Over the past 20 years, Medifast has been recommended by the over 15,000 physicians. Research studies at Johns Hopkins University Teaching Hospital as well as the National Institute for Health have shown the plan to be very effective as well as medically safe.

Does it contain harmful herbs or additives?
No. Medifast does NOT contain any added caffeine, stimulants, ephedra or other herbs that might be harmful to your body.

What is Super Citrimax?
Medifast Plus with Citrimax contains a natural appetite suppressant made from the vine of a South Asian fruit. Super Citrimax works without stimulating the central nervous system so does not cause problems with heart rate, blood pressure or other symptoms such as insomnia or nervousness.

Which products are lactose free?
The Medifast Protein bars, Ready-to Drink products, Take Shape Shakes and Fast Soups are all lactose free. Medifast 55 and Medifast 70 shakes are considered low-lactose products as each shake contains only one gram of lactose per serving.

The FDA allows the claim “lactose free” for any product that contains less than 0.5 grams of lactose per serving.

Are any Medifast products dairy free?
The Ready-to-Drink product is dairy-free.

Are there any Medifast products that don’t contain soy?
The “original formula Take Shape and Peach Pro Tea products do not contain soy.

Which product should I use?
When choosing your Medifast products, consider your social needs and medical concerns as well as the amount of weight you want to lose. Here are general product recommendations.

Medifast 55
is recommended for females with 15 or more pounds to lose. May be used as complete meal replacement or modified plan that includes one meal a day.

Medifast 70
is recommended for males with 15 or more pounds to lose. May be used as complete meal replacement or modified plan that includes one meal a day.

Note: Females who are very physically active and people who struggle with lactose intolerance might benefit from using Medifast 70 instead of Medifast 55.

What is the difference between Medifast 55 and Medifast 70?
They are very similar except for the protein content. Medifast 55 has 11 grams of protein per serving while Medifast 70 has 14 grams per serving. The Medifast 70 also has about 10 more calories per packet.

Appetite Suppression
can be used by either males or females with 15 pounds or more to lose.

What is Take Shape?
Take Shape products are recommended for use as a maintenance product, but can also be used in a weight-loss program for people with less than 15 pounds to lose.

What is the difference between the shakes, alternate products and the bars?
Medifast shakes include all flavors of the Medifast 55, Medifast 70 and Medifast Plus. Shakes should be used for at least three of your supplements each day.

Alternate products are supplements that may be substituted in place of a shake once or twice a day. These include Medifast Supplement bars, Soups, Oatmeal and Hot cocoa.

Why should I limit the Medifast bars to one per day?
Using more than one bar per day could affect your ketosis level and decrease the speed of weight loss. The manufacturing of a solid product requires a different processing method for binding the carbohydrates with proteins. This results in a slightly higher carbohydrate level than the powdered Medifast products.

Medifast protein bars were developed for variety in a complete meal replacement program. If you are on a complete meal replacement or modified plan, limit your consumption of bars to one per day. If you are using Medifast as on occasional diet product or for general good nutrition, you may increase this amount.

Note: The newly formulated bars (yellow wrapper) are fully interchangeable with any meal replacement and are not limited to 1 per/day.

What is a Medifast snack?
The Medifast Fast Soups and Pro Tea are considered snacks. They provide the option of an extra treat, but they should not be used in place of a regular supplement such as the shakes. Fast Soups can be used once or twice a day, while Pro Tea should be limited to one serving per day.

* Medifast low calorie diets require physician monitoring to minimize the potential for health risks.

2. Medifast Plan Options

Complete Meal Replacement (Medifast 55, 70, Appetite Suppression) – Requires five Medifast supplements a day, no regular food. Recommended if you have a lot of weight to lose or you prefer to avoid all food choices.

Modified Meal ReplacementPlan (Medifast 55, 70, Appetite Suppression) – Requires four to five Medifast supplements a day plus a daily meal consisting of a serving of lean meat and a green salad. The modified plan is recommended if you have medical or social needs that make it difficult to avoid all food. A modified plan is also preferred if you have less than 25 pounds to lose.

Can you alternate between the plans?
Yes. Both the complete meal replacement and the modified plans will maintain the protein balance of ketosis. With Medifast 55 and 70, you can start with a full fast, then switch to a modified plan or even go back and forth between the two options. For example, you might decide to do a full fast during the week, then switch to a modified plan on the weekend.

What can be in the modified plan meal?
Your daily meal should consist of two things: a serving of lean meat and either a green salad or a serving of low-starch vegetables. For the meat serving, females should have between 4 to 5 ounces, males should have 6 to 7 ounces.
Exception: If you are using the Medifast Plus “original formula,” the meat serving should be a total of 8 ounces.

What can I put on the salad?
Your salad can include 1 to 2 cups of any kind of salad greens along with up to 1/4 cup total of any combination of raw vegetables such as peppers, onions, cucumbers, celery, mushrooms, radishes, alfalfa or bean sprouts, broccoli, carrots, tomatoes, or cabbage.

You may use 1 to 2 tablespoons of low-fat or non-fat salad dressing.

Which vegetables can I eat if I don’t want a salad?
You can have between 1 to 1 1/2 cups of any low-starch vegetables including asparagus, green beans, beets, broccoli, cabbage, cauliflower, snow peas, spinach, zucchini, or tomatoes.

3. Getting Started

How do I get started on Medifast?
Decide whether you want to do the complete meal replacement program (no food) or a plan with a meal once a day. That helps you determine how much product you will need. If you are unsure about the flavors, you might consider ordering samples. Start with at least a two-week supply to that you don’t run out of products.

Should I wait until the weekend or start during the week?
You can do either one, depending on what fits best for you. The first three days on Medifast are critical to your success, so plan your start-up carefully. You might look for a time when you don’t anticipate any big events that involve food.

How do I mix the packets?
To mix the cold shakes, put 8 to 10 oz. of water in shaker jar or blender. Add contents of Medifast packet and ice, if desired, then mix or blend until smooth. Medifast Creamy Soups and Hot Cocoa should be mixed with hot water. Don’t use boiling water as it cooks the protein too quickly and makes the product lumpy. Let mixture stand one minute to absorb liquid and improve flavor.

Can I mix them with milk or fruit juice?
No, these will add extra calories and change the total program balance. Also, fruit juices contain added carbohydrates so they will alter the critical protein ratio of the Medifast plan.

Can I add flavorings to the supplements?
For variety, you may add a few drops of flavoring extract, such as vanilla or mint or stir a packet into a cup of coffee. With the hot supplements, you may add salt, pepper, herbs and spices (garlic, onion, basil, cinnamon, etc.) to the hot supplements as desired. Ask your customer service representative about our Recipe Guide.

Can I mix the packets ahead?
You might also consider using the Medifast Ready-to-Drink boxes offer a convenient way to take your supplements with you. These pre-mixed packets are shelf stable and can be stored easily. (Available only in Medifast 55)

How should I space the packets?
Plan to take your supplements about 3 to 4 hours apart. Space the packets throughout the day rather than saving them up for evening. Generally plan to have at least three of your packets by 2:00pm each day.

Can I mix two packets together?
Yes, if necessary, you can mix two packets together, adding extra water to achieve the right consistency. Avoid doing this routinely and instead, keep your packets spaced a few hours apart.

What happens if I miss a packet?
If you miss a supplement, take the rest of the your packets closer together to make sure you get all the required supplements in before the end of the day. Because of the low calorie level of Medifast, skipping packets will put you below the optimal nutrient level your body needs to function. This decrease in your nutrient balance will make your body conserve energy and cause you to lose weight slower, not faster!

Do I need to drink a lot of fluids?
Drinking fluids helps your body be more efficient at eliminating the by-products of fat metabolism, keeping you showing consistent weight loss on the scale.

What kind of fluids are OK?
You may drink any liquids that are considered non-caloric. This includes hot or iced tea, coffee or decaf, diet sodas, Crystal Light, Diet Kool-Aid and instant broth or bouillon.

Should I worry about salt in bouillon?
No, it’s fine to have extra salt. In fact, it might even make you feel better if you are somewhat tired or are feeling light-headed or dizzy. When you are on Medifast, your body loses water quickly, along with some of your electrolytes such as sodium. Your body will eventually get back in balance, but having extra salt, such as in bouillon, will help it do this more quickly.

Can I drink alcohol?
No, you should avoid all alcoholic beverages while you are on Medifast. Because alcohol is metabolized similar to a carbohydrate, it will decrease ketosis and slow your weight loss.

Can I have coffee or caffeinated sodas?
Yes, but limit coffee and caffeinated drinks to three per day. The low-calorie level of Medifast may increase your sensitivity to caffeine, causing anxiety, shakiness or other symptoms.

What can I put in my coffee?
If you wish, you may use low-fat or skim milk or small amounts of half and half in your coffee or tea. You may also use artificial sweeteners such as Equal if desired.

What can I do about wanting to chew?
You can munch on celery-up to three stalks per day is acceptable. Celery is a high-water vegetable with minimal carbohydrates.

Can I eat fruit?
No, fruits contain high levels of carbohydrates which affect your ketosis level and slow your weight loss.

Can I chew gum?
You may use sugar-free gum or mints but limit these to five per day. These products contain sorbitol which can cause gastric distress as well as stimulate appetite.

Medical Supervision

Do I need to see a doctor?
Medifast low calorie diets require physician monitoring to minimize the potential for health risks. Medifast strongly recommends that you see your doctor for a general exam and blood test panel before you begin the program. Take Shape for Life can help you find a qualified medical practitioner by calling 800-572-4417.

What lab tests should I have done?
Lab tests should include a CBC, chemistry panel, lipid profile, thyroid panel, and urinalysis. If you are over age 40 or have a history of heart disease, you should have an EKG done as well.

What is the doctor looking for with the lab tests and EKG?
The tests are designed to verify that you don’t have any unknown illnesses or medical conditions that could put you at risk for coping with the Medifast plan. The reason for the EKG is to make sure you don’t have any previously diagnosed heart problems or heart disease that would be a problem if you do the Medifast plan.

How often should I see my doctor?
Follow-up visits with your physician should be done from once a month to once every three months. At each visit, you should have a CBC and a chemistry profile that tests electrolytes, blood sugar, etc. Monthly visits are recommended if you have diabetes, heart disease or other significant history.

Can I use Medifast if I’m on prescription medications?
Yes, most medications for chronic conditions such as depression, thyroid or hormone deficiency, etc. may be continued while you are on Medifast. Check with your doctor regarding dosage adjustments.

What about blood pressure medications?
If you are taking blood-pressure medication, you may be able to decrease your dose or eliminate taking it, at least during the time you are on Medifast. Watch for any of these symptoms that can indicate your medication dose needs to be lowered or discontinued: feeling tired, weak or “washed out,” legs feeling rubbery or weak, headaches, feeling dizzy or light-headed, or becoming more fatigued after several weeks of feeling great.

Can I do Medifast if I’m diabetic?
If you are a Type II diabetic (adult onset) you should be able to do Medifast Plus for Diabetics just fine. We suggest you monitor your blood sugar readings once or twice a day as well as stay in close contact with your physician for instructions on making changes in your medications.

Should I continue my oral diabetes medication?
Oral agents for diabetes should generally be discontinued at the time you begin the fasting program. Otherwise within just a few days after starting the program, your blood sugar may become too low.

What if I’m on insulin?
If your insulin dose is less than 30 units a day, Take Shape for Life recommends you discontinue it entirely when you begin the plan. Monitor blood sugar readings twice a day during the early weeks, then decrease monitoring to two to three times a week. If you are on more than 30 units a day, you can usually decrease your dose by half, then reduce it further as your blood-sugar level drops. Monitor blood sugars as above. See your physician for specific dosage changes based on your individual needs.

Can I take diuretics while I’m on Medifast?
Unless absolutely necessary, avoid taking diuretics while you are on Medifast. If you are currently taking a diuretic, check with your doctor before making changes. You may need wean off the medication slowly rather than stopping it abruptly.

What if I get sick?
If you become ill such as getting a cold or the flu, you can stay on Medifast provided your symptoms aren’t too severe. Taking antibiotics (if necessary) won’t harm your Medifast plan but may temporarily slow your weight loss.

What can I take for a headache?
Aspirin, Tylenol and pain medications such as Ibuprofen may be used as necessary. Avoid long-term use as these may cause stomach distress when you are on Medifast.

What if I get heartburn?
Antacids such as Maalox, Rolaids, etc. are acceptable. You may also use acid-blockers such as Zantac, Tagamet, Prilosec and related medications.

Will my seasonal allergy or asthma medications be a problem?
You can continue most allergy and asthma medications including inhalers, etc. while you are on Medifast.

5. Ketosis

What is ketosis?
The nutrient balance of Medifast combined with the low-calorie level causes the fat stores to release free fatty acids which are converted by the liver into an energy source called ketones. This mild state of “ketosis” helps the body achieve rapid weight loss while preserving muscle tissue. Ketosis also helps eliminate physical hunger while providing good levels of energy.

Is ketosis harmful?
No, the level of ketosis achieved is very mild-just strong enough to protect you from losing muscle tissue. This mild level of ketosis has not been shown to cause harm to the body.

How long does it take to get ketosis built?
Plan for about three days of being on Medifast for building the ketosis level. If you fall off the plan, it will generally take two to three days to rebuild the level again to the point where you no longer feel hunger or fatigue.

6. Soy Protein

What type of soy is in Medifast?
Medifast uses Supro® brand soy protein, a high-quality complete protein derived from soybeans. This product is produced by DuPont’s Protein Technologies, a company that has been conducting research on the benefits of soy protein for over 30 years.

What are the benefits of soy?
In addition to the general health benefits of a quality protein source, soy has been shown to be preventive against cardiovascular disease. The FDA has stated that “combined with a diet low in saturated fat, an intake of 25 grams of soy protein per day may reduce the risk of heart disease.”

Does soy lower cholesterol levels?
Some studies have shown that soy protein enhances bile acid secretion, which lowers blood cholesterol levels. Ongoing research in the area may eventually bring stronger conclusions.

Is soy good for osteoporosis?
Naturally occurring isoflavones (such as those in the Supro® brand soy protein) have been shown to increase the mineral content and mineral density of bones. Soy protein may also protect against the risk of fractures and osteoporosis because it promotes an optimal calcium balance.

7. What about exercise?

Can I exercise when I’m on Medifast?
Yes you can, but we suggest limiting the amount of exercise, especially in the beginning.

It takes three to four weeks for the body to adapt to the Medifast plan and using the fat stores for energy. During this time, too much exercise can cause dehydration as well as decrease your weight loss and harm your muscle tissue.

What type of exercise and how much is considered OK?
If you haven’t been exercising at all, wait three to four weeks until you have adapted to the Medifast program. Then start your exercise plan very slowly. Begin with gentle walking, 10 to 20 minutes per day, then gradually increase the amount. If you have been exercising prior to starting Medifast, cut your current plan by half during the first three weeks, then gradually build it back up.

What is the maximum amount of exercise I can do?
While you are on Medifast, limit intense exercise such as running, biking or swimming to a total of 45 minutes a day. Over exercising will actually slow your weight-loss progress.

8. Planning for Medifast supplies

How do I need to plan my orders?
If you are purchasing the products directly from the Medifast company, be sure to allow 5 to 7 business days for shipping. We recommend that you purchase at least a two week supply in the beginning, then place your next order soon after you begin the program.

How much Medifast do I need?
If you are doing a complete meal replacement, you will need five supplements a day or 35 packets per week.

If you are using a modified plan that includes a daily meal, you will need four supplements a day or 28 packets per week.

What if I run out of packets?
As an emergency substitute for a packet, you can drink an 8 ounce glass of skim or low-fat milk for each supplement you will miss. Don’t do this for more than one day.

If you will be away from your Medifast supplies for longer than one day, focus on eating meals that are high-protein, low carbohydrates until you can return to your program.

9. How to deal with weird symptoms

During the first week or so on the program, some people experience diarrhea from the body’s adjustment to the concentration of nutrients in the supplements. This will usually subside after a few days. Using too much sugar-free gum or mints can also cause diarrhea.

Gurgling stomach, cramps?
If you experience gurgling stomach, abdominal cramping, bloating or diarrhea, you may have lactose intolerance or a shortage of the enzyme that breaks down milk products. Try Lactaid pills, a non-prescription enzyme that helps your body digest milk components. Take 1 to 3 regular strength pills with each supplement to control the symptoms. You may be able to stop taking the pills after 2-3 weeks. (Lactaid is available at grocery stores or pharmacies.)

You will probably have bowel movements less frequently than normal because of the decreased food intake. If you have hard stools or feel constipated, try the following solutions. Drink more fluids, increase exercise. Take a sugar-free fiber supplement such as Metamucil. We recommend Orange-flavored, smooth textured Metamucil. Take 1-2 tsp. dissolved in water once a day. You may use stool softener pills or laxatives if necessary.

Feeling cold?
The low calorie level of Medifast causes your body to decrease its metabolism which can make you feel cold more easily. Try drinking hot liquids or taking warm baths. Be prepared for this by keeping a sweater handy.

Bad breath?
As your body metabolizes fat stores, the ketone by-products can cause a slight breath odor. You can also experience a dry mouth as a result of being slightly dehydrated from being on Medifast. To remedy both of these symptoms, drink alot of water and other fluids, use breath sprays or products such as Breath Asure, and brush your teeth, including your tongue, several times a day. You can also use sugar-free gum or mints, but limit these to five a day.

Skin rashes?
Some people develop a mild skin rash on their chest, neck or face during the early weeks on Medifast. Most skin rashes seem to be related to the high-protein balance of the program, and they disappear within a week or two. If a rash itches or feels uncomfortable, ask your doctor about taking an antihistamine such as Benadryl to control the symptoms. You can also apply a cortisone cream to the rash to speed healing.

Hunger that doesn’t go away?
If you continue to struggle with hunger beyond the first week or two, your stomach may be excreting more acid than needed for the small volume of food intake. This can create a “gnawing” sensation in your stomach that feels exactly like hunger. If you have a history of having an ulcer or gastritis, you can be particularly prone to this type of hunger problem.

To manage hunger that won’t go away, consider taking an acid-blocker medication such as Zantac, Tagamet or Pepcid AC. You will find these in drug stores or grocery stores, usually in the same location as antacids.

Use antacids such as Maalox as desired. You might also take an acid-blocker medication such as Zantac or Tagament for a couple of weeks until you no longer experience the symptoms.

What can I do about hair loss?
A small percent of the people who do Medifast will struggle with hair loss, especially ones who are on the program for three months or longer. To minimize this problem, Taking supplements that contain extra B vitamins, extra zinc and the nutrient Biotin are all helpful for decreasing the problem. Hair loss is not permanent and regrowth typically occurs within a couple months of going off Medifast.

How long can I stay on the Medifast plan?
As long as you are doing well and making progress, you should be able to stay on Medifast for as long as it takes to reach your desired goal weight. Some programs recommend taking a break from a complete plan after 16 weeks; however, research has not shown this to be necessary. To lose a lot of weight, such as more than 100 pounds, you may need to be on the program for a long time.

10. The Scale, Medifast and Weight Maintenance

Why did the scale go up?
The amount of weight you lose will fluctuate from week to week. Often the scale will be affected by things that cause you to retain fluids, such as PMS, not drinking enough water, illness, stress, too much exercise and even temperature extremes. Don’t panic if the scale doesn’t move for several days or even goes up. If you stay solid on your program, the scale will eventually show results.

What can I do about a plateau?
Plateaus usually occur after weight changes of at least 40 to 50 pounds. At this point, your body seems to take stock, and for a brief period, attempts to hold on to the fat stores. It’s as though your body reshuffles its weight status while assessing whether it’s safe to continue losing. Once it feels settled, your system will kick back in and allow your weight to drop again. If you experience a weight-loss plateau, look for other indications of progress such as wearing a smaller size of clothing.

How do I go off the program?
When you are ready to stop Medifast, plan to do a gradual transition off the program rather than suddenly jumping back on food. During the transition period, your goal will be to gradually ease back into eating regular food at the same time you slowly wean off the Medifast packets. Doing a careful transition protects you from experiencing a “rebound” weight gain from suddenly increasing your calorie intake. It also gives your digestive system a chance to adapt to handling regular food again. If you have the option, stretch your transition over a period of three to six weeks so your body can gradually adapt to the changes. Keep in mind that meal replacement is a philosophy that can be incorporated into your life for good. We recommend using Medifast Take Shape once or twice per day for weight maintenance.

Will I gain all the weight back?
You will also maintain your success by making long-term changes in your lifestyle such as healthy eating and consistent exercise. You may also need to work on how you cope with life so that you don’t reach for food when you are experiencing stress, depression or other emotional needs.

Can I go back on the program if I gain back some weight?
Absolutely. If you gain back more than 5 to 10 pounds, we recommend that you immediately return to the program for a brief period. This will help your body adjust to staying at a lower weight and prevent you from regaining what you worked to hard to lose.

11. Information for Diabetics

What is diabetes?
Diabetes is a life-threatening condition in which the body loses its ability to turn glucose (sugar) from food into energy. The hormone, Insulin, regulates the level of glucose absorbed into the bloodstream. People with diabetes either produce too much or too little Insulin resulting in abrupt swings in blood sugar levels.
Diabetes usually develops later in life, after 45 years of age and which used to be known as “Adult Onset Diabetes’ or “Non-Insulin Dependent Diabetes Mellitus (NIDDM)- is known today as Type II Diabetes.

What are the types of diabetes?
Type 1 diabetes occurs most often in children and young adults as the disease is most often inherent. The disease enables the body from producing any insulin, therefore Type 1 diabetics are stricken to a life time of daily insulin injections. Type 1 diabetes accounts for 5 to 10 percent of diabetes.
Type 2 diabetes, the most common form, is a metabolic disorder resulting from the body’s inability to make enough, or properly use insulin. Type 2 diabetes is usually developed later in life and is most commonly associated with obesity. Type 2 diabetes is nearing epidemic proportions accounting for 90 to 95 percent of diabetes.

Is diabetes curable?
Diabetes is not curable but it is manageable. In people with Type 2 diabetes, glucose (sugar) builds up in the blood. Your blood sugar levels may go down to normal again with appropriate treatment, however, you are not cured of the disease. Instead, a blood sugar level in your target range shows that your treatment plan is working and that you are taking care of your diabetes.

How is diabetes treated?
The aim of treatment is to keep blood glucose levels as close to normal levels as safely as possible without causing low blood sugar (hypoglycemia). Low blood sugar levels may result from a change in the content or timing of meals, or from increased physical activity, or from over treatment.
Type 1 is usually treated with daily insulin injections as well as dietary control and regular blood glucose testing. Insulin mimics the body’s own production of the natural hormone. Delivery by injection and careful storage in cooled conditions are required to retain purity.

Type 2 is most often controlled by diet. Weight reduction in an overweight person, an exercise program, and regular blood glucose testing, combined with oral medications, may be required to lower sugar levels. In some cases, insulin may be required to lower blood sugar levels as well.

What is the difference between Medifast Plus for Diabetics and the rest of the Medifast line?
Medifast Plus For Diabetics has been specially formulated for Diabetics. This product contains less than 6 grams of sugar per serving and 9 total carbohydrates per serving. Medifast Plus For Diabetics has been certified by the Glycemic Research Institute to make the claim “LOW GLYCEMIC” and is authorized to use the Glycemic Research Institute’s Seal of Approval.

What makes Medifast Plus For Diabetics Low Glycemic?
Medifast Plus For Diabetics is certified to be LOW GLYCEMIC because it does not overly stimulate blood glucose and insulin and does not stimulate fat-storing enzymes. Persons with insulin-related disorders such as Syndrome X, Insulin-Resistance, Diabetes and Hyperglycemia look for the GRI Seal of Approval when selecting insulin-friendly products.Dieters and athletes try to avoid High Glycemic foods since they stimulate insulin and fat-storage.

12. Medifast Plus for Menopause

What is Menopause?
Menopause is a normal biological event that occurs when a women’s ovaries stop producing female hormones and menstrual cycles end. Menopause is not a disease and it can be a positive emotional and physical transition.

How long does a woman experience Menopause?
Technically, menopause occurs with the final menstrual period and involves only 1 day. The hot flashes, mood swings, and other symptoms associated with menopause occur during perimenpause, the transitional years preceding and following actual menopause. By the time a woman stops menstruating, many of the symptoms associated with menopause have persisted for several years.

Does every woman experience menopause?
Yes! Although some women do not experience the side-effects most commonly associated with menopause, every women’s body at some point or other, stops producing female hormones. Researchers estimate that more than 1.3 million in the United States and 25 million women worldwide experienced menopause in the year 2000. There are about 470 million postmenopausal women worldwide, a number that is expected to increase to 1.2 billion by 2030.

What is Medifast Plus for Women’s Health?
Medifast Plus for Women’s Health is a specially designed meal-replacement supplement, specially formulated to relieve and prevent the agonizing symptoms of Menopause. This product provides a safe and effective solution for many symptoms of menopause.

Who should use Medifast Plus for Women’s Health?
Medifast Plus for Women’s Health is recommended for Women age 35-60 who are experiencing the symptoms of Menopause. This many include but is not limited to: hot flashes, mood swings, night sweats, fatigue, vaginal dryness, loss of libido, headaches, anxiety, and insomnia.

Why does Medifast Plus for Women’s Health help control the symptoms of Menopause?
Medifast Plus for Women’s Health is formulated with the natural herbs black cohosh, chaste tree berry, and echinacea purpurea, which studies have shown may reduce menopausal symptoms. Research suggests that black cohosh (cimicifuga racemosa) provides hormonal support during menopause and may also reduce hot flashes and mood swings. Studies also suggest that chaste tree berry (vitex agnus castus) may help balance hormone levels. Echinacea purpurea (purplr cone flower) is known for its ability to strengthen the immune system. In menopause, echinacea purpurea may fight off recurrent vaginal and bladder infections as some studies suggest. Finally, Medifast Plus for Women’s Health is soy-based. Clinical studies have noted the benefits of soy for years including its ability to decrease negative symptoms such as hot flashes, night sweats, fatigue, and irritability.

How do I use Medifast plus for Women’s Health?
Medifast Plus for Women’s Health can taken 1-3 times per day as part of your Medifast program. It can also be used outside of a Medifast program as a snack or occasional meal replacement.

13. Medifast Plus for Joint Health

What is Medifast Plus for Joints?
Medifast Plus for Joints is a specially designed meal-replacement supplement, specially formulated to relieve the excruciating symptoms associated with arthritis and poor joint health. This product provides a safe and effective solution for many symptoms of menopause.

What is Arthritis?
Arthritis encompasses more than 100 disease and conditions that affect joints, the surrounding tissues, and other connective tissues. According to the National Arthritis Foundation, arthritis affects nearly one of every six Americans, making it one of the most common diseases in the United States. By the year 2020, an estimated 60 million people will be affected. While all Americans are at risk of arthritis, the prevalence of this disease if higher among women than men. In addition, arthritis is the leading cause of disability, limiting daily activities for more than 7million citizens.

Is arthritis an old person’s disease?
Although arthritis affects one of every two people over 65 years of age, most people with arthritis, nearly three out of five, are younger than age 65. People of all ages are affected.

Who should use Medifast Plus for Joint Health?
Medifast Plus for Joints is recommended for individuals over the age of eighteen who suffer with painful joints due to arthritis and/or injury.

Is there a cure for arthritis?
Although there is no cure for all types of arthritis, research shows that early diagnosis and appropriate management can help reduce the consequences associated with many types of arthritis.

Does being overweight affect arthritis?
Being overweight is associated with increased risk of osteoarthritis, and weight loss reduces the risk of knee osteoarthritis. Physical activity helps maintain joint health and may also reduce the risk of other adverse outcomes unrelated to arthritis, such as premature death, heart disease, diabetes, high blood pressure, and colon cancer. Studies indicate that an exercise program can improve aerobic capacity and alleviate depression and anxiety among people with arthritis.

Why does Medifast Plus for Joints Help Relieve Pain?
Medifast Plus for Joints is formulated with high quality glucosamine and chondroitin. Glucosamine is a nutrient shown in studies to help regenerate the cushioning components of joints and other tissues. Research suggests that glucosamine makes joints more elastic, may increase range of motion and often slows or even reverses joint damage. The nutrient Chondroitin has been noted in studies to help draw more moisture into cartilage to provide support and protection against further destruction of the joint.

How do I use Medifast Plus for Joints?
For optimal joint health, Medifast plus for Joints should be taken 1-3 times a day as part of your Medifast program. It can also be used outside of a Medifast program as a snack or occasional meal replacement.

14. Medifast for Coronary Health

What is Coronary Heart Disease?
Coronary Heart Disease is when the coronary arteries become narrowed or blocked and cannot supply enough blood to the heart. If not enough oxygen-carrying blood reaches the heart, the heart may respond with pain called angina. The pain is typically felt in the chest or sometimes in the left arm and shoulder.

Who is at risk for CHD?

Risk factors are conditions that increase your possibility of developing heart disease. Some can be changed and some cannot. Even though these factors each enhance the risk of CHD, they do not explain all the causes of coronary heart disease; even with none of these risk factors, you might still develop CHD.


  • High blood pressure
  • High blood cholesterol
  • Smoking
  • Obesity
  • Physical inactivity
  • Diabetes
  • Stress


  • Gender
  • Heredity
  • Age

What causes CHD?
CHD is caused by a thickening of the inside walls of the coronary arteries. This thickening, called atherosclerosis, narrows the space through which blood can flow, decreasing and sometimes entirely cutting off the supply of oxygen and nutrients to the heart.

Atherosclerosis typically occurs when a person has high levels of cholesterol, a fat-like substance, in the blood. Cholesterol and fat, circulating in the blood, build up on the walls of the arteries. The buildup narrows the arteries and can slow or clog the flow of blood. When the level of cholesterol in the blood is high, there is a higher possibility that it will be buildup onto the artery walls. This progression starts in most people during childhood and the teenage years, and worsens as they get older.

As well as to high blood cholesterol, high blood pressure and smoking also causes CHD. On the average, each of these doubles your possibility of developing heart disease. Obesity and physical inactivity are other factors that can lead to CHD. Overweight enhances the possibility of developing high blood cholesterol and high blood pressure, and physical inactivity increases the risk of heart attack. Regular exercise, good nutrition, and no smoking are solutions to controlling the risk factors for CHD.

What is Medifast Plus for Coronary Health?
Medifast Plus for Coronary Health is a safe and effective meal replacement supplement specially formulated to protect the heart against disease. Formulated with the highest quality nutrients, vitamins and minerals, Medifast Plus for Coronary Health provides a natural defense against heart conditions brought about by improper diets.

Why does Medifast Plus for Coronary Health help prevent CHD?

Medifast Plus for Coronary Health contains Coenzyme Q10. This nutrient has been shown in studies to reduce plaque deposits in the arteries and reduce the incidences of plaque rupture, both of which are precursors to heart attacks.

Amino acids are vital to maintaining heart health. Medifast Plus for Coronary Health contains amino acids that have been shown in studies to prevent fatty build-up in the heart and liver. This product also features Pycnogenol®, which acts as the body’s first line of defense against heart disease and as an antioxidant.

How do I use Medifast plus for Coronary Health?
Medifast Plus for Coronary Health can taken 1-3 times per day as part of your Medifast program. It can also be taken as a meal replacement or snack, 1-3 times daily in addition to regular balanced meals. We recommend 2 supplements per day to maximize benefits.

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6 comments to Medifast FAQ’s

  • admin

    Thanks Kris,
    Glad you enjoyed it and hope you find our site useful. We hope to keep everyone informed on all the latest TSFL news and information. Let us know if you have any questions.
    All the best to you.

  • Shannon

    This is a very informative site, I really appreciate all of the information.
    Thank You,

  • Mary

    This site does’t contain very little(if any) info for 65+.

  • Tim

    Hi Mary,
    Thanks for bringing this to our attention.
    You can find our senior’s guide here:

    Give us a call at 1.888.886.2629 if you have more questions.

  • Marcos Shinault

    Am I able to order a supply 1 or 2 months in advance?

  • Hi Marcos,
    Yes, absolutely! A one month meal supply for people on the 5 & 1 weight loss program is approximately 20-21 boxes of meal replacements, double that for a two month supply.

    We have clients who prefer to order that way due to travel considerations. I suggest that you consider ordering by the case to receive the best value. Take Shape For Life offers approximately a 10% discount on products purchased in case lots.

    If the product order totals over $275, TSFL pays half of the shipping costs.*

    Nearly all products are packed 12 boxes per case EXCEPT for the Medifast 55 and the Medifast 70 shakes which are packed 48 BOXES per case.

    We usually order bars, oatmeal, chai latte and joint health shakes by the case.


    Clients who join the BeSlim Club also receive the BeSlim discount (the discount is progressive and varies from 5% for the first three months continuous enrollment to 12% for the seventh consecutive month and beyond) plus * BeSlim Clubbers also receive FREE shipping for orders over $225 net (after discounts applied).