Chicago, IL (PressExposure) August 31, 2009 -- The Medifast Diet Plan is in the news frequently as more people join the program and others want to study the effectiveness of the program. With many programs available weight loss, it is difficult to understand who are mostly the fancy advertising and hype and those that really work. This article explores the Medifast Diet and assesses the validity of claims for loss of weight and ease of adapting the program to a normal lifestyle.
The premise Medifast Diet program is fairly simple. Small frequent meals with high protein and low levels of carbohydrates to your body in a state called ketosis. The state encourages to increase your metabolism and causes your body to use its own fat stores for energy. The frequent meals (usually six times a day) to help prevent you from feeling hungry, so there is less of a chance to eat foods not on the plan.
Medifast products were originally available only to doctors (hence the name) but are now easily accessible through local distributors and online. The basic plan called the 5 and 1 plan is to use meal replacements for five Medifast meals per day and consumes a leading "lean and green" meal that you prepare yourself to be composed of a protein source and many vegetables. options including meal replacement soups, chili, shakes, oatmeal and bars. Most products require very little preparation, which is optimal for fitting the five small meals in a busy lifestyle. The All meal replacements Medifast diet are vitamin and mineral enriched to ensure adequate nutrition, which can be difficult to achieve when following a diet plan because caloric restriction.
The program has three phases, known as the 5 and 1, transition and maintenance. As explained previously, 5 and 1 phase is the essential part of the Medifast Diet. It is designed to be followed to reach your desired target weight. The second phase transition, gradually reintroduced "food" in your regular diet, and the third phase, maintenance is a long term plan to not eat calories than you expend each day. When you reach the maintenance phase, your taste buds have become accustomed to healthier foods and bad eating habits should have been replaced by healthier habits.
Studies of weight loss were identified using custom as a beneficial factor for the success of programs, Medifast Diet Plan [http://www.medifastprogram.virtuale.org/medifast_diet_plan.html] includes access to support groups online for free. By connecting with other members of the program, you can get information from people later in the plan, ask questions and get motivation and support. In addition, the libraries contain Medifast online resources to assist in meal planning and recipes, information on eating out, and even exercise and fitness to enhance the effectiveness of plans to eat.