Before doing a lot of research on this diet, I didn’t realize that it was actually designed to be low carb. It works much like the South Beach or Atkins diet by putting your body in ketosis and causing it to burn its own fat. But you don’t have to eat eggs and meat all the time, as is the case with many similar diets. There are many dessert and snack alternatives, which is good. Yesterday someone emailed me and asked “Exactly how many carbohydrates can you consume per day with medifast?” I will answer this question in the next article.
The average amount of carbohydrates in a day of Medifast foods: You probably already know this, but you will eat six times a day on this diet: the company will provide you with five of these meals and one of them (called “lean and green”) you will prepare yourself (according to the medifast guidelines, of course.)
On average, the six meals will provide you around 80 to 100 grams of carbohydrates per day. Of course, it’s better to be on the lower end of this range, but there have been times when I’ve been on the higher end of this and I know from using ketone strips that I was able to stay in ketosis and continue to burn fat. . Here’s a look at the carbohydrates in a sample of five meals.
Meal samples with the amount of carbohydrates contained (in grams)
Chocolate shake 13
Caramel Protein Bar 13
Apple and cinnamon chips 8
Total 77 grams
Adding the lean and green food: As you can see, after eating five meals, you are well below the optimal 85 grams of carbohydrate. But, you still have your “lean and green” food to make and eat. This meal should consist of lean protein or meat (5 to 7 ounces) and up to three servings of vegetables. The company provides guidelines that list vegetables in terms of those with the lowest glycemic index and those with the highest index. However, even high glycemic index vegetables will work as you are limiting fruits at first. As long as you stay within the “lean and green” guidelines, you still have plenty of leeway. You would have to consume 23 grams of carbohydrates to go over the guidelines, which is quite a lot.
Hopefully, you can see that this is not too painful. You’re not limited to pork rinds, bacon, and eggs, so you don’t have to worry about fat and cholesterol. The foods are pretty decent and you’re eating snack-type foods that you wouldn’t normally associate with low carb.