How it Works

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Good things come in threes, and TSFL is no exception. Your free personal Health Coach (a professional weight-loss Coach), the Medifast 5 & 1 Plan® (for healthy weight loss), and the Habits of Health System (for a lifetime of good health) are three of the best gifts you can give yourself. Together, they lead to the healthy weight control that helps you Take Shape For Life.


Weight Loss

Lose weight safely and quickly with the Medifast 5 & 1 Plan®, featuring medically formulated, nutritious, and delicious meal replacements by Medifast.

You’ll choose five Medifast Meals each day, one every 2-3 hours. Because you eat frequently, you’re never hungry, and your metabolism stays revved. Many Medifast Meals are portable, so you can fit this diet into even the busiest lifestyle.

You also get one Lean & Green Meal™ to eat at the time that works best for you. For the Lean, you’ll have 5-7 ounces of lean protein; the Green is three servings of low-glycemic vegetables. Depending on your source of protein, you’ll get some healthy fat, too, and that will help keep you full and satisfied.

While Medifast Meals are delicious and nutritionally sound, don’t think that you’ll be committed to meal replacements forever. The 5 & 1 Plan is just the first phase of our program. In the Transition phase, you’ll begin to add more fruits, vegetables, and protein. And on Maintenance, you’ll learn how to eat the healthy food you love without gaining weight.

Transition

Our Transition plan is designed to gradually increase your calorie intake over time while re-introducing a wider variety of foods. How long you spend in this phase is determined by how many pounds you’ve lost.

Ultimately, you’ll increase your servings of lean proteins, whole grains, low-fat dairy, fruits, and vegetables until you reach a daily caloric intake of 1,550, adjusted for your own height, weight, age, sex, and activity level.

We take the guesswork out of Transition by providing you with a sample transition chart and sample meal plans.

Maintenance

Your ultimate goal is the BeSlim Lifestyle.
Breakfast every day
Exercise
Support
Low-fat meals 5-6 times a day
Individual plan
Monitoring

After you’ve completed Transition, you’re ready to move into maintenance. You’ll monitor your weight and balance your calories. You’ll stay active and make smart choices.

You can order your free Take Shape For Life Maintenance Guide from your Health Coach when you’re ready. Optimal Health is yours!

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Sample Transition Chart

Week

Target # of Calories

Medifast Meals

Lean & Green Meal

Additions

1

850 - 1,050

5

1

1 cup (2 servings) of your favorite vegetables (any kind)

2

900 - 1,150

4

1

In addition to your 1 cup of your favorite vegetables, add:
2 medium-sized pieces of fruit OR
1 cup of cubed fruit or berries (2 servings)*

3

1,000 - 1,300

4

1

In addition to 1 cup of your favorite vegetables and 2 medium-sized pieces of fruit OR 1 cup of cubed fruit or berries*, add:
1 cup of low-fat or fat-free dairy (1 serving)

4-6

1,100 - 1,550

3

1

In addition to 1 cup of your favorite vegetables and 2 medium-sized pieces of fruit OR 1 cup of cubed fruit or berries* and 1 cup of low-fat or fat-free dairy, add:
4 to 6 oz serving of lean meat (1 serving)**
AND 1 serving of whole grain***


* Fresh, or, if canned, unsweetened and packed in juice, not syrup.
** Baked, poached, or broiled, not fried.
*** Examples: 1 slice of whole-grain bread, ½ whole-grain English muffin, ¾ cup high-fiber cereal, ½ cup whole-wheat pasta, or ½ cup brown rice.



Medifast makes no claim that these results are representative of all participants on the Medifast Program. Medifast recommends you consult with a physician before starting a weight-loss program. Individual results will vary. Fullness Index is a satiety calculation based on a food’s fiber, protein, and calorie content. The equation is: (grams of protein per serving + grams of fiber per serving) x 100, divided by number of calories per serving. The higher the number, the more fullness is derived from each calorie. Medifast has been recommended by more than 20,000 doctors since 1980. BeSlim Club Membership: Minimum purchase of $150 required to qualify for free standard shipping offer. First orders over $250 receive 28 free meals. Second orders over $250 receive an additional 28 free meals. See the BeSlim Club terms and conditions for complete details.
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