The LEAN portion of a lean & green meal includes 5-7 ounces (cooked weight) of lean protein or meatless protein (serving size varies depending on your protein choice) and 0-2 servings of healthy fat ( serving size varies depends on your protein choice). For a complete list of lean options and portion sizes, please refer to our Lean Options List (PDF) and our Meatless and Vegetarian Options List (PDF).
The GREEN portion of a lean & green meal includes 3 servings of low- carbohydrates/non-starchy vegetables from our Green Options List (PDF) ) Each serving of vegetables will be either 1/2 cup or 1 cup depending on the vegetable(s) you choose; choose any 3 vegetable servings to make up the full Green portion of your Lean & Green meal. For a complete list of approved vegetable choices and their respective serving sizes, please refer to our Green Options List (PDF).
All vegetables promote healthful eating; however, during the weight-loss phase of your plan, we do suggest that you avoid "higher carbohydrates" vegetables in order to enhance your weight-loss results. Once you transition to the maintenance phase of the program, we encourage you to include ALL vegetables for long-term health.
Our Green Options List (PDF) will help you identify the relative carbohydrates levels of these approved vegetables. *NOTE: Carrots, corn, potatoes, peas, onions, edamame, and Brussels sprouts are not recommended during the weight-loss phase of your Medifast Program, but you can include them in your diet again once you transition to the maintenance phase.
One of the great benefits of Medifast Meals is that they may be used interchangeably, so you can choose any five Medifast Meals you want for the 5 & 1 Plan.
The only Medifast Meals that you should limit to fewer than five per day are:
In addition to your five Medifast Meals and one Lean & Green Meal, you may choose one of the following optional items per day (NOTE: Snacks are not to be eaten in place of Medifast Meals or Lean & Green Meals.):
Eating more than one snack per day may hinder your weight-loss efforts. For tips to help you with slower weight loss, please refer to our Plateau Tips (PDF file).
*Be mindful that nuts are a rich source of healthy fat and additional calories-choose this optional snack sparingly.
Medifast does not recommend this. In order to maximize effectiveness and to ensure that you get all the nutrition your body requires, the Medifast 5 & 1 Plan (five Medifast Meals plus one Lean & Green Meal) should be followed as written, unless otherwise recommended by your physician.
The Lean & Green Meal contributes needed calories and dietary fiber, vital vitamins and minerals, protein to help protect lean muscle mass, and a small amount of dietary fat which is essential for absorbing fat-soluble vitamins and keeping the gallbladder at optimal health. The Lean & Green Meal also provides a once-a-day learning opportunity to better understand how to select and prepare healthy meals while still enjoying the convenience of the structured 5 & 1 Plan.
Medifast does not recommend frozen dinners (e.g., TV dinners) on the 5 & 1 Plan ? primarily due to their varying calorie levels, excessive sodium content, and lower protein and fiber levels than the 5 & 1 Plan provides.
Yes! Since 1980, Medifast is the brand recommended by over 20,000 doctors. Clinical studies by researchers from Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, as well as other major teaching universities, have shown the plan to be both effective and medically safe.
Medifast has been clinically proven through a number of controlled studies. Since 1980, more than 20,000 doctors have recommended Medifast Programs and Products to their patients and more than one million customers have safely used Medifast.
Individual results may vary. Clinical studies indicate that most people lose 2-5 pounds per week for the first two weeks and 1-2 pounds per week thereafter. The scale isn't the only test, so check other indicators such as your waistline measurement and how well your clothes are fitting you. Individual results may vary, and are dependent upon various factors such as your starting weight, targeted weight-loss goal, level of exercise, presence of medical conditions, use of medications, accuracy with diet compliance, etc. Medifast suggests that you consult with your physician prior to starting a weight-loss program.
Weight-loss programs are generally not covered by medical insurance, but please check with both your doctor and your insurance carrier for information relative to your individual circumstances. Some policies may cover weight-loss programs in conjunction with specific medical conditions in which obesity is a factor (such as primary diagnosis of type 2 diabetes or heart disease) and weight loss can lead to management or improvement of these conditions. But again, you will need to ask your doctor and your insurance carrier this question in order to receive an accurate answer based on your coverage and medical status. Medifast does not bill insurance companies on behalf of its customers.
Medifast won't abandon you the way fad diets have in the past. The Medifast Transition, Maintenance, and Exercise Plans pick up where the Medifast 5 & 1 Plan ends, and teach you how to sustain your weight-loss results long term!
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. Medifast is the brand recommended by more than 20,000 doctors since 1980. Typical weight loss on the Medifast 5 & 1 Plan® is 2-5 lbs per week for the first two weeks and 1-2 lbs per week thereafter.
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