What You'll Eat

Following the plan is simple!
What you’ll eat each day while on the 5 & 1 Plan®:

5 Medifast Meal Replacements + 1 Lean & Green Meal

Meal Plan Quick Facts

  • On the 5 & 1 Plan® you must eat 5 Medifast meal replacements per day.
  • Each meal replacement has a similar nutritional footprint to keep you thoroughly nourished.
  • Choose from more than 70 meal replacements that you can enjoy in any order or at any time each day.
  • Each low-glycemic meal is low in calories and fat.
  • Medifast meal replacements are formulated to make you feel satisfied, and not deprived, between meals.
  • Your daily Lean & Green Meal lets you enjoy real food while losing weight. Just follow our simple shopping list guidelines.
  • After a few days on the 5 & 1 Plan®, your body will reach a mild fat-burning state, so you can lose quickly while preserving muscle tissue.

Medifast Meal Replacements

Eat 5 per day on the 5 & 1 Plan®

Sample Meal Replacement
Nutritional Profile


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You get to eat 5 Medifast meal replacements per day while on the
Medifast 5 & 1 Plan®.

What is a Medifast meal replacement?

Meal replacements are the staple of the Medifast Weight Loss method. Each serving counts as one meal out of your daily 5 while on the 5 & 1 Plan®.

Meal replacements are completely interchangeable meaning that you can eat ANY 5 per day and get the same benefits, nutrition and weight-loss results.

Choose from over 70 different meal replacement options.

Whether you desire something sweet, savory, chewy, crunchy, hearty, hot, or cold, Medifast has your cravings covered.

What’s in a Medifast meal replacement?

Each Medifast meal replacement is fortified with the essential vitamins and minerals you need for a healthy, sustained weight loss.

Our carbohydrate-controlled, low-fat meal replacements are all based on a similar nutritional footprint, so you’re assured of getting great nutrition every day.

Your Lean & Green Meal

Eat 1 per day on the 5 & 1 Plan

You can have your Lean & Green Meal any time of day—breakfast, lunch, dinner, or in between—whatever works best for your schedule. If you like, you can divide the meal into two portions and eat half of it at a time. The choice is yours.

Every Lean & Green meal includes 5 to 7 oz. of lean protein, plus three servings of vegetables and up to two servings of healthy fats, depending on your lean protein choices. You put it all together to create an “Official Lean & Green Meal” or you can break it up throughout the day to reach your daily nutritional requirement.

Lean and Green Cookbook

From the Medifast
Lean & Green Cookbook

Spicy Garlic Lime Shrimp

Cook Time: 5-10 Minutes
Calories: 340

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About the “Lean”

Choose the appropriate serving size of any protein from the Medifast Lean Options list. We’ve broken down protein options into the Lean, Leaner, and Leanest. All options are appropriate for the Medifast 5 & 1 Plan®—it’s just divided this way to help you make informed food choices.

If you require meatless choices, please refer to our Meatless Options List.

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About the “Green”

Each day, you’ll choose three servings from our Green Options list for each of your Lean & Green Meals.

Again, to make it easy for you, we’ve broken down vegetable options into Lower, Moderate, and Higher Carbohydrate levels. All options are appropriate on the Medifast 5 & 1 Plan®—the list is divided this way to help you make informed food choices.

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Plan-Approved Extras

If up until now you had visions of bland meat and vegetables in your head, please stop now.

About Condiments

Keep the spice in your life while you lose weight!

To flavor your meals and make your weight-loss plan more enjoyable, you have the option of adding condiments to your daily Lean & Green selections. Really, you can add them to any meal you choose.

Our Condiments List will show you what you can add to your daily plan to spice up your meals. You’ll be surprised!

About Snacks

What about snacks? I like to snack!

If you find yourself craving a little something extra, enjoy an optional snack from our plan-approved list.


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