Rumors have been circling about me not using Medifast. I will confirm that the rumors are true. I have some Medifast products left, but as of Monday, March 28th I am no longer using Medifast and stopping very low calorie - low carb dieting. I lost 75 lbs in 6 months following the 5 and 1 plan, both using all Medifast and also mixing in other similar products.
You may be wondering "Why fix something that isn't broken?" The bottom line is that the 5 and 1 low calorie, low carb diet plan is not sustainable for me. I want to learn how to eat how I will eat for the rest of my life. I want to learn how to eat a healthy and sustainable diet. I do know the argument that you should wait for transition and maintenance to hone on these skills. But the other part is I want to get serious about my fitness and I have not been able to successfully do so on such a low calorie, low carb eating plan.
Starting on Monday, I have been focusing on eating a healthy diet of balanced calories, carbs, protein and fat. I downloaded the My Fitness Pal app for my new Android phone and am following their diet recommendations to lose 2 lbs a week.
Net Calories Consumed* / Day 1,240 Calories / Day
Carbs / Day 171 g
Fat / Day 41 g
Protein / Day 47 g
*Net calories consumed = total calories consumed - exercise calories burned.
I am also reading the Body for Life for Women book written by Pam Peeke. This book is very well rounded because Pam Peeke focuses on the mind, mouth and body as a whole. She has slightly different advice for women depending on what hormonal life stage they are in. As far as the diet section, she says to eat 5-6 times a day which I am doing. I also starting working out again. I have noticed my workouts are better, I can put a lot more effort in, my mental clarity has been better and I just feel great this week!
Results of the first week won't be in until Sunday, but I am giving myself some leeway on the scale since I have made so many radical changes lately.