Medifast FAQ’s

Medifast Food Info while Pregnant

What does it cost?

The average of $16 a day the average American adult spends on food (U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics 2006 Consumer Expenditure Survey).  For people who use the Take Shape for Life Medifast program for healthy weight loss – the daily cost is about $11/day (or $299.50/month when you take advantage of our convenient Variety Packages; buying foods individually may cost slightly more).

During pregnancy, you will not be using the Take Shape for Life Medifast progam to lose weight- but instead, use these high quality,  nutritionally balanced mini meals to help you eat your recommended 6 small portioned meals through out the day.  These mini meals are perfect for the ‘Grab and Go’ meal during pregnancy.  Depending on which of the 70 plus food choices you order, if you consume 2-3 a day, your cost is about $2-3 per meal.  When you are on the go – that is a great savings, provides you peace of mind, and helps you get the fiber you need and avoid unhealthy food choice fillers.

Medifast does not charge enrollment or membership fees, so you’ll pay only for your food!

Most people find the cost of Medifast comparable to what they’re already spending on food.  Between the grocery store and fast food, we spend much more money on food than we realize, and we often don’t make the healthiest of choices. When you also consider the additional benefits inherent in every Medifast Meal (doctor-formulated, vitamin- fortified, portion-controlled), Medifast equates to an even greater value. What’s more, if you’re currently spending money on prescriptions for high blood pressure, high cholesterol, or type 2 diabetes, getting to a healthy weight can reduce – or even eliminate – your need for these costly meds.

Can I do the program if I am a vegetarian?

Yes. There are numerous vegetarian-friendly options (without meat or meat- derivatives, but may contain egg or dairy) available within the Medifast Meal lineup. For specific information, refer to our complete list of Vegetarian Products (PDF). You can substitute Meatless Options (PDF)for the Lean portion of the Lean & Green Meal. Additional Meatless Options are available on our Lean Options List (PDF). Low- carbohydrates vegetables that you can use in your Lean & Green Meal can be referenced through our Green Options List (PDF.


How often should I have my Medifast Meals?
Health and nutrition experts have come to agree that the best way to stay healthy, maintain a good weight, keep blood sugar levels even and obtain vitality, we should eat ‘mini meals’ every 2 to 3 hours.  Depending on your height, weight, age and level of physical activity, daily caloric needs vary from person to person.  A good rule of thumb though, is for the average person to consume between 1200 and 2000 kcal per day.

It is important to start each day with a schedule, allotting specific times for eating your meals. Build 6 time slots for meals into your daily schedule and strive to be as consistent with this eating schedule as possible. If you know your schedule will shift a little (perhaps on weekends), make sure to shift your meal times accordingly.

For Pregnancy we recommend that you eat your 2-3 Medifast Meals and the other 2-3 meals  within a 24-hour period, regardless of what time your day starts. No matter when your day starts, try to have your first meal within an hour of waking, then eat another meal every two to three hours after that.

Eating every 2 to 3 hours helps to keep blood sugar levels more stable, ward off hunger, and keep metabolism active.

What type of soy is in Medifast?

Medifast uses Supro® brand soy protein, a high-quality complete protein derived from soybeans. Supro® is produced by The Solae Company. The Solae Company has been conducting soy protein research for more than 30 years.

What are the benefits of soy?
Not only is soy protein a source of high-quality protein, it is thought to play both a preventative and therapeutic role in the following:

  • Studies show naturally occurring isoflavones (such as those in Supro® brand soy protein) have increased the mineral content and density of bones, which may protect against the risk of bone fractures and osteoporosis.
  • Studies have indicated that a regular intake of soy foods may help to prevent hormone-related cancers such as breast cancer, prostate cancer, and colon cancer.
  • Soy works to lower LDL cholesterol (bad cholesterol) levels in the blood. Reductions in LDL cholesterol have been shown to help decrease the risk for heart disease.
  • Soy may reduce triglyceride levels and increases HDL cholesterol levels (good cholesterol), which further reduces the risk of heart disease.
  • Soy isoflavones, which are a natural phytoestrogen source, may help reduce menopausal symptoms such as hot flashes or night sweats.
  • Soy is a complete protein, providing all of the essential amino acids.

How much fiber do Medifast Meals contain?

Medifast Meals contain 3-6 grams of dietary fiber (with the average Medifast Meal providing approximately 4-5 grams),depending on which Meals you choose. You’ll also get fiber from the “Green” portion of your Lean & Green Meal. For the amount of fiber in specific Medifast Meals, please refer to our Product Nutrition Quick Profile (PDF).


When should I re-order Medifast?

Re-order at least 1 week before your supply runs out. Allow a minimum of 3 to 5 business days for shipping. Add MedifastTrack Expedited Processing to your order during checkout and we’ll push your order to the front of the line so you get your products faster than ever.

Does Medifast ship to Canada and other countries?

Medifast cannot ship Medifast products to Canada (or other countries). Please contact the Medifast Customer Care at (800) 209-0878 if you have any questions about our shipping policy.

What is your shipping policy?
All orders are processed within 24 hours and shipped the next business day. Allow five to seven business days for standard shipping, or three to four business days for expedited shipping (additional charge). V.I.P. Membership orders of $225 or more (total after coupons and discounts) get FREE standard shipping anywhere in the U.S. Non-V.I.P. Membership orders of $275 or more (total after coupons and discounts) get half-price standard shipping anywhere in the U.S

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