Week 4, Day 5

If you haven’t been keeping up, my weight has been pretty steady these last two-ish weeks, and the more days that go by with little to no weight loss the more I’m rethinking continuing fully with Medifast. I really believed Medifast and the science behind the diet would deliver no-nonsense weight loss that was engineered to work. But obviously this is like everything else in regards to a persons health: what works for some doesn’t work for others. Nutritional Support was really no help, as they told me exactly what their website says (everyone loses at different rates, menstruating women will see fluctuations around ovulation, drink lots of water, blah blah blah) so I don’t even have any clue what I’m doing wrong.

I’ve tried my best to be 100% On Plan this week, so I’m sure I would have seen better results by now. It’s not as though my body goes to sleep Saturday night, with some kind of report card on how well I’ve done, and THEN rewards me with lost pounds – as nice as that imagery is 😀 No, it should be happening every day, all week. At this point, I’ve got two days to lose weight, as I’m only 0.8 ounces less than I was two weeks ago.

Most people, when I talk about Medifast and how it works, are most skeptical of the very low net calories and not the carbohydrates. I’m wondering, if I were to increase my calorie range without increasing my carbohydrate range, if I would have better results? There are a lot of zero to very low carbohydrate foods I could add that would increase my fat, protein and calories but that’s it. Tuna is the first that comes to mind 😀 Interesting theory, that I might test depending on Sunday morning’s weigh in.

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1 Comment

  1. As you have state previously and is total common sense: every BODY works differently and it’s about finding what works for YOURS.

    I found by upping my calories (to a certain extent, OBVI) I lost a LOT of fat.

    I also found (not concurrently and I think this is VERY IMPORTANT) upping my protein WHEN I’M LIFTING WEIGHTS 3X A WEEK was a magical difference.

    To go back over that: at this point, I should be eating less, yo. But back when I was with WW (from 1985 when I became lifetime to let’s say 2009), somewhere In there towards that latter part, I learnt that my body needed MORE CALORIES.

    I’m not going to call it starvation mode because I’ve read too much that discounts that (scientifically, nobody should read Marie Claire, Shape or Self mags and think there’s more than 2% truth in the whole thing) BUT I will say finding ‘my zone’ of calories in did a body good!

    When I started lifting fairly heavy (like 70lb total for a squat but that’s not counting body weight cos I was using free weights AND we’re little, yo), I did get some stronger but it wasn’t til I force-fed myself protein that I started leaning out and showing a beach body. I would normally never call myself that but it’s what people I didn’t know said of me at the time.

    Then I broke myself, so don’t do that (recovery and rest times are in programmes for a reason, especially if you have autoimmune disease and I paid no attn to any cos I kept getting smaller and stronger and was in euphoria).

    Point is: right now adding calories would be bad. Right now, I’m not lifting so I don’t need 1g protein / lb of body weight (what I found works for me when lifting).

    But that took like a year of very serious experimenting and of course tracking everything!

    I say giving a month at anything is good. I’m so proud of you for EXPERIMENTING cos nothing will change if you don’t, right?

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