Packaged Meals and Clinics - Nutrisystem, Medifast, Jenny Craig, Etc - Medifast vs. New Lifestyle Diet vs. NutriSystem




Ethereal
07-28-2007, 07:13 PM
I hope nobody minds me starting another comparison/"what was your experience with..." thread. I've looked around this forum a lot, but generally the other similar threads seem interested in different qualities than I am.

My #1 concern is cost, as I don't make a lot of money, but I'm willing to cut my other extraneous expenses in order to try this. I've been counting calories and exercising for about a month now, but I'm really dreadful at pre-planning my menus (ie: I won't do it), and so my calorie totals at the end of each day aren't very consistent, nor are the nutrients I get those calories from. For instance, I want more than 100g of protein per day, but it's easy to fall short. I also fall short on calories often. That's why I want to try letting someone ELSE decide what I should eat for awhile.

So! Got a few questions for you all:

1.) What is your favorite plan of the three? Medifast, New Lifestyle Diet, or NutriSystem? And why, if you feel like sharing? :)

2.) BIG concern of mine: Are these diets safe to abruptly leave after your body's grown accustomed to them? Medifast and the New Lifestyle Diet in particular seem very similar (nutrient-wise) to low-carb diets where your whole body chemistry seems to readjust for the purpose of losing weight. My understanding is that when you lose weight on a low-carb diet, you can't just go back to eating a normal, healthy diet afterwards or you will gain weight due to the sudden reintroduction of carbs.

3.) I believe I noticed that all 3 plans net you daily calories below the 1200-for-women safe threshold. Now I understand a big part of that threshold is getting all the important nutrients your body needs to perform optimally, but another part is preventing your body from locking down and going into "starvation mode," where it's even harder to lose unwanted fat. Since I see a lot of people have lost weight on these plans regardless, I'm wondering why "starvation mode" isn't an issue for these extreme low-calorie diets? Is the body starving on this diet? And (related to #2) will it experience a sudden weight gain if quitting suddenly due to the panicked body storing every bit of fat it can as soon as you eat it?

4.) (The reason for asking #2 & #3 is: ) Is there any point to following any of these diets for only one month? I can't afford to stay on them long-term, but I would still like to shed a few pounds and stir up my body/metabolism by introducing something new and healthy, before going back to my usual diet (~1500 calories, ~50/30/20 c/p/f). If effective, I'd love going back on the diet for another month down the road; rinse, repeat.

Phew! That's a lot to answer; thanks in advance for the help! Any advice is very appreciated. :)


4cats2many
07-28-2007, 10:26 PM
I haven't tried the other diets, but I have experience with the nutrisystem program. Beginning March 3rd, I started the program. The diet is easy to follow and portable, but expensive. Besides the program food, you will need to supplement with fruits, vegetables and dairy. I think the program's advantage is it teaches portion better than any other plan I have followed. I have counted calories and tried weight watchers in the past. I have lost about 30 lbs and used the nutrisystem plan for 2 months. Basically, I am still using the nutrisystem plan, but using similar food and menus from the grocery store. It is working for me..... good luck with your diet

ShootingStar
07-29-2007, 10:19 AM
Ah, we Sagittarians do like to do research and ponder alot...
I am no help at all as I am starting New Lifestyle Diet tomorrow (assuming my package arrives on time). I know a place where you can find answers regarding the NLD, but you'll have to Google. Liquid diet discussion. I know of people who are maintaining weight losses of over 100 lbs, even 200. Have fun researching!


Ethereal
07-29-2007, 10:28 PM
Thanks for the help, guys! Let us know how you like NLD ShootingStar.

Can anyone give me any input about re-gaining weight if the plan is suddenly stopped? Because like I said, I can only afford 1 month right now, but I don't want to bother if my weight goes down and then right back up afterwards. :)

Suzanne 3FC
07-30-2007, 12:30 AM
Diets like Medifast and NLD could easily result in a quick regain if you are not careful, because they are very low calorie and low carb. Instead of stopping suddenly, it's recommended that you transition by gradually adding real foods back into your diet. You'll still need to watch your calories, probably for the rest of your life. The diet never stops. It's maintenance :) Nutrisystem would be about the same way, as are most diets. If you stop any diet plan, you risk regaining unless you very carefully monitor your calories.

Of the diets you listed, I would recommend Medifast first. I tried Nutrisystem and hated it, the quality of food was just horrible. However, some people do like it.

The NLD plan is very iffy, in my opinion. From what I've been told (and I've not verified it but it came from someone that researched this), it's just some guy that buys the mixes from a manufacturer that sells them in bulk to a lot of different places. There's not a medical team behind NLD to back it up. They get their products from Robard, who will do private labeling of their products for anyone. You can buy them from other online sources as well, often cheaper than NLD.
http://mydietshopz.com/
http://www.profoundfoods.com/

Medifast does cost more, but it's not the same product. There's a lot more research behind it, and you get support from a staff of nutritionists.

That's just my personal opinion :)

Ethereal
07-30-2007, 12:40 AM
Great, thanks Suzanne! I definitely plan on calorie counting and watching my portions for good, but my current self-constructed plan is ~1500 calories per day and 50% carbs or a lil more, which is a lot more (both calories and carbs) than a mostly-liquid diet like these.

I guess even if it's just one month I can start reverting my diet a week or so before the supply runs out, swapping out liquid meals for real ones, and that way the last week's supply will last even longer so it's a gradual shift. Hopefully ~2 weeks is enough to revert!

I guess I will go ahead and try it when I get the money. It's a lot of money to lose if it doesn't work (reverting back to normal calorie counting), but it's worth the chance that it might.

Thanks again.

ShootingStar
08-03-2007, 05:42 AM
Not to start a debate, but I gotta stick up for Hamilton, the guy that packages the stuff for New Lifestyle Diet. He offers a direct contact phone number and email and a street address for his company instead of just an online form that goes who knows where :dizzy: He even answers emails himself and started a blog years ago that turned into a liquid diet message board. The company is a member of the BBB with a satisfactory record (I researched all this before purchasing) too.

Hamilton removed 101 lbs with HMR, a liquid diet plan and has been maintaining that loss with New Lifestyle for over 5 years now. You can check him out through his new book "Creating Your New Lifestyle" by Hamilton C. Erridge at his website or through Amazon. The book isn't diet specific, it's for any plan, maybe a 3FC review is in order :D

Yeesh, it sounds like I work for him or something doesn't it? Well, if I ever move to California...

Thanks for the info Suzanne, I'm going to do more research, I love it!

Suzanne 3FC
08-05-2007, 07:04 PM
Offering some sort of telephone support is a requirement to be able to sell the product from the manufacturer. However, they don't require that you be a qualified dietitian. One of the reasons I would recommend Medifast first is that you have constant access to registered dietitians and staff who are qualified to answer medical questions. Unfortunately, most of us that battle weight problems also have a whole host of other medical problems that can be affected by the diets we choose to follow. When following a vLCD such as these, the chance of needing professional help is higher.

I'm not saying NLD is bad, I'm just saying it's not the same thing as Medifast. The product is different, and the support is different. It may be a good option for a lot of people. But it's not the same thing, and Medifast would be a better option in my opinion :)

sarahsthin
08-06-2007, 11:36 AM
I want the know the difference between medifast and slim-fast? I started medifast yesterday and hate the taste of the chili, minestone soup so far. I am just starting so I don't know what else I will dislike. But why can't slim-fast be substituted for it. If someone keeps the calories at 1000like medifast? I think it would cheaper.
I tried NS and the price and taste was terrible. My husband was not happy because I was eating different foods then the family. So I stopped.

Suzanne 3FC
08-09-2007, 12:05 AM
Medifast is a low carb, low glycemic, low fat, and low calorie diet designed for quick weight loss. You mix the products with water, and you eat 5 Medifast per day along with one Lean and Green meal.

Slimfast has twice as many calories when blended as instructed on the package, so you can't have as many per day, and may get hungry. It has more carbs, which can affect weight loss speed when compared to Medifast. The nutrients are different, too.

Slimfast is well suited for someone that just has a few pounds to lose. Medifast is designed for someone with a lot of weight to lose.

I've tried Medifast and agree that the soups are not good. I enjoyed the drink mixes, puddings, chai, and everything else.

Jen415
08-20-2007, 09:48 PM
Not to start a debate, but I gotta stick up for Hamilton, the guy that packages the stuff for New Lifestyle Diet. He offers a direct contact phone number and email and a street address for his company instead of just an online form that goes who knows where :dizzy: He even answers emails himself and started a blog years ago that turned into a liquid diet message board. The company is a member of the BBB with a satisfactory record (I researched all this before purchasing) too.




Just wanted to put in my two cents for Hamilton as well...I've spoken with him on the phone--he's a really upstanding fellow! He runs a good discussion board for liquid diets. If I were to ever go the liquid diet route again, I would use his products.

K8-EEE
08-21-2007, 01:39 AM
I am one of those people who spends a lifetime gaining and losing the same 25 pounds, but just to put my 2 cents in, I know two people who have gone on medifast and both of them had great short term results and awful long term results. One of them (my sister) did it for her wedding, she lost the weight but gained twice as much back and feels that this program really wrecked her metabolism. The other lady I know lost 85 pounds, looked awesome, but gained back almost 100 lbs and now is having trouble budging it with any other diet, but is sick to death of all those products to the point where she can't be in the same room with them. Genie Francis of General Hospital fame has a blog re: being on this diet and I was struck with the fact that even going out to eat she has to bring this stuff-there's not flexibility....I think it sounds like an awful program but it must work for SOMEBODY just to stay in business I guess!

eander5696
08-21-2007, 11:14 AM
I tried Medifast and hated everything. I kept ordering more, thinking, I would find something I liked.Every soup had to have so many spices and boullion added to it so I could eat it that it was a huge hassle. The chili has to "steep" for several minutes to soften up the beans, it just was not good tasting enough to me to keep on it, with the amount of money I was spending.Thats just my opinion, I havent tried the others, so I can't comment.

StillTryin
08-21-2007, 01:10 PM
I Have tried....
Slimfast...wow I was just hungry a lot on this.

Medifast...wasnt hungry but the food was not tasty at all with maybe a couple of exceptions

Nutrisystem...well basically the food was "ok", nothing spectacular, but it wasnt so bad I couldnt eat it...I didnt like spending all that money and still having to add store bought "fresh" foods to it, so it was spendy!

Diet to go.....fresher food, but again not as tasty as I had hoped and way to expensive to stay on, so I only did a weeks worth.

GOOD LUCK, IT IS A HARD CHOICE TO MAKE!

K8-EEE
08-21-2007, 01:56 PM
I'm wondering if anybody's tried making your own pre-made/measured diet meals? I know it sounds like a lot of work but if there was a reference/cookbook type thing out there, it would be kind of cool to form a sort of network with other dieters and each cook a big batch of something healthy on the weekend, freeze in individual portions and switch around with each other!

My problem is I don't know any other dieters, my friends and family for whatever reason are ridiculously healthy. I was even thinking of advertising at Craigslist for like-minded do-it-yourselfers to form a diet cooking co-op and suport group, but I was thinking, how would I know if they were good cooks, or had clean kitchens, or if they were psychos or something?

Anyhow just an idea I've been kicking around. I love the convenience of pre-made & pre-measured meals, but with my familiy's finances it's just not feasible for mom to have her own grocery budget!

Amarantha2
08-21-2007, 08:32 PM
K8-EEE, sounds like you have an interesting business concept there. Maybe you should start some kind of for-profit service that would set up the kind of networks you are talking about, bringing like-minded dieters together, checking on their kitchens, etc., you'd have to have contractors in different areas to actually meet with the people ... it could all be coordinated on the internet. You'd have to have a business license, etc. ...

StillTryin
08-23-2007, 03:44 PM
They have something like that in the upper mid-west...called Sociale you go in a it is a commercial kitchen the menu changes monthly and you make and take your own food, it freezes and you just heat and eat..... A diet based one sounds neat (or should I say HEALTHY MEALS one)

Lisa145
09-04-2007, 03:49 PM
New Lifestyles uses corn syrup solids and partially hydrogenated oils and aspartame. That was enough for me to steer clear.

I've tried Medifast, which is better quality than NLD because they do not use the above three ingredients, and I found the food to be very tasty and the diet easy to follow. However, I quit Medifast because I did not think the cost was worth it when I can create my own low-cal, whole food program, pre-measured into 6 small meals/day, which yields the same results.

I have also tried nutrisystem and actually *gained* weight on it the first month because of all the sodium, soy, and preservatives and it made me *very* bloated. So I quit after one month.

Hope this helps. :)

purplepansy912
09-05-2007, 03:05 PM
I lost weight and got to goal twice with weight watchers, and twice gained it all back. If you don't manintain and learn how to eat properly you will gain it back, not matter what the program is.

I have opted for medifast as a fast, healthy, and shorter way of losing. When I get to goal once again...I will have to change my way of thinking...

NinaDoc
09-14-2007, 08:04 PM
Hey this post is useful I was just reading about these diet meal deliveries (body-philosophy.net/meal_delivery_services_weightloss) and trying to decide which one to order from.

mcz1970
10-21-2008, 09:59 AM
New Lifestyles uses corn syrup solids and partially hydrogenated oils and aspartame. That was enough for me to steer clear.

I've tried Medifast, which is better quality than NLD because they do not use the above three ingredients, and I found the food to be very tasty and the diet easy to follow. However, I quit Medifast because I did not think the cost was worth it when I can create my own low-cal, whole food program, pre-measured into 6 small meals/day, which yields the same results.

I have also tried nutrisystem and actually *gained* weight on it the first month because of all the sodium, soy, and preservatives and it made me *very* bloated. So I quit after one month.

Hope this helps. :)

NLD may use those ingrediants, but I ingest them in everything else too. Are you saying that you don't? It's okay to ingest all that stuff from our local grocery store isles, but when it comes to the weightloss product, we have to get picky?

Don't get me wrong, I noticed those ingrediants too. While I'd rather not have them either, If I am going to lose weight quickly and then go into maintenance, I shouldn't be consuming the products long term, right?

The difference between NLD and Medifast for me is:

1. Medifast is soy protein (not good for some thyroid issues), while NLD uses whey protein.
2. NLD is sooooooooooo much cheaper. You order 28 boxes of NLD AND can customize to a certain extent without having to pay a huge amount of extra money. Medifast is the same price for their 4 week kit that only includes 20 boxes and if you customize, you don't get a price break. Oh, and Medifast is the same price only if you use the $50 or $55 off coupons that one can find on the web.

3. NLD offers free UPS shipping on orders over $200. You don't need a special code or anything. If you order from NLD before 5pm, your order is shipped the same day.


These are just a few and I will be ordering from NLD when my Medifast runs out.

Jentampa
12-15-2009, 09:38 AM
I tried Nutrtisystem several times without much success, it was too hard to stick to for me because I was always hungry and the weight loss was so slow I couldn't stay motivated. I have never done the new lifestyle one and I never heard of it until today. I did do Medifast about 3 1/2 years ago and lost 110 pounds in a little over 6 months. I maintained the weight loss until recently when I became pregnant :). With how easy it was to lose the weight with Medifast the first time, I am not concerned about losing all my weight again as soon as the baby is born. I whole heartedly recommend this program to anyone who wants to lose weight. As far as keeping it off, the huge key is making sure that you do their transition program properly!!!! If you don't transition you have a good chance of gaining. Good luck :)!!!
Oh as far as the price, I saved a lot of money when I went on the program, not only is the food cheaper than most crap that I was eating before, but when you use the discounts (ordering through a free health coach is the cheapest way) it comes out to be less than $2 per meal, when you can even eat at the grocery store for that. The support part was really really important to me too, if I didn't have someone to talk to and keep me accounatable I may not have done as well.

Jentampa
12-15-2009, 09:45 AM
I'm wondering if anybody's tried making your own pre-made/measured diet meals? I know it sounds like a lot of work but if there was a reference/cookbook type thing out there, it would be kind of cool to form a sort of network with other dieters and each cook a big batch of something healthy on the weekend, freeze in individual portions and switch around with each other!

My problem is I don't know any other dieters, my friends and family for whatever reason are ridiculously healthy. I was even thinking of advertising at Craigslist for like-minded do-it-yourselfers to form a diet cooking co-op and suport group, but I was thinking, how would I know if they were good cooks, or had clean kitchens, or if they were psychos or something?

Anyhow just an idea I've been kicking around. I love the convenience of pre-made & pre-measured meals, but with my familiy's finances it's just not feasible for mom to have her own grocery budget!

There is a website called time savor gourmet that has great recipes, the meals are pre prepared, but they are calculated on portion of protein and veggies

Jentampa
12-15-2009, 09:48 AM
Thanks for the help, guys! Let us know how you like NLD ShootingStar.

Can anyone give me any input about re-gaining weight if the plan is suddenly stopped? Because like I said, I can only afford 1 month right now, but I don't want to bother if my weight goes down and then right back up afterwards. :)

Don't do it if you can only do one month and you have to stop abruptly, if you drop your calories down and cut foods out of your diet then rapidly increase your calories and reintroduce foods you will likely gain weight quickly, maybe even more than you lost uring the month. You would probably be better off supplementing and reducing your calories, but of course then you won't have the rapid weight loss either...

jritchie70
12-30-2009, 12:15 AM
New Lifestyles uses corn syrup solids and partially hydrogenated oils and aspartame. That was enough for me to steer clear.

I've tried Medifast, which is better quality than NLD because they do not use the above three ingredients, and I found the food to be very tasty and the diet easy to follow. However, I quit Medifast because I did not think the cost was worth it when I can create my own low-cal, whole food program, pre-measured into 6 small meals/day, which yields the same results.

I have also tried nutrisystem and actually *gained* weight on it the first month because of all the sodium, soy, and preservatives and it made me *very* bloated. So I quit after one month.

Hope this helps. :)

hi, sorry so late to the thread...

Did you find that your own 6 meal whole food diet plan worked for you? If so, I'd really like to hear more about it.
Thanks!

LilEmma
02-20-2010, 01:33 PM
I Have tried....
Slimfast...wow I was just hungry a lot on this.

Medifast...wasnt hungry but the food was not tasty at all with maybe a couple of exceptions

Nutrisystem...well basically the food was "ok", nothing spectacular, but it wasnt so bad I couldnt eat it...I didnt like spending all that money and still having to add store bought "fresh" foods to it, so it was spendy!

Diet to go.....fresher food, but again not as tasty as I had hoped and way to expensive to stay on, so I only did a weeks worth.

GOOD LUCK, IT IS A HARD CHOICE TO MAKE!

Can you share with me what plan HAS worked for you? I'm reading the boards and getting info to make an educated decision. Thanks!

chickapea
02-26-2010, 12:03 PM
Edited to add: LOL I just realized this thread was way old... I wonder how it turned out? Oh well, maybe my response will help someone else. :D
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I think all of these programs are really intended for longer term use with gradual transition to whole foods, BUT if you are really set on using one just in the short term, I'd throw my hat in with Medifast.

But if you do it - you should be 100% on program for that month, or else you're just wasting your money, and it is pricey. It's completely worth it to me because it got me out of basically a 5 year funk where I felt like diets and exercise just weren't working.

I think if you carefully control your calories and carbs immediately after going off of MF, you won't experience that immediate re-gain that people have if they go from doing Atkins to eating pasta and cheese fries the next day like I did 5 years ago. :D

Also, Medifast is not an extremely low carb program, just low enough to keep you from being hungry all the time. Just one of the bars can have almost as much carbs as I would eat in one day on induction of Atkins.

I like Lisa's idea of prepping her own small meals - I think that's what transition and maintenance is going to look like for me after hitting goal. Because every time I buy MF food I think, WOW that's a lot of money for 7 smores crunch bars. ;)
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Joanzen
08-17-2013, 02:18 PM
I saw the comments and Im ready to give my personal feed back. Im 3 weeks into New LifeStyle diet...maybe -2 pounds.
I love the taste of the food but no luck so far :?: and the cost is very affordable for me.

I have tried Medifast through the help of my Doctor and lost 34 pounds...that has never happened since 1999. The is when I got pregnant :o
I stopped because the Taste of the food was bad, Cost was very high, Auto payment, and physically upset my digestive system (GI track-doctor said to stop eating it).
I actually lost my appetite because of the thought of eating it made me sick. :p...but so far the only diet that helped. Unfortunately, I gained all + 5 pounds back and I'm at the beginning again:dizzy:

Before that I was on SlimFast, never budged weight...
Nutrisystem, Never effected my weight, Taste bad, and $$$...
Atkins, Lost 10-20 and all came back, taste good, and easy to find at Walmart, cost oK because it is mostly real food...
Weight Watchers, lost 20 all came back and really food but always hungry...that was in my 20's so that does not count...wonderful youth!!!!:cheer:

If you read this far? ....little about me. Late 40's, early-menopausal:flame:, 5'8", in 20's 125-140 pounds, 30's 155-160:preg:, I have always exercised a hour a day:carrot::swim::strong::exercise:, ate eat low fat, low sugar foods, drink tons of water, drink wine 2x a week:cheers:, very happy in life, and now on to a endocrinologist doctor + dietitian to get answers?

Maybe this helps someone :shrug::dancer:or not but good luck:goodluck: and give me your feed bad :blah::blah::blah::sunny::thanks:

Lolo70
08-17-2013, 03:04 PM
Of the three, I have only tried Medifast, so cannot give you subjective advice. I am a foodie and I was concerned about eating artificial food, but I have to say I loved it. I discovered I can only efficiently loose weight on a low carb diet and packaged foods took the hassle of counting calories and carbs out of it. I added spices, a few veggies, and fresh herbs to everything and generally cooked the foods rather than microwave them. Medifast puts you in mild ketosis. Because of that I was not hungry and I have the impression that fat loss is encouraged. I did exercise for a while before going on this diet,so I had some muscles and those were preserved during the diet.

As to starvation mode, I am not sure that really exists. If you are overweight/obese, your body carries plenty of fat, which can be used as a fuel. What I noticed myself now on low carb and very low carb diets is that thyroid hormone levels are reduced when starved for carbs. In people with normal thyroid function, this may not be a problem. But if you are subclinical, you should monitor carefully. Once thyroid hormones go down sufficiently, your metabolism goes into the cellar. If these diets are done for a couple of months only, this should not be a problem. Medifast is only mildly ketogenic, which preserves thyroid function much better. I had to recently stop another very low carb diet that only provided half the carb than Medifast does because of thyroid problems.

As to regaining, I think it is a personal issue. Some people will feel deprived on these diets and once at goal, they just fall back into old habits. Phasing off should help as was already recommended above. I think Medifast does a pretty good job in this regard. I did not phase off, but I keep track of what I eat. 1500 calories are enough to loose at a very slow rate. My maintenance is around 1800 (age factor is terrible). I exercise, too. Once you stop with these limiting diets, you have to find the range of calories that keep your weight stable and in most cases, this range will be much lower than you'd like. I don't like sweets and desserts and don't eat fast food or go out regularly. This makes it pretty easy for me to maintain. But you will have to remain alert forever. For me, weight loss is mostly a battle that happens in the head.

You can purchase entire lots of food on Ebay to save money. Medifast really kickstarted my weight loss and was a complete eye opener regarding the role of carbs in my previous weight gain. It was worth every dollar. I actually just re-started it to tackle the next 10-20 lbs.

kaplods
08-17-2013, 03:18 PM
"The Simple Diet," is an even more affordable meal replacement option using grocery store alternatives. The book is written by a doctor who is not only a weight loss researcher, but also a weight loss patient. His coauthor is a dietitian.

Like the New Lifestyle Diet, The Simple Diet is modeled after HMR ( Health Management Resources, a weight loss product and services company used in medical weight loss programs in hospitals and medical schools).

The Simple Diet gives calorie, protein, and fat guidelines for selecting, making, and using shakes, soups, bars, and entrees (and for selecting the fruits and vegetables required).

Lolo70
08-17-2013, 03:39 PM
Thanks, Kaplods. Noticed this was an old post. I will use up my old Medifast foods, see whether my thyroid agrees, and in the meantime check out your links.

FattyFatFat
08-18-2013, 11:08 PM
Not sure which of the 3 named would be the best route in your circumstance (or any really, i guess you kinda have to sample them and see what you like) but as far as your thyroid issue... what kind of thyroid issue is it specifically? Hypothyroidism or what? I'm asking because I might be able to send you more detailed info on what you should/should not be eating, and other things of that nature to help you NATURALLY.

Lolo70
08-19-2013, 10:13 PM
It looks like I am subclinical hypo. I do not have any symptoms other than slow weight loss. And I cannot be on a very low carb diet (30-40g/day) as this reduces active thyroid hormone levels below what I can live on. I have been on Medifast before and seem to do fine. I just got back to it and am experimenting with carb cycling. And I am diving back into Ayurveda to boost thyroid hormones.

seabiscuit
08-20-2013, 08:59 PM
Hi...

I just re-ordered from Medifast for the first time in awhile. I had success with it a few years ago and I lost about 20-30 lbs about ten years ago. I tried Nutrisystem but I found the people on the bulletin boards online were so nasty and rude, the food wasn't good at all and I was not a fan. I haven't tried New Lifestyle Diet, actually I never heard of it until this thread. I prefer Medifast because of the success I had awhile back, the good online bulletin boards, people are professional on the phone and the cost isn't outrageous. I found that Jenny Craig's cost was astronomical, I know that JC wasn't considered in the title of this thread. In comparison, I have never done Medifast's program in their centers, I called about that and those prices also seemed very, very high. I think that the Medifast online program is better for me right now. I tried Take Shape for Life, the Medifast health coach program and I felt pressured into purchasing food, much like the pressure I felt with JC's consultants.

Well, good luck to everyone on these and other weight loss programs. I'm looking forward to restarting Medifast.

justIowaMom
09-25-2013, 11:48 AM
I am going to try Medifast again. I have had success with it in the past. For the soups, etc., you have to tweak some of them with herbs and spices to make them more palatable.

punmama
09-30-2013, 11:51 AM
Has anyone tried or heard of Wonder Slim? I used to be on the New Lifestyle diet but found out that the shakes and foods ( most of them) are better and cheaper on the Diet Direct website. Wonder Slim is the same principle as Medifast too. If you have any questions please let me know. By the way Diet Direct has sales every week you just have to be included on their emails.

PersistentA
12-17-2013, 04:11 PM
Medifast tends to be soy based and I didn't care for the taste - it gave me indigestion, but I believe this is because I am sensitive to soy products (didn't know that before I ordered but found out quickly). It is also more expensive than the other plans.

New Lifestyle is the same product as Wonderslim, just packaged under a different name. Both are manufactured by Robard. I stopped using their products as Hamilton was charging me a shipping fee (and tax) and I found the product cheaper elsewhere.

I moved on to Diet Direct and have been very happy with them and their products. They now offer a rewards and a referral program, which really makes a difference each month.

Good luck to everyone in their weight loss goals!