The majority of people do not stay on these packaged diets, but the companies are making lots of money as there are always new people trying them. What with 7 out of 10 American adults overweight, there will always be a market. Manufactur2rs spend big bucks to advertising firms to get people on their products.
There is NO MAGIC in these foods, none of them. The only thing is the convenience, if you can put up with the taste, not to mention that you must have several hundred to toss out the window every month.
I have been on their web sites and read their ingredients. One famous bar contains 6 artificial sugar alcohols, including maltitol syrup. Anything with maltitol syrup will double me up with abdominal pain.
My sister asked me how I lost my weight. She was thinking of getting on Medifast, but couldn't afford it, so I suggested she do what I did to lose my weight.
My suggestions to her were:
Cut your food consumption in half. YES IN HALF!
Don't have seconds, EVER!
Eat healthy foods, fruit, vegetables and lean meats.
Eat several small meals per day. I eat six.
Drink lots of water.
One of my meals used to be a Pria nutrition bar (110 calories) while I was losing weight. Now that I've lost the weight, I'm allowing myself a Luna nutrition bar (180 calories) for woman. These cost $1.00 each and contain lots of vitamin and minerals and soy protein. I buy them at Wal-Mart in a box of 6 for $5.00. A box containing 7 Medifast bars (110 calories) would cost me $16.25 plus shipping. There is nothing magical about all these different diets. Ever take a look at what famous brand diet bars which are outdated or nearly so are selling on eBay? Ridiculous! People must think they have something magical in them. That's all I can figure out.
When I saw my sister, last week she looked fantastic. She is losing weight just by cutting her portions in half. She's choosing healthy foods, eating smaller more frequent meals and is never hungry.
On my diet, you save money because you are eating half of the food you ate before. So your grocery money stretches further.
Last edited by Theresa; 01-24-2010 at 12:02 PM.