Sometimes people ask me if there is any way that someone can replicate the medifast diet on their own. I find that many people who ask this question feel like they can save some money by doing this. In my experience, not only is this not the case, but finding healthy foods that are low enough in calories, carbohydrates, and sugars, while still high in protein, is a very difficult task. And in my opinion, this will be necessary to get the results you would get with medifast. You should be able to get into ketosis the same way you would on the diet, and this combination can be quite difficult (and expensive) to find at the grocery store or health food store. To demonstrate this point, in the following article, I will show you some comparisons between medifast foods and popular grocery store items.
Find something comparable to Medifast oatmeal: Probably the breakfast item I enjoy the most on this diet is oatmeal. I know some people ask me if you can find something similar on the market, but if there is an alternative, I have not found it. Diet oatmeal has just 100 calories, 15 grams of carbohydrates, one gram of sugar, and 11 grams of protein. In contrast, the Quaker brand has (depending on the flavor) 120 calories, 27 carbohydrates and a high of 12 grams of sugar. There are only 3 grams of protein. If you look, you will probably see that it is very difficult to find a similar oatmeal with the same proportions.
Is there anything similar to Medifast Brownie ?: If there is, I haven’t found it either. The diet brownie can be served hot and tastes quite decadent, but it only has 110 calories, 15 grams of carbs, 8 grams of sugar, and 11 grams of protein. Of course, this product is a bit higher in sugar, but this is included in the diet and I can’t imagine finding another brownie product that is that high in protein and lower in sugar. I am very impressed that you can eat a brownie while on this diet. Not only that, but there are no restrictions for this meal. You can enjoy it quite often if you like.
Are there compatible Medifast shakes ?: This is the question that I am asked the most. And I have looked at several, which have not met my criteria. The 55 shakes in the Basic Women’s Pack have just 90 calories, 15 carbs, 8 sugars, and 11 protein. Compare this to specialty K shakes that have not only 180 calories, but also about ten more grams of sugar and about 16 more carbohydrates. Some of the thin quick shakes pack in a huge excess of 200 calories, 20 grams of fat, and 40 grams of carbohydrates.
Supermarket bars as opposed to Medifast bars: This diet has a maintenance bar that is limited to just one per day because the calories, carbohydrates, and sugars are slightly higher. But the crunch bars, which are pretty good too, aren’t limited in this way. Like other foods, they barely exceed the 100 calorie mark and have only 12 carbohydrates, two sugars, and 11 grams of protein. Compare that to a bar like Kashi or Special K that has between 11 and 13 grams of sugar.
People often ask me things like “Does 10 extra grams of sugar or carbohydrates really make a big difference?” In terms of ketosis, it really can. Every gram counts here and getting the right ratio of these things with a high enough amount of protein is very important if you are trying to get into fat burning mode. And, since you can have these differences in each of the six meals, throughout the day, you can really see a big difference in what you are eating.
Do you really save money at the grocery store ?: Like I said, many people are looking for an alternative because they are trying to save money. In my experience, almost anything that is remotely comparable will be a very specialized product that will be much more expensive than typical foods. Since coupon codes can often reduce the cost of medifast meals to just over $ 2, you may not save as much as you think, if at all, depending on where you live. Not only that, you may still be walking away with more calories, carbohydrates, and sugars (and less protein) than you would if you were on the diet.