So stop drinking your meals! You don't have to have *any* shakes. You can do all bars, or puffs and pretzels, you can make soups, you can make bagels or chips out of the soups, scrambled eggs, brownies, etc. No need to drink a single meal if you don't want to!.
And from what I've read on the boards, it's a bazillion times easier to go straight through than to start and stop...
Also, you've got no ticker so I don't know if this applies. But Nutrisystem recommends 4&2 for those with more than 50 pounds to lose. I did it for 6 weeks and it saved me from that constant desperate hunger...
I took two months off Medifast for my wedding and honeymoon..
This was a once-in-a-lifetime occasion, so I did and still do feel like it was justified..
However, I gained 13 pounds in that two months, which I partially attribute to not going through transition and into maintenance..
Also, trying to start back the second time was a million times more difficult than starting the first time..
My advide: stick it out to the end. Don't take a break. It's too hard to get back to it once you've taken some time off...
What do you mean "make a bagel"? I've heard references to oatmeal cookies and now bagels... I thought we couldn't have those kind of things?..
I have a ticker on my "My Page", but don't know how to add it to my posts.....
In 2008, I did Medifast for 6 months, lost 100 pounds and then thought I knew it all and could manage on my own...Not. I gained some back. But I did spend the time getting my head on straight, so this time (started Feb 2010), I've stuck to the plan better and I've seen good losses. I have now been on plan about 8 1/2 months and I have probably 12-15 more to go.
Does it seem endless some days? You bet, but I'm not going to keep losing unless I commit and stick. And I want to lose this weight..
I wouldn't advise going off plan just for a break. Some people have had to because of circumstances (money, family, serious health issues) and that's understandable, but the goal is...well, to get to goal. Taking it easy is what got me here in the first place..
The hungry does go away. If you're struggling, you can use a snack option (i.e. pickle spear, celery stick, sf jello) to help. You might also check your daily carbs. If you're over 85g, that may be contributing to the hungry (I know it does for me).
If you don't care for the shakes there are a bunch of other options. I usually do 2 shakes, a puff, a pretzel, and a bar every day. I sometimes mix it up with pancakes and scrambled eggs. But I don't really like all shakes. And it hasn't really affected my losses..
Stay strong. You can do this. People succeed here for a reason they follow the plan as best they can and it works..
How long have you been on MF? I found the hunger went away in 2-3 weeks after starting. Meanwhile break up your L&G, have some with lunch or as a snack as needed. Talk to Nutrisystem about it for other ideas. Eat your snacks for a while to keep you from being hungry. Almonds are filling, I used the soy crisps too. Drink more water.
I think if you take a break from Medifast you will find it very hard to start up again. You need to either commit to Medifast or do another program. I would stay here as it WORKS! The longer you do it the easier it will be. You will also need to get the mind set that you commit to not only 5&1 but T&M too. T&M works!.
I have also seen Nutrisystem suggest doing 4&2 or 4&2&1 for people that need to lose more than 50 lbs. Check with them (Nutritional Support) they are the experts. Post a question or call them ...
Whatever you do, make sure you go through the transition and maintenance phases first because I did not have that opportunity (pregnancy), and well, here I am again! This time, I will make darn sure to go through T&M properly.
Also, I have to agree with Freya here...you have so much variety to choose from, why not go all the way? Of course, you know what's best for you...
Thanks for sharing... it's not that I don't like the shakes, it's just that I'm never satisfies with them... shouldn't they have a sandwich on the side... lol... I wasn't planning on taking a break anytime soon anyway... was just considering it when I was 1/2 to goal...
Bread/bagel made from Medifast meals.
The recipe I used:.
1 packet Medifast (any flavor, sweet or savory).
1/2 tsp baking powder.
2 TBSP egg beaters.
2-3 TBSP water - enough to make a thick batter.
Mix dry ingredients together well. Add wet. Microwave in small bowl (I used an 8 oz ramekin) for 120 seconds. Let cool. You can cut these in half and toast like any bread, eat them warm right out of the ramekin...
Great idea about the bagel! Where can I get other ideas for changing the meals into something else like a bagel?.
Oh! I don't need any help with the ticker... followed the tutorial at the top on the board (didn't see it at first)....
Thanks everyone for you advice and experiences.
Please forgive the sloppy formatting - these are things I have randomly picked up off people's posts. But you can also go to the Recipe section of the boards and see what people are doing. Here are some of my faves, and some things I haven't tried yet:.
Muffins (1 pkg oatmeal, 1 pkg pudding, 1 pkg eggs, 1/2 tsp baking powder, water to make a batter, 350 for 17 minutes). Super good: all packets x 2, blueberry oatmeal, vanilla pudding, 2 tsp baking powder, blueberry and vanilla extracts, a dash of salt, served w/ cream cheese on top. To try: lemon/peach muffins.
I make lemon/blueberry muffins with the blueberry oatmeal - so good! Especially since I can't stand the shakes, eggs, or oatmeal on their own!.
I make banana ones out of the banana shakes/eggs/maple and brown sugar oatmeal (and the other stuff like baking powder and banana flavoring). Also pretty good!.
I'm slowly using up those shakes I got in the variety pack. Even strawberry muffins aren't too bad (good thing since I'll have 18 more to go...)..
Pour one packet of oatmeal into a glass bowl or brownie tray (no need to grease or spray first). Mix with 4 or 5 TBSP water and microwave for about 1 minute 20 seconds. Yummy!! (I make mine in the bottom of a rounded coffee cup...comes out in the shape of a muffin.).
1 packet of soup.
3 T of water.
Spray a pie plate with pam.
Poor mixture, microwave 3 minutes, flip and microwave 30 seconds. sprinkle with some sea salt, let it cool and break apart..
Mix a brownie with an oatmeal and 1/2 tsp of baking powder a little eggwhite and water and you have 2 lovely coc chip muffins.
1 packet Tomato Soup.
1 packet Scrambled Eggs.
1/4 tsp Garlic Powder.
1/2 tsp Dried Basil.
1 tsp baking powder.
4 tablespoons water.
It is thick and gloppy, you're going to need a plastic spatula but make it into two small bagelshapes on tin foil sprayed with cooking spray. Then I baked it at around 375 for about 12 - 13 minutes. Oh, and I think the batter does smell a little off-putting, but it bakes up fine.
This makes two nice round bagels that are thick enough to slice into half (so you can toast it/spread cream cheese on it!) with a great texture and taste..
Freya mod: 1 cream of chicken, 1 eggs, Tonys, 4T green salsa, 2T water, 1tsp baking powder. 4 muffins in muffin tins..
COT Flatbread: just add a 1/4 tsp of baking powder to the COT, some spices if you wish (I like garlic powder & basil), and a little water at a time til you get a bread dough consistency and pat it flat on a greased cookie sheet. bake at 350 for about 8-10 mins. (I wasn't a "baker" before mf, so I learned the hard way that I could pat it out into a pleasing flatbread rectangle best by moistening my fingers with water to keep the dough from sticking...).
Double Chocolate Chip Muffin:.
Only I find that cooking it in a cereal bowl works well, so it looks more like a cake than a muffin.
1 chocolate chip pancake packet.
1 brownie packet.
3 ounces of water.
Combine the powder in the packets in a microwave-safe cereal bowl. Make a little well in the ingredients in the center of the bowl and pour in your 3 ounces of cold water (this seems to help it mix better). Combine the water & powder, but be careful not to over-mix. I stir a few times until mostly combined and then just kind of push down whatever dry ingredients remain on top..
Microwave for 2-3 minutes. For my microwave, 2:30 is just about perfect, but I'd check it every 15 seconds after 2 minutes. If it's still moist to the touch, add another 15 seconds..
This is makes the most fluffy OP cake/muffin/etc. I've ever had on plan. It's great by itself or with some cream cheese (counts as a condiment) or peanut butter (1 tablespoon counts as a snack)...
I thought shakes wouldn't fill me up either, but surprisingly they do! I think the shakes themselves are filling, but also, after being on the plan for 13 weeks, I'm just not as hungry as I used to be and there are times when I just don't want to chew another piece of food, so the drinks (also filling!) or shakes are the way to go..
Also, as others have said, there are soooo many other food items other than the shakes/drinks. I've been making the soup chips and they really help when I have a chip/cracker craving. The oatmeal or pancake muffins help when I have any sort of pastry craving. The bars are my new candy bars...
Thanks for posting the recipes Freya and De!.
And if you do stop and start, just remember that you'll likely experience your first week adjusting back into ketosis again That's enough to keep me on the straight and narrow!..
I don't think a lifestyle change is something I can take a break from. For me this is not a diet. It's a program and a lifestyle that I need in order to be healthy. Everyone's different I know and I respect that; however, to eat on plan for months on end.. I can't see taking a break when I've worked so hard to just throw that all away and start all over. For me, it's not worth it. For someone else, it might be...
I'd be happy to take a break if I could find something that worked better than MF. I can't see that happening any time soon...
Makes 6 regular size muffins.
1 Medifast brownie mix.
1 Medifast eggs.
1 Medifast choc pudding or cocoa.
1 tsp baking powder.
1-2 tbs sf choc syrup(opt).
1/2 cup water.
Mix together, pour in muffin tins sprayed with Pam.
Bake 375 8-10 min.
I still make these in maintenance and use1 as a snack or dessert.
Get creative, egg, pudding and oatmeal with the same amount of powder and water make good muffins too,.
The soup chips are good too.
Go to the recipe thread and search, tons of recipes to jazz up the food.
Try the maintenance bars once a day they have more calories (green wrapper 1 a day others as many as you want a day)..
Go to page 2 of recipe thread.
Mf recipes all organized for you.
If it is no longer on p2 search for recipes galore..
Thank you again! All of you... especially those that left recipes for me to try. Even if I did decide to "take a break" from MF, it would have been months from now and who can say were I'll be by then. I just wanted everyone's input on the idea. I would hate to get something in my head that might not be the right choice for me and than start over again after gaining my weight back. You have all given me ideas to help it not seem so bleak of a year for me.
I did think I could do just what you said. I went on a 1.5 year break of trying to make it on a 1200-1500Kcal a day. What happened is I maintained for a little bit, then regained 20lbs. I had to face that I'm just going nowhere good on my own and I still need MF...
Regarding your shakes... how are you making them? Are you following the package directions? That was AWFUL for me, I was always hungry, and thought they tasted awful. Now I make them with a TON of ice in my Ninja, and not only do I often end up filling two glasses with a shake that still has enough flavor to keep me satisfied on that end, I'm always much fuller, and find that it can easily hold me three hours if necessary, unlike before. Give that a shot, see if it helps!..
Bbride2008, that's a good point on why shakes are more filling for me. I also make my shakes with more ice in my little personal blender so it ends up being closer to 16-20 oz of shake than 8...
I wish I hadn't taken my hiatus in August. It set me back. Granted, I had only done one week prior to that.
However, wishing doesn't change the past. I hope that my future is better informed, though...
Can I just tell you...I started at your exact weight, I've been on Medifast for almost 5 months and I've lost almost 60 pounds. When you're a few months in, do NOT take a break. Come on, ride it out!..
I went through 13 months on MF. Never went off and reached goal 2 months ago. i'm now in transition and wouldnt have changed a thing. For me, if I had the mindset that I could go off with plans of going back on, I never would have. The hunger finally goes away and there were a few days that it was harder than others, but so worth it all! I wish you the best on your journey..
'Doing it on our own' got us all fat-I highly recommend to keep going and get it all off I've had a couple of weeks that I cheated (um, hello weight gains...) and it was SO hard to get back on plan. I can't imagine taking a couple of months off and then trying to come back to it...
So true!!! I got off track in August and Sept, and it was very hard to get going again!!! Not to mention the fact that I would be 15-20lbs lighter if I hadn't missed 2 months!!..
For me personally, I had to look forward to taking a break (for my daughter's graduation) I was set, knew what I wanted to do and what I'd eat. I looked forward to my little break. When the time came and my progress had been so wonderful I freaked out and didn't go off plan! In the end it was that little carrot dangling that got me through the first few months. when the time came I realized I was okay on plan! Funny how life changes. You can look forward to a day when you're not on Medifast anymore...... I look forward to my goal date too. Welcome to the boards and I am having "bagels" today too...
That's what I'm hoping will happen with me... Get to a point were I really am Okay with not quitting till I reach goal. I'm at the end of my 3rd week ( I weigh in tomorrow ) and I'm feeling much better. I'm not as hungry and my energy level seems to finally have kicked in. So looks like I'm leaning toward no break at all. I feel confident I can make...
Just do one week at a time and the next thing I know, it'll be all over.
Thanks again everyone!.