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Are there supermarket foods comparable to Medifast?

People sometimes ask me if there is a way 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, carbs, and sugars while still being 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’ll need to be able to get into ketosis the same way you would diet, and this combination can be quite difficult (and expensive) to find at the supermarket or health food store. To prove this point, in the next article, I’ll show you some comparisons between medifast foods and popular grocery store items.

Find something comparable to Medifast Oatmeal: Probably the breakfast I enjoy the most on this diet is oatmeal. I know some people ask me if something similar can be found on the market, but if there is an alternative, I haven’t found it. Diet oatmeal has only 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 content of 12 grams of sugar. There are only 3 grams of protein. If you look around, you will probably see that it is very difficult to find a similar oatmeal with the same proportions.

Is there such a thing as the Medifast Brownie?: If there is, I haven’t found it either. The diet brownie can be served warm and tastes pretty decadent, but it only had 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 taken into account in the diet and I can’t imagine finding another brownie product that is as high in protein and low in sugar. I am very impressed that you can eat a brownie while following this diet. Not only that, but there are no restrictions on this meal. You can enjoy it quite often if you like it.

Are there compatible Medifast shakes?: This is the question I get asked the most. And I have looked at several, which have not lived up to my criteria. The 55 shakes found in the Women’s Basic Pack are just 90 calories, 15 carbs, 8 sugars, and 11 proteins. Compare this to the special K shakes which have not only 180 calories, but also about ten more grams of sugar and about 16 more carbohydrates. Some of the Slim Fast shakes contain a massive excess of 200 calories, 20 grams of fat and 40 grams of carbohydrates.

Grocery Store Bars vs. Medifast Bars: This diet has a maintenance bar that is limited to just one per day because the calories, carbs, and sugars are a bit higher. But crisp bars, which are pretty good too, are not limited in this way. Like the other foods, they barely exceed the 100-calorie mark and only have 12 carbs, two sugars, and 11 grams of protein. Compare that to a bar like Kashi’s or special K that has between 11 and 13 grams of sugar.

People often ask me things like “does that extra 10 grams of sugar or carbs really make a big difference?” In terms of ketosis, it really can. Every gram counts here and it’s very important to get the right ratio of these things with a high enough amount of protein if you’re trying to get into fat burning mode. And, because you can have these differences at each of the six meals, over the course of the day, you can really see a very big difference in what you’re eating.

Do you really save money at the grocery store?: As I said, many people are looking for an alternative because they are trying to save money. In my experience, almost anything that is even remotely comparable will be a very specialized product that will be much more expensive than typical groceries. Since with coupon codes you can often cut 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 walk away with more calories, carbs, and sugars (and less protein) than if you followed the diet.

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