How to Deal With Carb Cravings on Medifast

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The Medifast Program – How to Deal With Carb Cravings on Medifast by Jenni Kerala

diet-programsAre you worried about carb cravings during the Medifast diet? Relax! For most dieters using Medifast to lose weight, any carb cravings are normally only an issue during the first three to four days at the start of your diet. After that, mild ketosis kicks in and that should reduce any cravings for the kinds of things that might get in the way of your weight loss, like doughnuts, warm bread and heaping bowls of pasta.

Still, it can’t hurt to have a few tips for getting through those first few days, so here’s how to deal with those carb cravings while on Medifast.

First things first, make sure you have your plans in place for your first few days. Clear the cupboards of any particular foods that are especially troublesome for you and do your shopping for your lean and green meals. Plan ahead and figure out what you are going to eat for your lean & greens and that should help a lot.

Make sure you eat all five Medifast meals per day, but don’t have any of the bars. While the Medifast bars are perfectly appropriate at any time during your diet, if you are particularly concerned that cravings for carbohydrates might make you stray from your intentions, it wouldn’t hurt to leave them alone for now. Just give yourself a few days to settle into the diet before adding them to the menu.

Also, do make sure that you eat all six meals per day, even if you don’t feel hungry. Making sure you eat the right foods at the right time will keep you on track. So be sure to eat your six Medifast meals and your lean and green.

Drink more water and try and space your meals no more than a few hours apart. Drinking at least eight glasses of water every day is an important part of any diet. It will also help curb your appetite. But in addition to drinking water, pay attention to how you space your meals.

With six opportunities to eat each day, it should be easy enough to make sure that no more than three to four hours passes between meals. Try and keep it to three hours and you’ll find that by the time those carbohydrate cravings kick in, it will be time to have another Medifast shake and you’ll be able to settle your appetite.

Now all of this is good advice for the entire length of your diet, but if you pay particular attention to them during your first three to four days with the Medifast plan, it really should make it much easier to deal with any carbohydrate cravings that arise. After that, if you stick to the plan, you likely won’t have to worry about those cravings at all as you continue with the program.

Book Review – Why Can’t I Lose Weight? The Real Reasons Diets Fail And What To Do About It by Cherie Davidson

Every so often, I will read a book that captures my attention so completely that I hate to put it down. Then I go back to it repeatedly, long after I have finished the review. Jackie Bushell’s 116-page ebook, Why Can’t I Lose Weight? (2006 is such a book.

There are truckloads of diet books available that claim to have the “secrets” of weight loss, or the diet supplement or plan that is the long awaited magic bullet. Many are gimmicks, some are completely misleading, and others only touch on the problems but offer no real solutions. Not the case with Why Can’t I Lose Weight.

I found this ebook to be filled with practical, medically-based answers to many of my questions about weight loss, plateaus, healthy fat loss, metabolism and that all important question of why the weight so often comes back no matter how “good” I am on my diet du jour.

Based on the long-term research and study from an impressive list of health and medical reference sources, Bushell writes about the changing theories of diet and exercise, addresses diet hype, fads, trends and introduces solid information based in biochemistry and documented scientific facts. Her goal is to start with facts and toss out misleading and misinterpreted data, along with outdated beliefs. In her book, she introduces her readers to current, relevant and proven facts about low calorie, low fat, low carb, and low glycemic diets. This book, written in an easy to read manner, helps clear the fog of myths and unsupported claims and shine a logical, detailed light on diet and healthy weight loss facts.

This straightforward and honest statement from her conclusion sums up the philosophy, tone and mission of her book: “Getting your body fit for weight loss is about making your body healthy in general, and that takes time and patience. Getting healthy is not about quick fixes, and nor is successful weight loss…. Making sure you lose the right kind of weight and in the right way is key to ensuring that when the weight comes off, it stays off.”

There are 15 chapters and three appendices that include topics and detailed “secrets” about:

  • Famine syndrome and the set point
  • The blood sugar/insulin connection
  • Metabolic rate
  • Stress
  • Food allergies/sensitivities
  • Candida/yeast overgrowth
  • Fluid retention
  • Malnutrition
  • Toxic overload
  • Genetic inheritance
  • Exercise
  • Hormonal imbalance
  • Prescription medicines
  • Compulsive eating and cravings
  • Diet “politics” and how overweight perceptions can cause overlooked medical issues
  • Thermogenic & fat burning supplements
  • A Personal Action Plan for Weight Loss Success

Author Jackie Bushell is dedicated to the message in her book. As she stated at the close, “So what I hope to have achieved with this book is to bring together all of the most important knowledge and new ideas related specifically to weight loss problems, screening out the many ideas that are unsupported by science.” Personally, I think she has accomplished this.

As I read her ebook, I was struck at the dedication and depth of research she put into the project. There is no doubt that she is very knowledgeable and passionate about this subject, and her list of resources backs up her work. Why Can’t I Lose Weight? contains a lot of common sense and medically supported nutritional information that is applicable to a great many frustrated dieters, just like myself. I experienced many “ah-ha!” moments while reading through the pages.

I recommend this book for anyone who has questions about healthy weight loss, curiosity about diet hype and trends, interest in nutritional weight loss, or anyone wanting to know the truth about the “low carb” diet phenomenon. But I especially recommend this book to anyone who suspects there could be an underlying health issue causing them to be resistant to weight loss. Why Can’t I Lose Weight? could answer many of your questions. It sure did for me.

Why Can’t I Lose Weight? is a downloadable PDF ebook, available at

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