Is it Possible to Eat the Medifast Way Without Buying the Food?

I recently had someone contact me and tell me that she was very impressed with what she’d been reading in her research about the Medifast diet. She felt that something similar might work for her, but she hesitated to spend the money on the diet’s food. She wanted to know if it was possible to eat similar foods with items she was able to buy from the grocery store. This is a relatively common question that I had myself. And previously, I did try to accomplish something similar. I will discuss this more in the following article.

What You’d Need To Accomplish If You Were Trying To Eat The Medifast Way On Your Own: One big reason for the success that most people have on this diet is that it is able to get you in ketosis where you are rapidly burning your own fat. You’re typically able to do this because the calorie to carb to protein ratio is so specific and favorable. I know from experience that it’s quite a challenge to come up with foods that are going to meet this criteria. And, if you are able to do so, it’s generally pretty expensive and time consuming.

Also keep in mind that you’ll be eating six times per day. When you’re on this diet, you eat five of the plan’s prepackaged meals and then you make one larger main meal on your own. This is necessary for a couple of reasons. First, eating so often helps to keep hunger at bay and it keeps your metabolism humming along for ketosis purposes. And yet, while you’re eating so much, you’re also only taking in around 1,000 calories per day. Not only that, but the carb to protein ratio is mostly kept at even.

If you’ve not yet researched the foods that you’re going to use to accomplish this, I can tell you that the “safe” goods under this umbrella are difficult to come by. Many will have way too much sugars and carbs which isn’t friendly to ketosis. It’s common to compensate for low amounts of calories and fat with additional sugar so that the taste is still pleasant.

I’ll look at Medifast’s new brownies as an example of what you’d need to accomplish. This product has only 110 calories and 2 grams of fat. There are 15 grams of carbs, but this is balanced out with a very high 11 grams of protein. There are only 8 grams of sugars and 4 grams of fiber. Even if you look at health food stores, it’s going to be quite difficult to find a comparable product with so much protein and fiber. And, even if you do, you’re likely to find that it’s more expensive and you’d still have to come up with four similar meals for the day.

I know that many people research DIY Medifast because they think that by “doing it themselves” they’re going to save some money. But in my experience, this just isn’t the case. If you use the good Medifast coupons, your cost per meal for Medifast is just over $2 per meal. It’s extremely difficult to come up with meals that costs less than this, especially since you will need a lot of specialty ingredients. I tried something similar when I was on the zone diet. Not only do I think that I never ever got close to the calorie to carb to protein ratio of Medifast, but I also know that I spend a lot more than $10 per day for 6 meals.

That’s not to say that if money isn’t an issue and you just like to cook that you can’t come up with something that has a low amount of calories and carbs while packing in high amounts of fiber and protein. I’m sure that this probably is possible for at least a few meals per day. But, I also suspect that it would be quite time consuming, expensive, and challenging. However, I’m generally someone who doesn’t have a lot of patience and who prefers convenience.

Healthy And Unhealthy Food Products For Losing Weight

Dieters can find many food items having hydrogenated oil, enriched grain or refined sugar which cause extra pounds. The majority of these products are boxed or canned. Thankfully, an individual can eat to lose weight incorporating more nutritious foods. Whenever in the supermarket, seek out some of these more nutritious foods.

Not consuming pasta while trying to eliminate excessive pounds is not required. Buy this product made with whole grain instead of pasta made with refined, processed or enriched grains. Studies have shown whole grain food products aid in reducing unwanted body weight. Enriched, processed or refined flours lack nutriments as well as polysaccharide or complex carbohydrates. In order for a body to function properly as well as get rid of unwanted weight, proper amounts of nutriments have to be ate every day. Furthermore, complex or polysaccharide carbs digest slowly meaning a person’s belly remains full for more time all day long.

Enriched, refined or processed flours contain simple carbs. Monosaccharide or simple carbs have no or little nutrition as well as are absorbed quickly meaning the belly experiences hunger a lot faster all day long. Though certain diet systems may suggest decreasing portions of pasta, individuals must comprehend there happens to be healthy and unhealthy pasta which helps in decreasing unwanted pounds.

Avoiding beef while striving to remove excessive pounds never is needed. Nonetheless, buying lean beef usually is hard. Most food store’s beef is from cows raised in commercial farms. A lot of those cows are raised in settings that make the beef have huge portions of saturated fat. Luckily, people might eat to lose weight including meat products available from grass-fed cattle. Beef acquired from open-range cattle compared to meat products available from mass production farms will be similar to distinguishing between day and night. But, if the supermarket only sells beef acquired from factory farms then always buy leanest meat products offered.

Not consuming sauce for spaghetti when attempting to remove excessive fat never is required. Although, purchasing healthy sauce usually is hard. The bulk of food stores sell large selections of sauce. Key element is looking at the ingredients. A number of popular brands have corn syrup and high fructose corn syrup. Studies have shown both substances result in extra pounds. An additional unhealthy ingredient usually used in well-known brands is partially hydrogenated soybean oil. Soybean oil leads to excess pounds as well as will increase an individual’s chance of illnesses for example cancer, heart disease and diabetes. Use caution whenever choosing sauce since there will be unhealthy and healthy brands.

Eat More Healthy Food Products For Losing Weight

Nearly all processed foods bought from supermarkets possess items which result in excess fat. Nutritious foods to lose weight must have large quantities of fiber, protein and healthy fats and are low with calorie count. A lot of producers of food produce food products having extended expiration date. That scenario helps supermarkets because concerns to rotate inventory will be lowered. Unfortunately, the chemicals or procedures utilized in producing those food products contribute to excessive weight.

Enriched, processed or refined flours will be magnificent illustrations. Processed, refined or enriched flours are milled plus sometimes exposed to benzoyl peroxide or chlorine. Food manufacturers attempt to include riboflavin, folic acid, thiamin and niacin back into the enriched or all-purpose flours. Unfortunately, such vitamins are just a small quantity of all the advantages whole, unrefined wheat supplies. Nevertheless, refined, enriched or processed flour has longer expiration dates than unrefined, whole wheat.

Speaking of whole wheat, whole wheat still has the bran, germ and endosperm. The bran contains vitamins, minerals and fiber. Each germ contains healthy fats. Each endosperm has protein as well as carbohydrates. Refined, enriched or processed flour is missing a large amount of these things. Nonetheless, whole, unrefined wheat flour will have a shorter shelf life compared to refined, enriched or processed flours. Remember, producers of food and food stores are more profitable offering items that have extended expiration date.

Bran, germ and endosperm found within whole wheat flour assist in removing unwanted body fat. Hence, nourishing foods to lose weight possess whole wheat rather than refined, processed or enriched flour. Food items promoted as containing cracked wheat, multi-grain, 100% wheat or seven grain are just elaborate words used for processed, enriched or refined flour. Try never to be duped. Just whole, unrefined wheat flour still has its germ, endosperm and bran which aids in removing excess weight.

Best strategy to never be deceived when buying boxed and canned products is looking through ingredients list. Food producers are allowed to advertise food products making use of decorative words for instance bran, stone ground, seven grain or cracked wheat. Nonetheless, ingredients list has to supply accurate info.

Dieters can find many more items available from food stores containing enriched, processed or refined flour merely because of longer expiration date and not because these products will be healthier for a human body. Whenever inside supermarkets and buying canned or boxed food products, decide whether low nutrition products with longer expiration date will be a lot more essential compared to healthy products that aid in getting rid of excess body fat. Reply ought to be apparent.

Promoting Local Food Products

Now Indonesia is still importing wheat. Data from Indonesian Flour Producers Association (Aptindo) noted its nominal rose 6%. Wheat’s import in 2012 could reach 6.6 million tons. Whereas in 2011 “only” 6.2 million tons. It is ironic. Why? Because the Indonesian archipelago has various local food products.

Many types of crops are growing in the rural areas. There are uwi, ganyong, gembili, suwek, rondo sluku, punuk banteng, garut, kimpul, etc. All of these natural gifts can be the substitution of wheat flour. It was explained by Mr. Kemin on Sunday (27/5). He is the chairman of Mekarsari Self-Help Peasant Group at Gegunung Village, Sendangsari, Pengasih, Kulonprogo, Yogyakarta.

I visited there along with dozens of FOKAL’s (Forum for Family and Children who Love the Environment) members initiated by Ning Raswani. She is one of Nova Inspiring Women who won the 2012 Women and the Environment award. Since the early 2000s, this village has been known as the Center of Tubers and Local Food.

Remarkably, their products were marketed not only in Central Java and Yogyakarta. Moreover, they were also venturing into Jakarta, Bogor, Semarang, Surabaya and other big cities. Their product’s examples are garut chips, purple yam/sweet potatoes flour, and the crystals palm sugar. All are natural, healthy and quite cheap.

Mr. Kemin told their struggle to me. At first, the attempt to replant the bulbs in the yard was underestimated. But slowly many people come to support. It was including the local village government. To getting their attention was by reflecting on the beloved ancestors.

“Why did our grandparents’ teeth still intact? Even when they were die and being buried? The reason is because most of them were eating many healthy foods. In addition, the nature and the soil has not been polluted by the chemicals toxic as nowadays,” he said.

Suitable for Indonesian belly

Mutiara Nugraheni justified this simple thesis. The student of S-3 Program in Food Science Faculty at Agricultural Technology UGM Yogyakarta said that the tubers are more suitable to the belly of Indonesian people. While wheat is less appropriate. The reason is because it contained gluten. Indeed, this substance is needed by Western people who have dynamic life style. However, if the Indonesian eats too much wheat, it caused children to become hyperactive/autism.

Furthermore, this Lecturer of State University in Yogyakarta (UNY) explored the benefits of tubers in terms of physical health. For ulcer sufferers please take pati garut or the essence. Its flour can be processed into cakes and bread. For people with diabetes, they can replace the consumption of white rice with purple uwi.

Moreover, Cancer can be cured by eating kleci potatoes. Its Latin name is Coleus Tuberosus. This tubers should be boiled with its skin. According to research in the laboratory, the cuticle layer content of Antioxidants Ursolic Acid (UA) and Oleanolic Acid (OA) which in fact can tame the tumor. These important findings have been published in three major journals: The International Food Research Journal, African Journal of Food Science, and Journal of Medicinal Plants Research (2012).

Furthermore, in terms of treatment the tuber crops are also much easier. It is especially while compared to rice or wheat. Both of these plants are the water intake. While the tubers can be survive in the dry season. They experienced a period of dormancy or break for a while. However, once the rainy season comes, they can quickly grow back and ready to be harvested.

Agus Purwanto, one of the village youth also described an interesting fact. Most of the plants provide the tubers / roots, stems, and leaves for human being. Garut tubers can stop diarrhea because it is rich of fiber. Uniquely, the taro / talas stems are also beneficial. According to the Indian researchers who had been visited there, if we boiled and ate taro stems, that can lower the cholesterol levels in our body. Moreover, the new leaves of bamboo tree can be made into delicious chips also.

Indeed, if we cultivate our local potential creatively, this nation will not suffer from hunger. Let’s promote the consumption of tubers in our respective environments. It can fulfill our daily needs, as well as to preserve natural heritage for the future generation. Therefore, our grandchildren can still eat healthy foods and enjoy the nature beauty. (T. Nugroho Angkasa S.Pd, an English teacher at Angon Natural School, Yogyakarta, Indonesia)