Can athletes use the Medifast diet?
I often write about the details of the Medifast diet. Sometimes I am asked, “Can athletes use Medifast? Does the diet offer enough calories and protein to support exercise?” I will answer these questions in the next article.
You can exercise with Medifast: In fact, the company recommends that you exercise at least 2-3 times a week. For those who don’t normally exercise, the company recommends waiting 2-3 weeks before starting your regimen to give your body time to adjust to fewer calories. For those already exercising, the company recommends cutting your regimen in half for the first few weeks, again to give your body time to adjust to fewer calories (around 1,000 – 1,300).
I wouldn’t call myself an athlete, but I have developed my regimen to the point where I exercise regularly and rigorously. I wasn’t exercising when I started, so there wasn’t a difficult adjustment period. But I started walking hard, eventually adding ankle weights and then a weighted vest. Today, I do weights, cardio (elliptical and / or treadmill), and try to do some circuit workouts as well. I have never had a problem nor have I ever felt dizzy or dizzy. I think by now my body probably feels that dieting is a normal way of life. But each one is different. The company suggests resting and starting over if you experience this.
Medifast 70 shakes are a good option for athletes: There are basically three types of shakes in this plan: ready-to-drink, 55, and 70. Ready-to-drink shakes are pre-made. The 55s and 70s require you to mix them up or use a blender. For the most part, women use 55 and men 70, since it contains more protein. But, 70 is also appropriate for athletes due to its higher protein content.
The diet is low glycemic: I feel like this diet may be suitable for athletes looking for a convenient low carb, high protein diet. Most foods are packaged, which makes things very convenient, and many are soy-based. They are all very low in carbohydrates and sugars. This fits well with the dietary requirements of many athletes, as it is very important to have enough protein to build muscle and support energy expenditure.
And, if there is any doubt that 1000-1300 calories are not enough to support exercise, you can always modify or add to your lean, green meal. This is the only time of the day when you cook yourself and prepare your own meals. You’re supposed to eat 5-7 ounces of lean protein, but I wouldn’t see any harm in adding a little more if you’re going to burn it off with exercise anyway.