Are there compatible Medifast shakes ?: This is the question that I am asked the most. And I have looked at several, which have not met my criteria. The 55 shakes in the Basic Women’s Pack have just 90 calories, 15 carbs, 8 sugars, and 11 protein. Compare this to specialty K shakes that have not only 180 calories, but also about ten more grams of sugar and about 16 more carbohydrates. Some of the thin quick shakes pack in a huge excess of 200 calories, 20 grams of fat, and 40 grams of carbohydrates.
Supermarket bars as opposed to Medifast bars: This diet has a maintenance bar that is limited to just one per day because the calories, carbohydrates, and sugars are slightly higher. But the crunch bars, which are pretty good too, aren’t limited in this way. Like other foods, they barely exceed the 100 calorie mark and have only 12 carbohydrates, two sugars, and 11 grams of protein. Compare that to a bar like Kashi or Special K that has between 11 and 13 grams of sugar.
People often ask me things like “Does 10 extra grams of sugar or carbohydrates really make a big difference?” In terms of ketosis, it really can. Every gram counts here and getting the right ratio of these things with a high enough amount of protein is very important if you are trying to get into fat burning mode. And, since you can have these differences in each of the six meals, throughout the day, you can really see a big difference in what you are eating.
Do you really save money at the grocery store ?: Like I said, many people are looking for an alternative because they are trying to save money. In my experience, almost anything that is remotely comparable will be a very specialized product that will be much more expensive than typical foods. Since coupon codes can often reduce 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 be walking away with more calories, carbohydrates, and sugars (and less protein) than you would if you were on the diet.