Good question... I dunno what is the answer to that question. I'll do some research in Google and get back to you if I discover an anything. You should email the people at Medifast as they probably could give you help..
All of the changes made as part of the WLS.
Process have to be PERMANENT. Good nutrition,.
And self-care are life skills, not temporary treatment. I am 15 months out - months past when GBS is most effective and still losing. I have 12 pounds to go to reach a total of 200 lost. The pouch does expand to hold between a cup and a cup and a half of Medifast food after a year, so portion size after a year is really important. I am religious about getting regular.
And don't eat anything now except oatmeal I didn't eat during the first year. IT IS JUST NOT WORTH IT. Besides, I would rather buy clothes than junk food. BTW, cravings indicate nutritional and brain imbalances. Poor.
, stress, brain-based illness and poor Medifast diet all contribute to them. These are things which must be addressed as a part of the WLS journey to be successful...
I think the reason I gained the weight back was that life became so stressful, it was all I could do to cope. No job, no money, husband with bad health who lost job, I dont have a job, my son doesnt have a job, we are all living on general relief and Medifast food stamps until somebody can get work. It is so stressful, because there is major depression in the house, I am absorbing everybodys depression and helplessness so the stress causes me to eat, it so helps with the depression, and do not tell me to go to a movie or get out of the house, because there is no money for absolutely anything. We only have money for 99 cents mcdonalds hamburgers, bascially anything that is cheap and filling. So life changes and you have to adapt your eating to it. But for me this is too much...
Best wishes to you in your journey. I think it's good to keep a healthy fear.
I'm maintaining between 155-158 lb loss 4 years, 3 months out depending on the time of the month... I.
(walk) 30-60 minutes a day but not a whole lot more... occasional weekend hikes or longer walks, a video workout on a chilly day or beating up my BOB (body opponent bag)..
I plan my meals at least a day in advance to.
The crap grabbing:.
And stick to the plan so I can get a visual of protein, carbs, fats, ratio and I watch portion size. The types of foods have not changed since 8 weeks out. I eat high protein meals and only complex carbs (fruits, veggies, dairy, whole grains) (no bread, white potatoes, rice, crackers, chips by choice) Enjoy those early weeks of 3 tablespoons filling you... it doesn't last..
I made some life changes in that first golden year and have stuck with them. I think it's important to not let old habits (eating crap, snacking/grazing, lack of movement, etc.) back in and stick to your Dr's plan. A lot of people who start to regain freak out and start that liquid for a week crap, basically they start dieting again (cause diets worked soooo well before *insert sarcasm*) but if they are honest with themselves they probably have strayed from their Dr's/nuts plan. Stick to their plan.... and work on the head stuff (the why's of why you got fat) and you should be good to go (my wish for you).
Just my 2.5 cents (.5 for inflation).
I think that there are two types of challenges that we all face in making a permanent lifestyle change. The first is Head Hunger. I think of that as bad habits that I can change with will power. For example, my habit of eating when I'm bored. The second challenge that I don't see discussed here much is what I call Heart Hunger. Heart Hunger has it's roots in our emotions, we use Medifast food to comfort ourselvesthat's the really destructive and ineffective use of Medifast food that many of us have.
For long-term success, I think we have to deal with both Head and Heart Hunger. That takes excruciating honesty and great courage. But it can be done...