Is the Medifast Diet healthy for a 14 year old?

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My 1st question is: Is the Medifast Diet healthy for a 14 year old? Many thanks for any comment. Second question.. Other topics will be discussed that may not be appropriate for the easily offended..

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What we believe:.

1. Cheating on Medifast is NOT a strategy to get us out of our fat suits.

2. The only way for us to learn about our problems with food is to take the word "choice" out of the equation when it comes to Medifast. Our only "choice" is 5 packets and 1 weighed and measured lean and green a day.

3. We look to those who have been successful with this strategy to continuously remind us about why this way, for us, is the way to go.

4. We believe that, even though we are completely committed, knowing that we have a group that holds us accountable for our actions is both useful and important.

We commit to:.

1. Remove the word "choice" from our vocabularies.

2. Follow the Medifast plan as written, including transition and maintenance.

3. Tell our "inner brat" to shut the H-E-** up and quiet him or her through abstenance from off plan foods.

4. Give and receive tough love without complaining or calling each other "mean".

5. Cheerlead fellow group members as they follow the path to thinness.

6. Make Medifast the LAST diet we ever go on.

7. Check in with the group as often as our schedule reasonably allows.

8. Be honest with ourselves and our Medifast family and to stay 100% OP at all times. We also swear that WHEN (not if) we are having a tough time and feel like we may eat SLUDGE, to come to our Medifast family first and ask for support and help to get us through the struggle..

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Comments (42)

Of course! however you might want to make sure and wait for another person to confirm this as I am not sure. Better yet, why don't you contact the Medifast guys because they can assist you better...

Comment #1

Morning my lovely TLers!.

Anna thanks for putting on the coffee. So glad you finally have all your dates and info for DH coming home! Enjoy your time alone with him. I know he'll be stunned at how you look...

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Good morning all, I'm enjoying my first cup of coffee and a delish bowl of oatmeal. I think I may be one of the few that like it. I don't put anything in it but water, which I don't measure. Sometimes, I think I could eat it several times per day, but we all know the after effects of the oatmeal..

I'm hanging tough here in boot camp, and I'm definitely feeling better. It's amazing how much more positive I am when I am in control of my food addiction. The feeling far exceeds the enjoyment of sludge, so why did I go back to sludge during maintenance? When that question is answered, I will be on my way to a future of thinness..

Has anyone watched the show Heavy on A&E? If so, has it seemed odd to you that they never try to treat the food addiction? It is discussed, but no tools are discussed on how to deal with it. Maybe they do "off air". I don't know, just makes me wonder why some people assume that all overweight people need is nutrition training and a workout routine. It isn't that easy...

Comment #3

Good Morning Anna, MT, Della, and anyone that sneaks in while I'm typing!.

Anna-awesome! So glad you finally have a day! Now it will be the longest 2 1/2 days of your life but so worth it! Give your man a hug from all of us too for defending our country!.

Della-I always wondered that too. The real problem with food addiction is the why. I finally, after many different diets, realized I am a stress eater (you know, the screw it I deserve this sludge after having such a horrible day) and I am also a boredom eater. The stress I can deal with, the boredom is a little more difficult at times. I also have issues with not eating all day at work and then gorging when I get home. Medifast has helped A LOT with that.

Dock diving in 2 short weeks! Woot woot!.


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Anna, so glad you get to see your hubby soon!.

Thanks for putting the coffee on. I need to do that for real. I'm so tired and cranky this morning. Getting up at 5 AM on a weekend for no reason is just wrong!.

Hope everyone has a great day!..

Comment #5

Uh oh, what does the oatmeal do? This morning is the first time I'm trying it...

Comment #6

Good morning all!.

Thanks to those of you that gave me your recommendations on the smooth move tea..

I didn't drink another cup. Nothing has happened yet, but I will wait until noon when it's been 24 hours before I drink another cup. I thought I let it steep for 10-15 minutes, but I didn't actually time it so this time I will time it..

Now to get ready for church....

Anna! I'm so happy you are going to be seeing hubby in a few short days. Is he home for good now or does he have to go back?..

Comment #7

Morning All! Thanks for the coffee - it's hitting the spot!! And just what I needed..

I agree with you,.


, 5 a.m. is still night-time if it's the weekend..

Go back to bed!.


- I'm doing the Happy Dance for you! So happy you have a definite date & it's just around the corner. I'm also a little envious of your trip to the's snowing here...more...still...I've lost track..


- Dock diving?.



- pass me some more coffee, will ya please?.


- I'm not sure what the oatmeal does either....

Waving at the rest of you wandering in, coffee in hand, jammies still on...oh, look, someone's dressed! Is that you, Penny?.

Susan Werner was.

Absolutlely fabulous.

Last night - as always. We took DS for her birthday - she had never seen her and really wasn't familiar with her music. She.


It - kept saying how awesome she was all the way home...that was the best part..

Dinner was delish, too. Good thing I had salad at lunch as most of the roasted vegetables, the only OP choice, were sludge veggies...some of my faves, too. Time for those in transition.....

Comment #8

Anna - YAY!!! Enjoy your time with him..

Della - My bet is that since this is a TV program, people son't want to see the reality of these people's every day lives. It would hit way too close to home to a lot of people to talk about food addiction, not to mention the fact that it would me boring for those who don't understand, and they only have a certain time limit. I would place bets that it's dealt with behind the scenes..

Kawai, I have never heard that the oatmeal does anything, and I've been around a while. The crunch bars are the only thing I've ever heard of that had unpleasant after affects if too many are eaten because of the Malitol they contain..

Raining here today. Love it! It's bee so dry, we need all the help we can get..

Waving to all. bbl..

Oh, and Penny, if you check in - 196/8/29 WOOT!!!..

Comment #9


Land of a Thousand Happy Dances!.

Happy Dance: Monkey!.

Happy Dance: Swim!.

Happy Dance: Frug!.

Happy Dance: Boog-a-loo!.

Happy Dance: Shing-a-ling!.

Good Morning, TLers! All I can do is dance, dance, dance!.

Enjoy you Sundays, relaxing and getting re-energized OP..

Beth (yes, I'm in bed and the fog outside my window mutes everything except the joy and music in my head right now. Super Happy dance for Anna in my spirit.).

149.8 this AM!..

Comment #10

Thanks to all of you, I think you're more excited than my kids.

I have all my reservations, plane ticket is purchased, car rental and hotel ressies made!.


, his deployment is over but he lives in California and we live in NC so he'll be leaving us again on the 11th. We will be moving out there once the school year is over. If he gets sent to where he is supposed to he will deploy again in January but that can definitely change...

Comment #11

No need for another cup of tea. tee! hee!.

Have a great day everyone! I'm cooking some super yummy fish for dinner party #2 tonight. I'm really excited for it. Plus 7 oz of fish is A LOT! A LOT is my favorite measurement. lol! (unless it's talking about how much I weigh)..

Comment #12

Morning Everyone. Had my coffee and pancake and am good to go. Was down to 240.2 this morning so another .9 down. I'm just riding the razor's edge of the 230's. I have to fly on Tuesday, and have accepted a middle seat in order to sit next to one of my board members. The last time I flew I was just praying I could get the seatbelt closed without having to use an extender (it did!).

No dobut there will still be thigh creep but I just think mentally it would be nice to go into the seat knowing I am in the 230's..

Anna - Wow! At last the answers you've been waiting for. Are you going to be able to selep between now and then?.

Kawi - I wanted to say last night that I really empathize with you about your DH bringing home wine. In my first two weeks, my DH sent me to fast food places to pick up food for him - TWICE! And the second time was even after I told him how completely ridiculous it was (after the first time) since I was doing MF, and just the smell alone was tough to tolerate. The thing is, my DH is completely lean and healthy, and almost NEVER eats SLUDGE of any kind. But in both of these instances he was working hard around the house (like taking down Christmas lights, etc.). So he just wanted food of any kind, fast. And I wanted to get him some food, fast.

I only cook about once a month and on holidays. Anyway, I swear I don't think he did it intentionally, and yet, it felt like he was testing me. Can't explain it, or your DH's actions either. But GOOD JOB on standing your ground..

Della - so glad you're in the Medifast groove again. Doesn't it feel amazing? Keeping that feeling, that confidence, going in maintenance is of concern to me, so I'm looking forward to learning more as you learn more about yourself through this. It has been a relatively simple "mantra" of mine, that the only way we can learn to live through life's circumstances without food, is to live through life's circumstances without food. The veterans here taught me that. It helps to keep me on track anytime I have one of those life circumstances come up. But honestly, that's much easier to do on 5&1 than I think it will be in maintenance, unless I'm planning my meals for the rest of my life.

Good Morning to Everyone!! Looking forward to a full day of chores and errands, and more "Just Dance" ing later today. FUN!..

Comment #13


I meant to say I'm sorry your dh is tempting you.. and I'd have told him where he could stick the cork too!.


Hope your flight goes well...

Comment #14

Good morning all! Thanks for the coffee. Last day for Willy Wonka. Lots of work for just three shows. Tomorrow my life will be all mine again.....well as much as it can be! Last night when we revealed the chocolate room, all of the audience gasped. Now as theater person that's a good thing. As an overeater, I'm not so sure.

But, the challenge of building a set based on candy and having none of it be real was great!.

Anna.....enjoy your DH!..

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Thanks for starting us up and the special Homecoming brew this morning, Anna! So glad youve got your details! You know were all so excited for you! Excited for hubby too, since hes in for such a great surprise!.

Della, I love the oatmeal, too. Especially the blueberry one. Occasionally Ill add a little nutmeg to that one. Yum. I agree that feeling of being in control is the best. Going to bed at night knowing Ive won the battle for another day.

I think it sends a very unhealthy message, especially to the young people it's aimed toward. If they beat their addictions, they dont have a show. I think lots of people want to see others practicing those bad behaviors on TV so they can justify it in their own lives..

Tara, are your dogs on any of the televised dock diving events? Theyre so fun to watch..

Kawi, I think the oatmeal makes some people a little gassy.

Chickie, glad everything worked itself out! LOL!.

Jan, we got more snow, too. This is the snowiest February I can remember. Weve gotten more than the YEARLY average just this month alone. And, nope, it's not me thats dressed. Sweatshirt and yoga pants for me this morning! Oh, and big leopard-print slipper boots! How did your earrings come out? I made a beautiful blueberry agate and copper pendant and earrings set already this morning. I also discovered a very cool wrapping technique with some colorful wire I have..

Morning, De! I love counting down! In a couple of days well be starting our little ship ticker with a 5! Squeeeeeee!!!.

Congrats on the new decade, Beth!.

Off to create some more stuff!..

Comment #16

Della.....just saying I like the oatmeal and still eat it almost every day for breakfast. Although those chocolate chip Medifast pancakes have found a way into my morning breakfast rotation..

I will always be an overeater. I will always want to eat sludge. I will always fight this fight. One thing I've learned from staying 100% OP and making goal is that there is a wonderful feeling to being healthy. Once you are in control of food and your health, it far outweighs the lies I told myself when I was obese. It is so nice not to lie about my emotions, weight, and size anymore!..

Comment #17

Hubby apologized and promised not to do it again. I didn't mind the Friday night thing. Having 1 or 2 beers after the kids go to bed was just something we've done on Friday nights for years. I was OK with him having that while I had a diet 7-up, but last night he crossed that line...

Comment #18

Love the nutmeg idea on the blueberry oatmeal. I'll try that next time. I had the blueberry oatmeal for the first time today and liked it a lot and I'm not a big oatmeal fan. Fortunately, no gas...

Comment #19

Good Morning, and Happy Weekend Everyone..

I have been a busy bee grouting etc. very much looking forward to the electrician coming tomorrow. Since it is sunny and a balmy 43 degrees, I am going to go outside and try to get some things done. Since it is supposed to snow, AGAIN, tonight..

I hope you are all well. Very happy to see Beth dancing like a maniac, and to know Mr. Anna is going to be home on Tuesday..

TTFN, I am hopeless to ever catch up on the boards. Please know I care, and think about my Medifast family even if I cannot "be" with you...

Comment #20

I really do add 3 cups + to my oatemal and drink it through a traw, It is once of the foods, that no matter this dilution, stick to y ribs and stays with we loner than others. I really enjoy it. In fact my next order, which I'be postposned unti Jun i, 2011, whiil ahve only ther Vanilla Shakes 70 asnd loys of oatmeal. I have it once per day n ow, but may move that up. I lofve the Maple when I need my pancake fix. I don't order brownies or pancakes since those are still trigger food caetgories for me..

I reall stared Transition quite a while ago. now. It just slipped is as I staed OP but need the extra protein everyday. I but Fage greek yougurt and have it with fresh backberried. I also add fresh blueberries which, right now are too tart to eat, but perfect cooked in twith the oatemeals sweetness..

So I am on Transition with dairy and 2 fruits in alread. I will not try bananas or anything else until much later. Blasckberries and blueberries are both the lowest in sugar and very high in fiber. I'll stick with those..

I even order some blueberry and balckberry cane to plant this Spring. I did that, yes, I did that. I was not onoy a gournet cook but an avid gardener..

Have any of you tried the earth boxes? Check with or Earthbox. xom. There are senational..

Anne, when you move your bodys would love to see the great results from earth boxes. Penny, you and you DD too. Kids will love these. The can plant and reap and then cook something healthy too..

Yes, I am exhausted, but had to check in again..

Barb, you'd really enjoy the Earth Boxes too. Check them out..

Freya and Morty: they can be your first children!.

Stephs, both see what yu think too. No, I do not get a kickback, just a kick out of them..

Okay, I'll shut up..


Comment #21

Good morning TLers.

I hope you are all having a great day..

Anna - Wahoo for a date and place for DH! I am so very happy for you..

Thanks for putting the coffee on. I am on a second cup. Just because..

Have a great OP day and I will check back later...

Comment #22

Hi everyone!.

I am enjoying the day so much. Hoping to get out later today and do some errands, weather permitting..

Anna, so glad that you know exactly when you will get to see DH!.

Waving to all!..

Comment #23

Barb-so proud of you for making it through the production!.

Has anyone ever tried traveling with brownie-cookies and/or shake-bread? Just wondering how they might keep over a few days...

Comment #24

Morning Tl's.

I started a second pot of coffee to get us threw the rest of the day. I also made a pot of Earl grey Tea for those who want it!.

I'm taking the Ds1 and dd shopping today. Oh joy! Shopping with teenangers is so much fun. (yes, I spelled it that way) :0.

I hope everyone has a great day!.

Penny- there was not much to shovel this time around. How was your area?..

Comment #25

Beth, don't ever shut up!!! YOU are the highlight of my day when you post!! Extra special today with more than one post!!..

Comment #26

I find they spoil very quickly (1-2 days), so I only traveled with bars/puffs/pretzels after losing 2 meals to spoilage during a business trip...

Comment #27

Afternoon all! I'm starting to feel like I'm back into the 100% on plan groove, and I'm hoping that within the week I'll be back down to the weight I was before the sludge escapades of this month. If that happensI may be under 200 by the end of March, and thinking about that leads me to wonder if I might do a hide-the-scale month..

Last night when I came home from work, I felt like a veritable zombie. I stayed up and read and Internetted for a few hours, then went to bed at midnight. I slept right on through my alarms for church at 8, and didn't really get up until about noon. I went straight to my L&G meal in the refrigeratorand I could just barely finish it. Yes, 7 ounces IS a LOT of fish. Whew!.

(Only on Medifast do people probably not flinch to read about someone breaking their fast with tiliapia...).


, does your hubby know about the principles of ketosis that are so important to success on Medifast? Mine knows that there is only a certain amount of carbohydrate I can have per day, and that if I exceed that limit then Bad Things Will Happen. So if he wants to know if I can eat something, and I tell him it's got too many carbs, then he knowsI really mean no..

Today marks another great event in my yearthe first Texas Rangers spring training game! DH and I will be huddled around one of our laptops to listen to the webcast in a little bit...

Comment #28

Maybe I'm the only one that gets terrible gas from eating the oatmeal.................

Comment #29

Doing happy dance for you too. I'm not very coordinated, so it looks a little weird, but happy nonetheless...

Comment #30

Yesterday I was doing lots of beadwork and wire work and some of it was while I was sitting ont he couch. I took a break to have my afternoon meal - Chili Nacho Cheese Puffs - and then I got back to work. About 45 minutes later, I packed my supplies up into my boxes and something poked me in the back of my leg. I reached down between the couch cushions, carefully, thinking I'd get stabbed by a piece of wire. Nothing there. So I slid my hand under my leg and found....

A Chili Nacho Cheese Puff!!.

I was so happy, I screeched a happy "WOOT!!" and crunched my bonus snack loudly and proudly! By then, my husband was cracking up - he totally gets me...

Comment #31


- LOL!! Good thing it didn't get crushed in the couch cushions...those crumbs get too mixed up with couch sludge to be OP.

You've gotta get going on getting your Skype working...I want to see more of your creations and especially want to see/learn some of your wrapping techniques. I've recently ventured into more wire work rather than straight beading. My earrings turned out nice (they have sparkles.

), but they're simple beads & bought earwires. Ended up wearing another pair I made cuz I didn't like the way the top looked - different top, different earrings..

I've gotta go brave the out-of-doors, then onto the treadmill. We're in desperate need of salad fixings. I.


To have my daily salad anymore - I'm addicted!!..

Comment #32

I get it too.........if I drop a smidgen of my crunch bar on the floor of my office, I pick it up and eat it. It sounds gross, but I'm not giving up one morsel of something I'm allowed to have...

Comment #33

Ha ha - Jan, I love my beads, but wire is so much fun. So many different looks you can get with a simple twist of technique (pun intended)..

This afternoon I've been making beaded wire bookmarks. VERY cool!..

Comment #34

Between my crappy eyes and the tendonitis in my right hand, I'll have to leave the beading to you Penny. Can't wait to see more of your work though...

Comment #35

Thanks MT. That's what I feared - spoilage. But hey - it was a good idea. The room will have a mini-fridge, so I was hopeful that if I could keep them refrigerated, I might have a shot. Bars and puffs and shakes will work just fine...

Comment #36

Still working on photographing my stuff. Hubby just dug out my tripod and I'm gonna get back after it as soon as the little one goes to bed..

I had a yummy ahi tuna steak on a salad tonight. Love me some seared ahi the night before weigh-in! I'm ready to float away, too! ALL CLEAR here! Usually before noon..

I have one more meal tonight and I think it's gonna be a chocolate chip pancake. I can almost taste it now!..

Comment #37

If you've got a fridge, you should be OK. I keep bread and brownies in the fridge for 3-4 days...

Comment #38

I keep wondering why I torture myself with this hobby.

I have carpal tunnel and arthritis, no feeling in my fingertips and bad eyes. Not exactly fit for small hand work...

Comment #39

Good night my friends.

We're watching Amazing Race and then I am going to attmept to sleep...

Comment #40

Sleep well, Anna, if at all possible..

I'm sure if you two just crash tpogether for 2 solid days, that will be perfect too..

I am enjoying my Vanilla Shake 70 with VIA decaf and 7 cups of H20. This is just the right sweetness for me!.

Sleep well, Tlers. I'm off to take all my bedtime meds and crash while watching the Oscars. I never get to the movies, but I love Anne Hathaway..


Comment #41

I'm back after a long day of "stuff". Dad's cat is pretty sick on and off, I scheduled a veterinary cardiologist appointment for her tomorrow. I wished he lived closer (he's 2 hours away) so I could help a little better. The cat and I are really all the family he has..

Dock diving is when a dog runs full throttle down a 40 foot dock after a chase toy into a pool of water. They measure the jump by where the base of the tail breaks the water, but to make the numbers even bigger some of the televised competitions measure to the nose..

Penny-we've been on tv, mostly local but once last year nationally. The competition in 2 weeks is a small one, indoors, at the Harrsiburg Farm Show complex. There's also a pet expo there that weekend..

See everyone tomorrow!.


Comment #42

Thanks YiaYia! I think I'm going to take some of each and put them in the fridge with high hopes. However, I will also bring plenty of puffs, bars, and shakes to be sure I have enough food if the bread and cookies go bad. Worst case scenario, I lose some food. Hmm, this makes me think I could take some shake cakes too. Sounds like I'll be baking tomorrow night before I leave Tuesday morning..

Sleep tight Anna!..

Comment #43

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