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First off, Looking for fresh, healthy Medifast recipes? Hoping for any comment. My other question... Does anyone that has has wls regret getting it done? Are you ever able to go out to dinner with friends anymore? Is the reward worth what you've given up?..

Comments (26)

Good question... I dunno what is the answer. I'll do some poking around and get back to you if I bump into an decent answer. You should email the people at Medifast as they probably can answer it..

Comment #1

I had my.


Just in August. My only regret so far is that I did not have it years ago. My life has changed in such a positive way. I could not have imagined how good I feel now by comparison to how badly I felt just a few short months ago. As far as eating out, I have gone out with the office staff and family several times since my proceedure. So far I have not had any problems finding something that is ok for me to eat.


I feel that that playing field has been leveled more in my favor. The previously impossible is now possible...

Comment #2

I'm still young and part of the reason why I'm doing it now is to not waste years and to do it before the risks get worse. My highest weight was 320 and my last pre op weigh in was 295. I've always be over weight but I've also always been active. I can still jog a few miles and my blood pressure is normal. Diabetes runs in my family but I am lucky not to have it. I just want to be able to do things with my family and future kids and not have weight get in the way.

I just want to make sure that this procedure didn't take away all the fun things put of peoples lives...

Comment #3

I think this.


Has only added fun things into my life! It is AMAZING how much energy I have now and I'm only 8 weeks post-op!..

Comment #4

At 400 lbs, everything fun is pretty much tempered by the discomfort you feel doing anything. like.


To the bathroom!.

The freedom to move, go out in public, and fit in a normal size world is fun!.

No regrets,,,..

Comment #5

No regrets here. Eating out is no problem for me. Meals with friends now are more about being with friends and family than stuffing my face and cleaning my plate. I share meals and it works great!..

Comment #6

I am not going to lie...the first month was the hardest for me and I thought that I had made a mistake...but then my daughters reminded me that it took me 7 years to get my insurances to cover the procedure and that if I had not wanted it so badly...I would have stopped along time ago...Now I am so very thankful that I did it, and I am one of the lucky ones that had no complications, drainage lines, or anything else......

The head hunger was difficult to deal with also, but that passes pretty quick, and I also had depression for a little while too but thanks to many DS friends I made it through okay....And yes eating out is possible if you make the right Medifast food choices..


This helps you some...HUGS Randy..

Comment #7

No regrets whatsoever. I go out to eat with friends on an average of once a week and always have a great time. Of course, my friends are VERY supportive and no one concentrates or cares what I eat (except Actually, I find it easy to find things (soup, chili, meatballs, pizza toppings, etc.) that I can eat. My reward is feeling healthy and that is priceless...

Comment #8

IN the beginning (first month maybe, I went through the usuall WTF did I do to my myself stage that you get)..

BUT now 20 months out, I don't regret it for a minute! I would do it all over again in a heartbeat (and maybe 10 years earlier). Even with the preop liquid protein Medifast diet and the above mentioned WTF did I do to myself stage and everything..

I am so much more active and healthy and I am truly living now. When I go out to eat with the girls from work I get a cup of soup and a salad or a small steak and some veggies and I still enjoy just being with them! It's about the people not about the food!.


Comment #9

I echo the thoughts of the others who wish they had done it years earlier. At the point I gave up dieting over 12 years ago, I was an active obese person. Unfortunately, my weight just kept going up (along with my age) and I became a prisoner in my own body. Carrying over twice my healthy body weight was excruciatingly painful both physically and emotionally. Having the.


Was the best gift I have ever given myself (my husband likes it, too)!.

My husband and I just got back from Vegas and I can eat out with no problems. Well, almost no problemssince I dont eat much, I am VERY picky, so I took forever deciding which restaurant I wanted to go to! When we got back I discovered I had lost 2 lbs!!.

For me, the reward is worth so much more than I have sacrificed..

Personally, I recommend.


To your doctor about the sleeve vs the bypass. The sleeve has fewer restrictions, fewer complications (doesnt have the vitamin deficiency issues) and seems to have a comparable success rate. Last year when I was scheduling my.


I didnt even consider it, because I had only one shot and I wanted the.


With the most successful data/research behind it. Over the past year, however it seems to be becoming the new gold standard in WLS..


Comment #10

Does anyone that has has wls regret getting it done? Are you ever able to go out to dinner with friends anymore? Is the reward worth what you've given up?..

Comment #11

Only regret is that I didn't have the.


Sooner. I eat out every week but chose healthy choices and usually half of the meal is my lunch the next day!..

Comment #12

I regretted it took me so damn long to get this.


I love going out, the menus are exciting to me. I get to chose healthy things and be with friends and family. What I have given up... is the pounds! Priceless!!! LMAO..

Comment #13

It's good to hear you all seem pleased you have done this even though some steps are rough. I think I would be kidding myself if I wasn't nervous going into this. It is a huge and permanent change on everyones life that shouldn't be taken lightly. Thanks guys!..

Comment #14

I do not regret having the.


I am off all my medications for diabetes, high blood pressure and cholesteral. I feel better and the icing on the cake is the weightloss!!!! I continue to go out to restaurants with my friends and family. There is always something on the menu that I can eat, from soup to cottage cheese, refried beans, just to name a few. I do not deny myself the company of family and friends. After all, I'm the one in control of the fork/spoon. If I have a head hunger attack, I remove myself and take a little walk until I can return (only happened once).

A nice cup of tea helps too!!!! Good luck!!! MaryM..

Comment #15


I am only a month out and I have no regrets at all. I was apprehensive in the beginning as it is a major.


After all but I would do it all over again discomfort, all rounds of testing, and all..

I am still apprehensive about dining out but again I am only a month out. I am a firm believer in measuring portions and not simply guesstimating. That is not to say that I will not eat out again. But it is easy to confuse 2oz of something w/ 4oz just by looking at it..

Hanging out with friends doesnt only include Medifast food and drinks and I say this respectfully if those are the people you are surrounded with it can make this journey a bit rough if you are not grounded to your program..

This is after all about making lifestyle changes. Again this doesnt go to say that you can never go out again but I would be careful of allowing "food" to be part of integral time with your friends..

Health, being more active with my son, and being able to shop in smaller sizes absolutely worth everything I have given up and every penny..

Best Wishes...

Comment #16

My only regret is that I didn't do it sooner I absolutely love my new life!!!!!!..

Comment #17

No regrets (other than should havedone it sooner). I eat out all the time - I hate to cook - other people eating 'bad' Medifast food doesn't bother me at all. I just find something healthy and my friends like finishing my meals for me. The only thing I don't like about eating out is leaving so much Medifast food (if I can't take home the leftovers or no one finishes it for me). Your doctor can give you a card that most places will honor so you can order from the children's menu if you want..

You are young and have so much life ahead of you, a long healthy one!!..

Comment #18

No regrets my.


Was 7-27-2009.

15 mths ago.

I lost 67 pounds so far..

And there is not much I can't eat.

Just smaller portions of it..

Eating out is cheaper it's great.

And I feel so much better.

Diabetes runs in my fam too.

Good luck moving forward :)..

Comment #19

No regrets!! Its amazing seeing myself changing in such an awesome way. Im only 21, it was my first.


Ever and so far...the best decision of my life. (Im only 3 weeks out lol!!).

Good Luck on your choice....and theres quite a few of us close to you for support!!..

Comment #20

I wish I'd done it maybe 40 or 50 from my peak because I truely beleive that last 40 stretched our my skin. Now Im pretty vain and have no problem living with my public naked body but I know it would have been perfect if I'd just done this sooner..

I also regret waiting 6 months to join cindy's.


Club. God only knows where I'd be now if I had started.


Sooner. Yea that is my only regret and beleive me at 55 I'm in world class condition and while I get some from.


Most of.

My core body strength is soley from walking/hiking/running..

The sooner you start.


Up hill the faster you'll have a perfect body!!.

Love Lu..

Comment #21

No regrets whatsoever.

I had to attend a dinner meeting at a local Chilis. Everyone had burgers, ribs or fahitas. I enjoyed my cup of corn soup. My son and his friends went to steak and shake after his bachelor party. They has cheeseburgers and fries. I enjoyed my cup of gumbo soup.

They had egg rolls, ribs, quiche and cookies. I had 2 small meatballs. No regrets at all. They gave out free drink coupons. I asked for a virgin mary..

I asked for something non carbinated and no alcohol. The bartender said all I have is water. Reminded me of Back to the future. Ill have a pepsi free, If you want a pepsi you have to pay for it. OK, give me a tab.

OK give me something withoutsugar. Here;s a cup of.


Again, no regrets whatsoever. I can still go out and have a nice time and still stick to my diet...

Comment #22

I will be 2 years this Jan of 2011 and I have no regrets. This.


Has help me change my life by having better eating habits, emotional and mental well-being. I can still go out and eat with friends, I just have to eat smaller portions and being baked, etc. Its still tough because I still have the mind hunger that I have to fight daily, but I just take it one day at a time...

Comment #23

I am so happy that I had this.


, I just wish that I had done it years ago. I go to dinner with my husband when ever we want, it's just that we don't eat as much so usually we get a meal and share it. I have so much more energy now and I love shopping for new clothes. I know that I am so much more healthier than before. I had my.


Almost 2 yrs ago and I have gone from size 20-22 to size 8 and lost 140lbs...

Comment #24

No regrets except that I didn't do it sooner. I can go out to eat almost anything - just not much of it, actually survived a cruise at 3 1/2 months out. Out is not a good place to try a new Medifast food for the first time however. Honestly, as the mother of a 26 year old son, I suspect that the larger problem for you may be alcohol. No more going out drinking with the guys, or your girlfriend or whomever. Tolerance will be really low and you will find yourself legally drunk (>.08) on a lot less alcohol that your new svelte body weight would indicate.

Don't wait for the weight to cause health problems..


Comment #25

NO regrets...except that I waited so long to do it, thinking I could figure it all out myself. I was 52 when I had.


(1 1/2 years ago)..

We go out to eat, yes. Sometimes I'll have an appetizer dinner, or share a meal. Many times I have left overs that will serve me well for another meal or two ...

Comment #26

This question was taken from a support group/message board and re-posted here so others can learn from it.