What is Medifast?
Medifast is a portion-controlled, nutritionally balanced, low-fat, and clinically proven program that helps people lose weight faster and more effectively than traditional diet plans. Medifast Meals come in individual packets that you mix with water and microwave or refrigerate, and are available in a wide variety of foods and flavors, including shakes, soups, stew, chili, oatmeal, scrambled eggs, fruit drinks, iced teas, hot beverages, bars, and puddings. Quick and easy to prepare, they offer a healthy fast food alternative to a busy lifestyle!
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How do you measure obesity?
Obesity is measured in a number of ways. The standard method is to start with your height and weight. From these measurements, the percent of ideal body weight is calculated through height/weight tables, or body mass index (BMI) is calculated through specific tables or calculations. Body fat is most often measured through a skin-fold test with calipers, and/or bioelectric impedance. Simple circumference measures of waist and hips are used to assess fat distribution in a waist-to-hip ratio.
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What are the benefits of weight loss?
- The medical benefits that have been reported with weight reduction during or after the use of a low-calorie diet include:
- A reduction in systolic/diastolic blood pressure
- An improvement in blood glucose levels
- A decrease in total and LDL cholesterol levels
- A reduction in triglyceride levels
- An improvement in respiratory function and sleep apnea
- A reduction or alleviation in pain associated with osteoarthritis or inflammation of the joints
- A reduction or alleviation of lower back pain
- A decreased risk for gallbladder disease/gallstones
- Increased mobility
What type of soy is in Medifast?
Medifast uses Supro® brand soy protein, a high-quality complete protein derived from soybeans. Supro® is produced by DuPont’s Protein Technologies. DuPont has been conducting soy protein research for more than 30 years.
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Should I exercise along with the program?
Exercise is a necessary part of losing weight, improving metabolism, and maintaining weight loss. Exercise also provides many health enhancing benefits such as: improved blood sugar control, improved flexibility and balance, blood pressure control, strength and endurance, and help to decrease stress. If you are not already exercising regularly when you start the Medifast Program, we recommend you wait two to three weeks (and check with your physician) before you begin an exercise program. Start an exercise program slowly, and gradually increase time spent on an activity (and intensity of the activity) as your body allows. Choose an activity that you can enjoy regularly. Most of our customers find walking is the easiest activity to incorporate into their day.
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How do I get started on the Medifast Weight Control Centers Program?
We recommend that you come in to one of our Centers for a free consultation. We will walk you through our entire process so you can see how quick and easy it will be to reach your weight-loss goals.
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What is arthritis?
Arthritis means joint inflammation. Symptoms can occur and cause pain, stiffness, and swelling in the joints. However, arthritis may not only affect the joints, but can also affect muscles, bones, tendons, and ligaments. The two most common forms of arthritis are osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis.
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What is coronary heart disease?
Coronary heart disease is when the coronary arteries are narrowed or clogged with plaque deposits on the inside wall. The narrowing of the arteries reduces flow of blood to the heart and increases the chances of a blood clot blocking the artery, resulting in a heart attack.
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What is diabetes?
Diabetes is a severe, life-threatening condition in which the body loses its ability to turn glucose (sugar) from food into useable energy. The muscle cells and other tissues in the body require specific levels of glucose and carbohydrates to maintain their function. The level of glucose absorbed into the bloodstream by the intestines, and the method by which glucose enters the body’s cells, is regulated by a hormone called Insulin. This is produced in the pancreas, a gland located behind the stomach. Diabetes that develops later in life, usually after 45 years of age, and which use to be known as “Adult Onset Diabetes” or “Non-Insulin Dependent Diabetes Mellitus (NIDDM)” is known today as type 2 diabetes.
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