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First off, Any comments on the Medifast Diet? =>? Thanks for any comment. Second question of mine... I'm struggling with how I feel about my caffeine intake and how much I should be concerned about it. I'm wondering about the experiences of other MFers regarding caffeine and if I need to try harder to cut back..

Pre-MF, I was a two to three grande, nonfat latte a day gal, plus an occasional diet coke. When I started MF, I went cold turkey on the Starbucks and switched to a single cup of black coffee with possibly one packet of splenda (I use a few drops of stevia per cup now, no syrups). It was difficult, I'll admit. As time went by, my coffee intake has risen to two regular cups of coffee in the morning, then a calorie burn cappuccino at midmorning, a calorie burn infuser in the late afternoon and an occasional diet coke (usually just water) with dinner. I do also drink all my water daily (I shoot for at least 80 ounces a day, which is about 10 ounces over half of my body weight in ounces...don't know how to attach a ticker here!.


I'm sure I am going over the recommended 300mg a day and I'm wondering if I should be harder on myself about keeping it to that amount. My rationalization is that I am still reliably losing 2.5-3 lbs a week on the 5 & 1 (a total of 39 lbs) even during my TOM and I also have lots of good reasons for staying alert all day (I home school three active, special needs little boys and keep up with the school schedule of a fourth child...DD11, also special needs). It ain't easy work and the caffeine helps! I also stop drinking caffeine if I note any sort of jitters during the day..

All that to say...honestly, am I rationalizing away a bad behavior or is my intake okay if it seems to be working for me? Tough love type answers are welcome...if I need a kick in the pants, I'll take it!.

Obviously, this is my weak area...

Comments (23)

That's a good question. I'm not sure what is the answer to that question. I'll do some research and get back to you if I bump into an anything. You should email the people at Medifast as they probably could give you help..

Comment #1

You can have my coffee when you pry it from my cold, dead hands! ;-)..

Comment #2

My Diet Dr Pepper is pretty much the only "oral pleasure" (don't tell my husband, he hates it when I say that) that I get when I'm on plan. I don't limit myself on it. The only thing I have tried to do lately is avoid drinking a lot after 2 p.m. when I am at work and will have to work the next day (12 hour shifts). Those are a time I've noticed I sometimes have trouble sleeping..

The Medifast recommendation for ~300 mg a day is based on the theory that weight loss and lower calorie intake could increase your sensitivity to caffeine. Surely that's not the same for everybody, and I'd say if you are happy with the way you feel, along with your weight loss results, with your current caffeine intake, then there's no real reason to beat yourself up over it..

Oh, and one last thing: The way I know when I've had TOO MUCH is if I can feel my heart skipping beats when I am trying to go to sleep at night. Check your pulse sometime while you are resting. If you notice it is irregular, that could be a side effect of too much caffeine...

Comment #3

I limit myself to 300 mgs of caffeine per day, which for me is plenty. I typically drink 2 or 3 single shot Americanos a day. Espresso has less caffeine than drip coffee and I don't like drip coffee black. I'm not a soda drinker, so that helps..

I don't tend to worry about caffeine too much. If you feel fine and are sleeping well, I wouldn't worry about it too much...

Comment #4

Thanks so much for the thoughtful answers! Shay, ROTFLOL!.

You sound just like me..

I don't currently have any trouble with my heartbeat skipping, though I do remember that feeling when I was a latte drinker! (I have a beautiful cappuccino machine currently packed away in my basement, calling my name daily!!). However, I do remember that I had more energy earlier on during my Medifast journey, when I was down to just that one morning cuppa. Right now I have good energy and focus when my system is jolted with a dose, but am tired in between. No naps here, though, or I'd wake up to the house on fire or something..

(No joke...I really would! One of my boys is academically gifted but has no common sense...and he LOVES to experiment with electricity!!) I sleep like a rock during the night, though..

So, I guess if it is not affecting my weight loss, I'll try not to beat myself up thinking I'm not OP. However, I'll watch the energy level closely and maybe see what happens if I do cut back. This is about improving my health, after all!..

Comment #5

I'll be honest.......I never really counted the amount of caffeine I was getting........My thought "right or wrong" was yes, I'm addicted and I'm willing to live with that...LOL.

Now just because that's the way I feel for myself doesn't mean you should. The plan calls for less than 300's up to you. good luck...

Comment #6

Hmmm...did not know that! It makes me want to go down to the basement and break out my fav. machine that I banished for MF! Maybe I'll have to reconsider my plan...j/k.


Comment #7

I cut out caffine for the first 100 lbs I lost..

2 things for me. When I drink Caffine it def slows down my weight loss, by a LOT..

Also, when drinking caffine I am much more hungry through the next few days..

But it's what ever works for you..

Are you loosing the 3 to 5 lbs per week? If so then I wouldnt fret on it. If it's affecting your weight loss then yeah I would cut it out...

Comment #8

I say NO to sodas for me right now!..

Comment #9

This happens to me, trying to cut down. I actually drink more coffee now I'm on Medifast than before MF...

Comment #10

I pretty much said this to my boyfriend when I told him I was giving up Pop (Soda) for lent. He wanted me to give up my coffee too since I'm getting ready to to MF..

I work nights at a very busy hospital. Just because coffee makes him a crazy fool, it allows me to deal with the crazy fools...

Comment #11

I do believe that it's an individual thing. I drink a LOT of coffee. I also drink a lot of water and tea. Heck, I drink a lot of fluid in general. I don't think I go an hour without putting at least 16 oz in my body..

I think that this is why I still get seriously carded at 40. (Almost had my driver's license confiscated two years ago when I tried to buy Nyquil at Walmart).

Coffee makes me feel better, in general - but I don't think it's the caffeine. I think it's the potassium. At one point I was up to three pots a day. Now I'm down to one...

Comment #12

Three pots of coffee a day????.

I thought I was an addict!..

Comment #13

Caffine does affect weight loss - Here are some articles - but if you are loosing 2-5 lbs a week while drinking the caffine - and you are not having those cravings or jitters - then I probably would not worry about it -.




Comment #14

Well, I'm down from one POT of coffee to just one CUP of coffee. I was so addicted that at one time my coffee maker was next to my night stand already to start perking away. I never had to get out of bed for my morning coffee LOL How bad is that??!!??!!.

These days I have my ritual Medifast breakfast = one French Vanilla RTD Shake added to about 4 oz brewed coffee. No creamer, no sweetener needed. And I'm a happy camper in the morning!..

Comment #15

H2Orat - that is awesome - it is a hard addiction to break - I am still have about two cups of coffee - but have cut out all sodas which was huge for me - I could easily drink 4-6 of them a day - plus my water LOL..

Comment #16

I just have to post this funny:.

You know you're addicted to coffee when:.

17. You can jump start your car without cables..

16. You answer the door before people knock..

15. You get a speeding ticket even when you are parked..

14. You've worn out your third pair of shoes this week..

13. Your eyes stay open even when you sneeze..

12. You grind coffee beans in your mouth..

11. You can type sixty words per minute with your feet..

10. You soak your dentures in coffee overnight..

9. You sleep with your eyes open..

8. You have a picture of your coffee mug on your coffee mug..

7. Instant coffee takes too long to make..

6. You channel surf faster without the remote..

5. You don't sweat... you percolate..

4. You've built a miniature city out of little plastic stirrers..

3. You short out motion detectors..

2. You walk twenty miles on your treadmill before you realize it's not plugged in..

And last but not least....

1. The only time you are standing still is during an earthquake!..

Comment #17

If you're happy with what you are doing and happy with your progress and enjoy your coffee, hey! I'd stay with what is working..

The problem for alot of people is that it isn't the coffee per se, it's the cream and sugar that they add alot of people just love their coffee pudding in the morning LOL..

I keep my coffee, but I've never used sweetner/sugar in it and I use a little bit of milk, always have, so this hasn't been an issue for me. Luckily!..

Comment #18

I am soo addicted to diet coke and sadly I have gone up from 2-3 a day to 3-5 a day utr seriously I think that is what is helping me to stay OP even if that theory is in my head lol. I have lost 10 pounds in the first two weeks so hoping it is not affecting my weight loss because right now I do not think I can sacrifice that too. I admire all of you that were able to give up everything!!..

Comment #19

LOL Shay!!! Love your list! And WTG, Patty, for cutting out all the diet sodas YAY!!! I cut them out long time ago so coffee is my only caffeine addiction. (We never count chocolate, do we?).


Comment #20

One of the reasons Medifast says to limit your caffeine intake as well, is because it is a diuretic. When you drink too much, it flushes the water you would have had available for metabolism of fat down the drain with the caffeine byproducts. Hence, some people experience slower weight loss if they drink too much. You can counter this by making sure you are getting plenty plus some of regular water. It sounds like your weight loss has not been effected..

Wishing you the best!..

Comment #21

The other concern is that with this low of caloric intake the caffiene will affect you more than usual. But for those of us who are hard core, I don't think it causes much of an impact. I also tend to use the coffee as an appetite suppressent. It helps fill your belly and allow you to get a little further on an empty stomach, particularly when you are obsessed with eating something and trying to get through it...

Comment #22

Ok so the no sodas seems to be helping me. Last week was my first week back OP granted not 100% everyday but mostly everyday I only lost 3.4 lbs but was drinking lots of sodas. In two days since I have cut them out I have lost almost 4lbs :-)..

Comment #23

I drink 5-6 cups of coffee per day and I use either a shake or cappuccino drink to flavor the coffee. I have always had my coffee and it has not hindered my weight loss nor has it had any negative effects on me. I will.


Give up the coffee...

Comment #24

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


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