Good question... I dunno what is the answer. I'll do some research and get back to you if I find an good answer. You should email the people at Medifast as they probably could assist you..
When I was getting them I was attributing them to a lack of sodium... not that I am saying you should add salt... but maybe someone else can tell you what has helped them. Mine did eventually go away...
I have experienced this one time on my previous Medifast experience. I was at work (in food service of all places) and we were busy and I didn't have time to eat or DRINK enough. I knew it was getting into the "danger must eat soon" zone, and so I didbut I waited too long. I was stricken with TWO of the absolutely most terrifying leg cramps I have ever experienced. BOTH of my legs went into extreme charlie horse mode and I had to physically lean against a wall and force my feet to stay on the groundthey wanted to contract all the way (like picture foot to butt). It was extremely painful and alarming and uncomfortable and SCARY.
My theory is that it's dehydration. I drink at least 128 oz of water a daytoday I was on assignment and didn't get started for 5 hours after I usually do and my left calf is kind of crampy now. I definitely attribute it to a change in traditional drinking and eating habits..
Thats just my 2 centsI certainly don't know for sure. Consider drinking more water and see if that helps?..
I started getting leg cramps last week. I had stopped taking my Calcium supplements, when I started MF, because I thought that I was getting enough Calcium from Medifast foods. I know that for me, when I have leg cramps, that usually signals that I need more Calcium, so I started taking my Calcium again, and I haven't had any cramps after two days of taking the supplements. I posted a question to the Registered Dieticians here in the forums, and they gave me a detailed reply, as to what I could do to prevent cramps. By the time they responded to my query, however, my cramps had gone away. I will post their answer to me here, so you can read it...
Here is the answer that I got from the Medifast registered dieticians..
I hope this helps you..
Hello, my name is Matt, I am one of the Registered Dietitians with Nutrition Support..
Congratulations on your weight loss to this point. Great job!!.
Muscle cramps are not a typical response to the Medifast program..
Some risk factors that are thought to contribute to muscle cramping include: muscle fatigue, exercising, dehydration, high weight (not necessarily obesity), electrolyte imbalances and certain medications..
The electrolytes, sodium, potassium, magnesium, and calcium play an important role in muscle functioning. In terms of the Medifast plan, increasing sodium and potassium intake may be helpful. It also may be helpful to incorporate the following meal replacement options:.
55 & 70 Shakes.
Chicken Noodle Soup.
Chicken and Wild Rice Soup.
Maryland Crab Soup.
In terms of your Lean and Green meal, be sure to include the higher potassium vegetables:.
Also try incorporating a higher sodium snack such as bouillon or dill pickles. You can choose green olives as your healthy fat serving. Another option to quell muscle cramping found on grocery store shelves is diet tonic water that contains quinine..
For lower extremity cramps that come specifically at night, start a stretching regimen before going to bed. Try pressing your toes against a wall to stretch out the calf muscles; hold for 30 seconds, relax, repeat several times as needed..
Keep blankets loose at the foot of the bed to prevent your toes and feet from pointing downward while you sleep..
When your calf muscles cramp, flex your foot up (toes to ceiling) and hold until the cramping stops.
Apply heat to cramping muscles.
Massage the cramped muscles.
Consider taking your calcium supplement before bedtime..
For cramping when exercising, try these tips:.
O Drink fluids to maintain hydration. As you sweat, you lose important electrolytes, which are needed to prevent cramps..
O Warm up for 10-15 minutes before exercising to stretch out your muscles..
O If you exercise and get cramps after eating, you may have begun your exercise too soon after eating. As you digest food, your body diverts blood from your muscles and cramping can result..
If you are currently taking a medication or using an over-the-counter product that contains a diuretic (or water pill) such as those sometimes prescribed for high blood pressure, be sure to speak to your physician so that they may determine whether an adjustment to your medication is needed..
As a reminder, Medifast does not recommend the use of over-the-counter potassium supplements without physician supervision..
As you mentioned, the Medifast meals are fortified with 24 different vitamins and minerals, including 100% of the Recommended Daily Allowance for Calcium, Potassium and Magnesium...
Please don't think I am crazy!! But please do a google search for Ivory Soap and leg cramps. You will be surprised at the results you will find. My poor husband used to get leg cramps just about every night and with the advice of a friend we tried the Ivory soap and it worked!!! You just but a bar of Ivory soap in a sock and put it between the mattress cover and the bottom sheet at the bottom of your bed. My husband has not had a leg cramp since. I know it is CRAZY but for whatever reason it worked for him. It is worth a try! ANd no I don't work for Proctor & Gamble.
It really works...
I got terrible charlie horses in my calves however I added broccoli and that seemed to help me at least..
Thanks for the replies. I am drinking about 120 ounces of water, if not more, each day. It is all I drink for my hydration as I have given up Diet Soda at least three weeks ago now because I have been diagnosed with borderline osteoporosis (it is just now osteopenia) and I am taking Citracal. On my daily nutritional analysis, I am also getting between 1400 and 1700 of the calcium, so I am doing quite well there I think. I will add the higher carb veggies and I have heard about the Ivory soap idea in the past as wel..
Thank you all for your input. It really helped!..
When I first started I got them all the time. My mother told me to eat a dill pickle and it would go away. I am not a huge pickle fan so I would eat like 2 of the hamburger slices and they did go away...