Does Medifast work and is it a healthy way to lose weight?

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My question is Does Medifast work and is it a healthy way to lose weight? Thanks in advance for any response. Another question... Even though I reached my "goal", I was hoping to lose another 10 pounds or so. I went to the doctor for some issues that have popped up, and some of my bloodwork came back funny. My liver numbers were very high, and they sent me straight to a G.I. She told me that she sees this frequently with Medifast users, and told me I needed to stop it ASAP, and when I come back in two weeks, I should be off of it completely..

I'm not ready for T&M, wasn't planning to start-was about to place a new TSFL order, but now I am really confused and scared...

Comments (24)

Yup, but you might wanna make sure and wait for another commenter to confirm it as I am on the fence. Better yet, why don't you email the Medifast guys because they can assist you better...

Comment #1

You can still loose during T & M. Just keep your calories to a minimum. I have heard of poeple loosing another 10 lbs in T & M..

You have done so good. Congrats on your success...

Comment #2

How the heck is Medifast supposed to mess up the liver???..

Comment #3

"They call it PMS because MadCow Disease was already taken." Shay, I have GOT to steal this! Ha! Hope you dont mind... :P..

Comment #4

(Obviously your doctor's advice should take precedence over the boards, etc, and hopefully your doctor has been willing to give you good information about exactly what his or her concerns are.).

It is my understanding that for some people, high protein/low carb diets can be problematic for liver function, but those are usually at more extreme protein and carb margins than Medifast (say, 300 protein to 50 carbs) and often because of dehydration. Are you getting enough water?..

Comment #5

It is not Medifast that messes with the liver, it is losing weight quickly that messes with it. I have fatty liver disease and have to have my liver tested every month. The faster the weight comes off the slower the liver can filter out the fat passing through it. If your Dr says time to stop then it is time to stop...

Comment #6

Definitely consult with your doctor. Call him back and ask him to explain to you in language you can understand (please - no offense but doctors speak in medical-ese all the time and patients have no idea what they're saying) how and why Medifast is impacting your liver. Also ask him how many Medifast patients he's seen with problems and if they are similar to or like your problems. Get a real diagnosis -not just Medifast is killing your liver. Make sure he rules out everything before putting all the blame on Medifast - although this may actually be the culprit and you may want to stop or reduce your use of Medifast foods. Make a list of questions and ask him for the answers.

Let me know if I can be of any help to you in this case. I'll be happy to help in any way I can .... and good luck...

Comment #7

Thanks all..

Sassy-she said she sees high liver enzimes with Medifast users, and that if I stop using it, my liver would go back to normal..

SHe said I was lucky that the problems started not when I was halfway through MF, because she hates to tell people to stop they are successful on, but since I am considered at a healthy weight, the best bet was to stop. I emailed my health coach, who is my OB/GYN, asking for help, because I am really conflicted and confused..

I am otherwise a healthy 41 year old, with zero history of liver issues...

Comment #8

My doc told me something similar to what the Emperor said. If your doc says time then it's time..

That doesn't mean that you can't transition - you don't have to just suddenly dump everything back into your diet. If your doc thinks the Medifast products are contributing, talk to Medifast about how to T&M with non-MF products. I'd call them rather than post here. But if I were going to try to transition completely on my own, I'd start with all MF-approved veggies and lean proteins for all your meals and snacks for a week or to, then follow the transition guide in terms of adding foods back in gradually. You'll have to adjust portion sizes to keep your calories at some gradually increasing level, but I would think it's doable - no different, for example, then transitioning off Atkins or some other low carb diet. You might drop by the library and check out some low carb diet books and see how those programs transition...

Comment #9

Did the doctor tell you why medifast affects liver? take good care of your self...

Comment #10

Well, I say you did a great job and I bet you look fab!..

Comment #11

Im in the Medical field and if I shall explain I think my brain may burst LOL......

Comment #12

This is scaring me. I often think maybe there is something that they will discover or reveal about Medifast being dangerous or having some hidden ingredient. I'm glad I only use about 3 of the meals a day and eat a few more calories than recommended. I'm actually doing great and reached a second goal - not just as fast as others fully OP but that is Ok with me...

Comment #13

I had a similar experience in late January and I ended up having to have my gallbladder removed. I am praying that my bloodwork will be back to normal when I get it checked again. I had to do the quick transition and I think it caused major gastro issues from transitioning so quickly, but I refused to take a chance with the liver. I ended up losing weight while transitioning and waiting for my gallbladder surgery, but it was mostly because I got to the point where I could not tolerate eating food (major pain). It's been 10 days since the surgery and I am just being able to tolerate food. Medifast did help me to create good eating habits and it is those habits that will help me to keep the weight off.

My advice would be to definitely listen to your doctor, who knows more about your personal health. Prayerfully all is well with you...

Comment #14

My doctor has told me something similar. He said that I could stay on the diet as long as my tests come back normal. He was concerned with the percentage of protein. I am going in for tests at the end of the month and hope that they come out normal...

Comment #15

Thanks everyone..

I called Medifast and the person I spoke with was very helpful. She reccomended a 1500 calorie diet, with.

1 grain.

3 vegetables.

2 fruits.

8 oz. protein.

2 dairy.

2 fat.

And 3 healthy fueling from Dr. A's book (pgs. 120-121) instead of the 3 medifast meals that normally would be eaten then..

I don't know how I am going to do this. I am NOT ready...

Comment #16

You are going to do it because you HAVE to do you will! Mind over matter. Make it work.....

Comment #17

Definitely listen to your have done a fantastic job,and will do well in maintenance I am sure. Thsi just shows where what is perfect for one person's body, may not be for another. You have to do the right thing for YOUR body...

Comment #18

Okay, that does it, I am going to get my LFT done tomorrow...curious to see what it will say. I will post as soon as I know the results!.

Good luck to you & you have come so far, you done so good...whatever your feel ready or not, you CAN & WILL make this work...yo done it before, remember?..

Comment #19

My doctor actually recommended Medifast as a great diet to help someone lose weight. It has been working really well considering I have only been on 3 weeks. I have seen others post where their doctors have recommended it also. Good luck to you and maybe you can come back on and lose those last few pounds after your levels come back up..

I saw where someone posted about their gallbladder. A lot of people I know have had issues with their gallbladder after gaining and losing a lot of weight. I know several friends that had to have theirs out after they had babies because of the weight gain and weight loss that happens during pregnancy. My sister lost weight one summer when we were in college and she ended up having to have hers out at the end of that summer. It is just a weird organ like that..

I pray everything goes well with you and you are able to accomplist your goals!!!..

Comment #20

I bet a lot of folks think this at the beginning of Medifast, but end up choosing/embracing the program because their health has taken a serious downturn and the best solution is to lose weight. You can do this just like you did the program from the beginning - one day at a time, one meal at a time (heck, even one bite at a time)! And you can keep using the fantastic resources and support generated by all of us posting on these boards - you can do this!.

I'm getting to the point where goal is one the horizon and have started to read through the T&M boards - so much great info and support there as well!..

Comment #21

Took my liver function test this morning, got my results back this late afternoon & I'm happy to report that all is well, no elevated anything. I am good to go...thank goodness! I actually spoke to my doctor about why I requested this test, told her all about Medifast (again) & she told me to keep doing what I'm doing, my labs never looked better & neither have.

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...when you started MF, did you know that you are going to succeed, that you will hang in there & make it work? I bet you didn't and look at you now, you did it & you can do this!..

Comment #22

Don't worry. Def. listen to doc. It's probably related to high protein levels (?). I think you probably need to give your liver a rest. It's been working hard.

They work for you! (I believe the liver helps detoxify the body.. as a matter of fact, it's the only organ that does most of what it does and has a burden on it..).

Don't worry and enjoy some new foods!! You've accomplished so much. Try and take this as your body letting you know you can slow down and eat a bit more normally..

Congrats again on what you've achieved!..

Comment #23

Just curious, did you have your liver enzymes checked prior to starting Medifast? Also, certain medications can affect your liver, as well as alcohol, and even over the counter drugs such as Tylenol. I want to make sure your Doc is checking every possibility. Sometimes patients don't tell doctors the whole story and will end up with a wrong diagnosis...

Comment #24

I found an interesting journal article on this subject:.

American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, Vol. 87, No. 5, 1141-1147, May 2008: Effect of a dietary-induced weight loss on liver enzymes in obese subjects: Christoph Gasteyger, Thomas Meinert Larsen, Frank Vercruysse and Arne Astrup.

Basically it says there is often a transient elevation in liver enzymes during/after rapid weight loss, but it seems benign and short lived and also seems to mostly happen only to women. I find this really interesting. Let us know if they go back to normal after transition. Good luck and you can do it!..

Comment #25

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


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