Ye, but... you might want to make sure and wait for another person to confirm it as I am not confident. Better yet, why don't you call the Medifast guys because they can answer your Medifast question better...
Congrats on your achievements with MF, it sounds like you have great experience with sticking to a difficult plan! I can't compare my experience to your previous one, as I've only tried the current Medifast plan. Some ideas, though, on overcoming your hunger:.
-If you haven't done so, take advantage of the extra allowed snack, at least while you're still feeling hungry every day..
-Try not to let your hunger get ahead of you. During the first several weeks, I was really hungry! I finally tried eating my Medifast meals more frequently during the morning and early afternoon. I was trying to force myself to space them out, but my health coach recommended that I shouldn't let the hunger get ahead of me. She said if I was hungry after an hour or an hour and 1/2 go ahead and have my next meal. This really seemed to help, and usually by the early afternoon after my 3rd meal, my hunger would totally fade..
-Try eating your L&G earlier in the day. Days when I'm really hungry I'll split it, or I'll have a full L&G for lunch instead of dinner. I usually worry that I'll be so hungry again by the evening that my remaining Medifast meals won't be enough, but usually I'm fine. I tell myself that if I'm still really hungry (which usually isn't the case) I'll switch to 4/2 for the day and have another L&G for dinner (w/out the healthy fat), but I've never actually had to do this..
-Keep playing around with your Medifast meal choices. Various Medifast meals fill me up differently and I've experimented over the months until I found what worked best..
Good luck with your hunger - hang in there, it will get better!..
I've heard that the pretzels and puffs aren't as filling. I can't speak from experience because I haven't tried them- that's just what I was told: to use them if I get to the point where I am not really very hungry anymore but still need to get in a meal..
When I am super hungry, I split my lean& green - and snack on a filling veggie like broccoli. That helps. Or the broth (snack). And guzzle water like crazy...
Minimum of 4 liters of water a day... I just chugged 2 more in the past hour. HAHA.
I did have to buy a smaller pair of pants yesterday. I am losing. Just annoying..
I only eat the pretzels and puffs as my last meal at about 9:30pm. This is after eating my L & G around 7 or 8pm. It keeps me full and keeps me from snacking at night, but I agree that they are not super filling. The soups and oatmeal keep me the most satisfied. Also try the appetite suppressant shakes-they work really well...
I have always found the shakes to be the most filling and satisfying of all the Medifast foods. I think you're on the right track to go back to that...
Hunger is my constant companion. And it doesn't seem to matter which Medifast meals I eat. Honestly if I didn't feel my clothes getting looser all of the time I wouldn't be able to take it! I try to drink broth charged up with hot sauce and eat baby dill pickles (my favorite on or off a diet) to get me through. I feel for you though, it's tough! And I check almost daily with the ketone urine strips and I am in ketosis so phooey on that whole "ketosis takes away your appetite thingy"! Hang in there, the loose pants will make it all worthwhile!..
I've been so hungry lately, too. I'm thinking it's directly related to adding the pretzels to my day. I agree the oatmeal and soups are my best mid-day meals. The pretzels make me feel cheated! haha..
It's possible to take in too much water. Doc told me to go with the broth, and even coffee is good he says. And definitely the appetite suppression foods are amazing. Don't quit me now, Buddy!..
Try a few days of JUST shakes, and see if that doesn't help! =) Just trying to mix it up a bit!..
Im HUNGRY today too...but I'm on TOM freaking early and that has a lot to do with it..
I'm ONLY hungry if I drink too much non-water drinks. today I went water only and thank goodess, not a hunger pain in sight!..
When I did this back in 1991, it was supervised in a hospital setting by a team including physicians and coaches and such. We did the Medifast for 13 weeks then transitioned back onto normal eating for 13 weeks after that. I lost 97 pounds on it. This time I am doing it on my own. I have not tried the puffs, pretzels and such. I am eating one bar a day but with the shakes I am adding extracts and getting some flavorings that way.
Plain food with not much flavoring if I can help it because that is going back to my old 1991 way of being taught in the clinic that when we are done with this, an apple should taste very sweet to you....and it did. I will save those other Medifast foods for transition and maintenance when I get there...
I feel your pain. I have never had the hunger completely disappear since I started Medifast 3 months ago. It has gotten a bit better than in the very beginning though - but it's still there..
I did find my hunger lessened a bit when I started carefully weighing my greens instead of measuring them - and also sticking to the leaner version of both the lean and green choices helps some too..
There are days when I'm hungrier than others and I will usually have my snack that day to get me through too. It is tough to deal with though :-\..