Hmm... I need to find out myself. I don't know what is the right answer to your question. I'll do some research and get back to you if I discover an useful answer. You should email the people at Medifast as they probably can help you..
I have Toni. That's what is worrying me. I have had my 5 and 1 and even used Peanut Butter as my healthy fat/snack to get a little more protein in. I didn't do anything strenuous today. I actually didn't even exercise. GRRRRR!!!!! Must just go to bed!!!..
KH, it's not very helpful, but sometimes bed is the best remedy. Tomorrow is another day and you won the battle...
SLW600. That's what I'm thinking too. Gonna go do 100 sit ups to get it out of my head and hit the bed early!..
Come back to this thread and let us all know how tomorrow is...
Believe me the Medifast Program is a high-protein diet to begin with, your body isn't craving PROTEIN, per-se, it's possible you just can't get the peanut butter out of your mind. It is a trigger for many, many people...
I agree with KB about the peanut butter. It did seem that it was possible it was more about that than anything. I'd get rid of it for now if you can. I don't allow it on my list of things that are okay. Way too many calories and too much fat and I remember late night forages with it. I can have it in the house now (DD has her organic no additives PB once a day) with no worries, but my first few months, I banned it...
I agree, peanut butter is a trigger for me..
I was told that Medifast is NOT a high protein diet. It is adequate protein within RDA recommendations. I believe it is important to stress this since many people with certain conditions cannot eat high protein diets. Here is a response to someone asking about grams of protein..
Hi there and welcome to the Medifast family! My name is Jessica; I am one of the Registered Dietitians of the Nutrition Support Team..
The 5 & 1 Plan is designed to provide approximately, per day:.
10-34 grams of fat.
Less than 100 grams of total carbohydrate.
(most people will find they consume about 75-95 grams of total carbohydrate per day).
More than 72 grams of protein.
(most individuals will probably find they consume about 90-120 grams per day, but your total intake is naturally limited by the total calories provided by the 5 & 1 Plan in a day).
So to answer your question, the minimum amount of protein that a person should see while following the 5 & 1 Plan is 72 grams per day; a maximum is not "set" because this upper end will be naturally limited by the 5 & 1 Plan recommendations and the total amount of calories consumed in a day..
In terms of "absolute protein" amount, the amount of protein a person would be getting on the 5 & 1 Plan is similar to what is often consumed by those following a "typical American diet" and would not be considered unsafe or dangerous in normal, healthy individuals..
I hope this helps to clear things up! Keep up the great work!.
Last weekend I had what I thought was a protein craving (red meat, specifically). I allowed myself 1/2 C hamburger. (lean, rinsed).
The next day, it was back - along with a craving for ice, of all things. I looked it up and a craving for ice signals anemia. I had anemia diagnosed about three months ago and I thought I'd taken care of it with a month of iron pills, but maybe not..
Long story short, (too late) I'm upping my iron instead of eating a cow..
I'm learning not to ignore cravings. I'm not saying to indulge them, I'm saying that we may be being told something by our bodies and there may be something we need. Medifast is *wonderful* for nutrition, but our bodies are unique and sometimes we might need a little extra of something..
Physiological reasons for protein cravings include (but are not limited to):.
- parasite infection.
- muscle breakdown which increase our need for protein to repair (are you exercising a lot?).
- hormonal fluctuation (sorry girls!).
- vitamin and mineral deficiencies.
One thing to understand is that protein requirements vary from person to person and (I believe) that activity levels can change these requirements. Here's a quote I found:.
"Where there is an adequate food supply, people will select about 15 percent of their food as protein, according to Dr. G. Harvey Anderson, chairman of the department of nutritional sciences at the University of Toronto medical school. Yet protein needs may vary among individuals..
"One study at the University of Toronto showed that identical twins reared separately ate identical amounts of proteins and carbohydrates, whereas fraternal twins did not. That implies a fundamental genetic regulation, Dr. Anderson says.".
I want to succeed on MF. It's working and I'm feeling better than I have in years. For me, part of my strategy for success is to "open and dialogue" with my body instead of ignoring it's cries. I've learned that if I ignore everything, my body will eventually win..
The hard part is figuring out what's a legitimate cry for help and what's the Inner Brat demanding a treat. For me, it boils down to this: *What* am I craving? A sudden and persistent craving for meat is telling me something. I'm craving beer every night when my husband comes home from work. Having a couple of beers with hubby every night is a habit that needs to be broken and nothing more. (I know this because I don't want beer when he's not home!).
Being willful and strong is necessary when dieting, but being open minded enough to address problems before they become serious health issues is necessary, too...
Sorry, I don't agree, but everyone has their opinions. And Medifast is a relatively high-protein diet. Certainly not to the degree of Atkins, but it has MORE than adequate protein for your needs. A 120 lb adult's RDA for protein is about 43 grams per day. Just the meal supplementation alone provides 55 grams at a minimum, and then the 5-7 oz of additional protein puts it over 85 and up to 100. In that those figures are TWICE the RDA for protein for a 120 pound adult, I'd say it is MORE than adequate for our needs..
And I guess it comes down to how you "believe" your body is "craving" something. My body craves M&M's and red wine almost every night, but those are just thoughts and mental "cravings"..
Medifast is adequate in every area of nutrition, and there is nothing your body would "crave" except what you wanted to eat at any particular time. Again, my opinion, but I'm entitled to it...
Peanut butter is a trigger food for me that causes more cravings than cake. And I love cake. If you think you really are having true cravings for protein I recommend going to the doctor and getting blood work done. Who know? It could be just a habit you need to break. Or, you could actually be anemic...
Cravings are as much, if not more, mental than physical. As has been stated before, we ingest WAY more protein than the RDA calls for, so there's no way your body is deficient in it, which leads me to believe that this is a mental craving. When I was pregnant with my first son I craved 2 things Oranges and Taco Bell tacos. The oranges made sense, the the tacos were simply my inner brat at work, definitely not something my body actually NEEDED as there is probably nothing nutritional about them at all..
KHClark - I think you need to get back on plan and cut out the foods that trigger cravings, such as pnut butter. There are going to be days when you are hungry, but one thing I've learned is that being hungry does not mean you are going to starve, is not life threatening while on 5&1, and is just your inner brat talking in most cases and testing your resolve. I actually use my hungry days to work on my self discipline. When I'm hungry and counting down to my next meal that I will probably wolf down because I'm hungry, I make myself wait an additional 15 minutes before eating that meal and then eat it VERY slowly simply because I will not let hunger throw me off track. As long as you are getting in all your meals and following the plan, there is really nothing your body NEEDS, but there are lot of things that it WANTS. Big difference. Hope you made it through the night and are doing better today...
I've been exercising alot and yesterday was my OMG I'm feeling run down and craving protein of all things. Maybe my body is telling me it needs to rebuild or something LOL! I'm glad it's protein instead of carbs, because I think the more important thing to consider with this plan is controlling the carbs to keep one in a mild state of ketosis..
There's kind of a line you have to figure out, though, which is the difference between OMG I love love LOVE peanut butter I WANT some and the OMG I'm dizzy when I stand up from sitting down and I feel completely run down I need some chicken or something...and there ARE people who have followed the plan 100 percent and included some weeks at 4/2, just check the signatures!.
You do have a few options: you can stay 5/1 and white knuckle it. I'm sure it will pass..
You can contact NI and perhaps the 4/2 plan would be a good idea for a few weeks. Its still OP 100 percent as it's a Medifast option (no haters LOL) but it might just be something to listen to? Of course, your scale results might change as a result, and this will be something to consider..
Hang in there!..
Thanks for all the posts gang. I think I figured out what it was. It was the Peanut Butter, but not as the trigger by itself...Here's why I say that. I had been eating organic peanut butter - no sugar or salt added prior to Spring Break. When I returned from my trip with youth I didn't have organic - just the regular stuff from Wal Mart. Looking at the label...lots of sugar and lots of sodium.
Today, I am making my trek to Sprouts to pick up my organic peanut butter. But, today, I have no pb or protein cravings. Stupid mental stuff!!.
Thank you again to everyone dissecting the deeper meaning. I love these boards!!!..
Oh, and I went upstairs got ready for bed and did 400 different style situps! Take that cravings!!!..
OMG KH: That Walmart PB is Peter Pan brand with a Walmart label (according to google and watchdog groups) and that stuff is so far from real 100% ground peanuts..tons of sugar and corn syrup and I forget what else..
Glad you slapped that inner brat silly and made it do situps...
So glad you identified the culprit! Way to go!..
Wow..isnt that something...you on plan for all them months and all of a sudden you have aweird craving LOL....thats happened to me from time to time...but like slw said..."go to bed" is what I do......
I say to myself that tomorrow is a whole another day and we get to eat again!!..