I've lost sixty pounds on medifast and am often asked to explain the differences between these two plans. I suppose people think that because both plans have fast in the name, they are similar. Although both are meal replacement plans, there are some key differences, which I will discuss in this article. First, though, I will go over the similarities.
The Similarities: The main similarity is that both are in theory meal replacement programs which offer bars and shakes. Both plans require that you replace or supplement your regular meals with products from the plan, but this is pretty much where the similarities end.
The Major Differences: The main differences between the plans are in: the variety of the products offered; the frequency of regular food supplementation; and the nutrition of the products:
1. Offerings And Variety: One key difference between the two plans is in the variety offered. Slim fast is based mostly on just shakes and bars. Medifast is not. Although the shakes and bars are popular choices, there are over 70 choices in the plan. For example, in addition to bars and shakes, there are eggs, oatmeals, chilis, soups, stews, puddings, lattes, cappuccinos, fruit drinks, crackers, etc.
2. The Amount Of Supplementation: Another difference is that one of the plans (slim fast) is arguably more of a meal supplementation than a replacement. That's because you're required to provide your own food in addition to the bars and shakes for many of your meals. For example, you are really only doing a full replacement at breakfast. You consume only a shake or bar in the morning, but for the rest of the day, you are eating a bar or shake with your regular sensible meals and you provide your own snacks. Medifast only requires you to provide your own food once per day. I eat five of the plan's meals and one larger meal that I prepare myself. Whether you prefer the replacement or the supplementation is a personal decision based on how much you embrace meal preparation and how many daily choices you want to make.
3. The Nutrition: In my opinion, the biggest difference between these two plans is in the nutrition of the products. As a general rule, medifast products are lower in sugar and carbs. As just one example, Slim fasts’ creamy optima shake has 18 grams of sugar and 25 grams of carbs. In contrast medifast's dutch chocolate shake has only 6 grams of sugar and 12 grams of carbs. This is a striking difference if you are going to be consuming more than one per day. Many of medifast's products are soy based and are high in protein and low in carbs. They are designed this way to put your body in ketosis so that you burn more fat.
This is only my opinion, but in my personal experience, slim fast seems to appeal more to dieters looking to quickly lose ten pounds or less for an upcoming occasion. Although medifast also works quickly, because of the larger variety and full nutrition offered, this plan seems to appeal more to dieters who are seeking a long term change or have more weight to lose.
Which plan is better for you will depend on your personal objectives and preferences, but I hope this article made the choice easier by showing you the key differences.
Lindsey Price is the author of the free ebook “Getting The Most Out Of Medifast" which includes coupons, tips and recipes. To get a free copy (immediate download / no information required), click here. You can also visit her diet review website at http://geniefrancisdietreview. blogspot.com