I make no secret of my being on this diet in my office or with my friends. Since we're in the holiday or Christmas season, I had one coworker ask me if medifast makes a good gift, or does giving it imply that you think the recipient needs to lose weight and will therefore offend them? I'll try to answer this question (at least from my point of view) in this article.
I actually started this diet when my sister gave me a month's worth of meals / 4 week package as a gift. To be fair, I had been researching this diet for some time and my sister knew this. She and I have been on diets together off and on throughout the years. So she knew that my health / weight loss was important to me, but was also something that had been elusive. I was not offended by this gift. My sister knows me well and knew that I would've probably forked out the money myself had she not gifted me with it, but this gave me the nudge that I needed. 80 pounds later, I'm obviously very grateful. Plus, I know how much this plan costs and I know that this is a generous gift, which I very much appreciated.
So, in cases where you know the recipient very well and you know that they will probably buy these products with or without you, this can be a very generous gift that is much appreciated. And, if someone has specifically told you that they would like medifast as a gift, then by all means, take them at their word.
In cases where you know that they are thinking about or researching the plan, a good idea can be buying the products individually to give them just enough to sample to see if they like the food. An example would be a case of shakes or a few boxes of the protein bars.
But, I could see people getting in trouble if the recipient was a your girlfriend or someone that you have just begun dating who has not mentioned this diet to you. In that case, you may offend them because they haven't specifically expressed their interest, and they could misinterpret your implying something that they haven't opened up on their own.
If you do ultimately decide to gift someone with medifast or some of the diet's products, you can check out a complete medifast food list on my blog where I also have a $50 off coupon or two weeks free.