“Cheating” on the Medifast Diet – Outcome?

Cheating on Your Diet

Cheating on your Medifast Diet

Staying on any diet consistently is tough, not matter how much will power you have. You may ask yourself, “What about ‘cheat days?'” Will the one cheat day derail the previous six days of being faithful?

First of all, you should realize that the official line from Medifast is not to stray from the diet if you plan on achieving the best results. With that understood, if you are okay with taking a step back with every two steps you take forward, realizing that it will take you longer to reach your goal, then a cheat day can be worked in.

My advice is not to do a “cheat day” but focus on a “cheat meal” instead. This way, you can go back to some of the foods you crave, or go out with your friends. The sole purpose of the Medifast Diet is to get you off the bad foods that are actually poisoning your body and beginning to not just lose the weight, but also get healthier as well.

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Remember this: this is YOUR diet. It is YOUR body. Whatever you do on the Medifast diet is YOUR business. My attitude is I would rather have you cheat once a week than have you quit the diet completely. Because to me, what is important about cheating is that you return to track as soon as possible. One thing I would like to remind you of, just because you cheat and it doesn’t show up on the scale doesn’t mean you should go for another cheat day. The scale can lie to you. The unhealthy fat that you have been working hard to get rid of will start to come back slowly, then will build. Don’t fall asleep at the wheel. Understand what your overall goal it … to look better, feel better and live longer!

About the Author

Jennifer Nelson is a former fitness coach, but after she had her twin daughters, her days changed drastically and she had trouble retaining her healthy lifestyle. She got her wake up call at 220 pounds, when realized that if she didn't make a change, she wouldn't be able to teach her daughters how to live healthy. Jennifer shares insights on how to make time for exercise and healthy living. Her no-nonsense approach strips conventional thinking with an easy to follow regimen of healthy eating and moderate exercise. “You can’t have a healthy body by feeding it garbage and sitting on the couch,” says Nelson, “but you don’t need to be a gym rat either. I share how to achieve the balance you want.” Nelson currently resides in Sacramento, California with her husband and three children.