The other day, I got an email from someone asking me to review the "Medifast Momentum Program." I had to explain that in actuality this really isn't a program so to speak. It's really more descriptive of the foods that make up the line. The diet and the way that it is set up is not really any different from any of the other packages (women's 5 plus 1, diabetic, heart health, men's etc.) The difference really lies in some of the foods and what has been added to them. I'll explain this more in the following article.
The Basics Of Medifast: Before I get into a review of Medifast momentum, I just want to briefly describe how this diet works. You're asked to eat six meals per day. Five of these are small and prepacked, meaning that more of the work is done for you. However, one of the meals is larger and consists of fresh food that you make yourself (the lean and green meal.) All of the food is low in calories as well as carbs and are loaded with protein. So, it's set up to make sure that your body gets into ketosis and burns much more fat. In order for this to work, you must eat regularly and you must follow the directions and guidelines for the lean and green meal. What I've just described is the women's 5 plus 1 package. And it works quite well. Most people are happy with the results and the time line that this one brings. But, for folks who want the ketosis process to happen more quickly and more dramatically, there is the momentum foods.
Medifast Momentum Overview: The real difference in this package is the price and the foods. This one cost about $50 more than the regular package ($350 versus $299 but this is before any coupons and discounts.) You're still eating your six meals and about half of them consist of the regular foods on the five plus one (shakes, pudding, eggs, oatmeal, chili, fruity drinks, chips, bars, etc.) and the rest will consist of the the "momentum foods." There are flavor infusers (powder that you add to water and shake up like crystal light) shakes, and cappuccinos. You are allowed to have three of these per day (although the flavor infusers do not technically count as a "meal." ) So what is the difference with these specialty items? They contain caffeine and they contain some of the ingredients in green tea to speed your metabolism and to quicken and enhance the ketosis process.
Medifast Momentum Review: The foods don't taste much different than the regular items. And, of course you are paying a bit more. In the weeks that I did try this, I did lose a little bit more weight on a little less exercise. I didn't feel shaky or light headed or jittery or anything like that. And my experience wasn't much different than being on the 5 plus 1 except for a bit more weight loss. Ultimately though, I stopped this after a month because frankly my results were very good without this and I wanted to get in the habit of exercise because I liked the lean lines it gave my body and how much better it made me feel. This is a personal choice though.
I can understand wanting to try this if you have a very short amount of time to lose the weight or you've hit a plateau. But often plateaus are very short lived on this diet, even with the 5 plus 1. Is it worth the extra money? I guess it can be if you're in a huge hurry or if you absolutely refuse to exercise. I think that the regular women's package does the job well enough for me that I'm pretty superstitious about changing things. But I do know a lot of people who swear by the momentum products and I will admit that the cappuccino is very tasty.
Lindsey's Medifast Review Website features recipes, a list of all of the foods (including the momentum line), videos, tips, coupons ($50 off or two weeks free),information and products related to success on this diet. She also offers a free ebook ("Getting The Most Out Of Medifast") to help you get started. You can visit her at http://easiest-diet.com/medifast.