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Why I Switched from Weight Watchers to Medifast

Why I Switched from Weight Watchers to Medifast
No recipe today but instead a story, one of Choice and Hope and Compromise.

You'll find the story posted on Kitchen Parade, Why I Switched from Weight Watchers to Medifast. There's a lively discussion there, come join the chatter!

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This column inspired me to take a chance on a new program. I've been considering going back to WW "again", to loose the 20 pounds which crept back over the last 6 months. But I'm a very picky eater, a great cook, and to top it off, help my neice operate her scratch bakery. Not a good weight loss combination. Since I am certain you are particular about food with a discerning palate would you be willing to share your favorite medifast "meals". Have you tried the mac & cheese, I can't even imagine being able to enjoy mac & cheese from a package, but at this point I'm almost willing to try anything.

Thank you for the article. I at a point where I really need to loose the weight-again-and keep it off this time. My health is affected by the extra weight. I know of other people who have chosen meal replacement programs with great success. My question to you which I can't find in the article is why this program and not Jenny Craig or Nutrisystem?

Hi Suzanne ~ I'm happy to share which meals I liked. It's actually in the column but it's no trouble to repeat the list since it's so short. : 0

I like the chocolate shakes and the various bars.

After that? At first, I could tolerate the chicken noodle soup but I've got three boxes on hand and am having to force myself to eat one a day just to get rid of it. I like the spice pancakes and the chocolate pudding but don't order them because I really don't want to get used to sweet and carb-y things, which I didn't eat before and certainly don't want to get started on.

I hated the eggs. I hated the sloppy joes. I hated the vegetable soup. I HATED-HATED-HATED the oatmeal. I liked so few things, I sent everything except shakes and bars back (Medifast has a good return policy) and stopped trying any others. I'm not bored with the shakes, they're filling, they help me drink more liquid, I like them hot and cold.

I know that the Medifast forum is full of people who take the food and turn them into something else (eg some today who doesn't like the chocolate shakes says that they make good brownies) but I do not want to pretend this is "cooking" or "real food". So I ignore those possibilities.

For the record, I am NOT a picky eater with real food. While there are a few things I don't care for (sweetbreads and Wonder bread) or prefer cooked one way more than another (boiled kale vs sauteed kale), it is rare for me to not like something.

The one thing I'd say is, take charge now at 20 pounds. Don't let it turn into 30 or 40 or worse. I wish I'd followed my own advice.

Also, just FYI I'm going to transfer your comments/my response to the column page so that others can benefit.

FYI all, I'm going to close comments here but am happy to hear your thoughts/questions on the live post, Why I Switched from Weight Watchers to Medifast.