I'm asked this question quite a bit. People will often do a little bit of research and learn that they will need to eat five of the Medifast meals each day as well as one of the larger “lean and green meals” (which most folks will often prepare for themselves.) They wonder what this means for their daily schedule.
Yes, in total, you'll be eating six times per day. Although there's no set requirements about the times of the meals that you will consume to accomplish this, many people eat every couple of hours or so. But, many people worry about this schedule before they actually attempt it. But, it's not as hard as it sounds and there are good reasons for this. Eating often ensures that you're not all that hungry, sustains energy and blood sugar levels, and supports your body as it goes into ketosis (or fat burning mode.) In the following article, I'll give you an example of what I eat and when in an attempt to give you an idea of what life might be like on Medifast.
I often eat breakfast before work at about 7:30. Typically, I will have oatmeal or the eggs. If I'm in a hurry, I'll wrap the eggs in a fat free tortilla so that I can eat them on the run. My work dictates that I'm really busy in the morning and things really don't slow down until about 10:30. This is when I usually have my morning snack. Because the morning is my busiest time, I'll typically have a bar because this is so convenient and fast.
Lunch is usually one of the soups and I most favor the chili. I like it because I can put it in a wrap (like the eggs) and be on my way. I take lunch at about 1:00. I often walk with coworkers a little to put a little extra calorie burning into my day. Then I don't think about this diet again until around 3:00 when I have my afternoon snack. If I'm in a hurry, I will typically have one of the ready to drink shakes. If I have time to actually sit down and enjoy my snack, then I might chose the brownies or the pudding.
I do have access to a refrigerator and small kitchen at my job. But you can make your Medifast meals ahead of time and just take them with you if you are limited at work at school. I usually have my “lean and green meal” for dinner. I just find this to be easier as dinner is the only time of the day that I have the time to make a meal. Plus, I'm cooking for my family any way at this time. But, I feel that I need to mention that you could have your lean and green anytime that would work out to be the best for you. If I'm having a breakfast or lunch meeting for work and need to eat at a restaurant, I will sometimes switch it around so that I'm eating my main meal at those times.
So up until now, I've eaten four Medifast meals and my lean and green meal. This means that I only have one more to go. What I have for my night time snack (usually at around 7:00 or so) just depends on my mood. If I have a nice work out that evening, I'll sometimes put the Medifast fruit drinks over shaved ice for a snow cone to cool me down. If I'm just watching TV and relaxing, I might just have the chips. If I know I'm not going to be home in the late evening, then sometimes I've have this sixth meal in the early morning.
In this case, I might have the cappuccino or latte as soon as I get up in the morning. Then I'll proceed on with breakfast a few hours later. There's no hard and fast rules here. Doing what works best for you is fine as long as you eat relatively regularly for fuel and eat all five of your meals plus your lean and green meal.