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The Secret is Out: What Physicians Have Always Known About Weight Loss (The Medifast Program) Paperback – 2007
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For medical professionals, this book contains medically approved protocols and program materials to help your patients achieve and maintain safe and effective weight loss. It is an educational resource and tool for health coaches, counselors, and individuals looking to lose weight.
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The basic chapters include:
What are we up against? Why Medifast?
Why Other Diets Don't Work: Debunking the Myths
The Doctor's Best Kept Secret: Why Medifast Works
Personal Journey: Getting into the Medifast Mindset
The Medifast 5 & 1 Plan
Transition and Maintenance
Get Moving on Medifast
Medifast for Women's Health
Medifast for Men's Health
Nutritionally Enhanced Food for Health
Weight Loss Medications and Obesity Surgery
On Your Way!
Recipes and Meal Plans
What I really enjoyed about this book was the success stories that are spread out throughout the book. The before and after pictures are very convincing!
Some of the helpful things in this book include discussions of the products offered and their benefits. Like if you want something with appetite control you may go for the shakes with Super Citrimax. "Medifast Plus for Appetite Suppression is most appropriate for people who struggle with hunger and prefer the benefits of a natural appetite suppressant." ~ pg. 116 There is also a special shake for women experiencing the symptoms of menopause/perimenopause.
This book seems mostly written for women but there is a chapter on men. The topics range from facts about men who are overweight being more susceptible to prostate cancer to male-pattern balding.
This book also discusses three nutritionally enhanced shakes for Diabetics, those worried about Coronary Health and those with joint issues. This is all good information to read before you head to the site to order their products. There is also a package for those who want to live gluten-free.
Some of the foods this program offers includes, shakes, bars, brownies, soft serve, pudding, oatmeal, soups, drinks, pancakes, scrambled eggs, pretzels and cheese puffs.
The way this program works is that you eat 5 Medifast meals during the day and at night you make what they call a "lean and green" meal. This is mostly protein and vegetables. Like you could have a chicken salad or a lobster tail with steamed vegetables.
While I can't imagine getting bored with all the different flavors of shakes and bars this book does include recipes and meal plans to make your life a little more entertaining. Like there are recipes for Balsamic Glazed Chicken, Grilled Halibut with Lemon Vinaigrette, Taco Salad, and Grilled Cajun Turkey Tenderloins. The drink recipes include: Banana Float, Hot Cocoa Viennese, Lemon Meringue Cooler and Chocolate Raspberry Shake.
What is quite helpful is the 5 & 1 Meal plans. You may want to make your main meal of the day for breakfast, lunch or dinner. The plans show you how to make that possible. There are also options for vegetarians.
The only thing you will wish for after reading this book is perhaps another book filled with "lean and green" meal options. However I have found many websites offering free recipes. Just look up Medifast Lean and Green Meals and you will find many sites offering information.
"The Secret is Out" is an essential book for anyone on the Medifast Program! I'm very glad I read it before I went to the Medifast1 dot com website. Once you go to the website you can read about what forms of protein to eat, what types of vegetables to consume and what vegetables to avoid. You may also notice that on this program you avoid fruit, dairy products and starches. Most of the products are mixed with water and it is recommended that you drink 64 ounces of water a day.
There is no aspartame in Medifast products!
Please consult with your physician before beginning this program!
~ The Rebecca Review
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