Health: Lose Weight Quickly, New Weight Loss Centers In The Delaware Valley

PHILADELPHIA (CBS) — Quick weight loss, that’s what nine new diet centers around Philadelphia are offering. But is it too much, too fast? 3 On Your Side Health Reporter Stephanie Stahl takes a closer look.

It’s an astounding reveal. Amy Wheeler has lost 98 pounds.

“My very first week I lost seven pounds,” said Amy. She started out weighing 253 pounds, and is getting results on Medifast. It’s not a fast, but it’s extreme, only 800 to one thousand calories a day. And she says somehow you’re not hungry.

“It’s really simple to follow. The food tastes awesome and it works. You’re not hungry and the weight falls off,” said Amy.

Glenn Lite was one of the first clients at the new Medifast Center in King of Prussia. He lost 35 pounds, in eight weeks. In addition to getting the pre-packaged food, he also comes here for weekly weigh-ins and counseling. The 54-year-old decided to try Medifast, after he gained back the weight he lost after having surgery.

“Not only have I been on every diet. I’ve had gastric bypass eight years ago and I’ve lost more weight through Medifast, than I had through gastric bypass. So it’s been a life saver for me. It really has,” said Glenn.

Lisa Davis, Director of Research and Development for Medifast, says each serving contains 90 to 110 calories. She says the plan is backed by 20,000 physicians, and there’s research to prove it works.

“Each meal has a balanced proportion of carbohydrates and protein, which allows for the suppression of hunger as well as for target fat loss,” said Lisa.

The Medifast plan consists of five pre-packaged meals, and one regular balanced meal a day.

Stephanie Vander Veur, a Weight Loss Researcher at Temple University, says the rapid weight loss, over several weeks, can be dangerous.

“I think that is concerning. They’re probably making some pretty drastic changes to their lifestyle that aren’t going to be maintained over a long period of time,” said Stephanie.

And she says pre-packaged meal plans can be expensive, but usually they do get results.

“I think the quick weight loss was a huge motivator for me. And that made it work. I think the restriction of the diet also maybe helps people to stick to it,” said Amy. The 33-year-old mother of two says the weight loss has also improved her blood pressure, cholesterol and sugar levels.

“It is a whole different world. I feel great. I feel like myself again. I feel like I’ve regained my confidence. I’ve regained my beauty. I’ve regained by health, and I’ve regained my happiness

Experts say Medifast helps people learn to eat smaller portions, and make exercise part of their daily routine, so they can maintain their weight loss.

The initial cost to join a Medifast Weight Control Center is $400, and then about $80 a week for the for the pre-packaged food.


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Reported by Stephanie Stahl, CBS 3

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  • Badmama

    I have been on Medifast for a little over 5 months and I’ve lost 52lbs so far. I am now at a healthy weight and I feel more confident and comfortable in my clothes.
    I don’t do much exercise, other than walking, but the weight still keeps coming off.
    I am looking forward to the transition phase soon where I slowly wean off Medifast foods and back into regular foods. The guides from Medifast is very detailed and easy to follow.

  • The Best Diet Solutions

    Medifast is taking the dieting world by storm wihich sounds like a good thing for someone wanting to lose weight quickly. But to do this right without incurring other medical problems, dieting should be used in conjunction with exercise and a change of eating routines and habits. Living an improved lifestyle is the only way to take off the weight and keep it off. This is a great article and I like the layout of the blog.

    • Jean Cole

      The Medifast program, when followed via a health coach, does emphasize exercise, and we also implement an amazing program that in fact teaches you how to change your habits and your old routines as you prepare to meet your goal weight and live in a maintenance world, which in fact is improving your lifestyle. Furthermore, while on Medifast, people do not incur any medical problems. The program is nutritionally sound providing you with all your vitamins, minerals, and nutrients every day. IN fact, many, many people only improve their current medical conditions such as reversing diabetes, getting off blood pressure medicine and seeing their cholesterol scores get lower. When I lost my 113 pounds with Medifast, my signs of prediabetes disappeared, I was able to come off my BP meds, and my osteoarthritic knees, for which I thought I was going to need a knee replacement for, are feeling like new knees, where I am able to walk 4 miles a day.

  • BB Forrest

    I’ve been on Medifast for over 6 months now and have lost 44+lbs. I am NOT using a clinic, just buying the food. Though I’m seeing slower losses than some people, I am having more success on this “diet” than I EVER have on anything else. The prepackaged meals take the thought out of what you need to eat, and the online forums provide so much support and answers to your questions that if you stick with it you CAN NOT FAIL. I would recommend this diet to anyone out there, and already have convinced 3 of my friends to join who are also seeing amazing results. The one difference with Medifast is that there is a transition period – teaching you to incorporate real food back into your diet and slowly wean yourself off of theirs once you reach your goal weight. It’s a no brainer! I wish I would have found this program a LONG time ago!

  • Johan Sman

    I like your article.. and hope that much people will benefit from it.
    I try to help also much people with my blogs about healthy eating, exercising and the help of great articles.

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