Eating Out at Restaurants on the Medifast Diet
I recently received an email from a potential dieter who told me that although she was intrigued with the medifast diet and knew some people who had good results on it, she was reluctant to try it because, as an account executive, she was required to have corporate lunches at restaurants and she obviously could not bring along her medifast meals at these outings. So, she feared that this diet was not going to work for her because she had to go to restaurants a lot for her job. Well, you can eat out on medifast. People do it all the time. You just need to switch around the timing of your lean and green meals and make decent choices. I will discuss this more in the following article.
Lean And Green Meals And When You Can Have Them: When you are on medifast, they want for you to eat six small meals. Five of these will be the diet meals that the company ships to you. These don't require hardly any work or preparation. But, it probably wouldn't be a good idea to exclusively eat prepackaged meals all of the time so they ask that you prepare a “lean and green meal” composed of fresh proteins and vegetables once per day.
Many people assume that you have this lean and green meal at dinner time, and this practice is the most common. But, nothing says that you can't take this main meal at lunch time and in a restaurant. As long as you make smart choices, this is going to work out just fine and should not effect your results.
Choosing Your Lean And Green Meal When Eating Out In A Restaurant: The requirements for this meal are actually pretty simple. If you're having beef, pork or lamb, you can consume five ounces of it. If you've having chicken, turkey or fish, you can have up to seven ounces. The rule of thumb here is the well known serving size that is about the size of a deck of cards.
In addition to your protein, you're allowed three servings of vegetables. Most people will add a salad and a low glycemic vegetable like green beans, but there are pretty clear instructions that come with your foods. Basically, you're not going to want to eat junk food when you eat out, but if you chose the healthy options that most restaurants offer, you should be OK.
Just try to avoid heavy sauces and have your salad dressing on the side. You can even do fast food if you're smart about it. Grilled chicken with green beans and a side salad is available at most fast food places. A salad with chicken and low calorie dressing is a sound choice here also as is a lean stir fry.
Now, there are sometimes going to be occasions where you may have to cheat a little bit. This is OK. Because by and large and overall, you are going to be taking in much fewer calories and carbs than what is normal for you when you average everything out. Everyone cheats sometimes. The key is just to get back on track as soon as you can and to move on. A few lunches out is not going to throw everything off track, especially if you are compliant for the rest of the day.