Medi-Weightloss Clinics are located across the country and offer diet plans, counseling, and medication to promote weight loss. The physician-supervised program is popular with clients who are comfortable with a structured program and are willing to make significant changes to their diet to lose weight. But not everyone can stick to the restrictive low-carb plan long enough to achieve weight loss.
The 7-day diet plan
What you eat as part of the Medi-Weightloss program depends on a personalized nutritional program created by a doctor. But the following 7-day meal plan provides an example of what to expect during the wellness phase of this plan.
Note that this meal plan is not all-inclusive, and if you choose to stick to this diet, there may be other meals that are recommended for you.
- Day 1: 2 low-carb pancakes topped with 1/4 cup mixed berries; 3/4 cup avocado chicken salad, 1 cup rainbow vegetable soup; 1 whole apricot; 1 serving of za’atar seasoned halibut with cherry tomatoes, 1 serving of roasted asparagus
- Day 2: 1 portion of low-carb frittata with spinach and mushrooms; 1 serving of Tuna and Walnut Salad, 1 cup of Roasted Tomato and Fennel Soup; 1 peanut butter protein ball; 1 serving of fried chicken with turmeric and fennel, 1/2 cup shredded Brussels sprouts and lentil salad
- Day 3: 1 serving Flaxseed Peanut Butter Warm Granola; 1 serving low carb salad with chicken, bacon, and apple, 1 cup cauliflower and cheese soup; 1/4 cup almonds; 1 serving of grilled Middle Eastern kofta kebabs, 1/2 cup lemony roasted broccoli
- Day 4: Breakfast Frittata with Roasted Tomatoes and Broccoli; Chicken and Green Salad Cauliflower Pie with Olive Oil Dressing; low carbohydrate trail mix; Thai coconut curry chicken, 1/2 cup green beans
- Day 5: Gluten-Free Almond Flour Muffin, 1/4 cup berries, 1/2 cup cottage cheese; chicken salad with strawberry vinaigrette; 1/4 cup almonds; Sheet Pan Harissa Chicken and Cauliflower
- Day 6: Low-Carb Granola with No Added Sugar, 1/4 cup berries, 1/2 cup almond milk; Low Carb Walnut Tuna Salad; 1 whole apricot; light old-fashioned meatloaf, green salad with olive oil dressing
- Day 7: Flaxseed breakfast pudding, 1/4 cup berries; low carb salad with chicken, bacon, and apple; Garlic Olive, Walnut, and Edamame Blend; Grilled Middle Eastern kofta kebabs, Greek salad on the side
What you can eat
Medi-Weightloss promotes a high-protein, hypocaloric (low-calorie) diet. The plan is broken down into three phases: “acute weight loss,” “short-term maintenance,” and “wellness.”
The phase of acute weight loss
During this first phase, patients primarily eat protein foods to induce ketosis.
- Chicken breast
- Pork loin
- Sirloin steak
- Non-starchy vegetables
Short-term maintenance phase
During this shorter maintenance period, they slowly increase carbohydrate and calorie intake through servings of starches and dairy and increase servings of vegetables, fruits, and fat. Protein calories can stay the same or change. In this phase, all foods from the acute phase are allowed, in addition:
- Non-starchy vegetables
- Cottage cheese
- Fruit (especially low in sugar)
- Olive oil
During this phase, individuals on the Medi-Weightloss plan consume 40% of their calories from carbohydrates, 30% from fats, and 30% from proteins. The wellness phase is similar to other low-carb eating styles. It allows all foods from the previous stages, plus:
- All Vegetables
What you can’t eat
During the most restrictive phase, you must avoid eating high-carbohydrate foods. These foods will be introduced slowly over the next two phases, with the exception of these foods which are restricted in all phases.
Processed and sugary foods
Processed foods are discouraged during these periods.
- Processed meats (bacon, sausage)
- Packaged processed foods
- Artificial sweeteners
- Refined Sugar
- Refined carbohydrates
- Refined carbohydrates without fiber are discouraged.
- White bread
- Refined crackers
- Refined grain
- White flour pasta
How To Prepare Medi-Weightloss & Tips
At the first meeting, patients meet with a doctor for preliminary examinations. During the first meeting, the provider will perform several tests, screenings, and other measurements, which may include an EKG, urinalysis, blood work, body composition analysis, and other vital signs. The provider will also review your medical history and current prescriptions.
After medical testing and counseling, the provider creates a customized diet and exercise plan that emphasizes accountability, education, and support. The plan may include prescriptions for weight loss medications, dietary supplements, or vitamin-based injections.
At weekly check-ins, your health will be monitored and supplements, prescriptions, or injections will be given. This is also a time to ask questions and make necessary changes to your plan. You can meet with a nurse, a registered nutritionist or a fitness trainer.
The first phase is the acute weight loss phase. The calorie count at this stage can be fairly low: around 500 to 700 calories from protein sources, and then some additional calories from fruits, vegetables, healthy fats, and various items like spices and broths. Patients do not log calorie or carbohydrate intake. Instead, they record the number of protein calories consumed and servings of fruits, vegetables, healthy fats, and other foods.
For example, a patient may be prescribed 700 calories of protein and at least two servings of fruit or vegetables, two servings of fat, and four servings of other calories. The total number of protein calories prescribed depends on metabolic test results and activity level, and is usually adjusted at least once during the acute phase.
As patients get closer to their weight loss goal, they move on to the next phase, the maintenance phase, where most patients continue to make weekly visits.
The third feel-good phase begins when the patients have reached their desired weight. The transition to monthly clinic visits may undergo additional testing. During this phase, patients switch to a 40/30/30 eating plan in which 40% of calories consumed come from carbohydrates, 30% from fats, and 30% from proteins. This is similar to some other low-carb eating plans.
Prepackaged meals aren’t provided, though the company sells some limited supplements and ready-to-eat menu items. Patients are given a grocery list to help them shop for groceries, prepare food at home, and direct them to restaurants. Keeping food journals to promote accountability is the primary focus of patient education. In order to stick to the nutritional plan, guidance and motivation are given at the weekly check-in. An online patient portal includes prescriptions and tools for tracking progress.
The Company offers a variety of programs including obesity management and metabolic syndrome services for adults and adolescents, medical nutrition therapy and counseling, behavioral counseling, fitness referrals, and screening for type 2 diabetes and other conditions.
Benefits of Medi-Weightloss
The idea of a structured, monitored eating plan may appeal to many people, and Medi-Weightloss has a few benefits.
- Tailored plans and support: Medi-Weightloss advertises personalization as a large part of its strategy. While it’s unclear how much plans vary from person to person, a tailored weight loss plan is certainly more effective than a one-size-fits-all approach. Being able to attend regular meetings gives you a boost of motivation and greater accountability. The weekly check-ins are likely to make you more successful because they allow for additional adjustments and more support than many other diets.
- Gradual Approach: Low-carb diets often use a gradual approach, and Medi-Weightloss is no different. This allows followers to see how carbs are affecting their weight and focus on a proportion that works for them. It may also be easier to follow a gradual diet as the initial, very restrictive phase is not too long.
- May Lead to Weight Loss: Weight loss is likely under the Medi-Weightloss program, especially since the plan offers personalized nutrition and medical advice. The program also provides ongoing advice and support. Health experts believe that patients who receive regular face-to-face counseling are more likely to stick with a weight-loss plan long enough to see results. Other studies have shown that remote weight-loss counseling can provide the same benefit.
Disadvantages of Medi-Weightloss
This type of weight loss program doesn’t work for everyone, and there are some other downsides and risks to be aware of.
- Can get expensive: Prices vary by location, but you’ll have to pay for a consultation and for the weekly visits. Dietary supplements, prescriptions, and groceries are extra.
Potential lack of accessibility: Because the company doesn’t offer packaged meals, you need to be able to shop conveniently and prepare meals and snacks that meet dietary restrictions. You must also visit a medi-weight loss center regularly. These requirements may not always be feasible for everyone.
- Short-term solution: The initial “acute” phase cannot be sustained in the long term due to its restrictive nature. The diet has a maintenance phase to help users transition from ketosis to a more traditional low-carb diet (which must be followed indefinitely to maintain weight loss).
- Lack of Evidence: The company states that the program is based on scientific evidence. Currently, no independent study has been published in peer-reviewed journals to support this particular weight loss venture. Some studies support certain aspects of the plan, while others disagree.5
- Can Be Difficult to Stick to: When you’re surrounded by people who eat a standard American diet at home and at work, you may find it harder to stick to this plan. Many common foods (starchy carbs like bread, pasta, rice, and baked goods) are not included in a ketogenic or low-carb diet. Craving these foods can be difficult and sometimes even unbearable for some people.
- May Not Be Effective: Low-carb diets often result in quick, short-term weight loss, but some research shows that they’re not always an effective solution for long-term weight management.6
- Can be unsustainable: Medi-Weightloss claims that an average patient can lose seven pounds in the first week and two to three pounds a week thereafter. This is faster weight loss than is generally recommended. Most health organizations suggest a slower rate of 1 to 2 pounds per week for the best success in both reaching and maintaining a goal weight.
- May cause nutrient deficiencies: Research has shown that a low-carb diet often leads to nutrient deficiencies, particularly minerals commonly found in grains, such as iron and magnesium.