The Lean and Green™ portion of the weight loss program is a meal you can construct yourself. You actually create this meal and can eat the meal at any time during the course of your day. If you feel that you need an extra boost in the morning, you can tie this meal into your breakfast routine. If you sense the need to eat a heavier or more filling lunch, you can make this your early afternoon meal. If you want to have a normal dinner, you can make this your main evening meal.
You can also break this meal into portions and enjoy it throughout the day. You may want to eat half of the meal in the morning with breakfast and half of the meal in the evening with supper. It is completely up to you.
What’s a Lean and Green™ meal
First, you want to be certain that you include 5-7 ounces of lean protein. Lean protein helps to burn fat, develop lean muscle and prevents muscle atrophy. It’s an extremely important part of any weight loss regime.
Next, you want to be sure to include three servings of vegetables. Vegetables offer a healthy source of vitamins and nutrients. The carbohydrate levels of various vegetables are also explained clearly in the cookbook so that you will be aware of exactly what you are consuming when you prepare your vegetables. This also aids in the balance of the meal.
Lastly, you want to add beneficial fats. The amount of fat that you add to the meal will be based upon the composition of the remainder of the meal. The appropriate serving sizes and food options are explained in the Lean & Green™ cookbook.
The Medifast “Lean” options are varied and offer a great deal of variety. The foods that are allowed for each portion are clearly outlined on the internet and are easy to prepare. Fish, shellfish, chicken, and turkey are some of the many sources of lean protein that are offered throughout the plan. Tofu is also a meatless option that is available for those participants that are not interested in consuming meat.
The weights that are offered for the various meat portions are for cooked and not RAW portions.
The Medifast “Green” options are also diverse and are categorized according to the amount of carbohydrates that they provide.
Almost any green vegetable that you can think of is on the list of foods that are available to eat for this portion of the meal. The lower the level of carbohydrate, the faster fat burns. So, if you hit a stalemate in your weight-loss journey, you would want to consume vegetables that have a lower amount of carbohydrates.
There are also healthy fat options that you can used for your beneficial fats. Walnuts are a great source of protein and in small portions are very beneficial fats. If you care to dab a bit of light margarine or light cream cheese on your food, those are also options that are available to you.
If you are concerned that your food may not be exciting to eat or may be a little bland, there are condiment options available. Fresh herbs are always a good choice and can be used to spice up your meal. Basil, chives, garlic, and (yes) even salt can be added to your foods in moderation to enhance their taste.
You do not have to completely give up eating sauces either. Ketchup and mustard can be added to some of the foods you will be eating on this plan.
Enjoying your food
In essence, the Lean & Green™ meal allows you to enjoy real food and still lose weight and is part of the Medifast 5 & 1 plan®.
The meals are designed for optimal fat-burning while continuing to provide essential nutrients. This option provides a break from the monotony of “dieting” and allows you to feel more normal by preparing regular foods in a healthy manner.
Once you are able to grasp the simplicity of the concept, you can mix and match your foods to your liking and you will be able to extract some pleasure from your eating experience. The Lean & Green™ option provides variety while keeping you on track to attain your goals.
Get ready to lose and maintain your weight and still achieve the full feeling that you are looking for. Following this option will give you the results that you desire.