Nutrition

How Many Carbohydrates Should You Include In Your Medifast Lean And Green Meal?

I sometimes hear from people wanting more specifics on the Medifast lean and green meal. (It’s the main meal that you cook yourself. And since it’s your responsibility to get it right because it’s the only meal not provided to you, few people want to go wrong.)

I sometimes get people asking me how many carbs you’re supposed to have for that main meal. I have to be honest and tell you that I don’t really keep track of this for myself. Generally, I follow the guidelines for ounces of lean protein and to include three servings of vegetables. And in my mind, covering those bases should pretty much guarantee that I don’t consume too many carbs.

However, this question made me curious. So I set out to research this topic. Now, before I tell you what I found, I want to point out that I totally recommend that you raise this concern with the company. But, the general guidelines state that you should consume no more than 80-85 carbs per day.

So we can take a look at many pre-packaged options, figure out how many carbs they contain, and then figure out how many would be left over for your lean and green meal. For the purposes of their article, I will choose five meals, add up the total amount, and then calculate what you would have left. Note that this is a one-day estimate, but one interesting thing about Medifast meals is that they are often very similar in calories, carbs, and protein. This way you can choose anything and still be fine.

For breakfast, I would choose the crunchy mixed berry cereal. It contains 15 grams of carbohydrates. For a breakfast snack, I would choose a 13 gram chocolate shake. Lunchtime sloppy joe has 15. Peanut butter crunchy bar snack has 13 as well. Finally, for my evening snack, I would have chosen a diet brownie which is also at 15. This gives me a total of about 71 carbs for the whole day, which leaves you with about 14 for your lean and green meal .

This makes sense when you think about it, because each meal equals around 15 carbs each. Essentially, that usually equates to a small serving six times a day, which I think is pretty reasonable. Again, these are just my own calculations based on random food examples I’ve chosen, so your results may vary. You can do the same with your own meals and see if you get the same results.

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