Is any kind of candy allowed on the Medifast diet?
Sometimes I hear from people who wonder if they will be able to eat very specific comfort food on the Medifast diet. Sometimes they are almost certain that the food they want will not be acceptable. Candy is such an example.
I might hear a comment like, “I know the answer to this question is probably no, but are you allowed to eat candy on Medifast? I have a huge weakness for candy. I don’t eat tons – just a bunch of little pieces a day – and I don’t want to give it up, although I realize that my love of sweets is probably one of the things that contributed to my need to be on a diet in the first place.”
You can have a very specific type of candy and still not cheat. Medifast allows you to eat five of their prepackaged meals a day plus one meal you make yourself. In addition to this, you are allowed to have one snack each day, which consists of foods such as celery, sugar-free jam, sugar-free gelatin, pickles, or three pieces of sugar-free gum or peppermints. (You can also eat one of the Medifast crackers or chips. Examples are cheese puffs, apple chips, and veggie crackers.
Now, under mints they are usually talking about peppermint or spearmint flavored candies. And I believe they encourage gum and mints because they know that if you have a fresh taste in your mouth then you’re less likely to cheat. Because when your mouth feels clean and fresh, you’re less likely to want to eat and get in the way of that feeling. (This is why people who are hungry often brush their teeth when someone hits.)
I know some people stretch the definition of peppermint to include sugar-free hard candies. I’m not sure this would be approved by the company (and for that reason I would encourage you to call them and ask), but this practice has not hurt their results. I even know people who occasionally eat these little snack-sized sugar-free chocolates. If you were going to go this route, you’d want to make sure you’re choosing a very low-calorie option.
To be honest, people will also cheat on this diet sometimes. I know a man who allows himself one small piece of chocolate a day. In terms of compliance, it won’t be perfect. But some people have that kind of will and make it work for them. And others will go all out and eat a full size candy bar or other treat every once in a while. I don’t think it’s the end of the world as long as you get back on the diet as soon as possible. That’s usually what I want to try to do.
But to answer the question at hand, you can have three sugar-free mints a day and still be in full compliance. And you don’t have to take this in place of one of the six meals. It’s on these dishes.
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