Can I eat lunch meat during Medifast?

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I didn't know where to ask questions at so I'm asking here.

I don't see anything about lunch meat on the list. They have 98% fat free lunch meat out there. Is it ok to eat 5oz of that? It has plenty of protein in so I can't see why not, but that's why I'm asking. I'm sure they is a reason I just don't know it...

Comments (8)

I know it's not on the list, but I'm not sure why. Most likely it's the salt content. Processed foods are really bad for sodium. Freshly made foods are healthier for you as a whole (less additives), so that may be part of it too. You can ask Nutrition Support on the Registered Dietitian board for the official answer.


Comment #1

The reason it is not recommended by Medifast as a lean option is because of the exceptionally high amount of sodium and other preservatives. Five ounces of lunch meat will give you almost your full day's worth of sodium in many cases. Keep in mind when choosing your lean foods the total nutritional content, not just the fat and calories...

Comment #2

What if the lunch meat is low sodium? I know my local large chain grocery store does carry several varieties of the low sodium, so I had the same question. Not that I really like luncheon meat, but I wondered if it was ok once in a blue moon as a protein on a green salad?..

Comment #3

You should ask Nutrisystem and provide then with the nutritional data from it but even low sodium deli meats have a ton of salt, water and fillers in them...

Comment #4

I was surprised to see lunch meats as ok in Registered Dietician Support forum just yesterday-of course checking lower sodium options, lean turkey, chicken choices-see question by member geniebeanie...

Comment #5

I've noticed that whenever a specific protein item that is not written into the plan is brought up in the registered dietitians section, the response is typically along the lines of, "this is not recommended by Medifast for X reason, but you are free to make your own choices in your life, so if you are going to choose this food this is how you can eat it and do the least damage." This really is a program that was designed and built with the user's whole lifestyle in mind, and also with the idea that we are going to have to make choices every day of our lives. The dietitians, while not endorsing any particular choice, have been wonderful about helping us to figure out how to incorporate some of what I call occasional foods into our lives. Lunch meat is not a great choice in general, but it is sometimes the quickest or easiest choice, depending on what's going on in your life at the moment...

Comment #6

Sflraven - I think you had an awesome answer and love that you call it an "occasional" food. You are right - sometimes it's really just easier. I've been thankful that one of our local restaurants makes a fabulous chef salad (with your choice of meat - but I always go for turkey) with REAL freshly made turkey breast sliced. It is awesome!!!!! Nice to be able to get a good salad with protein that's the "real deal." What I should mention is that they are willing to even leave out the other stuff not OP like the tons of cheese, carrots, and some other things; and believe it or not, they actually serve a big dill pickle slice with it too. Hmmm.... wonder if someone there wasn't doing Medifast at some point???..

Comment #7

I've read on the Nutrisystem boards that they say that deli meat is not on plan because of the sodium...

Comment #8

This question was taken from a support group/message board and re-posted here so others can learn from it.


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