The Medi-Weightloss system should not be connected with the term “diet.” Instead, Medi claims to be a lifestyle-changing program to get you on the right course to long-term weight loss and healthy habits. This program is not done solo; it will be under supervision by a professional weight loss specialist.
Started in 2006, Medi headquarters in Tampa, Florida. They are not just tied to Florida, though; 89 clinical offices are found in 26 states. With weekly consultation meetings to check your progress, nutritional plans, and supplements, the Medi system is geared toward those needing a kick-start to lose a large amount of weight; under medical supervision and focused—not a lot of room for slacking.
Is The Medi-Weightloss System Easy?
No. It will require effort—and money—from the weight loss seeker. An in-person initial consultation at a clinic gets the ball rolling. If you’re interested, you will first have to have a physical examination where they will check your blood type and examine your heart health.
How Does The Medi-Weightloss Clinic Work?
The actual weight-loss program is set on three different pillars. Medi-Weightloss clinics also offer fitness recommendations, medical nutritional counseling, behavioral counseling, and screening for type 2 diabetes and high blood pressure.
The initial meeting costs nearly $275; each weekly visit costs around $70. This means a six-month stint (24 weeks) would run you almost $2000 for meetings alone; add in the cost of supplements (a 30-day supply bundle is included in the initial fee) and the foods in your nutritional plans, and the dollars multiply very quickly.
Three Different Phases
1. Acute Phase
This is correctly named; the calorie count can dip as low as 500 calories per day, mainly from protein. Toward the end of the acute phase (and there’s no set time frame for this), veggies and some fruits are allowed after the first week. Exercise is required 30 minutes three times per week.
Five hundred calories a day is not realistic for many people; many Medi users quit right here. The time in this phase depends on personal situation and how much weight you have to lose. This phase also includes: weekly check-ins, supplements, and access to the signature patient website.
2. The Short-Term Maintenance Phase
When you approach your goal weight you transition into the maintenance phase. You continue weekly meetings with your health consultant; you still have supplements to take and access to the website. Medi claims this phase teaches the dieter how to increase their calories gradually while still keeping the weight off. The time in this phase also varies person to person.
3. Wellness Phase
This is the final phase of the program, once you’ve hit your goal weight. Instead of weekly meetings, you will meet only monthly with your health coach. Body composition, wellness, and metabolism tests will still be done. Your health coach will give you strategies on how to keep the weight off for a lifetime.
Is The Medi-Weightloss Clinic Safe?
Supervision and “patient” accountability tend to mark “safer” weight-loss programs; you’re being checked in on weekly and monthly. Your heart, blood pressure, mental health, and metabolism are all being evaluated constantly. Provided, of course, that the medicine behind the program is sound to begin with. There is concern among numerous researchers that super-low-calorie nutrition plans, for any longer than a single week at most, are not particularly “safe” at all. The general consensus states anything under 1,000 calories per day is borderline starvation and may take a serious toll on the body.
What Do Medi Program Supplements Consist Of?
Medi program supplements consist of:
“a multivitamin and a calcium supplement; an omega-3 pill; Fat Burner, a pill that contains the mineral chromium, which has been shown to help control hunger by regulating blood sugar; and a laxative, Inner Balance, and a vitamin B-12 shot weekly.”
Pros and Cons Of Medi-Weightloss
There’s a great big con-elephant in the room with this program—the high cost. Eleven weeks of meetings alone jump the $1000 mark. The supplements, if you buy them in a bundle, run $130 a month (on discount; the bundle lists for almost $190). Not to mention the grand assortment of shakes, soups, meals, snacks, and other goodies that are no doubt a part of your coach-created nutritional plan. This is absolutely crazy in my opinion, and a major con when looking to lose honest weight.
Eighty-nine offices in twenty-six states isn’t much; I have to wonder how far some “patients” commute for their meetings, so add in the cost of gasoline.
From some customer reviews, weekly meetings felt rushed and for the most part almost unnecessary. Week in and week out, the same handful of tests and a vitamin B12 shot; just a run-of-the-mill routine.
Another con for many is how strict this program is. After the initial money is spent on the first consultation—with a few weekly meetings here and there—some people just flat-out quit, not sure if this program will really work for them or not. And there is no refund.
Now, stated cons aside, there are some people who have used the Medi-Weightloss program to get back on track and lose their weight, despite the high cost and strict regime. If you can get past those two hurdles, success could be in sight.
Some customer reviews showed the effectiveness of the program. One woman said,
It is expensive, about $75 per visit, and not everyone can afford it. But for me, it was completely worth it. I am much happier now. The staff is generally great. They talk to me, and I can feel how they are happy for my results.
The Bottom Line
Medi-Weightloss Clinics are expensive to attend. Will you see results? Maybe…maybe not. It’s worked for some. And not for others.
The 500-calorie regime is extreme bordering on dangerous, but it can be effective if followed strictly and the coach doesn’t extend it too long at a time. On average, about one-fourth of the Medi customers drop away in the first couple of weeks—and with no refunds, that’s a lot of money the clinic makes with little to no effort on their parts. I can only assume and hope the customer is completely aware of what they are signing up for (as in the price of all those supplements and food items before they sign anything).