The Medifast diet is one of the most popular meal replacement diets on the market that delivers to your home. It’s known for offering safe, ultra-fast weight loss (up to 5 pounds a week).

But if you’re thinking about trying the Medifast weight loss diet, there are a few things you should know first like how it works and if you can have alcohol or fruit on the diet.

With that in mind, here are the most commonly asked questions (and answers) about this diet:

#1 How Does The Medifast Diet Work?

You eat 5 Medifast “meals” per day plus one lean and green meal that you add in yourself (lean protein and veggies).

Medifast meals consists of a variety of shakes, bars, entrees, puddings, snacks, pancakes and even cookies or brownies. These meals are higher in protein than standard meal replacement bars and low in fat. So you don’t get hungry and you feel fuller for longer.

Another thing that helps is that you’re eating every 2 – 3 hours so you keep your metabolism high.

#2. Do I Have To Eat the Lean and Green Meal at Night?

No. You can eat any of the meals, including the lean and green meal, in any order that you like. You must eat a meal every 2 to 3 hours however to prevent your metabolism from slowing down.

So you could have your lean and green meal in the morning if you want – or even break it up throughout the day.

#3. How Much Weight Can I Lose on Medifast?

You can expect to lose between 2 – 5 pounds a week during the first 2 weeks (so up to 10 pounds in 2 weeks is possible). After that your weight loss should level off a bit to about 1 – 3 pounds per week.

#4. Can I Eat Fruit on Medifast Diet?

Unfortunately no. According to Medifast, the high sugar content in fruit (technically fructose) can throw off your weight loss progress. So it will have to wait until after the diet and you’ve reached your goal.

#5. Can I Eat Splenda On A Medifast Diet?

Yes – you can have 1 package of artificial sweetener in your coffee or tea daily.

#6. What If I Don’t Have Time To Make the Lean and Green Meal?

No problem. Medifast has recently introduced several frozen meals that fit the requirements of the lean and green meal. They’re microwaveable and ready in a few minutes.

This cuts down on the meal preparation and is a great option if you’re too busy to cook – but still want to try Medifast.

#7. Can I Have Alcohol On This Diet?

Unfortunately no. There’s no alcohol allowed on Medifast. Like fruit, you’ll have to wait until after you’ve reached your goal to indulge a bit.

#8. Can I Choose My Own Medifast Meals Or Am I Stuck with “Favorites”?

You can choose your own favorite Medifast meals if you know what you want and customize your package that way.

#9. What Happens When I Reach My Goal?

Medifast has both a transition and a maintenance program that is designed to safely wean you off the diet and back on to regular food without regaining the weight.

#10. How Much Does Medifast Cost?

While this is dependent on certain things like current specials, in general, Medifast runs about $11 a day. This includes all 5 meals plus the online support and tools like message boards, recipes and more.

This doesn’t include the cost of your own lean and green meal.

So those are some of the most frequently asked questions on the Medifast diet. While this diet can be strict – you do get very fast results. And it’s incredibly easy to follow with lots of online support to cheer you on to your weight loss goal. Good luck!