How much does the Medifast diet cost? One of the most important considerations when starting any diet is the price tag. Signing up for a meal delivery program, like Medifast, can be especially intimidating because it’s a significant monthly expense.
Or is it? Let’s look at the cost of Medifast, and then consider whether it’s expensive, or a good investment for your health. (*Related: best Medifast coupons today!)
Medifast Plan Cost:
Here’s a Medifast cost comparison chart of the cost per meal, day, week, and month of Advantage (auto-delivery) program for Medifast FLEX, and GO! plans. Prices quoted are the monthly cost with auto-delivery, updated 10/09/18.
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*That means the cost is about $2.50 per meal. (6-7 meals per day)
As you can see, new customers can get a great deal on the first month. However, when your initial promotion ends, you’ll be billed at the higher “per month” price estimated above.
Most customers choose to signup with the “Medifast Advantage” auto-delivery program instead of buying food a la carte or a one-time kit purchase. If you do, you’ll get 10% off and free shipping on each future monthly delivery. (reflected in prices above)
Both new and existing customers may benefit from Medifast’s monthly coupons for up to 30% off your first month, or $35 off food purchases. Here’s their featured new customer promotion, and all coupons can be found here. (updated weekly)
Can This Diet Actually Save You Money?
So, initially we questioned whether a meal delivery diet like Medifast is truly “expensive,” or if it has the potential to actually save you money each month.
If you’re a busy person, travel frequently, or among the 50% of Americans who say they “hate to cook,” you probably find yourself eating a lot of restaurant food. You also may not realize just how expensive that habit is.
Here’s an infographic that compares the cost of Medifast vs a day on the road:
So, as you can see, it’s expensive to eat out. It can also be expensive and time consuming to cook, which is why meal delivery is increasing in popularity.
Medifast: Cost of Food?
To determine the cost of food, you’ll want to decide between the following two ways of being on Medifast program:
- Auto-Delivery: Most people who join Medifast elect to enroll in their “Medifast Advantage” auto-delivery program, as it’s cheaper and more convenient. Food costs are included in your monthly fees, and reflected in the daily and monthly cost estimates in the chart above
- A la carte orders: You can also choose to buy 14 or 30-day kits and food a la carte from their site from the “order now” tab like this:
It can be expensive to not enroll in auto-delivery, as you don’t get the 10% discount and free shipping on your food orders. However, if you’d like to try Medifast out with a single order, it’s not a bad idea. You can also get up to a $35 discount on food orders when you use a coupon.
Add the Cost of Groceries:
They say that the average family spends about $330 each month on groceries, and an average of $225 each month at restaurants. When you are on Medifast, these numbers should drop dramatically, but you should still account for some spending at the grocery store. You’ll need to provide at least one “lean and green” meal per day, depending on which plan you choose:
- With the “GO!” plan you only need to provide 1 “lean and green” meal
- The “FLEX” plans requires 2 lean and green meals per day
This means that if you are on the FLEX plan you might spend more on groceries each month than the Go! plan.
In estimating a total cost of being on the Medifast diet, I would add in an extra $8-10 per day expense for grocery store food to account for the lean and green meal(s).
So, adding in groceries would bring the total “all-in” cost of Medifast and food to about $20 per day.
Putting the Price of Medifast in Perspective
There’s no denying that a $400 monthly charge on your credit card is significant, but remember that Medifast replaces most of the food you are currently buying.
Also consider that popular DIY diets like Weight Watchers (reviews, cost, coupons) may only cost $20 per month for membership, they don’t include any food. These diets could be more expensive than meal delivery diets because of the expense of buying or preparing 3+ meals per day.
Do you currently spend money on alcohol? Medifast discourages drinking alcohol, so that could be a significant daily and monthly savings as well.
Also consider that a smoking habit costs about $6 per day, and a cup of coffee at Starbucks can cost $4 or more! That makes the $13 per day cost of Medifast look like a pretty good investment for your health.
* Another good potential investment is the $3 a day cost of owning a cat, which can be highly rewarding!
How to Lower the Cost?
There are two easy ways to save when joining Medifast:
- Enroll in the Medifast Advantage auto-delivery program which includes a 10% discount and free shipping on every order
- Use a coupon for a 30% discount on your first order, or up to $35 off a single purchase
Every week there are promotional codes and offers available towards your first month of Medifast, or a discount towards a minimum purchase of food.
Click to see today’s featured promotions, or check out all Medifast coupons here.
Want to learn more about Medifast? We wrote a review of the program here. If you’ve already tried it, let us know what you think of the cost by leaving a comment below: