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"This successful launch is just another example that medically recommended portion-controlled engineered meal replacement foods are attractive to consumers," says Brad MacDonald, Medifast's CEO. "At a time when nutritional misguidance is running rampant, this launch shows that people are looking for a clinically proven, safe and effective way to reach their nutritional goals even during the diet 'off-season.'"
The show featured Dr. Joe DiBartolomeo, Medifast's Vice President of Clinical Affairs. Dr. DiBartolomeo has over 20 years of experience in the weight loss industry including a Doctorate in Health Education, specializing in nutrition and weight management, from the University of Maryland. "We were able to support the entire network of Primary Care Physicians by referring all customers for medical monitoring prior to starting their program," says Dr. DiBartolomeo. "This is the cornerstone of the Medifast philosophy."
The line of low-glycemic shakes, bars and soups is backed by an ongoing clinical study whereby participants achieved a weight loss of up to 2 pounds per week by incorporating the products into a 1200- to 1500-calorie-per-day meal plan. Consumers overwhelmingly chose the monthly program over the weekly sampler program.
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