Genie Francis goes on Medifast

by Dr Marc on June 14, 2007

genie-francis.jpgFollowing in the footsteps of Jenny Craig signing up celebs Kirstie Alley and Valerie Bertinelli, Medifast has recently signed up Genie Francis to be their spokesperson. Genie Francis is best known for her 1970′s role as Laura on the daytime soap General Hospital; “Luke and Laura” for those of you old enough to remember:) Now 45, her goal weight loss target is 30 lbs, and we’ll get a peak at her progress when she walks down the red carpet at the Day Time Emmy Awards, June 15th. She was nominated for outstanding supporting actress for her recent guest appearance on General Hospital.

Her weight loss struggles
Genie Francis reveals to People magazine that her weight “has been a lifelong obsession and battle.” According to People, her substance abuse problem with cocaine and alcohol that caused her to leave General Hospital in 1982, resurfaced in 2002 when she started drinking again. After a 21 day rehab, she had grown to a size 16 because “if your can’t have a drink, you’re in the Haagen-Dazs.”

Genie Francis’ Medifast Diet Plan
Genie is on a rather low 1,000 calorie-a-day, Medifast diet. Medifast calls it their 5 and 1 program. It is a 5 a day meal replacement program which include shakes, bars, soups, and puddings. There is an additional “lean and green meal” consisting of a lean meat and a serving of veggies.

While Genie insists “I’ll never be starving,” the very low-calorie nature of this plan is going to make it difficult to stick with.

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JC June 14, 2007 at 7:09 pm

The food doesn't look appetizing. I'd rather have fresh scrambled eggs as oppose to dehydrated ones, which costs $14.50 for 7 servings.


Christi July 7, 2008 at 7:23 pm

I've lost 32lb in 3 months on Medifast and have 45 more to lose. I am on bedrest for a while and not even exercising, so this diet is a lifesaver! The support on the MF community is awesome~ The bars, shakes, hot drinks and puddings are my favorites. And the transition and maintaining part is very important too, although I'm not there yet.

It's not for the faint of heart though. You really have to be commited to the diet for it to work-but when you follow the plan, you lose very quickly. I would highly recommend this for anyone who needs to lose 50lbs or more. If less than that, I'm sure there are other diets that are less restricting.


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I think the Medifast Diet is great! I've been using it for many months now and have had great success. Way to go Genie Francis, you go girl!


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