Medifast: Reviews and Costs – 2018

INTRO NUMBER ONE: The Dr Phil Effect.

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I have decided to learn all I can about Take Shape For Life, become a health coach, and help others regain their health. I am happy at losing more than 2 lbs a week. My health coach is not greta at all. Take Shape For Life come with a guarantee. Exercising while on the diet should be kept at a low intensity level. When our book club met in September, I noticed Georg across the pool:

INTRO NUMBER TWO: The Billboard Effect.

Why I Switched from Weight Watchers to Medifast

These are designed for when you want a home-cooked meal like turkey meatball marinara or chicken cacciatore. The kit also includes probiotic and digestive enzyme supplements. Like any weight loss plan, it is important to talk to a doctor before staring Take Shape for Life products. Exercise is part of the program as it improves blood sugar control and flexibility. It also improves metabolism, helps improve weight loss along with other health benefits. You will want your doctor to confirm that you are fit enough for exercise.

The program is very similar to others that replace regular meals with pre-packaged meals. As long as you have limited food allergies and are fit enough for exercise, the program is safe. There are reported side effects when using Take Shape for Life. Some people report leg cramps which may be alleviated by boullion or soups on the program. Remaining well hydrated can also help avoid leg cramps.

However, it is not recommended that additional potassium to the program unless advised by a doctor. There have been reports of dizziness, lightheadedness, and fatigue.

These are not uncommon on any weight loss program, but adding soup or boullion and remaining well-hydrated can help reduce those side effects. When entering the fat burning state, you may experience a headache. Pain relievers can be used to reduce a headache as will drinking at least 64 ounces of water. Because the weight loss may be rapid on the program, other side effects can occur. Some of the greatest products are offered through direct sales, and the trend continues with Take Shape for Life.

A subsidiary of Medifast, the company has changed its name to Optavia. The well-established business with over 30 years in service offers the new brand with new products that are offered through health coaches within an MLM system. In multi-level marketing or network marketing , independent salespeople work directly with customers to sell high-quality products and try to build their own sales team. As coaches to their clients, you provide products and information to clients with the help of a network of other coaches, access to a mix necessary business tools, and strong corporate support.

To move up the ranks of coaching and increase earning potential, independent salespeople also encourage and motivate others to try their hand at becoming coaches as well. MLM Marketing often offers tiers of compensation.

With Optavia, a potential salesperson learns about the compensation plan, which is based on product sales and team building. After purchasing an Optavia Business Kit, you can begin working as a coach. You then strive to create customers by selling the products and receiving a commission. After making qualifying sales, you can be promoted to Senior Coach. Once you start team building, and your team begins to grow, you can become Manager, Associate Director, and then Director.

The promotions can continues into executive and leadership ranks. You can find alternatives to Take Shape for Life everywhere. Some alternatives to Take Shape for Life include:. Nutrisystem offers meal replacement services as well as personalized coaching. Diet and Go offers chef-prepared meals that you can cook yourself if you are not a fan of prepackaged foods. Health coaches are also provided in the form of registered dietitians and nutritionists. The site claims that the coaches are certified, not chosen by former clients.

Plus, we have concerns about reports of poor customer service and the high price. It contains clinically-tested ingredients, with results often seen in published journals. The formula consists of four clinically-tested ingredients backed by human research that shows they can help with increasing metabolism, boosting fat loss and crushing your appetite. Dieters report fantastic success. Choosing the right weight-loss system can be confusing and often times frustrating.

Let us know a little more about you and your goals. Some customers are reporting Take Shape For Life side effects may be stomach discomfort, nausea, irregular bowel movement and dehydration. Take Shape for Life food list ingredients include bars, shakes, smoothies, crunchers, drinks, soups and snacks. Choosing the right product is the 1 question asked by DietSpotlight readers.

We recommend trying any product before buying it and know that finding a product with a sample offer is near impossible - so we created our own product, Burn TS, with scientifically backed ingredients. Some include caffeine, green tea and protein.

A bottle of Take Shape For Life varies based on the products purchased. Each kits lasts 30 days. You should take Take Shape For Life for six days per week. Typically, Take Shape For Life is not covered by insurance, but the company recommends checking with your insurance company prior to ordering. Take Shape For Life come with a guarantee.

You can return blenders and consumable products within 30 days of purchase, minus the cost of shipping and handling. If you purchased a Fitbit on the official website, you have 45 days to return the product for a full refund.

You can also exchange products within the day time frame. If you are looking for an easier way to lose weight, you should think about trying Dietspotlight Burn , especially since it is backed by positive customer reviews. Summer Banks, Director of Content at Dietspotlight, has researched over weight-loss programs, pills, shakes and diet plans.

Previously, she managed 15 supplement brands, worked with professionals in the weight loss industry and completed coursework in nutrition at Stanford University. Do Not Send Email Notifications. TSFL was designed to give personal coaching to anyone using our fast,safe,Dr approved meals. You deserve a good coach,we are paid by TSFL to assist you in all areas. A good coach not only knows how help you with your weightloss and maintainence we can help you save ,even earn money.

Coaches do not get a discount,we pay the same for our meals as anyone else. A good coach can be essential to your on going success. If you do not have a good coach,I encourage you to ask customer service for the coach above your coach etc. I like several others who have responded above, would love to personally assist anyone who is not getting the help you need.

I chose to become a certified health coach when I experianced how well our program worked. Many blessings on your road to health may it be an exciting journey for you: Yes just like Kat said here, get all the facts before you write something.

I am glad I read all these replyies and not just base a dission on what the Arthur wrote above. I think it sounds like a good program I know 2 pepole who have been on it one of them lost 47 pounds and the other pounds and yes one of them is a life coach. Other diets have left me so hungry I could eat a horse.

I have tried Weight Watchers , Nutrisystem , and working with a nutritionist. I was hungry all the time and although I lost weight, I gained it back. I started Take Shape for Life one week ago. I have had minimal hunger a couple of times the first couple of days, but none the last 5. I have lost 6 pounds so far. The workbook and text book that come with the program are incredible.

The variety of food is limited but OK. My mother was a Type 2 diabetic and after 30 years of taking high doses of insulin now only needs a very small dose oral medication 40 pounds lost.

My daughter no longer has high cholesterol 50 pounds lost. I am off of at least 5 medications for high blood pressure and acid refux disease pounds lost. Please check out my earlier comments and contact me through my website TakeShapeWithTita. I was taking units of novalog and 35 of levamir. This program is what you make of it.

Stick to it and it definately works. No, Jayne, maintenance is not hard. We all know that losing the weight is only half the battle. You need to change the way you think about food in order to keep it off, and you do that while in the weight loss phase of the program.

It only takes two weeks to form a new habit or break an old one, so the way we eat while losing weight becomes part of our eating habits. Contact me if I can help. I have lost pounds myself and have been a Health Coach for 2 years. I lost 70 lbs off two years ago and then yo-yoed in fear. I gained 20 back until the summer and since the fall have gained another Wasted food, larger clothes, and most importantly diminishing health can be even more costly than the MF plan.

With thyroid issues, to ease my mind, I also checked with our family physician. He gave his seal of approval. Originally I questioned how some of the prepackaged "meals" could keep me full. Like you, it took trial and error to find the meals I preferred. Tastes do change over time. Recommend reconsidering some of the items you did not like earlier.

I started Medifast in May and am approaching 60 pounds lost. This is my "mindless", stress management diet. I keep a variety of products well stocked so I can change my mind easily for each meal. Looking forward to maintenance, I can see Medifast as a quick option if those pesky 5 or so pound start to creep back on.

I do believe that everyone is different and will champion any plan that works for someone as long as they are not compromising their health in the process. For me, going truly low carb makes a difference. It irritates me to see all of the high carb options with WW and the many "healthy" frozen entrees by a number of brands.

Wish they'd focus more on ramping up veggies and decreasing carbs. Enough of my Saturday morning rant. Thanks for being a blessing to so many of your readers. Dear Alanna, I have only just "met" you having stumbled on your site while looking for a recipe. I am a Weight Watchers Lifer who after several false starts on WW finally lost over 70 lbs 8 years ago and have kept it off. What did I do differently my last time on WW? I had also heard the definition of insanity: Doing the same thing over and over again and execting different results.

Once I lost the weight it was always "Woo Hoo! This time was different. Then when I reached my goal weight 8 years ago I was so excited because I was finally able to start what I had set out to do when I joined. It was like I was finally in front of the door I had been waiting for for so long. I was going to start the maintenance program. And I have never looked back.

If you think you can eat a lot on WW when losing weight, you should see what Maintenance looks like! I wish you much success on Medi Fast but if you ever end up back on WW you might want to consider my strategy. Thank you for your great blogs and your enthusiasm for healthy food and for including WW points in your recipes. There's a big difference between my goal and my current reality. The goal was to really step away from food, to stop reading about it, to stop writing about it and definitely to stop cooking it and thus going through the constant consideration of What's in the fridge?

The reality is that I got away from that last but not away from the first ones, you'd think they would have been the easier ones! I'm still a work-in-progress on this regard but I am slowly filling my time with non-food interests again. How would you do it? I am happy that official WW people are finding what I'm doing to make sense, if only for awhile. Your words really made my day, thank you. I'm so glad you wrote. I know it's because my practice was to do 18 points a day most days, then relax on the weekends.

And that system worked for me for about four years! Thanks for sharing Alanna. I lost 50 pounds thru attention to diet and exercise a few years ago but still had about 50 to go. You have inspired me to try medifast. Thank you for posting your experience and being so honest and forthcoming. I'm a WW life-timer and loyal to the program. I've been hesitant to post a comment because I did not want to appear as a troll or as negating others' experience. That's not my intention.

So, that said, here is my concern One's overall health status and underlying medical conditions can be at the heart of being unable to maintain a healthy weight.

I understand the struggle with weight loss and maintenance. After all, I didn't end up in Weight Watchers because I ate healthy and exercised regularly. However, I've often struggled since attaining my goal weight.

Some times, I wasn't faithful to the program, and that is correctable. It's these times that a physician, not a new weight loss plan, was my best course of action. So, my intention is to encourage your readers to evaluated their own health and visit their doctor prior to adopting a new diet if they think it might be necessary.

I, too, needed a change from Weight Watchers. I am a lifetime member, but currently over my desired weight. I tried WW several more times, with no success I decided on Jenny Craig for many of the same reasons, and I am finding the change was a good one. As a real-food cook, I was worried, but the meals are tolerable, and once I got past the first week of starving, even cooking for my family is ok--they were kind enough to eat dinners out the first week!

I worried about all the processed food and still do , so I was glad to hear the friend's advice that the important thing is to lose the weight and keep it off. I do the Jenny 5 day plan loosely , which gives me 6 meals a week on my own, with their guidelines. I sometimes do more than 6 on my own, but have plenty of Jenny meals and snacks in the freezer for back up. I agree--find something that works for you in this stage of your life. There's another way to lose weight and lower your risk of diabetes and heart disease, as well as most other common diseases of aging, but it requires a complete paradigm shift-- to being fueled by fat, not carbs.

In this way you can keep your blood sugar low and consistent without having to "eat" every hours. And I think you're totally right to be suspicious of highly processed food-- it's not food! Look at what humans have been eating for most of our time on this earth-- it wasn't grains or sugars, and it sure as heck wasn't processed food. The longterm health risks of a carb-fueled, processed-food diet are still significant, even if you lose weight.

And starving yourself is not the answer. You'll lose weight with calorie-restricted carb-based diets, but it will always come back. I've been eating this way low carb, meats, veggies, nuts, seeds, fruit, all real unprocessed food for two years and have never felt better. Best wishes to you and thanks for a great source of wonderful veggie recipes!

Alanna, Three years ago, I reached that very low place where my weight was at an all time high, and I was no longer chubby but FAT. I, too, knew many people who were successful on Medifast. I considered the plan for months before I dove in. I was on Medifast for almost 6 months, and lost 31 lbs. Considering the fact that I lost 7 lbs. I went on a cruise, celebrated my daughter's high school graduation, and never deviated once.

I reached a very happy goal weight of lbs. As soon as the holidays came, I started to fall off the wagon. I did not do a good job transitioning and making the permanent changes necessary.

I am sad to say that I am starting again on Medifast tomorrow, and I am not sure how long I will last, or how I will do. I have a limited supply of foods remaining from past orders, so I want to use them up and not order anything new, but I will see how it goes. I think I have enough for at least a month or two. I wish you luck in the transition and maintenance phase. It is truly the hardest part. I just switched to Medifast myself, which is something I said I would never do, but I just could keep joining WW time after time and failing.

I needed something different, and so far so good. Of course I would rather be eating whole foods, but I have tried that way too many times with little success I will continue this until I am at goal. I also know that I will have to do what I am told if I am to maintain. With weight, indiscretions are visible to all. I wanted to thank you for posting your switch from WW to Medifast. After reading your decision, I started to investigate and found out all I could about MF.

I started my journey in February and am now down 40 pounds. I have more to go, but this is the first time in 30 years I have been able to stick to a diet long enough to be successful.

So again, I thank you. But, like you said, I wasn't working the program. I hate how they change it every year so nothing is consistent anymore. Plus, I'm food obsessed. WW was too permissive because I could anything and this made me push the "anything" boundary until those choices were unhealthy and I'd "make up" for it by making more unhealthy choices to compensate.

What I love about MF so far is I just don't think about food anymore. I eat to fuel. I can't wait to get to goal so I can enjoy real food again and I hope that this "reprieve" from my obsession with food may help me develop a different mindset about food in my future.

I was reluctant to try it--and I don't share that I'm doing MF with many people--because in a way I feel like I gave in to something "easy" or that I'm cheating in this weight loss. Except, it's not easy, it just seems to be working.

If so, how is that going? I have been doing Medifast on my own and lost 60 pounds so far. I loose and average of three a week! A's book explains how you CAN do medifast without buying the food!

This allows you to eat Organic non processed food AND it gives a better option for people with Soy issues or prefer to stay Vegetarian! One of the best ways I have found to stay motivated is to blog diymydiet I love reading about other people who are successful against the "fat" battle!

Thanks for all the info and the super detailed post! I have had the same problem as you with ww. I am lifetime but I feel like all I do is think about food when I'm on it. I have been feeling like a sell-out to good health for considering mf so I really appreciate your honest input.

I am going to give it a try! And btw, your comments to others are always so kind and considerate. Thank you for being such a lovely voice on the internet when we are barraged with so much ugliness! I think that I started to put on weight again after losing 30 pounds on WW in beginning in when I started writing A Veggie Venture. Thank you for the reminder. PS You put your concern so very gently, no worries about sounding like negative or like a troll! Figuring out what works for each one of us, what a revelation.

I hear such good things about this whole approach. I think it would be an easy transition for me And down 40 pounds, whoa!! Thanks for adding your experience! And good luck, it takes commitment, of course, every program does. I found your blog because of the WW recipes and was so excited.

Disappointed that you're eating crap instead of real food. You realize you can't maintain that for the rest of your life, right? I went back to real food in March and using principles learned from Medifast, have stayed at my goal weight with little issue. I was interested in your journey and also happy to see you are now on maintenance and doing well. I too did the WW thing in I was able to slowly lose, but then hit a plateau and was unable to lose down to my goal no matter how diligent or how much exercise I did.

After abandoning the WW plan, I regained all but ten pounds. I now believe I'll reset my goal to 50 as I feel it is attainable.

I don't like all the Medifast food either, however I do like most of it. I appreciate never feeling hungry and all the support the TSFL community gives. It's the easiest weight reduction program and most successful I've every tried. Not only have I had success, but also my 2 daughters, daughter-in-law and my best friend are losing steadily or on transition.

It really is wonderful to have so many of us helping each other. My coach is great too! Good for you taking off the weight and keeping it off. I detested counting points and was always hungry on WW. Every day I say to myself or others "this is so easy I can't believe it. You have your own Medifast support group going on there! Hi Alanna - checking back here. Thanks for your input regarding the continuing journey! I have found out it really helps me to read inspirational stories of success.

I have attended the TSFL meeting that was held locally - it is so much fun to hear the passion that people have to tell how losing weight has changed their life. It was amazing to me that some of the people are even dietitians and health professionals! One was even the director of "Be Fit" for our state and found out that exercise alone does not a slender person make! I was especially happy to hear the men that spoke.

I have some men in my life that could use this program! I am almost ready to go into transition now. I plan to follow the "rules" and add back gradually - I believe I'll be using some MF meals to help me stay at my goal weight even on maintenance. One last note - it sure is more fun to go shopping now! Yes yes and yes again! Congratulations on reaching the transition point, yes, so empowering it is to take control. Just FYI - keep your shopping in check, my experience with both WW and Medifast is that it takes a couple two or three or even six months for your body to settle into its new size and shape.

I started Medifast after my father died of an obesity related heart condition. I lost a lot of weight, got to a lower size then I had ever been as an adult and felt I went from lb to in about a year. I seem to be an all or nothing kind of person. I have gained back 50lbs and feel terrible. I am terrified to do medifast again thinking it will work in the short term but not in the long run, but then again maybe I woudl finaly learn to transition and eat healthy after.

So scared to make a choice on what to do McDonalds and ice cream. I dont even like this food, I just dont know how to stop. I had a beautiful garden this year and ate very little of it because I was so out of control with yucky food that nothing healthy sounds remotely appetizing. Just not sure what to do.

I hope that someday, when "your" time is right again, that the memory of feeling so fantastic will help you make a choice. My belief is that "all" the legitimate weight-loss programs work: Maintaining the weight, no matter the weight-loss program, is the real trick. I think WW teaches healthy-eating habits, whether or not you count points.

I think Medifast does not teach you what "is" healthy food but does have important lessons about the timing of food intake. Good luck with your journey, my heart goes out to you. I can "hear" the tears and frustration. Just checked back in and found your update on your MediFast post.

You inspire me to try yet again to take off those unwanted 25lbs and keep them off for good. I am considering MF I will have to read more about it on their website.

I am pre diabetic and you are right the risks are too high to wait any longer. Wishing you continued success! It feels a little bit like "paying it forward".

Let me know, please? Thanks for your story! I did Medifast several years ago through the guidance of my physician. I checked in weekly, weighed, took my blood pressure, etc. My blood pressure lowered, my cholesterol went down where it should have been and I felt amazing. I lost over 50 pounds with Medifast. Afterwards, I went to WW to learn to maintain. However, having a daughter who plays travel ball did me in summer after summer.

To the point where I said, the heck with it, I just don't care. Well, that wasn't true really! Recently, a very, very close friend of mine who has struggled with weight loss and is a couple years older than me, I'm 52, started going to a trainer and eating better and looks amazing. With my job, unfortunately, I can't go to a trainer and some physical issue limit me right now on what I can do training wise. However, I got on the scale the other day and not only did I gain back the 50 pounds I had lost about 4 times now I gained another 5.

That's when I said, nope, not gonna do this anymore. I don't have lots of time, but hope I can work it out. I know how great I felt on Medifast and how much I don't hurt when the weight is gone.

So, realistically, I have to lose about 70 pounds. The good news is that Medifast has some more choices now than ever before. Years ago, my parents went on Medifast and all they had were shakes! So, to have options now like cereal is huge for me!

I love the bars and the shakes and it's easy to prepare. Thanks again for sharing and wish you continued success!

I did weight watchers for a while, but with the plan changes and the meetings it just wasn't working for me and I stopped doing it a few years ago I started Medifast on my doctor's suggestion about 6 weeks ago and it has been amazing for me I've been blogging about the experience daily and would love some more readers who can help keep me accountable, and maybe I can inspire some folks too!

Great article, thank you! Medifast was simple, convenient and really fast. I guess I am very healthy so I did not experience any adverse effect from rapid weight loss. On the contrary, my skin problem and gastrointestinal problems were gone since losing 50 lbs. I had more energy and learned to cook healthy mind you, I am a total idiot in the kitchen so this gave me an opportunity to learn to cook. I felt like I was ready to continue with my weight loss journey and to lose the last 35 lbs using a new method -- yep, weight watchers.

I figured cooking 3-meals and learning to eat healthy when eating out might be a good challenge. It's only been 3-days but I do feel good in general and lost a bit already. If this doesn't work, I will go back to medifast. For now, I'm going for slower method while learning how to cook healthy! I was lifetime WW member and after hitting about Following WW and eating less than extra points on that I was still gaining. I exercise faithfully 5 to 6 days a week and at age 65 was at my highest weight.

I think I had 3 cookies all of Christmas and was careful with food choices. I decided I needed to try that. One of them had been WW member too and was gaining on the plan after about age 50 too!!! I am losing slowly on Medifast and have found shakes and bars that make this pretty easy to do daily.

We have always loved veggies and chicken or fish, so easy to have my cooked meal a day too. My only concern is that I hope I am not getting too much soy in my diet with all these products!! Anyone have any thoughts on this? So far I have gotten used to the soy taste in the shakes and bars and now they seem to taste pretty good!! I need to lose some weight and WW works for me but it is too slow. I did Medifast once but when I went off I gained it all back so quickly.

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