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This is a detailed beginner's guide to the 5: It requires you to drastically reduce the amount of food you eat, usually to a maximum of calories per day. Perrineau eats Jenny Craig meals for breakfast, lunch and dinner, with healthy snacks in between. I always got discouraged about losing the weight. Anyone can do this diet. The Nutrisystem plan is very easy to follow and simple to understand. That along with minute walks helped her lose lbs.

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It started with a dull ache in the liver area right after I started slimgenics. I have an ultrasound tomorrow, will keep you posted. I have been off the supplements for at least a month but am still having the pain…. I started slim4life in May, at lbs…am now at and while I love the way I look, my hair is falling out and my kidney function is out of whack as well as my ferritin levels have bottomed out.

I would just like to know how the product work? Another thing is how much it cost to get started with the program? Is this something i could do without paying a large amount of money?

What are the key elements to losing weight on this program? What makes this program different from the other programs out? Slim 4 Life is a good program. They do teach you the essentials of eating healthy.

However, the weight that you lose is great but, you may also be losing muscle since they do not incorporate working out into the program. You do take supplements such as a daily vitamin, essential fatty acids fish oil and an appetite suppressant they call the metabolizer not to mention the protein bars and shakes that run more than I went from to in a short amount of time.

Once, I hit I plateaued miserably. I did all that they asked me to do and could not lose any more weight. I was basically told, they could not help me. I left Slim 4 Life and they still call me wanting me to come in. I work out now and still eat healthy but, I eat corn, carrots, and cheese. All of which is forbidden until you lose ALL the weight. I am happy and healthy and still am losing in a healthy way on my own.. Wish I had read this page before I spent almost two thousand dollars on Slim 4 Life.

I was on the program for aproximately three and a half weeks going to the store four times a week for weigh ins. I lost six pounds by drinking tons of water and taking there suplements which ending up making my heart race.

I ended up in the Doctors office thinking I was having a heart attack. Believe me there is no money back guarantee. This turned out to be one big mistake….. Hi, l feel the same way two thousand dollars on slim 4 life. The pills did not do a thing for me. I need to get some of my money back. I tried slim for life a year ago and it is so disappointing.

Once you break the diet down you are allowed to eat between calories a day! I spent over 2K on slim for life to lose 30 pounds. I took all the nasty pills and drank the nasty power boost and did the whole thing. I lost about 28 in 12 weeks. But I am healthier and happier. I was not obese but took off the weight for vanity. I lost 9 lbs in 3 weeks…. Dieting is about Calories in and Calories out….

I only had 18 lbs. I feel very jittery and weak. I am a mother and cannot really focus and be there for my kids the way I need to be because of the way I feel. I did the Atkins diet years ago and went from a size 12 to a 2 in months and never felt like this. I have lost maybe 4 lbs. Now here i am at 5 months and one thing i have noticed is that even though i am not doing the diet that well, i am still using supplements and i am loosing hair like crazy. At first i thought it might be my age as i am 58, or maybe a medication, even though i had been on it for months, but this is crazy loss.

Yes, I too was losing hair like crazy. I have very fine thin hair so this was a real concern. I also thought it might be my age as I was 50 the first time I did the program.

I gained all the weight back and went back a second time and had the same issue with hair loss. I only wanted to loose 23 lbs. I did loose 6 lbs, though, and felt pretty good. Any by the way, my stomach started to hurt really bad about the 4th week into the program… and yes, this is absolutely a no money back program, which to me is horrible. If the pills are causing sickness, their should be some type of refund, even half would be great.

My reason for trying the program was to get off blood pressure meds, which for 4 weeks I did. I am also trying the green smoothies now, and walking more. I really want to get off the meds for good and loose the weight as well…. I may be different from all. My wife got in to slim for life three months ago weighing LB. But now she is LB she really enjoys the food she is really energetic.

So she loves it and she said it is worth paying the money. Because she tried south beach diet and all appetite suppresant pills which most of them deprive her sleep and reacting with medication which she used to take. So I may not agree with you in this matter. But thank you for giving me the oppurtunity to express my opinion.

I lost 10 pounds in 2 weeks. I was very excited. I highly recommend it. It was way to expensive for us. You said you followed the food rules and lost… did you also use any of the over the counter bars or thurmal boost pills to try to help it along?? Find Omega3 and a Carb blocker.

My mom paid for the program and lost about 45 lbs in 4 months. I am on it right now and have lost about 16 lbs in 5 weeks. This is what I eat: Tuna or chicken for lunch, a protein bar I prefer the Zone bars and chicken or fish for dinner. The first 3 days are only protein and veggies no carrots, corn, or peas. Very simple diet to follow. My husband has lost 20 lbs in 5 weeks. My mom started this diet a few years ago and lost 45 lbs in about 4 months. The first place you lose it is your stomach which is great but you must follow the program which is fairly simple.

My husband and I have been doing the diet for about 5 weeks. I have lost 16 lbs and my husband has lost 20 lbs. My mom gave me the diet plan. I ate 2 boiled eggs and 1 orange for breakfast. I felt satisfied and lost 5 lbs the first 3 days. After that I added in one starch per day and a protein bar I prefer the Zone bars-which a counselor told my mom is the same thing as their bars.

You are not suppose to eat cheese but my husband and I will sometimes eat string cheese as an afternoon snack. I probably could of lost more over these 5 weeks but I drink beer on the weekends.

It is a simple plan to follow and it does work. My stomach is flatter now than before I had my daughter in February. The 3 day prep is. You can also have as much Kraft Fat Free dressing as you want to go with your vegetables and to put on your meat as well.

You are basically doing the Atkins diet during your prep phase. Also make sure you drink plenty of water oz a day. You pee your fat out, that is why it is so important to drink water. I cannot afford the program. I have tried pretty much everything out there with no success. I visited with a slim4 life an program is way too expensive for me. The Coach applauds your victories and helps you work through your challenges.

The website says that Take Shape for Life is about more than weight loss as the goal is to help you adopt healthy habits that eventually become second nature to you. Take Shape for Life includes weekly support calls from doctors, nurses, and dieticians as well as access to an online community. You are also provided membership in the BeSlim Club that allows you to receive free Medifast Meals with delivery to your door. It is important to note that the Health Coaches provided by Take Shape for Life are often people who achieved success on the program and now generates revenue for Medifast through relationship marketing.

You are asked to recruit people to the program and, as they become healthy, encourage them to become coaches themselves and get clients on their own. This has led some experts to claim the program is a pyramid scheme, although those who have worked for the company say that they are never pressured to bring in new members.

Many do so because they want to help others become healthy as they did use Take Shape for Life. Take Shape for Life, or Optavia as it is now known, helps you realize a Lifelong Transformation with an approach that is different from other weight loss programs.

The program starts by helping you achieve a healthy weight which improves your health, confidence, and vitality. The program is based on 37 years of experience with more than 1 million successful clients. The program was created by William Vitale, MD, who found that his specially formulated meal plan helped his patients lose weight. It is safe and effective whether you need to lose 15 or more than pounds.

There is a Scientific Advisory Board that constantly reviews the effectiveness, safety, and nutritional benefits to be sure they meet the needs of clients. It is difficult to determine what the average weight loss is for those who follow the program as this information is not included in the details on the website. Many of those who found success on other review sites report losing as much as 40 pounds in just 30 days. However, after 30 days, many reported changing to a different diet plan because the meal choices were limited, and some felt they were not appetizing.

Each serving counts as one meal out of your daily meal count. 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.

Plus, they show you the exact system to follow to reach your weight loss goals — follow the plan they send, and you will lose weight. At the start of the year, Nutrisystem launched their brand new Turbo 13 program.

This is designed to help you jump-start your weight loss, and includes a selection of foods and shakes for your first week. This last time I signed up, I had a weight loss goal of 10 pounds — with this new system I had pretty much hit my goal during the first week.

This means, I only needed to use Nutrisystem for 1 month, and then switched to their Turbo Shakes for my second month, along with a healthy diet and exercise plan. This may sound obvious, but I know a lot of folks are probably wondering if Nutrisystem actually works. The answer is YES — if you follow the program as they designed it.

That means, sticking to their meal plan for however long it takes to reach your weight loss goals. Maintaining a healthy weight took on new importance after starting a family. When I finally decided to sign on with Nutrisystem , my health was not in good shape. The crazy thing is the weight gain really snuck up on me. But, that all changed once I hit my mids. As my friends began settling down and starting families, I continued the partying and overindulgence of my college days, and as my metabolism slowed I really began to pack on the pounds.

The big wake-up call came when I finally decided to visit my primary care doctor. The results of the visit came as a shock, to say the least. It was the middle of winter, and I was laying on the couch late one night when a Nutrisystem commercial came on TV. Dan Marino , the legendary Miami Dolphins Quarterback, was talking about how he had lost more than 20 pounds on Nutrisystem, and for some reason, his words stuck with me see the commercial below.

Marino was one of the biggest names in the NFL as a kid, and here he was on TV talking about a diet plan that had worked for him, and he actually seemed genuine and believable.

Whatever the reason, I was convinced it was what I needed. During my research, I found a lot of positive reviews about Nutrisystem, and I knew it was time to give it a try!

My family and I. I was able to lose 30 pounds with Nutrisystem, and have been able to keep it off by making simple lifestyle changes. It was affordable, convenient, tons of people reported great results online, and they guaranteed the weight loss.

After doing a little research, I decided it was right for me and decided to sign up. I was probably around pounds when I finally decided to jump on the bandwagon, and my weight was going nowhere but up at that point. Nowadays, I try to stay as close to as possible, and I am usually able to maintain that goal, give or take a pound or two. That being said, I still utilize diets like Nutrisystem from time-to-time, when I feel like I need a re-charge, or to quickly burn off some extra weight.

After reaching my goal, I transitioned to a plan that includes their Turbo Shakes, healthy foods that I prepare on my own, and a regular exercise routine. While their Basic plan worked for me for me, they have several options to choose from.

The big takeaway here: Pick a plan that fits your budget and dietary needs they have specialty plans for vegetarians and diabetics , and know that ALL of their plans are going to help you lose weight when used correctly.

There is a ton of variety, the meals are quick and easy to make, and they even have frozen options that take the quality up another notch. You can view their full menu at the official Nutrisystem website.

Ultimately, I wanted to make a goal of losing about 10 pounds per month. For me, this was very doable following their diet plan. The results are going to be different for everyone, but if you have 20, 30 lbs, or more to lose, then I would expect to be on the diet for at least two months.

In my case, once I reached my weight loss goal, I had established a routine for how much I needed to eat each day, so I was comfortable developing a plan of my own. As someone who has lost more than 30 pounds using the Nutrisystem program, I can tell you that it absolutely works.

I highly recommend it to anyone who has 10 or pounds to lose. Nutrisystem Turbo 13 is one of the most effective ways to lose weight, and is a great fit for anyone who wants an easy plan to follow.

I've used their plan now several times over the years, and it's one of our highest rated weight loss products here on the site. I really liked your story. I am in day 2 of my Turbo Program. My history with NS is in I had my 3rd child, 12 months and one day after my 2nd.

My weight on delivery date was My normal weight was I went down to Lowest in my life, and I felt good. I did feel healthier at which I managed to maintain for 20 something years. In 3 years I graduated a size I weighed when I graduated. I still weigh 10 years later and feel awful. I too started to eat out and drink wine. I only hope I have the will power to succeed this time. I feel I have to become a hermit and say no to going out with my friends, neighbors and family.

But now I am older and I dread the fact it may take me years to lose all this fat. But I have only myself to blame. Reading your story has given me some inspiration. I am going to make 10 weight loss increments only as to not get discouraged. Thank you for sharing your story. Hi Cheryl- Thanks for reading, and sharing…What an inspiring story! I still have a drink occasionally, but try to keep it limited to social gatherings and not an everyday thing.

In any case, best of luck with your weight loss journey! Norman, you seem to know the NS diet very well. I have been on this diet around 7 years ago and I see a few new changes this time.

My order has arrived and I unpacked my Turbo Box yet did not keep that food separate, and now i am really unsure of what was in it for my first week…. Best of luck with the program. Hope that helps -NS. You want to be at your goal weight then, not wishing you did something about it yrs ago. No, you cannot pound them back, but I am not sure why you would want to anyway. Co-workers always ask me to go out for a drink and they order whatever and I order a diet coke. You could blame it on medication if you want.

When I go out to eat or go to cookouts, etc. I order a meat and a vegetable with a diet soda. No potato or anything. At a cookout it would be a burger or chicken with no bread, and a tossed salad or veggie.

You CAN do it. You just have to order carefully. I wish you luck. You can do, I know you can. It is so nice to read a positive article about Nutrisystem. You are so right about your body becoming used to the smaller portions. Like anything, your body goes through an adjustment period, but after a few days, it is quite easy. With frequent snacks between meals, as well as plenty of fluids, you are eating pretty much whenever you feel hungry.

Hi, thanks for the great review! Thanks for the nice comment: Excited to hear how Nutrisystem goes for you — let us know! Hi Ellen — You definitely need to talk with your doctor before trying Nutrisystem or any weight loss plan with your health issues, but they do offer a plan for people with diabetes. I would recommend checking out their site to learn more about the different plans they offer. They also offer snacks and shakes as options over the course of the day, so that helps with the extra cravings too.

Hope that helps, and best of luck with your weight loss journey! Someone in my Myspace group shared this website with us so I came to give it a look. Exceptional blog and brilliant design and style. Thanks for the kind words and for visiting the site — let me know your Twitter handle so I can return the favor!

Those first 2 weeks i dropped 13 lbs, but that third week i lost maybe 1 lb. I was only eating the provided meals the first two weeks usually around only calories per day obviously that was unhealthy, so i added in a few snacks to put me right around calories per day. But unfortunately that has resulted in minimal weight loss.

Did you have plateaus like this? And how did you over come these stalls? I did just purchase an elliptical and also a stationary bike, but only on day 2 with those. Your review was wonderful and very well written, so thank you! Hi Julie- Thank you so much for sharing your story, and way to go for making it through your first month! I think the calorie restriction is the hardest part about Nutrisystem, and why now I typically only do the diet for a month or two and then really focus on just eating right and getting enough exercise after that.

For me, the approach after Nutrisystem has been intermittent fasting IF. That said, I have had a lot of success with it, and find that I can maintain a healthy weight for long stretches of time when using it.

I started with the turbo charge and continued now for almost 3 weeks. I have only lost 3 lbs. When I emailed a counselor they said that was normal and I was doing well. Big hope very disappointed. In any case, hope the rest of your month goes well, and best of luck moving forward. I just started Nutrisystem. I always lost weight on the low carb diet when I was younger.

But the fat intake was not good. Just to avoid all the carbs… Did you or anyone else have a issue with how many carbs are in each meal? Is this ok lol… Please someone assure me all the carbs are ok!

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