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Retrofit Offers a Long-Term Approach to Weight Loss Maintenance [GIVEAWAY]

All too often in the weight loss industry, companies stay in business because of their clients’ failures. Many programs are effective at helping their clients lose weight, however, they don’t help them maintain the loss in the long term and benefit from returning clients.

retrofit weight loss programRetrofit offers a very different kind of service, one that’s geared to help you maintain your goal weight as much as it is designed to help you get there. That’s only one of the many advantages Retrofit offers clients in its 12-month plan. It combines the convenience of an online diet with the best expert advice and personal attention of a weight loss clinic. Unlike many online programs that simply supply users with meal plans and workouts but no personal interaction, Retrofit provides each client with a team of wellness experts.

This team of experts makes up the core of the Retrofit experience, and consists of a registered dietitian, an exercise physiologist and a behavior coach. “They’re the most educated team out there,” says Kim Evenson CMO at Retrofit. She adds that compensations is based on their ability to help clients reach their goals by the end of the year. You will meet with each member of the team during scheduled video conferences, but they are also always available if clients have additional questions. They will help you craft a weight loss plan that’s totally based on your needs and that can work with the realities of your lifestyle. Additionally, there’s a program adviser who “functions like your admin,” explains Evenson. “That person is with you from day one through the very end of the program.”

Another important feature of the Retrofit program is the fact that it’s data driven. Each client is given a FitBit activity tracker to help analyze how many calories are being burned per day, and a  Withings WiFi Scale to help clients easily track their amount of weight lost. Clients are asked to set a goal of losing 10 to 15 percent of their starting weight during the course of the program, an amount of weight that has statistically shown to improve health conditions.

When clients sign up with Retrofit, they begin with a detailed intake survey to help the team understand the client’s history with their weight. It’s difficult to provide details about what you’ll be eating or how often you’ll be working out with this program, because the service is so individualized. The dietitian will help each client improve his or her diet, while the exercise physiologist will create a fitness plan. These two roles are the ones most people are familiar with, but the behavior coach is an equally important member of the team. “A big part of what we do is looking at the thinking patterns that people have,” explains Jennifer Plotnek, one of Retrofit’s behavior coaches. “We know from research that positive thinking gets positive outcomes.”

screenshot of the retrofit navigationThe behavior coach will also help clients identify sources of stress in their lives that may be hindering weight loss, and provides them with strategies to cope with these situations. “Our focus is on the action,” says Plotnek. “Having insight into the behavior is helpful, but it does not equate the change.” She encourages clients to focus on small steps, and to track small successes. Clients deal with a variety of issues, but Plotnek says that emotional eating is a common problem, along with “people pleasers” who end up neglecting their own care, and “overreaching achievers” who are reluctant to start projects they might not succeed at. Although no one is forced into any one category, Plotnek says that these lifestyle patterns are helpful to identify in order to create strategies to counter them.

The program is divided into a period of weight loss with an intensive amount of support from the team, followed by a maintenance period with regular check-ins. “We can see it worked for you when you were at this super high level of engagement,” says Evenson. “Now have you really taken those things to heart?” During the maintenance period clients will still have access to everyone on their team, to help them with any issues they may encounter.

Retrofit service comes with premium price tag, which costs $2,995 for a goal of 10 percent weight loss or $3,995 for 15 percent. However, the cost is comparable to many medically supervised weight loss programs. There is also a scholarship available, for individuals who are not able to afford the full cost.

Overall, Retrofit offers quite an impressive service, combining technology with one-on-one sessions with highly trained health professionals to help people archieve sustainable goals over the course of a year. “A year per se is not exactly magical,” says Plotnek. “But the fact that it’s long enough for people to have something really stick, I think it will really change how weight loss is perceived.”

Watch to learn more about Retrofit, then click to take the quiz to see if it’s a fit for you!

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Winner must have a BMI of at least 25 on the day of selection. Winner must be a U.S. resident. DietsInReview.com will draw and announce one winner February 29, 2012.

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PRIZE

One prize will be awarded to one winner, as drawn by DietsInReview.com. The prize will be exclusively a one-year membership to Retrofit, valued at $2,995.00 (USD) awarded to the individual winning entrant. The winner will be responsible for all applicable taxes.

NOTIFICATION

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February 1st, 2012

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In theory- Retrofit is a great idea, but in practice it's a huge huge huge disappointment. I regret every signing up for it.

If you are a complete newbie to nutrition & exercise (and have no bad behaviors) then this is a perfect program for you! You will find the sessions with the nutritionist and trainer helpful. We're talking basic guidance like take 5k steps and eat X# of calories.

The most promising piece- the behaviorist- was also the most disappointing- after all- this is where 99% of the people trying to lose weight need help. While I met with a behaviorist, the sessions provided no insight or help moving past my barriers

Nothing in the program is customized. You would think that with 3-4 people specifically assigned to you and your goals that it would be. The feedback I got was generic; when I brought up a challenge I had, I got generic help, not help for my particular issue

Another problem I had along these lines was with the nutrition piece. No feedback on my food journal for weeks. Finally I started counting my calories and had to tell the nutritionist I was eating 2000 a day- perhaps THAT was why I wasn't losing. You'd think she would want to have an idea of your portion size, food, etc.
Be aware that it takes about 4 weeks to get matched up with your consultants- conveniently times to happen right around the ability to get a refund expires. 4 weeks to get into a weight loss program feels like AGES. By the time I got on my first call the majority of my motivation was gone.

So while I think it's a good concept, and I think my consultants were great people, this program basically sucks. It costs a gazillion dollars, I lost zero weight and spent more time being frustrated dealing with them than focused on my health.

posted Jan 21st, 2013 4:10 am


vanita

I have been on the Retrofit program for a few weeks and i can honestly say it's been easy small sustainable changes and yet i've made improvements. i've lost 4 lbs in the past 2 weeks just by making small changes suggested by my Retrofit dietician. And I don't feel like i'm missing out on any of my favorite foods. I definitely recommend it!

posted Feb 28th, 2012 2:29 pm


vanita cyril

i've only been on the program a few weeks, but it's been great. I've made changes without struggle. I'm adapting to those changes naturally and i feel so much better for it. even while sick, i was able to stick to my new new way of eating without even thinking about it! i definitely recommend it!

posted Feb 28th, 2012 11:08 am


ChrissyL

MY friend Vanita Cyril has been raving about this program so I was so excited when I was told about the giveaway. I had lap band surgery 16 months ago and have only lost a small amount of weight (much of it is my fault). I have had health issues due to being overweight and want to give my body a chance to thrive. I have been blogging about my experience and I sure would like to give my readers some good news. Thanks for listening :)

posted Feb 28th, 2012 3:17 am


Kandi

I love being a part of RetroFit! I've gained so much more energy since beginning my program (I've only been in for a few weeks).

posted Feb 27th, 2012 6:01 pm



   
 

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