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Retrofit

A technologically advanced weight loss program that promises a 10-15% total loss.

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Retrofit is a weight loss program that gives you a team of health experts and uses the latest technology to help you reach your weight loss goal and prevent future weight gain. The year-long program is designed to not only guide you to a 10 to 15 percent loss, but to help you maintain your goal. Each participant will work with a team made up of a registered dietitian, an exercise physiologist and a behavior coach.

The program is facilitated online and is accessible from anywhere. Participants will meet with their wellness team each week through private online video conferences. Video conferences are easy to fit into your schedule and will help you keep on track. You will also be assigned a program adviser who will oversee your overall progress and follow-up regularly via email.

Making the most of technology is also an important part of the Retrofit weight loss plan. As part of the program you will receive a FitBit wireless activity tracker and a Withings Wi-Fi scale that also calculates your body composition. All of this data makes up your personal data profile, so that your wellness team can see what's working and what isn't.

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PRO
  • Highly personalized service
  • Weekly meetings create accountability
  • Extended maintenance phase prevents clients from re-gaining the weight
  • Created by a team of respected medical experts
  • Each wellness team is made up of educated experts
  • Addresses both the physical and mental aspects of weight loss
  • Experts are always available to answer your questions
  • Helps clients set reasonable goals
  • If you do not reach your goal, Retrofit will provide you with a second year of services for free
  • Works with reputable brands like Skype, FitBit, and Withings
CON
  • Premium price
  • Not ideal for those with minimal weight to lose
  • Not ideal for those uncomfortable with technology, such as Skype
DIET and NUTRITION

Adjusting your diet to the proper number of calories and correct portion sizes is one of the first steps you will take in the Retrofit program. After a preliminary 50 question intake quiz to determine your previous habits, you will work with your registered dietitian to create an eating plan that suits your needs. Your dietitian will help you identify your biggest nutrition challenges, and come up with specific strategies for addressing them. You'll work on changing one or two things each week, so that you're not overwhelmed by changes. Participants will also receive a cookbook full of healthy recipe ideas. No one is allowed to start the program without taking the intake quiz so that is the first step of the process.

An additional component of the program that’s just as important as what you eat is why you eat. You will work with your assigned behavior coach to identify different types of stress in your life that may be hindering weight loss along and gain strategies to cope with those situations. Some of the possible nutrition behaviors that can affect your weight loss are being a convenient diner, fruitless feaster, meal skipper or a nighttime nibbler. Your personalized meal plan will include advice for your specific situation with food. If you typically skip meals, you will learn how to properly time your meals. If you typically eat large portion sizes, you might start using a lunch sized plate or learn to use your hands as a portion-control guide. Because the program is so personalized, there is no standard nutrition plan that most dieters follow. Retrofit really does give you food advice that will be perfect for your nutrition needs.

EXERCISE

Incorporating an exercise program is extremely important for maintaining weight loss. As with nutrition, the preliminary quiz plays a part in reviewing your previous exercise history. The first thing you will do with Retrofit is wear your FitBit for two weeks to determine your baseline activity level. From there, you will work with your exercise physiologist to increase your activity level by 10 percent.

For someone who has a very sedentary baseline, this will mean just increasing your number of steps per day. From there, you will begin to incorporate other types of exercise, including cardio and strength training. Your exercise physiologist will take into account what you really want from the program and any particular health issues you may have. You can choose to focus on losing 10 or 15 percent of your total body weight with the Retrofit program. These numbers may seem small, losing this amount of weight is realistic and can lower your risk for several weight related health issues or diseases.

CONCLUSION

Retrofit is one of the most personalized and comprehensive diet programs that's available. It offers all of the services of the most premium medically supervised weight loss clinics but with the convenience of an online program, so your access isn't limited by geography. The data-driven approach to fitness is a great way to keep you honest about your activity level. Having a team of wellness experts will help you address all the aspects of weight loss, not only diet and exercise, but also the mental and behavioral challenges associated with this kind of lifestyle change. Most importantly, this program is set up to help you maintain your weight loss long-term and keeps you very accountable.

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Gary Gomes

During the first 12 weeks of the Retrofit program I consistently lost about 1.5 lbs of fat per week so I quickly reached my 10% weight loss goal and I have never felt better about eating, exercising, and how I feel and look.

I have also found that keeping the weight off has been easy, since the retrofit program changed my eating and exercising HABITS. I never felt like I was on a special “diet”. Instead, under the guidance of my Retrofit coaches, I stopped eating unhealthy foods, I continued to eat my favorite healthy foods, and paid attention to my food portions, all of which make for a life-long lifestyle change. This good nutrition combined with simple fat burning exercises (such as walking) and paying attention to my habitual behavior makes for an incredibly successful overall fitness program.

With my weight reduction successfully behind me (so to speak) I am now focusing on building some lean mass through weight lifting, and I was elated to find out that the Retrofit coaches can also guide me through the new goal of muscle strengthening. I started the Retrofit program with the simple goal of weight loss, but now I realize I can accomplish so much MORE and feel even better!

Although the Retrofit program appears a bit pricey, the return on the 1 year investment for changing my lifestyle is enormous. I consider it preventative health care costs. Plus you get some very cool and effective fitness tracking devices that you can use for years.

I have been so impressed with my results that I purchased Retrofit packages for 2 more of my family members and they are seeing great results as well. I can't recommend it enough!

posted Dec 11th, 2012 10:08 pm


Skip Gunther

After starting and stopping with a long litany of weight loss and exercise programs, I finally found RetrofitMe, and it is working! For the last four months I have experienced a fairly steady 1.5 pound loss EACH WEEK. The magic for me is threefold: 1) use of simple technology to measure and display progress, 2) focus on eating nothing but a healthy diet, 3) fun counseling using Skype with four sharp, knowledgeable, and highly professional young ladies for diet, exercise, behavior and overall progress. It just doesn’t get any better than this.
I have reached my initial goal of 10% weight loss, and I am now moving toward my real goal to lose 20% -- I can see clearly that it is achievable and, quite frankly, it is very exciting. Thank you RetrofitMe!!! And, thank you Jen, Lori, Jade, and Angie – you are making this easy and fun.

posted Dec 11th, 2012 12:03 pm


Jess H.

Retrofit is absolutely fantastic. You get personalized attention from a team of experts who help adapt the program to your particular needs and challenges. In just six months I've made major changes to how I eat, move, and think. Best of all, the whole thing has been remarkably easy and low-stress.

My only caveat is that you pay for the deluxe service. Retrofit is not cheap! That said, I think it's worth every penny. I'm only willing to spend my time and money on a program that works - and that's going to give me the skills to continue maintaining healthy habits for the rest of my life.

Highly recommended - A+++++.

posted Dec 11th, 2012 2:46 am



JimmyC

LOVE ME some Retrofit

posted May 31st, 2012 9:57 pm


KimE

I've worked for other weight loss companies and this is such a cool approach. Just feels good to help people build a better lifestyle for the long haul :)

posted May 11th, 2012 4:16 am


Ben L.

Retrofit is an expertly designed program with realistic, long-term goals and informed support to make sure you get there. The thing I think is most powerful is that Retrofit takes into account the fact that your mindset is probably the most essential thing to change if you are to reach your goals for the long haul. Plus the wireless devices make it fun. I think this program has the potential to change the way the weight loss industry works!

posted Feb 6th, 2012 11:00 pm


Rob "Danzig" Sieracki

Data-driven. The real deal. I like it so much, I want to be an evangelist. I suppose with this post, I sort of am. Try it. Intense, but it works. Worth the price.

posted Feb 1st, 2012 10:23 pm


Eileen

I've never experienced support and education from experts on how to really live the right way like I have from Retrofit. A nutritionist planned my meals with me with food I like to eat (and told me what to eat less of and totally stop eating). A physiologist M.D. explained how my body burns calories and what to focus on to get the best results. And a trainer told me exactly what to do when I exercise, to take all the guesswork out of it. The best part is all of these experts work together for Retrofit, so their advice was coordinated and all of it was specific to me and my goal. Nothing out there personalizes weight-loss like Retrofit. After being on a plateau for two years, I've started losing again and am halfway to my first goal.

posted Jan 25th, 2012 12:56 pm


Juan Carlos Duque

RETROFIT STANDS OUT FOR ME IN THE FOLLOWING THREE KEY WAYS:

- IT IS THE ONLY HOLISTIC APPROACH THAT I HAVE ATTEMPTED. IT COVERS ALL ASPECTS OF WEIGHT LOSS, WITH EXERCISE AND NUTRITION SUPPORT AND ?? CRITICALLY ?? WITH BEHAVIORAL MODIFICATION SUPPORT. I HAVE TRIED EACH OF THESE COMPONENTS SEPARATELY BEFORE BUT NEVER IN TANDEM.
- IT IS A TEAM EFFORT WHERE THE TEAM IS FOCUSED ENTIRELY ON MY UNIQUE NEEDS. I FEEL THAT THE ADVICE THAT I AM GETTING IS NOT GENERIC AND SPECIFIC TO ME. EVEN MORE IMPORTANLY, I FEEL LIKE I??M NEVER ON MY OWN: I HAVE MY OWN CHEERLEADING SECTION READY TO CELEBRATE / PUSH ME AS NEEDED.
- IT IS THE SLOWEST APPROACH TO WEIGHT LOSS THAT I HAVE EXPERIENCED. THIS MAY SOUND COUNTERINTUITIVE, BUT I HAVE YET TO EXPERIENCE ANY OF THE DRAWBACKS ASSOCIATED WITH VERY RAPID WEIGHTLOSS, IE OVERUSE INJURIES AND HUNGER PANGS. THIS, TO ME, WILL BE THE KEY TO KEEPING THE WEIGHT OFF IN THE LONG RUN.

posted Jan 23rd, 2012 5:10 pm


kburns18

Im a little over 3 months into the program at this point and Im 4 pounds from my 10% weight loss goal. Im looking good, feeling good and doing things I never thought I would do in my life. Everyone I've dealt with from Retro have been awesome. The professional team they put together for me could not have been a better fit. I've always had a great support system from family and friends but never had the individual attention from so many professionals who cheer you on in your successes and teach you how to get through the tough patches. BEST THING I'VE EVER DONE IN LIFE. THANK YOU RETROFIT.

posted Jan 20th, 2012 7:39 pm


Kristin Burns

I started working with retrofit back in Oct. In just a few short months on the program, I am down 32 pounds, 4 pounds from my end goal. The level of support I have received from my personal coaches has far exceeded my expectations. When I have stumbled during the last few months I have come through stronger and smarter due to the individual attention have am receiving. This is the best and most effective weight loss program I have been on and I have tried just about everything out there. Even being as close as I am to my end goal with the program, I know have the tools to make it to MY person end weight. This is not a diet, its a life style change.

posted Jan 20th, 2012 7:38 pm


Rachael

Awesome program! I highly recommend it and am currently having much success as a client.

posted Jan 20th, 2012 6:25 pm


Mia Gatti

Retrofit is an excellent way to make life changes that lead not only to weight loss (I've lost 15lbs in a couple months) but to be more insightful about one's behavior and have greater control over one's life. While it may seem daunting to make life long adaptations to one's eating, exercising, and general behavior, the weekly meetings with the experts allows you to make small changes in baby-step increments. Highly highly recommend it!!!!!

posted Jan 20th, 2012 5:20 pm



 

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