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Take Shape for Life

A weight loss program that includes the Medifast 5 & 1 meal plan.

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  • Established: 1980
  • Founder: William Vitale, M.D.
  • Co-Founder: Dr. Wayne Anderson, M.D.
  • Headquarters: Owings Mills, Maryland
  • Stock Symbol: MED, TSFL
  • Accessibility: Online, personal coaching
  • Diet Type: Meal delivery
  • Gender: Male and female
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Take Shape for Life is a program that combines three elements to provide optimal health. Those components include a health coach, Habits of Health program, and the Medifast 5 & 1 meal plan.

On the Take Shape for Life program, dieters can lose between two and five pounds per week in a safe manner. Through the Medifast meals, dieters receive portion-controlled nutritious meals, in addition to free one-on-one support from a health coach. The meals include a mixture of shakes, soups, stews, chili, oatmeal, scrambled eggs and other drinks and snacks.

Dieters will be able to identify some of the unhealthy patterns that may be holding them back from the healthy lifestyle they desire. The Habits of Health part of the plan works as a step-by-step program to replace unhealthy habits with healthy ones.

The program focuses on including elements of improved nutrition, proper sleep, exercise and stress management into a healthy new lifestyle.

  • Covers all elements of reaching a healthy weight
  • Provides portion-controlled meals
  • Includes one-on-one coaching for support
  • Offers weight loss at a fast but safe rate
  • Concentrates on overall health rather than just weight loss
  • Pre-packaged foods eliminate most of the need for cooking
  • Medifast is recommended by many doctors
  • Encourages dieters to eat several small meals throughout the day
  • Packaged meals can make it hard to transition back to regular foods
  • Meal delivery can be expensive
  • Must purchase groceries for one meal per day in addition to the meals that are delivered

Eating with the Take Shape for Life program offers the convenience of meals delivered directly to your door via the Medifast 5 & 1 meal plan.

This plan includes five portion-controlled Medifast meals from a total of 70 meal choice options, and one Lean & Green Meal each day.

All of the Medifast meals contain vitamins, minerals, fiber and nutrients. These include the shakes, soups, stew, chili, oatmeal, scrambled eggs, fruit drinks, iced teas, hot beverages, bars, pudding, pretzel sticks and cheese puffs.

The Lean & Green meal is a simple meal consisting of one five to seven ounce portion of lean protein, up to two servings of healthy fat, and three servings of low-carbohydrate, non-starchy vegetables. Below is a sample day menu on the Take Shape for Life program:

  • Breakfast – Apple Cinnamon Oatmeal and green tea
  • Mid Morning Snack – Cappuccino
  • Lunch – Chicken Noodle Soup
  • Afternoon Snack – Chocolate Snack Bar
  • Dinner – Lean & Green – Grilled Chicken Salad
  • Evening Snack – Chocolate Pudding

Exercise is recommended with Take Shape for Life as a way to help dieters work toward optimal health.

Exercising is necessary to help with weight loss, improve metabolism, and maintain a healthy weight, which the dieter him or herself chooses. However, it isn't the primary focus and is introduced later in the program after healthy eating habits have already been established.

If dieters haven’t already been exercising prior to starting the program, they are advised to wait a couple of weeks before implementing a fitness routine so their body can adjust to the calorie levels of the meal program. Dieters are encouraged to start exercise slowly and gradually increase their activity and intensity as they feel up to it.

While on the Medifast 5 & 1 plan, it's recommended that dieters do about 30 minutes of moderate exercise each day. Vigorous exercise should be limited to 45 minutes a day. Since calorie count will be low while on the program, it's recommended that dieters not overdo it with exercise. The types of recommended exercise are not limited to, but include:

  • Walking
  • Aerobics
  • Strength Training
  • Bike Riding
  • Swimming

Take Shape for Life is a program that offers a permanent solution to losing weight, getting healthy and feeling great. This program uses the Medifast 5 & 1 meal plan, which has been proven to help dieters lose two to five pounds each week.

Take Shape for Life incorporates healthy eating practices with exercise and coaching support. This program can be very helpful for those who might have a large amount of weight to lose or who need guidance on getting started with a healthy plan.

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Related Diets: Slim Fast 321, Bistro MD, Medifast , Nutrisystem

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Stacy Phillips Health Coach

This is the only program that has ever worked for me, and the changes I was able to make to my lifestyle were amazing! I lost 150 pounds on this program, and became a free Health Coach as well! I love to assist people in becoming the person they've always wanted to be! Many people talk about the "expense" of the food on this plan, but when you consider it is most of your food every month, I actually found that is SAVED me money! It's only about $12 per day, and if I consider all the money I saved by not eating out or buying junk, I found it cost-neutral! I was able to get life insurance for the FIRST TIME EVER and am modeling health for my young son also now. I couldn't be happier.

posted Oct 4th, 2015 8:06 pm

Fat No More

I have tried for years to lose wt, and my brother encouraged me to try this plan for months. When I saw him lose 50lb in a few months, I gave it a try and at 7 months, I have lost 65 lb! My brother has kept the wt off by continuing to follow the simple principles tsfl teaches; eat a small meal every 2-3 hrs that has protein and low sugar. I do enjoy some "cheat" meals (more often than I should), but find that I am watching closely to ensure that my cheat meals still have low or no sugar and contain protein. The "lean & green" meal allows me the opportunity to learn to choose and prepare meals that will support my wt & health goals. I LOVE tsfl and recommend it to anyone that wants to change their life!

posted Jul 29th, 2015 7:28 pm

Christine Bryant

I am 62 years old & have tried many different diets throughout my life but this total change of eating is the best. I eat 5 meal replacements throughout the day plus 1 lean and green with 4-6 oz of meat and green veggies. I have lost 19 lbs since I started Jan 4th TSFL. The whole thing about the cons are they are not true. Hard to Transition back to regular foods - hardly. You were obviously eating food before the plan so why would it be hard to transition back and as for expensive... the plan takes the guesswork out of "What's for dinner?" The age old question. I either have a bar, shake, brownie & yes a brownie, mac & cheese, Ziti w sauce or so many other choices - never have to ask myself that question. You say the shakes are plain... add a little food extract to pump it up or even green tea powder...Starbucks does that to their fraps. The key to this change of eating is asimple math problem... WATER (64-80 oz a day) + 5 &1 plan + attitude change + training coach = weight loss. The program is like my recovery program I attend called Celebrate Recovery. One day at a time One moment at a time but you first need to set out of denial. The program works if you are willing to work it.

posted Mar 21st, 2015 11:31 pm


This program has been life-changing for me. I lost over 100 pounds in about 6 months, and have now kept the weight off for close to a year. It has completely changed my relationship with food and eating and has opened my eyes to the possibilities still available to me in life.

It is important to note that TSFL is *not* the same as Medifast. TSFL *uses* Medifast meals as a tool to lose weight, but weight loss is not the focus. TSFL is not a diet, it is a lifestyle change, and one that is aimed at creating optimal health for clients. This subtle but profound difference is what I attribute as the reason for me being able to keep the weight off.

posted Mar 27th, 2014 12:25 pm


I LOVE this program! It not only helped me lose 40 pounds in just over 4 months, I've learned to keep it off - that was 4 years ago! I'm still at my healthy weight of 116 and feel great!!

posted Jan 12th, 2014 10:31 pm


I disagree with the CONS:
"Packaged meals can make it hard to transition back to regular foods" - because you have a FREE COACH, there is someone working with you to help you transition back to eating whole foods. It's a very simple process when followed correctly.

"Meal delivery can be expensive" - FREE SHIPPING AVAILABLE TO EVERYONE if low minimum purchase is met.
Must purchase groceries for one meal per day in addition to the meals that are delivered" - this makes transitioning back to much easier because you've been learning how to eat healthy foods the entire time you have been on the program!

posted Apr 18th, 2012 3:44 pm

Michael Epstein

I watched my wife reach her goal with this program and decided to try it. I lost 35 pounds in seven weeks, and saw my cholesterol numbers improve. We both have kept our new weight levels steady for over two years, and have helped other people choose health with this program. The revue lists coaching as a Pro feature. I'd like to add that it's not just support towards weight loss, it's key to weight maintenance. The extra meal (shopping) is listed as a con. Really? I enjoyed eating that same meal as my wife every evening as we weren't on the program at the same time.

posted Apr 13th, 2012 3:46 pm


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