Saturday, June 21, 2014

Why I'm Hanging Up My Medifast Health Coach Hat

I'm hanging up my coach hat,
but I will keep publishing my blog.
I became a Medifast TSFL Health Coach to help other people lose weight and gain optimal health through the Medifast TSFL program. More than a diet, Take Shape for Life provides powerful strategies that are designed to help people shed pounds and maintain their ideal weight by creating healthier new habits.

I was one of the thousands of successful Medifast dieters who became a health coach to pay it forward, and I really enjoyed it. My motives were not 100% altruistic; I also received a percentage on the orders my clients placed on my co-branded website.

One of the ways I attracted new clients was through this blog. I began Diet Skeptic Does Medifast when I first started Medifast as a client, and I continued it after becoming a TSFL health coach in February.

Which brings me to yesterday's phone call. It turns out that as a TSFL health coach I am legally representing Medifast and, therefore, cannot have an independent blog. And I'm totally cool with that. Businesses have to worry about lawsuits, and the diet industry is awash in suspicious claims. Even Dr. Oz is in the hot seat right now.

As a TSFL health coach, if I say that I lost 35 pounds in less than four months, it can be construed that I making that claim on behalf of Medifast. And even though it was true in my case, it may not be true for you or your cousin Mindy.

But as a Medifast client, with no legal ties to the company, I can state anything that is true for me.

The phone call from Medifast's compliance department was very respectful, and I was given several options on maintaining my status as a TSFL health coach while still publishing a blog. The woman said she actually liked my blog and felt bad that I would have to give it up in its present form.

The problem was that as much as I like being a Medifast TSFL health coach, I like publishing my own independent blog more. I want the freedom to delve into all topics related to diet and fitness and to review foods from companies outside of Medifast.

If I think a new Medifast product is meh or even outright inedible, I want the freedom to say so. If I find an amazing food from another company, like the HealthSmart Foods Chocolite Peanut Butter Cup Patties, I want to let you know about that, too.

I also sometimes stray from the TSFL party line. For instance, I don't have a problem with mindless eating if I'm eating the right foods. I wrote a blog post about that a while back and was concerned that might offend some people.

No more.

Meanwhile, for those of you looking for a great TSFL health coach, I will recommend a few in a future post.

And Medifast? No hard feelings. I still love you and will forever be grateful that you helped me become such a loser.

You can purchase Medifast replacement meals directly from Medifast Centers, the Medifast website or -- for no extra cost -- through the co-branded website of a Medifast TSFL health coach. Medifast does not recommend purchasing its products from third party vendors, but if you choose to do so, you can find them on both Amazon and eBay.


Medifast replacement meals on Amazon

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