Retrofit Diet

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BACKGROUND

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.

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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