*Average weight loss on the Optimal Weight 5 & 1 Plan® is 12 pounds. Clients are in weight loss, on average, for 12 weeks.

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My Name is Dr. Howard Fern and I would like to share my personal health story about Take Shape For life fueled by Medifast program. I have always struggled with my weight. I would lose weight and then gain more weight back. The typical Yo Yo? diet. Then in the summer of 2012, I went to Knotts Berry Farm with my family for summer vacation. On one particular ride they kicked me off because I could not fit in the seat. I remember seeing my daughter's face and how bad/sad she felt for me. At that moment, I knew that I needed to make a change in my life. I needed to get health not just for me, but also for my wife and kids. Once home from vacation, I sought out care from an endocrinologist and a cardiologist. Both medical doctors diagnosed me with Metabolic X Syndrome(Pre-Diabetic, High Cholesterol, Pre-Heart Disease, Obesity and Low Testosterone). Both offices recommended that I seek out a Medifast Clinic before taking medication. Then I went to a weight loss seminar to obtain knowledge for my continuing education credits. The instructor was a doctor and a Take Shape For Life coach. After that weekend, I decided to start Take Shape For Life program. My starting weight was 268lbs and with the help of my Take Shape for life health coach I was able to shed 51lbs. Notice I used the word SHED..because I will never regain that weight ever again or be that unhealthy. My doctors were also very pleased with my progress. I had more energy and loved all the attention that I got from my family, friends and patients. Although I had a ton of knowledge about health and nutrition, I was not able to apply this information to my daily life until the Take Shape For Life Program. This program taught me how to eat healthy and apply the Habits Of Health System? to my daily life. Because of this transforming experience, I decided to become a certified professional health coach to help others with their own journey of health. As your coach I can show you the path to optimal health.

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