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Medical Weight Loss Programs Compared

Sustainable weight loss can be extremely challenging with no support – that’s why so many people are looking to science-backed medical weight loss when starting their weight loss journey to find legitimate solutions and programs that produce results.

Getting access to all of the tools and resources you need to get healthy with a modern lifestyle is easier than ever with today's technology. But when there is no shortage of free apps, complicated meal plans and gimmicky claims of success, navigating through dozens of different weight loss plan options can be frustrating.

That's why we put together a quick comparison below to show how Profile stacks up to other weight loss programs. There are 7 key questions you should ask yourself before making a decision:

  1. What does it cost?
  2. Can anyone join?
  3. Is health coaching included?
  4. Is there a variety of food options to select from?
  5. What tools are included for tracking?
  6. What is the support like?
  7. How are the ratings?

This article discuss the pros and cons of popular paid weight loss programs including Profile Plan, Calibrate, The Mayo Clinic Diet and Form Health.

 

1. What does it cost?

 

Profile

$21.32 estimated daily cost 

 

Calibrate

A one-time price of $249 for a metabolic health assessment + plans starting at $135 / month and $25 / month for medication ($160 / month total)

Or a one-time price of $249 for a metabolic health assessment + $1,620 billed once + medication costs.

Note: you'll pay for your metabolic health assessment ($249) regardless of whether or not you end up joining the program.

 

The Mayo Clinic Diet

$65 for 13 weeks

 

Form Health

With insurance, $99 / month.

Without insurance, $199 / month.

 

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2. Can anyone join?

 

Profile

Yes! Profile has plans for all types of people, whether you have diabetes, are looking to get pregnant or just want to feel better.

 

Calibrate

No, Calibrate is not for anyone who has a BMI of under 30 unless they have a metabolic condition. In that case, their BMI cannot be under 27. Those who are pregnant, breastfeeding, have an eating disorder, substance abuse issue, or cancer cannot join Calibrate. Nor can anyone over the age of 67.

 

The Mayo Clinic Diet

Yes, no restrictions.

 

Form Health

No, you must have a BMI of 30 or 27+ with select medical conditions. Certain medical conditions are not compatible with the Form Health program. You also must be under the care of a primary care physician that you’ve seen at least once in the past year.

 

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3. Is health coaching included?

 

Profile

Yes, there is unlimited virtual 1:1 coaching included in your plan. Best part? These are REAL people. No prerecorded video's or bots.

 

Calibrate

Yes, fully digital plan. Members get 15 minute biweekly video sessions. A total of 26 1:1 coaching sessions per year.

 

The Mayo Clinic Diet

No, you can follow the Mayo Clinic Diet by reading the book, without any support. There are occasional virtual group video sessions with doctors that you can join in on.

 

Form Health

Yes, you will have a monthly meeting with a doctor and meet twice a month with an accountability coach.

 

 

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4. Is there a variety of food options to select from?

 

Profile

Yes, Profile creates personalized meal plans including a wide variety of fresh meals, frozen foods, low-carb swaps, meal replacements, protein shakes and protein bars all auto-shipped directly to your doorstep. Depending on the plan, meals can be prepared at home and/or shipped directly to your home.

 

Calibrate

No, this program does not have any food options outside your everyday grocery store routine.

 

The Mayo Clinic Diet

No, this program does not have any food options outside your everyday grocery store routine.

 

Form Health

No, this program does not have any food options outside your everyday grocery store routine.

 

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5. What tools are included for tracking?

 

Profile

As a part of your Profile membership you receive a smart scale that connects to your app, a 3D body scan, access to educational lifestyle lessons as well as a food, water and activity tracker via the Journey App.

 

Calibrate

App tracks calories, sleep, exercise and emotions + lab work to check progress.

 

The Mayo Clinic Diet

Tools to track progress and log your meals, exercise, measurements, and body weight + psychological quizzes to assess diet mindset.

 

Form Health

App includes meal photo sharing and progress tracking + scale shipped to home.

 

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6. What is the support like?

 

Profile

Profile offer's weekly online 1:1 coaching. You can meet with the same coach regularly or try several, you're in control. You will also find lots of support in the Journey App and exclusive access to the private Profile member group. 

 

Calibrate

Brief bi-weekly video session with a member of the accountability coaching team and medical check-ins with doctor at the 1-month, 3-month, 6-month, and 12-month marks of the year.

 

The Mayo Clinic Diet

Occasional virtual group video sessions + to a members' Private Facebook Group.

 

Form Health

Unknown.

 

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7. How are the ratings?

 

Profile

Facebook: 4.7 / 5 stars

 

Calibrate

Reviews blocked on Facebook

 

The Mayo Clinic Diet

Reviews blocks reviews on Facebook

 

Form Health

Facebook: Not yet rated

 

Programs ranked based on category

Cost

1 = Most Expensive

5 = Least Expensive

  1. Profile
  2. Calibrate
  3. The Mayo Clinic
  4. Form Health

Inclusivity

1 = Most Restricted

5 = Least Restricted

  1. Calibrate
  2. Form Health
  3. The Mayo Clinic
  4. Profile

Support

1 = Most Supportive

5 = Least Supportive

  1. Profile
  2. Calibrate
  3. Form Health
  4. The Mayo Clinic

Food

  1. Profile is the only program that offers a variety of food options.

Tools

1 = More Tools

5 = Less Tools

  1. Profile
  2. Calibrate
  3. Form Health
  4. The Mayo Clinic

 

Don't let your medical conditions stop you from reaching your health goals.

Profile has safe weight loss plans rooted in evidence and research that balances your medical needs and weight loss goals. See how some of our Profile members gained control of their health.

 

Alex

15 years. That’s how long Alex Verburg was on medication for Type 2 Diabetes. After making healthy lifestyle changes on Profile Plan, his doctor took him off all 7 of his medications. 

“I’m down 61 pounds, off all of my medications, and bought clothes in sizes I haven’t worn since high school.* Most importantly, I’ve learned that I can have a healthy relationship with food.”

Read Alex's full story here.

 

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Alison

A year after having a kidney transplant, Alison Foster couldn’t shake the feeling that she was letting down the family of her donor. Losing a job, dealing with alcoholism in her home, and recovering from the transplant surgery led to weight gain – eventually peaking at 280.

Just before Christmas of 2015, Foster heard about Profile on the radio and decided to make a change. The transformation she made was immediate and profound. After more than a year on the program, Foster has lost almost 115 pounds*, transformed her mindset about food, added consistent exercise to her weekly schedule, and gained her confidence back.

“I do more than I ever did before and I am taking on that second chance at life.”

Read Alison's full story here.

 

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Jennie

Jennie felt like a ticking time bomb. With a mother, grandmother, aunt, and uncle all living with diabetes, she worried that it was only time before the disease caught up with her too. After making a commitment to her long-term health she joined Profile which ended up being a decision that has changed her mentality and outlook for the future.

“I am no longer obese. I have great blood pressure and I’m being more active and enjoying my life. It’s amazing how I feel.”

Read Jennie's full story here.

 

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Profile at a Glance


Not Just Another Diet

Our members preach that “Profile isn’t a diet, it’s a lifestyle change.” At Profile we work one-on-one with you to make sure that you are set up from long-term success. Our health coaches work with you weekly every step of the way to make sure you are making progress, reaching your goals and getting the support and customization you need to be successful.  Profile members, on average, lose 3x more weight loss working with a health coach than on their own.*

 

No Program is the Same

All programs are unique in their structures. For those wanting flexibility and independence, maybe a less personalized option such as Weight Watchers, Nutrisystem or Noom is better for you. However, this freedom also demands planning, prepping and preparing. At Profile, plans are made for all types of people, whether you have diabetes, are looking to get pregnant or just want to feel better. Each member is given a custom step-by-step nutrition plan that is simple to follow and designed to give you flexibility in your food options. You will also meet with a certified health coach weekly to make sure you are reaching health goals and adjust your plan as needed. It truly is personalized support and guidance.

 

A Trusted Weight Loss Plan

Profile is a weight loss and nutrition program that was developed by doctors, researchers and dietitians to help you safely lose weight and keep it off for good. It was designed to make weight loss simple and sustainable by pairing a science-backed approach to weight loss with one-on-one health coaching. Your personal coach will work with you to find a tailored solution for you within our 220+ custom weight loss plans.

The first Profile location was opened in 2012. Since then, we have helped over 185,000+ members successfully lose 2.5+ million pounds.

 

Start By Connecting With a Coach 

So now that you have the rundown on the various weight loss programs, systems and apps, it's time to start reaching your goals! If you think that Profile may be the right choice for your lifestyle, let's get you started. The initial consultation is free. During that session we will discuss your goals, begin to lay out a strategy and meal plan for you and kick off your journey to a healthier and happier YOU! 

 

Fill our the form below to schedule a meeting, online or in-person, to get started discussing your goals with a certified health coach. This consultation has no cost and is commitment-free, we just want to get to know you.

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