A special ‘thanks’ to Take Shape for Life for setting me up on my weight loss journey. Take Shape for Life has provided me with a health coach and all of the products/materials I need to evaluate their program and take this journey toward a healthier, much smaller me. While the products/materials are free to me, that will in no way influence my opinion of the program or any of the information I share with you through this journey. All thoughts and opinions will be mine and they will be honest, good, bad or indifferent.
Packaged, processed food. That was one of my biggest hangups when I was approached about trying Take Shape For Life. I love to cook. You don’t really cook packaged, processed food. And processed is bad, right? Yes and no. Sometimes it’s about the greater good. Six months of packaged, processed food has netted me a 50 lbs weight loss, a lesson in how to control my own eating habits and a much healthier body.
Packaged and processed was a means to an end. An end of obesity, and end of over eating, and end to years of punishing my body with my choices.
Were all of the foods good? No. Were they all bad? No. I’m going to tell you what I thought.
Cookie Dough Chewie Bar – This one is yummy if you like the texture of cookie dough. The only thing I think I’d like better were if it were coated with dark or milk chocolate instead of white chocolate, but in the end, chocolate is chocolate. This is great for a sweet treat or after dinner dessert.
Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Chewy Bar – This is great just the way it is! I like this one as an anytime snack, but try to wait until at least my second meal of the day. Something about starting the day with chocolate chips just feels like I’m cheating.
Caramel Crunch Bar – This has been one of my favorites since I first started TSFL. I love caramel, so this was perfect for me. The only downside to this bar (and a lot of the others) is that they do not hold up well to any kind of heat. You can not toss one of these in the dash of your car and expect to have it handy in case of a snack emergency. What you’ll have is a mess.
Chocolate Crunch Bar – This one is ok. Nothing earth shattering, but it’s not bad either. It was a good ‘starter’ bar, but not one I’ve ordered in a while.
Chocolate Mint Crunch Bar – This is pretty much like the bar above, with the exception of the mint. For this reason, I like this one much better. It kind of makes me think of a thin mint cookie.
Cinnamon Roll Crunch Bar – This is a great breakfast bar. It gives you the taste of a cinnamon pastry without all the fat and calories.
Fruit & Nut Crunch Bar – I did not like this bar at all. It was very dry and very much tasted like cardboard.
Oatmeal Raisin Crunch Bar – I don’t care for oatmeal, so I still haven’t tried this one.
Lemon Meringue Crunch Bar – It was ok. The lemon was very artificial tasting to me. I ordered one box and haven’t ordered them again.
Peanut Butter Crunch Bar – This is a favorite for breakfast. I love the flavor of peanut butter. Something about it just makes me feel full and sticks with me. I’m sure it’s a mental thing, but I’ll take it either way.
S’mores Crunch Bar – I love, love, love s’mores, so I was pleasantly surprised to find that I really like this bar! It’s my go-to late night snack. I love picking off the little marshmallows before I eat the bar itself.
Strawberry Crunch Bar – Like the lemon meringue, this bar had a very artificial taste to me. It was too sweet and tasted too chemically.
The bars are just the start of the offerings from Medifast and Take Shape For Life. They were the easiest and quickest way for me to get started on the program without worrying about messing anything up. They were easy to grab and go, and having a very busy schedule was a concern of mine about trying to try any sort of program to lose weight.
Clearly, after having lost 50 lbs, I say the program works and works well! If you’re interested in learning more about the program, please let me know and I will answer any questions you might have. Want info on another Medifast food? Just ask!