Take Shape For Life Review – Scam Or Legitimate MLM Business?

| May 20, 2011 | 11 Comments

Take Shape For Life Review imageWelcome to my Take Shape For Life Review!

Through one-on-one coaching, Take Shape For Life is a Multi-Level Marketing company who is committed to taking back America’s health, one person at a time.

In this Take Shape For Life Review, I will be examining this company, the Medifast Meals that they provide to support weight-loss, and the MLM Business Opportunity that they offer as TSFL Health Coach.

Does Take Shape For Life offer a legitimate MLM Business opportunity, or is this a scam or pyramid scheme?  For those of you who are researching the TSFL business opportunity, this Take Shape For Life Review should help to answer many of your questions.  This is my unbiased Take Shape For Life Review!

Company Details & Background

Take Shape For Life Logo imageAs a subsidiary of Medifast, Take Shape For Life provides their clients with a long-term approach to not only reaching a healthy weight, but maintaining a healthy lifestyle with ongoing support and high-quality, portion-controlled nutrition through Medifast Meals.

How their program works

Achieving Optimal Health through Take Shape For Life is accomplished in two phases, and clients are immediately partnered with a TSFL Health Coach to support them every step of the way!  These two phases include:

1. Medifast 5 & 1 Plan

Through the 5 & 1 Plan, clients will eat six Medifast Meals per day with the potential of losing two to five pounds each week.  These Medifast Meals can go with you anywhere to support your busy lifestyle, and retail for $11 per day.

2. BeSlim

Once you have attained your weight-loss goal, TSFL has established a long-term system to help you maintain your new healthier weight, unlike other diet plans where participants end up gaining back the pounds that they lost due to unhealthy habits.  This is accomplished through their BeSlim Lifestyle.  BeSlim is an acronym for:

  • Breakfast
  • Excercise
  • Support
  • Low-fat Meals
  • Individual Plan
  • Monitor

Through the BeSlim system, your Health Coach will work with you directly to teach you the Habits of Health – small changes that are repeated every day to reduce the risk of disease and increase your well-being.

MLM Business – How their opportunity works

Medifast 5 & 1 Plan imageMany clients who have experienced positive results and achieved their weight-loss goals with Take Shape For Life become Health Coaches themselves to share their experience with others.

The cost of getting started

The cost to become a TSFL Health Coach is the price of their Enrollment Kits.  Take Shape For Life offers two to choose from:

  • New Health Coach Career Kit for $199.
  • Health Professional Enrollment Kit for $199.

* This kit is designed for Health Care Professionals.


New Health Coaches are required to pass a mandatory Basic Competency Exam within their first 30 days.  This exam is intended to show that Health Coaches possess the necessary knowledge to support clients, and to ensure that their products are being represented and sold in an ethical manner.

Compensation – Ways to earn

As you achieve qualifying milestones in your business through client acquisition, and sponsoring new Health Coaches to duplicate your efforts, you will begin to progress through the various Leadership Positions within the Take Shape For Life Compensation Plan.  Positions include:

  • Health Coach
  • Senior Coach
  • Manager
  • Assistant Director
  • Director
  • Executive Director
  • Regional Director
  • National Director
  • Global Director
  • Presidential Director

As a TSFL Health Coach, you will earn 20% Client Support Commissions as you acquire and support new clients who purchase their Medifast Meals.

You will have an opportunity to build a residual income as clients transition from the 5 & 1 Plan into the BeSlim lifestyle, as these clients will continue to purchase Medifast Meals on an ongoing and long-term basis.

Additional bonuses based on performance

As you begin your recruiting efforts, and sponsor new Health Coaches into your organization, you will earn additional bonuses based upon the efforts of your team members.  Bonuses within the Take Shape For Life Compensation Plan include:

  • Growth Bonus

Begins at the rank of Senior Coach.

  • Generation Bonus – 1st Generation

Begins at the rank of Regional Director.

  • Medifast Meals imageGeneration Bonus – 2nd Generation

Begins at the rank of Regional Director.

  • Generation Bonus – 3rd Generation

Begins at the rank of National Director.

  • Generation Bonus – 4th Generation

Begins at the rank of Global Director.

  • Generation Bonus – 5th Generation

Begins at the rank of Global Director.

  • Elite Leadership Bonus – National Director

For National Directors and above.

  • Elite Leadership Bonus – Global Director

For Global Directors and above.

  • Elite Leadership Bonus – Presidential Director

Reserved for Presidential Directors only.

Health Coach Training & Support

With Take Shape For Life being a Multi-Level Marketing company, they utilize traditional methods of Network Marketing.  Methods that are commonly referred to as Warm Marketing.

You will be trained and encouraged to contact friends, family members, acquaintances, neighbors, co-workers, and anyone else who you feel would benefit from their Medifast Meals, and the Take Shape For Life weight-loss program.

You will recruit those who express an interest in becoming a Health Coach in your organization.  Your training and support as a new Health Coach will be based upon these practises.

Take Shape For Life Review Conclusion

In my opinion, Take Shape For Life is a legitimate MLM Business opportunity, and is not a scam.  In today’s world, two out of three Americans are either overweight or obese, and are in need of an effective weight-loss solution.  Weight loss is one of the fastest growing markets in history, and Take Shape For Life provides a safe, fast, and clinically proven solution.

Food for thought…

It is important to consider the challenges associated with building a business that is dependent upon your friends and family members becoming TSFL clients, and enrolling as Health Coaches in your organization.  I can promise you that these tactics alone will never be as simple as this company might portray.

With that being said, if you possess the desire to build a weight-loss business, and earn compensation as others achieve their weight-loss goals, I believe that Take Shape For Life offers a solid business opportunity with many rewards for your success.

This concludes my Take Shape For Life Review!  If you have found this Take Shape For Life Review to be helpful, or just have something to add, please provide your feedback below!

Category: MLM Company Reviews

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Dave Fennell is the founder and editor of Marketing Methods Online and BloggerGo. Learn more about him here. You can also connect with him on Facebook, Twitter, and Google+
  1. Dave Fennell says:

    Dave Fennell wrote this Take Shape For Life Review for those who are researching the TSFL Business Opportunity. I would love your feedback. If you have any experiences with this company, whether good or bad, please share them here to assist others in their research efforts.

    I greatly appreciate your feedback and expertise, and others will too!

    To Your Success,

    Dave Fennell

    • Maggie says:

      Thanks for the review, Dave! Just wanted to correct you on one aspect of the 5-1 plan. You don’t eat 6 Medifast meals per day, you eat 5 plus a healthy Green and Lean meal of your own, such as a salad with low-fat protein, which could be chicken breast, fish, lean steak, hard boiled eggs or tofu. I have been on the program for 2 months, lost 17 pounds and feel amazing, thanks to the low-glycemic index of the Medifast meals. I am definitely thinking of becoming a health coach because so many people are complementing me on my new physique and want to learn more about the TSFL program. It really works, and you do not have cravings on it because your blood sugar is stable.

      • Dave Fennell says:

        Hi Maggie,

        Thank you for the clarification. TSFL must have changed things slightly since I last wrote this review. More than a year ago, it was 6 meals per day according to their website where they were explaining how the program works.

        Thank you and best of luck!


  2. Trinity says:

    Ppl like you get all the brains. I just got to say thanks for the answer.

  3. Amy says:

    Thanks for the review. I’ve been on the program for about six weeks and really love it. I’m a social worker by profession and have thought that becoming a health coach would be fun…they’ve already started recruiting me. 🙂 I’d love to hear about others’ experiences.

    • Dave Fennell says:

      Hi Amy,

      Thank you for sharing, and I wish you the best of luck in your decision to become a Health Coach!

      Thanks again,


  4. Greg says:

    Great Program. Lost 36 lbs on the program with the gudidance of my wife who is a health coach. The best part is hearing the success stories where clients go OFF their medications for blood pressure because of the power of the body and this program.

    • Dave Fennell says:

      Hi Greg,

      Losing 36 lbs is quite an accomplishment. Congratulations! I am happy to hear that the Take Shape For Life weight-loss program has proven to be successful. Thank you for sharing!

      Dave F.

  5. Paula says:

    I found this program last year in June and very thankful! I lost 58 pounds and have maintained the loss and greatly improved my over all health. I did become a health coach to help others discover hope and improve their health.

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