I did Medifast about ten + years ago when an internal medicine doctor suggested it. At that time the program wasn't available to the public yet, it was strictly for docs and their patients. It was pretty much shakes and maybe a few bars later. I lost about 20-30 pounds on the program and it was a strict yet helpful program. Now, that Medifast has expanded so many meal options to the public, it is easier to do and there is a Medifast online community too. I tried a couple of times after that and I didn't have as much luck sticking to it, maybe because my doctor wasn't keeping tabs on me ( I moved so I no longer see him), I got lazy. I think I will try it again though, there are so many people who have success with it and it has developed into a great program.
As for health coaches, I tried one and our personalities weren't a match. I have thought about trying one again but I feel that they remind me of a JC consultant or WW leader, kind of pushing the program to the point where it is ridiculous. I think I will do the program by ordering online, there is a Medifast center in my area but it is so expensive and I would rather do it on my own.
Anyways, I am looking forward to getting to know members here and giving each other support. This should be a great start for me! Thanks- take care!