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About Profile Plan
Profile Plan is a health and nutrition program combining customized meal plans with weekly, one-on-one coaching to help you lose weight. It was developed by researchers and doctors at Sanford Health. The program is available across the U.S., with costs varying by location and personal goals. You can schedule a free consultation to find out if Profile Plan is a good fit for your needs, body and lifestyle.
Pros & Cons
- Personalized plans
- Virtual and in-person coaching
- Multifunctional Journey app
- 15% weight-loss guarantee
- Limited in-person coaching
- Nonrefundable membership
Profile Plan is a weight loss program featuring a personalized nutrition plan and one-on-one coaching. Members lose one to three pounds per week, on average. You can start with a free consultation to go over goals and fit.
What is Profile Plan?
Profile Plan, previously known as Profile by Sanford, is a weight loss and nutrition program started in 2011 by doctors and researchers at Sanford Health, one of the largest health care systems in the U.S. It's designed to make weight loss simple and sustainable, combining a custom meal plan with weekly one-on-one coaching. Diets include both Profile Plan foods and items you buy at the grocery store.
Profile Plan says its members lose an average of one to three pounds per week, with immediate results. The company promises you’ll lose 15% of your body weight or more in the first year. It’s open virtually to people from all 50 states — though in-person coaching is only available in 32 states at the time of publishing.
How does Profile Plan work?
Profile Plan pairs one-on-one, weekly health and lifestyle coaching with a personalized nutrition plan that includes both Profile Plan foods and food you buy at a grocery store. The coaching is either virtual (video or phone) or in person, depending on where you live and your preference. You also have access to:
- The Profile Plan app, Journey, which lets you schedule coaching, set reminders, track progress and send real-time updates to your coach
- 3D body scans with over 30 body measurements and reporting (in select locations)
- A smart scale for measuring weight, body mass index, body fat, bone mass and more
- Journey Mapping, a lesson plan for nutrition, activity and lifestyle
- A member support group
Profile Plan offers a no-obligation, free consultation with an enrollment specialist to determine if it’s a good fit for you.
Profile Plan has more than 200 different weight loss plans and customizes a plan for each member. All plans come with:
- One-on-one health coaching
- A personalized weight loss plan
- Access to the Journey app
- Smart scale integration
- 3D body scans (in select locations)
- Weekly behavior change lessons
- Support group access
Examples of the plans Profile Plan offers include:
- Rebook is Profile’s most popular plan (85% of members). Its goal is to jump-start your metabolism, with a mix of grocery foods and Profile Plan meal replacements, like bars and shakes. As you get closer to your weight loss goal, you shift more toward groceries.
- Balance is for people with certain medical conditions, such as diabetes, heart disease and kidney disease. It’s a nonketogenic plan that helps you lose weight safely.
- For Men
- This plan is specifically for men — including busy men who need a weight loss plan that’s convenient. It includes on-the-go protein shakes and a customized workout routine for burning fat, building muscle and boosting energy.
- This plan is for women who are planning to have a baby or are currently pregnant, focusing on healthy nutrition and getting all the vitamins needed while safely losing weight. It comes with an interactive workbook with tips for a healthy pregnancy and Nurture shakes made to support you and your baby’s development. You also can encourage and get support from others in the online community.
- Perform is for athletes and others who lead a highly active lifestyle. It includes pre- and post-workout drink mixes. Your coach puts together an activity plan for weight loss. Perform can be combined with Reboot.
- If you’ve recently reached your weight loss goal or just need a plan to stay healthy, Sustain is an option. One-on-one coaching gives you advice on keeping weight off and holds you accountable for staying active.
- This plan is for people who are almost at their weight goal. It helps you transition from healthy weight loss to sustainable weight management. The plan includes DNA testing to ensure you’re following a meal plan that works with your metabolism.
Profile Plan also includes a promise that you’ll lose at least 15% of your body weight (or a lower agreed-upon amount) in the first year, or the company will extend your membership by another 12 months at no charge.
Profile Plan cost
Membership cost with Profile Plan is based on your location and your goals, according to the company. At the time of publishing, Profile Plan offers a free, no-obligation consultation. It also offers a two-week trial with all plan benefits for $49.
When you join Profile Plan, you can choose monthly or annual payment. Profile Plan works with some insurance companies to reduce or cover the cost of membership; you can check with your insurer or contact Profile Plan for more information. You may also be able to use your health savings account or flexible spending account to pay for Profile Plan.
Profile Plan FAQ
How much weight can you lose with Profile?
Weight loss varies by person, but Profile Plan says members typically lose one to three pounds per week. The company promises you’ll lose at least 15% of your body weight (or a lesser agreed-upon amount) in the first year.
Is Profile covered by insurance?
Profile Plan has partnerships with multiple insurance companies to lower or cover membership costs. To find out your eligibility, you’ll need to contact your local Profile Plan or talk to your insurer.
Where is Profile available?
You can join Profile Plan from anywhere in the U.S. and get virtual coaching. Profile Plan also has 95 locations across the country, including in 32 states:
- New Jersey
- New York
- North Carolina
- North Dakota
- South Carolina
- South Dakota
- West Virginia
Is Profile pregnancy- and breastfeeding-safe?
Profile Plan is pregnancy- and breastfeeding-safe, according to the company. It has a program specifically designed by doctors and dieticians for members at every stage of pregnancy.
Is Profile Plan worth it?
Profile Plan is worth considering if you want to lose weight. The company emphasizes one-on-one coaching along with a custom meal plan. It’s available to people in all 50 states, but in-person coaching is only possible in select areas. We recommend speaking to your doctor first about Profile Plan and then contacting the company for a free consultation, which gives you an opportunity to ask about which program is right for you and the cost.
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My wife and I started Profile Plan together. She dropped off on it but I kept doing it for a while. I had signed up for a year but stopped after that year. They shut down the physical location that was here so it went to where everything was virtual. Everything got mailed. That lost that personal touch. Doing it through the mail was harder. But when I followed the plan and did what I was supposed to do on the plan, it worked. I was always full. If I tried to change up too much or cheat a little bit, I might have gotten too hungry or wouldn't see the results. I even lost weight during Thanksgiving with it. I was shocked. But I got covid halfway through. I had some bad side effects with it and couldn't go to the gym anymore and workout. I have put all my weight back on that I had lost. But it's no fault of Profile's. It's my own and side effects of covid.
Thank you for the review, we are happy to hear that you were so confident in your old plan and found the success you were looking for. And congrats on crushing Thanksgiving! NSV alert?! It is so hard to stay on track during the holidays but with the right mindset and a few tricks for staying on track, it's completely feasible to stick to a healthy way of eating during the holiday season. So amazing job, Roy! We are sorry to hear you had such poor side effects to your illness. Of course we would love to have you back so you can reach your goals once more. Until then, we’re here if you need anything!
I gave Profile Plan a try in the beginning of 2019 and I've had some good success. They've always had somebody available if I couldn't see my regular coach. Even during covid, we did the virtual counselling. I find them very helpful. They're always willing to look up something for me if I've got questions and readjust my program as needed. When I’m not very happy where the scale’s at, they're very motivational. They let me see that these things happen and it's part of the program. I have to accept that this is a lifelong journey. It's not just something I'm gonna do then go back to all my bad habits.
I am a woman of a certain age. I've been through that stage of life where a body slows down. The hormones are working against us. I’m on a plateau for a while and my body is at that point where it's used to things and it's being very stubborn much to my dismay. We're trying to play with getting me into a little ketosis, keeping me with a balanced plan as far as food and nutrients go, but trying to get my body to cooperate. I’ve not been hungry but I haven't always wanted what's on program. Sometimes I wanna go back to bad habits. But if you are committed, the program can be very successful. I've lost over 60 pounds already. I’m just not at goal yet.
Thank you for the great review, Karen. We really appreciate you taking the time to share your experience with us and are so proud you not only saw weight loss success, but learned that getting healthy and staying healthy is truly a lifestyle change. You said it best, it is a lifelong journey. We are so happy we got to be apart of the beginning of your journey and can't wait to see how far you go!
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I can’t say enough great things about Profile. I had tried so many other programs and products and I can honestly say this is the best and it really works. I have lost 40lbs and have the skills to keep it off. I also did their MOM program when I was pregnant and was able to have a healthy pregnancy and lose all my baby weight within a month of giving birth. The coaches are amazing and the food is so good I actually miss some of it!
Christina, great job! It is one thing to lose the weight, but to feel confident enough to keep living your healthiest and sustain your weight loss is a whole other kind of success. We are so proud to hear of your accomplishments and are grateful we were able to be a part of your journey through pregnancy and after.
When I went on this program in August of '19, I was 360 some pounds. And by the end of the calendar year, I had gotten down to as low as 277. I hadn't been that light since probably some time my junior year in college. With Profile, I learned how to enjoy vegetables for the first time in my life. Now, I really enjoy having them every meal. The coaches are generally pretty knowledgeable. I’ve been on the program now for coming up on three years this month and I had tremendous success in the first six months. If you follow Profile Plan's plan, you’ll lose about 2 to 2.5 pounds a week literally doing nothing other than getting up, going to work, and not even walking any extra. If you would super charge that and start walking more, about every 45,000 steps that you take, you burn an extra pound.
I'm not gonna say that Profile was like the silver elixir in life, because it's not. It’s a supercharged super elixir. You can totally do what Profile does if you want to do it the hard way and the slow way. If a person wants to change their eating habits and increase their exercise, bottom line, that's what Profile does. But if you can follow these fairly strict rules, in my opinion, and when I say strict, strict to the extent that there are just things you can't do period, if you follow those rules, the weight loss accelerates. Because they've got you in this ketosis type burning, which is very slow, so your body doesn’t stress, and at the same time, you can burn faster and longer. And so, it’s not like you really have to do anything.
In the first six months of the program, I was 20 pounds lower than I am right now. So I'm a backslider. COVID hit, and COVID hasn't been kind to anybody. It certainly made a lot of personal choices very difficult when you're locked in in the same place for two years and can't go anywhere or do anything. It totally threw me off track. But I realized that the issue with Profile is not that their program doesn’t work, it’s that it doesn’t work if you don’t stick to it and don’t do your end of the commitment, i.e., follow through with those choices. So that’s where I’m back at. I recommitted myself last week to starting it and I’m already down almost 10 pounds.
Joe, thank you for the review. We really appreciate your kind words and are thrilled to hear you have recommitted yourself. Whether you're on day one or 3 years into your weight loss journey, it is important to take the time to smile at yourself in the mirror and appreciate the progress you've made. No matter the rollercoaster, you should be SO proud of yourself, especially for taking this big step of recommitting. Thank you for letting us continue to be apart of your journey!
I have been on Profile for 13 months and have lost close to 40% of my body weight. I have eliminated arthritis pain in my knees, gained energy, I have started living again. Profile has taught me how to eat and how to deal with stress and other emotions that have caused me to overeat in the past. Profile has also taught me the relationship between food and activity for a healthy sustainable life.
Hey Kate! First of all, congrats!!! In 13 months you have worked your tail off and are not only seeing the results, but experiencing many non-scale victories along the way. You have no idea how proud this makes us here at Profile! We might provide you with the tools to succeed, but it is YOU who takes those tools and uses them to discover the healthiest version of yourself. We are so glad you have had such a positive experience and are thrilled to be a part your journey. You are amazing!
I like their shakes. It also works when you do it. But I'm not a big bar person. I'd like to see something in white chocolate, strawberry or raspberry in the bars. I'm not a chocolate person and all their bars mostly are chocolate based. They need to have something different.
I am happy to hear you liked our shakes! And those are some great recommendations on bar flavors. We are always trying to improve our products and give the most variety so this is great feedback. Thank you for the review!
Profile Plan is a simple program. It was easy to order the bars and the shakes but I didn't care for the fiber drinks that we were supposed to drink once a day. There was a coach that I spoke with every week who was very helpful. But we didn't finish the program. It got a little monotonous as it went along. The fact that you couldn't eat fruit, much of it was a deterrent especially in the summertime. It was also expensive due to the whole program with the coach. We tried to do it without the coach but that was not as successful. The coach part was an important element.
I like that the program is tailored more towards nutrition and meeting your body's needs over anything. It's encouraging the healthy lifestyle, not just the lose weight fast and then you're done. Also, the coaches are great. Everybody at the Deer Park location that I've interacted with has been super kind, very non-judgmental, no shame kind of thing and also challenging at the same time.
Thank you for the kind words! At Profile we have always stood by our motto "simple, satisfying and sustainable." And how to we make this happen? By not only creating a program that will maximize results on and off the scale, but focusing on building a group of coaches who are going to truly be there for our members and support them throughout their journey. We are so glad you hear you had a positive experience!
Got close!. Basically felt good about the 70 lb loss and ran out of steam (and money) to take off that last 10 lbs to goal. Have since gained back about 20 lbs, but still down 55 from my 'high' about three years after starting the program. Thanks.
70lbs?! So close to your goal, but still SO amazing! You should be very proud of yourself, we are! Thank you for letting us be apart of your journey.
It was a very positive experience with Profile Plan. Overall, the team has been good. They're keeping me on my path.
Debrah, we are glad to hear you had a positive experience with us. Thank you for letting us be apart of your health journey! We are forever Profile proud!
Profile Plan Company Information
- Company Name:
- Profile Plan
- Company Type:
- Year Founded:
- Formerly Named:
- Profile by Sanford
- 4800 W. 57th Street
- Sioux Falls
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- United States
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