"It's hard to put into words what an amazing experience I've had with Melissa over the past two years. I had struggled with weight and body image my entire life and was worried that would never change. I started weight loss coaching with Melissa in January 2016 and in the first few months learned more about nutrition, fitness, and taking care of myself than I had ever imagined possible - and in less than a year I had lost 60 lbs! Working with Melissa gave me the tools I needed to be in control of my weight and my body, and feel proud of myself in the process.
After moving in with my boyfriend a few months ago I found myself falling back into bad habits and suddenly I had gained 20 lbs. I knew that I was going to need help finding my balance in this new living situation and getting my weight back where I wanted it, so I reached out to Melissa again. Within a day or two, her and her team had created an incredible meal plan for me and set up weekly coaching sessions to discuss my progress, plan for the week ahead, and work through any roadblocks in my way. Even after all of my previous success working with Melissa I was nervous about sticking to a meal plan and being able to get my weight back down, but once again she reminded me that I'm absolutely capable of being in control of my body! Even while living with a chef! It's been less than 2 months since then - I'm only 3 lbs away from my goal weight and more confident than ever that I will maintain once I reach it.
Melissa's coaching style and non-judgmental attitude helped me overcome fears and assumptions I had regarding weight loss, healthy eating, and exercise (especially running), so that I could achieve my goals. Most importantly Melissa taught me how to make sustainable lifestyle changes and choices that allow me to manage my weight without ever feeling like I'm being deprived of something. Having Melissa's expert guidance and support has made all of the difference for me, I've truly never been healthier or happier, and I never would have gotten here without her coaching me every step of the way!"
"For the majority of my adult life I have been a fad dieter, using diet pills and awful tasting shakes to lose weight. You have taught me to take care of my mind, as that is the biggest influencer in becoming healthy. I started following you because I wanted to feel good about myself. When I looked at pictures of myself, I hated the way I looked. It wasn’t just about losing weight, I knew I needed a lifestyle change.
When I got married in 2016 I was at my lowest weight, 133 lbs. I was crash dieting, exercising incessantly, and taking diet pills. All very unhealthy practices. Once I stopped doing all of those things the weight crept back on. I felt bloated and gross, and really disliked myself. You were the catalyst of change for me. The meal plan you created for me is delicious, easy, and helped me tremendously with portion control. Coming from an Italian family, there was no such thing! I also learned that it is NOT the number on the scale that dictates how I should feel; instead, it’s my mindset. I now feel strong and healthy all around, even if I am not “skinny”. I’ve lost 15 lbs and feel wonderful. Even my mother, my harshest critic, says I look better now than I did for my wedding. Score!!
Watching your videos have inspired me to start an exercise routine. I even ran 3 miles at the gym on vacation!! The old Jeanette would have never, ever, in a million years even think of doing this! I honestly can’t thank you enough for how you’ve helped me. You’ve helped me more on the inside, and to me that’s what matters most. My entire mind set regarding food has changed. I now eat because I want to fuel my body and be a strong woman. Don’t get me wrong, I still have ice cream cravings!
An additional bonus is that my husband has lost weight, too! You’re such an inspiration and I can’t thank you enough."
"On my constant search to find the ultimate advice page on healthy eating, clean eating, nutrition, weight loss, all of the above. I started following Confessionofadietitian on IG .Melissa Rifkin truly grabs you with her original posts about nutrition, which made it look all so simple. I was actually copying her sample plate posts before I even asked for a two week meal plan.
Eight weeks ago, I started my first meal plan, and I haven’t looked back since. The plans are easy to follow, the meals do not need a vast list of complicated ingredients. She has factored in your cheat meal during the week, which is amazing because you don’t have the guilt of ‘cheating’ the next day. You just carry on.
Finally, the stress and negativity of food have disappeared, and I have time on my hands. I have stopped searching for diet advice, stopped spending countless hours wondering what I should eat for breakfast, lunch and dinner. I have stopped ordering numerous diet books. So many wasted hours.
The best part is that Melissa and Kelsey are friendly and accessible to you. Your questions will always be answered. I plan to continue with my meal plans for as long as I can. I know will reach my goal and that I am good hands.