Diet Center Review

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Diet Center is a weight loss program, or actually, a group of weight loss programs that are gender specific. The official website discusses a number of diet systems that are either “Exclusively You” or “Instant Shape Up.” There are actually slide shows that discuss and elaborate on the different diet programs offered. You can choose to get involved with Diet Center exclusively online if there are no centers in your area or via a center near you. According to the website, there are branches throughout Canada and the USA. There are customer testimonials posted on the official website for Diet Center programs.

Meal replacement supplements and snacks are offered on the Diet Center website, such as appetite suppressing thermogenics, bars, diet entrees, meal replacement drinks, vitamins and diet kits. These products endeavor to suppress the user’s appetite, burn fat, nourish the body and provide energy. The Diet Center program additionally offers audio tapes that assist with exercise and daily fitness regimens such as walking. There is a “free weight loss” apparatus provided on the home page of the website to get dieters started. Overall, the Diet Center program involves a membership and offers users a combination of “healthy” recipes, exercise routines, diet supplements, weight loss advice and dieting support. Unfortunately, there do not appear to be any free trial samples of Diet Center products offered on the official website. Diet Center costs $6 per week, and there is no 100% money-back guarantee offered.

Product Features

The Diet Center weight reduction program is a system that incorporates dieting advice, fitness instruction, meal recipes, diet supplements and regular assistance all in one. This program is available to men and women alike, however, the dieting programs for each gender are different. Users have the option of acquiring a membership through a local center or solely on the web. There doesn’t appear to be clinical evidence presented on the Diet Center website to support the effectiveness of this diet program. A membership costs $6 a week.

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Advantages

  • The Diet Center programs are available through the official website.
  • The Diet Center system involves eating “healthy” and exercising.
  • There are customer testimonials provided on the official website.
  • Diet Center is suitable for both men and women.

Disadvantages

  • There doesn’t appear to be any 100% money-back/satisfaction guarantee offered with the Diet Center programs.
  • There is no real clinical data presented on the website to support the claimed effectiveness of Diet Center plans.
  • No free trial samples of Diet Center supplements are offered through the website.
  • Some ingredients found in the Diet Center supplements may not be suitable for some individuals.
  • The Diet Center approach to weight loss appears to require a rather drastic lifestyle change, which some users may not be comfortable with.

Conclusion

The Diet Center program is rather unique in regards to all it offers. Unlike many dietary pills and supplements, the Diet Center approach incorporates exercise, a certain diet plan and supplements. However, it would be nice to see a 100% satisfaction guarantee posted on the official website, along with some clinical proof that the Diet Center plan works. In the end, this weight loss program may be a tad too involved for some dieters who might prefer a simple and convenient pill.

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65 User Reviews about Diet Center

  • 1
    Petunia

    Diet Center costs a lot more than $6 week as mentioned in this article. If you buy one of the weight loss program (without maintenance), it can be $1,000 and, depending on your choice of program, you may also buy weekly products. This may be higher than other programs but you receive personal guidance.

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    Debbie

    Worked for DC in the 80′s after losing over 100 lbs. Would do it again if I could afford it.

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    Anonymous

    I lost 100 lbs following the Diet Center program in Denver, CO. The center owner and staff were fabulous support. Yes, it could be considered “expensive” program/product was never pushed on me. I was able to consult and then consider my alternatives at my own pace. For myself and goals and the amount of weight I had to lose I chose to follow Diet Center’s thermogenic plan. The staff ALWAYS counseled me on healthful eating, exercise and emotional habits. During maintenance and after I’ve chosen to continue to by food replacements for convenience and to help maintain my weight loss. Unfortunately there are no centers left in Colorado and now I have to purchase online – but having my health and well-being is well worth any cost as you can imagine.

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    carole

    Lets bring back the old diet center of the 80′s. The new diet center is all about product sales. The center use to focus on people and the weight loss was wonderful! You were taught to eat what you were suppose to, real food not all this chemical stuff. Bring it back and let the real weight loss begin!

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    RMLB

    I was on the program back in 1980′s in ct. Lost 90lbs and kept it off for 10 years. I am looking for a center near New Britain. I LOVED THIS PLACE!

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    Susan

    I lost a lot of weight back in the 1980s on this diet. Loved it. I loved ther regimental weigh ins every morning, they kept me on track. Now i am much older in my mid-fifties and i work nights. I would like to lose about 75 pounds. I hope i can do this at my age and with my work schedule. It has worked for me in the past. i am willing to give it another go. I am going to give it three months and see where I am at that point. Hopefully down 20 pounds.I figure it will take me a solid year to get down to my goal.

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    Gina

    Hi Susan! I went to the Diet Center back in the 80s and LOVED it. I even ended up working there! I am now 49 and need to lose about 50-60 pounds and I am desperately searching for the diet center program book from the 80s. Do you know where I can find one? I’ve been searching online but haven’t been successful. You know the book I mean? I believe it was a white cover with red lettering detailing the program and giving you the diet to follow? If you have the book would you be willing to make a copy? I would be happy to pay you. Anyway, thanks for your time and I wish you the best with your weight loss goals. Thanks, Gina

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    John

    The Diet Center books are available on Amazon. They include the book explaining the diet and the cookbook. You don’t need the supplements if you snack correctly and prepare some food ahead of time (so you’re not starving waiting for supper to cook).

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    Connie

    I have the book. Give me your address and I will send you a copy.

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    Bev

    Do you sign a contract or can you quit if it doesnt work for you?

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    Greg

    I lost 100 pounds at DC in Staten Island, NY in 1990. Kept it off 3 years until a bad time in my life. It was expensive, $50.00 a week, but well worth it. Unlimited visits and counseling available every week. Thinking of trying it on-line now.

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    Anonymous

    I also lost a lot of weight years back on this program. i found the program to be very easy to follow. now there are more food choices allowed. i hope it works as well on -line. the one thing i found about this diet is the daily weigh ins. they kept me on track. Good luck to you and me…again.

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    jeannine

    wonderful!

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    Barbara Scott

    Help me loss 10lb.I have had By Pass Heart sug.

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    debbie newsom

    The center I go to in Germantown, TN is great. Jason and Winnie at the center are supportive. I find I am losing weight, spending a lot less on food, energy is great. I am 32 pounds down with a total goal of 45 which will have me comfortably in a 6. Starting to feel like the real me again.

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    chris

    I spent a lot of money trying this program,only lost about 10 pounds and got stuck there.Went to my doctor and he couldn’t believe the calorie level they put me on, 800 a day. He told me no wonder I wasn’t losing weight I was starving myself and my body just won’t let it go.He put me on a 1200 cal. a day diet with a 3x a week exercise plan and the pounds melted off me.I’ll never use this type of shake diet again.

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    jeannine

    that is very unfortunate Chris. i have been a Diet Center owner/counselor for 25 years and our shakes have always recieved the best reviews. as far as the calorie count goes. it makes me a little confused that you only had 800 calories. perhaps you misunderstood the diet.

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    Julie

    I’ve been on Diet Center twice. 1st in the early 80′s- lost 140 lbs., but gained it all back a year later. Early 90′s I lost it all again. 20 yrs. later, I’ve gained most of it back, but, oh, how, I want to try again! I think it’s a great diet. Yes, it’s strict, but w/ the supplements they gave (included in the weekly cost, which was $45.00 week THEN! )I was never hungry.~ A diet is only as good as the dieter. ANY diet will work if you keep at it, but is it healthy? I just think Diet Center was great AND healthy.I’m hoping to get back on it soon!

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    Joan

    I was successful on diet center in 1987 and lost 60 pounds over time that the center was open.
    I have since gained back some of the weight however would like to join again But… I now have A-Fib . Would I be able to take the supplements and products they sell? I could not tell from the comments what was in them that is not good for some people. Of course I would check with my doctor but the more information I have for him the better.

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    Elizabeth

    the supplements were only vitamin b’s. It is described in the first DC booklet. Good Luck

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    Mark_2160

    This is “Week 2″ of my Diet Center Diet – 2012. Folks, I don’t know very much about the membership, but – I have always been a 350 – 425 Fat Teenager, now Adult. In Fresno, my friend’s Dad went on the Diet Center Diet. I can’t believe how great he looked! I asked him for a copy of diet, followed it, and got absolutely amazing results. From Fall 1987 – Summer 1989 (wasn’t religious about it) I lost 127 lbs. “I Could Not Believe How Differently I Was Treated By People!” It’s almost like you can do no wrong when you’re thin and attractive compared for being Fat! I decided two weeks ago. I MUST take 100% TOTAL control of my life. Mom passed away a year ago. I sat here alone in my fat person’s room in my friend’s house. Employers sound happy on the phone. I walk in, the interview is ALWAYS over. My ex-wife who defeated the “staple” now has type 2 diabetes, she tells me. I sat around with her while dating, then marriage. We both overate. I couldn’t get work, it affected our marriage, I wasn’t accepted by her family, and I left, returning to my old home. I apply for jobs and am consistently rejected despite my decades of previous experience. Turns out that i’m probably a visual and insurance liability for many employers today. So, i’m completely broke, out of food stamps now, Mom’s gone, friends and family are estranged, my health is beginning to get worse. All of a sudden, “I decide to simply – go back in time to 1987-1989, and TAKE 100% CONTROL OF MY IMAGE/LIFE. I reinstall those things that absolutely PRODUCED POSITIVE RESULTS! First and foremost, my “Image!” People ARE SUPERFICIAL. So, the only way to get my POWER back is to get my IMAGE back. I reached for the information to make change. I found the Diet Center Diet from “the 80′s.” I don’t know about anything current, but I DID LOSE 122 lbs. on the 1987-1989 Diet Center Diet. This is Week 2. Last week, I was puffy. This week, I notice my face thinning, my shirt getting baggier, my pants getting baggier, and people who know me are glancing at me, as if something is different. That folks is The Diet Center Diet of 1987-1989. Look for The Diet Center Program Book by Sybil Ferguson. That is pretty much the diet. You can find the book on Amazon. If you can’t find that, refer to the folks at Diet Center. They absolutely helped me to change my life back in the 80′s, and they are going to put me back on the map in 2012. Thank you Diet Center for teaching me what I needed to learn to be a fit and athletic human being. Mark_2160.

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  • 16
    Michelle

    The Diet Center program not only helped me lose 34 pounds, but keep it off. Having to weigh in with my personal counselor was key.

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    Deborah Wilson

    I am a client at the Jackson, TN Diet Center and have lost 18 pounds in 4 weeks and lost 2 dress sizes. I have 22 more pounds to go. The program is easy to follow, you can eat out in restraunts and the accountability is what is making it work for me. I like that I have to go to the centers on Monday. It keeps me legal on the weekends. Wish me luck in my last 22!

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    Rebecca M

    Easy to follow. The counselors were knowledgeable and I like that they help you keep it off after losing. Highly recommend

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    Judy Davis

    I did the program in 2007, lost 48 pounds and have kept it off. Lowered my blood pressure, and I developed a lifelong habit of healthier eating. I still go by the center and purchase products and do maintenance weigh ins. I cannot say enough good things about the Diet Center Program.

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    Josh Brown

    Good Program. Lost weight before my wedding.

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    Brenda

    I have lost 58 pounds at the Diet Center in Memphis and love the program. The counselors really help me meal plan and hold me accountable. It is definitely the only program I have ever gotten results on. Wish me luck on my last 15lbs!

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    Anonymous

    Which one in memphis do you use

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    Mary

    I have tried everything under the sun. Have been back and forth on WW so many times. On WW yes you can eat what you want. But that was my problem. I think it depends on which Diet Center you go to. Mine here in Denver is great. They do not push the products, and I was able to sign up for 3 months to see if I could even do it. You can’t do that with Slimgenics. This is the most easiest program out there. And it is pretty basic, all your daily food requirements are on there so you can’t say you aren’t getting what you need. It’s great, I love it.

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    Tammy

    When I started with Diet Center, I was on a high dosage of blood pressure medicine. My doctor told me I had to lose weight or my health would continue to worsen. After just 5 months I have lost 47.5 pounds and over 60 inches. Most importantly yesterday, I went back to my doctor for a regular check up and he has taken me completely off my blood pressure medication due to my successful weight loss. Even though when I started Diet Center and thought it was expensive, I have now realized the benefit and long term money I will be saving in health cost. Not only has my health greatly improved, but also I have a complete new attitude and outlook on life. –Tammy –Wilson, NC

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  • 24
    Presley

    I joined the diet center, and was diagnosed with a condition the next day that prevented me from being on the instant shape up diet. My physician wrote a letter, and they still would not refund ANY of the money! Buyer BEWARE!!! (It was over $500)

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    Anonymous

    Well that is silly, you should have checked with your doctor before you signed up if you had any concerns about your health or were being tested for anything..Duh.

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    Rochelle Dyer

    Dont you ever see on TV when they say consult a physician before starting a weight loss or exercise program? Sounds like you did it in the reverse order.

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    Niki

    I think the main point was that they DIDN’T give any money back for ANY reason… Duh!

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  • 25
    Linda

    I believe this is the same Diet Center I went to about 25 years ago because of the expense (the belief being if you were going to spend that much, you’d succeed) and the claim that you can lose up to 25 to 30 pounds a month. That just isn’t a healthy claim. But that’s exactly what I hated about the Diet Center. We were EXPECCTED to lose at least 1/2 pound per day. That also is not a good policy as weight loss usually is not consistent on a daily basis. But I digress, what I didn’t like about it was the extreme restrictions as far as what foods could be eaten (practically nothing). I couldn’t wait to get off that program. I felt so deprived and starved all of the time.

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    Frances

    I went to Diet Center in the 80′s and loved it. The diet in place at that time was the very best for weight loss and health. I’m wondering if the diet this person was on is actually Diet Center because I was never deprived or starved. Doesn’t sound like the Diet Center I went to. It taught me to cook using herbs to season and that to eat healty and lose weight it’s not so much what you eat, but how it is prepared. I did not do the “shake” diet, so maybe that is what you are referring to. There is one DC location in Texas or you can do it online, but I need the face-to-face accountability. I’ve ordered the books from Amazon and have just started the diet, but really wish they would bring back the 80′s diet with more locations.

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    Charlene Gilder

    Is there a Diet Center in the
    Galveston or Texas City,
    Texas area?

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  • 27
    Jessica

    I joined DC in Albany NY about 2 months ago, and I have lost 17 pounds thus far. I am very impressed with it, and I am never hungry! I love stopping in to chat with the owners/counselors, because they amp me up even more to lose that 1-2 pounds every week (or sometimes more). Energy and motivation ALWAYS help on a diet. This program gives you the basis of what your body actually needs, and the knowledge lasts a lifetime. You will feel phenomenal if you start this program!

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    Pamela

    I am starting the Diet Center on Wednesday. I have been fighting this for a long time now and I need the counseling to help me through it. I didn’t read anyone that was diappointed so I am excited. Will post back and let you know how I am doing. I have over 100 lbs to losse. Wish me luck!!!

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    Lana

    Oh my gosh, I love DC. I lost quite a bit of weight about 10 years ago – gained it all back due to my lack of diligence. I started again and am down about 50 – I SWEAR, if I can do it – you can do it! Email me and I’ll tell you more. Also,re expense, the meal replacements cost FAR less than what I spend on lunches/dinners, etc. It might be expensive if the cost was in ADDITION to eating three meals a day – but this is a REPLACEMENT!! The plan is simple, portable, no points, etc.

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    claudia

    I joined a diet center in Utah. I read on this sight that the charge was $6 a week. Mine charges $30 a week. I wondered if that is typical of if I am getting ripped off.

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    Amie

    $30 a week for an in-center is very normal. You’re paying for the one-on-one counseling, which will help you be vastly more successful than trying to go it alone on-line. The online program may seem less expensive, but what you get from the center is invaluable!

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    Kelly Black

    Where is there a Diet Center near Twin Falls, Idaho? Is this the Diet Center that was begun by Sybil Ferguson of Rexburg, Idaho in the 1980′s? Is Sybil still living? Where can you obtain the Diet Center supplements? protein powders? spices? etc.?

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    Frances

    I was once told by a counselor that the supplements are basically fruit and protein. So, as a replacement for the supplements in my new endeavor using the DC books, I plan to keep a few bites of cooked chicken in my fridge to eat along with a few bites of apple.

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    kada

    One of the “cons” was that they didn’t offer a 100% guarantee. I’m a bit confused. How would a diet company offer that guarantee when the success rate is based on whether or not the individual actually stays on the plan? There’s no way to tell that I can think of, and we all know there are people out there that will swear they did everything by the letter but didn’t get the desired results, when they actually didn’t. The truth is any reasonable diet plan will work is somebody just sticks with it. It’s not rocket science. If you burn more calories than you take in, you lose weight. The factor that determines how much a person loses is the difference between the number of calories taken in vs. the number of calories burned…small difference, small weight loss; big difference, big weight loss.

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    michelle

    I just visted the Diet Center here in Wilson, Nc and I’m trying to decide if it is right for me. It is expensive but this is a life long investment that I pay a one time fee for. I just need to know if it actually works and I WILL loss the weight!! Thanks

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    Anonymous

    Michelle, I started the diet last Frida and have lost 4.5 lbs already. I’m not crowing yet because I know that it’s going to require a sustained effort, but I honestly have not felt THAT hungry or deprived the way I have on other diets. I already feel like I have much more energy than before as well. If you’re in need of an exercise partner or just a fellow sufferer (ha ha), get in touch!

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    Anonymous

    I also join about three weeks ago and I have lost 9 pounds. I feel so much better. It’s been the best thing I have done in a long time.

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    Joyce

    my local paper is advertising take off all the weight you want for $99.oo. Any other fees required?

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    Laura

    The Diet Center is great. You can become a life time member. There is no reason you can not keep the weight off. As far as the cost well consider how much a person may spend on larger cloths and big meals. It was so worth the investment I am considering becoming an owner. It is a business as are all the others with one difference, you truly become healthier and an maintain it for life.

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    David Masters

    Im a 50 yr old man that has recently lost 20# % Diet Center. It’s really not rocket science but just having the accountability to someone a couple times per weeks works for me. I lost about that much with them years ago and then over the decade put it back on so I went back to the center. (same owner/counselor) Works for me anyways!!

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    Gayle DeCarlo

    I have rheumatoid arthritis and take Methotrexate (chemo) 15 mg once a week. Can I still take your protein tablets safely? I wish there was a Diet Center in Nashville, TN.

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    Deanna Day

    Why did you change the taste of teh thermogenic products. The Diet Fast mocha and wild berry are now nasty yucky and sickening. Takes me 2 days to get one serving down. The product is unacceptale to me.

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    marie

    Please list the supplements facts for Vitamin & MineralFormula Vitamins.How much vit c etc.

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    Linda

    I also was a member of the Diet Center in Poway CA. I never felt so good in my life!!!! I kept it off for about 3 years and then I went through a very bad time and gained my weight back. I think the supplements were great! I am now diabetic and hope to join the one in San Diego! Again, my blood sugars were stabalized during this time and I would love to feel that good again!!!!

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    Amie

    Hi Linda: Don’t know where you are in your dieting, but just to let you know there is a center in Palm Desert. Look up my website at dietcenterpd.com and call me with any questions.

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    Pam

    I am not too impressed with this new Diet Center Program. the old one from the 80′s worked well. I lost weight in places i could not lose before. the supplements and crackers I purchased were expensive, but, they did they job. I did not have to purchase any food, the program was set up to teach u how to prepare your own. Now alot of the xtras are expensive or no longer available.

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    Fae

    I also went through the Diet Center plan in Omaha, NE. It worked great and I really did well. I would like to start again, but nothing where I live in Washington.

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    debra

    I’m wondering if this is the same Diet Center that used to be in Aspen, Colorado in the late 80′s. If so, it worked great for me. I lost tons of inches but not much weight which was fine with me. I looked and felt great and drop many sizes!

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    Tiffany

    You say you used the Diet Center in Little Rock. I’m also in Little Rock and very interested in the Diet Center. If you don’t mind me asking how much did it cost you overall to lose the weight? Did you have any reactions from the supplements they offer? Do you continue to take the supplements now? I did a weight loss plan with LA weight loss and lost 25 lbs. The plan worked great only problem is they went out of business and I had no accountability from that point on and I also got pregnant with my daughter. Thank you for your time with this. Look forward to hearing back from you.

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    Name

    They sell a host of questionable “thermogenic” diet and weight loss supplements that run contrary to the standard recommendations of most registered nutritionists, which they claim to be. Diet Center is first-and-foremost a business. They are expensive and focus on selling their list of products. A much more rational approach to a weight loss “center” and a much less expensive alternative can be found in other diets

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    mayra

    I agree that it is extremely expensive. I wanted to join diet center but when I found out the price to join I decided to find a more affordable alternative.

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    philis

    I agree the original was not this expensive and they advertise 6 dollars a week but want 96 dollars up front—no if it is not working in three weeks drop it

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    Steven Golden

    I find that the Center is always pushing to sell their products and after a while it can get pretty expensive.

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    Amy

    Loved The Diet Center in Little Rock. Have been maintaining for about a year very successfully. The one-on-one counseling is great and helps tailor your individual program!!

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