HMR Diet Review

Editor's Review: 3.3 / 5.0

What You Should Know

Click Here To See Our Highest Rated Review

The HMR Diet, otherwise known as the Health Management Resources Diet, is a modified form of the VLCD diet. It combines partial liquid fasting with low calorie meals and snacks for a complete diet plan, which they recommend for patients who need to lose over 40 lbs. HMR has over 40 clinics in the U.S. along with counselor-guided home diet programs, with diet plans customized for the individual. Each individual goes through an intensive 6-week program (usually involving liquid fasting) where they claim most patients lose the most weight; after the 6 week period, the patient eats a low calorie diet consisting of meals prepared by HMR.

The HMR diet itself is a long-term diet plan that costs between $1,200 to $1,900 per diet plan. The cost is for its long-term use, which usually ranges from six months to two years. HMR claims that typical patients lose around 60 lbs. total, which rounds out to 5 lbs. per month — a bit low for a VLCD diet. It is one of the few diets available that offers long-term solutions guided by medical staff, however, which could help explain the high price tag.

Currently, there are no money-back guarantees or free samples, but this plan can be canceled at any time. Alternatively, HMR products can also be purchased separately.

Ingredients

HMR’s most popular product, HMR 100-Calorie Weight-Loss Shakes, contain the following ingredients: Nonfat Dry Milk, Maltodextrin, Natural and Artificial Flavors, Xanthan Gum, Sodium Carboxymethylcellulose, Dried Egg White, Sodium Saccharin, Sucrose, Lecithin, Magnesium Oxide, Potassium Chloride, Vitamin A Palmitate, Phytonadione (Vitamin K1), Vitamin D3. Sweetened with Saccharin and Nutritive Sweeteners.

To learn ingredient information about a specific HMR product, please visit their website.

Product Features

HMR’s products, which mostly consist of pre-prepared meals and weight loss drinks, contain a high amount of soy and fake sugars. Numerous studies show that fake sugars, such as Nutrisweet, have negative side effects and might be linked to cancer risk. Physicians also do not approve of HMR’s high soy content. HMR claims these ingredients help people lose weight, although it is probably due to the low caloric content. People on the HMR diet typically consume between 500 to 1,200 calories per day, whereas physicians recommend taking 1,200 minimum for a healthy diet. A surprising amount of hospitals use the HMR diet to treat obese individuals, however, which is promising. Many testimonials also back up HMR’s weight loss claims.

See Our Featured Diet

Advantages

  • It primarily intended for clinically obese individuals who need to lose over 40 lbs. for long-term weight loss.
  • All products are rich in vitamins and minerals.
  • Professional staff will help you with your diet and give you emotional support.

Disadvantages

  • HMR is very expensive – completing this diet will cost you at least $1,200.
  • HMR contains a lot of soy, which worries some doctors and which should be avoided by many patients undergoing chemotherapy.
  • Physicians believe this diet is too low in calories and is dangerous in terms of nutrition.
  • People are not eligible for this diet if they have any pre-existing heart conditions.

Conclusion

HMR is very expensive and very narrow – you need to meet specific criteria to qualify for this diet, including an overweight (or near) BMI, a healthy immune system, and no pre-existing conditions. The overuse of soy in its products is alarming to physicians, who warn against taking too much soy. However, HMR is a convenient, portion-controlled diet plan for people who want a convenient solution along with a lot of structure and product support.

GD Star Rating
loading...

Have a comment or question about HMR Diet?

95 User Reviews about HMR Diet

  • 1
    DOROTHY LEVY

    IF YOU ARE PRE-DIABETIC CAN YOU DO THESE SHAKES?

    [Reply]

  • 2
    debra

    I followed this diet and lost 68 lbs and kept it off for 2 years. Because of a death in the family I didn’t pay attention and it crept back on plus 10lbs. I lost all of my muscle and left with fat. Very tasty but it just doesn’t stay off after the diet unless you are exercising and moving. If you do that you WILL keep it off but at what cost? I also had low potassium on the diet and leg cramps terrible. Be careful.

    [Reply]

  • 3
    Cindy Perich

    At 61, I am the heaviest I have ever been (215 lbs.) I would like to lose 40 lbs.) What is the first step?

    [Reply]

  • 4
    Shelly

    One thing that was not addressed yet is how HARD the first few days of this ‘diet’ is. Let’s face it, it took years of bad habits to get us all to this point. The first few days to break those rotten habits are tough, but gets easier and eventually, it’s ‘no big deal’. My struggle lasted about a week and then my body became acclimated to eating less. Now, if I could just start to exercise and actually enjoy it…

    [Reply]

  • 5
    Anita

    My name is Anita and I am 273lbs… I am 29 and I am going for a meeting on July 1st 2013 to learn about this HMR diet. I am starting it July 11th… I am going to do it, even with the cramps and the bloats… my blood pressure is always high and I’m tired of being FAT… wish me luck! thank you all for the positive and the negative feedback…

    [Reply]

  • 6
    evelyn

    HMR is the best thing for me. I have been through the program twice and have kept off most of the weight. My problem is the leg cramps I get at night when on the shakes. I use the HMR 70 plus. Has anyone else experienced this? If so what have you done to prevent them. My potassium, magnesium,& D levels are fine.

    [Reply]

    Brad

    I am awakened at all hours of the night with leg cramps. During the day if I laugh my stomach muscles cramp too. I called the weight control center and they added potassium supplements. I’ve been on the diet 2 weeks tomorrow. I’ve lost 15 pounds so far, but these cramps are killing me!!!

    [Reply]

  • 7
    mags

    I just started and I love HMR. 5 days on the program. I cant wait to weigh in. I love the food and shakes also. I am going to stick with this all the way through.

    [Reply]

  • 8
    vANESSA

    I work in a hospital where they are introducing this diet. I tried the shake samples and something tasted familiar to me like fake sugar free taste I hate. Sure enough, these shakes contain aspertame which is poison. I will not drink or eat anything with this ingredient. I am trying to compare this to my diet which is Usana, shakes, nutrition bars and vitamin supplements, created by a doctor and biochemist. I actually feel like I am cheating with the chocolate shakes and they are so filling and delicious. 3 weeks and down about 5 lbs and not following this diet to the letter. My sugar cravings are gone. It is very easy with moderate excercise. I spend about 250 to 300 a month which includes my vitamin supplements. After I reach my goal weight which I am certain I will be able to stay on this diet, the cost will be less since I will only need one shake a day to maintain. Plus, my heart doctor recommends Usana supplements as the best money can buy (prescription strength)The shakes are sweetened with fructose from fruit which is healthier than any artificial sweetener especially aspartame. Plus you are encouraged to eat as much fruits and veggies along with lein proteins as you want. You are not supposed to be hungry. I find this diet very satisfying and easy to follow. I would urge anybody to explore other diet plans that do not contain poison in their food products. Plus the meals have a large amount of bad carbs. Pastas, potatoes, etc. Small portions of bad carbs which are low in calories but in the long run not the best diet. A low glycemic diet with nutritional shakes are the way to go and of course nothing with aspartame. I can’t understand why our nutritionists at the hospital would even recommend this. I am just shaking my head on this one. I am happy for all of you that this diet has worked but I do agree with the comments that you could do the same thing and be healthier and save money on weight watchers. After tasting these shakes, I know this diet isn’t for me. I am sticking with Usana. Not to mention, my Blood pressure is down to almost normal and hopefully I will be off meds or have the doses reduced by this time next year. Good luck too all of you in your weight loss efforts. Also, I believe losing weight too quickly isn’t the best for you. So when people tell me they lost 10 lbs in a week, I know that they are not being healthy and not getting enough nutrition.

    [Reply]

    Your Name

    The majority of products do not contain aspartame. In fact only one type of shake does — my prescription, for example, does not.

    [Reply]

  • 9
    Ken

    I like the diet, it has been working very well. In 6 weeks, I have lost 32 lbs. I am experiencing the gas and loose stools. My diet center is very good and very professional. Nice ladies.

    [Reply]

    Cindi

    I had the gas and bloat problem and the doctor switched me to the lactose free shakes and I felt back to normal. Better than normal! I found out I was lactose intolerant which I never knew before. Dairy never bothered me that I noticed before but in the HMR shakes there is a lot of it. Maybe talk to your doctor about that.

    [Reply]

  • 10
    Kim

    I love HMR products. Its true, if you stick to it, you WILL lose weight. Im down 50 pounds now in 3 months but I have noticed I am constantly cold rfom head to toe. No matter how many sweaters or blankets I have, I am still freezing. My hands are numb with coldess right now as I am writing this review. I can’t see to figure out why…

    [Reply]

    Your Name

    You are probably low on Iron and not eating green leafy vegetables.

    [Reply]

  • 11
    Phillip

    I have not experienced any of Gas issues above. I mix all my shakes in a shaker. I have been on the diet now for 11 weeks and have lost 51lbs. I am on 3 shakes a day and 2 entrees. I see the cost as a swap of what I was spending at the grocery store and eating out. I cannot say enough good things about this diet. I started out at 288 lbs. I plan on staying on this part of the diet until I get to 215. At the current rate I am losing I will be at 215 in about 6 more weeks. Overall I plan on being on phase 1 for 18 weeks and it looks like I will make my goal of 215. The shakes are good and the entree’s are fine. I do get tired of the entree’s but I am not getting off of it. I have stuck with the diet 100%.
    Good Luck if you go with it and don’t cheat even one time. If you stick with it 100% you will lose your weight.

    [Reply]

  • 12
    Nat

    There are a couple of points in the review at the top that are false. I’d like to point these out, or at least clear them up:

    - The reviewer claims if you have any pre-existing heart conditions you are ineligible. This is false. I had a heart attack in 2008 and have been on HMR for the last 6 months. I’ve lost a total of 80 pounds so far.

    - The reviewer claims physicians believe the caloric intake is too low. Well, considering the program is run by physicians at a hospital, which physicians are being referred to? I see a doctor every week as part of the program. Every 3 weeks I have labs drawn. Every 6 weeks I have an EKG. All part of the program. Both my primary care physician and my cardiologist recommended the program to me…yes, the cardiologist who inserted my stent after the heart attack, which goes back to my first point about pre-existing heart conditions.

    - It is reiterated how expensive the program is, but is it really? My wife and I have seen no change in our budget, because we simply exchanged a grocery bill and restaurant bill for an HMR food bill. This amount, incidentally, includes the physician co-pay we pay every week. It’s break even for us in terms of groceries. But consider this: we now take less medication than we used to because we are healthier. We now save, combined, more than $1000 per year on less medication, and this number increases every month as we come off additional meds.

    - The comments regarding whether or not doctors are concerned about soy intake is presented as authoritative, but understand this is highly controversial, and just as many doctors are on the other side of the fence. As I mentioned, my doctors had none of the concerns expressed in the review, and one of those doctors has the distinction of having saved my life. I trust him. Unless you have a specific soy allergy, I really wouldn’t worry about it. The soy-intake portion of the diet is short term, even though the program itself is long-term.

    Hope this clears up a few misconceptions. I’ve been on the program for about 6 months. I started at 306 pounds and am now 220 pounds (as of a week ago…I weigh in again tonight, so it’s probably less than 220). I can’t recommend it enough. It has completely changed my life. I’m simply not the same person anymore. There’s no other way to say it.

    This is my 3rd time through “phase 1″ (the “weight loss” phase) because of how obese I was when I began. I’ve seen people start the program in a wheelchair and end the program jogging. The benefits are too great to dismiss over poorly-supported concerns.

    I wish you all success!

    [Reply]

    Ruth

    Awesome response. I have been on it since August 2012 and love the program and love how healthy I feel.

    [Reply]

    Suzette

    Thank you for this response, I too had a heart attack and need to take off weight. I just started this diet. I am not hungry and my stomach feels really full. Hope I get the same results

    [Reply]

    Joyce

    Thanks for the response I had open heart surgery 4 yrs ago including aortic valve replacement. I am checking this diet plan out. I need to loose 60 pounds. I have tried other plans and they didn’t work hopefully this one will work.

    [Reply]

  • 13
    Liz

    I started 7/15, I have more trouble to remember to drink 84 oz of liquid. Plus I can only eat 5 items…not hungry. I added mint to the chocolate shake, it was pretty good. No real side effects yet.

    [Reply]

  • 14
    Chris

    I’ve been on the At home HMR program for 3 weeks and experienced some of the same issues others have mentioned. My biggest question is why does a company that touts a healthy diet have to put caffeine in it’s products? I am on medication that when you drink or eat anything with caffeine it diminishes the effects of the drug. Thus, I had to quit the program. I loved the shakes & Benefit Bars, but please leave the caffeine out of your products.

    [Reply]

  • 15
    Alice

    I am on day 4 of shakes and meals. I have not experienced the bloating or gas. But I also know I am lactose intolerant and started right away with the HMR70 shakes.

    If you have problems with the bloating and gas try the HMR 70 shakes before you give up.

    [Reply]

  • 16
    Vee

    I lost thirty lbs. in about four months eating two HMR meals daily and drinking at least three shakes a day. In addition I drank lots of water and ate all the vegetables and fruits I wanted. I was never hungry. I also exercised at least an hour a day on a treadmill. I felt good and kept the weight off for a few years. I was 198 to begin with and dropped to 168. I did this diet on my own without medical supervision. I gradually went back to my old habits and got tired of the food and routine, although the food and shakes are good, especially with fruit added. Now about four years later, I’m back to 189 lbs. I need to work on losing weight again. However, I am not going to do HMR this time. I will eat fruits and vegetables and fill up on them, drink lots of water and omit sugars, breads, soda and junk food. Just eat healthy, exercise daily and drink lots of water. It can be done. I do not like the artificial sweeteners in HMR products. I would rather blend fruit with powdered milk of my own without the HMR bad stuff. I really wish they would make shakes without artificial sweeteners. My liver enzymes are elevated and I’m not taking chances with HMR this time. I must say though, the first two weeks strictly on thier plan helped me lose ten lbs in just two weeks. It sure boosted my enthusiasm and was a good start. We all know what we should do to lose weight, eat healthy and exercise. Very simple, but we need to focus on that and not fall off the wagon. I just refuse to use artificial sweeteners in any product. Good luck to everyone. Losing weight is challenging and requires focusing on a plan of action and discipline.We all know this…just do it!! Wish me luck too… :-)

    [Reply]

  • 17
    RN

    I’m considering a position with HMR in the Boston area. Can anyone give me some feed back on how they like or don’t like the staff there?

    [Reply]

  • 18
    natalie

    Has anyone had a problem with constipation?? I’m at the end of my first week on the HMR program at home, but I’m on day 5 of no-go. ugh.

    [Reply]

    Anonymous

    I take probiotic powder benefiber for the gi. it helps…. so does mucilex

    [Reply]

    Anonymous

    My doctor also recommended adding Miralax to my morning hake.

    [Reply]

    Your Name

    I take a digestive enzyme with probiotics and have not problems unless I don’t drink enough fluid.

    [Reply]

  • 19
    Nicole

    Just started this diet (3+2+5 program)on Friday, February 25. I’m only on day 4. I think the shakes are very tasty. The food isn’t gourmet by any means, but it also isn’t horrible. I think it’s satisfying, just enough. The shakes taste even better if you add some frozen fruit as part of your “5″ fruit/veggie portions. Started off at 146; Day 4 is 142; Goal is 125. Even though daily numbers can be deceiving (especially considering the water weight changes being a woman) I have already noticed clothing not fitting as snug.

    Will update more later.

    [Reply]

    Dude

    My experience, worked great if you stick to the plan. What helped me a lot was to mix in fat free sugar free jello pudding with 2 shakes and blend it with ice. I would get stuffed from that and it was only 200 calories. Fills the whole blender. For those that said they lost no wait, my experience with others in the group is they were cheating them selves and in denial. They would eat and not keep track or would over eat things such as the snack bars all the time and not track it. After 6 months I lost 60lbs.

    [Reply]

  • 20
    sandk

    does anyone have any advice on switching from the HMR clinic program to the at home program? I am finding the clinic program to be very cost prohibitive. Thank you!

    [Reply]

    natalie

    I’m doing the at home version and losing just as much weight as my co-worker who pays for the weekly support group.

    [Reply]

  • 21
    Tori

    SOrry I forgot to leave my email addres msstori@yahoo.com. Good luck I am happy for those who have had success with this, from what I have read I am in the small percentage that have these stomach problems.

    [Reply]

    sandk

    I have been doing the HMR program at a local clinic for a few months and have lost about 25 lbs. I am losing much lower than the rest of my group and sometimes I find this frustrating which leads me to cheat. Anyway, the monthly cost of the clinic program is over $300 and that is before purchasing the meal replacements. So, I am thinking of switching to an HMR at Home program. I wonder if anyone has any insight into this. Has anyone had success with the At Home program? Has anyone switched from the clinic to At Home program? Thank you.

    [Reply]

  • 22
    Tori

    I have just started this diet with our university, I have sooo many stomach problems on it, I have 2 boxes of the multigrain hot cereal, 3 boxes of the 70 chocolate shakes and 3 boxes of the 70 vanilla shake. I also have various entrees. I have tried everything to get rid of the stomach problems and nothing has worked. Make me an offer and its yours

    [Reply]

  • 23
    Anonymous

    Considering quitting after “educator” advised us to chew ice.

    [Reply]

  • 24
    NewToHMR

    I just started HMR 500 today; I have to do it for 3 weeks in preparation for gastric bypass surgery. I knew it

    [Reply]

  • 25
    Peggy

    Is anyone worried about the risk of a gallbladder operation as the result of this diet? It is almost a no fat diet, putting us at big risk of surgery. Hate to trade one problem for another. Been on the diet 5 weeks and lost 11 pounds, but at least half is from the exercise. I’m on healthy solutions.

    [Reply]

    VB

    I did Healthy Solution as well (still in the phase 2). I started the diet in October 2009 and in June 2010 I had an emergency surgery for gallstones. HMR told me it was unrelated because I only lost 40lbs and over 5 months period but I am doubtful.
    Anyway, with or without gallbladder, I am healthier now and do not regret a single day having done this diet.

    [Reply]

    Kathryn Adrian

    My nurse at Hmr Clinic through the Midelfort Clinic suggested ursodiol to take 2x a day during weight loss phase to prevent gall bladder problem.

    [Reply]

  • 26
    Diana

    I have been on the HMR program now for 3 Years and 3 months. I am in maint now. Yes the weight loss phase is very strict and limited… however, in maint you can have fruit veggie protien grain dairy fat servings. the program combins nutrition education, physical activity, and accountability. In addition, I am learning how to live and make healthy choices. Oh…ya I did 45 pds in weight loss phase (6months) however, the majority of my weight loss has happened in maint phase…I am now down 110 pds almost to goal…My educator is great also…lots of ideas for success!

    [Reply]

  • 27
    Mimi

    I am interested in starting the HMR program. I am very concerned about the cost. Since this is a long term weight loss program, does all the money have to be paid up front? I have about 85 pounds to lose before I even begin maintenance. I’ve never done anything like this. It sounds very restrictive but the significant weight loss would seem to be a great motivator.

    [Reply]

  • 28
    Lisa

    down 25 pounds in 7 weeks. Feeling comfortable, not hungry, not craving outside foods. I have a long way to go before maintenance, but this is a great start.

    If you are lucky enough to have multiple HMR programs in your area, check them all out. They are not all identical. The place I used before at UCI was very scripted and pushed and pushed eating more HMR products even if you weren’t hungry. This continued into maintenance. It was rigid and not suited to individual needs. Felt like a “buy, buy, buy!” commercial regime.

    The one I’m in now is so different. We’ve had sessions about what will happen once we reach maintenance, and it is about learning to eat real food, with the shakes there if they are useful to you. The entire program is more relaxed and positive, and as a result I’m doing better on it than when I felt like I was being judged every second on whether I followed every homework assignment to the letter.

    [Reply]

    Kristi

    What program are you using now? I am doing HMR at St Jud, e in Fullerton and I find them to be similar to your experience at St Jude – “more is better” and “in the box” constantly. I feel like it doesn’t meet individual needs well. Considering Phase 2 of the diet.

    [Reply]

    lisa

    sorry I didn’t see this earlier. It was Saddleback, which is now out of business…couldn’t get rich enough if they weren’t pushing those blue boxes at you all the time. But it worked! I have been able to maintain weight. Now I use myfitnesspal.com online to keep my weight under control. It’s free!

    [Reply]

  • 29
    Peggy

    Hi,
    Started the program 11/1. Stomach aches and bloating after entrees and shakes. Trying to stick with it. Worried about high soy content,loads of artifical sweetner,and big gall bladder risk. Anyone else concerned?

    [Reply]

  • 30
    SamT

    I’ve been on HMR for 6 mos. Down over 40 lbs & 6 in waist size. Look and feel great. Food is great tasting and you can order the ones you like best. I’m continuing on with this – hope to lose another 10 lbs.

    [Reply]

  • 31
    Eva

    Is anyone doing the shakes only? If so how many are you doing. I am thinking about starting the shakes only and using that and then incorporating the meals after I get some weight off.

    [Reply]

  • 32
    Shirley

    I have 51 entries and 4/5 cans of powdered vanilla shakes and a box of chocolate shake packages- I can’t do this program – I have had major stomach problems on this program. I would like to sell the products I have – make me an offer and its yours. Just email me and I will get it shipped out to you – Good luck on your weight loss!

    [Reply]

    Anonymous

    Shirley, Did you sell it yet,are the shakes the 120 program,how much.???

    [Reply]

    Maggie

    Hi Shirley,did you sell your shakes yet. How much.???

    [Reply]

  • 33
    CeCe

    There is NO Soy in the Shakes — gas and bloating from blending shakes in blender.
    I lost 38 lbs in 9 weeks on this diet — best just to stick with it and not get distracted — don’t forget to exercise daily.

    [Reply]

    Kelly

    Best Advice “stick with it and not get distracted — don’t forget to exercise daily.” Thanks for this — I lost 58 lbs in 10 wks back in 2002 on HMR and back again to lose just a few more lbs starting tomorrow Dec 13, 2010 — love this diet especially after 10 days once it kicks in. Agreed no soy in HMR!

    [Reply]

  • 34
    maggie

    I started the shakes on Monday I have been having terrible bloating and gas,could it be the soy???
    any ideas. HELP

    [Reply]

  • 35
    maggie

    I’m having a lot of bloating and gas could it be the soy.???

    [Reply]

  • 36
    Mia

    I will be starting HMR tomorrow in Boston, MA.
    I will be happy to let you know how my first appointment went.
    If anyone else is starting in the next few days please let me know as we could become buddy.
    FYI I would also be happy to have a buddy that started in the past the more the merrier!

    Also Thank you so much for all the comment above it was very helpful.

    [Reply]

    Anonymous

    THE gas is so unbelievable!! I hyas only lost 2 lbs in 10 days. not hungry at all.. not eating as much at all but sooo bloated that i feel heavier now than before!!! any suggestions

    [Reply]

    Kady

    I am really curious to know how the entrees and shakes taste? I am worried to start a program because I tried Nutrisystem and their food was so terrible I couldn’t do that diet. Please let me know how your first day went and how you like this program

    [Reply]

    Patricia

    I was worried about the taste of the food also. I started two weeks ago on the diet. The entrees are tasty. Most of it seem to have a tomato base taste.

    [Reply]

    Donna

    I’ve been on the HNR diet about 3 weeks, doing very well. I’m doing Healthy Solutions. The entrees are quite tasty. The shakes are ok unless you mix in fruits or their Peanut butter powder, then they are very tasty. I haven’t had an problems with gas or bloating.

    [Reply]

    Anonymous

    Hi Mia, I’ll be your buddy. I just restarted the program after keeping 30 lbs off for 5 years. I hope to talk with you soon.

    [Reply]

    Bill

    Hi Mia I am on the fence about starting this program. I went for the evaluation and was totally floored when I was told that I woul be drinking 3 shakes and eating a rediculous amount of food for a meal. It sai I could have 6 seeds, 4 oz of milk and 1 slice of bread w ith 4 oz of meat. How did you make out with the HMR diet and the supervision My place to go is Brigham + Womens and the cost is astronomical $450 for first evaluation 2 boxes of shakes and 4 or 6 weeks of groups. Please give me any feed back you might have. Thanks Bill Corcoran
    p.s. I currently weigh 366 and am 5’8.

    [Reply]

  • 37
    Lisa

    I’m not sure what all the talk about soy is. The shakes are milk-based or egg white-based; true on the entrees you have to pick carefully to avoid being “oversoyed.”

    But Im doing great so far on this diet, losing at ;east 3 pounds a week, feel comfortable and not hungry or craving. Extremely supportive staff that seems passionate about teaching me better eating habits for when I’m back on reglar foods, and will build me toward that gradually. After initial weight loss and better labs, the cost goes down because of less medical monitoring; now costs me about $100 a month. Meanwhile, My longtime GERD is gone, I don’t need to take diabetic meds, If gas is a problem, don’t beat so much air into the products.

    [Reply]

  • 38
    Mark

    326 lbs friday the 10th starting 9/11. food didnt ever get shiped had to go and pick it up,after waiting 10 days…

    [Reply]

    Linda

    How did the program work for you Mark?

    [Reply]

  • 39
    noemi

    I need to lose 50 pounds. I just started yesterday.
    The gas was noticed after the shake. I also think it might be due to the air that you whip into it when you are mixing or possibly from the sucrose.
    The food tastes good so far and I LOVE how I haven’t had the blood sugar spikes that my normal diet caused. I honestly didn’t realize that I didn’t have to have that feeling after eating!
    I’m excited and optimistic. I already work out 3X a week and know most of my problems were caused by eating so much desert and sugar.
    The shakes are puddings satisfied my desire for desert yet had only 110 calories.
    I love how the program re-trains you to think about vegetables as the main part of meal. Im getting excited about going to the market for veggies. I will write an update in a week or two.

    [Reply]

  • 40
    Kay

    I have been on this program for 2 weeks and have spent almost $1000 so far between food, fees for meetings, nurse and nurse prac visits.The first week I lost almost 4lbs but the second wk just 1.9 after doing almost double PA which is hard for me for health reasons. I am debating about staying in after a few more weeks. Too much money, not losing fast enough for a start of a diet.

    [Reply]

  • 41
    Abby

    I have been on HMR for 8 weeks and have a weight loss of only 5 lbs. Would have done better on Weight Watcher’s and saved alot of money. I do not recomend this diet. Also very impersonal. When you ask a question at the clinic they answer it in the waiting area. So everyone can hear. Has this happened to you?

    [Reply]

  • 42
    Cj

    I have been on the
    HMR plan since 3/1/2010 and have lost 83 pounds. Was taking a lot of insulin and am now insulin free and almost off blood pressure meds. Sugars and pressure are great… Best thing I have ever done

    [Reply]

  • 43
    Allan

    About 4 years ago I lost 90lbs on the diet in 5 months. I did it thru one of the clinics. The people were very supportive. I did a follow up thru the year thereafter and gained 10lb back only. Over the next 3 years, I netted another 10 lbs, which I would like to work off and keep off. They taught me to figure out what I was doing, look at food differently and to look at exercise as calories burned instead of a time or what type of exercise. Aerobic is best at first when doing this diet and then add resistance later but continue the aerobic. I still struggle with what enters my mouth, especially during stress times and evenings. But I continue to think where I was and why I went on the diet in the first place… my health. My BP was going up, cholesterol medication was being increased, borderline diabetic, obstructive sleep apnea; all of which did not make me want to exercise this weight off alone. HMR and it’s support staff at the clinic did that. I recommended it to a friend of mine and we use each other as support and will for the rest of our lives.

    [Reply]

    Michelle

    I did the HMR diet back in 2001. I lost 50lbs in 4 months, I never reached goal becuse I quit. I just went back last week to join, my first class is tomorrow. I still have that 50lbs off pluse an additional 23lbs almost 10 years later, so I know this program works.

    [Reply]

  • 44
    Bob

    Tried Jenny Craig, WW’s, and others and would lose a few pounds and then gain back. This by FAR is the best plan out there, trust me. Find a clinic so you’re accountable to someone. Started 11/2009 at 286, now at 198 in 23 weeks. No secrets to losing weight. Low cal/fat/sodium diet, lots of exercise, and the willingness and discipline to change your lifestyle. Almost at goal weight and will stay in the maintenance program for 2 yrs. Good luck to all and never make excuses

    [Reply]

    marygayle

    thanks for the good news that you kept the weight off.I too have tried them all but this is my 3rd.week and I have lost 10+# andd that is giving me hope.

    [Reply]

  • 45
    Lori

    I started HMR at 299 pounds, in the first 7 weeks I lost 28 pounds. I was very strict and followed it to a t. Then I started cheating and have only lost 5 pounds. It is hard to stick with but I have made a choice to go back to it today because when you do it correctly it works and works fast. I am learning to eat better so when I say cheating, I mean eating normal food and I have not gained any of it back i have just slowed the process down. I know summer is around the corner and I plan on feeling healthy enough to enjoy it. The best thing about this is my meds went down and I can walk easier, that is what it is about.

    [Reply]

  • 46
    Lindee

    I have been on HMR for about 5 months and have lost 60 pounds. Best diet ever as far as I’m concerned!

    [Reply]

    Nikki

    Hi Lindee,
    I just read your comment dated March 31. Are you still on the HMR diet? How are you doing? I have not started and wondering about it.

    [Reply]

  • 47
    Maria

    I also had sever cramping, bloating. I would prepare the shakes in the magic bullet, until I stop blending it and used a shaker. I found that its the air that your pumping into the shake is what causing the cramps and bloating.

    [Reply]

    Jon

    I have noticed the same thing… I was using a “Stick Mixer” to blend my shakes. Added a lot of air / gas. The trade off is that the shakes were bulkier and more satisfying. Good and bad in one.

    [Reply]

  • 48
    CHRIS

    I have been on HMR for three weeks. I was 298 and have lost 23 lbs. I work out each morning 40 to 50 minutes cardio and weight training. 11 lbs the first week, 6 the second and 5 the third. If you follow it, it works.

    [Reply]

    Tracy

    R U on the shakes only? How many do you take daily. I’m thinking about going on the plan also, but I’m just starting my research.

    [Reply]

    Kay

    I was on this plan thru my local hospital for 4 weeks. I lost only 8 lbs and spent over $1200.00. Tonight I quit. Too much to pay and even the nurse prac didn’t know why I was not losing more weight. I was “in the box” every day and did all the required PA. I am probably going to work with their dietician or try Weight Watchers. Too much money for a someone on SS. For a VLCD, shakes and 1 meal a day and no fruits or veggies, this seems more like money NOT well spent to me. May work for some. I needed to lose 50#.

    [Reply]

    Lisa

    Kay, I’m very sorry to hear this, but also surprised. I started about the same time you did, maybe a week later. I lost more than 16 pounds in the first four weeks. Fifth week, 2.5 pounds. Looks like it will be 3 pounds this week. I also don’t know why it cost you so much. I’m paying $20 per week for the class and oversight, and the food costs me about $100 a week. That’s not cheap, but it’s nothing like $300 a week! I still have a long way to go.

    Phil

    Kay, which version of the diet were you on? There are several levels, depending on how much weight you need to lose, and the degree of medical supervision you need/want.

    I just finished the orientation two weeks ago, and there is no version that matches what you are describing.

    The one I’m on is three shakes (purchased from HRM) PLUS at least five servings of fruit/vegetables PLUS “one healthy meal” each day.

    Like Lisa said, I can’t understand why it would have cost you $1200 for one month UNLESS that fee included a lot of medical tests.

  • 49
    JO

    This was a terrific diet! It is as they say expensive but my husband and I felt so wonderful on the plan. He lost about 90#s and I lost about 70#’s over a one year period. They were supportive and with us every step of the way.

    [Reply]

    Margo

    I just started this diettwo days ago. Thank you Jo, for your input. I hope I do as well as you and your husband.

    [Reply]

  • 50
    marie

    I am on the HMR healthy solutions I have been having stomach pain, bloating and much gas Did anyone have these issues on this plan?

    [Reply]

    Anonymous

    Yes Im bloated crampy and not losing much weight. Are u still on the diet?

    [Reply]

    Jen

    If you use beano in your shakes and meals this helps a BUNCH. Also gas ex on bad days. It reaslly does seem to get better each week. The bars cause the most gas since they are high fiber.

    [Reply]

    Anonymous

    I feel crampy sometimes but once I started drinking more water, it went away. I think it’s due to the high protein. Try throwing in some pysllium husk powder into the shakes and cut back on the bars and you might feel better! Good luck! It worked for me!

    [Reply]

    lisa

    I was on HMR for 5 months and lost 35 lbs. I’ve kept a good portion of that weight off after the diet. I had trouble with bloating, gas etc. (as did my brother & sister-in-law). We all switched to the lactose-free 70 plus formula. That did the trick for all of us. Hope this helps!

    [Reply]

  • 51
    phyllis

    I had been on the HMR diet plan a while ago-but when I asked why the shake contained some artificial products as well as an undesirable substitute for sugar as well as most of it soy based-they answered that they felt the lose of weight was more important than the nutrition aspect for now. I did lose weight-and the food was tasty compared to another popular diet pre-packaged plan–but as I continued-I worried too much about the contents–I was thinking about going back to try again–and hoping they may have improved their standards–The people involved were helpful and I had joined the home counseling–I was on it for several months and did lose 12 lbs– I was surprised at the contents for I thought it was medically based–

    [Reply]

    rachael

    I have been on hrm for one week and today I noticed the gas.

    [Reply]

    vANESSA

    Phyllis, they use aspartame which is basically poison. I can’t understand why a medically approved product would have this in it. Scary to me. I am happy for everybody that has lost weight but I am on a program with better tasting shakes and bars along with good vitamins. I have lost 25 lbs but it took a year which I think is better in the long run to lose at a slower pace. my next 25 will come off this summer.

    [Reply]

    Amy

    Vanessa,
    What diet plan are you on? I think the artificial sweeteners are giving me headaches.

    [Reply]

    Your Name

    There is only aspartame in the 120s. I can’t have it due to headaches but was told I wouldn’t need to have it to participate in the program. Down 23lbs in three weeks.

    [Reply]