HMR Diet Review

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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.


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.

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  • 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.


  • 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.


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.

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  • 1

    I went on the 500 calorie form of the HMR diet in 1999 and lost 126 pounds. I had tried many other programs, but had only kept gaining. There were side effects–I lost some of my hair, and I had difficulty with constipation. But I found it to be literally a life-saving program. It was highly structured. I met weekly with a professional dietician and fellow dieters, and also with a doctor who monitored my health closely. The best part of the program was the follow-up, which I stayed with, weekly, until the local hospital closed our site in 2011. Although I no longer use their products, I follow the practices I learned during my 12 years with them, and am within 10 pounds of my original weight loss goal. I highly recommend it.


  • 2

    Is the home HMR diet available in Canada?


  • 3
    marie cerbone

    what type of soy does the 500 shake and chicken soup have?


  • 4
    Bob Haluska

    Lost 90 pounds in 6 months. Terrific, BUT. Turns out I also lost significant muscle strength. Archery is my hobby and now I don’t have the strength to draw my bow. I mentioned this at my HMR meeting and was told that they hadn’t heard of strength loss. Really? Most clients don’t have an activity that “measures” strength so they don’t realize they have lost strength. Any comments?


  • 5
    Marilyn Ceniti

    Isn’t it bad for the thyroid gland to absorb that much soy?


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