Inches-A-Weigh Review

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Inches-A-Weigh is an “all-inclusive program” that incorporates nutritional guidance, behavior modification, body sculpting and cardiovascular fitness. This weight loss system offers a 3-phase approach for women who desire to lose weight. The goal is to teach women how to achieve a more active lifestyle overall, which will result in weight loss. Inches-A-Weigh is geared primarily toward women who are 40 and over. There are a couple customer testimonials and before and after photos posted on the official website. Unlike many other weight reduction programs, Inches-A-Weigh is a diet and exercise system in one.

The three primary phases involved with Inches-A-Weigh are Phase 1 “Nutritional Counseling” (figure analysis, nutritional evaluation, medical history, weekly weigh-in, one-on-one support, computerized dietetic analysis, personalized menu planning, 26 behavior modification lessons and increase energy levels), Phase 2 “Body Sculpting” (tone, tighten and firm, slim & contour curves, increase flexibility, less strenuous, low exertion and better health) and Phase 3 “Weight Loss” (cardiovascular efficiency, reach ideal goal weight, muscle tone, improve heart & lung, efficiency, increase muscle strength, increase muscle stamina, feel better and have fun). While there doesn’t appear to be any particular supplements involved with the Inches-A-Weigh program, it is more or less a lifestyle change altogether. Inches-A-Weigh involves 1,200-2,000 square feet centers that house the program’s daily classes. As opposed to most common fitness centers and weight loss clubs, Inches-A-Weigh is claimed to be socially intimate. The official website doesn’t divulge how much the Inches-A-Weigh program costs.

Product Features

Inches-A-Weigh is essentially a weight loss program that involves three main steps. There is Phase 1: “Nutritional Counseling,” Phase 2: “Body Sculpting” and Phase 3: “Weight Loss.” This weight reduction system does not involve dietary supplements or pills. Inches-A-Weigh is geared specifically toward middle-aged women. It incorporates nutritional guidance, behavior modification, body sculpting and cardiovascular fitness. Unlike many other diet supplements and programs, Inches-A-Weigh requires more of a permanent lifestyle change. The cost of this program is not stated on the official website. There is no clinical research offered.

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Advantages

  • The official website discusses exactly what Inches-A-Weigh involves.
  • A healthy diet and exercise are part of the Inches-A-Weigh program.
  • There are two user testimonials/before and after photos offered on the website.

Disadvantages

  • There do not appear to be any satisfaction guarantees offered on the official Inches-A-Weigh website.
  • The cost of the Inches-A-Weigh program is not revealed on the website.
  • Inches-A-Weigh is really only marketed toward middle-aged and elderly women.
  • There are not appetite suppressants involved with Inches-A-Weigh.
  • There are no fat burners involved with Inches-A-Weigh.
  • Inches-A-Weigh requires a rather drastic lifestyle change, which may not be suitable for everyone.

Conclusion

Inches-A-Weigh is a rather unique and interesting weight loss program. It stands out since it’s primarily for middle-aged and elderly women. On the bright side, Inches-A-Weigh encourages a healthy lifestyle and diet change. However, this program may not be ideal for many women since it involves many lifestyle changes. If you’ve had difficulty following and losing weight with previous structured diet programs, you may not have better luck with Inches-A-Weight. It would be nice to see some substantial evidence posted on the official website to support the effectiveness of Inches-A-Weigh, along with a price for the program. The notion that no price is listed makes us a bit cautious.

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41 User Reviews about Inches-A-Weigh

  • 1
    Reena

    I went for my meeting with the owner to discuss the price. She was 1/2 an hour late. Then she had me there for two hours getting me really excited about why it’s so good I’m here and how much they can help me. Then tells you if you sign up right now they will drop the enormous sign up fee. While needless to say I signed up. I was never told I could cancel if I changed my mind in the next three days. They never took a before picture. My menu plans was just a four week rotating repetitive and boring menu. The first night I wanted to go in the girl working almost said I couldn’t because she wasn’t sure if she was allowed to take new people through the beds. I’ve been there 6 weeks and have only been measured 2. I don’t think it is worth the $167 a month. Unfortunately I was told you had to sign up for 1 year so come time to renew I’ll be heading over to one of the other fitness clubs. So wish I had have seen this webpage before I signed up!

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    Cindy HB

    This company preys on desperation and people at their weakest moment. Even though I told the intake person I could not afford it she continued to say “we would work it out”. I was lied to all along. Now I can’t know who the owners of the company are nor the regional director. It’s all about the money. I feel cheated and taken advantage of.

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  • 3
    Jacque

    The IAW where I live had a trial for $79 a month to use the equipment I paid $117 to try the powder drink with it. In two weeks I lost 8 lbs. and 12 in. HOWEVER my concern is what is it doing to my insides? I’m 70 and each time I get off the tables my lower back bothers me, I’m thinking it will get stronger?? Yesterday I started to get on one machine for my stomach and the woman that was there that day said it is not recommended as it could rupture my spleen!!!Yikes, the other attendants never mentioned this. What do you think the program is expensive and hearing all the no refund stories I don’t know if I want to continue.

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  • 4
    Weyburn, SK, Canada

    I do not appreciate being pressured into getting my “after-photo” pictures taken, I do not give my permission for my after photo to be taken.I have made that very clear right from the start, and was reassured that they will not do anything without my permission. Why am I still being told that I should have been in the photos too? I am not even at my goal weight! Anna needs to stop bullying people around! I do not want my photos ever put on billboards, in the newspaper or on the internet…ever. I am paying her for a service and I am asking that you please try to reason with her so she stops pressure me. If I repeatedly say “no” I would think that she would get the point. I do not feel comfortable being repeatedly asked to date Anna Georgacocos’ sons. They all have girlfriends already. Nor do I enjoy being asked to work for her at IAW. If she can’t find someone to work, Anna needs to come in and fill the shift. Especially since Anna Georgacocos does not ever pay her workers on time. Her workers have threatened to quit because they always get paid a week LATE! Why would I ever want to her work for her? Anna needs to have serious consequences for her dishonest and untrustworthy behavior. Anna Georgacocos is giving IAW a very bad name. She wont give us the protein boxes that we paid for in cash a refer a friend cards. Doesn’t she need to be accountable for running scams like this? She lies about why the protein shelves are empty. she refuses to put the order in,its not the suppliers fault! She disgusts me!And is the only IAW in canada!

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  • 5
    Kailey

    Inches a weigh is a total scam. I am a college student who signed up under erroneous conditions. I told them I couldn’t pay anymore and they still would not let me out of my contract. This is a BS weight loss clinic and everyone should be aware of what they are getting into.

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  • 6
    Janet L

    I went to inches away back in 2008 and it was great and I was getting great results and the one in Pa closed and I sure wish I knew where I could go to use that same type of equipment. I hate to exercise and that was great it helped you get started when you can’t quite make it at the gym…..eventually you could be doing the exercise before the machine, and that was great. Sure wish I knew where I could use similar equipment….it really would help those that are just not able to get started….

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  • 7
    Patricia

    When I joined IAW, I gave them a voided check to withdraw my fees monthly from my acct. I have no income now, and am waiting on disability, so I closed the acct. I can’t afford to pay them. They called an said the received “a check on a closed acct.” I had no idea giving them a voided check was like writing a monthly check, I thought it just authorized withdrawal. Can I get arrested for this???

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  • 8
    Randy

    Ladies Ladies Ladies, as with any other program it requires work, no matter which gym you attend if you do not see results you automatically blame the gym and or staff. This program that IAW offers requires that you understand the concept and stick with it. You will lose the weight. Expensive some may say, but you are being pampered step by step, in life you get what you pay for. So keep your head up stay away from the people that complain and enjoy what IAW has to offer

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    linda

    well said, small price to pay if you do lose the weight. Most gyms are not geared for women that carry more weigh (obese) than the average women/ I believe in IAW, as I have lost about 2-3 pounds on average per week and I am into my 8th month. No more diabetic medicine for me. as losing the weight has improved my health 10 fold. Please stay away from the negative, as most of these women do not stick with the program

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  • 9
    Shauna

    I agree there prices are out rages they real you in and bait the hook then drop the bombshell on you with there out rages cost although the staff has been very nice to us they didnt let us know about the enrollment up front but did let us know about the other costs

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  • 10
    Lisa

    I acually had an appointment yesterday and prior to that I had called in to set an appointment but got a voicemail. Well the lady pratically stalked me and called me several times it get me to come in for almost 2 weeks. I live in El Paso TX and one just opened up. When i first arrived Wendy was very aggresive and spoke to me about my weight in front of others people. she was litteraly giving me her sales pitch for about 90+ mins. The price of the program depends on how much weight you want to lose and is not told to you until after you have been made to feel like your helpless without th

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  • 11
    Barbara Brown

    I can no longer afford to keep my membership, due to the high cost of traveling back and forth. It is 26 miles from my home right now and I will be going to Montana, in a few weeks for work and staying there for at least two months if not four months.

    I loved coming and getting to feel better, but I just cannot afford it at present. My job is taking me on the road 3 to 4 times a week and when I get back in town you are closed.

    I have two contracts, one for the program and one for the suppliants (which I cant hardly stand to swallow any more)

    Please I don’t want to default Can’t I just get out of the contracts. I’ll work with you if you will just help me.
    Thank you
    Barbara Brown

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  • 12
    Jen

    I went in to talk to the manager of the local Inches-A-Weigh and was appalled at how I was treated. The manager made me feel terrible about myself. The price ranged from $1500 (I think) to $8,000. I was not allowed to take the paperwork with prices on it out of there. When I said I needed to discuss it with my husband the lady asked if I work for my own money. I said yes. Then she asked if I ever make decisions for myself. That’s ridiculous. I can’t believe they’d talk to you that way. The gym was dirty and old looking. No thanks.

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  • 13
    Peggy Nalley

    I am 77 years old and over the years I have tried every diet program there is. This program is good for me. no one
    can lose weight if they do not
    stick with the program. You really want to stick with this program. It is the most ssensiable program that I have ever seen. My life depends on my losing weight and I am determined to lost it and keep it off. I go to potluck dinners at church once a month. I take my own meal so that I can eat with every one else and not feel deprived. It is a bet expensive but my life means more to me than money.I know that some of you cannot afford it but you set your mind to be dedicated to the program you will lose weight. Since the first of January I have lost 20+ lbs and almost wo inches. I have lost down a whole dress size. Don’t know until you try it.

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  • 14
    Tasha

    I join 2/21/2011 an have loss 10 lbs. the 1st wk.(I go everyday 6 days)I like my trainer and the other ladies there are very friendly and helpful.

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  • 15
    sarena

    ok, after reading all the negative reviews. I will not even try this place. I just moved to idaho falls. I really need to loose weight. Any other ideas. there should be a group of ladies willing to get together and motivate each other.

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  • 16
    Belinda

    if there is an inches a weight neat you run away. They are scam artists who are uneducated in how to help you lose weight. all they want is your $.

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  • 17
    Wanda Seals

    I definitely do not recommend. Do not waste your time and money.

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  • 18
    Mable Zeek

    I am a member in Idaho falls. I had surgery and have been off 4 weeks. I paid ahead. May I get credit for the week I couldnt attend

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  • 19
    Hot Stuff

    I went to IAW a few weeks ago and have talked to people on the program. The supplements are $16/box and most of them dont taste good. The program cost $50/week and that does not include the supplements. Some IAW allow you to pay for the number of sessions you want, others make you buy all the sessions necessary for you to reach goal weight. Seeing the number of IAW offices that close up out of no where ~ I wont be trying this program out!

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  • 20
    Ginnee Lopez

    I did great with the program at first. It’s way too expensive. I gain the weight back really fast. and there is no way they will give you your money back. And my inches a weigh disappear never found out why it closed

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  • 21
    Mommy of 2

    I am a mommy of 2, 32 yr old & weighin 200 pounds at 163 inches only. My problem area is my “mommy belly”. Wud inches-a-weigh be a good investment for me

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  • 22
    Cathy

    I went for an informational meeting last week. The person I met with couldn’t talk about the program without reading her computer monitor – you’d think if they are the “expert” on their program they should be able to talk about it without reading it. She also kept mispronouncing important words that really made me question her knowledge of the subject matter. Lastly – after being there 90 minutes and still no closer to finding out what this was going to cost me – and after telling her a couple times that I wanted to get to the costs of the program to see if it even fit into my budget because if it didn’t I wasn’t going to waste any more of her time OR my time. I tried 3 times to get the info – finally I told her “We’re done” — she was shocked — but honestly she just did NOT listen to the customer. They lost a sale because of her. After reading these comments maybe I should be glad.

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  • 23
    jeannie

    They won’t tell you the exhorbitant fees until you have answered some of the most negatives questions I have ever seen formed to make one feel badly about themselves. By the time you have answered the questions, you are either ready to mortgage your house for money for the high cost of dull exercising and rip-off tables, or you are so depressed about yourself you are ready to stick your haed in to the gas oven and turn it on!!

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  • 24
    Cara

    Inches a weigh is great for older, sedentary women who need to be told what to do and what to eat. They say their results are guaranteed but I have yet to see if they honor that. I joined 2 months ago with the promise of 2 lbs per week, but I have only lost 7 total!All I get told is that I have lost “inches” but I think that is negotiable since everyone holds the measuring tape a little tighter each time.

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    jeannie

    You won’t be told up front the phenomenal cost because it would scare you away. You first sit through a set of degrading, negative questionins. These are designed to make you feel so badly about yourself that you will either mortgage your house for the money to sign up or go home and stick your head in a gas oven and turn it on. If you have self-esteem going in, hold on to it before it is snatched away!

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    heshke

    I AGREE!!!!!

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    Ada Orozco

    I just joined 3 days a ago and on my second day two of their assistants really embarrassed me to the point I re-thought my decision for joining and I’m going today to cancel. This facility works, it really does but to pay so much money and have to travel so far, it’s not worth getting humiliated by their staff! Wish me luck on getting my money back!!!

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  • 25
    Terri

    My friend and I joined Inches a weigh in Appleton and both of us enjoy it very much. In just a month both of us have lost both inches and weight just using their equipment and eating a sensible diet. The people that work there are amazing and very helpful. We come out feeling renewed and energized. I would highly recommend it!

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    Virg

    Terri,
    Do you use their nutrition plan or just eat sensibly? Do you just go there to use their equipment?

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  • 26
    Teresa

    NEver ever use inches-a-way!! trust me, they take your money and run with it, literally! After 1 week of joining, the facilities closed! What?!?! Not any of us got our money back, yet! still working on that one! NO INCHES GONE BUT LOST plenty of my money! RIP-OFF!

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    Elizabeth

    where are you? I just joined and am worried now after I heard some stories of what’s going on

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  • 27
    Elizabeth

    I work in a gym in El Cajon, CA that has the Inches-a-weigh program. It does cost a little more than the average membership but a peroson gets the full three step program plus use of the full service gym. ( two stories of equipment, pool, and classes)Inches-a-weigh is a really useful program if it is used right. One must follow the diet plan, schedule appointments to work with their trainer, and participate in the cardio exercises at the end. I hear success stories from women everyday.

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  • 28
    Jeanette Brooks

    What is the cost for the exercise only.

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    Linda

    They will not let you do exercise only. It is all or nothing.

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  • 29
    krystal hawks

    i just went to a meeting at an inchs a wiegh facility, they are really expensive. $40+ a week and they want a $400 enrollment fee and $500 for a down payment all up front. when we were “getting the facts” all she could tell us was what she was reading off her computer, she had no clue about what was going on besides that.

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    heshke

    I went through the same thing, reading off her laptop. I was quoted a $500 deposit but their was no enrollment fee because the center was in pre-opening mode

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  • 30
    kimberly

    why does a women age 55 have to pay than a women 21???

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    Pat

    Personally I thnk Inches-A-Weigh is a total Rip Off. I signed up in November 2009 and I am currently trying to get out of my contract due to me becoming ill while using their equipment. The contract does not give an out for any reason.. I could go on but Curves would of been a better choice. Good Luck to whomever.

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    Peggy Nalley

    I think you are very wrong about this program.

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    Linda

    Actually I think review above is dead on. The food that they have is high in artificial sweeteners. I had a bad reaction to it, went in and showed them the rash, and not one call to check on me. I then went to just the equipment but was told all guarantees or promises were off. When my work hours changed, all I got was that they were sorry. The close during the afternoon, so unless you are self employed or unemployed, you may find it difficult to work with their hours. Communication is not their strong point.