Average Weight Loss: Varies. Home diet kit users lose about 1 pound per week.
Type of Diet: Low-calorie, Meal replacement, eventually balanced diet. For best results, medically supervised program participation is recommended.
About The Diet
This diet plan focuses on teaching you how to make healthy food decisions about the way you eat and how to incorporate more fruits and vegetables while losing weight. The plan involves reducing calories by using shakes (and other HMR products) as a meal replacement. The plan is most effective when you participate in the supervised program.
From a press release dated January 6, 2015:
HMR’s programs focus on integrating diet, physical activity and healthy lifestyle skills through weekly coaching. This is the first time that HMR has been included in the annual rankings list. HMR was evaluated against 34 other diets in categories including easiness to follow, ability to produce short and long-term weight loss, nutritional completeness, safety, and potential to prevent and manage diabetes and heart disease.
The plan focuses on helping people feel full and satisfied, which increases the chances of patients sticking to the diet for longer periods of time. Eating healthy foo
In one comparison of dieter success rates over a period of 20-26 weeks, Floyd Memorial Hospital reported the following results:
- Using the HMR diet kit at home without support, patients lost an average of 15-20 lbs.
- At-home diet kit + phone support patients lost an average of 28 lbs.
- In a Healthy Solutions Clinic (but not medically supervised) patients lost an average of 37 lbs
- In a clinic with medical supervision patients lost an average of 57 lbs.
A major upside to the HMR diet is that this plan may teach you how to eat healthier for life — not just the duration of your weight loss. The major downside is that you need to purchase their shakes and replacement meal foods, and to get the best results, you need to participate in one of their medically supervised programs. If your weight has caused you health problems check with your insurance to see if the medically-supervised plan is covered by your health insurance company.
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About HMR Weight Management Services (HMR)
HMR Weight Management Services (HMR) is a subsidiary of Merck specializing in weight loss and weight management. HMR programs offer lifestyle education, structured diets and an emphasis on long-term weight and health management. Founded in 1983 by Lawrence T.P. Stifler, Ph.D., HMR is a provider of medically based weight management programs in clinics, hospitals and major medical centers throughout the United States. Headquartered in Boston, HMR provides programs and support services to medically based obesity-treatment centers across the country.
This diet seems fairly safe when you follow its principles, but as is the case with any restrictive diet, check with your doctor first to make sure this diet is safe for you to follow.