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Topic Title: is it worth it?
Topic Summary: considering my options
Created On: 05/11/17 10:27 AM
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05/11/17 10:27 AM
cookiemonstersinc Posts: 3
Joined: 05/11/17
Hello, I'm considering signing up, but not sure if I'm ready to take the plunge yet. Can you share with me your experiences?
05/11/17 10:54 AM
KeithVanGasken Posts: 2860
Joined: 06/07/11
I'm keeping 100+ pounds off for 30+ years on HMR. Absolutely worth it.

Also: Take a look here:

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Senior Nat'l Trainer, Health Ed., Forum Moderator
HMR Weight Management Services Corp.
05/12/17 08:16 AM
nomoregaining Posts: 1
Joined: 02/22/17
Best diet I've ever been on and I've tried them all! With HMR I lost 70 lbs once and quit. Gained it back. Am going to lose it again and then use Phase 2 with a coach to keep it off this time. I've lost 30 lbs. in 3 months. I love the milkshakes and the great support they offer. Good luck to you with whatever you decide!
05/12/17 08:28 AM
cmjonesy Posts: 1
Joined: 03/10/17
My husband and I started at the end of January 2017. So far, he has lost 53 lbs and I've lost 35 lbs. I think it's the easiest diet I've ever tried. You do need the mind set though. I go to the classes and our group helps us keep on track. The group told me that it gets easier the 2nd week and they are right. So if you start it, hang in there for at least 2 weeks to get in the groove. Then you'll be good to go! I'm still going strong with my mind thing . . . my motto is "Eat to Live" and not "Live to Eat". Good luck!
05/12/17 12:33 PM
sailingnut Posts: 27
Joined: 12/30/15
I'm similar to nomoregaining - lost 50 several years ago on HMR and then gained 70 because I didn't keep going to classes, didn't weigh myself often, and kept saying "tomorrow". I know you know what I mean.

I started again 2 years ago with the commitment to myself to lose the weight and then stay in the program to keep it off. I lost 75 pounds in about 10 months and have kept it off for about a year now. I go to class almost every week and will continue to do so for the 18 months of phase 2 (at least). After that, I'll go to classes at least once a month - twice when I need it.

Four things are helping me keep it off, which is the hard part after all, since I'm out there living real life now. (Losing is the easy part.) The three things are:
- go to class (accountability, support, motivation, fun challenges, really great feedback, help with problem solving).
- weigh myself everyday.
- record what I eat in the My Fitness Pal app and stay within my calorie budget.
- when the pounds start to creep back on (and they do!), catch it at 5 pounds or less, do a "blitz" in the box to take it off, and then go back to maintaining in real life. In other words, don't let it get to 10-20 pounds before you do something about it.

That plan seems to be working. Good luck! Stick with it - you'll be glad you did!

05/13/17 06:34 PM
GayleR Posts: 17
Joined: 08/06/14
Absolutely it is worth it! But your mindset has to be in it. I lost 50 lbs. 12 years ago (and I'm short: 5'1", so it's a big deal) and have kept it off. The big deal with HMR is that they teach you how to keep the weight off (Phase 2). As we all know, it's easy to lose but you can get into the yo-yo dieting and keeping it off is the most difficult part. Even though I'm no longer in the "plan", I keep HMR food in the house all the time for "relapses" and I weigh myself every day. If I gain weight (usually water retention), I get back in the box for 1-2 days and that takes care of it. Phase 2 teaches you lots of good habits and how to keep the weight off...not just lose!
05/17/17 11:33 AM
cookiemonstersinc Posts: 3
Joined: 05/11/17
I'm always a little skeptical about reviews on a site.
I worry about committing to a program that requires me to buy the meals, it seems like a rather unsustainable way to lose weight. I enjoy cooking, possibly a little too much, but possibly getting me out of the kitchen for a while might help.
I feel it's more the exercise that I need to get into, but when ever I'm on a diet I lack the energy to exercise.
I once had a exercise machine that I put directly in front of the TV, but once I lost the weight, I lost the motivation to keep using it and slowly packed on the pounds again.
05/20/17 12:00 AM
StephanieSays Posts: 3
Joined: 04/20/17
Hi Cookiemonstersinc,
I agree with those who commented before - totally worth it. I have insulin resistance, which makes losing weight (an already very challenging prospect) that much more difficult. HMR is the only thing that has worked - and I have tried all the things.

Two things I think are important to address in your question/comments:

1. As for the meals, it's not a permanent solution and there's more to it than meets the eye. I have found that being on HMR is teaching me things that are lacking from my everyday eating habits. For instance, if you do the at home option, you're directed to have at least five fruits and vegetable 1-cup servings per day. I thought I ate well before HMR (and my partner is a chef who specializes in healthy foods, lots of veg, etc.) and I'm still learning. I've actually explored eating produce I typically wouldn't eat just for further variety.

I eat out/do take out a lot and HMR has re-conditioned me to make my own food since I add garlic, fresh herbs, etc. to all of the packaged meals.

It's also taught me things like using broth instead of oil to saute veggies. I've gotten far better at meal planning and prep. I chop all kinds of fruits and veg and put them in 1 cup glass jars so they're already ready when I'm hungry and likely to not make the best choices. I also am not a snacker, so I would wait to eat until it felt very urgent and then I would binge - something that isn't really an option on HMR if you're trying to get your 5-3-2 in. So, bottom line, HMR has been helping me spot my trouble patterns and addressing them.

2. It's very difficult to "out run" a diet. I don't mean this condescendingly! I mean it earnestly. I work out all. the. time. Like hard core, 5-6 days a week 90 minute boot camps, zumba, running several miles. Yet, I was 70 lbs overweight (now 40 lbs overweight). On this intensive of a schedule, I would lose maybe a pound a month, while tracking food and keeping a cap on calories. I was an athlete all through high school and college. I've worked with trainers, dieticians, nutritionists, health coaches, etc. The take away there is that diet and exercise are both important to weight loss, but initial loss is more diet intensive; long-term weight maintenance/health is more reliant on exercise. I asked the last specialist to break it down for me, and the answer was this: loss is 75-80% diet and 20-25% exercise. HMR does have a physical activity component, too.

Sorry for the length here, but I had the same questions before I started. I hope this helps you and whoever else may consider joining the program. It's changed my life and I'm only 2.5 months in. By changed my life I mean: I feel like I can do anything. I'm finally steering the ship and it feels incredible. I worry about hitting my goal and going off and gaining again, but I'm trying to build the infrastructure in now to prevent that.

Good luck with whatever you choose!
05/26/17 05:39 PM
Beatrice Posts: 136
Joined: 11/07/14
Depends on your value system. Ask: Am I worth it? I chose "Me "to become healthier .What else do you have but "time" to learn how to be healthy for the rest of your life? It has changed my life of the endless diets of losing the same 10-12-20 pounds every 18 months or so. This Program hold the key to stop repeating ourselves of the past-which fails- to a new way to enjoy good foods and healthy weights. "Are You Worth it?"
05/29/17 05:21 AM
cookiemonstersinc Posts: 3
Joined: 05/11/17
I really appreciate everyones comments. I think I will give it a try.
I think it's really important to keep the emphasis on excise too. If I take the plunge then I will make sure I take up some form of excise. I've been looking into buying an excise bike, I guess I will save some cash by buying a second hand one.
I'll keep you posted as to how I go...
05/31/17 02:31 PM
autograf Posts: 48
Joined: 11/04/15
I've lost 85. Lost majority of it by April last year on Phase I and early Phase II. Have kept it off for over a year now. You are only buying their food for Phase I. You don't have to buy anything for Phase II if you don't want to. I still do the occasional bar and shakes 3-4 nights a week but haven't had an entree for a year. The meetings are great for accountability and understanding what others are going through and works or doesn't work for them and you. You can't exercise away all your excess weight. It just doesn't work that way. While it's different for everyone, for me excercise seems to be 15-20% of the equation. The overwhelming majority is what I put into my body. I can excercise 5000 calories one week and if I eat wrong, I don't lose. I can exercise 2000 calories on week, eat decently within my box and lose 1-2 lbs. The diet teaches you HOW to eat properly and opens you up to what works for you. You won't regret it if you take the plunge and complete commit to it. Don't do it if you're not willing to go all in. Good luck whichever path you chose............