Frequently Asked Questions
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- Enjoy - General
Enjoy - Recipe Search
How do I search for a recipe?
Click on the Enjoy tab at the top of the page. Click on the "search recipes" button in the Recipe Search box.Why do I get zero results when I do a search?
It is possible that there is no recipe that matches your search criteria. Adjust your search criteria and try your search again.How do I sort the recipe results to find the recipe I want?
Once you have selected the HMR Product you want to find a recipe for, you can sort these recipes under recipe results by clicking on the available view option (e.g.: with flavorings).Can I search on multiple Recipe Types?
No. You can only search on one recipe type at a time.Why isn't the entire recipe shown in “Your Recipe Results”?
The details for a recipe can be very long so a snapshot view is provided. You can click on "recipe details" or the name of the recipe to view the entire recipe.My recipe is rated as high as other recipes, why isn't it shown at the top of the search results?
Even though your recipe may have the same rating as other recipes, recipes are also sorted based on the number of users that have rated a recipe.How can I see recipes from a particular user?
From the “HMR Faces” section, type the actual name or the display name of the user whose recipes you would like to view. Then click on the "View Full Profile" button. Any recipes that the user has submitted will be listed in his or her profile.Why aren't the different HMR shakes listed in detail? All I see is chocolate and vanilla.
Since all HMR Shakes are offered in chocolate and vanilla flavors, and the shakes are interchangeable in HMR recipes, we only show you the flavor as an option versus the actual product name.Can I do a keyword search for recipes?
Yes, you can use the search feature in the upper right corner of the page.
Enjoy - Ratings and Reviews
How do I rate or review a recipe?
On the recipe details page under "Your Rating" you can click on the number of stars that you would like to rate for a recipe. If you would like to add a review, click on the "Add a Review" link.How do I edit a review?
If you have previously written a review, your existing review will be shown in the “Ratings and Reviews” section below the recipe. You may update the title or your actual review by making changes to this section and clicking “submit review.”Why can't I rate my own recipe?
To keep the ratings fair and accurate, they only reflect the comments and ratings of other users.How do I delete a review?
Once you post your review, it cannot be deleted.Why can't I rate or review a recipe more than once?
To keep the ratings fair and accurate, each user is allowed to rate each recipe only one time.Why did the Average Rating change after I added my rating?
The Average Rating for recipes is a rea- time update and will immediately reflect any changes as a result of your rating.
Enjoy - Recipe Submittal
How do I submit a recipe?
Click on the Enjoy tab on the top of the page. In the “Share Your Healthy Recipe” box, type your recipe name and click "get started."Can I include more than one HMR product in my recipe?
Yes. Simply click on all the HMR Products that you use in your recipe to add them.How do I change the order of my ingredients in the recipe?
Left click and hold on the grip area to the left of the ingredient you would like to change and drag up or down to the correct position. You may not reorder ingredients that are HMR products.How do I change the order of the directions in my recipe?
Left click and hold on the grip area to the left of the direction you would like to change and drag up or down to the correct position.How do I delete an ingredient or direction from my recipe?
To delete an ingredient, click on the word delete next to that ingredient. To delete a direction, click on the "minus" symbol next to that direction to delete it.Why can't I add calories, vegetable servings, and fruit servings to my recipe?
HMR reviews all recipes and will add calories, fruit and vegetable servings to the final recipe posted.How do I add a recipe picture?
While submitting a recipe, you can add a photo by uploading an image in "#5, Add a Photo".How do I make changes to my recipe before I submit it?
From the Recipe Preview page, you can click on "make edits" to go back and edit your recipe. Once you submit your recipe it can no longer be edited.How do I get my recipe to be the featured recipe?
HMR reviews all recipes to determine which recipes might be the most useful to our user community. We select those recipes to be featured.I submitted my recipe, where is it now? Why isn't it posted?
HMR reviews all recipes within 5 business days and will notify you when your recipe has been posted. Check back later to find your recipe or use the "Contact Us" form at the bottom of this page to request more information.Will you notify me when my recipe is posted?
HMR reviews all recipes within 5 business days and will notify you when your recipe has been posted.How does my recipe get approved? What are the criteria?
The recipes that are submitted on the HMRdiet site go through a review process before being posted. We try to review and post the approved recipes within 5 business days. Recipes must include at least one HMR food (any HMR Shake, Cereal, Soup, Entree or Bar). Recipes can also include fruits, vegetables, no- or low-calorie add-ins (such as sugar-free puddings, extracts, diet soda, spices) and condiments that are on HMR’s approved list of add-ins. In other words, recipes should be "In the Box". For a list of “In the Box” add-ins, click here for shakes and entrees.
Inspire - Out and About
How do I add my own picture to my HMR Out & About Story?
To add your own Out & About picture, click on the Inspire tab at the top of the page and then click on the "share your story" link in the HMR Out & About box. From there you can submit your own Out & About story. HMR reviews all Out & About Story submissions within 5 business days and will notify you when your story has been posted.What should I write in the Location/Event for my Out & About Story?
You should use the location/event field to describe the location or event depicted in your picture, within 45 characters (i.e.: Bill and Alison take HMR sky high!)What should I write in the caption for the Out & About Story?
You should use the caption to add details about the event or location depicted in your picture, within 30 characters (i.e.: Who needs wedding cake when there is Apple Brown Benny?)Do I have to have an HMR product in my Out & About Story?
Yes, the Out & About Gallery is dedicated to photos of dieters enjoying their HMR products on the go.How do I edit my Out & About caption?
Once you submit your picture and story, you can no longer edit it.How many Out & About Stories can I add?
You can submit as many as you would like.Where will my Out & About Story appear?
HMR reviews all Out & About Story submissions within 5 business days and will notify you when your story has been posted. Your Out & About story will appear in the HMR Out & About gallery and in your profile. Also, Out & About stories will appear at random on the home page and the Inspire page.I can’t find my Out & About Story. How do I look it up?
You can find your own Out & About Story within your own profile.How do I find more Out & About pictures?
To find more Out & About pictures, click on the Inspire tab at the top of the page and then click on the "view all" link in the HMR Out & About box. From there you can view the entire gallery of pictures or submit your own.How are the Out & About Stories organized on the gallery page?
These stories are sorted in reverse chronological order with the most recent pictures at the beginning.
Inspire - HMR Faces
What are HMR Faces?
These are the profile pictures of all members of the HMRdiet community; additional public profile information about users can be found by clicking on their "HMR Face" and clicking on "View Full Profile."How do I find a person in HMR Faces?
Click the Inspire tab, then click on the "search" link in the HMR Faces section. From there you can search by first or last name, or by display name to find the HMR Face you are looking for.What if I can’t find the person’s name that I am looking for in HMR Faces?
The search feature for HMR Faces automatically searches by first name, last name, and display name. If you are not getting the results you expect from the search, try a different name or verify that you are searching for the correct name.Can I send an email to someone in HMR Faces?
No, we do not share members' personal email information.How can I keep my real name and city/state from showing up in my profile and in HMR Faces?
Click on "My Profile" link in the upper right corner of the screen, and then click on the "Account Info" tab. From there you can change "#3 Your Privacy Settings" to show your actual name, or display name. You can also change the way that your location is shown to display (city, state), (state), or no display.How do I edit the information on my HMR Faces profile page?
Click on the "My Profile" link in the upper right corner of the screen to edit your information.
Inspire - Success Story General
How do I find my success story once it is published?
You can find your success story by clicking here and then clicking on "NAME" to sort by alphabetical order.Why does my success story show up on my HMR profile and not in other locations on the site?
HMR reviews all success stories submitted and will post those that are approved for general viewing to the Success Story page. If you are only seeing your success story on your profile page, then HMR has approved your story, but only for viewing within your HMR profile.How do I look up a particular person’s success story?
You can search for a particular success story by typing a person's name or display name in the search box at the top right of any page.
Inspire - Success Story Search and Sharing
How do I look up success stories?
You can click on the Success Stories box on the home page, or you can go to the Inspire tab at the top of the page to find success stories. From there you can browse success stories or submit your own.How do I share a success story video?
To share a success story video with a friend, click on the "share with a friend" link from the full success story page of the story you want to share. From the success story detail page your friend will be able to view the video.How do I search success stories for most weight lost?
You can browse for success stories under the Inspire tab and view all success stories. Then click on "WEIGHT LOSS" to sort by that column.How do I share a success story with a friend?
To share a success story, click on the "share with a friend" button from within the success story you would like to share.
Inspire - Success Story Submittal
How do I submit my success story?
Click here to submit your success story. HMR reviews all Success Story submissions within 5 business days and will notify you when your story has been posted.How do I add my own success story video?
By creating or updating your success story, you will have the option to upload a video. You will need to complete all the required fields of a success story and you can upload a video to support the story.What if I don’t have a picture for a success story?
You will need both a “before” and “after” picture in order to submit a success story.
Inspire - General
I can't open one of the Stay Motivated posters, why?
Viewing the Stay Motivated posters requires the latest Adobe Reader software; you can download the latest version by clicking here and following the directions. If you continue to experience difficulty, use the “Contact Us” form to contact us for more information.What are these downloadable posters for?
These are additional resources that you can view and download to help support and inspire you with your weight and health goals.
Succeed - Strategies
How do I get a Quick Start®?
In the Succeed tab, you can click on the "Get a Quick Start®" hyperlink to view the strategies for getting a Quick Start.How do I get a Quick Start CD?
If you have purchased a Quick Start Diet Kit, a CD will be included in your materials. Or, use the “Contact Us” form to contact us for more information on getting a Quick Start CD.How do I download/listen to the Quick Start CD?
At this time you cannot download the Quick Start CD. However, if you have purchased a Quick Start Diet Kit, a CD will be included in your materials. Or, use the “Contact Us” form to contact us for more information on getting a Quick Start CD.How do I share strategies for getting a Quick Start with a friend?
Although there is no "share with a friend" link on HMR's Strategies page, you can copy and paste the URL for this page and email it to a friend.How do I find strategies to stay on the diet?
In the Succeed tab, you can click on the "Stay on the Diet" hyperlink to view the strategies for staying on the diet.How do I share strategies to stay on the diet with a friend?
Although there is no "share with a friend" link on HMR's Strategies page, you can copy and paste the URL for this page and email it to a friend.How do I find strategies to keep weight off?
To see some of HMR's best strategies, click on the Succeed tab at the top of the page. From the Succeed page you can click on any of the hyperlinks in the HMR Strategy section to strategies in a particular area of interest.How do I share strategies for keeping weight off with a friend?
Although there is no "share with a friend" link on HMR's Strategies page, you can copy and paste the URL for this page and email it to a friend.How do I find strategies to get more active?
In the Succeed tab, you can click on the "Get More Active" hyperlink to view strategies to get more active.How do I share strategies to get more active with a friend?
Succeed - Podcasts
How do I share a podcast with a friend?
In the Podcast section of the Succeed tab, click on the "share with a friend" link.How do I search for a previous podcast?
In the Succeed tab, you can view previous podcasts under Episode Archive.How do I listen to a previous podcast on my computer?
In the Succeed tab, you can listen to a previous podcasts under Episode Archive.Can I submit my own podcast?
No. All podcasts are created by HMR staff.How do I remove my subscription to the podcast?
You can access your subscriptions by clicking on the "My Profile" link in the upper right corner of the screen and then clicking on the "Preferences" tab. Uncheck any subscription you no longer want to follow and click on "save changes" at the bottom of the page.
Succeed - Walk-O-Meter
How do I figure out the calories I am burning while exercising?
Click on the Succeed tab at the top of the page, enter your weight and click "calculate." This helpful tool will allow you to enter your weight to determine the calories you burn while exercising.Does the Walk-O-Meter take into account that I am female (or male)?
We do not ask you to submit your gender, but the calories burned will be similar at that weight whether you are male or female.How do I share the Walk-O-Meter with a friend?
You can copy and paste the URL for this page and email it to a friend.
Succeed - General
I can’t open one of the resources. Why?
Viewing the Healthy Resource documents requires the latest Adobe Reader software; you can download the latest version by clicking here and following the directions. If you continue to experience difficulty, use the “Contact Us” form to contact us for more information.How do I share one of the resources?
Although there is no "share with a friend" link on HMR's Healthy Resources page, you can copy and paste the URL for this page and email it to a friend.
How do I respond to one of the forum posts?
From the post itself, click on "new reply" to add your comments.How do I post a question on the forum?
From the HMR Community Forum page, click on "new topic" to start a new topic or question.How do I edit my message in the forum?
Once you save your post, it can no longer be edited. You can, however, add additional posts as needed.How do I search for a question in the forum?
From any Forum-related page, type your search term in the "Search Forum" box and then click on "go to see the search results.” For advanced search options, click on the "advanced search" hyperlink.How do I share a forum topic with a friend?
Although there is no "share with a friend" link on HMR's Forum pages, you can copy and paste the URL for this page and email it to a friend.How do I subscribe to a forum?
From any Forum-related page, click on "Subscribe to the HMRdiet forum!" Check any subscriptions you want to follow and click on the "save changes" link at the bottom of the page.How do I unsubscribe from a forum?
From any Forum-related page, click on "Subscribe to the HMRdiet forum!" Uncheck any subscriptions you no longer want to follow and click on the "save changes” link at the bottom of the page.How do I follow a thread?
From the thread you are reading, click on the "follow this thread" hyperlink to follow it.How do I add to a thread?
From the thread you are reading, click on "new reply" to add a post.How do I share a thread?
Although there is no "share with a friend" link on the Forum threads, you can copy and paste the URL for this page and email it to a friend.What are the criteria to report a forum comment to a moderator?
From within the thread you are reading, if you find any content that you feel is inappropriate (such as obscene or threatening language or spam), please click "report this to a moderator" found within the thread.
What are the different blog categories?
The different blog categories are: Food & Recipes Insights, "How To" Insights, and Motivation Insights.How do I search for a blog topic?
Type your search term in the "Search HMRdiet" box in the upper right corner of any screen. Any blogs that match your search term will appear in the blog area of the search results.How do I search for the most popular blogs?
Below the HMRdiet Blog Archive found on the right of the HMRdiet Blog pages, you will see a Favorite Posts category. You can view the most popular blogs there.How do I subscribe to a blog?
From any blog-related page, click on "Subscribe to the HMRdiet blog!" Check any subscriptions you want to follow and click on "save changes” link at the bottom of the page.How do I unsubscribe from a blog?
You can access your subscriptions to blogs by signing in and clicking on the "My Profile" link. The "Preferences" tab lists all subscription options. Once you have added or removed subscriptions, choose "save changes" at the bottom of the page to update your subscription.How do I share a blog with a friend?
From within the blog you are reading, click on the "share with a friend" link.How do I submit my own blog?
The content for the blogs is generated by HMR staff. You can comment on existing blogs or submit your own thoughts in the HMR Forum.How do I comment on a blog?
From within the blog you are reading, type your comment in the "Leave a Comment" section below the blog. You will need to be on the full blog page in order to see the comment section.How do I edit my comment on a blog?
Once you save your comment, it can no longer be edited. You can, however, add additional comments as needed.How do I find out more about the blog authors?
In the blog itself, you will see a section entitled "About the Author." There you can read more about the author you are interested in.How do I search for a blog by author?
Type your search term in the "Search HMRdiet" box in the upper right corner of any screen. Any blogs that match your search term will appear in the blog area of the search results.How does the HMRdiet Blog archive work?
The HMRdiet Blog Archive contains all of the previous blogs posted so that you can view all past content. Click on the year, then the month, to see the blog titles.
Registration - General
Why should I register? Can I use the site if I am not registered?
Registering on the site is not required. However, in order to share or add content to the site, you must have a user account and be signed in.How will my registration information be used?How do I set up an account?
On the top of any page, you will see the option to "Sign Up". Click on “Sign Up” and you will be asked to enter some information to create an account. If you would like additional support, please contact us.Do I have to have a profile picture to have an account?
Yes, you can use any appropriate picture that you like. You may also choose from a list of avatars available on the site.What kind of profile picture do I have to use?
You can use any individual picture of yourself for your profile, provided it is not an inappropriate image.Can I add or change my profile picture at a later time?
Yes. You can do so by signing in and going to the “My Profile” link in the upper right section of the screen to view or change your image.How do I edit or crop my profile picture?
The site does not allow you to edit a profile picture. However, you can upload a new image as often as you like. To crop an image click on "upload image". You will see a cropping tool that allows you to crop the picture. Then click on "set image" to save the changes.Why do you need my email and phone number when I register?
Your email address is required to allow us to communicate with you regarding general issues related to your account, or our site. While it is not required, providing us with your phone number is another way for us to communicate with you.Why do you need to know if I am female or male?
Knowing your gender allows for better searching and sorting capabilities on our site.Why do you need to know my zip code?
We require your zip code in order to be able to display your city and state, if you choose that option in your display preferences.
My Profile - Account Info
What do I do if I forgot my login/password?
If you forget your password, it will need to be reset. From the login screen, click on the "Forgot your password?" hyperlink. You will be prompted to enter the email address that is associated with your account. Once you click "Reset Password," an email will be sent to you with further instructions on how to reset your password.How do I change my password?
Sign in and click on the "My Profile" link in the upper right section of the screen. Your password can be changed at the top of the "Account Info" page.How do I change my display name?
You cannot change your display name after your account has been created.How do I change my display preference to show my real name instead of my display name (or vice versa)?
Sign in and click on the "My Profile" link in the upper right section of the screen. Your privacy settings can be adjusted at the bottom of the “Account Info” page. You may change your display options for your hometown information as well as how you would like your name to appear.How do I change my telephone number?
Sign in and click on the "My Profile" link in the upper right section of the screen. Your phone number can be changed on the bottom of the "Account Info" page.How do I change my hometown display?
Sign in and click on the "My Profile" link in the upper right section of the screen. Your privacy settings can be adjusted at the bottom of the “Account Info” page. You may change your display options for your hometown information as well as how you would like your name to appear.How do I subscribe to a blog?
You can access your subscriptions to blogs by signing in and clicking on the "My Profile" link. The "Preferences" tab lists all subscription options. Once you have added or removed subscriptions, choose "save changes" at the bottom of the page to update your subscription.How do I unsubscribe to a blog?
You can access your subscriptions to blogs by signing in and clicking on the "My Profile" link. The "Preferences" tab lists all subscription options. Once you have added or removed subscriptions, choose "save changes" at the bottom of the page to update your subscription.Why am I being asked to complete my profile?
In order to have the most effective user community, we ask each of our members for as much information as they feel comfortable sharing. In order to remind you that we would like you to complete your profile, we will prompt you to finish your profile on your second and third sign-in attempts to the site.
My Profile - Personal Info
Do I have to say how much weight I have lost with HMR?
Your weight loss is an optional field. However, if you choose to submit a success story, this is a required field.What if I lost some weight before HMR? Do I include that in the total weight lost?
Congratulations on your weight loss! Filling out your weight loss is optional; however, you should only indicate how much of your total weight loss was lost with HMR products and programs.How do I change the weight I have lost so far?
If you have a published Success Story, you can access your weight loss by clicking on "My Profile" and then the "Success Story" tab. Make the change to your weight loss here and resubmit your Success Story to be approved.
If you do not have a published Success Story, you can access your weight loss information by clicking "My Profile" and then the "Personal Info" tab. Make the change to your weight loss here and click on "save changes" at the bottom of the page.
What is the Decision-Free® Diet?
This is the very-low calorie, medically supervised diet that HMR offers in our in-clinic settings. This diet helps people lose a lot of weight using only HMR weight-loss foods. Use the "Find a Program" link at the bottom of every page and enter your zip code to find the program closest to you for more information on this diet option.What is the Healthy Solutions® diet?
This is the moderate-calorie diet that HMR offers in both our in-clinic settings and the HMR at Home® program. This diet uses HMR weight-loss foods, as well as fruits and vegetables. Use the "Find a Program" link at the bottom of every page and enter your zip code to find the program closest to you for more information on this diet option.Can I change which 3 products are my favorite? How?
Absolutely. Click on "My Profile" and then go to the "Personal Info" tab. Make the change to your favorite HMR products here and click on "save changes" at the bottom of the page.Why are you asking for my company and job title?
This information is optional. However, in order to have the most effective user community, we ask each of our members for as much information as they feel comfortable sharing.Will my Twitter username appear anywhere if I add it?
Yes. Your Twitter name will be visible as a part of your public profile.Will my Facebook link appear anywhere if I add it?
Yes. Your Facebook link will be visible as a part of your public profile.If I don’t want to add my Facebook or Twitter account, is it required?
This information is optional. You do not need to complete this information if that is your preference.Do I have to subscribe to something?
Subscribing is optional. However, if you want to be notified whenever certain areas of the site are updated, you may select those areas within your RSS Subscription.
My Profile - Preferences
How do I change my subscriptions?What is RSS?
RSS (most commonly expanded as Really Simple Syndication) is a family of web feed formats used to publish frequently updated works—such as blog entries, forum entries, podcasts, and video—in a standardized format.What is My Feed?
The "My Feed" link in your Preferences tab is a hyperlink to information that an RSS Feed reader would need to get subscription information and make it viewable in a variety of different mediums.How do I make these subscriptions work with my RSS reader?
Each RSS feed reader works differently. However, most RSS feed readers allow you to cut and paste a subscription URL into the reader to set up a feed. By clicking on the link next to “My Feed,” you can cut and paste your subscription information into any reader you like.What are HMR Forums?
The HMR Forum is an area where HMRdiet community site members can go to discuss various topics related to health management.Why would I subscribe to an HMR Forum?
Subscribing to a Forum category or thread will allow you to be updated on new posts within a category or new responses to a thread.What are my Forum Settings and what do they mean?
The Forum settings allow you to customize the way that forum categories and threads appear. It also allows you to define a signature for any forum discussions that you are involved in.What is the Forum Signature? Do I have to fill this out?
The Forum signature is similar to an email signature. It will appear at the end of any Forum responses that you create. Forum signatures are optional.What is the HMRdiet Blog?
The HMR Blog is an area where HMRdiet community members can respond to health management-related topics created by HMR staff.Why would I subscribe to the HMRdiet Blog?
Subscribing to a blog category will allow you to be updated on new posts within a blog category.What is the HMR Podcast?
The HMR podcasts are digital media episodes related to health management that are released on a regular basis.Why would I subscribe to the HMR Podcast?
Subscribing to a podcast will allow you to be notified whenever new podcasts are available.What does it mean to follow a thread via RSS or email?
Following a thread or "topic" via RSS or email allows you to be notified whenever a forum user has responded to a thread you are following. How you choose to follow via RSS or email determines how you will be notified. If you chose RSS, you will be notified through your RSS reader; if you chose email, you will receive an email notifying you that there has been a response to the thread.What are the threads that you can follow? How does that work?
Threads are an individual "topic" within a category. To get updates whenever someone responds to a thread or "topic" you can subscribe to the individual thread and you will be notified any time someone responds.How do I delete a subscription to a thread?
You can access your subscriptions by clicking on "My Profile" and then the "Preferences" tab. By clicking on the red circled dash to the right of the thread, you can remove the thread from your subscriptions.
My Profile - Success Story Submittal
How do I add a success story?
To submit a success story, click on the Inspire tab, then click on the "share your story" button.How do I add my own success story video?
By creating or updating a success story, you will have the option to upload a video. You will need to complete all the required fields of a success story and you can upload a video to support the story.What if I don’t have a picture for a success story?
You will need both a before and after picture in order to submit a success story.
My Profile - Success Story Editing
Do I have to create a success story?
No. A success story is optional.How do I edit a success story?
You can edit your Success Story by clicking on "My Profile" and then clicking on the "Success Story" tab. If you have not previously submitted a story, you will be prompted to create one.I saved a success story. How do I go back and edit it or submit it?
To edit a success story, click on "My Profile" and then click the "Success Story" tab. Make the necessary edits to your success story and click the "Preview & Submit" button to submit your updated story for approval.Why am I being asked to complete my success story?
You are being reminded that you started a success story but have not yet submitted it for publication. You can choose to complete it now or at a later date.I am previewing my success story and see something I need to edit. How do I do that?
To edit your story from the preview window, click on the "Make Edits" link. This will take you back to the success story edit page where you can make changes and submit again.What if I lost some weight before HMR? Do I include that in the total weight lost?
Congratulations on your weight loss! Filling out your weight loss is optional; however, you should only indicate how much of your total weight loss was lost with HMR products and programs.How do I change the weight I have lost so far?
If you do have a published success story, you can access your weight loss by clicking on "My Profile" and then the "Success Story" tab. Make the change to your weight loss here and resubmit your success story to be approved.
If you do not have a published success story, you can access your weight loss information by clicking on "My Profile" and then the "Personal Info" tab. Make the change to your weight loss here and click on "save changes" at the bottom of the page.How do I delete a success story?
You can delete your success story by clicking on "My Profile" and then clicking on the "Success Story" tab. Once you are on the Success Story tab, you can click "delete story" to remove your success story.Do I need both a before and after picture for my success story?
A before and after picture is required as a part of submitting your success story.How do I upload and crop my picture?
To upload and crop an image for a success story, click on "My Profile" and then click the "Success Story" tab. You can upload your picture under "#2, Your Weight Loss Story." To crop an image, click on "upload image". You will see a cropping tool that allows you to crop the picture. Then click on "set image" to save the changes.How do I change my success story picture?
You can change your success story picture but you will need to resubmit the entire success story for review and approval.How do I change my favorite HMR products?
To change your favorite HMR products click on "My Profile" and then click on the "Success Story" tab. From there you can update "#3, Your Favorites." You will need to resubmit the entire success story for review and approval.Do I have to have a video for a success story?
No, a video is not required in order to submit a success story.How do I upload my video?
To upload a video for a success story, click on "My Profile" and then click on the "Success Story" tab, upload your video under "#2, Your Weight Loss Story". Click the browse button to find the video you want.What happens when I remove a video?
If you choose to remove a video from an existing success story, you can click on the "Remove" button. Removing a video does not require you to resubmit the story.I don’t see my success story with the other ones. Where is it?
HMR does not approve every success story for viewing within the Inspire section of the site. There are a few reasons why your story may not appear in the Inspire section:
- Your success story is currently being reviewed
- Your success story is only in your public profile
- Your success story has been denied
Use the “Contact Us” form to request more information about your success story.Why is my success story only in my account information instead of with the other success stories?
HMR does not approve every success story for viewing within the Inspire section of the site. For some reason we have decided not to include your success story in the Inspire section of our site. If you would like more information, use the “Contact Us” form to request more information about your success story.Can I add a new success story if I already have one?
You can edit your existing success story and resubmit it for review and approval.I had a success story and now it is gone. What happened?
If you recently edited your success story and resubmitted it for approval and your success story no longer appears, it is likely that HMR declined to post your updated story. Use the “Contact Us” form to request more information.Why does HMR review success stories? How long does this take?
To maintain a high level of quality and consistency, HMR reviews all success stories before they are approved. We try to review all success stories within a week.
General - Site Information
How do I view the videos on the site?
To view a video you will need a Adobe Flash enabled browser with Flash installed. To download the latest version of Flash, click here.Why am I unable to view PDFs on the site?
Viewing the PDFs on the site require the latest Adobe Reader software, you can download the latest version by clicking here and following the directions. If you continue to experience difficulty, use the “Contact Us” form to contact us for more information.How do I sign up?
On the top of any page, you will see the option to Sign Up. Click on “Sign Up” and you will be asked to enter some information to create an account.How do I link to the HMR Facebook page?
From the top of any page, click on the Facebook icon to become a fan of HMR on Facebook.How do I link to the HMR Twitter page?
From the top of any page, click on the Twitter icon to follow HMR on Twitter.How do I sign in?
On the top of any page, you will see the option to Sign In. Click on “Sign In” and enter your ID and password.How do I share the video about HMR with a friend?
Although this page does not contain a "share with a friend" feature, you can copy and paste this URL into an email and forward it to a friend.How do I contact you for more information?
You may click on the "Contact Us" link at the bottom of any page to write and submit a question or message to us.How do I find a program near me?
Use the "Find a Program" link at the bottom of every page and enter your zip code to find the program closest to you.What if there is no program near me and I want to lose weight?
You can still lose weight from the comfort of your home with our HMR at Home Diet Kits. Just call the number listed in the green band at the top of any page for more information, or, click on the "Shop Online for HMR Products" link at the bottom of all pages.How do I order from HMR?
Call the number listed in the green band at the top of any page for more information, or, click on the "Shop Online for HMR Products" link at the bottom of all pages. Clicking on the "Shop Online for HMR Products" link will show you a listing of HMR affiliates from which you may order.How do I report inappropriate activity?
HMR does its best to review this site regularly for inappropriate activity and will remove anything that seems inappropriate. If you find something inappropriate that you would like to report, click on the "Report Inappropriate Activity" link on the bottom of any page.Why do I need to enter a code to ask for more information/report inappropriate activity?
There are a number of places on this site where we ask you to type in a code as a security measure to minimize spam. We only require this of users who are not signed into the site.How do I remove all my personal information from the HMRdiet site?
To remove all of your account information including your profile image from the HMRdiet site, click on the "Contact Us" link in the footer of any page on the site. Please include your username and email address and request that we disable your account. Once the account is disabled, your account information will no longer appear on the site. However, some content such as recipes and forum replies will remain on the site but will be marked as anonymous.
General - Program Information
How was the HMR Program developed?
The HMR Program was developed by physicians, psychologists, dietitians, and nurses. HMR is the only program that conducts continuous ongoing research based on the results of all of its participants. Our goal is to continually improve the success of our program based on the experience of the people who have been through it.Why should I choose HMR?
People lose more weight and keep more weight off with HMR than with any other ongoing weight management program (based on published weight-loss results). That’s why HMR is the country’s leading provider of medical weight-loss programs, offered by more hospitals and medical centers than any other medical weight-loss program. In addition, HMR has been trusted by physicians and dieters alike for over 25 years.How is HMR different from other weight-loss programs?
The HMR Program does not involve fads, gimmicks, or theories about what “might” work. We focus on research-tested strategies and our programs are staffed by trained healthcare professionals. Unlike other companies whose biggest expense is often marketing, HMR invests most of its dollars in developing high-quality programs so that participants can do better. Nearly 80% of people in HMR programs have been referred by dieters who have been through our programs or by medical professionals who trust the quality of our work.How does the HMR Program work?
The goal of the program is to help you incorporate simple lifestyle changes to lose weight and keep it off for a lifetime of better health. Our program diets are highly structured to make it easier for you to lose weight. The diets use HMR Shakes, HMR Entrees, HMR Multigrain Hot Cereal and HMR BeneFit® Bars, which are used in place of meals and snacks. Research shows that structured diets using meal replacements are the most successful for weight loss and long-term weight maintenance. Trained HMR professionals provide practical support through weekly group sessions and individual phone contact. If you would like additional information, please contact us.What lifestyle skills does the HMR Program teach?
The HMR Program focuses on three skills that are critical for weight-loss success: using packaged HMR Entrees and Shakes to reduce calories, eating fruits and vegetables, and engaging in physical activity to burn calories. These same skills are at the heart of HMR's weight-maintenance program and are critical for long-term weight management and general health management. In addition, they can reduce the risk of heart disease, stroke, diabetes, cancer, and other chronic diseases.What is the HMR at Home® Program?
The HMR at Home Program allows people who don't live near an HMR clinic or who want to lose weight on their own to benefit from HMR's state-of-the-art weight-loss approach. You diet entirely on your own using comprehensive HMR Program materials and HMR weight-loss foods delivered to your door. Your Healthy Solutions Quick Start™ Diet Kit includes a free CD with invaluable tips on how to lose the most weight, and free support is available to help you get a quick start on the diet and along the way as you need it. If you would like additional information, please contact us.
General - HMR Weight-Loss Foods
How can I get ingredient information about HMR foods?
Click here for a complete list of HMR product ingredients.What are HMR weight-loss foods?
HMR weight-loss foods are healthy and delicious "fast" food. Our line of foods includes packaged entrees (such as Lasagna with Meat Sauce and vegetarian Mushroom Risotto), shakes, puddings, soup, multigrain cereal and nutrition bars. All HMR weight-loss foods are low-calorie, high-nutrition, and portioned-controlled to support your weight-loss goals. They are used in place of higher-calorie foods, making it easier for you to lower caloric intake while maintaining good nutrition. If you would like additional information, please contact us.Why use HMR weight-loss foods?
The research is very clear: diets that include packaged, portion-controlled meal replacements—the foundation of HMR diets—are far more effective. In fact, a review of over 60 studies and references shows that people lose and keep off approximately three times more weight on diets that use meal replacements when compared to other diets.How do HMR meals compare with other prepared foods?
HMR weight-loss foods are made from the highest-quality natural ingredients. They are low in calories and highly nutritious. By contrast, most of today's prepared foods and fast foods are high-calorie, high-fat, high sodium and often lacking in nutrition. It's no coincidence that, in our convenience culture, most Americans are now overweight or obese. Today's food environment makes it difficult to be thin and healthy! HMR weight-loss foods make it easy to prepare delicious, filling meals that support your weight and health goals.How are HMR weight-loss foods different from other weight-loss products?
First and foremost, HMR Shakes, Entrees, BeneFit Bars, Multigrain Cereal and HMR Chicken Soup win on taste alone. Dieters who use our products LOVE them! We invite you to see for yourself. In addition, HMR foods don't require refrigeration so you can take them anywhere. They're also incredibly versatile. You can add fruit or vegetables, serve them hot or cold, make a pudding or a shake—the recipes are limited only by your imagination. What's more, HMR products offer you the best nutrition and taste for the lowest calories.Which HMR weight-loss shake is right for me?
All HMR Shakes are low-calorie, filling, and packed with nutrition. They are available in chocolate and vanilla, but can be combined with low-calorie add-ins to provide an unending variety of flavors. They mix up quickly for delicious thick shakes, fruit smoothies, mousses, puddings, and more! You'll never be bored!
For most HMR newcomers, we recommend our HMR 120 Shake mix, which is available in an economical canister. Vitamins are included in the mix, so you don't need to take an extra vitamin tablet. (120 calories per serving.) Our HMR 70 Plus Shake/Pudding mix is lactose-free and versatile, letting you create shakes or puddings from the same mix. It comes packaged in convenient, premeasured individual packets and includes HMR vitamin tablets. (110 calories per serving.) HMR 500 is the original HMR Shake used in our medical weight-loss clinics. It is packaged in convenient, premeasured individual packets and includes HMR vitamin tablets. (100 calories per serving.) HMR 800 is a slightly richer shake with slightly higher protein. It, too, is packed in individual packets and includes HMR vitamin tablets. (160–170 calories per serving.)How many HMR Shakes per day should I have?
Any number of HMR Shakes that you drink in place of other foods will help you cut calories. Generally, three or more shakes per day will be effective to help you lose weight. Research shows that the more you use, the more you will lose. However, you should not use HMR Shakes as your sole source of nutrition without medical supervision. Always consult your physician before beginning any diet. If you would like additional information, please contact us.How do I use HMR Entrees?
HMR Entrees are easy, delicious, and heat up in about a minute! We recommend that you combine your HMR Entrees with 2 or more cups of vegetables (fresh, frozen, or canned) for a quick, filling meal. Just one HMR Entree with vegetables instead of a typical lunch or dinner can save you a thousand calories or more in that meal while still feeling full.Are HMR foods high in carbs?
Despite all the media attention on low-carb diets, research shows that people lose weight when they cut calories, not just carbs. HMR products are balanced with simple and complex carbohydrates. The amount and types of carbs in HMR foods help people lose and maintain weight in a healthy way.How is the HMR Multigrain Hot Cereal different from other hot cereals?
Many hot cereals contain just one grain. This cereal combines three grains: oats, corn, and wheat. This impacts the texture of the cereal and, therefore, is not exactly like oatmeal, grits, or instant wheat cereal. People tend to like it much better. Three kinds of dried fruit and nonfat dry milk also make this product different and better tasting than other available cereals. During taste tests, dieters who don’t usually eat hot cereal stated they would enjoy using this. Additionally, HMR's Multigrain Hot Cereal has a higher nutritional profile than other cereals, with 10 grams of protein and 25% of the Daily Value for most vitamins and minerals in each serving. In addition, this cereal provides the HMR diet plan with a meal replacement that contains a whole grain. The benefits of whole grains for health are well documented.Are HMR foods kosher?
HMR Shakes, BeneFit® Bars, and HMR Multigrain Hot Cereal are kosher and manufactured under the supervision of the Orthodox Union, also known as Circle U. All kosher products are kosher dairy. (A small d is next to the Circle U symbol on the packaging.) HMR Entrees and HMR 500 Chicken Soup are not kosher.What is the shelf life of HMR Entrees?
The potential shelf life of the HMR Entrees is indefinite as long as the seal has not been tampered with. However, the quality of the food is ideal when eaten before the “Best By Date” on the side of the box. Safe food handling practices should be followed with any HMR Entree which has been opened. The food should be heated and eaten immediately or refrigerated for up to 2 days. If, for any reason, the seal on the tray has been broken, the contents of the entree should be discarded.What are the ideal storage conditions for HMR Entrees?
HMR Entrees are shelf-stable and therefore require no refrigeration. Entrees should be stored at room temperature or in a cool, dark, dry space.What happens if I leave my entrees in my car during the summer?
HMR Entrees should not be exposed to prolonged high heat for multiple days during the peak summer months. This could cause the entree to spoil. Any entrees that have been exposed to high heat for a prolonged period of time (for example 3 or more days) could have an “off odor” when opened, or the seal may be puffy. This entree has likely spoiled and should be discarded.What happens if I leave my entrees in my car during the winter?
HMR Entrees can remain in your car in a cold environment. Freezing does not affect the entree, but the tray should be handled carefully so that the seal remains intact. Discard the entree if the seal is open once thawed.What should I do if my entrees burst through the seal when reheating in the microwave?
The best way to reheat the entrees is to release a corner of the lid so that the tray “breathes”. Put the entree back inside the box after you have vented the corner. If the sauce splatters, it will stay in the box and not on the sides of the oven.Which HMR Entrees are vegetarian?
Five-Bean Casserole and Vegetarian Thai Curry with Brown Rice are vegan items. Mushroom Risotto, Cheese and Basil Ravioli with Tomato Sauce and Pasta Fagioli are also vegetarian but contain either milk, eggs or cheese.Is the Cheese and Basil Ravioli still considered a vegetarian item? A sub-listing of an ingredient in one of the cheeses in the HMR Cheese and Basil Ravioli is rennet. I have read that rennet used in cheese-making can be animal-based.
Yes. The HMR Cheese and Basil Ravioli contains pasta, cheeses, spices, and other non-meat ingredients. Although some cheeses contain animal-based rennet, the sources of the rennet in the Romano cheese in this entree is microbial-based. Microbial-based rennet is made from microorganisms (such as fungi and bacteria) through a process of fermentation. This type of rennet is acceptable for a lacto-vegetarian.Is there any BPA (Bisphenol A) in the plastic used in the entree lid and tray?
No. The HMR trays and lids are single use items approved for use in food manufacturing and home microwave ovens.
General - Health and Medical
If I have food allergies, which HMR Foods can I use?
HMR products are generally well tolerated by most people. Some of our products, however, contain common allergens such as dairy, eggs, wheat, soy and peanuts. HMR lists the common food allergens at the end of the ingredient list on every HMR food. If you need more information on a particular flavor or spice, contact HMR.What are the health benefits of losing weight with HMR?
Losing weight with HMR can result in dramatic health improvements. That's because excess weight and obesity are risk factors for a number of chronic health conditions, including diabetes, hypertension, heart disease, metabolic syndrome, joint problems, sleep apnea, and more. Participants in the HMR Program often find that they are able to reduce or eliminate the medications they are taking for many of these conditions. Furthermore, the lifestyle changes the HMR Program helps you make—increasing physical activity and consuming more fruits and vegetables while decreasing fat in your diet—also contribute to dramatic health improvements. You'll look great and feel better!How much fluid should I drink per day on an HMR diet?
Staying well hydrated, especially when you are on a diet, is important. If you do not drink enough fluids, you may experience side effects such as dizziness or headaches. When dieting, you should drink an 8-ounce glass of water or noncaloric beverage eight times per day (for a daily total of 64 fluid ounces or more).Can people with diabetes use HMR foods?
Yes. HMR foods are frequently recommended by doctors for their patients with diabetes because of the foods' nutritional formulation and low calories. However, if you are on medication for diabetes, it is important to check with your physician before starting any diet program.Do I need medical supervision on an HMR diet?
For the most part, if you are on an HMR diet of 1,200 or more calories per day, you do not require medical supervision. Occasionally, people who are on a higher-calorie HMR diet will still require ongoing medical supervision. Dieters on low- and very low-calorie HMR diets (500–800 calories per day) and those with certain medical conditions should receive medical supervision. Most HMR clinic programs provide medical supervision for those who need it. To be sure, always consult your physician before losing weight or beginning an exercise program.Can I use HMR foods if I’m breast-feeding?
We do not recommend program to women who are nursing for less than 12 weeks. It's always best to consult with your obstetrician and/or pediatrician regarding any diet or food questions you may have while breast-feeding. If you have been nursing for 12 weeks or longer and your doctor recommends that you lose weight using the Healthy Solutions at Home program, or you choose to use HMR weight-loss foods as part of a maintenance plan, the following information is important to discuss with your doctor. HMR Shakes and HMR Multigrain Hot Cereal contain artificial sweeteners (acesulfame potassium, aspartame, sucralose, or saccharin), which some health professionals recommend limiting during breast feeding. HMR BeneFit Bars, Shakes, Soup, and Multigrain Hot Cereal are vitamin-fortified and should be evaluated if prenatal vitamins are still being used. HMR Entrees are nutritionally balanced foods and may be used as part of a diet program that your doctor recommends. All HMR meal replacements list common allergens on the packaging. Please check the nutrition labels on each item before any use during the time you are breast-feeding.I’m lactose-intolerant. Is there lactose in the HMR foods?
HMR 70 Plus Shakes are lactose-free. The other HMR Shakes, as well as HMR 500 Chicken Soup, HMR Multigrain Hot Cereal, HMR BeneFit® Bars, and a few of the HMR Entrees contain lactose. However, people who are lactose-intolerant can often enjoy any of the HMR foods by using a Lactaid® tablet. Because of their lower lactose content, the HMR Entrees, HMR Multigrain Hot Cereal and HMR BeneFit Bars may be tolerated by some people without the need for Lactaid. (This varies with the individual.) For example, there is about the same amount of lactose in the hot cereal as there is in a ½ cup of fat-free milk, even less in many of the BeneFit Bars. The following HMR Entrees are lactose-free: Vegetable Stew with Beef, Chicken Creole with Brown Rice, Savory Chicken, Five-Bean Casserole, Turkey Chili, Steak Strips with Red Potatoes and Sauce, and Vegetarian Thai Curry with Brown Rice.Can the vitamin fortification in HMR Shakes, Cereal and Bars interact with my medications?
The HMR Shakes, Soup, and Multigrain Hot Cereal are all fortified with vitamin K, which plays a role in blood clotting, maintaining bone health, and preventing cardiovascular disease. This is important to know if you are taking the blood thinner, Coumadin® (warfarin). You should consult with your treating physician about the amount of vitamin K allowed in your diet while on this medication.Is there caffeine in HMR weight-loss foods?
HMR Chocolate Shakes include 9–15 mg of caffeine per single serving. This amount of caffeine equals about 1/5 the amount of caffeine found in an 8 oz. cup of brewed coffee. The BeneFit bars have naturally occurring chocolate from the chocolate ingredients. The Double Chocolate Chip BeneFit Bar has approximately 2.5 mg per bar. The Chocolate Peanut Butter Crunch bar contains approximately 1 mg per bar.
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