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The Skinny On: HMR Weight-Loss Program

Weight Watchers, Jenny Craig, and Nutrisystem help people lose weight with packaged meals that teach portion control. HMR (Health Management Resources) is another weight-loss program that's offering meal and snack replacements. However, HMR programs are offered at hospitals and medical centers as well as health facilities as opposed private offices. You can also opt for the HMR at Home program. The program is highly structured menu-wise, and utilizes HMR shakes, entrees, hot cereal, and bars. It also emphasizes support in the form of group meetings or phone calls.

To hear more about HMR, see photos of its food, and find out how much it costs

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This program isn't as well-known as say Jenny Craig, so if you can't find a program offered at a facility near you then you'll have to do it on your own. Entrees cost about $3.50 each, and the shakes are $21.50 for 12 servings. If you want more variety, you can order hot cereal, some weird soup they call HMR 500 Chicken Soup, or four different flavors of BeneFit Bars. I'm not one to knock it till you try it, but HMR seems too rigid. It's not a lifestyle you can keep up, unless you wan to eat its Five-Bean Casserole for the rest of your life. I understand that some people need structure, but this program just hand-feeds you and doesn't do anything to teach you about maintaining a healthy diet. I guess that's how they make it's money though — from you buying its food.

I'm curious, have any of you ever tried HMR?


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Alis15301317 Alis15301317 2 years
Hi I tried HMR 800 program and lost 30 lbs in 6 weeks. I have kept off the weight for 6 months now. The shakes taste great. My doctor helped me slowly add reg food back until i was weened off the shakes. First 4 weeks i did protein and veggies then introduced dairy.
brinybay brinybay 3 years
I've did the HMR weight loss program via my local health clinic. I shed 32 lbs. Yes, it's rigid, but it worked. The cost of the food was a wash for me because I was dining out and eating fast food. You're wrong when you say they don't teach you how to eat healthy, they do in the final phase of the program after you've shed the weight and they ween you off the products. I've still got all the material and I'm going to start back up with a self-managed program with the entrees and shakes again because my local clinic doesn't offer it anymore, and in the 7 years that I first tried it, I went back to old habits and have gained most of it back. I do not intend to stay on these products forever, although they fit my preferred lifestyle - no cooking, easy shopping, easy storage.
lilywingz82 lilywingz82 3 years
I am beginning week 9 of HMR and am down 33 lbs (out of 50-60 total I plan on losing).\u00a0 I am happy with the results overall but would not recommend this program to everyone. It is VERY expensive, for one.\u00a0 The prices quoted on some sites don't compare to what I am actually paying (and I am healthy other than the extra 50lbs) \u00a0 The diet itself I have found very easy to stick with. I am never hungry. The shakes are great and the classes are informative (even though i thought i knew everything there was to know about dieting).\u00a0 I won't eat the entrees (but on the medically supervised program, they're optional so that's ok).\u00a0 I have had some major digestive issues on this diet as well (I have no health problems at all normally)--it's worth it to me anyway but to some, it may not be.\u00a0 \u00a0 Overall, if you've exhausted other options, have the money to spare, and are willing to do it the right way (yes, you have to exercise) then go for it.\u00a0 If not, you can probably find better options.
Carmen57 Carmen57 4 years
I've been on the HMR program for 2 1/2 weeks. It's very expensive and I had to tailor my own program because my insurance doesn't cover the cost. My body revolted going from eating solid food to just shakes the first week and I ended up in the clinic having all kinds of tests. I'm type 2 diabetic and am on several medications, as well. You need to read the fine print on this program because it doesn't list that there is caffeine in the products. Two of the medications I'm on specifically state not to eat or drink anything with caffeine or it will diminish the effects of the medication. I found out the hard way, unfortunately, and now will have to quit the program.
DietGuy DietGuy 6 years
I've been on the HMR diet for quite some time. I lost, and am keeping off over 100 pounds. I still use HMR products daily and find them a great tool for weight loss and maintenance. I think of HMR shakes and entrees this way: They provide a real 'safe haven' from huge hamburgers, overflowing boxes of fries, 1/4 pound cookies, and greasy prepared food found in many fast food outlets and grocery stores. Without them, I would have gain all my weight back years ago. It is a lifestyle I can keep up? You bet.
HelloKittyMini HelloKittyMini 6 years
Weight Watchers is not like Jenny Craig or Nutra-system, in that you do not eat pre-packaged meals. With WW, there is a focus on making your own food and also being accountable whether you are eating out or cooking at home.
lilxmissxmolly lilxmissxmolly 6 years
*any appeal
lilxmissxmolly lilxmissxmolly 6 years
ew....none of that has no appeal to me
Spectra Spectra 6 years
No way. It sounds too much like Jenny Craig or Nutrisystem, which are all the same ol' BS...you lose weight as long as you eat their processed packaged crap and then when you go back to eating your old food, you gain the weight back. You need to learn HOW to eat real food; not just what to buy to lose weight now.
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