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HMR Weight Management Review

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Bottom Line:
Comprehensive weight loss program for fast weight loss; features shakes, meals and one-on-one coaching; lacks options for those with common food allergens

Full Review:
HMR Weight Management was founded over 30 years ago and is a company under Merck & Co., which specializes in weight loss and weight management. It aims to provide medically-based programs and support to clinics, hospitals and major medical centers throughout the U.S. Its program is similar to Jenny Craig in that it combines a structured diet with behavioral lifestyle-change coaching. Also like Jenny Craig, HMR gives its users the option to seek coaching in person at one of its many national locations or in the privacy of their own home. As a diet meal delivery service, the program works by replacing your current meals with HMR meals, snacks and shakes.

How Does it Taste?

How a meal looks, tastes and whether or not you feel full afterwards are key factors when it comes to any diet, and as such, these are the three factors that we took into consideration during our blind taste test. We had a panel of 14 people try food from HMR Weight Management and rank it on a scale of 1 to 5 for the taste, appearance and serving size. HMR ranked second to last place in our 2016 Diet Taste Test with an overall rating of 3.5. Testers commented that one of the dinner meals "kept getting worse as I chewed" and another said that it was "not something I would buy to eat." While it didn't do well taste-wise, it did rank fairly high on the satisfaction scale with a 4 out of 5 overall rating. You can see how it measured up to the other diet programs on the Diet Taste Test results page.

Plans and Pricing

HMR Weight Management has a few different plan options for you to choose from, however, all of its plans work in three phases. To get started with Phase 1, you will need to order the Quick Start Diet Kit that includes HMR shake mix (you can choose all chocolate, all vanilla or both chocolate and vanilla flavors), HMR entrees (all shelf stable), a sample of multigrain hot cereal, support guides, weekly progress charts to track weight loss and a CD guide to explain how the program works. All of adds up to a total of $328.10 (or $196.86 with free shipping and a 10% auto-delivery discount) and is to last three weeks, supplying three meals including meal replacement shakes and snacks per day. It's important to note that you must add your own dairy, fruits and vegetables, so you'll want to take that cost factor into consideration as well. By ordering this starter kit, you will be enrolled in auto-delivery, which can be disabled or cancelled at any time; auto-delivery ensures free shipping as well as a 10% discount on all orders.

Before beginning Phase 1, you will choose whether you want to be on the Decision-Free plan, the Healthy Solutions plan or the Healthy Shakes plan. All of its plans offer a 100% money-back guarantee if you aren't completely satisfied with the program.

The Decision-Free plan is for those looking to lose a lot of weight and quickly; it operates on 500 to 800 calories per day and is available in HMR clinics only, as medical supervision is required for this plan. The pricing for this plan varies because it is based on a number of factors, including location, frequency of visits and the individual's personal goals. On the Decision-Free plan, you will have a minimum of five HMR shakes per day or three HMR shakes plus two HMR entrees per day. Shakes cost about $25 per 13 ounce canister (or around $40 per box of 18 individual packets) and most of its entrees are priced at around $4/meal.

The Healthy Solutions plan allows you to choose whether you want coaching or a self-guided experience, and as such, allows you to choose between completing the diet at home or at an HMR clinic. This plan is 1,200 to 1,400 calories per day and costs about $15/day after you purchase the Quick Start Diet Kit.

The Healthy Shakes plan will cost you about the same ($15/day plus the cost of any additional fruits and vegetables you add in) and also requires you to purchase this starter kit, though this option is self-guided, at home only and 1,400 calories per day.

Once you’ve selected the plan, you will be able to begin the phases, which start out very structured and gradually move towards giving dieters more flexibility and access to the self-management aspects of the program. Phase 1 is highly structured and intended to help you lose weight quickly by having you attend coaching sessions once a week. Phase 2 begins after you reach your weight loss goal or are ready to move to something less structured; it helps you focus on keeping that weight off with coaching and consultation sessions that become less and less frequent. Once you feel you are ready to fully take control of your diet and lifestyle management, you will enter Phase 3 of the program. In this final phase, you won't be attending weekly coaching sessions anymore, but HMR will provide you with online tools and a community to help you maintain a healthy diet and lifestyle.


A big part of HMR Weight Management's weight loss regiment is its shakes, which you will be drinking three to five times per day, depending on which plan you're on and what your coach advises for your weight loss goal. These shakes can be prepared with a blender or as pudding if you do not have a blender, and there are formulas available for those who are lactose intolerant as well as a few different options for higher or lower calories.

In addition to the HMR shakes, the service also provides entree meals, which are all shelf-stable so no refrigeration is required. They can be easily prepared in the microwave in just a few minutes, though we noticed we were sent about five of the same entree in our shipment, so the meals can get a bit monotonous. If you have common food allergies, such as dairy, eggs, wheat, soy or nuts, you'll want to pay attention to the ingredients listed on each individual entree box. HMR does provide options for diabetics and vegetarians if you request it.

Support and Fitness

If you're seeking a more hands-on approach to weight loss, HMR Weight Management is a great option. It provides coaching sessions in its clinics and at home for those who either don't have time to go in person or who just want more privacy. The program is focused on changing your lifestyle to help you not only lose weight, but to learn how you can keep it off as well. It offers free information sessions at its clinics, which are located in almost every state in America, so you can learn more about plans, pricing and exactly how it works before deciding if you want to sign up or not. Additionally, its main customer support team can be reached via email or phone Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. ET.

In addition to its coaching sessions in person or over the phone, HMR provides you with many other tools to stay on track with your weight loss journey. As mentioned before, it is designed to operate in three phases. When you order your starter kit, you will receive a lot of information on the program, as well as progress charts for both Phase 1 and Phase 2, which break down your shake and meal intake per day with the number of calories as well as any physical activity you have completed that day and the number of calories you burned doing so. These charts help you keep track of any weight changes you make every week. It also provides you with nutritional information on its shakes and entrees which you can take to share with your primary physician should you be concerned about any health conditions or how many calories you will be going down to on a daily basis.


HMR Weight Management is a comprehensive program designed to help you lose weight through diet shakes and entrees while making healthy lifestyle changes. It provides similar support as Jenny Craig, at a slightly lower cost, although our Diet Taste Test proved the food to be less-than appealing and tasty. If you are serious about weight loss and want something to help you change your behaviors and lifestyle habits to do so, it's a decent option to consider, especially since it offers a 100% money-back guarantee.

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Service Details

Cost:$15 - $19/day, depending on plan (excludes cost of added food)

Free shipping and discounts w/auto-delivery

100% money-back guarantee
Diet Types:Low-calorie shakes plus diet meal entrees; diabetic and vegetarian options
Support Types:Weekly at home or in-person coaching sessions; online tools and forum resources
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