Review of the Michael Thurmond
Here's the Diet Buzz on the Mike's Makeover System based on the infomercial, as well as a review of the Makeover System by Diet Bites.
The Claim: over 500,000 dieters have been put to the test using Michael Thurmond's Makeover America System and lost 70 to 150 pounds in a matter of months by combining the following:
- the right information (the dieter identifies the 'right information' via a series of questions, which we found quite interesting and potentially valuable information to anyone planning to go on a diet plan);
- Michael Thurmond's customized plan which is based on 'secrets revealed by Provido Life Sciences'
The weight came off and stayed off according to Michael Thurmond.
The "cornerstone" of the plan is customization and an exercise sculpturing program. Supposedly, each of us respond and react differently to foods. The dieter will supposedly know how their metabolism works in as little as 6 weeks. They will then be able to eat more and exercise less.
Michael Thurmond's Metabolism Theory: We have to eat to lose weight. We must eat the right foods. We can eat more foods that cause us to lose weight.
Exercise is formulated through blueprinting, not the standard - but a lot more fun! The dieter sculptures their body with exercise, using only the exercises that work for them - which again, is established by the dieter.
Okay, let's take a pause here. The body is indeed a moldable object, but once we reach the mold that was laid out by Mother Nature, we conform to that shape.
Toning via exercise and free weights will indeed firm up the body and we can achieve impressive results using these weight loss/fitness tools.
However, if a woman has a small chest, it's only going to get so large, and so firm. Two olives are two olives. Two cantaloupes are two cantaloupes. Same with the guys. If Mother Nature equipped your body with a deflated booty, it's going to be very difficult to accomplished little mountains of steel.
So use common knowledge and expect impressive results but not miraculous results - as you should with all diet plans. In reviewing Michael Thurmond's Six Week Body Makeover, 'Impressive' stood out to us. They aren't promising miracles - and that's a thumb's up from Diet Bites.
With that said, the dieter should also keep something else in mind before striking out on ANY diet plan, especially when they desire more than 50 pounds of weight loss. It's going to take more than 6 weeks to accomplish weight loss goals whenever a dieter is wanting to drop a fair amount of weight. If you have a lot of weight to lose, Michael's plan will help you put a big dent in that, given six weeks of devotion to the body makeover.
The fact that Michael Thurmond's 6 Week Body Makeover does encourage exercise is a plus in our Diet Books. Exercise is a very good foundation for weight loss success. Fifteen to eighteen minutes of exercise, 2 times per week is moderate - and that is Michael's recommendation.
So many diet plans and weight loss programs set out an hour or more per day of back-breaking exercise which ends up sabotaging the dieter almost from the beginning of the diet plan.
Bottom line: What's this going to cost the dieter?
4 payments at $19.99 totaling $110 which includes shipping and handling charges. A mini makeover 1 week plan, a $30.00 value, is included with the package that you can use to jumpstart your diet
Also included is a support package, unlimited access to their website, and it's all risk free, claiming 30 pounds of weight loss in 6 weeks or a money back guarantee. All of this - a $370 value is free for life. Given the cost of bandwidth, site maintenance, hosting charges - all the stuff that readers don't see that's an intricate part of website upkeep - at $110, this plan is a heck of a deal.
Michael Thurmond encourages the dieter to take the plan to their doctor for review. In addition, there is a staff of doctors who are endorsing the diet, one of which has been using the diet plan for over 14 years. This mirrors satiety and is a good measure of the effectiveness of the plan - although I don't think I'd want to be on this diet for 14 years.
- A restaurant guide is included, which is really a very nice perk.
- Body sculpturing bands are also included for the exercise routine.
- A plan for weight maintenance is included. The fact that a support plan is in place makes the 6 Week Body Makeover more valuable.
- There is also a free forum.
- A video with Michael Thurmond is also included. Oh goody - more leather and if that doesn't motivate, nothing will!
As part of the research for the Six Week Body Makeover System, we performed searches online trying to find success stories because those do indeed temper the value of the product. We discovered a mix - where dieters were either thrilled or where the Six Week Body Makeover wasn't the plan that worked for them.
- We found a growing base of dieters who absolutely loved the diet plan.
- We found a few dissatisfied customers - which will happen with any diet plan. At this time, the base of satisfied dieters far exceed dissatisfied dieters. The chief complaint? That it was time consuming - but that is a key to Diet Success, taking time to find what works for you.
During our review of the diet plan, we were concerned about a potential electrolyte imbalance due to the combination of a lot of water and certain food combining, and so this indeed is a concern with the diet plan. We would recommend that the dieter stick with the standard 8 cups of water per day - and up that amount during increased activity. Water is very important to your diet, but it's also vital that you don't overdo.
- Michael Thurmond was very forthright, inviting dieters to take the diet plan to their doctors for a professional review. That's a huge plus in our Diet Books!
We would only add that the dieter take Michael's advice and let your doctor review the plan, because if certain underlying health conditions exist, only your doctor knows best. Note however, that you should take ANY diet plan that you are considering to your doctor for approval.
- Michael's Makeover is backed by a team of doctors, which also appeared forthright. That too is a huge plus!
- Exercise and a healthy diet is encouraged in the diet plan. Again, huge plus!
- A money back guarantee is in place. Very huge plus!
- A support system is in place for the dieter. Very, very huge plus!
- The Makeover isn't a dull weight loss program where the dieter robotically spins their diet off a boring list of bland foods at the BEGINNING of the diet plan. Again, big plus! If it's not interesting and fun, then the diet plan will quickly get sucked down the tubes. However, due to bland foods day in and day out, the diet eventually may become dull and boring. Spices only go so far.
- Michael's Makeover is reasonably priced and they have developed a 'budget payment plan' so to speak, so as the dieter doesn't have to shell out all the money at once. Another plus from us!
- The package is very nicely presented. Plus!
Based on this information, the Six Week Makeover America System may be an effective mode of achieving weight loss success by many dieters.
As a note, Diet Bites has not contacted the Makeover America folks and our review is made independently, without influence. We hope this review is of help to you in determining if this diet program would benefit you.
Rita said: The Michael Thurmond Six Week Body Makeover plan was very good for losing weight but I could not stick with it because it was very hard.
I did lose a good amount of weight in a short time and plan to resume the plan the first of next month.
Over 4 weeks I lost fifteen pounds.
That is a lot of weight, I feel. I wanted to lose a total of sixty pounds.
I am very short and those fifteen pounds that I lost sure made a difference in the way that I look and feel. Luckily I have NOT regained any of the weight back that I lost. I just needed to take a break and make a new stab at the plan.
Due to all the activity on the plan I surely didn't feel sluggish.
It is almost like the activity spurs up the metabolism thus fueling energy levels. I religiously abided to the plan because I wanted to give it an honest chance.
Also, I was concerned that I might not stick to the plan if I began to add foods or ingredients that were not allowed. I have read Maryjo's review of the Michael Thurmond Makeover and she makes some very good points which I am going to add to my diet plan when I pick it back up. Regards, Rita from Riverview
Diet Bites appreciates you sharing your personal experience of Michael Thurmond Six Week Body Makeover Plan with our readers.
You mentioned something that was very interesting to us as we read your experience. You said that the plan was very hard. That's one of the common complaints were dieting is involved and you are so right - dieting is difficult.
We are also proud that you lost fifteen pounds.
That's quite a lot of body fat. We hope that you go forward with another plan that is better suited to your personal needs and lose the remaining forty-five pounds.
At least you're fifteen pounds closer to your final goal weight.
Good luck and a sincere thanks for sharing your experience with us.
Susan said: A co-worker has been on the 6 Week Body Makeover program for 10 months and has lost over 100 lbs. She inspired me to check into it and give it a try. I have been on the program for six weeks now and have lost 29 lbs.
I began the program while recovering from an injury to my foot so was not able to walk or do the exercises, and still lost. I don't find the diet boring, bland, or lacking in any way. I do vary it a bit on occasion, but just slightly.
If I am craving something very sweet I core, quarter, and slice an apple wafer thin. I toss the slices with a mixture of Splenda and cinnamon. This is a snack with a cooked chicken tender or two. Or my snack might be a crepe made up of egg white, vanilla, Splenda and cinnamon then slide onto my plate with ½ cup fruit (I like mixed berries) put on half the crepe and the other half folded over it. YUM!
My meals are the same meals I have always made, just without salt (I have a good selection of salt free spices and Mrs. Dash), butter or margarine (I have been using the I Can't Believe it's Not Butter spray), sugars, and oils. I actually cook most of my meats (chicken or fish mostly) all at one time over the weekend, and then freeze them in individual portions. I also make up several servings of rice and keep it in a storage container in my fridge.
I love the stir-fry blends of frozen veggies with peppers, snow peas, mushrooms, etc., so I buy several bags to keep in the freezer. I just grab 3 meat (one for lunch and one for each of two snacks), a carb (either a small potato, or ½ cup rice), a portion of veggies, and two fruits when I am packing my lunch and snacks for the day. All goes into the fridge at work and are ready to be micro waved for snacks or lunch.
Sometimes lunch is a salad with mushrooms, onion, whatever other veggies I may want, and I slice up my chicken to add to it. I then use my carb in the form of rice, add vanilla, Splenda and cinnamon and have a great salad, and dessert.
For the salad dressing I use light rice vinegar and add Splenda and a drop of sesame oil. It has a bit of an Asian flavor and is very light so it doesn't distract from the rest of the salad. Six weeks, 29 pounds, eating 5 to 6 times a day not hard to do at all. I started at 323 pounds, and am now at 294. I'll be on the program a while, but it's okay. I can LIVE with it!! Thanks, Susan in WA
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