• Your Insider’s Guide to HMR Lingo

    by Scott Isaacs, MD
    on Feb 15th, 2020

You may have noticed that we use a lot of abbreviations and expressions here at HMR. These language "shortcuts" help to quickly explain some important program concepts so you can easily internalize them. The goal is that they’ll become mini mantras that stick with you.

Here’s your Insider’s Guide to the HMR Lingo!

ITB - In the Box

Staying "In the Box" means eating ONLY the foods on your plan (HMR foods, fruits, veggies, and approved condiments and flavorings) and no other foods or snacks. Staying In the Box may be challenging at times, but it's your best chance to reach your goals faster!

MIB - More is Better

Perhaps the most important concept while you're on the diet, this means you don't have to limit the number of shakes, entrees, fruits or vegetables you can eat each day. Because these foods are so low in calories, you can eat as much as you need to stay full...and stay on the diet.

Min - Daily Diet Minimums

To help you stay full and make sure you're getting balanced nutrition, each day you need to eat a minimum of 3 HMR Shakes, 2 HMR Entrees, and 5 servings of fruits and vegetables. Have more if you need to, because…. More is Better!

MRs – Meal Replacements

Refers to the HMR foods you’re eating on the plan, including Shakes, Entrees, Multigrain Cereal, or Pudding. You’re eating at least 5 of these a day during the weight-loss phase.

EC - Environmental Control

Making sure your personal environments (home, car, work) are as supportive as possible. This could mean bringing IN healthier options (HMR foods, fruits and veggies) or taking OUT foods that don't support your weight management (you know what they are!)

P1 - Phase 1

The first part of the program — this is the time-limited "weight loss” portion of the HMR Program. This is when you stay ITB and practice MIB to lose the weight you want!

P2 - Phase 2

The second part of the program — the "maintenance" phase – where you’re practicing important healthy lifestyle skills, such as planning, food prep, and problem-solving everyday challenges of life to keep your weight off. This is when you'll reduce your reliance on HMR foods while you learn how to create a long-term healthy eating plan filled with lean proteins, whole grains and fruits and vegetables.

Phew. Still have questions? Reach out and we’ll be happy to explain anything we might have missed!

If you’d like to learn more about permanent weight loss, please feel free to call us or schedule an appointment with Dr. Isaacs using the online booking tool on this website.

Author Scott Isaacs, MD Endocrinologist and Weight Loss Specialist

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