Pharmacy diet plans

A growing number of pharmacies are getting into the weight-loss business, but how do these diet plans weigh up?
 
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  • Updated:20 Jan 2009
 

02.Programs table

  Features Consultants' training
Program (in alphabetical order) Meal replacements? Meets Australian meal replacement standard Claimed weight-loss/average time on program Initial Ongoing
AlphaSlim Pharmacy Weight Loss (A)
www.alphaslim.com.au
Two per day, plus a main meal at night and fruit for snacks. A "free day" is introduced after four weeks.
Yes (C)
0.5kg to 1kg per week/until weight lost
Three hours
"As scheduled or required"
Betty Baxter Complete Weight Management
www.bettybaxter.com.au
Two per day, plus a main meal at night and snacks.
Yes
Maximum 1kg per week/six to eight weeks (at a time)
Four hours
Nine to 16 hours per year
Dr Tim's Success
www.drtimssuccess.com.au
Two per day, plus a main meal at night (fruit for snacks after two weeks).
Yes
Up to 6kg (women), 9kg (men) over four week/12 weeks
Three hours
Within first few months, four to six hours; two-hour refresher training available Online training is also available "at any time"
Kate Morgan Weight Loss
www.katemorgan.com.au
Two per day, plus a main meal at night and fruit for snacks.
Yes (D)
1kg per week/12 to 16 weeks
Six hours
No structured program; "experienced staff require little ongoing training"
MediTrim (B)
www.meditrim.com.au
Three per day initially, then two per day plus a main meal at night and fruit/nuts for snacks.
No (E)
1kg to 2kg per week; time on program not known.
Two Days
Not known
Tony Ferguson WeightLoss
www.tonyferguson.com.au
Two per day, plus a main meal at night and fruit for snacks.
Yes
No claims on weight loss/five weeks (at a time)
Two Days
Four-hour training on maintencance diet;advanced/master practitioner training from 2009. An additional 2 days for the Progress program.
Ultra Lite Weight Management
www.ultralite.com.au
None. Based on counting and limiting carbohydrate content using ordinary foods.
na
10kg/five-week program; 15kg to 20kg/10 week program
Two Days
Recommend refresher training once per year.
Xndo Weight Control System
www.xndo.com.au
Two per day, plus a main meal at night and fruit for snacks. There is also a non-meal replacement option.
No (E)
0.5kg to 1kg per week/until weight lost
Two Days
"Regular advanced training courses"
 


  Costs
Program (in alphabetical order) Membership, diet plan/diary ($) Ongoing meal replacements per week ($) Supplements to buy?
AlphaSlim Pharmacy Weight Loss (A)
www.alphaslim.com.au
29.90 43.28
Optional multivitamin; fibre supplement; flaxseed/olive/grapeseed oil; chromium supplement
Betty Baxter Complete Weight Management
www.bettybaxter.com.au
25.90 45.15
Multivitamin; flaxseed oil; chromium supplement
Dr Tim's Success
www.drtimssuccess.com.au
21.00 (F) 45.15 (H)
None (J)
Kate Morgan Weight Loss
www.katemorgan.com.au
24.95 45.50
Multivitamin;fibre supplement; chromium supplement
MediTrim (B)
www.meditrim.com.au
25.00 42.00
MediTrim multivitamin ($24.95/60 tablets); MediTrim Fibre complex ($27.50/500g); MediTrim Balance ($28.50/60 tablets); MediTrim Fat Burner ($34.95/60 tablets); MediTrim Appetite reduce ($34.99/60 tablets); flaxseed oil; apple cider vinegar
Tony Ferguson WeightLoss
www.tonyferguson.com.au
24.95 45.50
Tony Ferguson branded Simply balanced (multivitamin; $26.95/60 tablets), Simply fibre ($18.40/280g), Simply chromium ($13.80/60 tablets)
Ultra Lite Weight Management
www.ultralite.com.au
395.00 (G) na (G)
Flaxseed oil, apple cider vinegar, urine test strips and potassium supplement (K)
Xndo Weight Control System
www.xndo.com.au
19.95 41.86
Xndo branded low joule "snack water" ($15.99 - 16.99/10); low-joule coffee sachets ($18.99/10); lemon tea booster 33 (tea with vitamins and minerals, $39.99 for 30); Xndo Block & Burn ($14.99/week, 15 tablets)
 

Table notes

(A) All information from AlphaSlim. AlphaSlim’s program details were not made available to us in time to include them in the shadow shop.
(B) All information from MediTrim website and shadow shop – company did not return our survey (but did confirm the data we collected as correct).
(C) Shakes meet standard; soups are low in phosphorus.
(D) Kate Morgan evening meals are not meal replacements.
(E) The company does not specifically claim their products are meal replacements. However, they are used to replace meals.
(F) The starter pack is $66 and includes the first week’s shakes, worth $45.
(G) For the five-week program, includes first and then weekly consultations, manual and recipe book, enough vitamin-drink sachets for four sachets per day. Depending on the pharmacy, this cost may or may not include flaxseed oil, apple cider vinegar, urine test strips and a potassium supplement ($47.95 if bought separately); 10-week program is also available.
(H) One shadow shopper was told her weekly visits would cost $5 each, even though the company says they should be free.
(J) No additional supplements are required, according to the company’s information; however, one shadow shopper was sold extra herbal and vitamin supplements in the pharmacy.
(K) These may be included in the program price at some pharmacies. Vitamin-drink sachets are included in the cost.

 

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