How much fluid should I drink per day on an HMR diet?
Staying well hydrated, especially when you are on a diet, is important. If you do not drink enough fluids, you may experience side effects such as dizziness or headaches. When dieting, you should drink an 8-ounce glass of water or noncaloric beverage eight times per day (for a daily total of 64 fluid ounces or more).
Can people with diabetes use HMR foods?
Yes. HMR foods are frequently recommended by doctors for their patients with diabetes because of the foods' nutritional formulation and low calories. However, if you are on medication for diabetes, it is important to check with your physician before starting any diet program.
Can I use HMR foods if I have food allergies?
HMR products are generally well tolerated by most people. Some of our products, however, contain common allergens such as dairy, eggs, wheat, soy and peanuts. Click here for a complete list of HMR product ingredients.
Do I need medical supervision on an HMR diet?
For the most part, if you are on an HMR diet of 1,200 or more calories per day, you do not require medical supervision. Occasionally, people who are on a higher-calorie HMR diet will still require ongoing medical supervision. Dieters on low- and very low-calorie HMR diets (500–800 calories per day) and those with certain medical conditions should receive medical supervision. Most HMR clinic programs provide medical supervision for those who need it. To be sure, always consult your physician before losing weight or beginning an exercise program.
Can I use HMR foods if I'm breast-feeding?
It's always best to consult with your obstetrician and/or pediatrician regarding any diet questions you may have while breast-feeding. HMR Entrees should present no nutritional concerns and can be enjoyed at any time. HMR Shakes contain artificial sweeteners (acesulfame potassium, aspartame, or saccharin), which some health professionals recommend limiting during breast feeding. HMR BeneFit Bars are vitamin-fortified and should be evaluated if prenatal vitamins are still being used. All HMR meal replacements list common allergens on the packaging.
I’m lactose-intolerant. Is there lactose in the HMR foods?
Lactose is an ingredient in some of the HMR Shakes, Multigrain Cereal, BeneFit Bars, and a few of the HMR Entrees. However, people who are lactose-intolerant can often enjoy any of the HMR foods by using a Lactaid tablet. For example, there is about the same amount of lactose in the cereal as there is in a ½ cup of fat-free milk, even less in many of the BeneFit Bars.
HMR foods that are lactose-free include the HMR 70 Plus Shakes and the following HMR Entrees: Beef and Bean Enchiladas, Vegetable Stew with Beef, Barbecue Chicken, Chicken Creole, Savory Chicken, Five-Bean Casserole, and Turkey Chili.
Can the vitamin fortification in HMR Shakes, Cereal and Bars interact with my medications?
The HMR Shakes, Soup, and Multigrain Hot Cereal are all fortified with vitamin K, which plays a role in blood clotting, maintaining bone health, and preventing cardiovascular disease. This is important to know if you are taking the blood thinner, Coumadin® (warfarin).
You should consult with your treating physician about the amount of vitamin K allowed in your diet while on this medication.
Is there caffeine in HMR weight-loss foods?
HMR Chocolate Shakes include 9 – 15 mg of caffeine per single serving. The HMR Chocolate and Peanut Butter BeneFit Bars contain 14 – 15 mg per serving. This amount of caffeine equals about 1/5 the amount of caffeine found in an 8 oz. cup of brewed coffee. Small amounts of caffeine (less than 1 mg) are also contained in the vanilla shakes.