Curves is a nationally recognized brand and is now one of the most popular women’s workout centers in the United States boasting over 10,000 locations nationwide. They have been in business since 1992, and their headquarters are based out of Waco, TX. Now Curves has taken fitness and nutrition to the next level and has come up with a diet plan called the Curves Complete Diet. They provide minimal information on their website for people looking into the program, and show off member log ins on the home page. To learn about the curves complete program I had to call into my local curves location and get sold and prodded for about 15 minutes. Get ready to be sold.
The Curves Complete Diet is one that is online and includes personal consultations at Curve centers as well. It is based on the three factors of fitness, nutrition, and motivation. The Curves Complete Diet plan consists of two phases and overall lasts 90 days. The diet allows for participants to eat 1,200 calories per day for the first phase and then up to 1,500 calories for the reminder of the 90 days. Meal plans are included with the Curves Complete Diet so you don’t have to wonder what you should eat, but you will have to cook and be in the kitchen as these are not pre-made meal plans. They are a registered business of The Better Business Bureau, see it here.
Do Dieters Lose Weight on the Curves Complete Diet?
Any participant who follows the Curves Complete Diet to the letter will certainly lose weight, especially in the short-term. This will be primarily due to the fact that your calories will be greatly restricted and you will be doing regular exercise. However, long-term success is another story. After the 90 day program is up you will have to ensure your eating habits change on a more permanent basis and that you continue to work out regularly or risk gaining back some or all of the weight you may have lost. They promise a small amount of weight loss in just 13 weeks (wait that's a long time!) which had me very confused. On the flip side, at least they are not over promising here, if anything the number is extremely low as it is not even in the teens in 13 weeks time. Yuck.
Is The Curves Complete Diet Easy To Follow?
For those who need the support of others, the Curves Complete Diet is one that makes getting that support easy. However, actually following through with the diet is a whole other ballgame. Because the Curves Complete Diet requires you to frequently visit a Curves center each and every week those with a busy lifestyle may find it hard to make such a commitment. One of the hard things about the Curves business model is getting through all of the sales talks. In training the “coaches” go through about 140 hours of training, most of which is not exercise or fitness related and more about how to sell memberships. (Saw that one coming.) Getting through refunds if you are medically unable to continue at one of the Curves location has also been said to be a very difficult task.
In addition, the workouts that are required while on the Curves Complete Diet are short, but not easy. Those who have not worked out regularly may find it hard to keep up with the rigorous exercise classes offered at Curves. But, without the exercise the Curves Complete Diet plan is rendered obsolete. You will be following an exercise routine, and a meal plan along with checking in with a “coach” so it is a very detailed weight loss regime when it is all said and done. There have not really been any side effects noted with this program, as it is not supplemental but their “science” section on their website is far from impressive. They do more talking about the “doctors” and their accomplishments versus the actual study behind why their program is helping people lose weight. Anyone can throw a doctor's face on a web page and call it good, they did not go the extra mile here.
While the Curves Complete Diet does help you successfully restrict your daily caloric intake and shows you what to eat you still have to prepare all the meals on your own and some are harder to make than others, requiring lots of preparation. The Curves Complete Diet itself only costs about $5 per week to do if you want website access of recipes, nutritional guides, and menu plans. However, you have to keep in mind that you also have to join a Curves center which will run you about $40 per month, plus start-up fees, which may or may not be a financial commitment you wish to make just for added support. This program overall may be good for people looking to lose weight, but it is very involved which means you will be driving to locations, and trying to log onto websites to figure out what you will eat for the day. The results have not been positive for everyone, but there are some success stories out there.
*Please keep in mind that with any diet or weight loss program, individual results will vary.
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