The Food Lovers diet was founded by a company called Provida Life Sciences in 2004.* They incorporated the knowledge of a certified nutritionist to help formulate their diet plan, and flippantly over promise on their website leading to false advertising.* They are based out of Encino, California and sell an overpriced educational book and DVD system for $120.00 a set. I was able to get in contact with the customer service center, and she was having a hard time answering my simplest questions. This led me to believe the company outsources help, and they do not take the time to educate their employees on the products, and why they can benefit the customer.
Do Dieters Lose Weight On The Food Lovers Diet?
Like any calorie controlled, healthy eating plan you will lose weight. The books were written by certified nutritionists, so there is professional backing to their content. The question with Food Lovers is not about its effectiveness, but its actual need. Many people do not need to spend this much money on books and dvd’s to learn to eat every 3-4 hours and to incorporate healthy fats and proteins into your diet. Surprisingly enough, the how it works section on Foodlovers.com is not in depth at all, which puts a red flag on the program. There is an internet and its resources for a reason, and the abundance of information surpasses the Food Lover’s content.
We have found some testimonials outside the official site that might be a warning to anyone wanting to invest in this system.
“Anyone looking into getting this program – DON’T. Customer service today hung up on me. I got the program and found a charge of $64.87 on my credit card in addition to the Food Lovers charge. The $64.87 is a RECURRING charge every month and they would not refund the money.”
“The customer service people and the website try to sell you all kinds of extras and then the company sends you a confirmation email and it has a date but if you signed up on line it goes by that date and it is not non-refundable. Also, they tape all your conversations and when asked why they didn’t people they said it is on a recording. Very upset about the extra charges and when wantetd to speak to someone else, they will NOT transfer you. You never get to speak to someone higher up and all they send you is an email from someone else in customer eventhough they give a phone numbers out. So their money back guarantee is not worth the paper it is written on.
As for the program it is a rip off. Followed it religiously and gained weight in the course of 2 weeks. Better off counting your calories and exercising. VERY DISAPPOINTED and the WORST customer service I have EVER experienced.
This is how they vaguely explain their “How to” Section:
No Prepackaged Food to Buy
Everything you need in order to lose weight is already in your refrigerator.
Never Feel Hungry
You’ll never feel hungry because you’ll never go more than 3 hours without eating.
Snacking Is Not Only Allowed – It’s Encouraged!
Snacking helps to fire up your metabolism and keeps your body burning fat all day.
The Easiest Way to Lose Fat?
The Food Lovers Fat Loss System makes it easier to shed fat and lose weight by eliminating food cravings, self-deprivation and other negative aspects of dieting… so you’re more likely to stick with it and get the results you want.
Is The Food Lovers Diet Easy To Follow?
Because the program promotes essentially changing nothing about your lifestyle, it will be relatively easy to follow. The program is 21 days long, and the book will guide you through portion control. This can be a really good thing, yet a really bad thing for people truly trying to incorporate a healthier lifestyle for long term health.* Because they are simply trying to educate on portion control, the only side effects may come from hunger if you are used to eating more than the program allows. The question is the necessity of the program, which I do not find important after looking into this program. To spend a whopping $120.00 on unnecessary books and materials seems crazy to me, not to mention the lack of customer reviews outside of the website leads me to believe this company is just a plain waste of time and money.
When we have reached customer service representative the question “it is a requiring payment” was answered very vaguely. It is 6 payments of $19.99 plus $19.99 shipping. When we inquired if a one time payment would be possible the answer was “possibly”. We did not get a clear answer therefore we are weary to trust this company.
The company has done a good job with their ideas, and motives but there is no real need for the product long term. With the information out on the internet today, there is no need to spend hundreds of dollars for information readily available at your fingertips. I would not waste the time to try this program out, when I have the tools already at my fingertips. Beyond that, it is not for everyone because it is expensive.* There are much more affordable ways to become a healthier you, and lose undesired weight. You can purchase knock off versions of this product on amazon, but the only real way to get your hands on the books and the DVD’s are directly from the website which is not good. Finally, their social media presence is also not strong, which leads me to believe the popularity is just not there.
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My name is Megan Smith, senior contributor at ConsumersCompare.org and several other reputable, health and nutrition publications. I have been in the health industry for over a decade and have gained a lot of information on health and physical conditioning as an athlete who competed at a professional level. In this review I’ve conducted thorough research to verify the validity of product claims, read all the feedback from trusted online sources. If contact information was provided, I called the company and asked important questions to help me write this review. I’m eager to hear your feedback about the this review, so please call 208-375-7482, email [email protected] or use this form to contact.
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