Frequently Asked Questions
I work/travel a lot. Will this program work for me?
Many of our clients have very hectic lives. Our clients who work long hours or travel extensively have participated in program and achieved success. Our programs and menus can be tailored to fit even the busiest of lifestyles.
Why are Metabolic Research Center brand vitamins and supplements better than other brands?
Metabolic Research Center's vitamin and supplement formulations were created after extensive research on ingredients, benefits, and amounts. Some companies use only trace amounts of key ingredients, effectively reducing the benefits experienced. MRC products are produced in cGMP facilities and are tested regularly for purity and potency. You can trust with MRC that you're getting everything on the label. Quality matters to MRC. Your health matters to MRC.
I've failed at my past attempts to lose weight. Can I be successful with MRC?
Yes, you can! Many of our clients come to us with a previous history of weight loss (with another program, following surgical procedures, or after unsuccessful DIY attempts). The MRC approach to weight loss aims to mimic and match real life. While following your MRC program, you'll be eating real foods that you buy at your local grocery store or eat out from restaurants. And you'll have the support of a team of professionaly trained Coaches - many of whom personally know the ins, outs, ups, and downs of weight management. At MRC, we're focused on your whole success and helping you to develop sustainable healthy habits.
Do I have to count calories?
Our approach to weight loss does not center around the idea that "restricting caloric intake" is the most effective way to lose weight. Instead, our menus focus on intaking healthy and balanced amounts of macronutrients in healthy portions. The vast majority of our menus avoid calorie counting altogether. We purposely designed our programs this way so that they are easy to follow (and are free from crazy and time consuming math). Your menus feature over 100 foods to choose from with guidance on exact portion size. Choose the foods you enjoy, measure them out, and enjoy - it's as simple as that!
I don't have a center close to me and/or I can't come into a center. Can I still participate in the MRC program?
Absolutely! For those who are not local to an MRC offcie, our MRC at Home program is the perfect option for you. You'll be connected with a Weight Loss Coach from one of our Centers, ensuring your get the same great support, menus, and tools that you would in a location. You and your Coach will meet weekly over the phone, by Video Chat or by Email. This ongoing support means you'll get all the coaching and education you need to lose weight quickly, with the motivation and encouragement to committed and fired up! Contact us here to learn more.
If you are near a center but can't come in regularly, we offer a variety of flexible options for connecting with your Weight Loss Coaches while following program, including in-person, virtual through Zoom, phone call, email, text message, and more. You can complete your program in the way that's most convenient for you.
Do I have to exercise?
No expensive gym memberships required here! Excercise can be a great accompaniment to weight loss and healthy stress management. Our programs do not require an exercise regiment, but we are always happy to discuss with our clients more fun, easy ways to incorporate exercise and movement into their lifestyles. Everybody is different, and we encourage you to move at the pace that's right for you.
How long does the initial consultation last?
Your consultation will take about 45 minutes to an hour, depending on your needs. Click here to book your free consultation.
What will we discuss in my weight loss consultation?
We know that when a program fits into your lifestyle, you will be successful. We'll discuss your weight loss goals, eating habits, medical profile, and lifestyle. This information allows us to recommend a program that's been tailored to fit you and your goals.
Hormones & Health History
Do you offer specialized menus or menus for specific dietary needs/lifestyles?
Yes, we offer menus that will work for almost everyone: from individuals with certain medical restrictions and food allergies to picky eaters and road warriors always on-the-go. We have specialized menus for vegetarians, nursing moms, and those following a gluten-free lifestyle. We'll work with your dietary preferences and needs.
Can you help with hormone imbalances that are impacting my weight loss?
Yes, we can! We offer hormone imbalance testing to help uncover hidden imbalances that may be sabotaging your best efforts. A balanced body is a healthier and happier body, and we can help you achieve it.
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I have medical issues/conditions. Can I still do this program?
Yes. In your free consultation we will review your medical history and this will guide us to finding the best program for you. We offer a wide variety of menus, giving us the ability to work with the majority of individuals on their weight management goals. Click here to learn more.
My hormones are out of balance making it hard for me to lose weight. Can you help?
Yes! Our non-invasive saliva hormone testing kit can help to detect hidden hormonal imbalances. Our menus feature whole foods that nourish a healthy body and are free from heavily processed and sugar-laden foods. Learn more here:
Medical Weight Loss
Are your medications made in compounding pharmacies safe?
Yes, our medications are prepared by licensed compounding pharmacists who follow strict quality standards and guidelines.
Do I have to be approved for medical weight loss?
Your health and safety is our highest priority here at Metabolic Research Center. A licensed medical professional will conduct a health screening to determine your eligibility for participation in medical weight loss programs.
Do I need a doctor referral in order to be considered for medical weight loss?
No, you do not need to be referred by your doctor in order to be considered for our medical weight loss programs. We offer free consultations to all individuals interested in learning more about our medical weight loss programs.
Do I need to have labs done through you or can I use my own?
In most cases, lab work is not required. Should our physician need to see your labs, they will let you know on an individual, case-by-case basis. If labs are needed, then you are welcome to provide your own from your primary healthcare provider, provided they are in date and include any required panels.
Do you offer GLP-1 Medications?
Centers that offer medical weight loss programs offer compounded medications for both Semaglutide and Tirzepatide.
Do you offer medical weight loss?
Yes, we offer both traditional (non medical) and medical weight loss programs. All of our programs include simple and structured menus and one on one coaching with a team of weight loss professionals. We offer free consultations to all individuals interested in learning more about our weight loss programs (medical and non-medical).
How long will it take to receive my prescription?
Prescriptions for medical weight loss will either be mailed directly to your house or picked up at your local center. In most cases prescriptions arrive within 1-2 weeks.
How much do your medical weight loss programs cost?
Medical program availability and costs vary by location and strength. Medical programs typically start at $399-$499. This price is inclusive of one month of medication, your menu(s), and all of your coaching sessions, classes, and regular progress measurement.
Is medical weight loss safe?
Yes! You will receive a health screening prior to starting your prescription. Your prescription comes from a licensed pharmacist, and you’ll meet regularly with your team of MRC Coaches to monitor your progress throughout the duration of your program.
What does my medical weight loss program include?
All medical weight loss programs include your prescription, a simple and structured menu plan, and one-on-one coaching.
What medical weight loss options do you offer?
We offer several different medical weight loss options and support including Semaglutide and Tirzepatide, Vitamin B12 injections, other peptide mediations, and more. Availability and pricing of medical weight loss varies from location to location.
What’s the difference between Tirzepatide and Semaglutide?
Tirzepatide and Semaglutide are different active ingredients used in GLP-1 medications. Both offer similar benefits and yield similar results. Our medical practitioner and the team in your center will help you decide which option is the best fit for you.
Where do your medications come from?
Our medications are prepared in licensed compounding pharmacies.
What kinds of food will I eat while on your program?
Our weight loss programs include delicious, real foods that you can buy in a grocery store or eat in your favorite restaurants. Your menu will include lean proteins, fresh fruits and vegetables, starches, dairy options, and healthy fats. Our menus are filled with countless combinations of real, whole foods. You won't find pre-packaged meals and liquid diets here. Developing a healthier relationship with food and preparing nutritious meals at home is quicker and easier than you might think: Check out our recipes here.
How quickly will I lose my weight?
No two bodies are exactly alike, and individual results will vary. Factors such as food intake, metabolism, level of physical activity, as well as genetics all play a role in how quickly your body releases weight. Because we are all unique in our own ways, no individual results should be seen as typical.
Do you offer weight loss plans for men?
Yes! We have programs that meet the nutritional needs of men, women, and others. Our plans are tailored to your personal needs, lifestyle, and your goals. The weight loss process for men differs from that of women - we all lose weight uniquely. Understanding this, we offer a completely customized approach to weight loss that's tailored to fit your goals, body, and needs. Click here to learn more about weight loss for men.
Do you offer a maintenance program once I reach my goal?
Yes! Many of our weight loss programs include one year of continuing support that we refer to as your Maintenance program. During this time following your weight loss, we will help you solidify and continue the habits you've learned so that they can become a natural, recurring part of your daily life. What comes after your weight loss is just as important to us as your weight loss.
After I enroll what kind of support will I receive?
A core pillar of our programs is one-on-one support throughout your journey. Throughout your program, you'll visit your weight loss center regularly to meet with your team of professional coaches. During your weigh-ins, your MRC Team will help you with meal planning, recipe ideas, problem solving, and anything else you feel you need to succeed. When you partner with MRC, you gain a weight loss coach, accountability partner, and eternal cheerleader!
I need a gluten-free approach to weight loss. Will your plan work for me?
Yes, our menus are comprised of real, whole foods that you'll purchase at your local supermarket. Our menus include many naturally gluten free items including proteins, fruits, vegetables, and healthy fats. We have a vast selection of carbohydrates, many of which are naturally gluten-free or have easy to find gluten-free alternatives.
I am vegetarian. Do you offer a weight loss menu for vegetarians?
Yes! Our menus are comprised of real, whole foods that you'll purchase at your local supermarket. You can tailor any regular menu to your vegetarian preferences or follow one of our vegetarian-specific menus. There are many different vegetarian options to choose from when you follow an MRC program.
Are pills required on your program?
A multivitamin and omega supplement are required as a part of your MRC program. At MRC, we have a comprehensive line of natural herbs and vitamins to choose from and support the body that supports you. Our herbs and vitamins are formulated to work in tandem with all MRC programs. All of our products are produced in cGMP facilities and are regularly tested for potency and purity. Quality matters to MRC. Your health matters to MRC. Click here to connect with an MRC Team near you to discuss our current vitamin and herb availability.
Can I eat out and still lose weight on your program?
Yes, you can! Adopting a healthier lifestyle doesn't mean you have to give up your social life. In fact, we'll provide you with tips and tricks to help you enjoy a healthier meal out with friends without sabotaging your weight loss goals. The variety of options on our menus make eating out while traveling easy.
How will I keep my weight off once I reach my goal?
Our approach to weight loss is formulated to support healthy weight management. From Day 1 of your program, you'll begin learning strategies for a healthy body and life. The experiences you have throughout your weight loss journey - from making recipes to visiting with your team of Coaches - will lay the groundwork for sustainable healthy habit building and maintenance.
How much do your weight loss programs cost?
Prices will vary depending on your personalized menu and the level of support you need. The average cost of our most popular programs is $4.50 per week, plus the cost of supplements*. All of our programs include easy-to-follow customized weight loss menus, private one-on-one support, unlimited weigh-ins, and more. Many of our clients report spending far less on food after beginning our program. Because you are eating real foods that you'll prepare at home or take out from restaurants, you are likely to realize savings compared to other diets that use their own pre-packaged meals.
*The estimate of $4.50 per week includes a 17 week weight loss program and 1 year of maintenance at regular retail. This estimate does not reflect the price of any advertised sales and/or promotions. This program requires a minimum of 2 MRC protein drinks per day, a multivitamin, and an omega supplement. Clients may choose to purchase other weight loss supplements and services. Please visit your local MRC center for specific program pricing, products, and services.
Is there any cost for my consultation?
No. Your consultation is complimentary and at no charge to you. If you decide that our program is not going to be the right fit, you've lost nothing more than a little bit of your time.
Do you accept insurance?
At this time we are unable to accept or bill insurance as payment on our programs. Many insurance policies do cover weight loss and will reimburse individuals for money spent on weight loss programs and/or products. Policies vary; you should speak with your carrier to determine what they will and will not cover. Alternatively, if you've got a Flex Spending or HSA card, we are able to accept these as payment on applicable purchases.
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