6 Week Body Makeover

By Mizpah Matus B.Hlth.Sc(Hons)

6-day-body-makeoverMichael Thurmond’s 6 Week Body Makeover is a method of losing weight and reshaping the body in a relatively short period of time. The 6 week body makeover was developed over a number of years by fitness expert Michael Thurmond, a member of the ‘Extreme Team’ on the Extreme Makeover television series.

The 6 week body makeover is not a diet involving special meals, drinks or pills. Rather it is a customized process of learning your own reaction to particular foods, then combining them in your diet so that your unique metabolism burns more fat. This together with the exercise program which is part of the purchased package, is claimed to ‘make over’ the body to achieve the desired result in 6 weeks.

The package comprises a kit which includes a starting-up video, a body ‘blueprinting’ Kit, exercise bands & training video, custom eating & body shaping plans, a guide for dining out, a ‘Living Lean’ program & audio cassette, a recipe guide/menu planner, and possibly a bonus 6 Day Mini Makeover (see below). It is sold via an infomercial format and is priced at more than $170.

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The 6 Week Body Makeover Plan


The 6 week body makeover has these main components:

  • Identify your type of metabolism by filling out a questionnaire, and reprogram it for maximum fat burning.
  • Eat those foods that work with your particular metabolism to lose weight rapidly, despite eating more of the foods that
    cause weight-loss while reducing foods that cause you weight-gain.
  • Determine your body type, its unique problem areas, and your ultimate goal, in order to exercise less (18 minutes twice a week is quoted) and reshape your body in as little as 6 weeks, losing up to 30 pounds in that time.
  • Learn how to keep excess weight off after the makeover is complete.

The 6 Week Body Make over program (6WBMO) provides you with an eating plan for each meal, tailored for your metabolism, such that you will lose up to 30 pounds in 6 weeks. It details how to use the right foods, combinations, and amounts at the right time of day to force your metabolism to run faster, burning more of the food you feed it as fuel and storing less as fat, thus automatically losing body weight.

Anyone taking medication or with special medical conditions should consult a physician or health care specialist before undertaking this aggressive weight loss plan. There is dietary advice in the plan for participants who suffer from hypoglycemia, high or low blood pressure, or food allergies.

There are many testimonials of success in varying degrees with this plan. Some sample comments:

  • with time, you don’t miss the salt.
  • I found I acquired a taste for the fruits/ veggies.
  • there is no dairy and lots of healthy foods & water.
  • This isn’t the plan for you if you just want “another diet”. This is a life changing thing & it is for the serious
    people.
  • In the 1st 6 wks I lost 30+ lbs. The 1st wk was the hardest, because the plan is so strict.
  • I am on my 17th week and I have lost 68.5 lbs.
  • Yes it takes time to prepare your food for the week … I cook the week’s meals on Sundays.
  • I buy frozen chicken strips.. they are usually the right size for the meal.. I also buy frozen veggies.. I spend no
    time at all in the kitchen.
  • I am in my sixth day and I have lost 8.5 lb.
  • I started the 6WBMO almost 5 weeks ago … I have lost 17 pounds.

The 6 Week Body Makeover is undoubtedly a program that works for many who stick to the regimen. Others feel that it is over-priced for the information that is offered.

The 6 Day Body Makeover

The much more rigorous 6 day mini makeover or ‘mini makeover’ has been developed from the basic 6 week body makeover outlined above. This accelerated weight loss plan is designed to drop the body to a smaller clothing size in 6 days, so it is suitable as a crash project for a special occasion, but is NOT recommended for use on a regular basis. The 6 day body makeover involves 5-6 small meals per day, and 45-60 minutes daily of ‘long, slow distance exercises’ (walking, slow jogging, treadmill, or stationary bike), which it is claimed shifts the body into fat-burning mode.

Much planning and preparation is required, but menus and serving sizes are all mapped out, and recipes are provided. A lot of fish and poultry are on the menu and are including in mid-morning and afternoon snacks.

See Also

6-Day Body Makeover : Drop One Whole Dress or Pant Size in Just 6 Days–and Keep It Off by Michael Thurmond

By Mizpah Matus B.Hlth.Sc(Hons)
  • lesjcbs

    The problem with this plan is what people think it is. They think it is a “DIET” plan. It is NOT a diet plan! It is a course in teaching you what foods make you fat and which foods don’t make you fat. On this plan you will eat like you have never eaten before. I mean, you will eat like, as I say, a pig. I mean it. It’s more than great, its fantastic. Some of the meals you can make are absolutely out of this world. Once you learn what the best foods for you are, the sky is the limit

  • Naturegirl

    Just pulled my kit out after sitting in the basement for years. I had trouble when I originally tried it back in 2007-2008 and switched to WW. I suffer from Hashimoto’s hypothyroidism and had a 2 year spell where it was so unbalanced that I gave up on weight loss for a while. Now it is time to focus, and everything I have been reading is lining up with everything MT was saying about Type A body types. My aunt lost over 80 pounds with it back then, so I know it can work.

  • Shameka

    I’ve just finished my first week and lost 14 pounds without exercise. I’m so happy. I’m on week 2…will keep you posted!

    • Preeti Sharma

      Hay could u tell me what diet plan u r following, want to loss 30 lbs

  • B Morrow

    Amy on nutrisystems was a spokes woman on your program. What happened?

  • Mary Ann

    I bought this program years ago.At the time the company said they would refund the money if you did not lose the at least 30 lbs in 6 weeks. What did I have to lose? At the end of six weeks I had lost close to 40 lbs. Did not even think about sending back the program. Thanks….

    • Didi

      Very much worth the money… lost 30 lbs in 6 weeks…. love it

    • gnet

      not worth the money!!! don’t buy!!!

  • Gail Loper

    I have took your test, I am type a. I have heard that is a good type to be, but I have problems. 1 of them is I cannot exercise, I cannot stand up to do so. I was weighed recently I am 286.4[ unsure of height, but I can’t be too tall. Reside in a nursing home so I am not in control of what I eat.

  • Samantha

    I tried this diet once a long time ago and lost about 11 lbs in my first week. I didn’t stick with it and am finally restarting, now that I’m getting married. I don’t think it’s a scam at all! It’s so simple and it just makes sense. Eat foods that work with your body, and your body will do the rest for you. It’s all about being healthy… Nothing that you do in this diet will in any way hurt your body like some fad diets do. I believe that the part that makes this diet successful is the different meal plans for different body types… I mean I could eat the exact same foods as my sister and she’d still be 125 and I’d still be 165. Everyone is just made differently.

    • Brenda Mahaney

      I am the same. I gain faster than anyone I know, even eating the same food. I was on Michael Thurmond’s program about 6 years ago & lost 136 pounds in 11 months! I was down to goal. Too bad I chose to go back to my overeating and gained most of it back. This week I’m starting back on it again & need to condition my mind to eat healthy once the weight is off. Good luck to both of us this time!

  • Trista

    I was on this diet for about 8 months and I lost 100 lbs – If you stick to the meal plan it works. I lost 40 lbs in the first 2 weeks! It was insane. I think this is a great plan for people who need to lose A LOT of weight. It really jump starts your metabolism. If you only need to lose a little bit of weight it’s not going to have the same “WOW” effect. Either way it’s a great plan -

  • Kim

    My cousin lost 80 pounds on this diet. I did it for a few weeks and lost 15 pounds. I plan on restarting it and dropping my 40 extra for good.

  • Noku

    I would like to receive daily updates on this diet, am preparing to start this diet

  • Annie

    This eating plan worked well for me. I had injured my right leg and was in a wheel chair so exercising was out of the question. In six weeks i lost 18 pounds. I think about how much weight I would have lost if i had been exercising. My husband lost 35 pounds. I recommend this eating plan.

  • dianne

    The plan is great and I never feel hungry. I have lost 19 lbs in 3 weeks and can see the difference in my clothes!

  • my koach

    OMG. This program really works it is just like it says its a lifestyle change but if you don’t keep in mine what you put in your mouth you will gain back weight you’ve worked so hard to get off

  • Dee

    I just finished my 3rd week with a loss of 23 pounds! It does work if you follow the plan. Yes the food is blan but it is a weight loss program and it is never easy losing weight. You always have to give up something when losing weight. It just depends how bad you want to lose if you are going to make the sacrafices.

  • Dianna Sells, Ph.D.

    Years ago, I followed this program to the “T” — including walking as they recommended–and within 6 weeks lost 35 lbs. (3 sizes), then went on to lose 125 lbs. I kept it off for 4 years, then became very ill, 4 major surgeries in 5 years with recoveries, pain meds, the works, not cooking for myself, depression, etc. I put on 1/2 of what I lost during that period. Now looking to MT program again to take it off. This plan definitely works when you work it. Once your weight is down where you want it, you can go off now and then for a night out, or a treat, and you do not gain: just jumpt back on the next day. The way I did it was when nothing special was going on, i followed the program: then allowed myself to enjoy special occasions without guilt. It works.Does what it says it will. If you cheat on it while trying to kick in your metabolism, it won’t work. Also, any of us with weight issues will regain our weight with any weight loss program once we go off: it’s a lifetime lifestyle–whether MT, or WW, or other… Accept that it works when you work it, much faster than WW, but not as restrictive as WW. Both are great programs: WW not as restrictive, but takes longer to lose the weight. Both: once you go off, you regain. That’s reality, folks.

    • Dianna Sells, Ph.D.

      oh yes — what is really motivating is to measure ONCE A WEEK — measure and look how those INCHES disappear… i found interestingly enough that once week I would lose weight, but not inches, the next week I would lose inches but not pounds… this rhythm continued with my body the entire time I was losing the weight… measuring your inch lost as well as weighing once a week, will keep you motivated!

    • Dianna Sells, Ph.D.

      OKAY — the best seasonining is BRAGGS AMINOS.. fabulous no calorie, no salt, no-soy alternative for seasoning. Find at Whole Foods.

    • Dianna Sells, Ph.D.

      I keep remembering things I forgot, heh. Sorry. This diet is very much like the Paleo diet, as someone else mentioned, and perfect for those who are diabetic. I have been diagnosed as PRE-diabetic more than once, and figure this is at least one reason why this diet worked so well for me. In addition, I have candidiasis horribly, and get to feeling really horrible when I eat refined processed flours, wheat, sugars. I felt GREAT on this program—so good, so much energy, that I had no desire to not follow it except on special occasions.

      The sculpting exercises really work! I loved how when I lost my skin, with the little bit of exercise I did a day, sprung back into shape.

    • Dianna Sells, Ph.D.

      Also: forgot to mention, I am TYPE B… the one issue I had was that I had to add a bit of salt daily — as I got lightheaded with no salt. I recommend if you use salt, always use the healthiest salt in the world: HIMALAYAN SALT … you can find it already ground, but I buy it then grind it as I need it. Can find at Whole Foods. One way I loved to eat the turkey and chicken was ground: made into meatloaf with all sorts of fresh veggies in there with it. The thing I missed the most and would do differently this time is I missed the OIL… I would probably add in a tiny bit of EVOO a day (about the amt allowed in WW) … and soak my skin and hair in COCONUT OIL… a great way to keep skin moist and young looking. BTW, I am 63 years old right now and when I had such success on the MT program before becoming ill, I was 52. So age is not an issue, at all, just an excuse.

    • Dianna Sells, Ph.D.

      Correction: MT is more restrictive than WW.

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  • Laura

    I tried this program once. It worked great. I had trouble keeping up with the cooking and portioning of the food. I am gonna try again soon. It is not a scam. I saw somebody said they lost 2 pounds per week, even that is a good weight loss. I would rather lose the weight slowly actually, since it gives your skin time to adjust, so less loose skin afterwards. My thighs shrunk 6 inches in 2 weeks on MT6WBM. That’s why I am going to try again. It is expensive, you could look for one on ebay and maybe get it for less.

    • Colie Hymel

      Also check craigslist. I found someone in my area selling it for $25 bucks brand new!!

  • ELIZABETH

    IS WORKING FOR US, IS A LIFESTYLE, NO SALT, YOU CAN REALLY TASTE THE FOOD.

  • Noelle

    BE VERY CAREFUL WHEN ORDERING!!! It says 6 monthly payments, but they get you when it gets to the “free express shipping”. If you agree to the express shipping, it changes to a lump sum payment. It was only a few hours after I placed the order when I called, and they claimed it had already had gone to shipping. They said they can’t do anything to cancel the order. I will have to wait til it arrives and request a return #. What a scam!!!! So I’m out $387.54 until I can return it & HOPEFULLY get my money back. I’m almost afraid to return it now, since the person who returned the supplement said they claim they didn’t receive it. BUYER BEWARE!!!!

  • EH

    SCAM!!!! I agreed to take the weight loss supplement for $1.00. I missed the disclaimer that I would be sent an additional bottle every month for a charge of $24.95. I then recieved three bottles. I called the company and was told I could only send one bottle in for refund. I sent the bottle and of course they “did not receive the shipment”. I repeatedly asked to speak to a supervisor and was told it was “not the company policy to allow customers to speak to supervisors”.

    BE CAREFUL…do not agree to any additional items that they try to sell you online.

  • unspecifiedDC

    I tried this diet about a year ago. It was very effective for the first 2 weeks, but I plateaued on the third. As determined as I was, this diet is much too difficult to stick to, especially when you go a week without seeing any change. After the initial fast-10-pound drop, it slows to maybe a pound a week. It’s so restrictive that I finally gave up after 8 weeks. I lost 20 pounds total, and a year later, I’ve finally re-lost it; it came back very quickly after going off the diet. And I don’t have bad eating habits to begin with, just trying to lose the baby weight. I’m having great success right now with simply eating healthy and exploring some challenging workout DVD’s. Overall, if you’re looking to drop a quick 10 pounds for a wedding or something, this diet is great. But it’s not a long term solution and not worth the suffering. It always seems to come down to “if it seems too good to be true, it probably is.”

  • leighpea57

    I saw this advertised on TV today and I couldn’t help but notice how similar this is to the Paleo Diet (AKA Hunters & Gatherer’s Diet). I don’t think it matters what body type you are…that is the only part of this diet that I think is a scam. They are making money off of telling everyone to basically eat a low carb diet. Do a little research and check out eating Paleo. Its eating lots of veggies, meats and a moderate amount of fruits and nuts. Drinking lots of water & eliminating dairy, breads and other heavily starchy foods are the keys to success. Don’t take my word for it though. Google it and see for yourself. Oh and check out “Mark’s Daily Apple” for some awesome inspiration.

    • Ms.Fine&Fit

      Brilliant. Best comment all day.

    • thanks

      thank you for this reply it is good information and helpful! :)

  • Roger

    This plan worked very well for me. I lost over 60 lbs and have kept it off for over 3 years now. I feel so much better and my blood pressure is way down to where I no longer have to take medication to lower it.

  • Deanna M. Schaffer

    I am on my 1st day with the makeover and let me just begin to say that I feel great already, maybe it is just a psychological thing because I am ready to lose but what ever it is, I am happy for this program. I am eating all the time which is very hard to get use to as I starved myself for so long thinking that that would do the trick faster when really all I was doing was making myself fatter. I feel great, eat great and I am not tired and I am energized and ready to follow this to the letter. The food is far from bland if you know your way around the kitchen and the spices, the world is your oyster with seasoning and citrus, no sodium chicken base and so many many spices, that combined with all the mushrooms and fresh garlic and onions you could ever ask for, if you cant make good food on this diet, you couldn’t cook before. Thank you 6 week body, I love this and I cant wait to post my before and afters on here, cant wait!!

    • Teresa

      Hi Deanna, Im in the process if ordering this 6 week body makeover. I heard that you have to drink lots of water and can you please tell me what spices you used and can we use Ms Dash.

    • lastua

      Hey Deanna, how’s it going with the plan?

    • Jay Blackbird

      Any suggestions on cooking the chicken and making it taste like chicken and not cardboard. I just started today and the mid morning meal is killing me to down!

      • Stephanie

        It sounds like you are overcooking the chicken, try cooking on medium heat and flip only once. For one 3-4 oz breast, cook on a skillet with a lid, each side should cook for 5-8 minutes depending how thick the breast is. When I cook chicken this way, it comes out juicy and tender!

      • lastua

        also, try growing your own herb garden. you’d be surprised how much punch fresh herbs have. makes a TON of a difference.

      • lastua

        Hey Jay, so what I do to flavor my chicken (& its delicious!) is:
        Bring to boil a large pot of organic NSA vegetable broth, add your potatoes (if on your plan, I’m a C) then add your chicken. Boil until cooked to your liking… once thats done I season them with NSA Mrs. Dash (I love the chicken flavored one, but there are TONS of options) of choice and then I throw them on the George Forman grill to seal in the moisture and flavor until brown. Hope this helps… I love the taste of my potatos as well, b/c they take on the flavor of the chicken and veg broth.

      • ted

        marinate it :-)

  • Mayra

    I would like to buy just need more info about it . It seems like a good product !! I guess I will give it a try :)

  • Chantale

    I started a weeks ago and lost 7 lbs I’m very happy with the result ;o) I’m not hungry at all!!! I do drink a coffee a day with a little no fat milk even if I’m not suppose too… For now its working and If I need to adjust at one point I will! Good luck everyone! This is really working!!!

  • Rebecca Cutler

    This is a scam. At least the promises they make regarding shipping are. They promise a free upgrade to express shipping. A week later it has still not arrived. When I call to ask why, I am told that the free upgrade is an upgrade in how fast they get it out of the warehouse, and has nothing to do with the actual shipping time. This is not what I was told by the agent who sold it to me over the phone. In fact, her exact words were, “You are receiving a free upgrade to express shipping so you should be able to start using the product in 1-2 business days.” When I called to ask where my product was, they “explained their policy” and when I asked to speak to a supervisor, I was told that there is no reason to transfer me when they have already explained. I asked 2 more times and even said that I would be immediately returning it upon arrival if he did not transfer me and he still refused. It’s a disgrace that they run their business like this. What may very well be a great product is disgraced by poor customer service. I guess I’ll never know what the results could have been. Too bad, but their policies are a scam.

    • Betsy

      Sadly, no matter how many success stories you hear, the percentage of people who succeed is probably low. And, of course, the bottom line is alway money! they don’t really care if people get healthier… they’re counting their cash.
      Check out some paleo blogs… it’s free and I have tied a bunch of weight loss programs but this is the only natural way that makes me really feel different. Customer service is dead as we knew it.

      • Christiangiri177

        Betsy, have you ever tried the 6WBMO?

    • Dorreth

      Hi Rebecca,

      It would be a pity to return it….the product really works and you deserve to try. Please don’t allow that experience to turn you off.

  • April

    I followed the 6 week plan to the very letter, cardio every day, strength 2 times a week. I lost 8 lbs the 1st week and was very hopeful but when I got on the scale for the next 5 weeks, it was a mere .2 lbs or .7 lbs. Total weight loss for the 6 weeks… 12 lbs. Not very impressive. I pretty much call that all water weight.

  • mary frances cantrell

    had a friend that lost over 100lbs

  • Kax

    I tried on this program. It really worked for me ! I lost 36 lbs in 6 weeks. The fats in my body just melt away and I ate well like every 2 or 3 hours. Stayed healthy… It was very rigid diet but I felt so good and alert. I will start it again very soon.

    • lastua

      AMEN GIRL!

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