I am writing this to expose once and for all LA Weight Loss Center practices. The tactics people have been complaining about are not isolated instances but a unethical business practice of LA Weight Loss, a practice which I was trained in as a center manager, through their corporate training center in Scranton NY. I have retained their training materials as proof of these unsavory practices.
We are instructed to reduce the potential client to a sniveling bowl of jelly through a systematic questioning approach. Specific personal questions pretaining to your health, lifestyle, relationships, and desires are probed in the consultation, seems innocent enough, huh?. But the reality is we want to make you cry, we want you to be disgusted with yourself and we want you to sign up. This is our only desire because our salaries are commission based. All the information you provide will be thrown back in your face to remind you of how weak you are and to keep you in the program.
There is no sincerity here. As a matter of fact when you make the initial call to inquire about us. We have a detailed script located under every phone in the office, to address ambiguously your every question and to GET YOU IN THE DOOR, we were trained and timed on this script.
It gets more sinister...
Once you come in for your free consultaion you will be kept in a small office with the center manager for as long as it takes to get you to sign the contract. And hey, forget about getting a chance to read it in detail, we will sidetrack you and stall you so you will not even realize you only have 3 days to get buyers remose. No matter, even after 3 days good luck trying to get your money back.
Now for the facts. It is $7.00 per week max but not a pay as you go, we will figure out based on 2 lbs per week wt loss how much your weight loss weeks will cost, then we will add another 6 weeks stabilization weeks (cause you may backslide and gain the wt back), and another 52 weeks for maintenance, because again you are a siveling bowl of jelly and you have failed at this before so it makes sense that you will need an additional year of our help.
Grand total to lose 20 lbs $476.00 God forbid if your need to lose 100lbs=$756.00, But wait these are not your only costs.
After an Atkins-like induction period that we fondly call TakeOff with a Hollywood Diet type of drink, while your blood sugars are low and you are excited that you lost 4 lbs in 2 days from a drink fast we will then hold you captive in the office and sell you our tasty nutritional bars (they are good), at $2.00 per bar, now you don't buy the bars one at a time, you buy all of them, yes all of the bars you will need for a year and a half program eating 2 per day. Bidding on the bars start at $525 and up, I sold one lady and she was a sweetheart $987.00 in bars alone!
By the way the bars taste so good because they have real chocolate in them and all of the calories needed to keep you fat! Come on girls you don't lose weight eating 2 candy bars a day and I believe that they are designed to make you crave them.
The staff knows this and we avoided eating the bars ourselves like the plague.
And just try asking anyone what is in them, you won't get an answer because no one really knows, but I had several clients return bars with strings in them that looked like dental floss. Gross!
What did I do? I gave them more bars.
Wait didn't take off the lbs yet? Here are some costly suppliments, that hey I don't know whats in them but I think they block fat and carb absorbtion. As employees we do not receive the materials safety sheets or ingredients lists on them. Nor do I believe the chemical compositions of which the FDA has approved. When asked I was told don't worry about it.
You will be asked to come in 3 times per week to weight in and get sold cause we have to keep our revenue flowing, we have snacks, shakes, even salad dressing and coffee flavored beverages you will love it.
Well enough of the humor, I left because I was dissolutioned, I tried to do the right thing by my clients dispite the "Louis Vuitton Girls" who were my bosses, these unfeeling, non nuturing women have no qualms or conscience about ripping off overweight ladies and employees.
Surprizingly they were not successful on their diets either. They actually celebrate and laugh at good stories about ladies crying or attempting suicide before calling them as a last resort. God help them.
I decided I needed to go. There are some great people who get caught up in to working for this company because their initial desire is to help people and then they are told not to. This is why they have a high employee turn over.
They don't care however, because new managers and counselors can be found via HotJobs and the local colleges. Professionalism is sorely lacking at this company and lies are rampant.
Counselors are not trained to be weight loss counselors they are trained to be salespeople in lab coats and yes they want you to have the illusion that they are dieticians. we will even take your blood pressure and wear a sythescope, and in some states a blood test, not that we really know how to evaluate it.
And now in some centers they have curcuit training gyms.
The people who are successful on this plan would have been so on any diet.
It is a good well rounded diet game plan, However, the new FDA approved food chart is a great plan too and customized and very condusive to weight loss.
I did lose 15 lbs on the plan, the other 97 lbs. of weight I lost doing aerobics for 2 hours a day every d**n day! I went from a 2x to a size 8, in a year but I was told to tell potential clients after showing them my "FAT" pictures that I did it on LA weight loss.
Listen ladies, you don't need these people or anyone eles to help you lose weight and be healthy you only need one thing. Belief in yourself.
Commit your mind to what you want and go out and do it!
Here is something you will never hear LA weight loss say. It is only a healthy permenant lifestyle change that insures long term weight loss.
These people are not even qualified to help you and neither was I. There is more to losing weight than the weight, if you need counseling seek a counselor, if you are sick see your doctor, if you need to lose weight don't eat more than you burn. You will be better served walking 15mins a day. Oh and if you really must have their plan go to ebay and get it for $5.00, buy a food scale and do some exercise, this is the truth!
Scared Thin Manager
Johnson City, New York