Real Housewives of Beverly Hills star Teddi Mellencamp finds herself on the defensive (just like on the Housewives) after her wellness program, All In By Teddi has been met with criticism. She credits the program with her healthy lifestyle today.
Recently critics have been sharing their negative experiences with the accountability program.
In an email to Page Six, Mellencamp defended her program, stating that “I decided to start All In when so many of my Instagram followers started reaching out and wanted to achieve the same level of accountability, I had found for myself. I realized this in fact is my purpose and what I love doing. Helping others feel their best.”
How Does the All In Program Work?
According to its website, the All In program begins with a two-week “detoxification,” called Jumpstart, in which users are paired with an accountability coach (typically one of Mellencamp’s employees) who will check-in and “cheer [them] on.” The total cost for this part of the program is $599.
If you successfully completed Jumpstart, users can then move on to the program’s monthly portion, which has a “slightly more relaxed” menu. Step two costs $399 a month and can be continued indefinitely — though participants can move on to step three after a minimum of six weeks total (Jumpstart plus one month).
Aptly titled “Weight and Workout,” step three requires users to check in daily on their weight and cardio exercise routines with their accountability coaches. This step costs $5.90 a day, or $165 a month. Step four, “Maintenance,” scales check-ins back to a “casual” frequency and costs $3.40 a day, or $95 a month.
What Is the All In Controversy All About?
Mellencamp’s program came under fire earlier this week after influencer Emily Gellis Lande shared anonymous messages from social media users who claimed to be former All In by Teddi clients.
Today reports that many of the messages featured clients alleging the meal plans restricted participants to just 500 calories a day. They had to send proof of partaking in an hour of cardiovascular activity each day. If they didn’t perform 60 minutes of cardio daily, they are kicked out of the program. The coaches encourage users to drink water if they are hungry.
Customers are also required to sign an NDA agreement (Mellencamp has stated that she no longer used them).
Gellis Lande alleged to Today, “Teddi’s diet is starvation with cardio. I want to prevent other people from falling for this scam.”
Mellencamp’s Response to the Criticism
In her email to Page Six, Teddi stated, “Our focus has always been on clean whole foods, and our basic Jumpstart menu is 1100-1200 calories per day. There are a variety of nutritional food options on our menu. We have found that clients do best following a simple menu in the initial stages. We allow lean, clean proteins throughout the program and we encourage clients to eat balanced meals. Protein-rich veggies are a large part of our plan. It’s all about tailoring a program to meet each client’s goals and needs for a healthier lifestyle.”
In a statement to Today, Mellencamp said: “Our meal plan has evolved and our focus has always been clean whole foods. There are a variety of nutritional food options on our menu. Nowhere in our suggested meal plan does it mention a specific calorie count.”
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She also responded to the claims about only allowing clients to eat soup for dinner. “We have found soup to be easy to digest in the evenings, which is why a lighter meal such as soup, salads or veggie-prominent dinners are encouraged while on the program.”
Mellencamp also posted a video to Instagram in which she expresses pride and confidence in both the All In program and her accountability coaches, saying, “I 100 percent feel confident in the fact that we let you know before signing up exactly what the program entails. If it’s something that you want to do and you want us to hold you accountable to your goals, we are there to do that for you. If it’s not something you want to sign up for, you don’t.”