The BodyFlex weight-loss program, developed over 20 years ago by Greer Childers, claims to help people transform their bodies through deep-breathing techniques, resistance training and a reduced-calorie meal plan. Some weight-loss product reviewers as well as individual users have found the Greer Childers exercises beneficial. However, the Federal Trade Commission sued the BodyFlex exercise program for misleading consumers in 2003.
Greer Childers developed the BodyFlex exercises after years of desperately trying to lose weight. BodyFlex enabled Childers to go from a size 14 to 16 to a size 4 to 6 and to maintain the smaller size for over 20 years, as well, reports the company website. The BodyFlex exercise program, performed while seated, involves several minutes of deep breathing combined with stretching, which is followed by resistance training, for a total of 18 minutes a day. The 2011 BodyFlex website provides a disclaimer stating that, although results may vary, people following the program as directed typically lose 4.8 inches over six body parts in 14 days. As of 2011, the Greer Childers exercise plan costs around $40 with an additional shipping and handling charge which can be paid in two installments.
BodyFlex provides several tools that purportedly help you lose body inches. For instance, the GymBar, a bar with a resistance band, isolates various muscle groups in the upper and lower abs, waist, hips, thighs and upper arms. Included in the kit is a measurement tape to help monitor weight loss and several exercise videos. The Greer Childers diet and exercise program also provides meal plans and recipes. Meals take no more than 15 minutes to prepare and come with a grocery shopping list. Those on the plan eat three, reportedly healthy, planned meals a day along with two snacks for a total of 1,600 calories. In addition, the diet plan stresses the importance of eating breakfast and recommends drinking eight to 10 glasses of water daily -- one before and during each meal.
Exercises similar to BodyFlex exercises can be effective in converting mid-section fat into muscle and are more convenient than going to the gym. The Childers program received 2.6 out of five stars on the Diet Spotlight website, which called it a "decent" program for those physically incapable of strenuous workouts. Some individual users have achieved positive results. One user, for instance, on the Top Diets website, gave the program three of five stars. After a month of use, she reportedly lost a few inches all over and was more toned, despite not exercising every day. Another user gave the Childers exercises five stars and reported losing 10 inches off of several body parts in the first week, and six more inches the next week. These claims are unsubstantiated, and results will vary with each individual.
Federal Trade Commission
In 2003, the marketers of Bodyflex were sued by the Federal Trade Commission for false advertising claims. The FTC accused Greer Childers and her associates of falsely guaranteeing that BodyFlex exercises decreased from 4 to 14 inches across six body parts -- without reducing calories -- in just seven days. In addition, Childers was accused of falsely claiming that a clinical study proved that BodyFlex exercises significantly reduced fat loss and inch loss in the first seven days. However, based on the 2011 BodyFlex website, it appears that some prior claims regarding inches lost and calorie intake have been adjusted.