I start MRC on Monday and have attended all of their pre-classes. It really is not that bad. They don't pressure you to buy their supplements AT ALL!!! If you can find better/cheaper ones, go for it. You are STRONGLY encouraged to buy the protein drinks, and I don't know about you, but if it'll make me lose weight, I'll buy it. I'm a college student and the entire program for me was $399, that includes losing 61.5 pounds in 21 weeks, your meetings, etc, the 6-week stabalization period and the 1 year maintenence program. If you are wanting to lose 10-20 pounds then definately MRC is not for you. The thing that got me is the support motivation system. We'll see!!!