Hi. I too followed the original way. It did seem to work fast. But I guess the fact that we are all back, needing to loose weight again, shows there was a need for a more sustainable way. This new way allows for more general eating patterns. The shakes are only suggested for the first 3 days really. I was happy to pay $29 for the box of shakes and get the 12 weeks membership free. They are handy for emergency meals, as previous person stated.