Teddi Mellencamp Defends Controversial Weight Loss Program Amid Backlash

Over the last few days, The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills star Teddi Mellencamp has faced some major backlash for her 'All In by Teddi' weight loss program. Popular social media influencer Emily Gellis Lande shared concerning allegations about the program, as well as Mellencamp's company, from a number of former clients and even some of the program's coaches who claim Mellencamp bullied them.

According to the allegations from clients, 'All In by Teddi' restricts clients daily calorie intake to 500 to 1,000 calories while simultaneously requiring them to perform an hour of cardio every day. Should clients not comply with the cardio rule, Mellencamp will allegedly then kick them out of the program. The program reportedly bans protein, as well. It's also worth nothing that Mellencamp is not a healthcare professional. Lande described 'All In by Teddi' as "starvation with cardio" on a recent Today Show appearance.

After the backlash to her controversial program began making national headlines, Mellencamp addressed the situation and defended her weight loss program on her podcast Teddi Tea Pod with Teddi Mellencamp. "The reason I started All In With Teddi had nothing to do with the business. I had no big plans about creating a business. I wanted to change my own life. I wanted to grow. I wanted to feel good in my own skin. I wanted to know that I was worth it, and I hadn't felt that way in quite a long time," she explained. "I created my own happiness by taking care of myself and I used Instagram as a tool to hold me accountable. I would post my workouts, I would post healthy, clean eating, and I used my followers to help hold me accountable to lifestyle changes I was making."

"That's how the business was formed. And I realized that my calling, my purpose, was not just to change my life, it was to help others feel good in their own skin, feel confident, feel comfortable, reach their goals, to know they're not alone," Mellencamp continued. "And that has been something that lights me up every single day. It makes me feel proud, I am excited about it, and I love every second of what I do. I know that so many lives have been changed. I love the community that's been formed."

"I think it's upsetting to me because you know when you're really proud of something? You know when you're looking at your child and you're like, 'Wow, this is incredible. She was able to do this. She just got her first soccer goal.' That's how I look at my All In community," she said. "When I see that client that is feeling so good that they ask for that raise at their job. Or when I see that client that is finally leaving that abusive husband because she knows her worth. Or when I see that client who finally says, 'I am worth taking care of my health because I've been sick and not taking care of myself and I've been stagnant and depressed, and now I'm taking action,' I feel good and I feel happy."

Mellencamp denied the allegations that clients only eat 500 calories per day, as well as the protein ban. She did, however, confirm reports that clients will be kicked out of her program if they don't follow the cardio rule. She also denied claims of "bullying" made by coaches of her program, as well as explaining why they were required to sign a non-disclosure agreement to work for her. The reality star claims the NDA "protects you as much as it protects us. I originally had an NDA because when I first started the show, people were signing up solely because they wanted to talk to me."

Lande has shared more allegations made about Mellencamp's controversial program as of Friday (September 18) which have yet to be addressed by Mellencamp.

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