While I don't approve per se of any pre-packaged weight loss program, I can see how it would help take away decision making thereby putting the tiger in the closet. But at some point, unless one wants to live on pre-packaged foods the rest of one's life, you have to learn to make intelligent decisions about real food.
The apology sounds disingenuous to me. Sort of like, "I'm sorry I taught you all that Bible stuff because now I've seen the light and Buddhism is the one true way."
There's nothing wrong with 1200 calories a day. For some small and/or relatively inactive women, it's a fine amount of food. I would temper that with the occasional "feast" of 1600-1800 calories only because the body is so adaptive that just about any regimen with no change will lead to head-screwing, long-lasting plateaus.
Anyway, just like many people around here wouldn't take weight loss advice from a fat person, I rarely listen to weight loss advice from someone who's never had to lose weight. So, imo anyone getting sucked into a "pay to lose" scheme pretty much gets what they deserve.
"Right is right, even if no one is doing it; wrong is wrong, even if everyone is doing it." - St. Augustine