June 20, 2016

Summer Shape All Year Long – One Woman’s Story of Losing Weight, and Keeping It Off

By Jennifer Sellers

Melissa Coppel of Candler is a busy mom of two children. For a number of years, she wanted to lose 35-40 pounds of post-baby weight, but she had difficulty finding something workable that would fit her hectic schedule. At first, she tried going it alone. Then, she attempted popular weight-loss programs like Weight Watchers. None of her efforts were successful, however, until she found the MyHealthyLife Healthy Weight Program. Once she started it, she was able to meet her weight-loss goal within four months. Now a year later, she has been able to keep the weight off.

“Nothing I was doing was really working for me, so last spring I searched the internet for healthy weight-loss programs — that’s when I came across the Healthy Weight Program,” said Coppel. “I wanted something very easy to use. I have a young family, and I don’t have time to prepare separate meals for myself every day. I needed something I could easily integrate into my life. When I found the program, I told myself, ‘This is it. I’m either going to do it this time, or I’m just going to deal with the fact that I’m 40 pounds overweight.’”

Coppel adapted to the program quickly and met her goal within months. “I was really surprised at how easy it was,” she said. “Yes, there’s some work involved — there always is with weight loss — but the program is simple to follow and offers the right kind of structure.”

Keeping It Off

Another thing that made the Healthy Weight Program successful for Coppel is that her results weren’t short lived. The lifestyle changes she learned were easy enough to maintain. Laura Tolle, RDN, LDN, CDE, wellness nutritionist for the MyHealthyLife Healthy Weight Program, said this is one of the most important aspects of any weight-loss program.

“Weight maintenance is a big hurdle for many people,” said Tolle. “Once they’ve lost the weight, they feel like they can go back to their old habits — this is especially true if their weight-loss method was strict. That’s why it’s important that lifestyle changes involving food and exercise are manageable and maintainable.”

Tolle said that weight regain also tends to happen when people stop tracking their eating habits, activity levels and weigh-ins. “It’s very easy for the weight to creep back on if you’re not paying as close attention as you once were,” she said. “You need to know how many calories are required for maintaining your new weight, and you need an easy way to track your habits.”

To help attendees better monitor their weight, the Healthy Weight Program offers MyHealthyLife WellConnect, an online wellness portal that includes resources like food journaling, cardio tracking, unique health videos, online workshops and more. “Weight maintenance is easy if you stay mindful about your healthy activities after you’ve lost your weight,” said Tolle.

Coppel’s main advice for weight maintenance is to rely on what you know works. This, she said, will take the fear out of weight fluctuations. “Say you gain five pounds on vacation,” she said. “That kind of thing happens. And when it does, you don’t have to be anxious about it or fall off the wagon. Just use the tools and methods that brought you success the first time, and before you know it, those five pounds will be gone.”

Laura Tolle, RDN, LDN, CDE, is a wellness nutritionist for the MyHealthyLife Healthy Weight Program. (828) 213-4740

To learn more about Mission Weight Management and to sign up for a free information session, call (828) 213-4100 or visit missionweight.org.

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