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From Skeptic to Believer
Diane was motivated to improve her health. As if years of knee pain weren't enough, she contracted parvovirus B19, which caused further inflammation in her joints and also led to a pre-diabetic condition. In addition, she discovered that her cholesterol had gone up. Diane's orthopedic surgeon told her that losing 40 pounds would have a big impact on her knee rehabilitation and her health.
Diane hadn't always been heavy. She gained weight gradually over 20 years. As a 63 year old retired teacher, she was fairly sedentary, and the more her knee hurt, the less she exercised. During a medical appointment, Diane's doctor recommended the Kaiser Permanente Medical Weight Management program in Fremont, California. She was a bit skeptical about the program and its use of food that wasn't "real," but she decided to give it a try anyway.
In July 2007, Diane, along with the rest of her Fremont diet weight control group, began following the medical weight management plan. For 16 weeks, she attended weekly meetings where she received her foods.
While on the program, Diane fell into a rhythm of eating her shakes, soups and bars. She liked that she really only had to choose when to eat, not what to eat. She says, "There was no agonizing over what we're going to eat or how we're going to cook it." Her concern about not eating "real" food turned out to be unfounded. Diane declares, "I was never hungry. I never felt a hunger pain."
Group Support & Maintenance
Now that Diane's in the maintenance phase of her Fremont diet weight control program, she still attends regular meetings with her group where they discuss topics related to weight loss, eating and exercise. They bring in healthy snacks to share and talk about low-fat items they've found at the grocery store. Sometimes they create menu plans that fit in their 1200 to 1300 daily calorie range and they still discuss their eating challenges. Diane recalls, "We had to identify the triggers that made us eat, whether it was happiness or sadness or anger or apathy. We have to stay positive."
Diane especially appreciates the connections she's made with her Fremont Kaiser weight loss group. She says, "We have bonded so much. It was pretty amazing how close we all got. Through good times and bad times we were able to share our stories with each other and leave feeling better. This was far different from anything I'd experienced." Diane says their group facilitator played a big role in the team dynamic. "She was very much a part of our success."
Diane's biggest struggle on the program was the exercise component. Now she meets with a fitness trainer twice a week and actually looks forward to it. She also recommends that participants "do as much exercise as they can - don't take the easy path."
Diane's gone from skeptic to believer. She says, "I never cheated during the diet. And if anyone told me I could have gone all those months without cheating, I would have told them they were crazy." Still, she realizes that it's a long-term commitment. "Think of it as step one for the rest of your life. This diet is only step one, it's not the answer."
In addition to losing 40 pounds on the program, Diane experienced significant health benefits. She says, "By the sixth week I was no longer pre-diabetic, my blood pressure was way down, my joints were feeling better from losing weight, and I had more energy. I just felt healthy. It was amazing to me that I could be on a diet and still feel so good."
Note: Individual results may vary, and this patient's results are not typical. Average weight loss in the Medical Weight Management Program is 46.6 pounds. Attend a free information session to learn more about our Oakland area weight loss programs.