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Tom Before His Weight Loss Tom After His Weight Loss
Age: 55
Location: Sacramento
Total Weight Loss: 65
Weight Before: 280
Weight After: 215

Breaking the Habits and
Losing the Weight

Tom is a District Manager for a company that manufactures truck parts. He had dealt with weight fluctuations most of his adult life. To get ready for his oldest daughter's wedding, he had dropped about 20 pounds using a popular commercial diet, but that weight (and more) soon returned.

Excess weight had bothered Tom for years, and he began realizing that the weight was causing other problems as well – he had almost constant foot and leg pain and was living with very bad sleep apnea and snoring. To relieve his sleep apnea, Tom was using a continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP) machine, which helped him sleep better but at times was uncomfortable and awkward.

When he hit 280 pounds, Tom resolved to do something about his weight. He visited his primary care physician in Sacramento to discuss surgical weight loss, but found out that his case was not severe enough to make surgery a medical necessity. He returned home a little frustrated and a little concerned about how he would be able to reach a healthier weight.

A New Alternative

Help arrived when Tom's wife received an email about the Kaiser Permanente Medical Weight Management Program, which offers weight control for Sacramento, Central Valley, and Bay Area patients. After doing a little research, Tom attended an orientation to learn more. "I liked many things about the program," says Tom, "and while some people might find it a little on the pricey side, I think of it as a worthwhile investment in myself. You get help now or you face paying for expensive and uncomfortable treatments down the road."

Getting Started on the Program

The Medical Weight Management Program is much more than just a liquid diet - Tom also met with fellow participants each week. "We all clicked," says Tom about his Sacramento weight loss group. "And the facilitator was absolutely wonderful. They give you the tools and show you how to use them, so you feel prepared when it's time to move from the liquid diet to normal foods again." Plus, there's the advantage of a program that is overseen by medical doctors.

Eating on His Own Again

After the first 16 weeks, participants in his weight control group in Sacramento were able to return to eating "normal" foods – nothing is off limits, but the focus is on calorie and portion control. "I had to watch myself with crackers," says Tom. "For me, Wheat Thins and Triscuits are just dangerous. But when you recognize your weaknesses and make adjustments, it's easy to be successful."

A big contributor to Tom's success is his 2-hour morning workout. Exercise is an important part of any lasting weight management program, and Tom has found it easier and easier to exercise comfortably as the pounds melted away. "I start my day doing 1 hour of cardio and 1 hour of fitness training." Getting in the exercise habit has helped Tom see results. Tom has tracked his results by keeping a log of his progress each week and visiting the Kaiser Permanente doctors who oversee the program for a periodic EKG, blood work, and a general checkup.

Changing Habits & Getting Results

"After my experience, I'm glad I didn't have bariatric surgery," says Tom. "I mean, who wants to eat only 2 tablespoons of food every few hours for the rest of their life?" Tom is grateful for the program because he has learned how to confront his eating habits and arrange his lifestyle to encourage healthy living. "50% of what we do is habit," Tom adds.

So where is Tom today? He's dropped 65 pounds and is only 15 pounds away from his weight loss goal. But beyond the numbers, Tom is able to lead a much healthier lifestyle. He no longer snores – he's put the CPAP machine away – and his feet and legs don't hurt like they used to.

Tom's Advice

"The hardest part for me was going to that initial orientation – I knew I had to be serious about making a lasting change. And the scariest part of the program is making that leap from the liquid diet to eating normal foods again. For me, I was worried I would hit a wall or even start gaining weight again when I added in other foods, but that didn't happen."

"This is do-able," says Tom. "It's a program that works both to help you lose the pounds and maintain a healthy weight for the long-term." Tom is about a third of the way through the yearlong maintenance portion of the program, and says he already feels ready to keep tabs on his weight and eat smart on his own.

More and more people everyday are discovering the benefits of the Medical Weight Management program. Click here to read an online article from The Sacramento Bee that highlights Tom's
success story and shares study results that suggest keeping a "food diary" can help you lose weight and keep it off.

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 the program.

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