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Strategies for Weight Loss Success

walker_suzetteSandusky, Mich.  We’ve all heard about them:  diets that guarantee maximum weight loss in a minimal amount of time.  But, do they really work and are they good for you?

Photo:    Suzette Walker, DNP, FNP-BC, AOCNP, Nurse Practitioner; McKenzie Health and Wellness Center, Sandusky

“Not really,” according to Suzette Walker, DNP, FNP-BC, AOCNP, from McKenzie Health System and speaker at September’s Healthy Lifestyle Workshop, which will take place on Monday, September 28, 2015, at 5:30 p.m. in the McKenzie Health System Dining Room, 120 N. Delaware St., Sandusky.  Due to limited seating, pre-registration is required by calling Nina Barnett at McKenzie Health System, 810-648-6127 or email nbarnett@mckenziehealth.org.

“Whenever people hear about diets that require them to eat large quantities of certain foods, such as grapefruit or meat, that drastically cut calories or require them to cut out certain food groups, they should be cautious,” Walker advises.  “If people don’t eat a balanced diet, they could run into nutritional problems, even if they take vitamin and mineral supplements.”

Successful weight loss requires permanent changes in your eating and exercise habits.  For a safe and effective weight loss program, look for these features:

  • Flexibility and Balanced Nutrition.  Look for a plan that includes a variety of foods from all major food groups.  You should be eating fruits and vegetables, whole grains, low-fat dairy products, lean protein, nuts and seeds, and even an occasional sweet.
  • Enjoyment.  A diet should include food that you would enjoy eating for the rest of your life.  If you don’t like the food you’re eating, you probably won’t stick to making a permanent change in your eating habits.
  • Availability.  If a diet includes food that is hard to find locally, it will be harder to follow.
  • Physical Activity.  Every good diet plan includes an increase in your physical activity.  Exercise plus a reduction in calorie intake will give you the weight-loss edge…permanently.
  • Steady Pace.  Just like the tortoise in the race with the hare, a slow and steady pace will beat out a fast weight loss for the long term.  A loss of one to two pounds a week is the typical recommendation.

For more information contact Louise Blasius at 810-648-6181; to register for the September 28thHealthy Lifestyle Workshop, call Nina Barnett at McKenzie Health System at 810-648-6127 or email nbarnett@mckenziehealth.org.

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