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Experts from Northwestern Memorial Say it's Time to Stop Dieting and Achieve a Healthy Weight the "Right Weigh"

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March 12, 2007

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Wellness Institute Takes a Multidisciplinary Approach to Weight Reduction by Establishing Behavior Change to Achieve Long Term Results

By this time of year, many people have watched their New Year’s Resolution to lose weight fall by the wayside…again.  In fact, only about 20 percent of people who make resolutions stick with them, begging the question – what went wrong?  Experts at the Northwestern Memorial Wellness Institute say success in weight loss is all about your approach.  That’s why they have created a new program called “Right Weigh”, which uses a multidisciplinary approach to educate patients and establish behavior change, two vital components for achieving and maintaining a healthy weight.

“The Right Weigh Comprehensive Weight Management Program is not a diet. It’s about learning how to maintain a lifestyle that doesn’t restrict you, but rather teaches balance,” said Kathryn Krivy, Director at the Northwestern Memorial's Center for Integrative Medicine & Wellness.  “By using a multidisciplinary approach, we teach participants about their body and how to make healthy choices tailored to their unique needs,” adds Krivy.  Even more importantly, the program teaches participants how to identify their area of greatest weakness so they can hone in on what has been keeping them from achieving their goals and make a positive change. 

Participants who enter the program benefit from a fully integrated team approach and see experts in the areas of internal medicine, nutrition, exercise physiology and health psychology.  Each expert helps the individual devise a personalized plan for success over the course of the program, which consists of three primary modules: 

  • The Weight Loss Intensive
    This module is the foundation of Right Weigh. It is an intensive 12-week program that establishes baseline metrics against which all progress will be measured including resting metabolic rate, weight, body mass index, body fat, blood pressure and other medical markers. During the 12-week program, participants meet weekly with an expert from their personalized team to establish personal accountability for lifestyle change. Each visit helps the individual build healthy habits and personal accountability through a comprehensive approach that will lead them to long-term weight loss success.  
  • The Transition Module
    Phase II of the program focuses on the transition from guided weight reduction and behavioral change to further personal accountability.  These 12-weeks are designed for individuals who have completed the Weight Loss Intensive, but have not yet reached their target weight and require assistance or support in implementing and managing major change opportunities.
  • The Maintenance Module
    The final phase consists of a 6-month weight management maintenance program for individuals who have reached their target weight. During this phase, participants meet monthly with their team of experts and also stay in touch through virtual visits, maintaining a level of support that will help them stay focused as they continue practicing healthy habits learned through phase I and II of the program.

“Upon completion of the program, healthy lifestyle changes necessary to achieve success will be a part of the individual's life, eliminating the need to engage in extraneous dieting,” says Julie Roth, MD, Medical Director of the Northwestern Memorial Wellness Institute.  “The key is a deeper approach to weight loss, not just surface dieting.”  By focusing on changing poor habits and educating yourself on how to make healthy choices, you can achieve long-term success,” adds Roth. 

Each module can be repeated depending on physician/healthcare team recommendations and individual needs. Additional modules for personal training, nutrition or coaching may also be added based on the specific needs of the individual.

For more information on the Right Weigh program or the Northwestern Memorial Wellness Institute, log on to  www.nmh.org/wellness or call 312-926-WELL (9255).  

Last UpdateMay 18, 2011