"THE RICHTER SCALE"
DIET VS. LIFESTYLE CHANGE
This is more than just a matter of words,-It is a fundamental difference in philosophy that affects nearly every aspect of the LEARN approach. The word Diet conjures up a number of images. It implies deprivation and suffering, but most of all , it is something that you go on or off.
Whether someone is "on a diet" is part of modern language. This is a problem, of course, because changing habits is not something that happens while a person is on a diet and stops later when the diet ends. This implies a temporary solution, a quick patch job that only requires minor effort over the short term.
The Lifestyle change (LEARN program)seeks a permanent solution. Instead of a quick but temporary fix, we want a reorientation of lifestyle. This involves establishing new habits and working hard to make these part of day-to-day life. Most People who struggle with weight have a chronic problem. Chronic problems require attention over the long-term.
The Lifestyle approach which emphasizes gradual sustainable and permanent changes in eating, exercise/active lifestyle, thinking, and feeling, is the hallmark of this program.
BENEFITS OF WEIGHT MANAGEMENT AT A MEDICAL FACILITY.
Allows the integration of medications with your weight loss plan (just as a transition into behavior your modification) "if" necessary. Some people may think it is a sign of weakness to take medications to control weight. This view assumes that over-weight results from lack of will power or caring. Nothing could be further from the truth.
Overweight can be a serious problem that deserves serious treatment, including the option of medication. People who take medications long-term to control diabetes, high cholesterol, or migraine headaches aren't made to feel guilty about it.
You should not have to feel guilty about taking weight loss medication. --We customize for you a combination of medications & vitamin supplements (all included in the price of your visit)
Looking better, feeling better, having more energy and having self confidence are examples of what we call "quality of life" issues.
These and other factors shape how you feel every day
PS: NOTHING TASTES AS GOOD AS THIN FEELS
Barbara Richter, MD,BSW,CLSC-(Certified in Weight & stress Management)
Fellow Member of the American Association of Life Style Counselors