Q: Do I have to be a LIFT member to participate in the program?
A: No. You do not have to be a LIFT member to participate. The HMR program does include physical activity as part of the program, so the LIFT Wellness Center is a perfect place for that. The LIFT Center offers a walking track, lap and warm water pool, a variety of group exercise classes for all fitness levels, a wide variety of cardiovascular and strength training equipment, and personal training. LIFT Weight Management clients can also take advantage of a discounted enrollment fee to the LIFT Wellness Center if they decide to become a member.
Q: How is HMR different from some other diet programs?
A: HMR specializes in helping those with a lot of weight to lose. Another key difference is that we have a team of professionals here to provide coaching and support face-to-face.
Q: Won’t people regain their weight when they return to “regular” foods?
A: The research is clear: Diets that include the strategic use of calorie-controlled meals, the foundation of HMR’s diet plans, are more effective than standard diets where people choose their own meals (Anderson et al. Postgraduate Medicine. 2011; 123:205-13, Heymsfield et al. International Journal of Obesity, 2003; 27-537-549). HMR foods are used as a temporary tool during weight loss to reduce diet decisions and help people lose weight quickly. After weight loss, they can be used strategically to displace calories. The program uses a maintenance phase where HMR foods are tapered off, and the emphasis is placed on lean proteins, whole grains, fruits, and vegetables for a long-term healthy eating plan.
Q: What are the benefits of fast weight loss?
A: Big changes on the scale can be more motivating than small changes, which may encourage some people to stay on their diet longer and ultimately lose more weight. For example, if someone had to lose 50 pounds on a “slow and steady” diet of a pound a week, it would take almost a year. On a plan promoting faster weight loss, the time on the diet could be cut in half.
To learn more about the HMR Program, call us at 731-425-6820 or email [email protected].