In tonight's Healthier Me, are you sick of hearing about it yet -- all those gym memberships targeting people looking to turn their lives around this year? Working with your doctor to lose weight might be the best plan. We bring you the success story of a patient enrolled in a new weight loss program at Sanford Health.
Audrey Richardson isn't afraid to admit it: "I'm addicted to food. There's not a food that I don't like." And while that "addiction" caused her excessive weight gain over the years, she also knew many of the popular weight loss plans didn't work for her. "It's not like if you're an alcoholic, addicted to drugs, or a smoker," she explains. "You don't have to do these things again. With food... You have to eat to live."
Audrey's doctor suggested a medically-managed weight loss program through Sanford Health. Dietician Kathy Olson says the program is molded to the person... not the other way around. "There's so many different diets out there and weight loss programs," Olson explains, "but they're really not designed for long term success."
Sanford's program requires Audrey to meet with a dietician and attend group classes. She says she learned about portion control, but was still able to enjoy her favorites. "Right from the start, nothing was off limits.... just quantities," Audrey tells us. "I love pizza, and I knew I would still eat it."
"Right from the start, nothing was off limits.... just quantities," Audrey tells us. "I love pizza, and I knew I would still eat it."
The weight really started to fall off, and in less than a year, she lost more than 50 pounds.
Audrey's weight loss has been huge, but for her, the small things have made the biggest difference; armed with a new swimsuit, she was able to go to a water park with her grandchildren. "I would have never done it before," Audrey admits. "I was at that water park a year ago, and I wouldn't even go in. So, this time it was swimming suit and all..."
Audrey says she has turned into a super shopper. She loves to buy new clothes and is still planning on needing more clothes as she loses even more weight. If you're interested in starting Sanford Health's adult weight loss program, you can get a referral from your doctor or call the weight loss institute directly at (701) 234-4111.