'Loving It and Losing It' a healthy approach to weight loss

Story by Katie M. Ellis
(Standard-Examiner correspondent)
Mon, Sep 3, 2012
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If you want to lose weight but don’t know where to start or the healthy way to do it, you could hire a dietitian for $75 to $150 an hour — or you could take a 12-week class from a dietitian for $120.

Registered dietitian Jennifer James teaches “Loving It and Losing It” at Ogden Regional Medical Center in Washington Terrace several times a year. The next session begins

Sept. 13.

Robert Buckley of Pleasant View took the class earlier this year to learn to be healthier after quadruple bypass surgery.

“I didn’t feel I had the proper knowledge of how to eat,” he said. “She taught us everything you should know throughout your life, but so many of us don’t think about. You can plan your meals so that at the end of the day you’re getting what you need. Your brain works better. You think better and you’re not as exhausted. She has helped me tremendously. She’s an extremely caring person.”

Pamala Bates, a billing coordinator for the pharmacy at Ogden Regional Medical Center, said she didn’t have much weight to lose, but wanted to take the class to learn how to eat healthfully.

“I learned a lot about reading labels, eating out and ordering the right foods on the menu,” she said.

“Loving It and Losing It” is at noon or 6 p.m. on Thursdays, Sept. 13 through Dec. 6. James said students will stay accountable by weighing in each week and turning in a food diary.

“You check in every time you eat and rate how hungry you are. If you eat some cookies and mark 2 out of 10 for hunger, that’s a cue to say, ‘What’s going on here?’ Why are you eating when you’re not hungry?” James said.

Barbara Anderson of Morgan said she appreciated learning how emotions play a part in what she eats.

“She covered the whole aspect of health and nutrition. We talked about core values and I saw that why I want to be healthy goes back to my core values,” she said.

Students will be expected to use a pedometer and tape measure given to them at the first class to track their steps and waist circumference.

James also provides meal plans tailored to each student’s recommended calorie level. She welcomes changes or modifications to the plan and has a plan that allows for a treat.

Other topics will include:

• Fast, healthy meal ideas to replace fast food and convenience foods.

• Sorting through misinformation to discover what a healthy diet really is.

• Learning how to read labels and knowing what terms like “whole grain,” “trans fat,” “enriched flour” and “reduced fat” mean.

• Knowing how to be aware of what triggers you into emotional eating and how to replace those triggers with healthy habits.

• Why you should eat at least every five hours.

• Identifying habits that may be leading to weight gain.

• Looking at your environment to see what’s helping you and what’s hurting you.

• How stress and sleep affect weight loss.

• Getting a support system.

• Life balance — is something in your life crowding out the time you need to take care of your health?

• The proper way to exercise and how it plays a role in health and weight loss.

• Positive self-talk — how focusing on what you are doing right will get you closer to your goals than obsessing over slipups. That, James said, is what students say they appreciate most about the class in their evaluations.

Former students have lost anywhere from 2 to 17 pounds during the class, depending on their readiness to make changes, James said.

Those interested in joining this session should register at the front desk of the heart center at Ogden Regional Medical Center by Sept. 11. The $120 payment is required at registration, but $20 will be refunded at the end of the course for those with perfect attendance. For questions or to request a reg-

istration form, email natalie.vandyke@mountainstar

health.com.

“A hundred and twenty dollars is a deal even if they don’t come to all of the classes,” James said, “It’s very holistic. We cover everything that impacts eating behavior. We have a lot of group discussion, and it’s a really positive experience. They learn a lot about themselves.”

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