My diet starts tomorrow
How many times have you found yourself saying on a Sunday, after a chocolate shake and nacho loaded weekend, “my diet starts tomorrow!”? Your intentions are good – sure. Maybe you start off the week killing it at the gym and eating nothing but lettuce and grapefruit… and then by Friday it’s back to sweet potato fries and margaritas, and you find yourself on that very next Sunday proclaiming, “really, my diet starts tomorrow.”
Kim Browne, a nurse practitioner and head of the Transformations weight loss clinic at Ste. Genevieve County Memorial Hospital, has heard this scenario time and time again, and says to get off this roller coaster, you have to make some changes. There’s no way around it.
“Change is always hard and you have to be ready,” Browne said. “You have to be willing to change what you put in your grocery cart; change what you bring for lunch; and you’re going to be eliminating certain food groups that you might really enjoy and are going to miss. However, wanting to achieve weight loss and change your health status for the better is a great motivator.”
Browne explained that Transformations has had great success with the Ideal Protein program, a medically-supervised weight loss program that includes a diet low in carbohydrates and rich in healthy proteins.
“We start with eliminating some food groups that typically prevent people from losing weight, and make it difficult for them to control what they eat; when they eat; and how much they eat,” she said. “We simplify their options and as they see weight loss results and gain emotional control over their food choices, we slowly re-introduce all the food groups to a full food diet. We use food supplements just to help people have more options when they’re losing the weight. We encourage drinking water, avoiding soda--all kinds of healthy habit changes. It’s a full mind/body makeover.”
Browne explained that the traditional American diet consists of 150 + grams of carbohydrates per day, and it’s this diet that is directly related to obesity, diabetes, heart disease and high cholesterol.
“That’s what we need to change,” she said. “Many people feel a high fat diet causes those disease processes, but even more so are the carbohydrates. Most foods on the grocery shelves that are low fat are typically super high in carbs. A food engineer goes in and takes fat out, but has to put something in its place, and it’s usually sugar. It just supports this obesity epidemic that we have today. People are really hesitant to drop carbs. It’s scary. They make us feel good. But they also make us unhealthy.”
Laura Selby, dietician, works closely with Browne in counseling Transformations participants.
“She’s been very beneficial in helping us make some adjustments that are pretty high level,” Browne said. “We target body fat loss with our program. If you cut carbs you are going to lose body fat. It’s inevitable. If you cut only calories, you are going to lose fat, but along with it muscle mass, water, etc. Our program specifically targets more of a body fat loss.”
One thing that sets the Transformation clinic apart is accountability according to Browne.
“Sometimes you need a coach, and you need guidelines and what we provide is evidenced based,” she said. “It has been researched and scientifically proven. You come in every week and we go over your food journal; answer your questions; help educate you and support you in making those changes. It’s difficult to do on your own. We individualize every person’s needs and address what their struggles are, what their successes are, and adjust as needed.”
Transformations even has a kind of high-tech robot that takes specific internal measurements.
“Those numbers drive us coaching patients along their journey and help us decide if there are any changes that need to be made in their protocol,” Browne said. “It’s pretty high tech. It’s fun!”
The Transformation staff is gearing up for the start of the New Year.
“Holidays are a time to celebrate and after they’re over, it’s time to make habit changes,” she said. “January is great because there isn’t a lot to do and you can really focus.”
The first step is pretty easy according to Browne. Just call the Transformations clinic at 573-883-4445.
“We have a very educated receptionist and she can spend time answering any initial questions, but we like to get people in for a free consultation,” she said. “It takes about 45 minutes. We go through a very thorough history, a life style evaluation, and we go explain the program fully, so people can determine if it sounds like it will work for them.”
Transformations is located at 990 Park Drive in Ste. Genevieve.