After you work hard to lose weight, you face another challenge: keeping the weight off. Dr. Linda G. Everett can help with her weight maintenance program at Everett Medical in Avondale, Pennsylvania. She provides ongoing one-on-one support as well as help with setting calorie, diet, and exercise goals to patients throughout Chester County and beyond. She also specializes in behavior management to target and remove old habits that sabotage your weight control efforts.
Losing weight is hard, but keeping it off can be a challenge, too. The longer you can keep the weight off, the easier it gets, but you’ll need to stay determined to stick with the plan. It’s tricky to maintain your desired weight for the first year due to all the hormonal changes your body goes through. For example, one of those hormones — ghrelin, the one that makes you hungry — may increase by 23% after your initial weight loss. But then over the next year the level drops back down, so if you can hang on you’ll be successful.
Many of the services that helped you lose weight continue to play key roles as you enter a maintenance program. Dr. Everett offers medical support, appetite suppressants, weight loss supplements, and expertise in cognitive behavioral therapy.
The doctor helps you plan a maintenance diet, but may recommend sticking with a meal replacement plan if that’s what you need to maintain. Or you’ll learn all you need to know about portion control and healthy food choices. She’ll continue to monitor your nutrition so you don’t become deficient in any vitamins and minerals. Dr. Everett and her staff will also work with you to develop an exercise plan or help you find a local exercise program.
Diet and exercise continue to be the core of weight maintenance, but there’s something else that makes the difference between successful maintenance and regaining weight — personal support and encouragement. When you have other people to connect with, and experts who can answer your questions, you’re more likely to keep the weight off. Dr. Everett takes these extra steps with everyone in the weight maintenance program:
Ongoing communication. Staff members at Everett Medical continue to reach out and connect with you to be sure weight loss is sustained.
Weight maintenance goals. We’ll work with you to set realistic goals for a maintenance diet, calorie intake, and exercise.
Regular weigh-ins. Dr. Everett encourages you to come in for routine weigh-ins. Keeping track of weight is important so you can take immediate steps to stop an upward trend.
Scheduled check-ins. We’ll create a schedule to keep in touch apart from weigh-ins or other scheduled appointments. This can be done via emails or texts, whatever works for you, as long as we can continue offering encouragement, sending recipes, and giving helpful advice.
Behavior modification plan. Continued behavior modification that helps you identify and stop unhealthy eating habits, while encouraging physical activity, is just as important as your diet and exercise plan.