New Day, New Weigh Offers a New Approach to Weight Loss
Have you ever bought a weight loss pill with high hopes, only to find out it wasn’t the miracle that was advertised? Have you tried every trendy diet, only to fall back into bad habits after a short time? Is your house stuffed with unused supplements and unread diet books, gathering dust on shelves?
You aren’t alone. Weight loss fads fade as quickly as they arise, and they almost never deliver the results they promise. The truth is, quick fixes don’t work. That’s because weight loss itself isn’t a short-term goal. It takes a team of people who can help develop a personalized plan that works just for you. AdventHealth has developed just such a plan: New Day, New Weigh.
Using a mind, body and spirit approach to weight loss, the team at New Day, New Weigh can help you achieve a healthy weight and a healthy mindset. Working with experts in their field, participants in the program go through a series of medical evaluations. Specialists evaluate the participant’s current health and determine if there are other issues that contribute to their weight struggles, like hormonal imbalances or diabetes.
“I tried many different types of diets: Atkins, Weight Watchers, calorie counting. I would do well at first and then something would happen in my life to trigger an emotional eating binge, and I would fall back into my old habits,” said Ariana Velez, who recently participated in the program. “Without this program incorporating the whole body and including an endocrinologist, no one would have ever thought to check my insulin levels and seen that they were four times what they normally are. I was insulin resistant, and that’s why I was having so much trouble losing weight. I realized I wasn’t a failure. All this time, there was something going on with me that was causing many of my symptoms and the vicious circle of carb addiction.”
Velez is just one of many who were able to address major health concerns that had been overlooked up until their involvement in New Day, New Weigh. The program is a wonderful resource for those with pre-diabetes, also known as insulin resistance. This resistance, which develops in one out of every three American adults, results in a higher requirement of circulating insulin in order to maintain normal levels of glucose. Some people who suffer from insulin resistance or pre-diabetes, like Velez, can have difficulty losing weight. But thanks to New Day, New Weigh, these people can prevent diabetes and address their weight struggles when they commit to the program.
Once a medical assessment has been made, a behavior assessment is also needed. Change isn’t easy, and New Day, New Weigh understands that people need extra support when attempting intense changes like diet and lifestyle. That’s why New Day, New Weigh offers one-on-one behavioral health counseling. These personalized visits give the experts a chance to review each patient’s current behavioral patterns when it comes to things like diet and exercise. With this specialized approach, you’ll get exercise and meal prep recommendations that are right for you, not some cookie cutter plan designed to help the masses.
“I’ve never been able to stick to a routine of exercise. However, this program provided numerous methods to get me moving,” explained Angela Smith, a New Day, New Weigh participant. “Rachelle, my exercise specialist, showed me how to use the bands to exercise. She also helped me with gym equipment and provided written instructions on exercises that could be done practically anywhere and anytime. Keyvion, my nutritionist, was excellent as well. She walked me through reading labels and making the best food choices. The entire program just came together for me.”
“I learned to pre-plan my meals and snacks and to think through my week ahead of time so that if/when something happened during that day, I already had something in my lunch bag to get me through the day,” Velez added. “Breakfast is super important, I learned that I need to fuel my body first thing in the morning. It’s like a car. Do we expect the car to get very far without any gas?”
Once the team members at New Day, New Weigh have given you a tailored plan, they don’t disappear. Their ongoing support, both emotionally and spiritually, is there if you need it.
“I was not alone―there was a team of people cheering me on, who wanted me to succeed. Once I was able to see my insulin levels trending down, I was feeling better, getting more energy, I wanted to get moving and continue to lose weight and do everything that I could to feel whole on this program,” Velez said. “I learned that the best way to lose weight is to incorporate your whole body and mind. It’s not just about dropping the pounds, but making sure that you feel great overall mind, spirit and body, and New Day, New Weigh helps you do that.”
The lessons both Velez and Smith learned didn’t happen overnight. In fact, there are some elements of the plan that are still incredibly difficult for them. However, thanks to the lessons learned during their time at New Day, New Weigh, they’ve been able to make long-term adjustments to their lifestyles.
“I hate exercise, but I know how important it is for my whole body and mind. It helps with my stress levels and headaches,” Velez said. “I’m not going to lie and say that I am a gym freak and I love doing it, because I don’t. I still struggle with this part. But I know that the program works, and I will continue to incorporate getting my body active so that I can feel great.”
“Regular life can get in the way. However, New Day, New Weigh taught me to make time for myself. That was the missing piece,” Smith said. “This program helped me to see that I should do things that are important for me and not just for my family or others.”