Take Charge

The benefits of weight loss are numerous.  Not only is it the first and sometimes best treatment for diseases such as diabetes, high blood pressure and high cholesterol, maintaining a healthy weight will give you more confidence and allow you to be more active.

Take Charge is a 13 week lifestyle modification program offered at Smith’s Drugs.  We encourage participants to stop the things that are bringing harm to their body and form new healthy habits that result in permanent changes to their lifestyle.  Our program is centered on providing instruction on controlling portion sizes, incorporating exercise into your daily routine, and how to eat a well balanced diet that consists of all the major food groups, such as carbohydrates, proteins and fats.  Your progress is monitored through analyzing the amount of fat and lean weight in your body and checking your metabolism.  To effectively lose weight, it is common to restrict calories but you should never starve yourself.  Your body needs energy and if you do not provide your body with enough calories to function it will break down your lean weight.  Losing lean weight, such as your muscles, is never positive because it will lower your metabolism and make it harder to lose weight.  The scale can be deceiving when monitoring your progress in a weight loss program because you may not be losing pounds but you could still be converting fat to lean weight.

When starting a weight loss program you should set realistic goals from the beginning.  Do not set goals that are unreasonable or unhealthy. Being able to reach your goals will give you confidence and more motivation to continue your weight loss plan long term.  Do not be intimidated by starting a weight loss program.  Start out with a few changes at a time so that it is not overwhelming and always try to keep a positive attitude.