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Three Important Tips to Help Patients Deal with Excess Skin after Weight Loss



In the beginning of a weight loss journey, many patients think they’ll lose 40 pounds and look like Cindy Crawford. They fantasize about hitting the beach in the smallest bikini they can find to show off their new body and celebrate all of their hard work. One thing that weight loss patients are sometimes unprepared for, however, is that they still may need to deal with some body image issues after weight loss. One such issue is excess skin.

Dieters who lose significant weight often deal with loose, sagging skin — a remnant of what their bodies used to look like. This happens because even though fat cells shrink when the weight is lost, the body still retains the same surface area. The new void under the larger surface area creates a layer of skin that may “hang” because there is less tissue underneath taking up space.

In addition to the detrimental mental and psychological effects this may cause — shame, embarrassment, depression and/or anger — excess skin can also put some people at risk for rashes, infections and even immobility. For some patients, once the weight is lost, the journey is not over — but that does not mean the goal is unobtainable.

For many formerly obese and overweight people, learning to love one’s body remains a lifelong pursuit with many challenges along the way. If you have patients currently dealing with the challenge of excess skin, here are three things you can say and do for them that can help motivate them to continue on in the journey:

1. “YOU DID IT!” Remind your patients of how far they have come, how much weight they have lost, and how many goals they have achieved. Remind them that they achieved tremendous success and did something that so many people struggle to do. In addition to being at a healthy weight, they have most likely also decreased their risk for comorbid conditions that threaten their ability to live a long, healthy life. Celebrate with them, and don’t let this challenge overshadow what they have overcome!
2. Provide referrals. Know what resources (both medical and cosmetic) are out there to help patients deal with issues like excess skin. There are many resources available to help your patients work to minimize or get rid of excess skin, from weight training programs to help build muscle mass and tighten the skin, to more involved solutions like cosmetic surgery. Have a resource list of your area available. If you need help developing one, contact us about how some of our complimentary business support services might be able to support.
3. Focus on maintenance. Losing weight was hard; but for many, keeping the weight off can be just as difficult. Many dieters find themselves on a weight loss roller coaster, constantly losing weight and gaining it back. Don’t let the excess skin sidetrack your patients from maintaining their well-deserved progress. Having a maintenance program is essential to your patients’ continued weight loss success in the long-term. Download our exclusive, free staff training kit, “Added Value Maintenance,” that walks your staff through some key elements of the Maintenance Phase of weight loss.

For providers who want to help their formerly obese and overweight patients maintain weight loss, the S.T.A.R. Maintenance Plan is one of many complimentary programs and services available to Robard customers. Learn more about how to start a program at your center.


Editor’s Note: This blog was originally published in March 2017 and has been updated for freshness, accuracy, and comprehensiveness.


Source: U.S. News & World Report


Blog written by Vanessa Ramalho/Robard Corporation

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Helping Dieters Stick to their Goals Post-New Year… Not as Difficult as You Might Think!



Every year, weight loss centers see a huge influx of dieters eager to lose weight on January 2. Not much effort needs to go into getting people through the door when weight loss is top of mind for New Year’s resolutions.

According to the Statistic Brain Research Institute, almost 1/3 of New Year’s resolutions pertain to weight. But by the one month mark, only about half of resolution makers will have maintained their resolve. And after the one month mark? Forget about it. By this point, patients will start to miss appointments, cheat on their diets, stop their exercise routines, and give up on their goals. New clients are great, but what’s the point if you can’t maintain their engagement and retain them?

As professionals in the weight loss industry for more than 40 years, Robard has learned a thing or two about why dieters fall off from their grand New Year’s plans, and we have some tips about how to get them back on track. Because we are committed to your success, we’d like to share some of the insights we’ve learned over the years straight out of one of our exclusive staff training kits: Retention Strategies for weeks 5-8.

First, it’s important to recognize some of the common obstacles that cause dieters’ mindsets to change during the first month of their program. These include:
 
1. When dieters put ownership of results on the program, not themselves.
2. When dieters don’t see their own sabotage pattern. 
3. Dieters are not aware of their self-sabotaging thoughts. Thinking failure “just happens” gives them permission to fail.
4. When there are no new goals beyond her first month. There is no strong, positive long‐term vision.
5. Using fear to motivate (medical issues, spouse disapproval) and then once the pressure is off, the dieter is done.
6. Not using visualization or positive desire for motivation. Dieters never pictured living at their goal weight or creating a strong image of success.

Have your staff look to uncover hidden patterns and thoughts dieters might be unaware of. Once dieters are aware, they become empowered and they benefit from new strategies, insights and staff support. If these hidden patterns are not uncovered, the dieter quits your program and then starts all over again somewhere NEW. This cycle will continue all because they believe the magic is in that first month!

Below are 4 out of our 15 proven strategies from our Retention Staff Training Kit that can be used to solidify your dieter’s commitment for the second month of their program:

1. Bring up the subject for a focused discussion: “Mary, how many times in the past did your efforts seem to come to a stop after the first month? Do you want it to be different this time?”
2. Be on guard for all red flags and signals, and confront the dieter immediately. For example:
    • Suddenly claiming stress or daily life issues as major obstacles.
    • Relinquishing personal control and accountability, is just a victim of circumstance, powerless to impact.
3. Use questions to uncover hidden thoughts. The dieter needs to admit it herself and then use visualization to create powerful, meaningful long‐term motivation.
4. Set both short and long‐term goals. Remind your dieters to celebrate every short‐term goal achieved and then set a new one immediately.

Recognizing the signs that your dieters are losing momentum and nipping it in the bud QUICK are essential to maintaining good retention before things get out of control. Now that you have a small taste of some of the helpful tips in our Staff Training Kit, download the full kit now and take control of dieter retention at your practice!

Source: Statistic Brain Research Institute


Blog written by Vanessa Ramalho/Robard Corporation


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5 Tips to Keep Patients Motivated When They’re Not Losing Weight



Losing weight is easy — said no one ever! Patients sometimes approach weight loss with unrealistic expectations. Some think that if they just exercise and eat better, the weight will melt off and they’ll drop 20 pounds in a couple weeks. However, the reality is that people can work really hard, be super committed to their diet and exercise plan, and yet still not see the kind of progress they hope for as quickly as they want to see it. On top of the fact that in this time of the year, patients may also be dealing with winter weight gain that has thrown off their previous progress. So is it time to throw in the towel?

No way. Health care providers can play the role of reminding your patients that the journey of weight loss is a process, filled with ups and downs. A lot of factors may contribute to weight not coming off quickly; but providers and patients can work together to figure it out. In the meantime, it’s important to have some tools that you can provide patients to keep them in the game mentally so that they maintain the motivation to keep going, despite slow or even backwards progress.

Take a look at our slideshow of five tips (below) that will help dieters stay motivated to keep trying, even if they aren’t losing weight. If weight loss is not your specialty, take a look at our clinically designed Very Low Calorie Diet (VLCD), where dieters can lose 3-5 pounds a week on average. Our programs are easy to implement using your existing staff, and we provide all the training and support necessary to get you started. Contact us for more information here.

And for those already offering weight loss services at your practice, don’t forget that Robard has a wealth of resources to help keep your patients motivated. If you haven’t already, download our 10 Weight Loss Affirmations to Motivate and Retain Patients for free now!


Blog written by Vanessa Ramalho/Robard Corporation


Editor’s Note: This blog was originally published in February 2017 and has been updated for freshness, accuracy, and comprehensiveness.

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