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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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Forget the Ice Cream… Healthy Food Creates Happy Kids, says Study



In our culture, we often associate happy childhood experiences with unhealthy behaviors or foods. Who can forget summers filled with ice cream, lollipops secretly passed to you by grandparents, getting the first warm cookie out of the oven, or even licking the cake batter out of the bowl?

However, while junk food and soda companies use plenty of marketing spin to make us believe eating junk equates to happiness, a new study out of the University of Gothenburg in Sweden has shown that healthy eating is strongly linked to children’s happiness.

Dr. Louise Arvidsson, the corresponding author, said, “We found that in young children aged two to nine years there is an association between adherence to healthy dietary guidelines and better psychological well-being, which includes fewer emotional problems, better relationships with other children and higher self-esteem, two years later. Our findings suggest that a healthy diet can improve well-being in children.”

The study was quite large, looking at 7,675 children, two to nine years of age, from eight European countries. It concluded that a healthy diet was associated with better self-esteem and fewer emotional and peer problems two years later. The healthy diet guidelines included limiting intake of refined sugars, reducing fat intake and eating fruit and vegetables.

While there is much more to be learned about the connection between healthy eating and overall well-being, this study points out the many interconnections between lifestyle, food habits, overweight, psychological wellness, and even peer interaction.

Plus, when it comes to children’s wellness, and particularly childhood obesity, plenty research has pointed out that family history plays a big role in how well children eat. In fact, parental obesity is the biggest risk factor for obesity in children.

Having such active lifestyles can be difficult to make it a priority to emphasize wellness for the whole family. However, there are many ways parents can begin to encourage healthier eating with their kids, which can positively impact the entire family. Perhaps this new knowledge that emphasizes the health of the family, and especially children, can serve as extra motivation for adults and parents to start losing the extra weight and adopting healthier behaviors.

You can learn more about Robard’s weight management programs and products by clicking here.

Source: ScienceDaily


Blog written by Vanessa Ramalho/Robard Corporation

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