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Advocate Good Shepherd offers 12-week medical weight loss program

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With every New Year also come the resolutions. Most people want to make a change for the better, whether it is to quit smoking, to eat healthier, or lose weight. The number one resolution people have is to lose weight or get in shape. It is a great goal to have, but many people do not know where or how to start.

There are many fad diets out there that can get people to lose weight, but the majority of people gain the weight back because they lost the weight in an unhealthy manor. Advocate Good Shepherd Hospital Health and Fitness Center wants to change this and to help their clients keep it off for good.

Advocate Good Shepherd Hospital Health and Fitness Center offers a 12 week medical weight loss program to help with any weight loss anxieties or questions people may have. The 12-week medical weight loss program involves trained dieticians that know the science behind weight loss. Participants will receive the help they need in order to ensure great results.

"The 12 week medical weight loss program is lifestyle changing program that promotes the consistency of healthy dietary changes and regular exercise," says Mark Heinrichs, a fitness team lead at the Advocate Good Shepherd Health and Fitness Center. "We use the 3 prong evidence based approach with the support and education in exercise, nutrition and positive behavioral choices."

Amy Robinson is a personal training client that has worked with Mark Heinrichs, along with Rick Gerwin, another fitness team lead, for the past two years. Being self-employeed, Robinson needs to secure her own health insurance. She completed the 12 week weight loss and once completed, continued her personal training.

Times in the past, Robinson had been turned down by a few different insurance companies. Fortunately, the most recent time was different and she was able to get the insurance she needed. "What's different is that I was able to talk directly to them and talk about personal training and how it has cut my maladies and hence medical costs," says Robinson.

Robinson thinks another reason that the doctor-interviewer was impressed was how she talked about bringing in her MRI results to Gerwin and Heinrichs and they were able to design a program to increase the muscles around the hip and could coordinate it so she would need less physical therapy.

"Obviously, I find the compliments personally rewarding, but even more important is how I think it reinforces the competitive and financial advantages we have as a medically-based fitness center," says Gerwin.

Clients of the 12-week program have been very pleased with the results. Take advantage of this great, life-changing opportunity. Don't pass by putting your resolutions into full effect.