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Three Important Things to Remember When Dealing with Excess Skin After Weight Loss



In the beginning of their weight loss journeys, many dieters 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 dieters 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 while your fat cells shrink when the weight is lost, you still retain 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 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 are currently dealing with the challenge of excess skin, it is important to remember these three things:

1. YOU DID IT! You lost the weight. You accomplished your goal. Don’t forget that you achieved tremendous success and did something that so many people struggle to realize. In addition to being at a healthy weight, you have most likely also decreased your risk for comorbid conditions that threaten your ability to live a long, healthy life. Celebrate yourself and all that you’ve accomplished, and don’t let this challenge overshadow what you have overcome!

2. Do your research. Just like you didn’t have to settle for being overweight, you don’t have to settle for excess skin that causes you physical and emotional discomfort. There are many resources available to help you work to minimize or get rid of excess skin, from weight training programs to help you build muscle mass and tighten the skin, to more involved solutions like cosmetic surgery. Speak to your healthcare provider about what he/she might suggest.

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 you from maintaining your well-deserved progress. If you need help, find a provider who has a maintenance program which can provide a structure to make it easier for you to keep the weight off, such as Robard’s S.T.A.R. Maintenance Plan.

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.


Source: U.S. News & World Report

Blog written by Vanessa Ramalho/Robard Corporation

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A New Solution for Burning Fat Could Be… Fat?



So fat is fat, and all fat is bad, right?

Wrong.

“Not all fat is equal,” says Professor Alexander Pfeifer from the Institute of Pharmacology and Toxicology of the University Hospital Bonn. Apparently, according to recent research out of University of Bonn, researchers have found a way to use what is called “brown fat” to burn energy from food and stimulate weight loss.

Humans actually have two different kinds of fat: white fat (which is the bad fat that makes our “love handles” that we want to get rid of) and brown fat which acts like a desirable heater to convert excess energy into heat. In essence, white fat stores energy, while brown fat helps the body burn energy through heat. In adults, people with higher amounts of brown fat have lower body mass, and according to studies, increasing brown fat by as little as 50 grams could lead up to a 10 to 20 pound weight loss in one year.

Using adenosine, a new signaling molecule typically released during stress, researchers at University of Bonn have discovered a way to activate these brown fat cells, and even turn white fat cells into brown fat cells, a process called “browning.”

More recently, scientists at the Gladstone Institutes identified an FDA-approved drug that can help create more of this brown fat. “Introducing brown fat is an exciting new approach to treating obesity and associated metabolic diseases, such as diabetes,” said study first author Baoming Nie, PhD, a former postdoctoral scholar at Gladstone.

Such a method of treating obesity is still in the research phase, and may not likely become a commonly accepted practice for some time yet. There are several potential side effects that may arise from taking the drug, and more development is necessary before human trials can be explored. Nonetheless, it is an exciting direction in the field of obesity treatment that healthcare professionals should keep a close eye on.

In the meantime, weight management is still an urgent need for so many across the country. For healthcare providers, there are already many effective ways to begin treating obesity. Learn more about how to start a weight management program, or if you are a dieter, connect with a provider who can get you started on your weight loss journey today. Need more inspiration? Listen to some success stories of dieters who have lost more than 200 pounds by starting a medically supervised program.


Source:
ScienceDaily


Blog written by Vanessa Ramalho/Robard Corporation


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5 Strategies to Increase Retention and Profitability



Regardless of industry, it is well known that acquiring a new customer is more expensive and time consuming than keeping a current customer active. According to Bain and Co., it costs approximately six to seven times more to acquire a new customer; in addition, they state that a five percent increase in customer retention can increase a company’s profitability by 75 percent. While these statistics differ based on your industry, the fact remains — keeping your current dieters on program longer is essential to your business growth.

Begin your retention on day one, sale day. Say thank you. While this concept is basic, its value is underestimated. Thank your dieter for choosing your weight loss program — remember, with an increasing amount of choices, they choose you. Consider a hand written card or personalized email.

Three weeks into the program, find out how they are feeling about the program. Get feedback on what they like and don’t like. More importantly, ask questions that will provide insight to how they are feeling about the program and their journey. While “I like the shakes” is important, knowing that they are anxious on weekends because of the lack of routine is more valuable to retention.

Spread the good news; highlight a success story. It is not new that testimonials are powerful. When choosing your testimonial, however, it is better to highlight a dieter who achieves common results. While it is wonderful when a dieter loses 200 pounds, most will lose less. Choose a testimonial story and person that others can relate to.

Finally, address sabotage when it appears. Some dieters change their mindsets after only one month into their program.  As their weight loss advisor, it’s important to recognize sabotaging thoughts and patterns so the dieter can be redirected.

Let’s look at a few examples of when a dieter may veer off track:

1. When a short term goal is achieved. “Everyone is telling me I look great. I don’t need to be serious anymore!” Solution: Have dieters set both short and long term goals beyond the first month. When short term goals are achieved, celebrate and then set new goals immediately.  

2. When the dieter starts to perceive the diet as punishment, they’re not looking at the big picture. “I’m sick of sticking to a diet.” Solution: Celebrate successes with dieters other than the scale. For example, praise a new activity they can enjoy as a result of their weight loss.

3. When the dieter views the diet as deprivation. “I’m missing out. It’s not fair.” Solution: Remind dieters that they are choosing to be on a diet. They can have anything they want, but would they rather choose to enjoy life at their goal weight, or eat a doughnut now?

How would you know your new strategies are working? Keep Data. Key Operating Statistics (KOS) helps you make informed decisions about all of your business questions and modify the course of business for continued growth and future positioning. Keep data relating to inquiries, conversions, drop offs, weight loss achieved and more, and then, deeply analyze the data. While it is good to know how many dieters drop off, it is better to know the most common week that dieter’s leave, and it’s even better to know the reasons why that drop off week is so common so you can implement a strategy to address the reasons behind the loss. Check out this article for harnessing data in the healthcare field. Robard provides customers with an extensive KOS data collection system, for access, contact Robard.

Want more? Access retention resources on www.Robard.com:

1. Video: Customer Service and Compliance: Better Compliance and Retention from Simple Touch Points and More Focused Visits 
2. Staff Training Kit: One Month in Retention Strategies
3. Staff Training Kit: Keep Retention Strong

Not a customer? Request information here.


Blog written by Lynda Lewis/Robard Corporation

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