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Never Say Diet: October 14, 2012

Like many of us, Mike Leeds would like to drop a few pounds.

“My doctor told me that I needed to lose weight. My knees were bothering me, my blood pressure was up, my cholesterol was up, my sugar was up,” says Mike Leeds, who wants to lose weight.

Health is a great motivator and a top reason people seek professional help.

“We will sit down with a person and we’ll look at what they’re currently doing,” says Julie Stacey, registered dietitian with Lee Memorial Health System.

As a registered dietitian, Stacey never says diet.

“I try not to even use that word. Because my clients see it as though it’s ‘well I’ll be done in 6 months or 6 weeks or whenever’ And its really not how that’s going to happen,” says Stacey.

A quick fix is what many are looking for. Some magic herb or diet that can melt away pounds. In realty the process takes time and effort.

“A lot of it is portion control, just needing to control some of their portions. Mindless eating is a big part of it as well a lot of them eat and don’t even realize that they’ve eaten certain foods. Consistently skipping meals - that’s a big part of it as well,” says Stacey.

Putting together a personalized plan of eating and exercise, weight loss clients drop on average a pound or two a week. Over the course of a year it can add up to a hundred pounds. Going slow and steady, like Mike.

“Down 32 pounds, feel great, knees don’t hurt, walking. Life is wonderful,” says Leeds.

Fueled by a lifestyle makeover, not a fashion diet.

“In my experience with diets, and if there was one thing out there that worked for everybody, then everybody would be thin,” says Stacey.