Blue Cross Members Share Their ‘Why’ for Losing Weight

3 Aug

We all have our own reasons for why we want to lose weight – more energy, overall health or perhaps a special occasion.

By taking advantage of an exclusive discount offered to Blue Cross members through the Blue365 savings program, find out how five patients teamed up with their local Medical Weight Loss Clinic and changed their lives.

Start your own journey today!  What’s your ‘why’?

 

Blue Cross Members Share Their ‘Why’ for Losing Weight

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National Watermelon Day

3 Aug

NATIONAL WATERMELON DAY

Watermelon is the perfect fruit to enjoy on August 3rd.  It is also National Watermelon Day. Enjoyed by many, it is a favorite at summertime events such as picnics and fairs.  Watermelon is 92% water, which is why it is so refreshing.

Watermelon is a vine-like flowering plant originally from southern Africa. Its fruit, which is also called watermelon, is a special kind referred to by botanists as a pepo, a berry which has a thick rind (exocarp) and fleshy center (mesocarp and endocarp). Pepos are derived from an inferior ovary and are characteristic of the Cucurbitaceae. The watermelon fruit, loosely considered a type of melon – although not in the genus Cucumis – has a smooth exterior rind (usually green with dark green stripes or yellow spots) and a juicy, sweet interior flesh (usually deep red to pink, but sometimes orange, yellow, or white).

The fruit was likely first cultivated for its ability to hold plentiful water in a desert landscape, especially since the wild melon was bitter or tasteless.  Seeds and art found in tombs of Pharaohs are substantial evidence of the watermelon’s value. Cultivation and breeding brought out the better qualities of sweet and tender fruit we enjoy today.

Watermelons can grow enormous, and you will find competitions across the country which award prizes each year for the largest one.  The Guinness Book of World Records states that the heaviest watermelon weighed 262 pounds. To learn more refreshing watermelon facts, check out www.watermelon.org.

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WSYM: Patient – Marci

25 Jun

Marci started as a patient with the Lansing Medical Weight Loss Clinic nearly 20 years ago!  She’s lost over 100 lbs and has kept it off for over 4 years!  She discusses how her life has changed and how she is now the best version of herself possible as a mom, wife and employee.

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MWLC Honored Champion: Judy A.

19 Jun

Get to know one of our Honored Champions Judy!  She lost 48 lbs and counting at MWLC Livonia and her A1C is now in the normal range at 6.6 and she no longer needs insulin!  Her diabetes is now under control.  Read her story and see her video below.  What an inspiration!  Way to go Judy!

Your Story and Struggle

“My husband went to a Wounded Warriors fundraiser. He won the weight loss basket. In it was a 10 weeks free certificate for Medical Weight Loss. It was decided that I would use it due to my health conditions—hypertension, IDDM, high cholesterol, asthma, and depression. I was out of work for my asthma. I was on 86 units of Levemir insulin. I was tired all the time. I also have sleep apnea and wear a C-Pap machine.”

How has your life changed?

“I have so much more energy. I am no longer taking Insulin. After work, which is 3 midnight shifts a week, I am able to get some things done before going to bed. My clothes are now a 16 misses, almost a 14. I have a longer endurance when doing chores around the house, going up and down the stairs, and outdoor work. If my husband had not won that basket, I would have never considered Medical Weight Loss. They were able to adopt my food program to me working midnights.”

Advice to others starting the program

“This program is fantastic! I can’t say enough. The program is pretty easy to follow. The staff is very helpful. You don’t go hungry. I have found that I can stick to a diet plan, and make it work with mine and my family’s schedules. The food is delicious. The supplements and bars are too good—they make you want more.”

Top 3 tips to stay on track

  1. “Keep your food diary.”
  2. “Plan ahead if possible so you aren`t just getting things last minute.”
  3. “We are not perfect and we can fall off track. Just get back on the food plan and continue on.”

Is there anything else you would like us to know?

“I firmly believe God led me to Medical Weight Loss by my husband winning that basket. It showed me what I needed to do. The staff at the Livonia clinic are fantastic and very helpful with food preparation suggestions. I never dreamed I would lose so many inches and pounds, and get off my insulin in such a short time.”

Join Judy and other Medical Weight Loss Clinic Honored Champions, as they walk or ride for a cure at the American Diabetes Association’s Tour de Cure on Sunday, September 30th at Comerica Park in Detroit. Visit our MWLC Community Events page for more information. 

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Blue 365 Weight Loss and Discount

6 Jun

Did you know that Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan and Blue Care Network members can receive discounted rates for joining Medical Weight Loss Clinic through the Blue Cross and Blue Care Network member discount program, Blue365?

Medical Weight Loss Clinic became a discount partner with BCBSM in September of 2015.  Since then, MWLC has had 4,286 BCBSM/BCN members take advantage of our discount and these members have lost 115,698 pounds! That’s an average of 27 pounds per member.  

This is big news at MWLC!  Why?  Because we are not only helping our patients lose weight, we are improving their health right along with it!

How can you get in on the savings and the same great results?

Simply show your BCBSM or BCN card to receive your Blue365 discount at any of our locations.  Some restrictions do apply.

Book Your MWLC Consultation Here: https://patients.mwlc.com/Book_Your_Consultation.php

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MWLC Patient Perspectives: Megan L. – Livonia

5 Jun

“Personal problems caused me to emotionally overeat and multiple injuries kept me from being physically active. As a result, I weighed 353 pounds by the time I was 21 years old. I wasn’t happy with myself and knew I needed to change. With this program, I learned how to have a better grasp on my diet and make more conscious eating habits by weighing my food. My meal plan had three different levels depending on my workout schedule. Every meal included protein – chicken, fish or red meat – vegetables and fruit. I also removed triggers from my life, like candy and chips, and didn’t overload myself with changes—I didn’t start exercising until I’d lost 100 pounds. At that point, I eased into an exercise routine, first with breathing exercises, then I graduated to high intensity interval training and weight lifting. I’m a whole new person now. I wake up and have energy for the whole day (something I’ve never experienced before). If you’re trying to lose weight, don’t get discouraged. It didn’t take one day to put all of the weight on and it won’t take one day to take the weight off. Don’t give up on yourself – there is nothing more dangerous than self-doubt, but there is also nothing more powerful than self-respect.”

“Don’t give up on yourself – there is nothing more dangerous than self-doubt, but there is also nothing more powerful than self-respect.”

– Megan L., 22 years old, Livonia

Carrying around extra weight doesn’t just impact self-esteem and confidence, it can also lead to joint pain, trouble performing daily activities and an increased risk for serious health issues like heart disease and diabetes. But losing weight can be incredibly hard—a factor that helps explain why almost 35 percent of Michiganders are overweight and 30 percent are obese.

That’s where the Medical Weight Loss Clinic can help. We are a Michigan-based company run by physicians who take a clinical approach to weight loss. We create customized programs based on each person’s medical profile and weight loss goals, combining one-on-one counseling, food plans, recipes, nutritional supplements and a custom exercise regimen. Our clinics also offer Blue Cross members an exclusive discount through the Blue365 savings program. Members can access the discount by logging into their account.

The Medical Weight Loss Clinic recently helped four Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan members lose weight and get their health back on track. Read their stories here: http://www.mibluesperspectives.com/2018/02/09/4-members-share-how-they-finally-took-control-of-their-weight/

Are you ready to start your transformation?  Book a free consultation today!

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Tangy Lemon Stuffed Strawberries

29 May

It’s still National Strawberry Month!  Try this refreshing Tangy Lemon Stuffed Strawberry recipe!

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Tangy Lemon Stuffed Strawberries

Servings:
1 Fruit
1 Nutrient
Suitable for Fast Track patients

Ingredients:
1 serving Strawberries
1 MWLC Tangy Lemon Pudding Nutritional Supplement

Preparation:
Prepare Tangy Lemon Pudding per packet instructions, as the filling. Carefully cut the tips and the stems from the strawberries. Use a small spoon and hollow out the inside of the berries. Spoon or pipe the pudding into the berries and serve chilled. Place the prepared berries in the fridge for a few minutes to allow the filling to set if needed.

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MWLC Patient Perspectives: Kelly H. – Warren

1 May

“My excess weight was causing a ton of joint pain. Getting in and out of my car, tying my shoes, clipping my toenails and putting lotion on my body—it all took so much extra effort! Plus, being only 10 pounds lighter than my husband was heartbreaking to me. In this program, I used a journal to keep myself accountable and weighed all of my food. I also followed an exercise routine five days a week that was made up of 30 minutes of cardio and another 30 minutes of circuit training. I learned how to focus on the day-to-day tactics to keep the weight off instead of just thinking about the big picture. My life has changed in so many ways. I never realized how much my weight bothered me until I lost it, and now I can’t believe I lived with it for so long. I feel like I’m in my 20’s again! I went from a size 16 to a 2 and I’ve completed two 5Ks (and can’t wait to do another!).”

Kelly H., 46 years old, Warren

Carrying around extra weight doesn’t just impact self-esteem and confidence, it can also lead to joint pain, trouble performing daily activities and an increased risk for serious health issues like heart disease and diabetes. But losing weight can be incredibly hard—a factor that helps explain why almost 35 percent of Michiganders are overweight and 30 percent are obese.

That’s where the Medical Weight Loss Clinic can help. We are a Michigan-based company run by physicians who take a clinical approach to weight loss. We create customized programs based on each person’s medical profile and weight loss goals, combining one-on-one counseling, food plans, recipes, nutritional supplements and a custom exercise regimen. Our clinics also offer Blue Cross members an exclusive discount through the Blue365 savings program. Members can access the discount by logging into their account.

The Medical Weight Loss Clinic recently helped four Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan members lose weight and get their health back on track. Read their stories here: http://www.mibluesperspectives.com/2018/02/09/4-members-share-how-they-finally-took-control-of-their-weight/

Are you ready to start your transformation?  Book a free consultation today!

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