MWLC Patient Perspectives: April H. - Kalamazoo


“At my heaviest, I really hated any time I had to walk more than a couple of blocks. I rarely took the stairs because I couldn’t climb them without losing my breath and I couldn’t keep up with my husband when we went shopping. I followed a meal plan that consisted of healthy foods like fresh or frozen fruits and vegetables, low-to-no-sodium-added meat, eggs or egg whites, canned tuna, low-fat milk, string cheese, Greek yogurt and a few starches like low-sodium rice cakes or crackers. I didn’t start exercising regularly until I had been with the program for about nine months—at that point I added in workouts consisting of 20 to 40 minutes of cardio and about 30 minutes of weight lifting.

The Kalamazoo clinic always cheered my successes and gave me pep talks when the number on the scale wasn’t moving as fast as I would have liked. I’d tried and failed to lose weight on my own. The support I received from the crew at the clinic was the added boost I needed. I still work out 45 minutes to an hour every day, have adopted a whole-food, plant-based diet, meditate for at least five minutes every day and do my best to get six to eight hours of quality sleep every night. Now that I am 160 pounds lighter, my husband has a hard time keeping up with me! I had hoped to get down to size 12 or maybe even a size 10 – I never in my wildest dreams considered I would be able to wear a size 6! If you’re like me, and have to lose a significant amount of weight, try not to focus on your end goal. Break your journey into smaller, more manageable goals. Be patient and never give up!”

- April H., 50 years old, Kalamazoo

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:

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