By: Tim Studebaker

Since I’m one of the many people with weight loss on the brain in January, I decided to put it all out there and share my "Journey to Health" on the air, online, and on social media so you at home can be part of the conversation.

There's a lot of information out there.  Over the next few weeks, we'll try to sort it all out.

Before I start searching the internet for diet plans and healthy recipes, I'm invited to meet with Dr. Sheenagh Bodkin with Lifespan.  She teaches "The Healthy Weight Program," a ten-week course designed to help patients lose weight.

But, here's the catch.  She suggests ditching the diet mentality.

Bodkin says, "Science tells us that short term diets are not only a waste of time and suffering, you can end up heavier than when you started."

Like many others, that has certainly been my experience in the past.  Instead of dieting, she's a proponent of a program called “Intuitive Eating.”

Bodkin says, "Intuitive Eating is getting you back to listening to your body and knowing how to eat in a very normal way."

She takes the program step by step with her patients.

Bodkin says, "There's sort of a mindfulness component where you're learning to eat when you're hungry.  There's a satiety.  You learn to stop eating when you're comfortably full."

Once your eating habits are in control, the program focuses on nutrition and exercise.

Although the session I attended was held in a women's medicine collaborative, the program is available for men as well.

Bodkin says, "It's really for everyone who has developed an abnormal relationship with food."

She says research shows that our bodies have a natural "weight set point range."  If we try to get below that range, that's when we run into trouble.

Bodkin says, "The body tries to fight back against that diet to make you hungrier, less full, and in addition to that, substantially reduces your metabolism."

That's where the program comes in.  The goal is to get you to the lowest part of your body's set weight range.

At this point, I am not enrolled in the course, but it's something to consider.

Speak to your doctor if you think you need a program like this one.

If traditional dieting is more your style, next week we'll speak with a dietitian and look at some of the most popular diet plans of 2019 to see which ones show promise for results.

In the meantime, connect with me on Facebook and Twitter.  We'll talk all things weight loss and health.

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