Docs on Call: Weightloss Meal Program

By WEEK Reporter

January 11, 2011 Updated Oct 26, 2013 at 4:12 AM CDT

If you're like many Americans, you resolved to lose weight and get fit in the new year. Tonight at six-thirty you have a chance to ask the experts for tips on successful long-term weight loss when you call in to Docs on Call.

First...meet a local woman who has doubled the benefits of a weight loss meal program.

News 25's Joe Bennett shows you how it's helped her battle the effects of diabetes as well as maintain her weight.

What can three shakes, two entrees, and five cups of fruits or vegetables once a day do to you in one year? For Carol Stagg, it helped her lose more than 130 pounds.

"It's a good program. It's worked for me the past year," Stagg.

The national program is called Health Management Resources, and it's available through OSF Saint Francis Medical Center's weight loss center. Stagg began the program one year ago per her Doctor's orders after she acquired type II diabetes.

"I was on forty units of insulin at bed time last year but now I'm down to four units, and hopefully I'll be off that shortly," Stagg.

Jenny Reay is a registered dietician at OSF. She says that HMR has been around for 25 years and that it's the number one medically-assisted weight-loss program in the nation.

Reay says, "the idea behind the plan is that it's very filling. It's high volume, but it's low in calories, and so you can eat a lot of the foods without gaining weight."

The meals cost about eleven dollars a day, and Stagg says she's saved money in the program as much as she's lost weight. But are her results the average amount of pounds that can shed over time?

"Yes. We've actually had several people in our program who have lost over 100 pounds. We have a few people who have lost over 80 pounds, and they usually see results very quickly. Within the first one to two weeks is when they start to see results," Reay.

Stagg's results came quickly and they've been steady ever since. In the year since she started the program, she's gone from a size 28 to a size 18, and she's looking forward to being off her insulin units as soon as possible.

"This is what I needed to get my life better," Stagg.

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