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“Scale Down” Secrets of Losing Weight & Keeping It Off!

Maintaining a healthy weight is especially important for seniors. As you get older, your body’s ability to metabolize food slows down. Suddenly, it’s easier to pack on pounds and harder to lose them and keep them off.

The National Institute on Aging Reports that 73% of Americans between the ages of 65 and 74 were considered overweight in the last decade versus only 57% in 1980.

But there’s good news! Getting fit and staying that way is possible if you learn why most diets fail the seniors who try them.

What’s the Best Diet?

"Basically, almost any diet plan will work for weight loss." says James O. Hill, PhD, director of the Center for Human Nutrition at the University of Colorado in Denver. "But the problem is that almost none of them work for weight loss maintenance."*

Weight loss maintenance requires learning how to eat once you’re off the diet so you can maintain your new, healthy weight. This is hard to do on your own. That’s why Torrance Memorial Medical Center created their "Scale Down" Program.

Lose Weight Without Sacrificing Your Favorite Foods

"We teach you how to bring your favorite foods back into your life and enjoy them appropriately," says Cathy Hargrove, Scale Down’s manager. "Once you start dropping pounds you feel really excited and are ready to learn new habits to keep the weight off."

Scale Down participants lose an average of 22 pounds by following an eating plan developed by registered dieticians.

The plan includes:

• nutritional supplements

• portion control

• tips on making healthier food choices.

It’s the foundation of any good diet. But while most diets end here, Scale Down provides extra help to keep the weight off with access to behavioral psychologists, exercise specialists, experts in meditation and a full year of free support group meetings.

Change the Way You Think About Weight Loss

"If you want to lose weight successfully you have to do more than change the way you eat," says Cathy Hargrove. "You have to change the way you think about weight loss and you need support."

The Scale Down program accepts 25 people per session. Each session is divided into two phases. The first phase, the weight reduction phase, consists of weekly 1 ½ hour meetings over 14 weeks. The second phase, the weight maintenance phase, consists of weekly support group meetings for the next 9 months.

For more information on the Scale Down program, including cost and start dates for the next session, contact Cathy Hargrove at 310-784-4897.

*Source:Starting A Weight Loss Plan,

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