The partnership in the weight loss journey between mother and daughter has been one of accountability, improved health, and renewed confidence. Marci Hughes and daughter Shelby Grace of Lynchburg.
Likewise, 16-year-old Shelby struggled with her weight despite being active. She weighed about 290 pounds, was pre-diabetic and was sometimes bullied at school. A theater kid, Shelby also often felt frustrated when she couldn’t find costumes in her school’s collection that fit her. In addition, the stress of being bullied contributed to her weight gain. Both Marci and Shelby are thrilled to have lost weight successfully with the Ideal Protein Weight Loss Method, which Dr. Widmeyer describes as an aggressive weight loss program.
“Often, the diet part is the easy part. If you’re doing this protocol as we prescribe it, you’ll see the weight loss. The question becomes: What happens after the protocol?” JEFFREY WIDMEYER, MD Offers physician supervised weight loss services at Widmeyer Vein Center in Lynchburg.
“Women typically lose two to four pounds per week,” Dr. Widmeyer says, “and men lose about three to five pounds per week.” By measuring patients weekly through the body composition analyzer, Dr. Widmeyer can ensure that the weight loss happens safely and that patients are losing fat rather than muscle. The rapid weight loss has helped Marci and Shelby to stay motivated throughout the program. “Motivation hasn’t really even been an issue because the weight comes off so fast,” Marci says. “Also, we have more energy, and because we are drinking more water and not eating sugar, our skin looks better and we feel better overall.” They also enjoy buying smaller clothes each time they lose a size. Being able to lose weight with her mom as a partner has helped Shelby stay focused, but the coaching at Dr. Widmeyer’s office also plays a role. “I really like that there are coaches keeping us accountable and weighing us each week,” she says. “I’m less likely to cheat.” Both Marci and Shelby also appreciate their coaches’ accessibility and willingness to help them make challenging decisions. “Lori [the coach] is always available,” says Marci. “We can text her if we’re going to a restaurant, and she can look at the menu and tell us what we can eat. That
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Published on Feb 1, 2018