The Free Press, Mankato, MN

Health & Fitness

February 24, 2013

The right fit important in weight-loss programs

Dietitian says it’s easy to lose sight of the bigger picture when only focusing on the numbers on the scale


One example

Among the programs in Mankato is Ideal Weigh To B. Owner Breanna Ludeman says she sees two kinds of clients: those who want to lose 5 pounds of vanity weight, and those who have struggled for years with their weight.

“They come to me for accountability,” Ludeman said.

At Ideal Weigh To B, Ludeman says they teach clients to view their weight-loss journey as a two-part story. Part one is losing the weight. Part two, which is much more difficult for most people, is maintaining that weight.

Many weight-loss programs, she said, ignore that second part and send their clients off into the world without giving them the skills they need to maintain a healthy lifestyle.

Even the word “diet” has a specific, potentially damaging connotation.

“The unfortunate part of dieting is that a diet, for many people, is what you do before a class reunion or wedding,” she said. “But really, a diet is something you should be doing all the time.”

Her plan institutes a way of controlling carbohydrates and reining in unnecessary sugar.

“Fat isn’t what’s making us fat,” she said. “It’s the sugar.”

The average American, Ludeman said, consumes 500 grams of carbohydrates. Ideally, that number should be closer to 150 grams.

Ludeman, a registered nurse and former personal trainer at the Mankato YMCA, said there are many weight-loss programs that can be good for people. It’s important to find the one that is right for the individual, she said, even if it’s not hers.

“I’ll be the first to tell people my plan isn’t for everyone,” she said. “I have a qualifying list, and if you don’t qualify, I won’t take you.”

She said monitoring sugar has had dramatic results for some of her clients, including two who were type 2 diabetics when they came through her door and aren’t anymore.

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