Sandy Sorensen: Healthy weight loss programs should be supported


To the editor:

I'm writing in response to Darian Warden's Jan. 1 article about Jona Ely's weight loss program, Ideal Protein.

I appreciate Ms. Ely's motives, as I too was concerned about Moffat County's ranking of 50 out of 59 in overall health when I heard about it in a Craig Daily Press article this summer.

I have heard of this weight loss program and have friends that have had offers to take part in it as well. I've had friends who've been offered and I have not.

There is a reason for this.

I am the Weight Watchers leader for the weekly meeting here in Craig. I'm not here to sell Weight Watchers, as I'm prohibited from doing so as per the rules of submitting this letter.

I'm only here to explain what Ms. Ely implied in her interview when she mentioned that Ideal Protein is "not like Weight Watchers and we do not want you on this for the rest of your life."

It is true that with both of these programs, weight loss is the goal. It may be because of health reasons, because of the desire to look better, or to fit in to those same size clothes we wore in high school.

Whatever the reason, losing in a healthy manner is the concern.

Weight Watchers does not keep you on a program and have you pay for a membership for the rest of your life. If you join Weight Watchers, you pay a monthly fee for as long as it takes you to get to your healthy goal weight.

When this weight is maintained for six weeks, the membership is Lifetime, a celebration meaning, among other things, a free membership for life, as long as your goal weight is maintained.

This is what it means to be in it for the rest of your life: maintaining that healthy weight by using skills learned regarding a healthy lifestyle.

Many of those dealing with being overweight don't know how to get back to making healthy choices. Weight Watchers lets members be able to eat what they want by making healthy choices, FOR LIFE.

Weight Watchers only supports its own program and would never seek to slander other programs publicly. A person that decides to change eating habits should do what works for them, whatever that method may be.

Sandy Sorensen


jray141 4 years, 2 months ago

Following a good weight loss program is key to losing weight and having support is always good. Not all weight loss program are for everyone so you should all find what works for you. Me i first started out by drink lots of water because water has lots of do qualites like helping you stay fuller for longer. there is an article about it here ( if you want to know me or google water and weight loss.


mrscromer 4 years, 2 months ago

I totally agree with jray141.....NOT all weight loss programs are for everyone...certain ones work for certain people....and I strongly believe that Jona Ely wasn't slandering weight watchers or any other programs for that matter...sometimes the paper takes thing out of content and does not include everything that was said in the interview with that person.......

I have been on tons of weight loss programs and thanks to Jona Ely and the coaches at Ideal You, have managed to start losing weight and feeling better about myself...and still continue on my journey...I have tried weight watches, Herbal Life, diet pills, just to name a few and nothing really worked for me....until Jona Ely introduced me to The Ideal You...and I am very gratefully for it...but I said and I'm sure a lot of people will agree as well...NOT all weight loss programs works for have to find that one that works for you....

Just saying....and I would like to say THANK YOU to Jona and her staff for the help they have given me and the courage to continue on with my weight loss....keep up the great work on helping others....


Joanna Hatten 4 years, 2 months ago

Why did Ms. Ely even mention weight watchers in her article? There was no need to compare the two programs. Correct me if Im wrong but don't you have to buy Ideal You products to be on this diet? Im pretty sure they cost more then the monthly fee for weight watchers....just saying. What happens when you quit buying these products? It hasn't really taught you to eat healthy so won't you just gain your weight back?....just curious.


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