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.