A medically supervised weight management program offered at NYU Winthrop Hospital in Mineola and created by HMR Weight Management Services (HMR), has been named a No.1 Best Fast Weight-Loss Diet for 2018 by U.S. News & World Report. This is the third consecutive year that the program, which involves simple diet and high-intensity lifestyle intervention, has earned this honor. NYU Winthrop is the only hospital in the New York metro area that offers this program.
“Successful weight loss is about creating changes around eating and physical activity that can be sustained over the long term,” said Raymond Lau, MD, Endocrinologist and Medical Director of the program at NYU Winthrop. “By keeping the plan simple, people can lose weight quickly while building the skills they need for long-term weight management.”
Like many individuals who find themselves struggling to lose excess weight, Elizabeth Kelly of Hicksville, NY, was one such person. After one year on the program, Kelly has successfully lost 115 pounds. Today, she continues on her journey to good health, knowing she has all of the support and resources to do so, thanks to NYU Winthrop’s Weight Management Team.
“Five years ago, my life changed dramatically with the unexpected loss of my husband. But this year, this program, this success, gave me the hope I needed to get on a path to a new life—one that is filled with the belief that the future will be rich with enjoyment, pleasure and continued success,” said Kelly, who is elated to be a role model for her grandchildren. “I am forever grateful to NYU Winthrop’s Weight Management Program, its supportive and knowledgeable staff, and to the caring and empathetic members of the program. Without them I would not be here today.”
Unlike many commercial diet programs, HMR specializes in helping those who have a lot of weight to lose. The nutritionally-complete plans of the program are designed to simplify food decisions, using only HMR foods (shakes, entrées, cereal, and nutrition bars) with the option of unlimited fruits and vegetables on some plans. The most popular plan follows a simple 3/2/5 structure designed to keep people feeling full throughout the day. This plan includes at least three shakes, two entrées, and five servings of fruits and vegetables. People are encouraged to eat as many of these foods as they like to avoid hunger.
While losing weight, people also practice developing skills like learning to eat more fruits and vegetables, increase physical activity and how to make healthier food choices.
“Another key difference from other programs is that NYU Winthrop provides medical management. This is especially important if a patient has diabetes, high blood pressure, high cholesterol, or other weight-related conditions that require monitoring during weight loss,” said Lau. “There is a strong need in our community for effective weight-loss options so we also offer an HMR plan that is a self-guided option, and people can follow that plan at home with online support.”
These are lifestyle skills that will help keep weight off, as well as help to reduce risk factors related to the development of heart disease, stroke, diabetes, some types of cancer and other chronic diseases.
For more information on this program, visit www.hmrprogram.com.
—Submitted by NYU Winthrop Hospital