Losing weight is difficult for anybody, but it may be more difficult in the obese patient who has painful joints. Thankfully, there are many resources to help people lose weight. Choosing the right resource just depends on what each patient is looking for.
For example, some people prefer to try to lose weight by themselves. Calorie counting apps (MyFitnessPal), meal programs (Jenny Craig), or cognitive-behavioral approaches (Noom) are options. Following a mindset and nutritional approach like Intuitive Eating, touted by many nutritionists, is an alternative to dieting.
Others may want a more team or partner-based approach. Nutritionists, sometimes covered by insurance, can help people understand changes they can make to improve their health and weight. Team-learning programs, like Weight Watchers, help people understand nutrition while also learning from their peers.
Kūlana Hawai’i, a weight management program geared towards rural residents on Oahu and Molokai, combines nutrition with peer-learning. Kūlana Hawai’i serves mostly underserved residents. They understand that there are many more factors of weight than just diet and exercise. The team includes a psychologist, a nutritionist, and a fitness instructor. The team works with participants to develop a goal and treatment plan. Additionally, they offer exercise and fitness classes, stress management techniques, and group sessions. They believe their approach works; of their participants, over 75% lost weight, increased their exercise, and expanded their health knowledge base. They hope that these changes are sustainable and empower patients to continue their health journey after they complete the program.
Queen’s Medical Center also offers an excellent resource with the Comprehensive Weight Management program. We often refer our patients for their evaluation and consideration of non-operative and operative treatments for obesity.