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Finding the Right Fit for Your Lifestyle

Weight Management

Many who try to lose weight in our fast-paced, eat-and-run, super-sized culture find that conventional diets don’t work—at least not long-term.

“Weight loss is a journey,” says Nicole Kerr, M.P.H., R.D., director of the Castle Wellness and Lifestyle Medicine Center. “We here at the Wellness Center provide you the tools and support through the long haul, as one has to change their lifestyle. Everyone has their own story, and finding what works for you safely and sanely is the key.”

Marcia Roberts-Deutsch’s weight-loss story began in May of last year when she realized that her weight was compromising her health and personal life. Roberts-Deutsch, 70, is the full-time Dean of University College (Liberal Arts unit) at Honolulu Community College and is a respected artist, art critic, and curator.

“My primary reason to lose weight was medical: high cholesterol, arthritis, and stress on my joints. On a personal level, I had a new granddaughter and I wanted to feel better and be able to move with her more,” says Roberts-Deutsch, who lives close to Castle Medical Center.

Roberts-Deutsch was familiar with the programs at Castle’s Wellness Center and made an appointment with Amanda O’Neill, R.D., certified diabetes educator, who reviewed the Medifast Take Shape for Life (TSFL) Web site with her and got her started on the program. “TSFL was very much aligned to the way I already ate, because I don’t eat red meat,” Roberts-Deutsch says. “And the ‘lean and green’ part of the program allowed me to eat dinner with my husband, so that worked really well.”

With the support and coaching of the Wellness Center team and weekly weigh-ins to keep her on track, by mid-December Roberts-Deutsch had reached her target weight.

“It was a pleasure working with Marcia—her motivation was truly inspiring,” O’Neill says. “She consistently lost the recommended weight of 1 to 2 pounds a week. At age 70 with a weight-loss success of almost 50 pounds and 12 percent body fat in seven months, Marcia is a testament to hard work and dedication. She adapted to this change not as a diet but as a lifestyle.”

Even after moving off the TSFL program, Roberts-Deutsch is keeping the weight off.

“Research has shown that having a support system is vital to long-term weight-loss success, and she will always have support from the Castle Wellness team,” O’Neill says.

“I can walk and enjoy tai chi,” says Roberts-Deutsch. “All my numbers are good, and I have a better sense of being able to deal with this time in my life!”