Womack Army Medical Center is hosting a free, four-week weight management class to help individuals achieve their exercise, fitness and weight loss goals.
The class will help people adapt a weight loss mindset and adjust their lifestyle to meet their personal goals.
“Most people tend to follow the latest fad when it comes to losing weight or think that it just comes down to slashing calories and going to the gym,” said Kimberly Schorn, a board certified dietitian in sports nutrition and a certified exercise physiologist who teaches the class. “When it comes to long-term, sustainable weight loss, it’s really about changing your lifestyle.”
Schorn said that it’s not about changing everything, but finding what works for you.
“When I ask people to list what their top priorities are in life, very rarely do that put themselves on that list,” she said. “Taking care of yourself isn’t selfish. It’s important and you need to take a step back and realize that there’s nothing wrong with putting yourself first.”
Some of the topics that will be addressed during the classes include emotional and stress eating; how to make the most out of grocery shopping; avoiding mistakes when eating out; fostering time and stress management skills; and healthy cooking techniques.
“There is no quick fix for weight loss and the rules for weight loss have never changed,” said Schorn. “Anyone who says they have the newest, fastest, easiest way to lose weight is probably trying to sell you something. That’s the thing about weight loss, it doesn’t cost anything. My goal for anyone in a weight loss program is for them to get to the point where they don’t need me.”
Schorn said that many people who have tried to lose weight before and failed automatically put themselves in a mindset where they are sure that they are going to fail again. She encourages them to get out of their comfort zone and give it another try.
“The only way you’re going to succeed is by getting out there and trying something different,” she said. “It’s about managing your expectations and understanding that it is going to take time. Just look at the turtle. They may not move fast, but they will still get to where they want to go. It just takes them a little longer to get there.
Classes are hosted in Womack’s nutrition classroom every Tuesday at 1 p.m., with a new series starting each month. Classes are open to all TRICARE beneficiaries and individuals interested in attending can self-refer by calling 907-DIET (3438).
Soldiers interested in attending weight management classes will be referred to a series tailored to meet specific Soldier needs.