Partnering to Shed the Pounds
CoreLife puts together the pieces of healthy weight loss.
Matt Ogle, of Gaithersburg, Maryland, was overweight and knew he needed to make a change, but like many others, he struggled to take the first step. He noticed his knee and back pain were more frequent, and everyday movements such as squatting or bending over were difficult. Matt didn’t feel good about himself and wanted to shift toward a healthier lifestyle.
Matt’s physician is Avni Jain, MD, a family medicine physician with Adventist HealthCare and medical director at CoreLife, a health program with locations throughout Maryland. At Matt’s yearly physical, Dr. Jain suggested he try CoreLife to guide his weight loss. CoreLife provides a comprehensive approach to health and weight loss management, utilizing a team of registered dietitians, certified personal trainers and healthcare providers. With them, Matt said, he was able to get the encouragement he needed to get started: “At that point, I didn’t have anything to lose except for weight.”
Step by Step
After an introductory evaluation at CoreLife, the team taught Matt healthy habits such as portion control, what foods to incorporate into his diet or avoid, and how to calculate his daily caloric needs. A food app also gave Matt a better understanding of the nutritional value of the foods he was putting into his body.
“My biggest issue was portion control and sweets,” he said. “I was able to understand and keep track of what I was eating, as well as the amount of sodium, sugar and fat in each item.”
CoreLife also recommends clients like Matt incorporate regular exercise into their routines to ensure long-term success. Members have the option of connecting with a personal trainer and have access to a 24/7 fitness center. For the first couple of months, Matt worked closely with a trainer. Now, his exercise routine includes visits to the CoreLife fitness center and walks at his local park.
Since joining CoreLife in fall 2020, Matt has lost more than 50 pounds and continues to work toward his goal weight. While his journey is far from over, he said when he looks back on what he’s learned so far, the experience seems to be a re-education.
“Having an organization like CoreLife there to help show me how to modify my lifestyle, what steps I need to take and how to achieve my goals makes all the difference,” Matt said. “While it takes a personal commitment, it does work.”