Starting Weight: 201 pounds
Current Weight: 138 pounds
Total weight lost: 63 pounds*
*In a CMWL multicenter randomized trial involving 550 patients who followed a CMWL Low-Calorie Diet (LCD) or Modified LCD Program, both with and without appetite suppressants, the average weight loss was 2 pounds per week over a 12-week period. The research was wholly funded by an independent third party with the exception of travel expenses. According to a study published in The American Journal of Medicine, participants completing a 12-week medical weight loss program lost 11.1% of their body weight, on average. Results may vary.
Obesity and diabetes have run in my family for as long as I can remember. Throughout my adult years, I watched myself accept this to be my fate. It all changed one day in early 2011 when life took an unexpected turn that caused me to evaluate my life and where it was headed.
Not long before this life-altering event, my husband told me about a male co-worker who had lost 50 pounds through The Center for Medical Weight Loss. When he told me the program consisted of protein shakes and bars, I said, “You’ve got to be out of your mind! That is crazy!” I found every excuse I could think of to justify why I shouldn’t even consider the program. It will be so hard to change my habits, men lose weight easier than women, I’d get bored, we have vacation coming up, and the list went on. Bottom line: I convinced myself that I could never be successful on a program like this. I was allowing the word “never” to sabotage me.
Then, one day in April 2011, I had enough, and I decided it wouldn’t hurt anything or anybody to hear about the program. So, I made the call and met with Dr. Drabick’s physician’s assistant, who told me about the various programs available through CMWL. When I told her I wanted to take a week to think it over, I was rather surprised by her response, “OK, you just let us know if/when you’d like to join.” What? No pressure? They aren’t begging me for my money? This was my first sign that this wasn’t your typical weight loss program.
A week later I signed up.
At my first visit, I walked away pleasantly surprised and impressed. I felt like the doctors actually cared about my health, and I think that has meant more to me through my transition than any part of the program. Yes, it was great that my waistline was shrinking, I had to buy smaller clothes, and everyone was commenting on how great I looked, but what really mattered was I was feeling better, becoming more active, and setting myself up for a diabetes-free future.
I was surprised by how easy the program was. The first week was an adjustment – it takes time for your brain to be convinced you really can change your eating habits. But by the second week, my brain gave in, and I was on my way! I found various ways to add variety to my shakes to keep things fresh, and I looked forward to my weekly visits to see the center’s team.
Dr. Drabick and his team helped me face challenges successfully and encouraged me to not beat myself up if I went off the plan now and then because life does happen. I remember going to social events and feeling shocked that having a protein shake before dinner was enough to keep me satisfied throughout the night. I was in a social situation, and I didn’t give the food a second thought!
Anyone can lose weight on any program, but at some point you have to get back to doing things on your own, and you need the tools necessary to keep the weight off. The CMWL team gave me these tools. They stressed the importance of exercise—weight training and cardio, which are now part of my regular routine. I make sure I incorporate some type of protein in every meal. I eat complex carbohydrates. I eat the appropriate sized apple. If I eat a huge piece of chocolate cake, I exercise a little harder that day.
I have been on the maintenance program for almost a year now, and guess what? I weigh less today than I did when I started the maintenance program. I’m not actively trying to lose weight, but by continuing to eat right and exercise regularly, my body continues to transition itself – and it is very exciting! I am passed the toughest part of this adventure. I know that I have turned the page, and this is who I am.
I am so blessed to have been led to the Raleigh CMWL. They are extremely knowledgeable, caring, and fun. I recommend Dr. Drabick’s group and this program to anyone who struggles with their weight. This has been my best investment. It will be yours too!
Favorite CMWL Product:Powdered Chocolate Shake
Top Tip to Stay Motivated:Keep looking in the mirror and love the person looking back at you.
What I Like Best About CMWL:The support, praise and encouragement I receive from the staff at Dr. Drabick's office. They are medical professionals, and I know my health is their top priority.
After trying numerous other weight loss programs, Laura found success with CMWL.
"I am not on a roller coaster of weight loss and weight gain anymore."
“CMWL gave me the right amount of calories to make me feel full and content, so I wouldn't want to cheat.”