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Ask the Expert: Program keeps participants motivated to lose weight

If that New Year's resolution to drop a few pounds hasn't quite stuck, a few simple steps could make a difference. (WKRC)

FLORENCE, Ky. (WKRC) - If that New Year's resolution to drop a few pounds hasn't quite stuck, a few simple steps could make a difference.

It's that time of year where it's hard to stay motivated, but not for one man who says a team at the St. Elizabeth Weight Management Center has kept him on the right path.

It's hard to believe it when you look at him now, but six months ago James Iles was 100 pounds heavier. In fact, as of Thursday, he's lost 101.4 pounds.

He credits that weight loss to a team led by Dr. Troy Shumann. The program James chose is medically-supervised, nutritionally-sound and behaviorally-focused.

"If you don't fix the 'why' they eat, what they eat doesn't matter, because they are always going to go back because we all have stress in our lives," said Dr. Shumann.

And while James chose this medically-supervised program and a lot of support, a lot of what he did could work for all as motivation wanes in the next few months.

"I walk two-and-a-half to three miles every morning; that's the first thing I do every morning," James said.

Dr. Shumann says a daily exercise decision, getting enough sleep, and journaling what you eat are all good ways to stay on track. They don't just manage the body, they manage the mind.

"Really that's going to be the key--trying to reduce their disease state, get them off medicines, just by using nutrition and using exercise and stress management and so forth," Dr. Shumann said.

For details you can call 859-212-GOAL (4625) or click here. These programs are all based on individual needs, and some parts do qualify for medical insurance coverage.

As always, your questions are invited for providers at St. Elizabeth Healthcare. Click here to ask a question.

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