Turning Loss into Gain

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January 19, 2016 – As the New Year gets underway, it’s the perfect time to adopt positive life changes. For many, the go-to New Year’s resolution is to lose weight, but getting started can be challenging. A lot of people may not realize their primary care physician can be a tremendous resource when it comes to shedding unwanted pounds.

“I have always struggled with portion control and eating too much,” says Bonnie Waishes, a Milford resident. “I finally reached a point where I was ready to lose weight and I was persistent about seeing my doctor to start this journey.”

Waishes is a patient of Preeti Gupta, MD, of Bayhealth Family Medicine, Milford. Dr. Gupta recently became certified to treat patients who want to lose weight. A few months ago she began counseling Waishes on proper eating and exercising.

“We started by talking about lifestyle changes. I explained which foods to eat, which foods to avoid. I also talked to Bonnie about incorporating exercise into her daily routine,” says Dr. Gupta. “Patients have to be ready to lose weight. If someone isn’t truly ready to make changes, we will probably not be successful.”

Waishes began implementing the changes, and immediately saw results.

“The changes were very simple to me. I began eating more fruits, vegetables, and adding proteins into my diet. I began having a whey protein drink for breakfast,” says Waishes. “Every week I was losing weight, I couldn’t believe it.”

Waishes says part of her motivation to lose weight is to improve her health to avoid needing medication.

“I don’t want to be saddled with taking medication,” says Waishes. “I want to improve my health, lose weight, and be able to live without needing pills.”

Dr. Gupta met with Waishes every other week when they began their program. Over time, Waishes went in for visits less often as she began to lose more weight and felt more comfortable with her diet and exercise routine.

“I am so happy with Bonnie’s progress,” says Dr. Gupta. “She is a great patient. She was very proactive about wanting to lose weight and get healthy.”

In total, Waishes has lost more than 50 pounds, and is still working to shed more. She is using personal struggles she has dealt with to turn her loss into something more meaningful.

“It’s been a challenging few years for me. I lost my husband nine years ago. I lost my parents two years later within months of each other,” says Waishes. “I am now turning a page on that loss. I’m turning the word ‘loss’ into something positive. Every pound I shed is another loss, but in a good way.”

Individuals interested in making an appointment with Dr. Gupta at Bayhealth Family Medicine, Milford, is encouraged to call 302-430-0867.


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