Medical Weight Management Program Helps Patient With Sedentary Job Control Weight
As a police dispatcher, Greg Pouletsos, 36, of Middle Island has a sedentary daily routine - sitting at a computer for 8-12 hours a day. Gaining weight was easy. “I’ve been heavy all of my life but I haven’t been this bad. I’ve gotten so bad it is detrimental to my daily living,” he said.
At more than 355 pounds with a BMI of 52-53, Mr. Pouletsos had trouble getting in and out of his car, playing with his son, even getting up from his couch. “I actually broke my couch I was so heavy.”
Even more serious were his medical problems. “I was an uncontrolled diabetic. My blood sugar was pretty much over 150, which can erode the blood vessels. I was on three different diabetic medications and I had just about zero control over it.” Mr. Pouletsos also suffers from sleep apnea, and his cholesterol level and blood pressure were rising.
Dieting on his own didn’t work, and he recognized his need for a program that monitored his weight and eating habits. He signed up for Mather’s Comprehensive Medical Weight Management Program in April 2016. The 12-week program utilizes simple, sound principles to help individuals achieve optimal health and maintain their best personal body weight. Supervised by a physician who specializes in weight loss, the program includes a full nutrition evaluation, weekly support, follow-ups and metabolic testing, along with a customized meal plan that is developed to meet each patient’s individual lifestyle and health goals.
“The weekly meetings keep me in focus – ‘Okay, I need to do this on this day.’ The meetings give me information I didn’t have about foods that I had been eating or foods that I should be eating, and there are always recipes,” Mr. Pouletsos said.
Having others in the program whose weight gain he could see – and who could see his – helped him stick to the program and he got his weight down to 287. But he found the holidays a tough time to stick to a healthy diet and his weight climbed back to 310. Now he has recommitted himself to the program. His diabetes is under control and he is down to only one medication, and his blood pressure and cholesterol levels have dropped.
“I feel more energetic. I have a much easier time moving around. I can play with my son, who is seven, which is a great thing,” he said. “I’m going to stick with this program until I can lose as much weight as I can, until I’m not obese anymore.