I’m a Weight Loss Expert, Not a Medical Professional

I don’t want to misrepresent myself – ever!

I want it to be clear that I am a weight loss expert. My expertise comes experience and my position as a general manager of a trusted commercial weight loss service.

I think it’s accurate to say that my expertise is enhanced by my personal weight loss and maintenance success.

I’ve helped hundreds of people lose weight personally through my work, and indirectly, I’ve helped many thousands more in the state of Maine. It’s something I love to do.

I feel very good about being a weight loss expert.

I’m not a medical professional. I don’t give medical advice. Of course I’m aware that health and weight are connected. I know that some approaches to weight loss may jeopardize health while others, such as the Weight Watchers program has been proven to improve health.

I know that losing weight can have significant health benefits for some people. Losing even as little as 5% of your body weight can improve conditions such as high blood pressure and high levels of cholesterol. 5% of 200 pounds is 10 pounds! People with type 2 diabetes may be able to control their disease without any medication with a modest 5-10% weight loss.

I understand that weight loss isn’t always healthy. Some people lose weight without trying. That can be a bad sign, unless of course, the person’s lifestyle recently changed and has gone from very sedentary to highly active. When there haven’t been any changes and significant weight is lost, it’s not a cause to celebrate until everything checks out with a doctor’s visit.

I blog about healthy habits as a weight loss expert. I know a lot about nutrition because I’m a weight loss expert. I’m not a scientist. There’s a lot I don’t know and I realize that even modern science doesn’t have all the answers.

As a dedicated weight loss expert I will stay up-to-date with the science of weight management. I’ll share what I learn to help others succeed at lasting weight management. I don’t have any opinion about who should lose weight. I only want to help people who have determined for themselves – or been encouraged by their health care professionals – that weight loss would be beneficial.

I prefer the word “fat” to “obese” or any of the euphemisms such as “husky,” chubby,” “pleasantly plump,” and the like. I don’t use the word “fat” as an insult but rather as an objective, non judgmental way to describe a state of excess adipose tissue.

I was fat. I’m not fat anymore and I have made behavioral changes that keep me from getting fat again. Some of the changes feel very natural and it doesn’t take a lot of thought to consistently engage in them. Others require conscious choices every day. I know how easy it would be to go back to default, or “fat” behaviors.

I may be an expert, but I don’t possess special qualities that allow me to succeed where others fail. I do nothing remarkable or especially difficult. I firmly believe that Maine is full of potential weight loss experts. You could be one! All it takes is time, commitment, and the willingness to try and keep trying when it gets tough.

Tune into Good Day Maine (FOX23 in Portland, check your local listing) Wednesday, May 13 at 7:40 am. I will share some expert weight loss advice and demonstrate an easy and delicious recipe!

 

 

Jackie Conn

About Jackie Conn

Jackie Conn is married and has four grown daughters and four grandchildren. She is a Weight Watchers success story. She's a weight loss expert with 25 years of experience guiding women and men to their weight-related goals. Her articles on weight management have been published in health, family and women's magazines. She has been a regular guest on Channel 5 WABI news, FOX network morning program Good Day Maine and 207 on WCSH.