Successes, Struggles, and Strategies: Inside AICR’s Weight Loss Program

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“I have participated in several New American Place Challenges and each time I learn more and incorporate the info into my daily life. Thank you for your valuable information, encouragement and unconditional support. This is an awesome program!”

This message is music to my dietitian ears. It comes from one of the participants of AICR’s 12-week healthy weight program.

As one of the NAP Challenge coaches, I hear firsthand how our challengers are embracing an eating style that focuses on plant foods, cooking, and becoming more physically active with dedicated daily walks and breaks between long periods of sitting. Read more… “Successes, Struggles, and Strategies: Inside AICR’s Weight Loss Program”

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    Challenge Yourself: Putting Weight Loss Apps to the Test

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    How do you set your weight loss goals into motion and embark on a new plan? AICR’s New American Plate (NAP) Challenge, a 12-week weight loss program, is kicking off now, so I thought this was the perfect time to talk about my first recommendation to any new patient I see seeking weight loss: food records. canstockphoto7929741

    Accountability is a key component to behavior change, and is particularly effective for weight loss. Maintaining a healthy body weight will help reduce your cancer risk, and now’s the perfect time to use all your resources that can make this journey a bit easier.

    Have you ever noticed you’re more likely to go to a gym class if you’ve committed to go with your friend? Or that you are less likely to overspend at the grocery store when you have a list?

    Keeping a food record is one of the best forms of personal accountability. Once you start to learn about your own patterns and triggers to eating, you can identify areas to modify that will help you achieve your weight loss goals. There are many online programs and phone apps that make it easy to track your food intake and learn more about which foods and meals prove the best nutrition. Now the question is, how do you choose the best app? Read more… “Challenge Yourself: Putting Weight Loss Apps to the Test”

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      Nothing to Lose, Everything to Gain: One Survivor’s Story

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      Lisa

      As a specialist in oncology nutrition, I am passionate about helping people meet the many challenges of managing their diet as best they can throughout their cancer treatment.  This work has inspired me to help people put cancer prevention into action through my work with AICR and the New American Plate Challenge, online weight loss program launching this week.

      Over the past 9 months, participants have shared many reasons why they’ve signed up – to lose weight, improve their health and just feel better. I spoke with one woman, Lisa, a mother and a breast cancer survivor who participated in the challenge while completing her cancer treatment.

      After her diagnosis, she had been trying to lose weight, with the guidance of a nutritionist, with no success.  She had been looking on the AICR website for recipes and came across the NAP Challenge.  “I realized that I had nothing to lose and everything to gain due to my unexpected cancer diagnosis.” Read more… “Nothing to Lose, Everything to Gain: One Survivor’s Story”

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