WellesleyWeston Magazine

WINTER 2014/2015

Launched in 2005, WellesleyWeston Magazine is a quarterly publication tailored to Wellesley and Weston residents and edited to enrich the experience of living in two of Massachusetts' most desirable communities.

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"Ultimately, the only intervention for diabetes we know that defi- nitely works is weight loss," says Dr. Hamdy. In his book that was released earlier this year, The Diabetes Breakthrough (Harlequin), Dr. Hamdy offers a 12-week diet and fitness plan modeled after Joslin's successful clinical Why WAIT (Weight Achievement and Intensive Treatment) program. This program, which Dr. Hamdy designed, has helped hundreds of patients get their dia- betes under control. In fact, according to this book, the Why WAIT program is the "only clinical program to show long-term successful weight loss for people with diabetes." The book, which was co-written with Dr. Sheri Colberg, a respected exercise physiologist, notes that program participants have seen dra- matic results, including: a 50 to 60 percent reduction in medications, an average weight loss of 25 pounds in 12 weeks, a 50 percent success rate at keeping all the achieved weight loss for five years, and a 21 per- cent drop in patients who needed to use insulin. According to Dr. Hamdy, this book is NOT a diet plan for those just looking to improve their shape. "This is a medically designed weight- loss program based on more than 15 years of research that works not just in the short but in the long term," he says. As The Washington Post says of The Diabetes Breakthrough, "If you're looking for a quick guide to eating and exercising, this isn't the book for you. But if you want to understand your disease as you try to get better, it has a lot to offer." The 12-week program outlined in the book, says Dr. Hamdy, offers a gradual program that is "simple and easy. Everyone can do it." However, following the plan does require a lifestyle change for many program participants. For example, while the average American eats about 2,500 calories a day, this weight loss plan is based on 1,500 daily calories for women and 1,800 for men. This includes having diabetes- specific meal-replacement shakes for breakfast and lunch (plus a veg- etable or salad) for the first six weeks. Also, over the 12-week period, participants are expected to gradually increase their workouts to reach 300 minutes a week of mixed exercise that includes strength training, as opposed to the more common recommendation of 150 minutes of weekly cardio exercise. Despite this, the book has earned four stars out of five on readers' reviews on Amazon.com, where it is sold. One woman gushed, "A wonderful book to learn about diabetes and obesity, only what you would expect from Harvard professors … I can only say The Diabetes Breakthrough taught me plenty of valuable information that I didn't find anywhere else." A not-so-enthusiastic reader said that "If you have the will power to 'do it yourself,' at least this book gives you the info you need and a framework to use to make it work." fitness & health "a lifestyle change" 160 W e l l e s l e y W e s t o n M a g a z i n e | w i n t e r 2 0 1 4 / 2 0 1 5 "This is not a book to make money. It's a scientific book that is a real legacy for me." – D r. O s a m a H a m d y C O U R T E S Y O F H A R L E Q U I N

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