In 1991, Matt Airoldi came to Reno to play offensive tackle for the Wolf Pack. He weighed 280 pounds. And when he graduated in 1994, he still ate like a football player. "BBQ'ing on weekends. I missed out on all those things during the week because we had practice and everything and so now I can do it all the time instead of just saving it for the weekends and it just kind of piled up, literally."
By April of last year, he hit bottom with an all time high weight of 428 pounds and a diagnosis of diabetes. He knew he had to change his lifestyle.
Matt's doctor told him about Health Management Resources or the HMR program at the University of Nevada. It's a 12-week meal replacement program that's medically supervised with weekly meetings, customized coaching and a maintenance support group. Maureen Blandford is the program coordinator. "Several reasons why it works - it's a highly structured program. Patients aren't making a lot of decisions. So that's actually a big contributor to their success. It's very simple, convenient to use, prepare and their calories are low. Calories are very low, but patients aren't getting hungry."
The meals include lasagna, beef stroganoff, BBQ chicken and enchiladas. They also have protein shakes that can be taken with as many fruits and vegetables as you like. There are more than 100 HMR programs across the country, most of which are a part of universities. Dr. Doina Kulick is the director of the nutrition and wellness clinic. "The university preferred this program because it's one of the most studied and based on clinical research."
Matt lost 80 pounds in the first 12 weeks. In just over a year, he's lost a total of 162 pounds. But most importantly, he's lost all of his medical problems. "No more diabetes. No more high blood pressure. No more sleep apnea. I feel great, lot happier. I was not in a good place a year ago."
For more information about the HMR program, call 775-682-7969 or go online to www.medicinenevada.hmrdiet.com
You can also email Maureen at email@example.com