Covenant Weight Management Center's Resolutions for Weightloss

Weight loss experts at the Covenant Weight Management Center say your success depends on how you approach your weight loss goal, not when.

Knoxville, TN, December 26, 2007 --( Given that more than two-thirds of Americans are overweight, it is not surprising that losing weight is the most popular New Year’s resolution. But does it work?

Weight loss experts at the Covenant Weight Management Center say your success depends on how you approach your weight loss goal, not when.
“The most important thing is to choose a weight loss plan that is right for you,” says Dr. Stephen Boyce, surgeon and medical director of the Covenant Weight Management Center, a bariatric surgery Center of Excellence. “Help and support are available, and research shows that people who follow structured weight loss programs are more successful.”

Dr. Boyce says it is also important to choose the right weight loss program based on your size, physical condition and goals. Today there are surgical as well as medical options, both of which are available at the Covenant Weight Management Center, and Dr. Boyce recommends that you talk to your primary care physician who can help you select a safe and effective program.

Many people make resolutions on the spur of the moment with little thought or planning, says Roxie Anderson, a nurse practitioner with the Covenant Weight Management Center. But making a successful long-term resolution requires a plan of action with the following:

Goal-Make improving health your goal. Choose a weight loss plan that has the potential to help you reach your goal of a healthy weight

Support-Ask a friend or family member to join you. People who are successful almost always have a good support group in common.

Physical Activity-Get moving with a goal of making regular physical activity a part of your daily routine—like brushing your teeth. You don’t have to go to a gym, even moderate exercise such as a brisk 20 minute walk five to six days a week is beneficial.

Healthy Diet-Keep a food journal to help you monitor your diet. You may want to consult with a dietitian who can help educate you on proper nutrition, portion sizes, and meal planning.

Motivation-Make a list of all the reasons why you want to lose weight and refer to it often. Think about how good it will be once you lose the excess weight.

Whether you are seeking a medically supervised weight loss program or a surgical solution such as gastric bypass surgery, Covenant Weight Management Center can help implement these steps for weight loss success.

For information about the Covenant Weight Management Center and other weight loss services, please call 541-4500 or visit


The Covenant Weight Management Center is located at the Fort Sanders West outpatient medical campus in west Knox County.

Covenant Health is a community-owned health system providing comprehensive health services throughout East Tennessee. Headquartered in Knoxville, Covenant Health includes five acute care hospitals with a total of more than 1,500 licensed beds, as well as numerous outpatient services and clinics. The health system also includes specialty providers of behavioral, oncology, and rehabilitation services. Covenant Health has more than 1,000 affiliated physicians and 8,500 employees.

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