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Survey Indicates Lifestyle Change Is More Important Than Diets

PHOENIX, June 18 /PRNewswire/ -- After nearly two years and 95 pounds lighter, Lisa Ashmore is a new person. So much so, that she has to remind people who she is.

"I have 'before' and 'after' pictures and I sometimes ask people 'Have you ever seen this woman?'" says Lisa. "And when they say 'No,' I say 'You're lookin' at her!'"

Lisa experienced her dramatic weight loss by going through the Kronos Weight Management progam provided by her employer in Tempe. She's living proof that substantial weight loss can be accomplished and maintained by learning to make lifestyle changes. And a recent survey shows that other participants of the 12-week Kronos Weight Management program agree.

"Even though millions of people have tried popular diets, the majority does not keep the weight off," says Susan Kaib, MD, FAAP, medical director of Kronos Optimal Health Company. "And temporary fixes often make matters worse, causing people to lose muscle, gain fat and slow metabolism. Our program focuses on true lifestyle changes which are needed to maintain weight loss."

Among the key findings of the Kronos Weight Management Survey:

-- Of those who lost weight during the 12-week program:

- The average weight loss by the end of the 12-week program was 13

pounds or 6% of the initial body weight (an average of one pound per


- Average inches lost in the waist was 1.87 inches

- Six months after the program ended participants maintained their 13

pound (6%) loss

- For those who maintained their loss for more than a year, the average

loss was 6.2% or 13.5 pounds and 2 inches off their waistline

- The highest percent loss for an individual was a 26% four months

after the program ended (67 pounds, 2.4 pounds per week)

-- 62% said the single most important thing Kronos Weight Management

taught them was that weight loss is not based on dieting as much as a

lifestyle change

-- 78% and 53%, respectively, were able to maintain improved nutrition and

exercise long after the program ended

1. Class Type: 2. Gender:

At my company 51 75% Female 60 88%

Webinar 13 19% Male 8 12%

3. Please enter the amount of 4. I have been able to maintain

time (in months) since your 12 the following (select all that

week program ended: apply):

12 months 19 28% Improved

more than a year 14 21% nutrition 53 78%

3 months 10 15% Increased


activity 36 53%

Improved self-

esteem 30 44%


emotional eating 27 40%

Improved health 24 35%

5. The single most important 6. What has been the biggest

thing Kronos taught me was challenge since the program ended

(select one): (select one)?

It's not a diet, Staying active 22 32%

it's a lifestyle Managing stress 13 19%

change 42 62%

How to make healthy

choices 13 19%

How to eat healthier 8 12%

7. Which resources helped you

achieve success (select all that


Behavioral change

skills 33 49%

Facilitated by a

health professional 33 49%

Group Support 27 40%

Coaching expertise 22 32%

Accountability to

others 19 28%

The Kronos Weight Management program involves 12 weekly seminars by a trained, health professional, either in person or via a web seminar, educating and coaching the group about healthier lifestyle choices rather than just a strict diet. A sampling of data was collected from 67 respondents to the survey.

The range for healthy weight loss as determined by the American Medical Association is 5 to 10 percent of a person's body weight over a six month period. Most experts agree that a 5-10 percent weight loss can improve blood pressure, cholesterol and blood sugar control.

About Kronos Optimal Health Company

Kronos Optimal Health Company provides optimal health products and services for consumers, employer groups and healthcare providers. Its mission is to help people live as healthy as possible throughout their lives. Kronos Optimal Health Company employs more than 50 professionals in the fields of science, medicine, technology, customer service, sales and marketing. Kronos is headquartered in Phoenix and has offices in Agoura Hills and San Diego, Calif.; Dallas, Texas; Denver, Colo; and Jacksonville, Fla.

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