Answer: At Itrim you can choose between becoming a weight loss member or only an exercise member. As a weight loss member you get help in losing weight and then changing your habits so you can maintain a sustainable weight loss. Itrim's weight loss program is comprised of a combination of individual conversations, group sessions and exercise.
Itrim's weight loss program is for 2 years and you sign a contract for one year at a time. The first year is comprised of the Weight loss phase and the Improvement phase. The program's second year is the "Balance phase". By continuing the Itrim program into the second year, you get support and help in continuing to maintain your new weight.
At Itrim you have a lifestyle counselor who follows your progress personally and helps you along the way. The lifestyle counselors have helped many people to lose weight. They are aware of the difficulties and challenges that can put a stop to successfully sustainable weight loss.
Several different types of membership
Different people need different levels of support and motivation. So Itrim offers several different types of membership; Gold, Silver and Bronze. We also have a 24 month membership when you want the entire program at the best price and a group card for people who apply as part of a group. You can also come to Itrim just to exercise.
The research behind Itrim's program
The research which has most influenced the content of Itrim's program is a large study from the USA, the National Weight Control Registry Study (NWCR, www.nwcr.ws). In a nutshell, NWCR is a survey of individuals who, using different methods, successfully maintained a weight loss of 14 pounds for at least five years. The habits that study participants had in common were clear: they ate a lot of fiber and limited their intake of fat and sugar. They weighed themselves regularly, had a stable meal plan (breakfast, lunch, dinner, and snacks), and exercised every day.
Another important study, that has greatly influenced the design of the weight loss program, is a comprehensive Swedish overview of measures taken to treat obesity, which was conducted in 2002 by the Swedish Council on Health Technology Assessment, (www.sbu.se). The Swedish report shows that people who exercised, lost a lot of weight in the beginning -often with a very low calorie diet (VLCD) and participated in a long term support program had the best long term weight loss.
To ensure the quality of Itrim's services, a Scientific Advisory Board exists, comprised of independent medical researchers. The Scientific Advisory Board supports the development of Itrim's programs and services and contributes to the development and analysis of Itrim's unique health database.
Sign up for an information session at your nearest Itrim center to get a detailed presentation of Itrim's concept. Come and discover which membership suits you best!