A year ago, Patrick Schneider lived a much different life. At 261 pounds, he paid no attention to healthy foods or portion control, and exercise wasn’t part of his daily routine. While Patrick didn’t necessarily notice his gradual weight gain, when it came time to pick out a suit for his daughter’s wedding, he was shocked that many pants didn’t fit him.
“That was kind of the first time I looked at my side profile in the mirror and went ‘Oh my god, I really am a size 46,’” said Patrick. This was the moment he realized he needed to make a change.
Patrick’s health plan offered a program called Real Appeal, an online weight loss program that provides simple steps and a year of support to help members reach their goals. He is now among the more than 480,000 people who participate in the program. Together, these individuals have lost a combined 1.7 million pounds.
“We take this ‘Engage the Willing’ approach,” said Emma Sugerman, senior director of product at Real Appeal. “You can be really anywhere in your weight loss journey. It's not a flash in the pan diet approach. It's not a fad. It's not cut out this one thing. It's a real, sustainable lifestyle change program. So, offering the kind of tools members need to lose weight, keep it off and change their life.”
Real Appeal differs from many other weight loss programs. Instead of focusing on just diet or exercise, Real Appeal applies a holistic view and provides personalized plans for each and every individual. The program’s approach is based on more than 20 years of clinical research using a proven intensive lifestyle intervention method for weight loss. This allows people to slowly adopt a healthier lifestyle that can be sustainable for years to come. Much of Real Appeal’s success has to do with its offerings, including:
- a Transformation Coach who develops a simple, customized plan to fit individual needs, preferences and goals
- weekly online group classes that participants from all over the country can join to share ideas and learn from each other
- 24/7 access to digital tools that help a person track their food intake, activity and weight
- a Success Kit full of weight management tools, such as fitness guides, a recipe book and a scale
Real Appeal members who attend just four or more sessions lose an average of 10 pounds. Not only does this program help you drop weight, but it also reduces the risk of developing chronic conditions, such as diabetes and cardiovascular disease.
Within months of joining Real Appeal, Patrick surpassed his goal of losing 40 pounds and has lost a total of 71 pounds to date. This program ultimately gave Patrick the tools he needed to live a healthy and active lifestyle. Now, his weight doesn’t hold him back from enjoying his family and doing the things he loves – like biking.
Check with your insurance to see if you’re eligible for Real Appeal at no additional cost as part of your medical benefits plan. Talk to your doctor before starting any weight loss program.