Thank you for visiting my website. My name is Angela and I am a Doctor of Nursing Practice and a Certified Health Coach. My passion is healthy living and teaching others the essentials of doing the same. I have also found great passion in helping others achieve weight loss success.
Living a “healthy lifestyle” is more than what we eat, our activity level, or how we look. It is a state of mind. Such an important part of how we live takes place between our ears. If we can conquer old habits, negative mental anchors, and behavioral barriers, we can accomplish the life we want and need.
DOES INTENSIVE BEHAVIORAL THERAPY COMPARED TO USUAL CARE RESULT IN GREATER WEIGHT LOSS AMONG PATIENTS WITH OBESITY AT A 12-WEEK INTERVAL
As part of my Doctoral preparation, I conducted a pilot study to examine the benefits of using the principals of Health Coaching in a clinical setting for Weight Loss:
Purpose: To examine the efficacy of Intensive Behavioral Therapy (IBT) in adult, obese patients at a 3-month interval conceptually consistent with the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid (CMS) measures of 6.6 pounds in six months as determinant of weight loss success.
Method: A convenience sample of 42 patients in the NEA Baptist Weight Management Program with a BMI of 30 kg/m2 or greater and active participation in the program for a minimum of 12 weeks. Patients pregnant, currently treated for cancer, or other body surface restricting conditions were excluded. Active participation entailed face-to-face visits with APRN, nurse weigh-ins, weekly group educational meetings, email communication, and free gym membership.
Results: The mean age was 48.6 years and 83.3% of participants were female. Ninety percent of the participants were Caucasian, ten percent African American. The average weight lost at 12 weeks was 18.8 pounds with a standard deviation (SD) of 14. A significant positive correlation was found between face-to-face visits, nurse weigh-ins, and group sessions with weight lost (< .05, < .05, < .001).
Conclusion: The mean weight lost at 12 weeks exceeded the minimum weight loss requirement established by CMS as a condition of continual treatment. Therefore, it is feasible to evaluate the impact of the intervention at the 3-month mark
and compare results to preexisting approaches to obesity management.
Keywords: obesity, intensive behavioral therapy, weight loss, primary care setting, body mass index, obesity guidelines, CMS
I developed a pilot study to examine the benefits of Intensive Behavioral Therapy administered by me, a Certified Health Coach and Advanced Practice Nurse, in a clinical setting.
Participants chose various diet plans based on their lifestyle, their needs, and their co-existing medical conditions. Regardless of the diet plan, all were required to see me once weekly for 30 days, then every other week for the duration of the 12-week study. They were also advised to attend group classes weekly, weigh-in with my nurse weekly, and keep a food journal.
Over half of the participants desired to lose 50-80 pounds in the program. The most common reason for wanting to lose weight was Improved Health. Other common reasons were also improved self-image, increased physical activity, increased energy, less fatigue, pain reduction, and a desire to modify current lifestyle.
- The average patient lost 8% of their total body weight in 12 weeks on my program
- In that 12 weeks, the average number of pounds lost was 18
- Some participants lost as much as 50 pounds in the 12 week time frame
What I learned:
- Those who faithfully attended their visits with me, the Certified Health Coach and Nurse Practitioner, lost more weight
- Those who faithfully weighed in with my nursing staff, lost more weight
- Those who faithfully attended the group meetings, lost more weight
- Dedication to Change
- Readiness to Change
- Continued motivation and support
- Habitual habits
I base my 30-Day Online Program, D*I*E*T, on the same principles. By using evidence-based tools along with my education, expertise, and experience, I have developed a Weight Loss Program that works.
So, what does all this research mumbo-jumbo mean? It means I have actually tested my weight loss program in a real life setting…and IT WORKS.
By using the tools I have been trained with, the education I have gained through the years, and the evidence-based guidelines that are proven to work, I have constructed a system that not only helps others LOSE WEIGHT but ensures they keep it off.
Dieting is the easy part. Keeping it off is the hardest. By teaching you behavioral changes, skills to modify your eating habits, and knowledge to ensure you make good choices, I give you LIFE SKILLS for continued success.
How do you register for my 30-Day Online D*I*E*T Program?
- Click HERE
- Fill out the registration form: this does not require obligation!
- I will get in touch with you to discuss the program and help you make an informative decision
No strings attached…no instant commitment to pay…no pressure or sales pitch…because this is a professional Weight Loss Program!
Dr. Angela Ford Jones is a Doctorate of Nursing (DNP), a practicing Advanced Practice Nurse, and a Certified Health Coach. She is a member of the National Society of Health Coaches, The Obesity Society, The Obesity Action Coalition, Doctors of Nursing, ANPA, AANP, Wellness Universe, the International Nurse Coach Association, and other professional organizations. She has been a featured guest blogger on several professional websites and publications. She has completed clinical research examining the effectiveness of Intensive Behavioral Therapy for weight loss and is skilled in Motivational Interviewing. With over 10 years of formal education, 15 years of clinical experience, and over 5 years of intensive study and research on obesity, weight gain, and its effect on our lives, she has the qualifications to be the expert you need to assist you in your weight loss journey.
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