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Episode 87: Online Weight Loss Programs


Episode 87: Online Weight Loss Programs


With so many online weight loss programs coming up, how does one cut through the clutter?

Dr. Heather Hammerstedt is a board-certified physician in Emergency Medicine and Lifestyle Medicine. She is also the CEO and Founder of Wholist. Wholist focuses on the Whole patient to empower busy professionals to create their health futures under the guidance of their innovative 12-week lifestyle coaching program around weight, fitness, culinary choices, mindfulness, and mindset. 

She joins me to discuss what you should look for in an online weight loss program



Key Highlights

Tune in to my conversation with Dr. Heather Hammestedt and learn:

  • Why Dr. Hammerstedt became a health coach and discovered the holistic or whole-person approach relating to our health 
  • What is lifestyle medicine?
  • What prompted Dr. Hammerstedt to start Wholist as an online platform rather than the traditional one-to-one approach or clinic approach in the management of weight loss or lifestyle change
  • How online programs provide value to the people that they’re serving
  • Why we still need interpersonal interaction rather than just managing obesity on our own
  • What sets Wholist’s approach apart from all the other programs that are out there
  • Some of the successes Dr. Hammerstedt’s clients have experienced while working with Wholist 
  • What should people watch out for when looking for a weight loss program to join or participate in
  • The importance of having different layers of support if you want to start and maintain a lifestyle change to benefit your health



“Food is a part of the whole approach. It’s not the only thing even though it’s an important thing, but there are other important aspects that need to be addressed.” – Dr. Avishkar Sabharwal

“Understanding how you can make sustainable lifestyle changes, especially when we talk about obesity is really a very important aspect of the management.” – Dr. Avishkar Sabharwal

“All diets work and all diets fail. You can white-knuckle yourself through any restriction, cleanse your diet all you want to, and lose weight. The question is how long is it going to be after you stopped doing that, that you’re going to gain it all back plus five pounds?” – Dr. Heather Hammerstedt

“You can’t overpower your willpower, right? That’s just not it’s gonna win. And so the changes have to be more than willpower.” – Dr. Heather Hammerstedt




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