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Is Chef Walter's Weight Loss Deliberate?

This is a description of my work to lose almost 90 pounds in the past 15 months.


August 4, 2009
Is Chef Walter’s weight loss deliberate?
That question is posed to our wonderful switchboard operator on a regular basis. The answer is yes. Starting in May of 2008, I embarked on a program designed to get rid of about 90 excess pounds and to help me get control of some fairly severe health problems either caused or made worse by being obese. My diabetes and my blood pressure were both causing serious problems. And all the while, I went along acting as if weighing 277 pounds is just the thing to do. 
We had a visit on the noon show from the medical director and program coordinator for a program at UT Medical Center called the HMR Program for Weight Management at the Tennessee Weight Loss and Surgery Center. These good folks invited me to come to one of their introductory meetings and learn about the program. I went. I learned. I decided that this was a program I could follow to help with my problems.
There were two reasons for this decision. First, it was clear that this was not a “one size fits all” program which dictated a single approach to everyone’s problems. Second, they talked about maintenance at the first meeting. 
I chose the most strict approach to weight management which is called “Decision Free”. This program is based on eating carefully developed and presented foods which give you what you need from a nutritional standpoint but are interesting enough to keep you on the program. I started this in the first week of May, 2008. By November of that year, I had lost more than 60 pounds and was well on my way.
With the holidays approaching and rationality setting in, I decided that I would enter the maintenance phase of the program but would continue to try to lose weight. To date, I have lost almost 90 pounds toward a total goal of 92 pounds. The reason for this exact number is not important. The fact that I have followed the program as these folks have developed it over a long period of time and that I have moved very close to my final goal is very important.
I will not attempt to describe the program in all its details for you. Let me say that it is a hospital based program operating all across the country and that it has been helping folks achieve their weight goals for about 25 years. They know what they are doing. And as Johnny Carson used to say, “If you buy the premise you buy the bit”, if you follow the program you will get to your goal.
The current program coordinator is Tresa Batson. You can reach her at 305-3503. My advice would be to give her a call and to come in to one of the regularly scheduled introductory sessions and learn the details of this program. I can assure you that it will be worth your while. And after you get going, maybe I will see you at the maintenance meeting and we can congratulate each other.

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  • by mary Location: lancing tn on Dec 13, 2010 at 11:16 PM
    Is the program very expensive? I am on a fixed income, but the program really interests me.
  • by Sandi Location: Sweetwater,Tn on Sep 14, 2010 at 03:45 PM
    Congratulations on the weight loss. I don't get to watch your show, but I look forward to your recipes in my inbox. I also am looking forward to meeting you at Sweetwater Valley Farms on Friday Sept 17th.Keep up the good work & may God continue to bless you.
  • by Joycelynn Location: Maryville on Apr 8, 2010 at 12:47 PM
    I am another one of your regular viewers and am so glad to see your weight loss because I know you are much healthier now. Looking forward to your wonderful recipes in the future.
  • by Heather Location: Jamestown,TN on Feb 19, 2010 at 03:12 PM
    Chef Walter I am so proud of you for coming out and talking about your weight issue.There are alot of people out there that have problems with being obese it takes alot of courage to come out and talk about what you did to lose the weight. I myself went through the same thing but I took the surgery route and glad I did because I wanted to be healthy for my family as I am sure you did as well. Congratulations on your success and I sincerely hope you reach your goal.
  • by Kas Location: Morristown on Oct 18, 2009 at 10:11 AM
    Keep it up, Chef Walter. Keep on making those interesting & tasty recipes, too.
  • by Sandra Location: Powell on Sep 28, 2009 at 11:32 AM
    Enjoy your show and it was great to see you lose that weight for your health.
  • by Cheryle Location: Morristown on Sep 19, 2009 at 03:11 PM
    I saw you last night at the Cafe' 4. Honestly, I had to do a double take because lately I have been watching another news channel. You look great ! It may have been the red shirt that you were wearing, but you cheeks looked rosey and healthy. Cheers, Chef Walter !!
  • by Tiffany Location: Maryville, TN on Sep 17, 2009 at 08:33 PM
    I want to congradulate you on your weight loss. After watching you over the last yr seems your doing something right. Good Luck and Keep up the good work. You have inspired lots of people to join in on the fun... If this world could only be filled with Chef Walters alike... May the Lord continue to bless you in all you do. Happy and Healthy eating.
  • by Barbara Location: Knoxville on Sep 7, 2009 at 10:10 AM
    You look great! I have been collecting your recipes for the last 2 years (since moving to Knoxville) & tend to choose the recipes to save that appear to be more "diet & health-conscious friendly." I know it's probably very difficult, but I wonder if it would be possible to include dietary values as part of your recipes. That would help those of us who are trying to balance fats, carbs, sodium, etc. Thank you & keep up the good work.
  • by Renee Location: crp656@Bellsouth.net on Sep 3, 2009 at 07:08 AM
    Yeah, your looking svelt. Congratulations for taking control of the situation. Hope I can be as determined.
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