By: Lorrie Jackson | Category: Other | Issue: January 2007
(L to R): Shelby Etheridge, Michelle Kitch and Laura Mullins at Inches-A-Weigh.
Obesity has become an epidemic in the United States over the past two decades and so it is no surprise that a show like The Biggest Loser (NBC) would become popular. Those who watch the program know that overweight contestants leave their lives behind for a time and live on a ranch where their diets and exercise regimens will be completely supervised by personal trainers as they proceed throughout the competition. The concentration is on lifestyle change and most contestants experience great success with the new habits they acquire. Many viewers secretly long for the same results, but they think it impossible. After all, television is one thing; but you couldn’t possibly find that perfect combination of nutritional counseling and exercise coaching in the real world, could you?
Yes, you could, at Inches-A-Weigh in Tulsa. While many places offer exercise training and still others offer nutritional advice and supplementation, Inches-A-Weigh offers both, helping women to tone their bodies while they change their eating habits. “I consider this to be a one-stop-shop,” says Michelle Kitch, owner of Inches-A-Weigh. “We have both nutrition and exercise under one roof and you don’t have to go on a reality show to get it.”
As the New Year rolls in, Michelle will celebrate the first eighteen months of her association with Inches-A-Weigh, a business she joined because of her desire to see women succeed in their quest for a healthier existence. “I am a Registered Nurse, but I wanted to have my own business,” Michelle relates. “I also wanted to continue in the health and wellness area, so when I found this franchise, I loved its medically sound program of teaching good habits through nutrition and exercise, which are keys to long term success.”
Inches-A-Weigh offers a unique 3 phase program designed specifically for women. In Phase 1, women will go experience one-on-one support, weekly weigh-ins, personalized menu plans, behavior modification lessons and motivational support. During this phase, you can expect to lose 1.5 to 2 pounds per week and to experience increased energy levels. During Phase 2, you can expect to lose up to 8-15 inches in three weeks as you go through body sculpting which tones, tightens and firms the body while increasing flexibility. You will also work on any problem areas you have been frustrated with in the past. Phase 3 guarantees you will achieve your goal weight while improving your cardiovascular fitness. During this phase, you will reduce body fat, improve your energy levels, improve heart and lung efficiency, increase muscle strength, and of course, lose weight. And no matter which phase you are in, exercise is always supervised by one of Inches-A-Weigh’s knowledgeable and helpful staff. “There’s always someone with you to supervise on correct positioning and toning,” Michelle notes.
The three phase system is used in combination with sound nutritional training and supplementation. The customized, portion controlled menus that are created for clients, following the food guide pyramid, are supplemented with a variety of protein packed choices. “We have protein bars, shakes and fruit drinks at our nutritional center,” Michelle says. “We have all kinds of tasty things to choose from.”
Since its opening, Michelle’s Inches-A-Weigh branch has helped over three hundred women toward better health. There are countless success stories; for instance, in September, members and staff at Inches-A-Weigh held a celebration for one member who lost one hundred pounds. Moral support is an added bonus to the Inches-A-Weigh membership. “A lot of women have formed friendships here,” says Michelle. “These ladies encourage each other and have fun together.”
So if you are looking for a place to make lasting changes in 2007, you do not need to try out for a reality show. Visit Inches-A-Weigh at 71st and Sheridan in Tulsa and start your journey on the path to a healthier, more vibrant life.