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Break Through the Barrier

Heather Whittemore, owner of Be Well Knoxville

Why is it so hard to lose weight? You may have asked yourself this very question time and time again. The truth is, there are many barriers to weight loss. These range from your healthcare provider’s office, to your place of employment, to your home, and within your own body. For instance, it’s time for your healthcare visit and you have gained a few pounds and know that you are in for the dreaded, “you need to lose weight…. it’s easy just exercise and eat less” speech. These suggestions are usually never followed by ideas about how to eat, when to exercise, and what options may be available to you. You leave feeling as defeated as you did when you went. Maybe even feeling as if you were judged as being gluttonous or lazy.

Time constraints placed on providers in today’s healthcare environment make patient education nearly impossible.


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Even though you have a job that requires you to sit all day, you are too exhausted to exercise when you are finished. You say to yourself, “I will start tomorrow or next week”, and those days never come. Unfortunately, most of our work environments are not conducive to encouraging any additional activity other than what is required to do our jobs. Work activity, even in the most physically laborious job, is not enough to lose weight. Once you get home, chores of laundry, cleaning, cooking, chauffeuring your children to sports, etc. push you to the bottom of the totem pole. You think, “who has time for exercise and eating healthy, I’m in survival mode”. As you may have found, it appears that healthier food options are more expensive and you can’t budget for those expenditures. Sometimes, when everything is in place with exercise, nutrition, and scheduling you just get discouraged due to the inability to push through a plateau. Maybe you have an underlying metabolic or other issue that needs to be addressed. Weight loss is an area of healthcare that requires a multi-faceted approach.

As you can see, there are many barriers to weight loss. If you can relate to any or all of these challenges, we welcome you to a practice that specializes only in bariatrics, or the treatment and study of obesity. Because this is what we specialize in, we have the time to devote to you and your individual circumstances to help you be successful one goal at a time. At Be Well, our medical professionals pride themselves in helping you break through barriers with supportive, nonjudgmental medically based help and encouragement. We will work as a team to provide you with individualized plans based on proven and professional standards. Each patient receives nutritional and exercise counseling, physical exam, medication/supplements (if desired), and ongoing support. All of this is provided by a physician, nurse practitioners, and nurses.

Over the last several years, our practice has helped hundreds of patients break through their barriers to achieve better overall health through sustained weight loss. There is nothing more rewarding than seeing a patient lower their blood pressure, improve cholesterol, reduce A1C, and perhaps ultimately reduce the number of medications taken. Most patients deeply desire to enjoy life by feeling great and not being burdened by disease. We look forward to partnering with you. No goal is too big or too small. Come in to meet with one of our friendly and professional nursing staff to start your weight loss journey. You can even visit our website or social media pages and reach out directly on your own time. You can also find more information about what we do, who we are and what we offer online.

Be Well Anti-Aging & Weight Loss is female owned by Heather Whittemore, Board Certified Nurse Practitioner, has a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology with a specialization in behavior modification, plus she has a diploma in Nutritional Counseling and Weight Loss. She has had advanced training in all medical aesthetic procedures for your anti-aging needs as well. Heather hires only professional medical staff with a passion for helping others, making her and her team, the best of the best.



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