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Ascension Via Christi-offered program named nation’s best fast weight-loss diet

U.S. News & World Report Best Fast Weight-Loss Diet for 2019

HMR Weight Management Services, offered in Wichita by Ascension Via Christi, has been named by U.S. News & World Report as the nation's Best Fast Weight-Loss Diet for 2019 — marking the fourth consecutive year its simple diet and high intensity lifestyle intervention program has earned this honor.

“Successful weight loss is more than just losing pounds quickly," said Monica Kretchmar, clinic manager for Ascension Via Christi’s Weight Management programs. "It's about creating changes around eating and physical activity that can be sustained over the long term.

“Because the HMR plan keeps it simple, people can lose weight quickly while building the skills they need for long-term weight management.”

Unlike many other commercial diet programs, HMR specializes in helping those with a significant amount of weight to lose.

“Another key difference is that we have a team of professionals here to provide coaching and face-to-face support,” says Monica Kretchmar, noting that Ascension Via Christi also offers a self-guided HMR plan option that participants can do at home.

The nutritionally complete plan simplifies food decisions by using only HMR foods (shakes, entrées, cereal, and nutrition bars) and unlimited fruits and vegetables. It follows a 3-2-5 structure designed to keep participants feeling full throughout the day. The plan includes at least three shakes, two entrees, and five servings of fruits and vegetables. Participants are encouraged to eat as many of these foods as they like to avoid hunger.

While losing weight, participants practice developing skills in eating more fruits and vegetables; increasing their physical activity; and making healthier food choices.

These are the lifestyle skills that will help keep the weight off, as well as help reduce the risk factors for the development of heart disease, stroke, diabetes, some types of cancer and other chronic diseases.

Average weight loss is 28-37.5 lbs. for the Healthy Solutions® diet, based on research studies conducted in people who completed between 12-26 weeks.

Average weight loss for the Healthy Solutions at Home® program with phone coaching is 23 lbs. at 12 weeks and 28 lbs. at 26 weeks.

For more information about Ascension Via Christi Weight Management, go to or call 316-689-5232.

About Melissa Lacey

Kansas born; mother of two; communications professional for Ascension Via Christi.