Dr. Mark Blake, weight is just a number on a scale. "Weight is
not all-meaning," he says. Body fat percentage, cholesterol
levels and body mass index are much more important numbers, he says.
After trying mostly in vain to convince his plastic surgery
patients that liposuction wasnít designed as a weight loss
procedure, Blake says he decided to develop a physician-supported
weight loss program. "I looked at all the reasons why people
struggle with weight loss and tried to address all of those
reasons," says the doctor and personal trainer.
Heís been practicing since September 2008 at the Clinic of
Cosmetic Surgery in Milwaukee. In that time his Contour Weight Loss
program has experienced many successes. "I had one patient who
was on the program for a couple of months," Blake says. "He
didnít lose any weight but he went down eight pant sizes. His watch
didnít fit anymore."
The program, Blake says, focuses on education, accountability and
exercise. "I have a strong belief that may not be popular,"
he says. "People have to start being accountable for their own
Here are some of Blakeís tenets for achieving lasting weight loss
and improving overall health.
ē Donít be fooled by quick-fix diets. "You end up just
losing water or just losing muscle. If you donít break bad habits
the weight is just going to come back."
ē Stop eating the doughnuts. "Become educated about how your
body works, educated about what is really in food and then make those
changes in your diet. Itís not that you have to be on a restricted
diet for the rest of your life, but, yeah, you have to cut some things
ē Find support. "If there is nothing pushing you or forcing
you to stay with it, there are too many excuses for people to come up
with," Blake says. "Iíll start after that bad weekend,
after the birthday party Ö" Some of his patients work with a
life coach to uncover the underlying psychological reasons why people
use food as a crutch.
ē Add exercise. For some, that might mean joining a gym or a
brisk morning walk. For others, Blake says, it starts smaller, such as
parking farther away from your destination or ditching the motorized
cart at the grocery store.
ē Be committed. Whether itís 10 pounds or 200 pounds, itís a
long-term commitment to healthy living that will achieve lasting
results. "Most people have tried other diets in the past and have
struggled," Blake says of his patients. Many say, "ĎI know
what to do, I just canít do it on my own,í" Blake says.
"The most important thing is people have to be willing to change
their ways. I tell them if there are not going to change their ways
then, sorry, nothing is going to work," Blake says. "Itís
up to them to do the work. Itís not easy."