The Edmond Sun

February 5, 2013

Mercy diet plan asks, are you eating enough to lose weight?

Special to The Sun

OKLAHOMA CITY — Do people actually need to eat more to lose weight and keep it off? That’s the basis of the Full Plate Diet Weight Loss Program, which is starting soon. Developed by the doctors who wrote The New York Times bestseller “The Full Plate Diet,” the program is designed to help people discover how to enjoy a full plate of food and still lose weight.

The key is eating more foods that are naturally rich in fiber because they are low in calories and keep you feeling full for hours. Co-author Dr. Diana Fleming says that most people need to eat at least three times more natural, fiber-rich foods than they currently eat. These are foods such as black beans, apples, oatmeal, carrots and almonds. There are thousands of natural, fiber-rich foods around the world and many can be found at local grocery stores. Research shows that eating more of these foods can help people lose weight and help prevent heart disease, diabetes and stroke.

Dr. Lori Manning, Mercy Health Oklahoma City dietitian, says the goal of the program is to introduce easy, simple steps that participants can start taking at their very next meal, whether at home or in a restaurant.

“Many people are amazed at how easy it is to get started and make it a part of their everyday life. This is not a fad diet,” she said. “The problem for most people isn’t figuring out how to lose weight quickly, it’s how to keep it off long-term.”

Some studies show eight out of 10 people who lose weight will gain it all back within a year. This program reveals the tools that can help people keep the weight off for good.

This program is for anyone who is actively trying to lose weight or even just thinking about it.

“The way the program is designed creates a fun and friendly atmosphere,” Manning said. “There are no pills or supplements to buy, and you won’t be required to weigh yourself during the program. Just come, relax and surprise yourself with many new ideas you can try at your very next meal.”

The public is invited to eight 1-hour sessions each Wednesday from 6-7 p.m. beginning Feb. 6 through March 27 at Mercy Hospital Oklahoma City NeuroScience Institute, suite 102. The cost of the series is $65.

For more information or to register, call Lori Manning at 752-3087 or email