SOURCE: Medical Weight Loss Clinic

Medical Weight Loss Clinic

August 23, 2011 08:19 ET

Military Vet and Amputee Loses 116 lbs. and His Wheelchair

Victim of a Drunk-Driving Accident, Vet Regains Mobility Through Weight Loss Program

SOUTHFIELD, MI--(Marketwire - Aug 23, 2011) - Alan Opra, a military veteran, loses 116 lbs. and regains mobility after being an amputee victim of a drunk-driving accident, gaining excessive weight, and being confined to a wheelchair.

Alan's life changed on July 16, 2005 after being hit by a drunk driver. As a result, his leg was amputated above his left knee. His home was not handicap accessible so he was forced to stay at a hotel for 7 months. "During this time I gained at least 80 lbs. When I finally moved into an accessible home I kept gaining. I just didn't know what to do," states Alan. From 2005-2010 Alan spent the majority of his time in a wheelchair. Alan states, "Weight gain for an amputee can be a life sentence with the punishment being confinement to a wheelchair. Not to mention the many other health risks that go along with obesity." Alan was eventually equipped with prosthesis but the excessive weight gain had pushed his weight to 396 lbs. and made it near impossible for him to use the device without causing extreme fatigue and putting him in dangerous situations.

"I thought about surgery but I didn't want to take the chance and I knew I had the will to lose the weight. I just didn't know how," says Alan. Through suggestion of his doctor and Prosthetist, he applied to and was approved by his insurance company to enter a medically supervised weight loss program. "I checked around and I got information on different programs and MWLC (Medical Weight Loss Clinic) seemed like the best one for me because you ate store bought food," says Alan. Alan was put on a weight loss program based upon his medical profile with a main focus on developing healthy and satisfying eating habits. The program consisted of one-on-one counseling, weekly weigh-ins, healthy recipes to use with store purchased food, and nutritional supplements. "The thing I really liked about the program was I was changing my lifestyle not just losing weight," says Alan.

As a result of the Medical Weight Loss Clinic program and exercise, Alan has lost 116 lbs. and counting. When he began the program he could only walk a very short distance. Now, less than a year later, he is free of his wheelchair and with the assistance of a prosthesis, Alan is walking in excess of 5 miles at a time without a problem. He is also able to participate in many military veteran's parades and events that he was not been able to do since the accident.

"I owe my life to MWLC. If it wasn't for MWLC I probably would've never left my wheelchair," says Alan.

About Medical Weight Loss Clinic (MWLC)
Founded in 1986, Medical Weight Loss Clinic has 33 clinics throughout Michigan and across northern Ohio. During its 25-year history, Medical Weight Loss Clinic has helped tens of thousands of patients lose weight and keep it off. All Medical Weight Loss Clinic programs are customized based upon a patient's medical profile, use regular grocery store food and feature unlimited visits to the clinic for nutritional guidance and individual support. Each patient receives one-on-one support from MWLC professionals with the focus of the weight loss program to help patients develop healthy and satisfying eating habits. This year alone, Medical Weight Loss Clinic patients will lose in excess of two million pounds. For more information, go to

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    David Saterstad
    Medical Weight Loss Clinic
    (248) 353-8446 PH
    (248) 355-0475 FX
    21500 Northwestern Hwy
    Southfield, MI 48075
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