Mediterranean Diet weight-loss program meets Tuesdays at SCCC
After 44 years of affiliation with the Weight Watchers program, Millie Snyder sold her interest in a local WW franchise in 2013.
“I had to go through a three-year non-compete period,” Snyder said, “but when that period came to a conclusion, I missed what I did and wanted to return to the arena.”
Snyder did so by establishing her own group, Millie Snyder’s Succeed, which concentrates on weight loss and other health benefits through the Mediterranean Diet.
After convening for a while at a local YMCA, the group now meets Tuesday mornings and evenings in room 1 on the lower level of the South Charleston Community Center, 601 Jefferson Road, South Charleston. The morning sessions begin with weigh-ins at 9:30 a.m. and speaking at 10 a.m. The evening weigh-ins start at 5:30 p.m., followed by speaking at 6 p.m.
“The Mediterranean Diet is touted around the world as a healthy lifestyle,” Snyder said, “because one of the main things about the Mediterranean Diet is that we don’t eat processed foods. That’s not necessarily how we eat on this side of the pond. I think it’s incumbent on to us to make some changes.”
As well as weight loss and management, the Mediterranean Diet can reputedly fight certain cancers and chronic diseases, stave off diabetes and Parkinson’s disease, lower the risk of heart disease and high blood pressure, reduce asthma and lower the risk of depression.
Eight steps are encouraged on the Mediterranean Diet, according to Millie Snyder’s Succeed literature:
1. Eat lots of vegetables
2. Change the way you think about meat
3. Enjoy some dairy products (such as Greek or plain yogurt)
4. Eat seafood twice a week
5. Cook a vegetarian meal one night a week
6. Use good fats
7. Switch to whole grains
8. Eat fresh fruit for dessert.
For costs and additional information about the Tuesday programs, contact Millie Snyder at 304-541-6146.