Let’s see. Lose weight, get organized, figure out life, start this, stop that, etc., etc., etc. Goals for 2021, anyone? What about starting in December, before 2020 is history?

“Why gain the “Holiday 10” only to have to work all that harder to get it off after the new year?” said Chuck Bent. “I would try and think about how you want to feel going into the new year. You have nothing to lose, but a few inches between now and then.”

Chuck is the program director of HMR Weight Management at Baptist Health/Milestone Wellness Center. He was overweight himself for over 20 years until he heard about HMR at Milestone. He joined the program in the fall of 2007 and in early 2010, after losing 100 pounds, was offered a job as a health coach. “They asked if I would like to be a coach, and I said, I couldn’t think of anything I’d rather do more. HMR gave me my life back. Now I help others get their life back.”

HMR was developed in 1983 by a professor at Boston University as a weight-loss program for students. The initials stand for Health Management Resources. HMR has dozens of clinics across the country, involving nutrition, exercise, lifestyle education, coaching and support. HMR Weight Management at Milestone is the only HMR location in Kentucky.

They asked if I would like to be a coach, and I said, I couldn’t think of anything I’d rather do more. HMR gave me my life back. Now I help others get their life back.


There are two phases to the HMR program. In the first phase, the goal is “Let’s just get the weight off,” Chuck said. Clients in Phase 1 eat portion-controlled, nutritionally balanced HMR shakes and entrees along with fruits and vegetables. The entrees are shelf-stable, without preservatives, high in nutrition and low in calories. “Then, when you are perhaps two-thirds to your goal, we transition you to the second phase of the program,” he said. “We wean you off the entrees and introduce lean proteins, get you to your goal weight and then teach you how to stay there.”

Which is harder, losing weight or keeping it off? “Obviously, keeping it off,” Chuck said. “So that is what we do here. We cut through the misinformation and myths, we teach you where all the hidden calories are. We will teach you how to be mindful in any situation, and how to navigate the world that is out there. We teach you to keep your weight off for life.”

The cost of the HMR shakes and the entrees is about $15 per day. “Most people actually save money on this program,” Chuck said. “Coaching is about $100 a month, and we are so convinced you will love our program that we are going to give you your first month of coaching for free. The average person usually reaches their goal in a few short months.”

You can’t exercise your way to good nutrition, and you can’t eat your way to muscle strength. Health requires both nutrition and exercise. And support. HMR has several ongoing classes that are motivational and educational, with usually 15 to 20 people sharing ideas, strategies and recipes. The classes are on Zoom now, so clients can join from anywhere.

“We have had countless clients lose well over 50, 75, 100, even 200 pounds,” Chuck said. “Clients who have fought for years to lose that 10 pounds they gained after menopause, lost those 10 pounds in just 10 to 12 weeks.”

When prospective clients inquire about the program, Chuck says he and the HMR staff always ask “What is your motivation, or what is your ‘why’ for wanting to lose weight?” The most common responses are things like: “I am sick and tired of feeling sick and tired. I want more energy. I don’t feel good in my clothes. I want to be able to shop in the back of my closet. I want to get off these meds. My knees are killing me and I need to get some weight off. I just want to feel better about myself and have more confidence.”

To learn more about HMR Weight Management at Baptist Health/Milestone Wellness Center, visit

Posted on 2020-12-03 by By Kathie Stamps | Courtesy Photos