Bridget Jones (yes, that’s her real name) was skeptical when her employer announced a new cost-free Wellness benefit created to help employees lose weight.

The 51-year-old stewardess did not believe these types of programs ever worked, but she decided to give it a try. Jones had gained weight and was seeing himself in a bad mood and unhappy because of a hectic work schedule and poor eating habits.

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“I was experiencing extreme emotions,” Jones said. “I had stopped enjoying the things I love, activities like running, going out with friends and socializing with family. I started having more body pain and maybe I could have been diagnosed as mildly depressed.”

Her airline joined the Wellness platform Wondr Health (formerly Naturally Slim), which promised weight loss without exercise or extreme diet. Jones’s reaction? Skepticism and some twists and turns.

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“Stewardesses always run about 24 hours a day, seven days a week. [I thought] do not know what we do, when they offered this program, “says Jones.” I’m catching food on the go and [my thinking was], who loses weight by eating what you want? “

Stewardess Bridget Jones before losing 30 pounds with the help of an employer took advantage.

Photo provided by Bridget Jones.

Inadvertently, Jones committed to the 10-week program, setting what she thought was an unrealistic goal: a 30-pound weight loss. But while Jones was committed to proving her employer wrong, she successfully achieved her goal and reformulated her attitudes about food and eating.

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“Some of the basics are really understandable when you eat and how we use food as comfort instead of fuel,” Jones says. “We had to follow video modules that spoiled reasonable things like not eating until you are hungry and understand how your mental state also plays a role.”

People often turn to food during times of stress and insecurity, says Dana Labat, a clinical psychologist and Wondr Health instructor. Comfortable eating can provide immediate relief from stress, but it will not address the underlying issue. These habits cause prolonged negative consequences without intervention.

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“We live in a stressful world and it is natural to look for ways to seek comfort in stressful times. Food is most often an easily available option for short-term relief,” says Labat. “Unfortunately, eating as a form of emotional coping provides just that – a short-term benefit. Then, we do not feel better, physically or emotionally, because our basic needs are not being met. That is why it is so important to have stress management skills to approach the moment. “

Wondr Health provides employees with digital resources to learn these stress management and coping skills. Employees associate with trainers who understand the underlying causes of weight gain and obesity and work to help clients relate points to their mental health. In addition to a personalized diet plan, employees learn to build habits to help them maintain their positive results.

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For Jones, her health trainer helped her on her personal journey to understand her body, her eating habits and eventually improve her mental health, which not only had a positive impact on her life. her personal, but also in her working life.

“I’m much more energetic now because I understand the needs of my body,” Jones says. “As an employer, if you view your employees as assets, then you want them to be mentally, physically and emotionally healthy at work. [benefit] does all those things. “