Get Healthwise with Danny: How to Lose Weight

DannyKnowsGraphic2Introducing our newest series: Get Health-wise with Danny! Danny Gonzalez, RN for St. Mary Medical Center and Health and Wellness Coordinator for the Portage Township YMCA is here to answer all of your health-related questions. It's hard to know where to start when taking steps to better your health these days. Asking the questions are easy, but find the answers...that's another story. Lucky for us, Danny makes it easy with his clear and concise (and humorous) answers to our tough health questions. Get ready to get some knowledge dropped on you!

This week's question: How Does One Lose Weight?

Danny G.:It's as simple as 1-2-3. 1. Eat better food, 2. Be active more often, 3. Do this continually for the rest of your life. How do you do that? Well, that's the hard part. The short answer is that it isn't easy and you need to accept the fact that losing weight and embracing a healthy lifestyle is HARD work. It's not easy, but why should it be? The best things in life come from hard work, so embrace the challenge, because if your health and wellness isn't worth working hard for... what is? You're worth it, so roll up your sleeves and get to work!

Ask-Danny-ChallengeIf you find yourself thinking, "Well, I've done that already and feel like there's no hope." Don't give up! You can reach out to your local YMCA, or connect with a medical practice that is experienced in helping individuals just like you! At the Healthy 4 Life Center at St. Mary Medical Center, our team understands that the path to weight loss is as unique as each individual who seeks a healthier way of living. With two locations in Northwest Indiana - Community Hospital in Munster and St. Mary Medical Center in Hobart - Healthy 4 Life Center offers convenient access to comprehensive medical and surgical weight loss services necessary for long-term success.

Our individual care program is designed to help patients stay healthy, lose weight and keep it off by offering access to:

  • medical weight loss
  • bariatric surgery
  • lifetime wellness
  • fitness
  • dietary counseling
  • psychosocial counseling
  • psychiatric counseling


Whether you want to explore medical weight loss options or bariatric surgery, our board certified bariatric surgeons and Internal Medicine physician who is fellowship-trained in obesity medicine and nutrition support, work collaboratively with a multidisciplinary team of health professionals. Together, they have combined experience of helping nearly 2,000 patients, more than any other surgical group in Northwest Indiana. To find out how you can be Healthy 4 Life, call toll free 1-866-224-2059 or attend one of our free seminars.

Do you have a question for Danny? Send your questions to with the subject title: Attention Danny G. You can also contact Danny at the Portage Township YMCA by calling 219-762-9622.

*Discalimer: The information in this article is for informational purposes only and not intended as medical advice.