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WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. -- A Forsyth County man thanks Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center's Weight Management Center for his new lease on life.

Roy Biggers began the By Design Optifast Program in October 2012 and has lost 200 pounds.

Biggers walks an average of five miles a day with a high protein, no starch nutritional diet.

The program also offers mental and emotional support with group sessions and advice from successful patients like Biggers.

"It’s beyond feeling, its knowing that I have that new lease on life and one thing that I found out with this program is if you want to change your life you've got to make a lifetime commitment."

Wake Forest Baptist is one of 10 hospitals in the country with an entire facility dedicated to weight loss.

Dr. Jamy Ard said the program is designed to treat obesity as a disease and assist patients long term.

"We're approaching from the medical side, we're approaching from the dietary side, from the physical fitness side and from the behavioral mental side; all of those things have to be covered," Dr. Ard said. "Beyond the first year, then those visit may start to space out once we reach their goal. So once we reach their goal we go into maintenance mode."

Although Biggers has completed the 52-week program, he still has follow up appointments at the center every two to three months.

Biggers' success is also a success of the center. Dr. Ard said the By Design OptiFast program has a six-month waiting list and there are plans for expansion with extra staff.