Weight Loss Specialist

Hope Wellness Center & Spa

Maria Jefferson-Walker, DNPc, APN, FNP-BC

Family Nurse Practitioner located in Beverly, Chicago, IL

About 90% of Americans don’t eat enough fruits and vegetables, but they should: It’s one of the easiest ways to maintain a healthy weight and prevent many diseases. Maria Jefferson-Walker, DNPc, APN, FNP-BC, owner of Hope Wellness Center & Spa in Beverly, Chicago, is an experienced nurse practitioner who specializes in weight loss and nutritional counseling. She can help you learn how to eat right, have more energy, and prevent disease. When you’re ready to embark on a healthy weight loss program, schedule a consultation online, or call the office for an appointment.

Weight Loss Q&A

Why is it so hard to lose weight?

Numerous influences and lifestyle factors may be hindering your weight loss progress and preventing you from living a healthier life. These include:

  • Eating habits/nutrition
  • Heredity
  • Screen time
  • Sleep habits
  • Sedentary lifestyle
  • Medical conditions
  • Medications


Before recommending any type of weight loss program, Maria takes into account your medical history, lifestyle, and long-term weight loss and health goals. Your overall health and well-being is the top priority, so it's important to enter into a weight loss program that meets your health needs as well as helping you lose weight and keep it off.

What is a healthy weight loss program?

For many adults, a healthy weight loss program is a combination of learning how to eat better and incorporating more exercise into their lives. Maria offers nutritional counseling as part of her weight loss programs to help you realize the many benefits of eating healthy foods. Additionally, she may recommend an appetite suppressant to curb your hunger as you transition into your healthier way of living.

Other factors of a healthy weight loss program include:

  • Having realistic weight loss goals
  • Eating a nutritionally balanced selection of food, rather than a quick-fix diet
  • Getting regular physical activity based on your abilities, schedule, age, lifestyle, and limitations
  • Modifying old behaviors and habits


When you embark on that new weight loss program, it’s important to remember that it will take some time for your body to adjust physically, mentally, and emotionally to a new way of eating and better habits.

How should I begin a weight loss program?

First, schedule a consultation with Maria so you can discuss your reasons for wanting to lose weight. She may also perform a comprehensive physical exam to get a complete picture of your health before beginning your weight loss efforts. Whatever your reason for wanting to lose weight, it’s important to understand why, so Maria can customize a nutrition and exercise plan that will get you to your goals.

Remember that weight loss is more like a marathon than a sprint. It may take some time to get to the finish line, especially if you want to lose a significant amount of weight, so it's important to set realistic intermediate goals so you can celebrate your progress along the way. Even a little weight loss can lead to great big health benefits.


Call today or schedule your weight loss consultation using the online booking system.