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Naturally Slim Inc

12712 Park Central Drive Suite 100

Dallas, Texas 75251

United States

Company Description

Founded in 1977, Naturally Slim has helped countless people fulfill their dream of lasting weight loss by teaching them the right way to eat. No diets, no calorie counting and no points. ... more

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Background Information




Bachelor of Science

Texas Womans' University


Master of Science degree

Texas Woman's University

nurse practitioner

Texas Woman's University

Web References (17 Total References)

The Skinny on Naturally Slim | Naturally Slim - Naturally Slim [cached]

Marcia Upson, RN, MS, FNP-C

Marcia Upson, RN, MS, FNP-C

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"Naturally Slim's approach to weight loss is simple and made even easier for participants with this app," according to Marcia Upson, Naturally Slim president.

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Marcia Upson: Nurse Practitioner Enterpreneur of the Year, 2010

Each week, Naturally Slim President Marcia Upson shares helpful eating tips and new techniques for achieving success on the program.

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Marcia Upson, RN, MS, Family Nurse Practitioner-Certified

President, Naturally Slim, Inc

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Marcia Upson, NP, president of Naturally Slim

Marcia Upson comes from a family of entrepreneurs. But it was her mother's struggles with weight that sparked Marcia's own entrepreneurial flame.
I'm going to quit dieting and start watching thin people,'" Upson says. And so she laid the groundwork for Naturally Slim in 1978.
Like Mother, Like Daughter
Breithaupt saw that naturally slim people, whom Upson calls "true thins," have a good sense of when and how much to eat.
Upson lost 30 pounds following the program, then had a light bulb moment of her own.
When Upson graduated from Texas Woman's University as a nurse practitioner in 1999, she started seeing patients who needed prescriptions to treat conditions that could be controlled with dietary change. "I'd think, 'If they'd just lose a little weight, they wouldn't need this!'"
She decided to follow her passion and start teaching her mother's Naturally Slim principles. She formalized the principles into a 10-week course and started the business by inviting a few friends over to her home in Garland, Texas.
In 2004, a New York company that provides healthcare to business executives contacted Upson. They wanted their executives to follow the Naturally Slim approach. Upson had no way to deliver the program to remote clients, so she created a website,
"I didn't have money for fancy videos to put on it," she says, but clients needed to watch videos of the 10-week course. She borrowed her brother's video camera, set it up in her kitchen and taped herself teaching.
"We ran a pilot class, and the average triglyceride level lowered by 50 points," Upson says. The city's government continues as a client today.
Despite these remarkable successes, Upson still struggled to get the word out about her business. A breakthrough came in 2005 when the city of Garland invited Upson to share the results from the pilot at a national conference for city and state governments. There, she met Wally Gomaa, whose company, Accountable Care, Accountable Patient, works with Sabre Holdings, a large travel-industry corporation. Gomaa offered to help Upson market the business.
Upson says.
Upson has reinvested much of the money she's made, which has helped her get on track to having a multimillion-dollar business. "We don't mind that sometimes it can just get crazy busy! she declares.
As far as improvements in client health, the numbers are staggering. With an average weight loss of 10 pounds per person during the 10-week class, Upson and her instructors have helped 34,000 clients lose at least 340,000 pounds. Upson remembers several people who lost 170 pounds or more. A survey she conducted showed that 2.5 years after the program ended, 80% of clients had kept the weight off. Upson often hears from clients who have been able to discontinue hypertension or cholesterol medications as a result of her program. And 45% of people who had metabolic syndrome at the start of the program no longer do afterward.
Natural Evolution
As Americans continue to gain weight, Upson is poised for the challenge of helping them get and stay healthy. She has already filmed videos for a stay-slim plan, which will update clients who are using a continuous (maintenance) plan.
Upson has also talked to grocery store chains about creating smaller-portion foods for a "True Thin" food product line. And she's working on an iPhone app that will allow users to take photos of meals instead of writing down what they ate.
"It's fun and fascinating thinking of new ways to make it easier for people to make lifestyle changes," Upson says.

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