A Plea on Behalf of Your Doctor

_67017217_obese147220211I have spent a good deal of time in my book and on this site posting about all the known dangers of being overweight. These are the risks you’ve heard about in the news or from your doctor – diabetes, heart disease, cancer, etc.  But there’s an unmeasured yet important risk to your health caused by being overweight. This risk comes into play after you are hit with serious health issues and need treatment from the medical communiity.  Being overweight seriously compromises the ability of doctors and nurses to effectively treat you.  Continue reading

DIY Your Salad Dressing

Healthy-Salad-Dressing-RecipesIn my practice of medicine I see so many people who struggle with their diet. They swear to me that they watch what they eat carefully and still can’t lose weight. I saw one patient recently who was so committed to decreasing her calorie intake that she went so far as to eat salad. For her, this was a major sacrifice. In fact, the way many Americans eat, swtiching to salad is a majory lifestyle change.   Continue reading

Exercises that burn more calories than running

getty-148345501-warrengoldswain-mainRunning is probably the most popular exercise in the world for weight loss.  I think the most likely reason is that it’s the easiest to do.  Most of us have been running since we were toddlers and pretty much have mastered the technique.  While ultra marathon fanatics would probably scream at me and claim that mastering running technique is something that few have done, I think most of us have the methodology down enough to make it the mainstay of our exercise routine. Continue reading

The best Spaghetti Squash Recipe

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My wife found this one and since I’m a big fan of the spaghetti squash pasta substitution, I thought I’d post it for you.  The beauty of spaghetti squash is that it a nearly zero calorie substitution for the greatest enemy to weight loss, pasta.  Spaghetti squash allows you to enjoy all your favorite pasta dishes without eating the extra 500 calories (or more) of pure carbs.  This recipe comes from http://pinktrollkitchen.com.  Go check out the other recipes they have. Enjoy!

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4 Week Home Fitness Plan

mzl.cguzcziyI know the problems. I know the excuses. I know the obstacles. There’s the time issue. I mean, by the time you get changed, get to the gym, hit the gym floor, do your thing, come home, shower, and change again you’re talking about an hour and a half. Who’s got an hour and a half?  That’s why I’m here to help.  I have come up with a 4 week workout plan for you.  Each workout can be done at home, without any equipment, and in 20 minutes. They are intense but can be modified to your personal fitness level. There is no reason, no excuse for not being able to do these workouts.  Continue reading

How your job can literally kill you…

London busIf you were filling out a job application to work for public transit in London in the 1950s you would be faced with a very important choice.  You would have no idea how important that choice was.  In fact, your life depended on it.  Take one job and you might be doomed for a life of heart disease and disability, take the other and you’d be fine.  Why is this?  What does this have to do with me, presumably a non-London bus driver in the 21st century.   Continue reading