It’s all in your head

images (2)It was strep throat – again. I’m 38 years old and I still get strep throat. Apparently my immune system hasn’t matured either. This time was bad and I was bed bound for 48 hours. Ever the doctor, while I was lying in bed shivering with fever I had an interesting thought. I have absolutely no desire to eat. I handn’t eaten anything meangful in 48 hours and I had absolutely no desire for any food or drink. Why am I not hungry if I haven’t eaten? If I wasn’t sick, I would be famished.   Continue reading

Zoodles and Meatballs (Zucchini Noodles)

zoodles-and-meatballsI will often poll a room full of dieters by asking them how many of them have been on a diet that failed. Inevitably they all will say yes. I then ask if they lost weight on the diets and they again all say yes. I then ask if they gained the weight back after stopping the diet. You guessed it, an affirmative on that one too. I then point out to them that the diets do work, they just stop working when you stop doing them. The reason people can’t stay on these diets is that they require behavioral changes that are so foreign and extreme that they cannot be maintained for long periods of time.  Once the person goes off the diet, the diet stops working.  Continue reading

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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