You know that voice in your head, the annoying one, that stands in the way of all your successes. It’s the one that tells you all the reasons you can’t, won’t, or shouldn’t. We all have it so I’m sure you know what I’m talking about. I’ve been thinking a lot about this voice recently and have noticed some important things. The voice does not work by overpowering you. Its success comes from its endless needling at you until you give in without even realizing you have succumbed. It’s small but relentless. It never fatigues. This is the voice that is preventing you from succesffully losing weight. But you already knew that, its your voice after all.
I have been on a quest recently to change my diet in a way that decreases my carbohydrate intake and increases my protein intake (Check out my posts on low carb diets to see why: More Evidence for Lower Carbs; Maybe a Calorie Isn’t Just a Calorie; Pro Protein). One of the ways I have done this is by changing my lunch to include a salad with a good source of lean protein (tuna or chicken). This endeavor has been successful thanks to my long suffering saintly wife who makes my lunch for me. Much love to her for that. Continue reading
In my many encounters with people who have attempted to make changes in their lives, they seem to come to a stopping point. There is a moment where the brain recognizes that a change is necessary but the body seems to lag and the first steps are never taken. They just never get going. Part of the reason for this problem, I think, is that the change often seems so enormous that it becomes an insurmountable obstacle. Continue reading
Being the father of four kids (one of them an extremely picky eater) I know how hard it is to find foods that everyone will eat. I can say that I know from experience but my knowledge is second hand as its my wife that bears the brunt of this challenge so gracefully. If you throw on top of this the challenge of finding healthy options for your kids to help them develop and prevent you from feeling always guilty, you’re in for it. Continue reading
Google news alert! Twitter is blowing up ! Facebook is on fire! The news is spreading like wildfire that low carb diets have now been proven to be the best way to lose weight, melt fat, and light your metabolism on fire! Well, at least that’s the way the word has spread. Continue reading
I was sitting in my office with a patient of mine the other day having a conversation I find myself having frequently. She was a long time smoker who I had diagnosed with severe COPD (the lung disease caused by damage from smoking). She had been hospitalized and was close to needing oxygen. Yet, in spite of my warnings and castigations, she had broken her brief period of abstinence and was back up to “only a half pack a day”. She was staring at the floor unable to look me in the eye like a child caught misbehaving by their parents. Continue reading
But what about my genetics?’ she asked me somewhat exasperated. This was towards the end of a discussion I was having with a young overweight lady who had a long, frustrating, and typical experience with yo-yo dietieng, fads, gimmicks, and an overall unsuccessful dieting history. She was fed up, frustrated, and tired. This was understandable so. She wanted to know my opinion on the cause of her struggles. Why is it so hard for her to lose weight when many of her friends have no issue at all. Continue reading