The Key To Success With Exercise

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Recently I made an attempt to create a four week workout program for the staff at the hospital where I work.  I called it the 4×4 fitness challenge (you can check it out by clicking here) because it was four workouts each week for four weeks – clever, huh?  The reason for the challenge was to emphasize  the importance of setting clear goals that are measurable in order to be successful with exercise. I have gone into more detail about this in a prior post that you should check out called The Importance of Measuring.  I think that my experience with this challenge illustrates why having clear, measurable goals is so important. Continue reading

Not losing weight with exercise?

You can't out exercise a bad dietHopefully, many of you have embarked on my 4×4 fitness challenge as many at my work have (shout out to Erika D.  for being the Carroll Hospital leader so far!).  If you haven’t , it’s not too late – click here.  People have already started to see improvements in their fitness levels.  Many can now pound out pushups and burpees in week 3 which they couldn’t do so well in week 1.  In spite of their hard work there is a recurring issue that people bring up to me all the time with respect to exercise and weight loss.  People often complain that, in spite of exercising regularly, they are unable to lose weight.  The root of this problem lies in the way that exercise affects appetite. Continue reading

The 4×4 Fitness Challenge Update

measure successI am now through week one of the 4×4 fitness challenge and have done pretty well so far, but as designed, the real test (and the real benefit) comes in weeks 2-4 where I will try to improve my time.  Not only am I through week one, but a great deal of the staff at the hospital where I work.  There are tons of nurses, clerks, pharmacists, social workers, and many other have taken the challenge.  Everybody is competeing hard but not against each other.  The only person you compete against with this challenge is yourself.   Continue reading

Dr. Oz Scolded on Capitol Hill

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The most fundamental reason why I wrote my book and keep up this blog is the belief that the only way for my patients, friends, and family to achieve successful weight loss and live healthy lives is to have an accurate understanding of how their bodies work.  I have found over and over that when people understand the mechanisms and science behind their own physiology, they are less likely to fall prey to marketing scams and baseless claims on television.   Continue reading

The 4 x 4 Fitness Challenge

betterPeople frequently tell me that they have difficulty with exercise.  They don’t know where to begin.  They don’ t have gym memberships or, if they do, they don’ t know what to do when they get there.  They don’t have time.  These and many other excuses prompted me to come up with a four week challenge to help people get started on the path to improved fitness.  The challenge will involve four different easy, at-home, no equipment workouts to be done every week for four weeks.  Each of the workouts is timed and the goal of the challenge is to improve your time over the four week period.  This is a challenge where the only person you compete against is yourself.   Continue reading

Why You Can’t Be Trusted


There is a principle in the world of weight loss that is essential to helping you understand why people are unsuccessful at losing weight.  Human beings are extremely inaccurate in estimating their caloric intake.  By human beings, I mean you.  I also mean me, but I already read this so, I’m directing this to you.  I often hear people tell me that they “watch what they eat” or that they “eat healthy” and yet they cannot lose weight.   When pressed, they are almost never able to tell me exactly what this means.  This creates one of the greatest obstacles to weight loss.  People have absolutely no idea how many calories they are consuming.    Continue reading

Mediterranean Tuna Salad

Mediterranean tuna salad

My ongoing and epic saga to to cut carbs and increase protein continues of late.  I have previously discussed why low carb diets are effective (Maybe A Calorie Isnt. Just a Calorie) and why getting enough protein is so difficult and important (Pro Protein).  Check out those posts to get the dish on those topics.  Speaking of a dish, I have decided to substitute salad with tuna and feta for my lunch.  This is a great option for many reasons.   Continue reading