(biological) Knowledge is (weight loss ) Power!

knowledge is powerKnowledge is power. Or at least that’s what people say. This adage falls into the category of pithy statements that make people nod knowingly as they soak in the profundity of the wisdom until, after a few more moments of thought, they realize they have no idea what it means. What knowledge? What power? It is like so many things in our superficial age; it sounds good until you think about it for more than a few seconds. While I am unable to delve into the philosophical merits or demerits of the statement I think I can provide insight into how this statement is a profound truth with respect to successful weight loss.

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In Defense of Calorie Counting

jury duty 2.jpgHere I sit in the Baltimore City court house deep in the halls of justice awaiting my turn to (hopefully be rejected from the opportunity to) fulfill my civic duty of sitting on a jury. It’s not that I don’t want to be a cog in the wheels of justice that propel our grand American expirement down the highway of history, it’s just that I have a whole lot of patients scheduled to be seen in my office this week and rescheduling them will be a nightmare. Unfortunately, justice is blind to my outpatient schedule so I’m proud potential juror #1068. Since I’ve been here an hour and a half and they’ve only got up to calling up to #200, I have some time to write down a continuation of my previous arugments in favor of calorie counting. Continue reading “In Defense of Calorie Counting”

Why calorie counting works

successsumRecently I have jumped back on the calorie counting bandwagon. I’m not sure what triggered the recommitment but the forces of human self motivation are somewhat of a mystery to me so I didn’t do a deep dive into the topic. I had been using the myfitnesspal app for a while but I stopped using it for all the reasons that people stop doing things that are good for them. I mostly felt that I had figured out the diet thing well enough to wing it. Unsurprisingly I put on some pounds. So I planned on getting back into calorie counting.   Continue reading “Why calorie counting works”

The Trouble With Resolutions

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We’re now into 2016, the ball has dropped,the hangover has worn off, and unfortunately, reality has returned.  If you’re like many, part of the nog-induced pre-New Years delirium included lofty plans to start exercising and changing your diet.  Not right away, I mean the holidays were coming and who can be expected to diet and exercise during the holidays?  Let’s get real people!  So that was your bargain.  You bought an unfettered holiday eating season on credit and it’s time to pay the piper.   Continue reading “The Trouble With Resolutions”

Musings on Weight Gain and the Clock Change

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The leaves are turning, the air is a bit cooler, and the sun is starting to set earlier and earlier.  This, of course, means that we are well along on our descent into the darkness of winter.  It also means that it’s time to undertake our biannual international moment of temporary insanity when we collectively change our clocks and pretend that astronomical circadian rhythms will accommodate our insanity.  In other words, the clocks are about to change.
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The Trouble with Comparisons, Losing Baby Weight, and Spousal Communication

tumblr_nesw67nCrA1rphtnfo1_500Life in my home has started to settle into a routine after the recent addition of our newest baby Grove to the family. Schedules are starting to be consistent (no he isn’t sleeping through the night), hormone levels are stabilizing, siblings are adjusting. My wife has even started her post-partum exercise plan which has been very successful for births past. Continue reading “The Trouble with Comparisons, Losing Baby Weight, and Spousal Communication”

Raising Healthy Children…

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I am very happy to announce the arrival of my fifth child! With the hectic schedule and lack of sleep that goes with a newborn in the house, I have been a bit lackadaisical about updating the blog. While my wife was at the hospital I was responsible for the other four which was quite a task – much respect to all the mothers out there, especially my wife. All gratitude aside, I was sitting in the hospital holding my new son when I got thinking about the heavy responsibility of parenting. I thought about all the things that we as parents can do to positively impact our child’s future health. I have an entire section in my book explaining all the evidence for the impact of development on future risk of obesity so I thought I would post a snippet on the topic to show you how important it is. Continue reading “Raising Healthy Children…”

The Obvious Weight Loss Trick You Already Know…

water-diet-2I frequently find myself staring at an open refridgerator with an empty stomach and an even emptier mind. I stand there in a fugue-state not knowing how I got there or how long. I know its been too long because I can feel my nose getting colder and my electric bill getting higher. At some moment I remember a piece of wisdom I think I heard from my grandmother that staring at the fridge will not create new food options. The problem is that my brain is paralyzed in a ping pong match between higher and lower brain centers. My hypothalamus groans “I’m hungry” while my higher cortical regions are busy considering recent publications on macronutrient composition while doing a quick estimation of my caloric intake for the day. It is both frustratingly common and annoyingly repetitve and usually ends poorly. It was this conundrum that was in the back of my head when I was alerted to an interesting new study about a strategy to decrease caloric intake that was so simple and obvious that it cannot be ignored. Continue reading “The Obvious Weight Loss Trick You Already Know…”

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