People 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 “The 4 x 4 Fitness Challenge”
I came across an interesting phrase that my sister-in-law used recently. She referred to some of her friends as “skinny fat”. The term, she explained, referred to people who were a healthy weight but did absolutely nothing to improve their physical fitness. They were skinny on the outside but ‘fat’ on the inside. This raises an important distinction that is essential to grasp if you want to not just be a healthy weight but actually be a healthy person. There is a difference between body weight and health. While it is not possible to be obese and healthy (see my prior post The Myth of the Healthy Obese) it is possible to be normal weight and unhealthy. For this reason it is essential for your health that exercise and proper nutrition (not just calorie restriction) be a regular and central part of your weight loss plan. Your goal should not just be to lose weight, it should be to become a healthier person. Losing the weight is not enough. Continue reading “Skinny Fat”
I am sometimes asked by younger folks interested in a career in medicine for advice on how they can make it through the long and grueling process needed to become a doctor. I have a few experiences from the process and made it through my self so I suppose I (or any other doctor) am a good person to ask. I think this sheds light on a very important principal in achieiving success in any field. Get guidance from people who are where you want to be. Do what they did. Continue reading “Weight Loss Success Stories”
I have recently been reading an interesting book by Dan Ariely entitled The Honest Truth About Dishonesty. The book is not about weight loss per se. It’s an investigation into the complex human mechanisms that lead to dishonesty. It turns out we are all dishonest to some degree or another. Continue reading “The Will Power Muscle”
Ever since I wrote the book and started this blog I have had a number of people engage me in conversations about weight loss. People typically have very strong and passionate opinions about weight loss (sometimes the opinions are even correct). They will discuss with me their plans, goals, and commitments. Unfortunately, in spite of their good intentions, most suffer the same fate. Their enthusiasm leads to new work out programs or diet commitments that usually sputter out after a few weeks. They then come back to me at a later time with a new commitment that will likely follow the same pattern.
Ever since I accidentally fell into this weight loss counseling endeavor a couple years ago, I have been witness to countless numbers of people who are locked in an epic psychodramatic struggle with their scales. Its amazing how a little scale can be transformed into a larger than life nemesis that constantly raises and squashes hopes and dreams. Continue reading “More Important to Lose Waist Than Weight”
I strongly believe that a lifetime commitment to regular exercise is the most important thing you can do to assure successful long term health and weight loss. Consistency is the most important thing. Unfortunately, exercise only works if you do it. It sounds silly to say but it’s true. One of the major obstacles to consistency is cynicism. This comes in the form of “it’s not working”. Continue reading “The Importance of Measuring”
I had an interesting conversation with somebody the other day that went something like this:Them: I’ve been eating more fruit lately, isn’t that good for you? Me: Well, it sort of depends on how much you’re eating. Eating too much fruit can be “bad for you” if you take in too many calories. Them: So fruit is “bad for you”. Me: No, fruit is full of nutrients and fiber and usually provides less calories and sugars per ounce than other processed foods. Them: So fruit is “good for you”. Me: It depends on how much you eat… Continue reading “Good For You is Bad For You”
I have spent some time recently exploring the blogosphere to see how other bloggers roll. Most of the blogs I have seen in the weight loss arena take the form of publicized personal journals. People will often describe their struggles, perspectives, opinions, etc. I see the attraction in this but I feel it is a bit self-indulgent and narcissistic. The purpose of this blog is to give you information you can use to live a healthier life. With that said, I wanted to take the opportunity to describe some things I learned on a recent trip to Canada to highlight some of important and valuable insights from prior posts that you can use to lose weight effectively.
So here’s a list of take away points from my summer vacation: Continue reading “Lessons From The Great White North”
One of the best parts of being married is that I have doubled my brain capacity. My memory has significantly improved and I am much more attentive to things around me. This is true in spite of the fact that I seem to get more spaced out and flaky with every passing year. It’s as if the brain cells are falling out with my hair. More and more I find myself in a room wondering how and why I was there. Continue reading “My Wife’s Wisdom”