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

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The ‘Magic’ of Whole Grains

smoke-mirrors-coverAn interesting fact of life is that when you’re eating a bowl of cereal, the nonsense on the box becomes some of the most interesting reading material you can find.  I’m not sure why this is.  The other day I was engrossed in a colorful maze on the back of my kids cereal box when I noticed a banner touting the fact that this very box contained oodles of whole grains.  Isn’t that fantastic!  This instantly inspired images in my brain of golden wheat blowing in the breeze.   Continue reading

Sugar Love

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As is my habit, I will often share with you interesting things I read in the realm of weight loss.  Fortunately, my wife shares my interest and passed on a very interesting article from National Geographic on the connection between sugar and weight gain.   Continue reading

Fiesta Lime Rice

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The key to calorie control and dieting is choices.  You have to choose foods that will make you feel full and energized instead of leaving you lethargic and hungry an hour after you put the fork down.  I think these types of recipes that create salads with using rice, beans, quinoa, or other grains or legumes are a great way to keep the calorie counts down while not leaving the tank empty.  An empty tank leads to snacking which is the death of any diet.  This one comes from my wife and my favorite recipe website skinnytaste.com.  Check it out!

Servings: 4 • Serving Size: 1 cup
Calories: 152.8 • Fat: 0.8 g • Protein: 5.7 g • Carb: 33.7 g • Fiber: 4 g • Sugar: 1. Continue reading

The Best Diet

Source: Consumer Reports

Source: Consumer Reports

One of the most common questions I have been asked since I started focusing so much on the research behind weight loss is which diet is the most effective.  This is usually a hot topic because people can be very passionate about their diets.  They have very strong opinions and fervent beliefs. Continue reading

The Vitamin Myth

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I came across a very interesting article recently that sheds light on the multi-billion dollar vitamin and supplement industry.  Years of clever marketing have manipulated our ability to understand or consume these products objectively.  Please read the article to get the full picture:

http://m.theatlantic.com/health/archive/2013/07/the-vitamin-myth-why-we-think-we-need-supplements/277947/

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Spinach Stuffed Zucchini

Source: tasteofhome.com

My wife makes these all the time only we use vegetarian meat substitute which will lower the calories and fat.  There are many things you can do with the stuffed zucchini.   Bottom line is that it’s a great substitute for pastas that seriously cuts your calorie counts and increases the nutritional value.  Two stuffed zucchini halves equals 242 calories, 8 g fat (3 g saturated fat), 75 mg cholesterol, 857 mg sodium, 21 g carbohydrate, 5 g fiber, 22 g protein. Enjoy! Continue reading