Maybe a Calorie Isn’t Just a Calorie?!?

Nutrition facts, the key to understanding your intake
Source: Forbes.com

Like many of my physician colleagues, I have been accused of harping on a single weight loss message.  Weight loss is merely a question of calories in and calories out we usually say.  Just make your calorie balance negative and all will be well.  You keep on arguing with us.  ‘I swear I don’t eat that much, I watch my calories but I’m not losing weight,’ you respond.  We then roll our eyes and complain about you in the doctor’s lounge (just kidding).

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Pay Attention!!

Mindful eating is a great way to control eating
Source: http://images.huffingtonpost.com/2012-02-09-Mindfulplate.jpg

The other day I sat down at the table and stared down at a plate that, based on the presence of crumbs, I can only assume very recently had food on it.  I don’t remember eating, but the plate seemed to argue otherwise.  I suppose I had been so hungry that I scarfed down the entire plate without even being aware of what I was doing.  I was then faced with an empty plate and (what felt like) an empty stomach. Continue reading “Pay Attention!!”

How They Manipulate You…

Beware of marketing manipulation
Source: http://www.business2community.com

As I have become more and more interested in the science and medicine of weight loss I have become more aware of the relationship between us (the consumers) and the food industry.  I have become especially aware of how packaging and marketing so subtly and successfully manipulates our subconscious to buy (and eat) more of what they’re pushing.  I wanted to take this opportunity to make you aware of some of how the food industry is manipulating your subconscious and controlling your decisions. My goal is to help you make more informed and healthier decisions. Continue reading “How They Manipulate You…”

Are You Pouring on the Pounds?

Are You Pouring on the Pounds?

Mayor Michael Bloomberg made headlines recently with a proposal to ban sugar-laden soft drinks larger than 16 oz in the city of New York. There was, of course, the obligatory verbal diarrhea from the 24-hour cable news networks in response but all the chatter seemed to miss the point.  The media kept focusing on the politics of the issue while missing an opportunity to educate their viewership on a very crucial point.  Continue reading “Are You Pouring on the Pounds?”

Test Your Knowledge: Take The Portion Size Quiz

Portion sizes have skyrocketed

My Thursday morning routine usually consists of seeing my hospital patients in the morning before heading off to see my patients in the office.  As per usual, I put my lunch in the fridge in the hospital doctor’s lounge on my arrival with the intent of picking it up on my way out the door when I headed to the office later in the morning.  Alas, I was in my usual harried state and forgot to get my lunch.  For me, no lunch is a crisis.  I get cranky.  Fortunately, there’s always a nosh lying around the staff lounge at the office.   Continue reading “Test Your Knowledge: Take The Portion Size Quiz”

On Crack and Ice Cream, Part 2

This is drugs on your brain
Let’s review what we learned in Part1:

Drugs hijack the reward system of the brain in a way that floods the synapses with a super intense signal. In response, the post-synaptic neurons will decrease the number of receptors for that signal. This creates a situation where more signal is needed to create the same high (i.e. tolerance) and a normal amount of signal leads to nasty effects (i.e. withdrawal).

So ‘what does this have to do with my weight?’ you might ask. Continue reading “On Crack and Ice Cream, Part 2”

Eat what you like and still lose weight


Click here to see a youtube video titled “Eat What You Want and Still Lose Weight”

The law of conservation of energy states that the energy in a system will remain constant over time. Energy cannot be created or destroyed, it can only move from one place to another. This is an important principle when applied to weight loss. It essentially means that if you burn more calories than you eat you will lose weight.

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Why You Can’t Be Trusted


There is an essential principle in the world of weight loss that is essential to helping you understand why people are unsuccessful at losing weight.  I often hear people tell me that they “watch what they eat” or that they “eat healthy”.  They are almost never able to tell me exactly what that means.  This creates one of the greatest obstacles to weight loss.  Human beings are extremely inaccurate in estimating their caloric intake. Continue reading “Why You Can’t Be Trusted”

What about your diet?

I have recently read a weight loss related article in the New York Times by Mark Bittman called “Is a Calorie a Calorie?“.  It describes a book called “Why Calories Count” by Marion Nestle and Malden Nesheim, two professors of nutrition.  It talks about the complexities of diet and nutrition in achieving weight loss from the individual all the way up to a national/political level.  It speaks about how diet is much more complicated than just controlling calories.  The types of food we eat is important in determining weight loss as well.

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