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.

Continue reading “Eat what you like and still lose weight”

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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