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”
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”
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.
One of the hardest parts about losing weight is that we and our fellow human beings are notoriously inaccurate at estimating how many calories we consume or burn. One of the reasons that we have such difficulties is that the same foods we consume today are significantly higher in calories than they used to be.