How to Target “Trouble Areas” for Fat Loss

targeted-fat-lossBody types are different.  We all know that.  People tend to deposit body fat in different areas.  It is therefore a common and seemingly reasonable thing for people to target specific areas of the body for weight loss. It is common to see people at the gym on strangely designed exercise machines design to “target” specific trouble spots.   Continue reading

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Can You Exercise Less and Be Healthy?

weekend-warrior-2You may have noticed the headlines from a new study recently released in JAMA Internal Medicine in the popular media recently.  It has appeared with titles such as:

When I see headlines like these I get a bit nervous. Whenever the media tend to get a hold of research they do their best to distill the results into as few words as possible. At best this misses a lot of the nuance of the research and at worse is downright misleading. Continue reading

(biological) Knowledge is (weight loss ) Power!

knowledge is powerKnowledge is power. Or at least that’s what people say. This adage falls into the category of pithy statements that make people nod knowingly as they soak in the profundity of the wisdom until, after a few more moments of thought, they realize they have no idea what it means. What knowledge? What power? It is like so many things in our superficial age; it sounds good until you think about it for more than a few seconds. While I am unable to delve into the philosophical merits or demerits of the statement I think I can provide insight into how this statement is a profound truth with respect to successful weight loss.

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The Trouble With Resolutions

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We’re now into 2016, the ball has dropped,the hangover has worn off, and unfortunately, reality has returned.  If you’re like many, part of the nog-induced pre-New Years delirium included lofty plans to start exercising and changing your diet.  Not right away, I mean the holidays were coming and who can be expected to diet and exercise during the holidays?  Let’s get real people!  So that was your bargain.  You bought an unfettered holiday eating season on credit and it’s time to pay the piper.   Continue reading

Raising Healthy Children…

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I am very happy to announce the arrival of my fifth child! With the hectic schedule and lack of sleep that goes with a newborn in the house, I have been a bit lackadaisical about updating the blog. While my wife was at the hospital I was responsible for the other four which was quite a task – much respect to all the mothers out there, especially my wife. All gratitude aside, I was sitting in the hospital holding my new son when I got thinking about the heavy responsibility of parenting. I thought about all the things that we as parents can do to positively impact our child’s future health. I have an entire section in my book explaining all the evidence for the impact of development on future risk of obesity so I thought I would post a snippet on the topic to show you how important it is. Continue reading

Dental Hygiene and Weight Shaming

dentistIs there any place in the world where one feels more judged than in the dentist’s chair? You’re sitting there in a relatively compromising position as the hygienist probes the depths of your mouth exposing all of your deepest lies. “Sure I floss regularly” (regularly but not daily). “I wear my mouth guard all the time” (all the times I feel like it which is not so many times). You can’t lie to the dentist or her minions. The truth is written on your gumline like a signed confession. And speaking of confession time, I have a cavity. It’s not a big one, if there is such a thing, but a failure in oral care nonetheless. I am so ashamed. Continue reading

A Plea on Behalf of Your Doctor

_67017217_obese147220211I have spent a good deal of time in my book and on this site posting about all the known dangers of being overweight. These are the risks you’ve heard about in the news or from your doctor – diabetes, heart disease, cancer, etc.  But there’s an unmeasured yet important risk to your health caused by being overweight. This risk comes into play after you are hit with serious health issues and need treatment from the medical communiity.  Being overweight seriously compromises the ability of doctors and nurses to effectively treat you.  Continue reading