The Best Explanation of Metabolism. Ever.

I am often frustrated with all references in the media, popular culture, or personal conversation to metabolism.  Most people refer to metabolism in an amorphous way as if it is a magical force that, if properly manipulated, will determine the course of one’s weight loss journey.  It’s some energy field created by all living things. It surrounds us and penetrates us; it binds the galaxy together.  Wait, that’s the force as described by Obi-Wan Kenobi in Star Wars.  Regardless most people’s concept of metabolism is just as fantastical and fictional.  Continue reading

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More Evidence for Low Carbs

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Google news alert!  Twitter is blowing up !  Facebook is on fire!  The news is spreading like wildfire that low carb diets have now been proven to be the best way to lose weight, melt fat, and light your metabolism on fire!  Well, at least that’s the way the word has spread. Continue reading

Boost Your Metabolism … Guaranteed!!

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source: dailymail.co.uk

Probably the most common concern I hear from women when I talk to them about exercise is the fear of manism. What is manism, you may ask? To be honest, I just made the term up right now, but here’s the definition. It is the concern among females that if they lift weights they will turn into the greasy muscle-bound man-freaks they’ve seen in female weight lifting competitions when channel surfing past ESPN 3. Continue reading

Is Metabolism Slower in the Obese?

bbcI was trolling the popular media last week, minding my own business, when I came across the following headline from the BBC:  “Slow Metabolism ‘Obesity Excuse’ True”.  For those of you who have yet to read my book “The Weight Loss Counter Revolution” (available at Amazon.com for the low low price of $17.99 by clicking here),

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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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