Knowledge 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.
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
You know that voice in your head, the annoying one, that stands in the way of all your successes. It’s the one that tells you all the reasons you can’t, won’t, or shouldn’t. We all have it so I’m sure you know what I’m talking about. I’ve been thinking a lot about this voice recently and have noticed some important things. The voice does not work by overpowering you. Its success comes from its endless needling at you until you give in without even realizing you have succumbed. It’s small but relentless. It never fatigues. This is the voice that is preventing you from succesffully losing weight. But you already knew that, its your voice after all.
In my many encounters with people who have attempted to make changes in their lives, they seem to come to a stopping point. There is a moment where the brain recognizes that a change is necessary but the body seems to lag and the first steps are never taken. They just never get going. Part of the reason for this problem, I think, is that the change often seems so enormous that it becomes an insurmountable obstacle. Continue reading
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
I was sitting in my office with a patient of mine the other day having a conversation I find myself having frequently. She was a long time smoker who I had diagnosed with severe COPD (the lung disease caused by damage from smoking). She had been hospitalized and was close to needing oxygen. Yet, in spite of my warnings and castigations, she had broken her brief period of abstinence and was back up to “only a half pack a day”. She was staring at the floor unable to look me in the eye like a child caught misbehaving by their parents. Continue reading
Recently I made an attempt to create a four week workout program for the staff at the hospital where I work. I called it the 4×4 fitness challenge (you can check it out by clicking here) because it was four workouts each week for four weeks – clever, huh? The reason for the challenge was to emphasize the importance of setting clear goals that are measurable in order to be successful with exercise. I have gone into more detail about this in a prior post that you should check out called The Importance of Measuring. I think that my experience with this challenge illustrates why having clear, measurable goals is so important. Continue reading