People frequently ask me what the best type of exercise is to achieve successful weight loss. In the book The Weight Loss Counter Revolution (available for purchase by clicking here) I have an entire section dedicated to an explanation of the science behind exercise and the best approach. Shameless self-promotion aside, I figured I’d give you a brief summary. Continue reading
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).
I was first introduced to the concept of high intensity exercise a few years ago when a friend of mine started me on CrossFit (www.crossfit.com). He was a pretty ripped ex-military type who suffered from a pathological love of physical exertion that created great pleasure with any exercise-induced suffering. I had been exercising since I was a teenager and had tried just about every form of running, lifting, cross training in the book but this was different. Continue reading
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.
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.