I think it is clear both from experience and reams of medical research that successful long term weight loss just isn’t likely to be successful unless one commits to both diet and exercise. It is so important that I dedicated 1/3 of my book to explaining exercise physiology in layman’s terms and putting forth the evidence for the most effective type of exercise. While the concept of exercise is nice in theory, in practice, it is much more difficult. Many people just don’t know where to begin. Continue reading “Easy to do workouts”
In the struggle to lose weight, there is the ever-present small voice in the back of your head whose sole purpose it is to keep you overweight and unhealthy. You know this voice. It’s the one telling you to ignore me right now.
I was recently trolling the obesity literature – weird hobby, I know – to try to find some new and interesting information to bring to you, my loyal followers. I found some great facts and figures to help all you parents out there keep your kids from sliding down the slippery slope to pudgeville. I have long been a foe of the boob tube. We don’t have a TV in our house because I don’t like what it does to kids. Continue reading “Kids, television, and obesity…”
I’m sure you know about all the health risks associated with being overweight. You’ve grown tired from hearing about the increased risk of diabetes. You’re sick of learning about the association between weight and heart disease. You might even have had enough of the talk of sleep apnea. Continue reading “Don’t Drive Obese”
Hot off the presses from the Journal of the American Medical Association is a new large analysis of the risk of dying based on body mass index (JAMA 2013;309(1): 71-82). It has found its way into the media because of its surprising results. It has long been my assertion based on the data that existed at the time that as your BMI increases above 30 it is clear that your risk of dying increases. At a BMI between 25 and 30 it is not clear but your risk of dying probably increases. Continue reading “Is Being Overweight a Good Thing?”
I am very happy to announce the arrival of my fourth 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. The other day I was holding my new son and thinking about the heavy responsibility of parenting. I got to thinking about all the things that we as parents can do to positively impact their 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 “Raising Healthy Children”
I was recently talking to a group of people, giving them my usual weight loss rants, when I was hit with a question I hear way too often. I was going through my usual discussion of the body mass index (If you don’t know enough about the BMI, click here) when a well meaning but not well informed audience member asked the following question:
What does it mean to you when you say that someone is healthy? Have you thought about it? I think many of us use the term without thinking too much about it. While there are probably semantic nuances in the true definition, I think we would all agree that something that increases the length of your life while decreasing your risk of disease is healthy. I think that the most important reason for all of us to strive for a healthy weight is to live as long and as healthy a life as possible. A ‘healthy’ weight will do just that. While it is nice to look good in a bathing suit, we at the Weight Loss Counter Revolution are primarily concerned with your health.
The Body Mass Index Continue reading “What is a Healthy Weight?”
One of the best parts of being married is that I have doubled my brain capacity. My memory has significantly improved and I am much more attentive to things around me. This is true in spite of the fact that I seem to get more spaced out and flaky with every passing year. It’s as if the brain cells are falling out with my hair. More and more I find myself in a room wondering how and why I was there. Continue reading “My Wife’s Wisdom”
I am a bit of an ice cream addict. I have had brief periods of abstinence but usually its only a matter of time before the Edy’s creeps its way back into my freezer. Falling off the wagon doesn’t happen quickly, but rather a little bit here and a little bit there. I will usually go through periods where my will power is fortified but usually it’s only a matter of time before I begin to have symptoms of withdrawal on those lonely nights when there was nothing in the freezer. Continue reading “On Crack and Ice Cream, Part 1”