A low cost weight loss program with proven results!

topsI finally found some good news from the research world about successful weight loss. Unfortunately, most of the studies I read can be pretty depressing. There’s so much out there about how we’re all getting bigger and sicker. The diet studies show disappointing and unsustained benefits. So I was excited to read about research published on a study done by the University of Colorado. Continue reading

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30 Days to a New You

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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

The Secret of Change

change 7I 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

Weight Loss Success Stories

success3I am sometimes asked by younger folks interested in a career in medicine for advice on how they can make it through the long and grueling process needed to become a doctor.  I have a few experiences from the process and made it through my self so I suppose I (or any other doctor) am a good person to ask.  I think this sheds light on a very important principal in achieiving success in any field.  Get guidance from people who are where you want to be.  Do what they did.   Continue reading

The Will Power Muscle

Dan ArielyI have recently been reading an interesting book by Dan Ariely entitled The Honest Truth About Dishonesty.  The book is not about weight loss per se.  It’s an investigation into the complex human mechanisms that lead to dishonesty.  It turns out we are all dishonest to some degree or another.   Continue reading

The Importance of Measuring

I strongly believe that a lifetime commitment to regular exercise is the most important thing you can do to assure successful long term health and weight loss.  Consistency is the most important thing.  Unfortunately, exercise only works if you do it.  It sounds silly to say but it’s true.  One of the major obstacles to consistency is cynicism.  This comes in the form of “it’s not working”.  Continue reading