Category: Podcast

There Are No Shortcuts to Long Term Goals

There once was a young Japanese man who wanted to become a Zen master. So he sought out a famous Zen teacher and asked him how long it would take to reach his goal. “If you study really hard and give me your complete concentration and attention twenty-four hours a day, it will [Read more...]

‘Tis the Season . . . for Depression

Many people who are overweight or obese suffer with depression. Of those, for many who suffer from even mild depression, the extra burden of being overweight during the year-end holiday season only makes things worse. As I wrote in another article, in my experiences with clients,the larger one gets the smaller their world [Read more...]

Have a Holiday Season That’s Happy, Not Heavy

The weeks leading up to Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year’s are filled with lots of food festivities and socializing. Whether it’s dining out, going to a holiday party, or seeing treats everywhere, from the office to the candy jar at your favorite store, the holiday season really puts our willpower to the test.  [Read more...]

Do You Set an Example for Your Kids?

Are you an obese parent with overweight kids? Do YOU like living the life of an overweight person? Is that what you want for your children? Do YOU like shopping for clothes that look good on you instead of being able to buy the clothes you like and want to [Read more...]

Chew On This: Diet and Your Teeth

One of the many questions I ask all prospective clients at the intake has to do with their oral health. I find there’s a commonality between the adult overweight and obese clients who’ve been battling their weight for years, and the younger kids and teens: So many over-fat people have problems with their oral [Read more...]

Obesity Is a Boobies Trap

“You have breast cancer.” Those four words can make a woman buckle at the knees.October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month, a good time to address the issue because of the relationship between obesity and breast cancer —and make no mistake: There IS a relationship. The sex hormones estrogen and progesterone are known to [Read more...]

The Skinny on Fat Cells

They are the building blocks of flab, the payback for cheesecake, the bloated little sacks of grease that make more of us— more than we can fit into our pants!Scorned and despised, they are sucked out surgically by the billions from bulging bellies, backs, and buttocks. And still they come. Scientists used to [Read more...]

Falling Off the Weight Loss Wagon

One of the most discouraging aspects of weight loss is the inevitable slips . . . and everyone has them. For some people, the occasional slip brings about an all-out binge . . . followed by guilt, disgust, self-loathing, a sense of powerlessness and a feeling of “what’s the use?” Sound familiar? [Read more...]

Momentum Predicts Your Success

Momentum. It’s an important word, one that I use a lot with my clients . . . I mean, a real lot. The dictionary definition of the word is: strength or force gained by motion or by a series of events In his #LinkedIn article, How to Know if it’s Working, [Read more...]

I’m Angry Your Kid is Fat.
What Are You Going to Do About It?

I’m really angry today. A mom stopped in to inquire about an appointment for her 15-year old daughter. The mom was referred by her friend (a physician) whose young son was a successful client of ours.This woman’s daughter weighed 170 pounds at her last pediatric “well” visit.Can you imagine?!170 pounds?! 15 years old?!(Coincidentally, [Read more...]

Liar, Liar, Pants on Fire

Last week, a 17-year old client who lives 10 minutes away and had a 9:00 a.m. appointment, called the office at 9:05 to say there was a big car accident one block up (on a well-traveled avenue) from my office, and that’s why she was running late but that she’d be there shortly. About [Read more...]

Are You Playing the Blame Game?

“People are always blaming their circumstances for what they are. I don’t believe in circumstances. The people who get on in this world are the people who get up and look for the circumstances they want, and, if they can’t find them, make them.” ~George Bernard Shaw I see clients every day who [Read more...]

The Obesity-Infertility Connection

Infertility is a subject near and dear to my heart. I had that problem almost 20 years ago, when I started trying to have a baby at the old age of 37. That “problem” was solved at 42, and I’m happy to say, is now a college junior! In my case, fertility issues were [Read more...]

Obese Face Higher Radiation

Given the alarming trend of obesity and the long list of associated health risks, it is no surprise that an increasing number of overweight and obese individuals are entering radiology clinics. Most medical imaging equipment, however, is designed with people of an average build in mind and not for overweight and obese patients. As [Read more...]

Bulging Waistlines, Bulging Veins

There are many causes of varicose veins, but they are one more side effect of obesity. Veins are vessels that carry blood to the heart. The returning blood has to travel against gravity in the veins; this is done through muscle contractions and a system of valves that allow blood to travel [Read more...]

Dangerous Dieting

Diets that encourage eating only one type of food or promise rapid weight loss can be dangerous to your health. The short list of the possible risks posed by fad diets includes: Nutritional deficiencies caused by a lack of a balanced diet. Lack of variety in foods causes boredom and frustration, and makes [Read more...]

The Big Boned Theory

“I’m not really that overweight; I’m big boned!” If I had a couple of bucks for every client that has said that to me over the years, I could have retired years ago! There is such a thing as being big boned—but it’s not a medical term, and it’s never used [Read more...]

The Skinny on Obesity and Your Skin

Everyone knows the long list of medical issues associated with obesity: heart disease, diabetes, high cholesterol, fatty liver disease, sleep apnea and too many others to list here. Few, however, realize that excess weight can also affect the health and appearance of your skin. 1. Acne. Sebum plays a major role in acne [Read more...]

Cholesterol: The Good, The Bad, The Ugly

Cholesterol is not exactly a barn-burner of a topic, but it is one of the reasons why so many people make that first phone call to us AFTER their physician tells them their levels are high. And that’s a result almost always because an upward change in one’s weight results in an upward change [Read more...]

Childhood Obesity = Precocious Puberty

Kids are reaching puberty earlier than a century ago as obesity interrupts hormonal changes in the body. The high obesity rate among very young children is worrisome for many reasons, and one is that obesity causes children to go through puberty earlier. According to an article in Medical Daily(“Early Puberty Is More Common [Read more...]

Why Water? Because You Are What You Drink!

For years, researchers and health experts have recommended drinking eight 8-oz. glasses of water a day. I agree that that should be the minimum. I do not agree with those who say it’s not necessary to drink at least that amount, that there are other ways to get water into the body through so-called [Read more...]

Summer: Bikinis, Barbecues and the Urge to Binge and Purge

While not uncommon in the adult population, eating disorders are an increasing problem among teens, both girls and boys. They are especially unhappy and uncomfortable in the warm months because they can’t hide behind layers of clothes as they do in the winter. It’s spring is here, but the official launch of summer [Read more...]

More Fat, More Radiation

Given the alarming trend of obesity and the long list of associated health risks, it is no surprise that over the past few decades there’s been an increasing prevalence of obese individuals presenting themselves at hospital emergency rooms and entering radiology clinics in need of medical imaging for acute and chronic conditions.Radiology plays an [Read more...]

Dear Clients: It’s Not Me . . . Its You!

There are many excuses that clients use to try and convince themselves that their weight gain is not their fault, that a bad eating day is not their fault, that a weight stall is not their fault, that they’re not losing weight fast enough is not their fault,that boredom with what they’re eating is [Read more...]

The Path to Weight Loss Is One Step at a Time

Josh Hoffman, a great blogger and international digital marketing strategist, recently wrote a wonderful article, The 3 Questions My Therapist Asks Himself Every Day.As I read it, I thought to myself how simple, yet thought-provoking, those threequestions were and that all of us should ask ourselves each day. In particular, I thought of [Read more...]

5 Ways to Stay Fat and Unhappy

As often happens on LinkedIn, someone’s great post inspires one of my own. A recent post by Luke Iorio, Want To Stay Unhappy?Keep Doing These 5 Things, struck me with one of those ‘aha’ moments.Every one of his five points on how to stay unhappy, as relates to personal and professional development, is [Read more...]

Fad Diet, Bad Diet

You stick to a diet. You lose a lot of weight. You go off the diet. You gain it all back. You get depressed. You start bingeing. You gain it all back. You go on another diet. You lose some weight. You go off the diet. You gain it all back. You get depressed. [Read more...]

Take a Load Off Your Feet

As Americans get heavier they are, literally, crushing their feet. Think of it: Your feet are responsible for carrying your whole entire body around. Excess weight, however, changes the way the foot functions. Carrying extra body weight greatly increases pressure on the bottom of the feet, flattens the feet, shortens your [Read more...]

A Fat Body Begins With A Fat Mind

I often shake my head when new clients recite a long list of diets they’ve tried in the past, ranging from the ridiculous to the downright dangerous. My response is always the same:I tell them I can teach them everything I know, but I can’t go home with them, I can’t shop for their [Read more...]

Obesity and Iron Deficiency

Iron is a mineral that’s vital to our health, our metabolism and survival. All of our cells contain some iron, but most of the iron in our bodies is in our red blood cellswhich transport oxygen from our lungs to the organs and tissues throughout our bodies. However, inflammation associated with excess body weight [Read more...]

Fat Moms, Fat Babies

I see a lot of very overweight and obese young women and for me, since childhood obesity is such a passion of mine, I talk to these women about all the pitfalls of being obese and how it will not only affect their fertility but also how their weight will affect their children [Read more...]

The Female Gain Game

One of the questions I get asked by so many of my female clients is “I have a girlfriend who can eat anything she wants and never gains weight. Why is that? I hate her!” And my answer is always the same: “Don’t worry, be happy; it’ll catch up with [Read more...]

The Weight of the Work Force

Obesity is a high risk for a long list of serious medical diagnoses, as well as poor health in general. That translates to higher healthcare costs associated with those medical issues. Two thirds of a typical American workforce is overweight or obese. They are at a higher risk for developing the diseases that [Read more...]

Weight Is Not a Food Problem

Too many people think weight is a food problem. It’s not. Weight is also not a physical problem. The fact is that our bodies will react to what our minds are thinking. Weight gain (or loss) has more to do with what’s going on between our ears than anything [Read more...]

Obesity and Gum Disease

What’s the connection between being overweight and gum disease? Most research suggests that fat cells produce many chemical signals and hormones that can increase inflammation in the body, decrease the effectiveness of your immune system, and increase your susceptibility to periodontal disease. Other research points to the possible eating habits of overweight [Read more...]

Everything in Moderation? Not Exactly!

We all hear this saying a lot, and perhaps others of us say it a lot.Either way, it’s a common expression most often used as relates to the indulgence (or over-indulgence) of food or drink. The so-called ‘occasional pig-out’ or ‘going off the wagon.’Needless to say, I get asked my opinion on this quite [Read more...]

How You Speak to Yourself Changes Everything

Although written in 2015, I recently came upon an article by Carson Veady, The 10 Keys to Exceeding Expectations and Achieving Results.You can read it for the full narrative/context to each of these points, but each his points assures success to whatever sights we set for ourselves, including of course our weight loss goals. [Read more...]

The Weight Gain Plan or How to Get Fat in Five Easy Steps

I know it’s strange to find a “how to” article focusing on adding fat to your body. You might say that we already know how to do that—since 2/3 of Americans are overweight and 1/3 are clinically obese. You might say we’ve already mastered this topic! I want to challenge that assumption. I think [Read more...]

Mind Your Own Business in 2017

Anotheryear has come to a close. In our personal lives, this is the time when we reflect on the year that has just ended: The things we did, the places we went, the people we met; the good things we’ll always remember, the bad things we hope to forget; the things we are [Read more...]

Your Children Are What YOU Eat. Don’t GIVE Your Kids Obesity!

I think it’s safe to say that mostparents are dedicated to their child’s oral, visual and physical well-beingand diligently schedule annual check-ups at the dentist, eye doctor and pediatrician. Why is it, then, that so many of those same parents do NOT put the same emphasis on their kids’eating habits? After all, what [Read more...]

Sea Salt vs.Table Salt: What’s the Difference?

When I start talking to new clients about the necessity of lowering their sodium, and to especially stop adding table-salt to their dinner plates, the look of panic and horror often follows. So many people are addicted; so many, just by rote response, will reach for the salt shaker before they even taste their [Read more...]

Teaching an Old Dog a New Trick

There’s a word that my mother never allowed my sister and I to use at home when we were growing up, and that my husband and I didn’t allow our daughter to use either. No, it’s not the F word. I’m OK with that, depending on how it’s used. The word I’m talking about [Read more...]

The Scale Doesn’t Tell The Whole Story

I’ve met so many people over the years who have fallen into a pattern of dieting failure: One diet after another, several in a year, multiple times, and each time focused solely on their weight, almost never on their health.Obsessively focused on a daily number on a scale instead of a cumulative improvement to [Read more...]

Are You Really Hungry?

You are NOT hungry most of the time. You are not hungry because something smells good, looks good, or tastes good. You are also not hungry because there is stress, a deadline, a personal or business problem, anxiety, tension, it’s morning, afternoon, evening, when alone, with thinner friends, with fatter friends, weekdays, weekends, day [Read more...]

“It’s Under Control” . . . Is It?

Not surprisingly, I meet many people who have all the various medical issues associated with being overweight and obese: diabetes, high blood pressure, high cholesterol, acid reflux, insulin resistance . . . just to name a few.Unfortunately, I find that too many have a very cavalier attitude about it.When I question whether or not [Read more...]

Discussing Diabetes

I know diabetes isnot exactly a barn-burner of a topic, but it is especially prevalent in overweight and obese people, which is how I come in contact with that issue regularly.At a time when the number of obese people in the world now outnumber the underweight, and since obesity changes your DNA, which increases [Read more...]

‘Tis The Season: A Food Frenzy Survival Guide

Uh ohhhhh … they’re baaaack … the holidays! They come one after the other, in rapid fire: Thanksgiving, Hanukkah, Christmas and New Year’s Eve. How are you going to handle all the fattening foods and drinks that inevitably accompany every party, gathering or event? Food is a big and wonderful part of [Read more...]

“D-I-E-T”-Noun or Verb?

When you think of the word diet, do you think of it as a noun or a verb? The answer to that question may very well explain why dietingis so difficult for so many. Those who struggle the most with weight loss and lifestyle change are those whose underlying intention is to change [Read more...]

Is Your Throat Fat?

When you are overweight you have excess body fat both inside and outside. Too many people never think about the fat on the inside, but it affects you just as much. In this case fat can build up on the inside of the throat. This alone can partially block your airway and not just [Read more...]

Can’t?! If You’re Potty Trained, You CAN!

I recently wrote about how “I don’t know” is tied with “I don’t have time” for the #1 spot on the hit parade of excuses heard regularly from weight loss clients.The #2 spot?Well, that’s definitely “I can’t.”OMG . . . I hate that freakin’ word can’t.It’s not in my vocabulary. Here’s the short [Read more...]

Are You In An Unhealthy Relationship . . . With Yourself?

I recently read a very good post on the professional social network, LinkedIn,by Mareo McCracken, This is Why You Are Sabotaging Relationships (+8 Actionable Ideas to Build Incredible Ones). It wason the subject of sabotaging relationships when it comes to success (or failure) in business.It stood out for me because of two words:SABOTAGING [Read more...]

‘Healthy Obesity’ is Seriously Funny

The term ‘healthy obesity’ has gained some traction over the last several years, and I want to put that oxymoron to rest.When I hear it, I always ask, “What does that mean? . . . that you haven’t had a stroke or heart attack yet?” . . . that the ticking time bomb hasn’t [Read more...]

Do You Waddle When You Walk?

Our feet are small compared to the rest of our body; yet, the amount of pressure we put on them is great when we’re just standing.When we walk or run, however, it’s tremendous . . . and the bigger we are, the more our feet are asked to bear. Many problems that occur [Read more...]

Struggling With Your Weight Loss? Start Writing!

If you’re a business owner, you know that we business owners keep all kinds of records so that we can look back at various collected stats or data for evaluation:How did we do? What do we want to do differently? What worked that we want to continue? What didn’t that we want to stop [Read more...]

You Can’t Live Large In A Small World

Being overweight is not just an external (appearance) issue. Being overweight is an internal (health) issue. Every overweight person I meet who doesn’t have any medical issues and isn’t taking any medications thinks they’re “healthy.” They’re not. Excess visceral fat is not the foundationofor the companiontogood health. Can you be very overweight and not [Read more...]

The Disease of Kings (and Commoners)

Once upon a time gout was associated with overindulgence in people of the upper class who had access to foods and alcohol of plenty. As a matter of fact, in 1726, British physician Richard Blackmore called gout “the grievous Calamity of the Great, the Rich and the most Easy in their Circumstances.” It became [Read more...]

When You Fail to Plan, You Plan to Fail

You’ve heard over and over again how a food diary is the most powerful proven aid for dieters, that those who keep a food diary lose more weight. And that’s true. But, food diaries are also a very important tool for those who have lost weight and need to keep it off, as well [Read more...]

The Big Fat Blame Game

Think about this: According to the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry,obesity most often develops from ages 5 to 6or during the teen years, anda child who is obese between the ages of 10 and 13 has an 80% chance of becoming an obese adult.* A study of parents of over 2,000 [Read more...]

The R.E.D. of Weight Loss

There’s lots ofRationalizations,ExcusesandDenial—a.k.a.bullshit—in weight loss. I hear it daily. My favorite, which I’ve already written about it, is“I’m not really that overweight; I’m big boned.”I always get a chuckle out of that one. My second favorite is a tie between “No matter what I do, I can’t seem to lose weight” [Read more...]

Just Say NO to Food Pushers

Pusher: “Here, try this.” Addict: “No, thanks.” Pusher: “Are you sure?” Addict: “Yes, thank you.” Pusher: “C’mon, you’re doing great on your diet; you can haveonelittle piece.” Addict: “No, really; I’m sure. Thanks.” Pusher: “Aren’t you going to have any dessert?” Addict: “No, dinner was enough; I’m full, thanks.” Pusher: “My cheesecake not [Read more...]

Here’s How Sushi Makes You Fat

Almost everyone loves sushi. After all, what’s not to love? It comes in all varieties and all colors, and those bite-size pieces are so cute, right? And who doesn’t think a sushi hand roll in the shape of a ‘cone’ isn’t healthier than an ice-cream cone, right? Well . . . uh . . [Read more...]

Avoid the Beer Belly Blues: Rethink Your Drink

The official first day of summer is almost here. Sun. Surf. Sand. Barbecues and beer. Beautiful beach sunsets and bottles of wine. Happy hours and hang-overs. Alcohol is deeply entrenched in our culture as a way to have fun, let loose, and be social . . . and we [Read more...]

The Pitfalls of PCOS

I see a lot of young girls and teens who have PCOS (Polycystic Ovary Syndrome)—and most don’t even know they have it when they first meet me. Not only are these girls overweight and unhappy, but almost always by the time they get to me they’ve really been through the ringer. What do I [Read more...]

Liposuction is NOT a Weight Loss Strategy

I have worked with thousands of clients over the years, many of whom have come to me after having a liposuction procedure to learn how to eat correctly to lose a small amount of weight, 10 to 15 pounds, as well as how to keep it off so that the procedure they had [Read more...]

Do You Take Health Advice From An Unhealthy Doctor?

I don’t believe I’m going out on a limb when I say that we expect people in their fields of service to match what they’re selling. Speaking for myself, I do. We expect dentists to have good teeth. We expect dermatologists to have nice skin. We expect personal shoppers to [Read more...]

Did You Gain Weight After Gaining A Spouse?

Marriage vows are promises a couple makes to each other during a wedding ceremony.And while of course couples often do write their own vows, we are all at least familiar with the following: I, ____, take you, ____, to be my lawfully wedded(husband/wife), to have and to hold, from this day [Read more...]

Fat Kids: The Role of Parents and Pediatricians

Despite widespread publicity about the obesity epidemic in children—everywhere you look you see fat kids—parents increasingly are willfully suffering from fat blindness: turning a blind eye as their children pack on the pounds. A study done a couple years ago found that more than three quarters of parents of pre-school-age obese sons and nearly [Read more...]

Can Clutter and Chaos Make You Fat?

In his excellent article, Declutter Your Desk to Declutter Your Mind, Brett Berhoff wrote about the clutter-mind connection. In my line of work, I can say without question that physical clutter and chaos is directly linked to excessive weight. Clutter and excessive weight make a perfect match for each other they both [Read more...]

It’s What You DON’T See That Can Kill You

When you look in the mirror, what do you see? It’s obvious: You see your face, your hair, and all your external body parts, and lots and lots of skin. But what you don’t see is what’s going on inside . . . and if you’re overweight or obese I’m talking about the stuff that [Read more...]

Are Your Friends Making You Fat?

People are connected, and so their health is connected, said authors of their research findings a decade ago in The New England Journal of Medicine. It was the first time that prestigious journal published a study of how social networks affect health and, more specifically, how social networks play a powerful role in [Read more...]

Good Mornings Start Here

In his article, The Path to Productivity: Focus On 1st Hour, William King speaks to those (managers, supervisors, department heads, etc.) who are, at the end of the day, responsible for production output of a team, be it in an office or manufacturing setting. He writes of the importance of the first hour of [Read more...]

Which Is Better–Panko or Regular Breadcrumbs?

This is a question I get asked quite a lot and to answer it, I’ll start with another question: So, what exactly is panko? Sometimes in cooking, a crispy, crunchy texture is a must. One of the most reliable ways to achieve this result is to fry something. However, I don’t want [Read more...]

Weight Loss for Women: Ladies, Can We Talk?

Recently, as I started to box up charts of clients from years ago to make room for more current clients, I started to go through many of those old charts, paying particular attention to the last line on the questionnaire we have everyone fill out when they arrive for the consultation: Please give three [Read more...]

Preparing For The Prom

As I do every year immediately after New Year’s, I start to remind clients to get laser-focused on their weight loss goals because time passes quickly, and the difficult eating challenges (for most)—Easter and Passover holidays—will be upon us. But, something else is also drawing near: the senior prom. The senior prom [Read more...]

Job Hunting Over-50? Over-60? Over-Weight?

I read a wonderful, informative article by George Armes, Over 50? 60? All’s (definitely) Not Lost! that provides one great piece of advice after another for older adults to get past the stereotypical younger recruiter across the desk to either get back into the job market or switch jobs. One of Mr. Armes’ [Read more...]

Obesity in the O.R.—A Weighty Problem for Anesthesiologists

We know that obese patients can expect longer surgery times. Just getting through the fat layers takes more time; obesity can often double the length of surgery. However, the longer the surgery proceeds, the longer the patient will need to be asleep, and the more anesthesia is necessary. What many people don’t [Read more...]

The “8-Step Program” for Weight Loss Goals

I was recently asked this question, “Why is getting in the right frame of mind the key to achieving weight loss results?” Now, obviously, by starting that question with the word “why” instead of “do you think,” or “is,” this individual was (a) telling me what he thought to be a fact; and (b) [Read more...]

Weight Loss Motivation: WHY, HOW and WHEN

It would come as no surprise that one of the questions I am often asked is, What are some of the motivational tips you provide to clients to stay motivated and focused in order to achieve their weight loss goals? There are many … but the best way I can answer this question is [Read more...]

Motivation – A 12 Tip Program

In weight loss, as in reaching many other goals, the key is motivation. Those who are most motivated are those who succeed. And you need to keep your level of motivation high not just at the beginning of your weight loss program, when you have decided to lose weight, but also throughout the program. [Read more...]

Obesity and Osteoporosis

Osteoarthritis develops when the cushioning material between the joints, known as cartilage, wears away, eventually allowing the bones to painfully rub or grind together. Obesity is an important risk factor for osteoarthritis sufferers. This is because high amounts of fat around the liver, muscle tissues and in the blood is more likely [Read more...]

Do You Have A Bad Fattitude?

Are you someone who, like millions of other people, suffers with a daily internal struggle with weight and eating? Have you tried all the diets—the packages, the powders, the liquids, the pills, the grapefruits, the celebrity-sponsored miracle plans, the hypnosis, the balls behind the ear, the no carbs, and on and on … and [Read more...]

New Year, New You? or . . . Different Year, Same Sh*t?

Over the years, in keeping in touch with many clients who have achieved and were maintaining their goal weights, I’ve come to realize a pattern: Much more had taken place in their lives than just waking up one morning a year or two or longer ago and having an epiphany that THAT was the [Read more...]

High Fat Fast Foods Fast to Your Blood

So, have you always thought there’s an exception when it comes to indulging in “just one” fatty meal? Experts have known for years that long-term consumption of junk food clogs arteries, but a few years ago a study published in the Canadian Journal of Cardiology indicated that damage to the arteries actually occurs [Read more...]

Eating Well vs. Eating Right

If you’re an active business person, especially a small business owner or entrepreneur who wears many hats all day long, it is so important to eat right every day to keep your body satiated and brain mentally focused throughout the long work day. And this has nothing to do with your size (overweight or [Read more...]

Obesity in Men: Unhealthy and Unmanly

While obesity affects both women and men, it’s women who more often, in my experience, will eventually seek professional assistance of some kind to lose weight, or do one quick-fix gimmick after another. Men, on the other hand, again in my experience and going by what they tell me when we meet for [Read more...]

Plan to Be a Slim Seasoned Citizen

There’s something wonderful about getting older . . . about transitioning from middle aged to ‘seasoned citizen.’ (I mean, let’s face it: The alternative isn’t ideal, is it?) For one thing, as we age we have better coping abilities. Older people have a lifetime of experiences and, therefore, tend to deal better with [Read more...]

Pay Kids to Eat Veggies? Junk Science!

“Science Says You Should Pay Your Kids to Eat Their Veggies” is the headline of an article in the September 10, 2015, issue of the New York Post. This so-called scholarly scientific study actually recommends that if you want your kids to eat more fruits and vegetables, you gotta show them the money! [Read more...]

The Three-Legged Stool Rule

When it comes to weight loss, and also to weight maintenance, there are 3 things that we are in control of 99% of the time: the WHAT, the HOW MUCH and the WHEN we eat. During your normal, every day routines, and barring any extraordinary circumstances of course, you must plan your [Read more...]

Cheating = Bad. Planning to Indulge = Good.

With perhaps the one exception of ‘cheating’ death, the word ‘cheat’ can just never be used in a positive way. Cheating on your spouse isn’t good. Cheating on your business partner isn’t good. Cheating on your taxes isn’t good. Cheating a customer by padding your bill isn’t good. Cheating on an exam isn’t [Read more...]

Back to School, Slim to School

As parents, we are responsible for the environment in which we raise our children—emotionally, physically, psychologically, socially and spiritually. That responsibility is enormous. All the years our children are home before spreading their wings and beginning the next chapters of their lives, they are listening to us, watching us, and soaking it all in. [Read more...]

There’s No Such Thing as “Free” Food in Weight Loss

One of the major components of weight loss (as well as weight maintenance) is, of course, portion control. Yet, I often get asked, “You mean, vegetables aren’t unlimited?” “Why can I can’t have as much celery as I want?” and “Vegetables were unlimited on the last program I did.” No, vegetables are not [Read more...]

Losing Those Pesky Post-Pregnancy Pounds

This one is for the ladies. You’re thrilled at the birth of your new baby, and you’re happy to be home. But then . . . you look in the mirror and, uh oh . . . all of a sudden you’re not too thrilled and happy anymore! Weight control is a [Read more...]

The Childhood Obesity Blame Game: Parents Are The Key!

When you walk past an elementary school, or day camp, or food court at the mall, chances are that most of the kids you see are either overweight or obese. What are parents of obese 8-10 year old kids thinking when their children are gorging on 1/2 pound burgers with onion rings and [Read more...]

Pills, Powders, Packages … Oh My! The Pitfalls of Dieting

Diets, especially fad diets or “quick-fix” plans—the pills, the powders, the packaged plans … a.k.a. “The Pitfall Programs”—often set you up for failure because: You feel deprived. Diets that cut out entire groups of food, such as carbs or fat, are simply impractical, not to mention unhealthy. The key is moderation. Eliminating entire [Read more...]

Are Your Kids Important to You?

When I meet a very overweight or obese client for the first time, aside from discussing the obvious—such medical issues they may have, what medications they may be on, how many times they’ve tried to lose weight before, whether their spouse is also overweight, etc.—I inquire as to their children. Not surprisingly, most overweight [Read more...]

Snoring in the Obese Child

Of the very long list of health problems that childhood obesity can create, another health problem is the development of ear, nose and throat problems . . . including the development of sleep apnea. Does your child snore? Does your child show other signs of disturbed sleep: long pauses in breathing, a [Read more...]

Obesity and Cancer Risk

In recent years, numerous studies and reviews bear out the relationship between obesity and cancer risk, treatment outcome and recurrence. More recently, however, two articles are worthy of special mention: In the winter 2016 issue of Your Weight Matters (the magazine of the Obesity Action Coalition) in an article titled, The Link [Read more...]