2019
Posted on: September 14, 2019 by
Are you spending time hoping or are you busy doing? I see people daily who say, “I hope I can do it . . . “this time.” These are folks who for years have done one quick-trick-diet-shtick after another. I always ask, “How has hoping worked out for you thus  [Read more...]
Posted on: September 7, 2019 by
As someone who is very active on LinkedIn, the professional business networking platform, I often come across great thought-provoking questions and such was the case the other day. One of my connections posted a very good, thought-provoking question and that was: “Should you care more about solving your buyers’ problems than  [Read more...]
Posted on: August 31, 2019 by
Daily, we see obese females posting their photos on Instagram and other socials saying things like “This is what a real body looks like,” and “No man wants skin and bones.” Hmm . . . should we call that “skinny shaming” I wonder? These messages conveys to overweight young girls that  [Read more...]
Posted on: August 24, 2019 by
It’s been only a few years since my daughter graduated high school. And if there’s one thing I remember from dropping her off at the same primary school campus for 15 years it was seeing the expansion of so, so many overweight students (first as kids in the Lower School, then as tweens  [Read more...]
Posted on: August 23, 2019 by
An apple a day may not keep the doctor away, but it’s a healthy choice anyway. For one thing, you can’t beat the convenience of an apple. They are an easy go-to and grab-and-go snack as they come in their own packaging—meaning you can eat the skin. They also play nicely  [Read more...]
Posted on: August 17, 2019 by
As everyone knows, obesity in kids is something that I write about often because I’m so passionate about it. Like you, I see it everywhere, and it pains and angers me. A few months ago, after a visual experience at the Freehold shopping mall in NJ, I posted something on LinkedIn about  [Read more...]
Posted on: August 10, 2019 by
If you’ve been scarfing down scrambled egg whites because you’re afraid to eat the yolks, you’re missing out on one of Mother Nature’s most potent fat-fighting nutrients: choline. Found abundantly in egg yolks, this nutrient squelches the body’s output of leptin, a hunger–stoking hormone that fuels between-meal cravings. (Yolks also deliver vitamins  [Read more...]
Posted on: August 3, 2019 by
Does sweating mean more fat loss? I get asked this question a lot from clients. They’re soaked in layers of sweat after a work out, thinking those droplets translate into tremendous fat burn (and weight loss). But does that show up on the scale? Well, let me put it this way:   [Read more...]
Posted on: July 27, 2019 by
It’s easy to fall into the trap: A workout buddy passes along an exercise tip, and then you pass it along to others. Your kid’s coach gives you some advice, which you’ve heard elsewhere so you figure it must be true. In the world of fitness and weight loss, myths and half-truths abound.  [Read more...]
Posted on: July 20, 2019 by
Is a𝐧 𝐞𝐱𝐜𝐮𝐬𝐞 𝐬𝐭𝐚𝐧𝐝𝐢𝐧𝐠 𝐬𝐨𝐦𝐞𝐰𝐡𝐞𝐫𝐞 𝐛𝐞𝐭𝐰𝐞𝐞𝐧 𝐲𝐨𝐮 𝐚𝐧𝐝 𝐭𝐡𝐞 𝐧𝐞𝐱𝐭 𝐬𝐭𝐞𝐩 𝐲𝐨𝐮 𝐧𝐞𝐞𝐝 𝐭𝐨 𝐭𝐚𝐤𝐞? If you really want to do something, you’ll find a way. If you don’t, you’ll find an excuse. That may be tough to accept, but it’s the truth. If you’re over-fat, stop making excuses for  [Read more...]
Posted on: July 13, 2019 by
A question posed to me on Quora not too long ago: 𝗗𝗼 𝘆𝗼𝘂 𝗯𝗲𝗹𝗶𝗲𝘃𝗲 𝗺𝗼𝘀𝘁 𝗳𝗮𝘁 𝗽𝗲𝗼𝗽𝗹𝗲 𝗮𝗿𝗲 𝗳𝗮𝘁 𝗯𝘆 𝗰𝗵𝗼𝗶𝗰𝗲 𝗼𝗿 𝗶𝘀 𝗶𝘁 𝘀𝗼𝗺𝗲𝘁𝗵𝗶𝗻𝗴 𝗻𝗼𝘁 𝗲𝘃𝗲𝗿𝘆𝗼𝗻𝗲 𝗰𝗮𝗻 𝗰𝗼𝗻𝘁𝗿𝗼𝗹? The short answer: Yes. There are, of course, significant causes of obesity, such as those with mental health issues who use  [Read more...]
Posted on: July 6, 2019 by
If you travel, you plan your trip. If you are getting married, you plan your wedding. If you throw a party, you plan the event. You wouldn’t dream of doing any of those things without prior planning. For your business and your health, you must do the same.   [Read more...]
Posted on: June 29, 2019 by
Driver behavior and driver health can have a serious impact on the lives of drivers, their passengers and the motorists and pedestrians around them. I’ll bet most of you have never considered that obese people are not as safe behind the wheel. I’ll bet you have never considered that obese people are  [Read more...]
Posted on: June 22, 2019 by
When we are trying to manifest any idea, reach any goal, achieve any measure of success, there will be setbacks, failures and disappointments. **Newsflash** — Setbacks, failures and disappointments are good for us! They are the best education we can get because they teach us to adapt. Giving up is  [Read more...]
Posted on: June 15, 2019 by
When it comes to achieving a goal, we’ve all heard the expressions about having to take baby steps instead of giant leaps, about having to learn how to walk before we can run, etc. And that’s true . . . always. Only in the movies do people switch lifestyles overnight, suddenly cutting  [Read more...]
Posted on: June 8, 2019 by
Be honest: Would you be friends with someone who constantly told you how fat you looked? Probably not for very long. Would you tolerate a friend who constantly berates you, who never misses an opportunity to tell you you’re hopeless and weak and that you’ll never lose weight? I doubt it.  [Read more...]
Posted on: June 1, 2019 by
It’s almost summer, and millions of folks will head to beaches and pools.Way too many people don’t drink any or nearly enough water at these locations: sodas, six-packs of beers are too commonplace . . . as is people falling asleep on beach chairs and towels. Why is this a problem?   [Read more...]
Posted on: May 25, 2019 by
Obesity in men has doubled in the last 25 years. According to the American Medical Association, more than 70% of American men are considered overweight, while over 30% are considered obese.The highest rates of male obesity are in the 45-74 age group, where one-third of men are obese. Yet, despite these numbers,  [Read more...]
Posted on: May 11, 2019 by
Obesity and sperm health are not a healthy pairing which is why obesity is a central cause of male infertility. Sperm health is measured by three factors: Motility – Ability to swim efficiently; Vitality – Percentage of living healthy sperm in a specimen; and Morphology – Size and shape of individual sperm.  [Read more...]
Posted on: May 4, 2019 by
The first set of organs affected by obesity is the reproductive system. It affects women’s menstrual cycles, ovulation, and ability to become pregnant. It affects men’s production of sperm, both in quality and motility. And that’s only part of the infertility equation. You can’t get pregnant if the libido ain’t working, right?  [Read more...]
Posted on: April 27, 2019 by
Men, want to know why you develop type 2 diabetes at a lower BMI than women? It’s because where fat is distributed makes a big difference in one’s risk for the disease. Women gain weight, initially, in places that are metabolically safe – hips, thighs. (As they gain more weight, it  [Read more...]
Posted on: April 20, 2019 by
When we consume alcohol, our blood alcohol level can rise very quickly. When that happens, a metabolic regulatory mechanism kicks in and our pituitary gland stops releasing one of the hormones that it stores up – a hormone called “anti-duretic hormone” or ADH. When ADH is blocked, our kidneys know to  [Read more...]
Posted on: April 13, 2019 by
The first group of organs impacted by excess body fat is the reproductive system. For men, being overweight or obese most often leads to low sperm count, less fertile sperm and definitely a lower motility in the sperm, with greater difficulty penetrating the egg. For women, too much body fat wreaks  [Read more...]
Posted on: April 6, 2019 by
Although obesity can’t actually spread like an infectious disease, contact with other obese people does influence the likelihood of becoming overweight or obese yourself. This is because not only do friends spend a lot of time together, and more often than not eat similar foods and engage in the same physical (or lack  [Read more...]
Posted on: March 26, 2019 by
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...]
Posted on: March 23, 2019 by
Childhood obesity is a a result of adult behavior. And the adults most responsible are: Parents. And the adults who come into contact with parents on a regular basis who are in the best position to advocate on behalf of their children? Pediatricians. Based on my experiences over 20 years working  [Read more...]
Posted on: March 16, 2019 by
Recently, a question was posed to me on Quora: Do you believe most fat people are fat by choice or is it something not everyone can control? The short answer: Yes. There are, of course, significant causes of obesity, such as those with mental health issues who use food to self-medicate  [Read more...]
Posted on: March 9, 2019 by
“The Rule of Three” principle suggests things that come in 3’s are inherently more humorous, satisfying and effective than any other number of things. The three little pigs had to deal with a big, bad wolf. Goldilocks had to put up with the three bears. The three blind mice ran up the  [Read more...]
Posted on: March 2, 2019 by
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...]
Posted on: February 23, 2019 by
One of the more uncomfortable encounters (for them, not for me) with a weight loss client is when they lie to me . . . and I know it every time. Two of the more common scenarios in which this happens are: Lie #1 A client will show me a perfect  [Read more...]
Posted on: February 16, 2019 by
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...]
Posted on: February 9, 2019 by
𝐒𝐡𝐨𝐮𝐥𝐝 𝐨𝐛𝐞𝐬𝐞 𝐩𝐞𝐨𝐩𝐥𝐞 𝐛𝐞 𝐟𝐨𝐫𝐜𝐞𝐝 𝐭𝐨 𝐩𝐚𝐲 𝐟𝐨𝐫 𝐚𝐧 𝐞𝐱𝐭𝐫𝐚 𝐬𝐞𝐚𝐭 𝐰𝐡𝐞𝐧 𝐟𝐥𝐲𝐢𝐧𝐠? In my opinion, yes, they should. 📌 There’s weight criteria for our checked luggage. If we’re over, we are charged for it at check-in. Baggage weight is taken very seriously by the Federal Aviation Administration. In 2003, the  [Read more...]
Posted on: February 2, 2019 by
“Why is getting in the right frame of mind the key to achieving weight loss results?” By starting that question with the word “why,” the person who asked it was conveying two things to me: That he thought it to be a fact; and That he assumed I agreed with him.   [Read more...]
Posted on: January 26, 2019 by
One of the more common resistances I encounter with new clients is to the issue of drinking water. Many — dare I say, most — do not drink it on a regular basis, if at all. They drink plenty of coffee or tea and Diet Snapple (both hot or iced), and they think that’s  [Read more...]
Posted on: January 19, 2019 by
I received this testimonial from a client last week. David is in his mid-to-late 50’s. The part about how I take a great personal interest in clients’ lives is the biggest compliment . . . and what sets my program apart. The weigh-in takes a minute. Checking a client’s food plan for the  [Read more...]
Posted on: January 12, 2019 by
Do you obsess over the scale? In my office, I meet people all the time who not only weigh themselves every day, but several times a day. This is so self-defeating for so many reasons, not the least of which is because you can get on a scale 10 times a day and  [Read more...]
Posted on: January 5, 2019 by
I read a great article in 2017 entitledHey Sales Reps: Stop Chasing Shiny Objects and Get to Work!by Larry Levine, sales guru, trainer and coach. Anyway, his article was about how sales organizations focus too much on the “shiny new thing” — “social selling” (encouraging sales reps to establish their own brands on social  [Read more...]
2018
Posted on: December 29, 2018 by
Last year at this time, were you overweight or obese? Did a healthy goal weight seem unattainable, and did a year from then seem so far away? Well, here we are, folks. Another year has come and gone. Look how quickly it passed. If you want to be a successful “loser” in  [Read more...]
Posted on: December 22, 2018 by
It’s common knowledge, and I have written and speak about this in my office frequently, how dangerous a pregnancy can be for an obese woman, not only in terms of her own health during pregnancy but also the negative effects her obesity can have on fetal development. (In my article Fat Moms, Fat  [Read more...]
Posted on: December 15, 2018 by
A couple months ago, a man by the name ofChris Jones (personal fitness trainer and CEO of Trainer Connect) posted a message on LinkedIn targeted to “supplements pushers” (my term, not his). It was a warning to not even think about approaching him to sell supplements to his training clients. That prompted a  [Read more...]
Posted on: December 8, 2018 by
The so-called old wives tale about the importance of eating breakfast every day is, in my opinion, 100% correct. HOW we begin the day is the key to everything else that follows. When you wake up in the morning, after not eating for the sleep duration of 6, 7, 8 hours or more,  [Read more...]
Posted on: December 1, 2018 by
One of the biggest dieting mistakes, both for those who want to lose weight and those who want to control their weight, is not eating enough fruits and vegetables. To lose weight, you must eat fewer calories than your body uses. This doesn’t mean you have to eat less food. You can  [Read more...]
Posted on: November 24, 2018 by
It’s no coincidence that people who are slim and healthy as they age look so much younger. A major component of that is mental: They feel so good, they’re active, they’re engaged, they love life, they have very few limitations. Thus, they wear that happiness and zest for life on their faces. This is  [Read more...]
Posted on: November 17, 2018 by
Why does being overweight increase your chances of getting hemorrhoids? Hemorrhoid tissues are “cushions” of blood vessels thatplay an important role in helping your body eliminate waste. Food passes from the stomach through the intestines. The waste (stool) then travels through the colon to the rectum. It is stored in the rectum until  [Read more...]
Posted on: November 10, 2018 by
How did so many of our pets get so overweight? Recently, (August 2018) a woman named Susan Jenks of the New York Times published a story entitled “Our Fat Pets.” She shared statistics that 60% of cats and 56% of dogs in America are at unhealthy weights. She quoted the Association for Pet  [Read more...]
Posted on: November 3, 2018 by
First, let me be clear: When I say, “starving yourself doesn’t work in dieting,” I am referring to regularly and purposely skipping meals or eating super small meals . . . that sort of thing. I am not referring to the disease of anorexia (that’s a different topic for another day). It’s hard  [Read more...]
Posted on: October 23, 2018 by
These days, western culture is immersed in the pandemic of political correctness and group think. It’s the extraordinary arrogance of the p.c. movement that seeks to impose on people what is right, okay, fair, or acceptable to think and say. It’s positively Orwellian and, in my opinion, should be resisted by anyone who considers  [Read more...]
Posted on: October 16, 2018 by
While rare compared to female breast cancer, the incidence of male breast cancer (MBC) has increased in the last few decades, no doubt coincident with the ever-growing obesity epidemic. It has long been known that obesity and the risk of many types of cancer are linked, and although obesity is not considered an  [Read more...]
Posted on: October 9, 2018 by
Over the last four weeks, in each of my weekly blogs, I’ve been addressing the common thoughts of those who fall prey to, as relates to weight loss, Given Up and Given In to Hopelessness. “This is who I am.” “Guess I’ll be fat forever.” “It’s in my genes.” “I’m tired of dieting.”  [Read more...]
Posted on: October 2, 2018 by
In my last three blogs, I wrote about the five common thoughts of those who fall prey to, as relates to weight loss, Given Up and Given In to Hopelessness. “This is who I am.” “Guess I’ll be fat forever.” “It’s in my genes.” “I’m tired of dieting.” “I’m happy being fat.” These  [Read more...]
Posted on: September 25, 2018 by
In my last two blogs, I wrote about the five common thoughts of those who fall prey to what I call, when it comes to weight loss, Given Up and Given In to Hopelessness. “This is who I am.” “Guess I’ll be fat forever.” “It’s in my genes.” “I’m tired of dieting.” “I’m  [Read more...]
Posted on: September 18, 2018 by
In another recent blog, I wrote about how there are five common thoughts of those who fall prey to what I call the Given Up and Given In to Hopelessness of weight loss. They share them all at once or come to them one at a time. “This is who I am.” “Guess  [Read more...]
Posted on: September 11, 2018 by
There are five common thoughts of those who fall prey to the Given Up and Given In to Hopelessness of weight loss. They share them all at once or come to them one at a time. “This is who I am.” “Guess I’ll be fat forever.” “It’s in my genes.” “I’m tired  [Read more...]
Posted on: September 4, 2018 by
Many of my clients are career professionals and small business owners. There is a common problem among them: They put themselves last. They work long hours and eat mindlessly all day; or, they let their work distract them and purposely go long hours without eating anything at all. Those who were overweight,  [Read more...]
Posted on: August 28, 2018 by
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  [Read more...]
Posted on: August 21, 2018 by
Boy, how many times have I heard that from a client?! The typical emotional over-eater feels helpless and frustrated because of his/her history of failure at weight management. They feel as if they can’t stop themselves from over-eating, despite knowing it’s self-destructive. They often feel like their right hand is stuffing food into  [Read more...]
Posted on: August 14, 2018 by
Ask anyone who is extremely successful — at anything — and 9 out of 10 of them will no doubt tell you they don’t have that much more talent or intelligence than anyone else. What every single one of them do have or did have, however, is a million times more desire to succeed  [Read more...]
Posted on: August 7, 2018 by
So often, especially on a Monday morning, or if I haven’t seen a client for longer than usual, upon entering my office and before they get on the scale, they will pronounce, “You’re going to be angry with me” or “Don’t be angry with me.” As you can surmise, and as I instantly know  [Read more...]
Posted on: July 31, 2018 by
Healthy living comes naturally for some people; for others, not so much. For those who are overweight or obese — large enough that it’s difficult or even painful to do what thinner people can do easily (high intensity interval training, hot yoga, crossfit, jogging, to name a few) —it’s even tougher to get started.  [Read more...]
Posted on: July 24, 2018 by
Does society (through the industries of entertainment and fashion mostly) bombard us with ridiculous standards of body image, especially when it comes to women? Yes. Should we all do our part to reverse it by making normal-sized people feel confident in themselves and stop them from thinking they are fat? Yes But  [Read more...]
Posted on: July 17, 2018 by
Everyone knows about the stereotypical, overbearing, helicopter parent that sees their kid’s straight-A report card and asks, “Why no A+?” This kind of joke is apparently very funny to people without such parents but depressing and straightforwardly true to people who have them. Well, you get the exact same kind of people when  [Read more...]
Posted on: July 10, 2018 by
As consumers, of which I am one of course, we have those retail stores or service providers with whom we prefer to shop over others, whether because of the value they provide over others who may provide the same product or service, or the in-store shopping experience that one store provides over another,  [Read more...]
Posted on: June 29, 2018 by
Half the battle of weight loss is trying to stay on track, and it doesn’t help if your loved ones aren’t being as supportive as they should be. 📌 Does your spouse bring you a huge box of chocolates every Valentine’s Day? 📌 Does your mother-in-law shove home-baked goodies in your face  [Read more...]
Posted on: June 22, 2018 by
The foundations for cardiovascular disease in adults are laid in childhood and accelerated by the presence of obesity (as well as diabetes and high blood pressure). Geetha Raghuveer, MD, a pediatric cardiologist at Children’s Mercy Hospital in Kanas City, MO, and an associate professor of pediatrics at the University of Missouri Kansas City  [Read more...]
Posted on: June 15, 2018 by
Life works in mysterious ways.Who would have thought that the infertility roller coaster would lead me to what I am doing today. Prior to my getting married at the ripe “old” age of 36, I had been living on my own since I was 21. I was enjoying a great corporate career in  [Read more...]
Posted on: June 8, 2018 by
So many people say they don’t have the discipline to make big changes in their lives and, as you can imagine, I meet new clients all the time who tell me they don’t have the “will”power to stick to new lifestyle changes. From hands-on experience with clients over 20 years, what I’ve learned  [Read more...]
Posted on: June 1, 2018 by
In his article, There’s No Such Thing as “Fat Shaming” — It’s Just Advertising,” Elliott Haworth writes: “I take issue with the Vicariously Offended; the virtuous who take up the mantle of oppression, regardless of whether they are personally affected, at every given opportunity.” I agree. These days the “shaming” label  [Read more...]
Posted on: May 25, 2018 by
The official launch of summer – bathing suit season — is not that far off. Many overweight teenagers, both girls AND boys, are especially unhappy and uncomfortable at this time of year because they can’t hide behind layers of clothes as they do in the fall and winter. Most won’t go to the  [Read more...]
Posted on: May 11, 2018 by
“What can I do if I start losing or gaining weight during cancer treatment?” is a question clients have asked over the years. Unfortunately, this issue causes greater anxiety than necessary. On the one hand, “cachexia” (weight loss) is a common cancer side effect. On the other, chemo and steroids may  [Read more...]
Posted on: May 4, 2018 by
“There’s no such thing as failure; there are only results.” This gem is attributed to Tony Robbins, one of the world’s most famous motivational speakers, and is used ad nauseum by business coaches, commencement speakers, and so many others. So, in other words, whenever we attempt to do something and don’t succeed  [Read more...]
Posted on: April 28, 2018 by
Have you ever known an habitual liar? They’re the people who lie so much to so many that they can’t keep their lies straight. They don’t remember what they told to whom. All the mental work involved in trying to keep their lies straight is exhausting! Well, yo-yo dieting can have the same  [Read more...]
Posted on: April 21, 2018 by
While women are more of the habitual dieters, yo-yo’ing their way from one quick-fix product or program to the next, in my experience it’s the men who opt not to seek professional assistance, preferring to try to do it on their own. I’ve been told by many of them that it is because they  [Read more...]
Posted on: April 14, 2018 by
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 . .  [Read more...]
Posted on: April 8, 2018 by
The health ramifications for overweight kids are significant: The number of over-fat children who take meds for chronic diseases has jumped dramatically. Doctors see greater increases in prescriptions for high cholesterol, high blood pressure and hypertension. Children and teens with fatty liver disease are on the rise. And, remember when Type 2 diabetes was  [Read more...]
Posted on: April 1, 2018 by
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 diagnosed medical issues and isn’t taking any prescribed medications thinks they’re “healthy.” They’re not. Excess visceral fat is not the foundationofor the companiontogood health. Can you be  [Read more...]
Posted on: March 24, 2018 by
“It’s so easy to lose weight without dieting or exercising!” “Eat whatever you want and still lose weight!” “Lose weight forever…you’ll never need to diet again!” “Block the digestion and absorption of fat, carbs, or calories!” “Rapid weight loss: Lose 20 pounds in 2 weeks!”“Lose 40 pounds in 30 days.” “Finally, a weight  [Read more...]
Posted on: March 17, 2018 by
Over a decade ago, an international team of researchers reported that excess weight was linked to higher risks of 5 cancers: colon, esophagus, kidney, breast and uterus. Then, in August of 2016 that same group of researchers, in the New England Journal of Medicine, expanded that list significantly by identifying 8 additional cancers  [Read more...]
Posted on: March 10, 2018 by
About a year ago, I had a phone inquiry with a woman who, conservatively, had to lose 75 pounds. I say “conservatively,” because I guesstimated at that number based on what she told me her weight and height was over the phone. From my many years experience, it’s safe to say that almost 99%  [Read more...]
Posted on: March 4, 2018 by
Do you need to lose weight but dread the thought of how far you have to go to accomplish your goals? Clients have told me that when they think about all they’ll have to do in order to reach lose weight, it paralyzes then. It’s why they procrastinate in getting started and  [Read more...]
Posted on: February 25, 2018 by
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...]
Posted on: February 18, 2018 by
“Eat everything in moderation.” We hear this advice a lot from diet/lifestyle gurus, fitness professionals and physicians. It’s a common expression as relates to the indulgence (or over-indulgence) of food or drink — the so-called occasional “pig-out” or “going off the wagon.” I get asked my opinion on this quite a bit  [Read more...]
Posted on: February 11, 2018 by
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...]
Posted on: February 4, 2018 by
For women who suffer with PCOS, after fats, public enemy #2 is the poor carbohydrates (“bad” or “refined” carbs).The good kind of carbohydrate-rich foods are a good source of fiber and essential vitamins and minerals.Unfortunately, way too often PCOS sufferers try to restrict themselves from carbohydrates, placing false blame on ALL carbs for their  [Read more...]
Posted on: January 26, 2018 by
When you walk past an elementary school, or day camp, or food court at the mall, the chances are that most of the kids you come across will be overweight or obese. What are parents of already obese 8-10 year old kids thinking when their children are gorging on 1/2 pound burgers with  [Read more...]
Posted on: January 19, 2018 by
Want to bring out the worst in people?Lose weight.Whether it’s 10 pounds or a ton, just watch and see how you’ll be showered with so much fattening food—by people who claim to love you!Why is that?When dieters fall off the wagon, they’re always shocked to think that someone else may have had a hand  [Read more...]
Posted on: January 12, 2018 by
We know for a fact that generating a daily food plan (or, weekly plan) is crucial for healthy and consistent weight loss. As the saying goes, if you fail to plan, you plan to fail. You have to know, in advance, what your intentions are for the next day (or more). Based on  [Read more...]
Posted on: January 7, 2018 by
Did you ever consider all the lessons kids can learn in the kitchen, which can benefit them both at home and at school? Here’s why I believe ALL school-age kids should join their moms and dad in the kitchen. 1- Cooking teaches your child about eating well. Kids are receptive to conversations  [Read more...]
Posted on: January 1, 2018 by
When you cheat, it almost always means you’ve done something on the spur of the moment. You didn’t think it through. You didn’t weigh the pros, the cons. You didn’t consider how you would respond to the ramifications of your actions. And, most often, the aftermath of a “cheat” results in a person getting  [Read more...]
2017
Posted on: December 24, 2017 by
Whether it’s starting a weight loss program or starting to incorporate exercise or personal training into your life, one of the hardest parts about sticking to either endeavor, is the dread that comes from thinking about how far you have to go to accomplish your goals.Actually, let’s face it, it’s quite normal that when  [Read more...]
Posted on: December 17, 2017 by
One of the medical issues that many of my clients have is diabetes, and I wanted to address that today, specifically, Type 2. Type 2 diabetes is caused by the body’s inability to break down sugars from the diet. Normally, cells in the pancreas work to release insulin, a hormone that can process  [Read more...]
Posted on: December 10, 2017 by
The festival of Chanukah is one of the best loved holidays in the Jewish calendar. The powerful images of the miracles of the Jewish victory over the Selucid Greeks in the 2nd Century BCE and the miracle of the one-day supply of oil burning eight days in the re-dedication of the Temple are an  [Read more...]
Posted on: December 3, 2017 by
My husband is as slim as the day I married him.He bothers me about my weight. I avoid intimacy with my husband because I know how he feels about my gaining so much weight during our marriage. I don’t sleep well through the night; I’ve started to snore.It gets so bad  [Read more...]
Posted on: November 26, 2017 by
As happens quite often, I recently read a great article, Hey Sales Reps: Stop Chasing Shiny Objects and Get to Work! by Larry Levine, sales guru, trainer and coach. Anyway, his article was about how sales organizations are focusing too much on the “shiny new thing” — “social selling” (encouraging sales reps to establish  [Read more...]
Posted on: November 18, 2017 by
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...]
Posted on: November 12, 2017 by
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...]
Posted on: November 4, 2017 by
Most of the overweight young people I see in the office have overweight or obese parents. Often, despite a child’s size and health issues or risks, many of these parents are in denial of the consequences of a do-nothing attitude, and they are resistant to acknowledging the role they played in their child’s obesity.  [Read more...]
Posted on: October 29, 2017 by
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...]
Posted on: October 24, 2017 by
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...]
Posted on: October 21, 2017 by
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...]
Posted on: October 13, 2017 by
“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...]
Posted on: October 6, 2017 by
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...]
Posted on: October 1, 2017 by
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...]
Posted on: September 16, 2017 by
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...]
Posted on: September 9, 2017 by
A holiday is a holy day because it interrupts the daily flow of our usually very busy lives with messages and reminders that we need to make life worth living. As we approach the Jewish New Year in a few days, the holy days of Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur that so many will  [Read more...]
Posted on: September 2, 2017 by
Dear Dr. ________: The season is about to change. The leaves are about to change colors of red, orange and yellow. The sunrise and sunset times are about to change. The temperatures are about to change. The lazy days of summer will change to the hustle and bustle of the holiday season.   [Read more...]
Posted on: August 27, 2017 by
I love this time of year and the wonderful changes it brings. The season is about to change. The leaves are about to change colors of red, orange and yellow. The sunrise and sunset times are about to change. The temperatures are about to change. Summer camp changes to  [Read more...]
Posted on: August 19, 2017 by
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 road) from my office, and that’s why he was running late but that he’d be there shortly. About  [Read more...]
Posted on: August 13, 2017 by
“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...]
Posted on: August 12, 2017 by
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...]
Posted on: August 1, 2017 by
Radiology plays an important role in medical care, but the imaging process becomes more difficult for obese patients. Exams considered simple to perform on average sized patients need to be adapted in order to obtain quality images of obese individuals. Given the alarming trend of obesity and the long list of associated health  [Read more...]
Posted on: July 22, 2017 by
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...]
Posted on: July 15, 2017 by
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...]
Posted on: July 9, 2017 by
“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...]
Posted on: July 2, 2017 by
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...]
Posted on: June 24, 2017 by
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...]
Posted on: June 18, 2017 by
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...]
Posted on: June 10, 2017 by
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...]
Posted on: May 28, 2017 by
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...]
Posted on: May 20, 2017 by
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...]
Posted on: May 14, 2017 by
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...]
Posted on: May 6, 2017 by
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...]
Posted on: May 1, 2017 by
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...]
Posted on: April 20, 2017 by
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...]
Posted on: April 13, 2017 by
As obesity numbers rise, so do the numbers of those with high cholesterol. Roughly one quarter of the cholesterol in our bodies resides in our brains. Researchers have found that patients with high levels of “bad” cholesterol in their blood tended to have more harmful tangles of protein inside their brain cells.   [Read more...]
Posted on: April 6, 2017 by
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...]
Posted on: March 30, 2017 by
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...]
Posted on: March 24, 2017 by
You’ve followed your diet faithfully, watching every morsel that passes your lips . . . and perhaps you’ve also been out there exercising every day.So why, with all the good intent, determination and motivation, now that you’re starting to see the physical results of all that hard work, have you come up against the  [Read more...]
Posted on: March 20, 2017 by
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...]
Posted on: March 10, 2017 by
Here’s another one from the vault of wacky weight loss gimmicks: The Candy Diet! OK, folks . . . so here’s a word to the wise (or, I should say, to the not-too-wise): Unless you’re Forrest (“life is like a box of chocolates”) Gump, if diet pills look like a box of chocolates, they’re  [Read more...]
Posted on: March 5, 2017 by
Parents and students of all ages are in countdown mode for spring break . . . and with that of course comes the anticipated family vacations. (And the end of school and summer vacations are not far behind.) Now is the time that many clients start telling me that, as much as they are  [Read more...]
Posted on: February 24, 2017 by
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...]
Posted on: February 17, 2017 by
If your high school senior son or daughter is obese, and if you think peer pressure and teen socialization is tough as it is, you ain’t seen nothin’ yet! No, I’m not talking about the stress of waiting for acceptances to all those college applications.I’m also not referring to the pressures teens  [Read more...]
Posted on: February 10, 2017 by
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...]
Posted on: February 4, 2017 by
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...]
Posted on: January 28, 2017 by
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...]
Posted on: January 22, 2017 by
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  [Read more...]
Posted on: January 17, 2017 by
In my blog, Just Say “No” To Food Pushers, I wrote about the scourge of those who cannot take “No” for answer. It’s time to do so again. It seems some people relish (no pun intended) that role, and often it’s because they’re miserable in their own bodies. The holiday season, Thanksgiving through New  [Read more...]
Posted on: January 10, 2017 by
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...]
Posted on: January 5, 2017 by
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...]
Posted on: January 1, 2017 by
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...]
2016
Posted on: December 11, 2016 by
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...]
Posted on: December 7, 2016 by
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...]
Posted on: December 3, 2016 by
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...]
Posted on: November 27, 2016 by
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...]
Posted on: November 20, 2016 by
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...]
Posted on: November 14, 2016 by
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...]
Posted on: November 9, 2016 by
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...]
Posted on: November 8, 2016 by
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  [Read more...]
Posted on: November 7, 2016 by
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...]
Posted on: November 1, 2016 by
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...]
Posted on: October 23, 2016 by
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...]
Posted on: October 23, 2016 by
Would you let your children smoke cigarettes? Then don’t do it. Would you let your children do drugs? Then don’t do it. Would you let your children drink alcohol and drive? Then don’t do it. Would you let your children stop eating to lose weight? Then, don’t do it. Would  [Read more...]
Posted on: October 17, 2016 by
Tied with “I Don’t Know”in the #1 spot for excuses from weight loss clients is the old standby, “I don’t have time.” Sound familiar? I recently read a fabulous article by Robert Bacall, Do You Lie To Yourself About “Not Enough Time?”,which gets right to the heart of the matteron the true meaning  [Read more...]
Posted on: October 16, 2016 by
Aurorasa Sima is an Emotional Intelligence Trainer, business and executive coach who conducts sales training sessions, workshops, webinars and other events.In a blog, Do You Want to Search or Find, she mentioned how oftentimes after a training session someone will come up to her and say, “I knew all of that” and her response  [Read more...]
Posted on: October 11, 2016 by
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...]
Posted on: September 28, 2016 by
Just as pipes are the strong tube-like structures which carry water where it needs to go (faucets, fountains, lawn sprinklers, shower heads, commodes) throughout our homes, blood vessels (veins, arteries, capillaries) are strong tube-like structures through which blood travels to get to where it needs to go throughout our bodies. The pipes  [Read more...]
Posted on: September 24, 2016 by
Three words I hear an awful lot, daily — let’s call them some of the buzz words of weight loss — are: “I don’t know.” Some examples. Before the client gets on the scale. Me: So, how’d you do over the weekend? Client: I don’t know. When the scale shows  [Read more...]
Posted on: September 17, 2016 by
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...]
Posted on: September 13, 2016 by
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...]
Posted on: September 3, 2016 by
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...]
Posted on: August 23, 2016 by
Who doesn’t love soup, right? Hot soup warms our bellies in the winter. Cold soups are a refreshing touch in the summer. But, soups are a little tricky to fit into one’s portion-controlled weight loss and maintenance lifestyle. While you might find a canned soup low in calories, or even relatively low in  [Read more...]
Posted on: August 14, 2016 by
Let me ask you this: Have you ever really wanted something so badly and then went on toachieve(and maintain) that goal withoutanyself-imposed restrictions? Did you cut back (even just a little) on all-night partying and drinking in college when you went on to law or medical schools? Or, did the rigorous “for all  [Read more...]
Posted on: August 7, 2016 by
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...]
Posted on: August 2, 2016 by
Every now and then I like to remind everyone that foolish, fad diets aren’t new to modern times. I’ve previously written aboutThe Candy Diet,The Cigarette Diet,The Tapeworm Diet, and theFruit Salt Pills & Bands; Reducing Soap; Bile Beans and Fat Girls Diets. It’s time to go back into the vault of dumb, dopey  [Read more...]
Posted on: July 12, 2016 by
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  [Read more...]
Posted on: July 4, 2016 by
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...]
Posted on: June 26, 2016 by
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...]
Posted on: June 21, 2016 by
Sleep services all aspects of our bodies in one way or another: molecular, energy balance, as well as intellectual function, alertness and mood. There is not a single tissue in the body that is not beneficially affected by sleep. It’s the single most effective thing we can do every day to reset the health  [Read more...]
Posted on: June 14, 2016 by
My daughter, Sabrina, has been horseback riding since she was 7; she’s now 20 and a college junior.A couple years ago, she had a spill off a horse at school, and was off the mount for a few months. When home on break, I decided to hang around the barn one day to watch  [Read more...]
Posted on: June 7, 2016 by
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...]
Posted on: May 31, 2016 by
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  [Read more...]
Posted on: May 24, 2016 by
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  [Read more...]
Posted on: May 17, 2016 by
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...]
Posted on: May 10, 2016 by
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...]
Posted on: May 3, 2016 by
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...]
Posted on: April 26, 2016 by
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  [Read more...]
Posted on: April 19, 2016 by
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 because they  [Read more...]
Posted on: April 5, 2016 by
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...]
Posted on: March 29, 2016 by
Even after all these years of listening to new clients recite a long list of diets (aka “torture”) they’ve put themselves through, I am still not immune to being shocked by how some will resort to absolutely insane levels in order to avoid hard work. Too many people would rather put up with stinky breath  [Read more...]
Posted on: March 22, 2016 by
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...]
Posted on: March 10, 2016 by
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...]
Posted on: March 9, 2016 by
This is a question I get asked quite a lot and to answer it, I’ll start with another question: What exactly is panko? — the Japanese word for “small pieces of bread.” First, some history. Did you know that panko crumbs are not made with heat? They’re electrocuted!! While the Japanese  [Read more...]
Posted on: March 8, 2016 by
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 part of the questionnaire we have everyone fill out prior to the consultation: Please give three reasons, in  [Read more...]
Posted on: February 7, 2016 by
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...]
Posted on: February 1, 2016 by
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...]
Posted on: February 1, 2016 by
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?” Well, of course, there are many, but the best way I can answer this  [Read more...]
Posted on: January 25, 2016 by
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...]
Posted on: January 18, 2016 by
Just when you think you’ve heard about all the crazy, idiotic, ridiculous (and oftentimes dangerous) weight loss gimmicks, I’ll write about another one. As with The Cigarette Diet, which I wrote about in Take a Puff, Lose a Pound, here’s another from the you-can’t-make-this-sh*t-up department. Ever hear of The Tapeworm Diet? This particular diet  [Read more...]
Posted on: January 11, 2016 by
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...]
2015
Posted on: December 5, 2015 by
An article by psychotherapist and marriage counselor, Mel Schwartz, For the Sake of the Children, really struck a nerve with me. Of course, it speaks about “working” at a marriage; that’s what we commit to on our wedding day. When all working fails, however, the whole notion of “staying together for the sake  [Read more...]
Posted on: November 28, 2015 by
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...]
Posted on: November 1, 2015 by
So, have you always thought there’s an exception when it comes to indulging in “just one” fatty meal? You don’t have to be a nutritionist or dietitian or medical professional to know that long-term consumption of junk food clogs arteries. However, a few years ago a study published in the Canadian Journal of  [Read more...]
Posted on: October 27, 2015 by
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...]
Posted on: October 12, 2015 by
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...]
Posted on: September 13, 2015 by
“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  [Read more...]
Posted on: August 17, 2015 by
In the simplest terms, PCOS is a health condition linked with both hormone imbalance and insulin resistance. It is the most common hormonal and reproductive problem affecting women of child-bearing age. Defining the Condition. The hormones involved in controlling periods, and ultimately reproduction, are produced in the pituitary gland located in the brain.  [Read more...]
Posted on: August 14, 2015 by
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...]
Posted on: August 10, 2015 by
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...]
Posted on: August 4, 2015 by
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  [Read more...]
Posted on: August 2, 2015 by
Both red and green cabbages are rich in nutrients, but there are differences in the nutrients they offer. Some red cabbages contain almost twice the vitamin C as some green cabbages. Red cabbages are always richer in flavonoid phytonutrients (say THAT three times fast!) that not only act as antioxidants but  [Read more...]
Posted on: August 1, 2015 by
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...]
Posted on: July 28, 2015 by
You’ve just had a baby. You’re happy to be back home. But then . . . you look in the mirror. Uh oh . . . you’re not so happy anymore. Weight control is a widespread concern for many women after pregnancy and is difficult for many to handle  [Read more...]
Posted on: July 21, 2015 by
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...]
Posted on: July 14, 2015 by
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.  [Read more...]
Posted on: July 10, 2015 by
When I meet a very overweight or obese client for the first time, aside from discussing the obvious — such as 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  [Read more...]
Posted on: July 7, 2015 by
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...]
Posted on: June 2, 2015 by
I want to address an issue that, unfortunately, Isee often, especially in the summer when we’re at the beaches or pools: boys with breasts. It really pains me to see it from a distance, but even more so to have to deal with the issue close up, one-on-one at my office, and almost always  [Read more...]
Posted on: April 21, 2015 by
Over the past several years, while obesity rates have increased in most age groups in the United States, the biggest rise has been in older adults. More recently (2017, America’s Health Rankings analysis ofCDC), numbers show that over 60% of adults aged 60 and older are overweight; and almost 40% are obese. Falls  [Read more...]
Posted on: April 14, 2015 by
Each year, about 22,000 women in the United States learn that they have ovarian cancer. Although the exact cause of ovarian cancer is not known, one of the risk factors may be obesity. The link? Estrogen, which is made in body fat . . . and the more fat cells a woman has, the  [Read more...]
Posted on: April 7, 2015 by
Here’s another one from the you-can’t-make-this-stupid-sh*t-up department. Can you believe that in the days before cigarette smoking was passe, tobacco companies actually marketed lighting up as a weight loss tool?! Lucky Strike cigarette ads advocated, “Light a Lucky and you’ll never miss sweets that make you fat,” and “Avoid that future [double-chin] shadow  [Read more...]
Posted on: March 10, 2015 by
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...]
Posted on: January 3, 2015 by
Exposure to air contaminants, such as ammonia, sulfur dioxide, ozone and nitrogen dioxide, are known to be respiratory irritants that can cause illnesses such as asthma and other pulmonary diseases. Did you know that overweight and obese adults breathe in up to 50% more air every day, compared with adults of normal weight?  [Read more...]