Category Archives: Dealing with overweight

Dealing with overweight. Part 13: Surgical options

Surgery always carries with it some risk.  The risk of anesthesia is fairly minimal, but it is not zero.  In addition, any time you must cut healthy tissue, you run the risk of infection and other complications that go along … Continue reading

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Dealing with overweight. Part 12: Weight loss medications

It is very difficult to use medications effectively, but if you learn how to use them well, they can be very helpful.  To use them to their best potential, you must carefully select appropriate people that might benefit, the prescriber … Continue reading

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Dealing with overweight. Part 11: Mysterious emotions

I see a certain pattern over and over as people ask me for help losing weight and we begin working towards this goal.  I don’t completely understand it and much about it is mysterious, indeed.  It is not the most … Continue reading

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Dealing with overweight. Part 10: The magic of proteins.

If there was such a thing as a miracle nutrient in our food, it would be protein.  Protein is what our DNA primarily uses to construct our body, to maintain it and to modify its form and functions according to … Continue reading

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Dealing with overweight. Part 9: Is a high fat diet really a problem?

The short answer is almost always, yes.  One of the biggest problems with fat in the foods we eat is its very high caloric density.  This means that gram for gram, fat is over twice as many calories as either … Continue reading

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Dealing with overweight. Part 8: What about sugar and starches?

There is much confusion about the importance of sugar and starches in the diet.  They are categorized as carbohydrates but they both end up as simple sugars within the body once they are digested.  Many people seem to think that since they both are … Continue reading

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Dealing with overweight. Part 7: What everybody has in common.

So far in these articles, I have emphasized the huge variety of the individual situations that result in people being heavier than their optimum weight.  While it is true that everybody’s situation is different, there are still certain principles that … Continue reading

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Dealing with overweight. Part 6: Why we prefer the foods we prefer.

Out topic today is our food habits, where they come from and what changes them.  This is very important.  We enjoy eating and we enjoy most the foods we are accustomed to eating.  Many people I talk to about weight … Continue reading

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Dealing with overweight Part 5: Is exercise the answer?

If you have been attentive to what I have been saying so far in this series of articles, it will not surprise you when I answer:  Sometimes yes, most of the time no.  Like everything else that impacts our weight … Continue reading

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Dealing with overweight. Part 4: The story behind “yo yo dieting”

If you are not familiar with the phrase “yo yo dieting” it means the tendency to start a diet, often with great enthusiasm, to lose weight for a while, then to stop the diet and regain the weight lost, often … Continue reading

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