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29 06, 2018

Setting our (intestinal) alarm clock

2018-06-29T10:20:46+00:00 June 29th, 2018|Motivational Letters|

Over the past few days, I believe I’ve listened to Dr. Satchin Panda’s podcast at least five times.  Each time I find a few more snippets of information that intrigue me, and I wonder if I or any of you can begin to put these ideas into practice.   The idea that our gut, liver and all of our DNA has its own circadian rhythm, absolutely stuns me.  Similarly, the thought that our various organs take time to decide which fat molecule or amino acid or glucose molecule goes where, and in what quantity, makes everything I thought I knew [...]

8 06, 2018

Don’t put off change!

2018-06-09T07:00:34+00:00 June 8th, 2018|Motivational Letters|

Recently I met a patient whom I had seen a number of years ago. Back then, her weight had come down significantly, then she stopped coming. The weight came back on, and now she has had a vascular event. I realize that weight and circulation may be just an association and not causation, however, if there is an association, I would have hoped we could have helped her with further lifestyle changes to prevent this event. Fortunately she is doing well. She has now returned to reduce her inflammatory visceral fat, and I am happy she feels so determined to [...]

1 06, 2018

(Re)Measuring Success

2018-06-06T18:45:53+00:00 June 1st, 2018|Motivational Letters|

(Adapted from 'Weight Matters', by Laura Andromalos)   We make a mistake in the healthcare world when we use weight as the only measure of success. In the words of Dr. Arya Sharma, "Health is not measured in pounds".  The best metric for success will consistently be changed by the actions that you are taking.  Weight is not a predictable measure of success, because it does not tell the whole story.  You can lose weight in an unhealthy way or you can start healthy habits and not always see a change in weight. Plus, body factors like muscle mass, bone [...]

25 05, 2018

The more I learn, the more I realize how much I don’t know

2018-06-04T14:34:05+00:00 May 25th, 2018|Motivational Letters|

One patient asked me what I read and what I listen to. Education never ever stops. For what it is worth I'll pass on a few of the things that interest me and make me want to spend more time learning from the experts. Each day as I drive to and from work, I listen to podcasts. These can be quite varied, but tend to be around medicine, nutrition and exercise. I find the Obesity Code podcasts very informative, because they are patient oriented. You can listen to individuals with a whole host of medical problems (a lot are weight [...]

18 05, 2018

Self-Reliance

2018-06-04T14:34:06+00:00 May 18th, 2018|Motivational Letters|

We must find and follow our own path in all aspects of life. When it comes to health, whether that health manifests itself as weight loss, or being more fit, or having more energy or feeling vibrant; these things come from inside. You, and you alone determine these values. No one else can eat for you, exercise for you, and create more energy for you. This comes from you. I could try to dictate ‘exactly' what you should eat tomorrow for breakfast, lunch and supper. I could tell you what snacks you should and should not have, but that does [...]

11 05, 2018

Don’t always trust the scale

2018-06-04T14:34:06+00:00 May 11th, 2018|Motivational Letters|

A fluctuation in barometric pressure can wreak havoc on the scale. It's important to realize that the fluid fluctuations in our body can change by 2-4 pounds every single day. Drs. Volek & Phinney, in their book The Art and Science of Low Carbohydrate Living, discuss why these ups and downs occur: "Humans are about 2/3 water; we each contain about 40 litres of water, and each litre weighs a bit over 2 pounds. Bodies effectively regulate fluid balance, but this is done within a 2-litre range. Within this range, the body doesn't really care if it is up to [...]

4 05, 2018

Putting weight loss in perspective

2018-06-04T14:34:06+00:00 May 4th, 2018|Motivational Letters|

A lot of overweight individuals set themselves up for failure in that the only goal they have in mind is to reach their "ideal weight”. At the same time, others around them have put that expectation on them as well (i.e. their spouse, friends, physicians and society in general). In other words, if someone for example is 75 lbs overweight, everyone feels that person needs to lose 75 lbs to be successful. I'm not saying that it's not possible for an individual to lose 75 lbs, but what if they only lose 30 or 35 lbs? Many individuals who try [...]

27 04, 2018

Turning a bad day around

2018-06-04T14:34:06+00:00 April 27th, 2018|Motivational Letters|

I know I'm not the only one who sometimes has a bad day. Whether that be a complete lapse of proper eating (meaning eating to excess and eating food that should not be on any food guide!); or a day when life tugs you in ten different directions. The most apparent thing to me on those days, is my utter lack of energy and inability to muster any desire to improve that energy, or improve my negative state of mind. In the recesses of my brain, I know I've been there many times before and it's crucial that I find [...]

13 04, 2018

One Day at a Time

2018-06-04T14:34:06+00:00 April 13th, 2018|Motivational Letters|

Two words come up at our clinic over and over again: ‘motivation' and ‘willpower.' More to the point, we hear about the ‘lack of motivation' and the ‘lack of willpower.' To be truthful, you don't really need either one of these to be successful at weight loss. We tend to overanalyze our thoughts and feelings. We try to understand first why we aren't successful, or why we lack the motivation to lose weight. The enormity of the task of losing a lot of weight or getting in shape discourages us, and leads to self-defeating behaviours. Yet we don't react the [...]

23 03, 2018

Be Bold, Try Anything!

2018-06-04T14:34:06+00:00 March 23rd, 2018|Motivational Letters|

As I listen to different ideas from experts on how to lose weight, even to me it becomes confusing. Consistently however, I realize that most people stumble on finding out what works for them. We are all so different metabolically, physically, mentally, emotionally, and socially. What works for one person may not work for another. Having said that, we need to know what causes us to gain weight. We need to dig ourselves out of the old paradigm of calories. Then we can find out what we need to do to effect change. It is all about hormones, and the [...]

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