Garden Girl Excellent and practical maintenance advice from a real life maintainer who tries to figure it out for herself and is successful.
The Eating Academy, Peter Attila, MD The thought provoking and oh-so-scienc-y blog of Dr. Peter Attila, a once overweight surgeon who has become thoroughly enmeshed in the low carb world and lives his hypotheses through self-experimentation.
Primal Body Primal Mind Site of Nora Gedgaudas, a writer who is interested in the science of health and athletic performance via primal diet
Weighty Matters The lively blog of Dr. Yoni Freedhoff, Canadian obesity physician.
You knew that an article as major as "The Fat Trap" would get the media going. Here is what I consider to be a particularly uninformed and unhelpful response by Slate Magazine (see article here). Summary: we're wasting our time trying to combat obesity and those who are maintaining are only doing it via some sort of eating disorder. Scroll down to the comments section if you have any interest in seeing my response. Or leave your own. I'm sure... Read more →
By Barbara Berkeley, MD Once a month, in a small room off the lobby of Lake West Hospital in Willoughby, Ohio, a special group convenes. For someone observing the group and unaware of its purpose, it might appear to be a simple mix of everyday people….young, old, racially diverse. The members would seem to be old friends but with a particular seriousness of purpose, perhaps a community group attending a lecture or learning some new skill together. What a casual... Read more →
Hello to all new readers! I know that we are getting alot of traffic as a result of the NY Times article, "Fat Trap" which discusses weight maintenance and references Lynn. This is Barbara Berkeley posting and I just want to let you know that I will soon be writing a response to that article. Stay tuned if you are interested in reading more and in joining the discussion. In the meantime, I hope you'll check out our archives and... Read more →
by Barbara Berkeley, MD A little something to think about when you are headed for the holiday buffet. How far will willpower take you? I think it's much smarter and more effective to take a realistic look at the strength of your opponent: modern trigger foods. Read more →
by Barbara Berkeley, MD There are so many people selling pleasure in our world and it's so easy to be convinced that we can pay for our choices later. It's kind of like running up a big credit card bill. In particular it's easy to rationalize away bad diets. I'd be rich if I had a dollar for every time I've watched someone eat a greasy meal and a rich dessert and then say, "I'll just pop a Lipitor." As... Read more →
by Barbara Berkeley, MD How do we lose weight? The answer is--- cut calories until the body is forced to burn itself for energy. This is so intuitively obvious that the converse would also seem to be true: if we lose weight by cutting calories, we must gain weight by accumulating them. But is this true? Perhaps weight loss has nothing much to do with weight gain. Perhaps they are two quite different things. ' For some time, I have... Read more →
by Barbara Berkeley, MD The weight loss experience comes in two distinct forms: the temporary diet that induces weight loss and the (hopefully) permanent behaviors that lead to weight maintenance. Confusing the two is easy because successful maintainers continue to eat and exercise in a way that looks alot like their original diet. But there is an important difference: maintenance requires achieving balance while dieting requires inducing defecit. This month, I posted a youtube video (scroll down to find it)... Read more →
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