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Weight Loss Dos And Don’ts: What’s In Your Grocery Cart?

Grocery cartI know it’s not politically correct to look at what other people buy at the grocery store, but as a physician I just can’t help noticing. Some carts contain huge containers of soda pop, Doritos, frozen pizza, and other packaged goods.

I’m not surprised, because at the end of every isle is a display case that offers the giant soda for 89 cents or the Doritos on special for $1.29. With this type of marketing, it takes a strong person to resist the “bargain.”

Yesterday the woman in front of me (overweight, middle-aged) had a strange assortment of goods that she probably thought would help her lose weight. She had several Weight Watcher-type meals, diet drinks, power bars, and lots of “light” items — “light butter,” “light crackers,” “light yogurt,” and ”light ice cream.” 

Folks, this won’t work. Eating this way won’t help her lose weight. She needs to make dramatic changes to drop the pounds. Read more »

*This blog post was originally published at EverythingHealth*

Weight Loss: The “Horserace” Between Low-Carb And Low-Fat

Journalist Andrew Holtz, one of our expert reviewers on, has some fun with a horserace-style look at low-carb versus low-fat diet research on his site:

*This blog post was originally published at Gary Schwitzer's HealthNewsReview Blog*

Which Diet Fits Your Genes?

Why do some diets work better than others? Why can your best friend lose 10 pounds with a low-carb diet and your weight just hovers? Why can some people eat just about everything and still stay skinny?

It’s all in the genes. 

Mindy Dopler Nelson, Ph.D., of Stanford University reported the results of her study at the American Heart Associate Conference. She found that a single nuceotide polymorphism caused women to loose five times as much weight on the Atkins diet compared with women who didn’t have the gene. Read more »

*This blog post was originally published at EverythingHealth*

Failed Weight Loss Measures And The Super Obese

What are some excellent weight loss options?  I’m a true believer in diet and exercise.  When you burn more calories than you consume on a daily basis, the laws of chemistry, physics, and all other natural sciences say that you will lose weight.

There’s also the option for gastric bypass, which is really nothing more than a really expensive way to make you stop eating so much.  If you don’t exercise while you diet,  or don’t continue to exercise after you stop dieting,  your body will eventually slow down its metabolism and weight loss will become harder and harder.   You will gain your weight back.  Some people have literally eaten their way through a gastric bypass procedure and find themselves  right back at square one. Read more »

*This blog post was originally published at Happy Hospitalist*

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