Most people who drink coffee in the morning report not feeling hungry.
The reason you don’t feel hungry is because you’ve ingested a drug (caffeine) whose side effects include appetite suppression. The problem with appetite suppression is that it only masks a body signal; it doesn’t satisfy the bodily need.
It’s like taking pain medication for a toothache; the tooth problem is not solved by the medication, it...
Environmental control . . .
. . . is one of my very favorite topics!
. . . is the cornerstone of weight management.
. . . is well summed up by the phrase, “if it’s not there, you can’t eat it”.
Most people think Will Power is the key to weight management—“if I could just be better . . .” but knowing yourself and your limitations is so much more powerful.
If you have trouble resisting a chip, then...
I just finished listening to the podcast documentary from Chicago Public Radio called Making Oprah.
Besides being a fascinating audio study of the 25-year history of the Oprah Winfrey show, documenting its development from cheating husbands to a wagon of fat to Live Your Best Life TV, it presents the natural evolution of Oprah herself. I highly recommend the 3-part series.
Three ideas stuck with me in particular.
Sweet Emma made a lovely meal. Delicious, visually pleasing and healthy. We sat down to enjoy and one minute later her plate was empty.
I mean one minute!
It was hard to believe.
I considered it might be an aberration until we had dined together multiple times and the same thing kept happening. She was self-aware and unapologetic, “I’m a very fast eater”.
Now, Emma was not obese, but according to...
As tempting as that sounds, here are 3 reminders for the day after the “Holiday of Heart-Shaped Chocolate”
1. Day is done. Accept what may have happened yesterday and start fresh today. Get rid of the candy. Don't buy more. Environmental control is everything.
2. Remember, accept the love and kind intention and ditch the sugar. (See this previous blog for...
Mini Math Review:
Eating 3500 calories over the needs of your body will result in a gain of one pound of fat.
Similarly, eating 3500 fewer calories than your body uses will result in the loss of a pound of fat.
As an example, 700 calories a week for 5 weeks is 3500 calories. That is 100 calories a day for 5 weeks.
So, 100 extra calories a day is a one-pound gain while consuming 100 calories fewer a day, consistently, will be a one-pound loss at the...
Another note-worthy book on the bedside pile that I got to finish last week was Rework by Jason Fried and David Hansson. It’s a collection of essays around business and productivity.
The page I dog-eared included this quote:
“When you are high on inspiration, you can get two weeks of work done in twenty-four hours. Inspiration is a time machine that way.”
Have you ever experienced that?
When you are ready, really...
My body is doing a great job of fighting off a cold.
I’ve helped by taking it very easy this week.
That meant one thing—time to devote to finishing the books piled up on my bedside table.
Being in the middle of several books at once is relatively new for me. I used to be of the mindset that once you start a book you finish it, darn it, and that’s that.
Even if I was struggling to get through it, I would not allow myself...
This week marks a milestone.
It’s the first time, since we moved over 2 years ago, that I parked my car in the garage.
I (finally) spent the long weekend opening, moving, tossing, recycling, donating, organizing and placing all the things that have been living in the boxes in the garage.
And there were a lot. (Enough that a car now fits in the place boxes used to be!)
Monday night, I would open the garage door just to see...
If someone asked me to name what I teach in one word, the answer might surprise you.
It’s not “Maintenance” or “Prevention” or even “Weight Loss” (ok, that’s two words).
What I ultimately teach is Compassion.
Self-compassion, more specifically.
In the almost 2 decades I’ve been working with people to lose and keep off weight, it has become increasingly clear that self-compassion is the...