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Leptin, Fat Cells and Weight Gain: Insights from ObesityWeek 2019

Nov 21, 2019



Voila! The rest of the new and noteworthy tidbits of info I collected from ObesityWeek 2019.


Impress your friends with facts about fat cells, a hunger hormone, and weight gain in pregnancy and after surgery (or just forward them this update and have a stimulating discussion!)




A Fat cell (adipocyte) is born.


Then if we take in more fuel than our bodies need, it gets bigger and bigger. And more join the party.


As they...


Intermittent Fasting: Latest Research

Nov 14, 2019



Vegas, baby.


I recently spent 5 days with some of the most dedicated obesity researchers, clinicians and surgeons on the planet.


Rest assured there are people looking for the answers to weight gain and sustainability and they’re making progress.


Over the next 2 weeks, I’m going to tell you my favorite tidbits—the newest thinking on fat and leptin, weight gain during pregnancy and post bariatric surgery, and the truth about intermittent...


Be More Like Babies

Nov 07, 2019



Here’s the recipe for getting anything accomplished:


  1. Total faith
  2. Non-judgmental action/practice
  3. No timeline



The best example of this is a baby learning to walk.


First, he has complete faith that it will happen—“everyone around me is walking, I’m sure I can too!” It never occurs to him that he can’t.


Next comes tons of trial and error. No beating himself up for any of the failures. Just getting back up...


Not This Year! Beat the Bermuda Triangle of Weight Gain

Oct 31, 2019



Happy Halloween!


There are 9 weeks between now and the New Year.

Nine weeks.


We call these weeks The Bermuda Triangle of Weight Gain—Halloween through Thanksgiving then onto Christmas and New Year’s.


Starts with candy and ends with champagne, with lots of pies in between.


If we’re not careful, we can go unconscious and wake up 9 weeks later having gained pounds and pounds with an urgent need for a weight loss resolution.




Don’t Invite the Enemy In . . . A Halloween Story

Oct 24, 2019



Halloween’s just a week away.


[Hopefully you haven’t bought your candy yet –see The Best Day to Buy Halloween Candy].


The phrase, “Don’t Invite the Enemy In” always comes to mind around this time of year.


Pre-Halloween it’s about the Costco-sized bags of candy that haunt you from inside the pantry until you inevitably give in.


One mean sugar high and thousands of calories (literally) later, regret and shock...


Eliminate Your But for Faster Weight Loss

Oct 17, 2019




Language matters.


Louise Hay, one of my favorite teachers, is a stickler for language. She teaches that thoughts (language in your mind) impact your environment.


Positively worded thoughts create positive feelings and negatively worded thoughts create negative ones.


Try it out for yourself:

How does it feel when you say, “I’m killing two birds with one stone” vs “I’m getting a lot done efficiently”




Meditation PRACTICE

Oct 10, 2019




I’m terrible at meditation.


I’ve been doing it every morning for almost a full year and yet . . .

I haven’t reach enlightenment.

I don’t feel blissful after my sessions.

I’m missing those epiphanies that come with perfect stillness.


And you couldn’t pay me to stop.


Most mornings I start my Headspace timer and settle in. I count my breaths, as I was taught, 1 on the in breath and 2 on the out . . . all the way to 10...


Measuring Success

Oct 03, 2019




It’s easy to measure success in weight loss—it’s measured in pounds lost.


Measuring Maintenance is a different story.


It’s only in retrospect, really. It’s measured in time—6, 12, 24 months at the same desired weight.


But on a daily basis, Maintenance is measured by the absence of gaining (or losing).


Measuring the absence of something doesn’t always feel satisfying.


It’s like measuring...


Best Day to Weigh According to Science

Sep 26, 2019




Are you a once a week weigh-er or an every day weigh-er?


I hope you’re at least one or the other.


Multiple studies show that regular weighing increases your chances for success with both losing and maintaining weight.


I recommend once a week if you’re in weight loss mode.

It can be a fragile time and you’re more apt to see the results you crave if you give your body a little time.


For maintenance mode it can remain once a...


How to Have True Joy

Sep 19, 2019



Last week we talked about the cost of food Joy, out of proportion desire and the benefits of True Joy (read all about it here).


Today we start getting you that True Joy.


True Joy is the key to losing weight and keeping it off.


If the only joy you have in your life is food, then losing weight is impossible.


And mean.


Taking away your only pleasure leaves you with despair and deprivation.


That’s why diets feel terrible. It’s...



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