plus two equals four. Calories in put on weight, calories out take off weight.
Simple, basic, straightforward and clear. Don’t want to gain weight, don’t eat
more calories than you burn up. Calories you drink count, too. Want to lose
weight, burn up more than you take in. So what’s the problem? Why is obesity
epidemic in this country?
all kinds of “extenuating circumstances”, reasons, excuses used by overweight
busy to exercise.”
don’t eat so much and walk or bikes more, move around, burn a few more energy
units, stop sitting so much and driving everywhere you go.”
busy to cook, so have to eat “fast food”.
“Fast food can be healthy stuff like veggies and some form of protein: try
chicken on top of salad… don’t kill it with hundreds of calories of dressing.”
foods are too expensive”, “I can’t stand to be hungry”, “every time I
I lose weight, then gain it back.” And I love this one, “It’s my (thyroid) gland
“Get it fixed! Thyroid supplement is one of the cheapest medications on the
It is true
that an appropriate balance of protein, healthy fats and carbs, and
us maintain our health and feel better, even while losing weight. Much of the
food in our country is processed, full of yucky stuff that provides minimal
nutrition for maximum calories. Food is ubiquitous, even more so than alcohol.
Pay attention to what you put in your mouth. Educate yourselves on that piece;
learn to eat real food, unprocessed, fresh, healthy stuff, and in reasonable
amounts for your activity level. Tempted to manage stress with too much of your
favorite comfort foods? Try exercising and talking to a friend instead. No,
changing behavior is
not easy. If it were easy, everyone would do it. It is, however,
worth it. Call or write to me if you have specific questions.
moderately overweight folks, you have a choice. You can keep your overeating and
minimal-calorie-burning life style, or you can change. Quit complaining. You
know what to do. If you ever make a decision to actually do it, give yourself a
break and set up for success: get support, join one of the local
challenges or start your own; arrange with friends to meet at the gym or for a
walk every day.
Do something. Change what you
take in and what you burn up. Hey, I never said it was easy, just that
can do it!!
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is the only MD addiction medicine specialist on the western slope of Colorado.
She is a Fellow of the American Society of Addiction Medicine and her office is
in Steamboat Springs, Colorado. She does consultations and referrals anywhere in
the country and can be reached at 970-846-8479 or through
Licensed Psychologist Ph.D. Candidate
(Health and Geriatric Psychologist)
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