March 9, 2014 - 0 Comments »
First, please check out the SP Facebook page… we are starting a very cool “reality” series on Linda Coleman, M.D., who in addition to bringing the SP Program to her excellent internal medicine practice in Sterling, VA., is also starting the SP Program personally. Dr. Coleman is allowing her journey to be chronicled via videos and will share with everyone her thoughts, challenges, emotional response etc. This is true “reality” as opposed to those shows where the people receive money to lose weight. The videos will be home-made and not some slick TV production. Check out the first entry today!!!
Okay, so you are waking up today to find that you lost an hour of the day. BUT…what we have all gained is an extra hour of sunlight. Yes, it will remain light outside when most of us get home from work. As the temperatures also become higher, what a great opportunity to get some aerobic activity after dinner has been digested, the work day is over and the sun is still providing light. Get out there for that evening jog, walk or bicycle ride! Take advantage of this extra sunlight to provide some additional exercise, which will clearly help your weight loss efforts.
We may have lost an hour, but you have gained an opportunity!
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March 8, 2014 - 0 Comments »
All over the tabloids are “secrets” that well-known stars have to explain their dramatic weight loss. Most recently, Jessica Simpson lost bunches of weight, and on the Good Morning America Show, in front of millions, she revealed her “secret”: Weight Watchers. Hmmmm….I do not believe Weight Watchers is a “secret” and oh, by the way, she has been a paid spokesperson for the company.
The last time you looked, is/was there anyone paying YOU to lose weight? Is your bank account bulging from corporate money because you successfully lost weight and are now telling the world?
Now, I am not ragging on Weight Watchers (I like their program cause they base it on “real” food…the SP Program is much better though because our weight loss is MUCH more aggressive) or Ms. Simpson ( heck, if SP could afford to pay her money to lose weight and then tell the world, count me in). I am not ragging on anything other than to make certain my patients and anyone else that cares to listen will not be lulled into action involving paying for some “miraculous” weight loss solution because a “star” has a “secret”.
Reality? the Weight Watchers program probably will produce 1/2- 1 pound of weight loss a week, which over a long term is GREAT, but I have found that psychologically, a person with a significant weight issue needs to see lots more weight loss more quickly. Otherwise, discouragement will set in and efforts are abandoned.
We all want to look like stars (hey…anyone notice as I am getting older I keep looking more and more like George Clooney …okay, stop laughing, and I was not being serious!) but beware of what “stars” tell you about weight loss. Remember..they are great at acting!
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March 7, 2014 - 0 Comments »
One of the derailing activities to a successful weight loss effort is distracted eating. I am referring to the times/occasions when a person is doing some other activity as he/she is eating. This could include watching a TV program, being at a movie theater, working at home or at your work desk on a project and other times when your mind is focused intently on something other than eating.
When this occurs, the affected person may find that he/she has consumed lots more of the food than what was desired to stay compatible with the weight loss effort. This is especially true when it comes to food sources that are small and lend themselves to repetitive “hand-to-mouth” actions, such as nuts, popcorn, chips and other similar food sources.
Time is often our worst enemy, and we try to combine events to save time. In the case of your weight control efforts, try very hard not to place yourself in distracted eating situations.
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March 6, 2014 - 0 Comments »
I read yesterday that the average high temperature by the end of March is 70 degrees. In the “Winter that Will Never End’ that fact seems ridiculous, as I think everyone now believes it will be forever 18 degrees with snow on the ground. But alas, we all know that the seasons will change and those 70 degrees will turn into the 80s by April and in less than 12 weeks…pools open on Memorial Day.
The reason I am writing this entry is to get people prepared for the fact that very soon those heavy clothes will come off and for a number of people that are not getting on the scale, sometimes the reaction is “Holy s—, I have to get in a bathing suit soon.” Frantic thoughts of course, if the weight is not where you want it to be. Many summer events revolve around beach, pools, etc and many people will not attend these fun functions due to self-consciousness about their bodies.
Get cracking on this NOW, despite the winter that will never end. It will, in fact end, and soon we will be facing those hot summer days. Do not feel you need to avoid fun events because of your “look” in a swimsuit. Get that SP dietary book out, blow off the dust and get moving!
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March 5, 2014 - 0 Comments »
First, I want to thank Maria for posting a GREAT video for us showing her preparation of a meal compatible with the SP Program. This video is SOOOOO much better than watching those ridiculous TV “celebrity chefs”. Check out the SP Facebook page…you will LOVE it! The rest of you…follow suit: take out that smart phone, and make a fun video to share!!!
I “get it” that eating bland protein over and over and over gets boring. I am often asked the question about the use of spices and marinades. Spices are pretty much completely compatible with the SP Program and small amounts of even the thick marinades will not derail your efforts. Teriayki and similar sauces will bring lots of flavor to the protein, and the less thick, the less derailing. Playing with recipes involving these types of marinades will bring more flavor to the protein you are preparing. Yes, there may be some calories associated with this, but they are minimal.
Boredom leads to dietary straying and anything you can do to “spice things up” will allow you to stay more adherent to the concept that protein is your major “friend” during a weight control effort.
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