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The Serotonin-Plus Weight Loss Program Blog: Dessert

August 19, 2014 - 0 Comments »

How many times have you been in a restaurant and after eating a very large, multi-course meal, the waiter/waitress comes to the table with some tray of sample desserts and the usual line is:  “Did any of you save room for dessert?”

 

Hmmm….”Save room”….I guess that means saving some space in your gastrointestinal tract to place some high-caloric sugar/fat source into.  Let’s think about this for a bit: After having the perfunctory alcohol/wine, bread, appetizer or salad, main course, 2 side dishes, how many people truly have “room” for dessert?

 

Well, the answer is pretty much no one feels an element of “hunger” at this point in time, but yet, it is almost a custom that we consider yet another “course” of food after this complete dinner.  This becomes especially more difficult when the dessert is part of the dinner you have paid for.  I wonder what % of people that go to an “All You Can Eat” buffet do NOT go up for their last trip to peek at the dessert bar.  I believe places like Golden Corral even have such things as chocolate fountains.  Yep, that is exactly what America needs…chocolate fountains.

 

The bottom line for “dessert”….Take a pass and do not succumb to the “its for free” argument/human nature behavior.  Always ask yourself the question before even considering dessert, especially right after a meal, “AM I HUNGRY???”  If the answer is “no’ then tell the waiter politely “no thanks….no room AND no need!

 

Dr. Robert Posner
 

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The Serotonin-Plus Weight Loss Program Blog: Parental Effects

August 19, 2014 - 0 Comments »

I saw an interesting tv news report about a scientific look at the importance of parental love at the earliest stages on aggressive behaviors later on in life.  The documentary was about serial killers and what makes them become this way.   The study was performed in rats, and it was shown that the infant rats, when allowed to be licked and played with by the mother grew up with much less aggressive and hostile than were rats that were denied this same nurturing behaviors.

 

I think we all can agree that our behaviors as adults have been somewhat influenced by the “parenting” by our mothers and fathers.  For most of us, food was offered up as a “reward” system, and we all can remember being encouraged to finish all the food on our plate, because if we did, entitlement to a high sugar dessert awaited us.  Good behavior?  That got us ice cream or some similar “treat”.  Hey, from  day 1 to quiet a baby what did we do? Stick a bottle in the mouth of the crying baby.

 

If we grew up in a household where our parents had a fridge full of sugar sodas and other assorted derailing choices, chances are that when we grew up, our fridge’s contained the same.

 

I cannot blame the parents of the baby boomers or maybe even the older of the baby boomers.  The obesity rates were much lower, nutritional contents of foods were not posted, we had no clue of the detrimental effects of a high LDL cholesterol level etc.  Now?   For the first time ever, the youngest generation has less life expectancy than their parents.  Why?  Childhood obesity and diabetes rates are soaring.

 

Yes, added pressure to all of us parents:  We have a responsibility to help our children and our grandchildren learn ways of eating and being rewarded in ways that will help them live longer, healthier lives.

 

Dr. Robert Posner
 

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The Serotonin-Plus Weight Loss Program Blog: The Staples

August 17, 2014 - 0 Comments »

When we think of food “staples” (you know, the ones that people yank off the shelves when 1 inch of snow is predicted), usually milk, eggs, bread come to mind.

 

Today while shopping at Giant I took a much more careful look at these shelves/aisles and it amazing just how much variation in caloric content/carb/fat are in the various brands of these “staples”.  Literally, there could be hundreds and hundreds of daily calorie differences between drinking a “light” juice instead of the regular, a reduced fat milk as opposed to whole, different grain breads etc.

 

Take a careful look at these food “staples” and try to select the types that are most conducive with your efforts to become healthier and happier.

 

 

Dr. Robert Posner
 

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The Serotonin-Plus Weight Loss Blog: More and More Difficult

August 17, 2014 - 0 Comments »

Last night we went to Wolf Trap to see (guys out there…stop laughing at me) ABBA-The Concert.  Yeah, there were about 20 women for every guy in the audience, but once I lost my “Men’s Club” privileges by watching Under the Tuscan Sun and Nights in Rodanthe, being seen at ABBA The Concert didn’t hurt my reputation any further.

 

Anyway, listening to the music from the 70′s and insanely being able to remember the words to lots of these songs I have not listened to in years, I started to think about me in the 70′s (all of late teens-early 20s) and how easy it was to maintain weight control.  I use that word “control” loosely, because no control was needed.  Basically eat AND drink (yes, back then in college I could drink beer with the best of ‘em) whatever the heck I wanted, and no ramifications on the scale.  If I tried to even approach my 1/2 the quantity of food I consumed back then, I would weigh twice what I currently do.  Additionally, I also exercise LOTS more now than I did back when ABBA was singing Fernando.

 

Whether you listen to Motown, Classic Vinyl, Rock or the Beatles from that era, you all remember what it was like to have something called a metabolism.  I guess we all still do have it, albeit it is MUCH slower.

 

 

Your weight control journey becomes more and more difficult as you get older.  This requires adjustments along the way.  If you try to eat/drink the same quality and quantity year to year, weight gain will occur.

 

And, contest to win a bottle of SP signed by me (or not) for the first 5 correct answers WITHOUT the internet helping:

 

Why was “ABBA” called “ABBA?

Dr. Robert Posner
 

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The Serotonin-Plus Weight Loss Program: Give Them What They Want

August 16, 2014 - 0 Comments »

I heard  story this week that Burger King has decided to stop selling the 1/2 lower fat fries they had introduced awhile ago.  The reason?  They were slightly more expensive AND they were not selling.   So, bowing to the demands of their patrons, off to the sunset goes the lower fat fries.

 

The only point of this entry is that even when a fast food joint tries to do something responsible, their loyal patrons still want what fast food places are known for:   that great tasting food, delivered fast and really cheap.

 

I know that Mickey Ds has calorie counts on all the foods, introduced oatmeal and soon to be fruit with happy meals for the kids, but the graphs do not lie: The growth of fast food restaurants parallels the growth of obesity in our nation.

 

Wanna lose weight and keep it off?  Stay away….these places are off limits.  The temptations of the smell of those full fat fries will mesmerize and entice you to come off course.

 

Dr. Robert Posner
 

About the Author

Dr. Posner is a Northern Virginia weight loss doctor with the The Serotonin-Plus Weight Loss Program™. Connect with him on Google+.

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