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The Serotonin-Plus Weight Loss Program: Pills vs. Support

July 23, 2014 - 0 Comments »

During any person’s weight control journey, what is the most important outside factor to help the long term success?

 

I view the SP Program as being a lifestyle/behavioral modification program with a medical “jump-start”.  The medical component is the use of “pills”  (the phentermine and serotonin supplements) and the reason why these are used is to accelerate the weight loss.  There is nothing  more frustrating than working diligently on your weight loss efforts and being met with a minimal result on the scale.  After several weeks of plodding away and not seeing great results, the human nature tendency is to get into the mind set of “why even bother?”.  I call this the “give up”mentality.  BUT, if we can help you lose 10, 15, 20 or more pounds the first month, the usual response is an exuberant “WOW…this is working!!!” and the person is motivate to continue.

 

However, we all need to remember that these pills (at least the phentermine) are only temporary and the long term plan needs to be carried out with no prescription amphetamines.  This is where SUPPORT comes in both during AND after your formal program visits.

 

Studies have shown that this SUPPORT is the most critical component for any weight loss program.  The problem with the shake/bar/prepackaged meal programs?  What support is truly supplied?  Once the person comes off of these prepackaged foods and starts addressing real food again, he/she is bound to fail.

 

Support at the SP Program:  Weekly visits when you are in the program, monthly weigh ins when you are not (free), a very affordable SP Maintenance program, and of course, 7 days a week, 52 weeks a year of Posner blah blah blahing you to try to keep your weight control efforts on the forefront of your mind and not being put to the back.

 

Pills vs Support?  Support more important, hands down.

 

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

The Serotonin-Plus Weight Loss Program Blog: Fun With Vegetables

July 22, 2014 - 0 Comments »

Okay, I have said this before:  This is a PG-13 blog, so for those of you that have decadent thoughts in your head after reading this entry title, stop it, now!!!

 

Carbohydrates are FUN.   You can make cakes, breads, bake great smelling and tasting concoctions.

 

Proteins are MUNDANE, but you can still have some pretty good times with them:  Great filet minion on the grill, a wonderful tasting lobster and shrimp dish etc.

 

Vegetables are downright BORING:  What can you really do with green beans except stuff their hideous taste into a mushroom soup base and ladle onion straws on top?  Well, last night Nataliya crafted this dish where she took eggplant, cut it open, placed some back tomatoes in there with some other array of vegetables and then baked the whole thing.  It looked and tasted FUN.

 

This inspired us to plan for a night at our office when we will bring in a professional chef to put on a demonstration of vegetable cooking that will make the “vegetable experience” a much better one than we all perceive.  Be on the lokout for the details!

 

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

The Serotonin-Plus Weight Loss Program Blog: Momentum

July 21, 2014 - 0 Comments »

I realize that I often write in terms of sports analogies, so here goes another one:  Momentum.

 

Sometimes during a football game, one team will go on some sort of “roll” where everything seems to be working…they get a lucky bounce on a fumble recovery, their plays seem to be scripted perfectly, and the other team cannot seem to stop what seems to be an inevitable outcome:  victory.

 

Your weight control efforts similarly need some sort of “momentum”.  If every step forward is met with 2 steps backward, the goal will never be reached.  I have had lots of patients tell me they had a “great” first 5 days of the week, but then the weekend came and “oops”.  The results on the scale show no progress or backtracking.

 

When you get on your “roll”, the momentum seems to carry you to more and more aggressive positive results.  Success seems to breed success and the pounds shed off as you steam to your goal numbers.

 

Once that goal is reached?  NO resting on your laurels!  Keep that momentum polished, vibrant and aggressive.

 

 

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

The Serotonin-Plus Weight Loss Program Blog: Remorse

July 20, 2014 - 0 Comments »

The word “remorse” does not conjure up a “good feel” emotion.  It implies being rueful or regretful about a decision or action on your part.  The decision or action may have harmed someone around you, a family  member, a friend or yourself.  You feel bad about what transpired because of this action, or perhaps inaction.

 

When you are involved in a weight control effort, remorse is an often felt emotion/sensation.  The morning after an evening binge of food/alcohol?  Get on that scale (many wont do this) or come in for your next SP appointment, and see the number go up?  Remorse is felt….were the excessive carbs and/or alcohol really worth it?

 

Remorse can be longer and more deeper, such as the person that receives news of having now “diabetes” instead of just “prediabetes” and medications are needed.  Remorse is felt for the lifestyle choices that were made for the years leading up to the diagnosis.

 

How much remorse is felt when a person loses weight and comes off some medications for co-mobidities?  How much remorse is felt when you are told how great you look and that you now appear 10 years younger?  Of course, the answer is “none”.

 

Your successful weight loss journey will make that sensation for remorse at your life style disappear.

 

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

The Serotonin-Plus Weight Loss Program Blog: All or None

July 19, 2014 - 0 Comments »

I have had numerous patients tell me that when it comes to carbohydrates, they cannot eat a small amount: they either have to stay completely away from them, or once they start, they cannot control portions.  It is an almost “all or none” scenario.

 

Is there a physiological reason for this?  Psychological? Both?  I believe there is definitely some chemical contribution to this.  The proverbial “feeding frenzy” seen in lower form animals has been shown to be secondary to certain chemical releases that occur when the feeding begins.  A similar situation occurs when we consume foods, especially carbohydrates.  The affected person feels compelled to eat more and more and more.

 

It is not “reality” to stay away from carbs forever.  However, for long term weight control, portions do need to be limited.  How do we reconcile this “all of none” dilemma?   The answer is to ensure that we have plenty of protein around at each meal as well as mentating through the process.  Unlike the lower form animals, our brains are much more highly developed, and we can often reason through the instinctual/chemical compunctions we feel.

 

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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