Dr. Posner's Daily Blog

Steps to Thanksgiving Day Planning

You can enjoy the great Thanksgiving gathering without damaging your efforts to a healthier and happier life. Planning will go a long way in ensuring your successful weight control journey.

Nov 17th, 2018
Diet and Exercise

Exercise is a great contributory factor but for most, this alone without a smart dietary approach will just not “do it”.

Nov 15th, 2018
Does Success Beget Success?

That should jump-start your results resulting in the “Success Begets Success” cycle that ultimately results in you being able to reach your total weight loss goals.

Nov 12th, 2018
Do Election Results Cause Weight Gain?

So, I do believe that elections ultimately result in another weight gain “boost”, and it happens to fall smack in the middle of the Halloween-Thanksgiving-Holiday season.

Nov 9th, 2018
Weight Control and Coffee

There is weight friendly coffee (called a cup of plain coffee) and derailing coffees (kind of milkshakes dressed up as coffee). During your long-term weight control journey try to stick more to the plain coffees…it will save you a bunch of money too!

Nov 8th, 2018
Do Notifications Help?

Between our home and work responsibilities, there is precious time to focus on ourselves. Is there a way to keep the balance?

Nov 4th, 2018

You do NOT want to miss this very special event. There will be GREAT food, music, a raffle for a FREE 6-week SP Program (value $750) and a whole lot of FUN.

Nov 1st, 2018

There is no doubt whatsoever that weight control heightens a person’s stamina. There are several reasons for this. Read and watch vblog more to learn these reasons.

Oct 23rd, 2018
Does Size Matter?

Okay, now that I have your attention based on the title of this blog entry, the “size” I am referring to concerns the portions of food you consume.

Oct 20th, 2018
Pumpkin Soup

How about satisfying your pumpkin craving with a savory soup instead of a sweet dessert? This is a great recipe to warm up with on a chilly autumn night.

Oct 14th, 2018
The Obesity Epidemic Is a Far Cry From Happy Days

Back in the “Happy Days”, i.e. that time period, the obesity rate was 1/3 of what exists now in the United States. Fast forward to 2018: We have calorie counts and ingredient components spelled out on every food item we buy..

Sep 22nd, 2018
Conflicting Messages

Listen to your “angel”….the food/drinks that make you less healthy and ultimately less happy need to be avoided.

Sep 17th, 2018
Great Expectations from long-term weight control

During your long-term weight control journey temper your “Great Expectations” into “Reality Expectation” and this will lead to a much better chance of remaining motivated to continue the course.

Sep 7th, 2018
Calories in Fruits

Between the following fruits, which one contains the most calories? Which one has the least?: Plums, Peaches, Apples, Oranges

Aug 21st, 2018
Chips and Dips

The bottom-line for “chips and dips”: Stay away during your long-term weight control journey.

Aug 6th, 2018
The Vacation Mindset

Simply recommit yourself to your efforts upon your return. See what happened on the scale and then plan how long Phase 1 is required before you get back to where you were before the vacation.

May 1st, 2018
Weight Control and Professions

As a physician, I believe I have an obligation to try to set some sort of “example” for my patients, hence my need to keep my weight under control.

Feb 20th, 2018
Weight Control and Feeling Good

“No food tastes as good as the weight loss feels”. Stay steadfast in your weight control efforts…The results will be “Feel Good” beyond your expectations.

Feb 6th, 2018
Greek Stew Recipe

This hearty, warming vegetable stew is the perfect way to end a cool autumn day.

Nov 5th, 2017
Weight Control and Mental Disease

Looking from the outside, the obvious question would be: how/why could incredibly successful people with amazing amounts of wealth, fame and recognition possibly be depressed?

Aug 31st, 2017
The Herd Mentality

How best to avoid the pitfalls of the “herd mentality” when this refers to your long-term weight control efforts? Read more

Oct 24th, 2018
Do You Shop With a List?

How long will it take you to make a shopping list prior to leaving your house? Probably less than 5 minutes. Is the time spent worthwhile? You bet!

Oct 18th, 2018
What Is Your Most Challenging Meal?

All of the meals should contain a good amount of protein and less fruits/carbs/fats. For many people, there is one meal that may be more challenging than others to conform with the plan.

Oct 17th, 2018
How Does Water Drinking Help Weight Loss?

How much water should we drink? The SP Program recommends at least 64 ounces (about 2 liters) a day, and most certainly on days when you are sweating lots, drinking much more is advisable.

Oct 15th, 2018
Stressed and Desserts

Before ordering a dessert at a restaurant or reaching for one at home, always ask yourself whether you are truly hungry AND try to think about the reasons why controlling weight is so important to you.

Oct 14th, 2018
Non - Caloric Rewards

The ultimate “reward” for your successful weight control efforts: A longer, healthier life with much more happiness.

Oct 14th, 2018
Favorite Foods

If you were to make a list of your Top Five favorite “meal” foods, what would be in the top 5?

Oct 13th, 2018

Would you like a boost to your own confidence? Stay steadfast in your efforts to shed that weight.

Oct 11th, 2018
Trial and Error

Because everyone is a bit different, “trial and error” (or “trial and success”) is sometimes needed to see exactly what you “can” and “cannot” eat/drink during your long term weight control efforts.

Oct 10th, 2018
Food as Therapy

There is no better “therapy” than putting some of those great clothes on that now fit, look into the mirror and love what you see and how you feel when your journey to weight control succeeds.

Oct 10th, 2018
Sprint vs. Marathon

There are times when we want/need that weight to come off as quickly as possible. Here are some examples, one of which is medical and the other is non-medical.

Oct 9th, 2018
Serotonin-Plus Weight Control: Denial

During your long-term weight control efforts, try as best as possible to not allow “denial” to play a role in your journey. “Denial” will sabotage your potential for success.

Oct 6th, 2018
Passive vs. Aggressive

If you find yourself falling into this “passive” phase as this relates to weight control, try as best as possible to swing back to the “aggressive” side.

Oct 4th, 2018
Going Out On Your Own Terms

From being able to stay in the workforce to being able to self-care as opposed to relying on others, successful weight control will markedly improve your odds of doing LOTS “on your own terms”.

Oct 2nd, 2018
Five Second Delay

If a person can take a “5 second delay” to think through the behavior pattern before following through on a derailing eating/drinking act, there is a chance that the event will not take place.

Sep 29th, 2018
Happy Days and Walking

Turning the clock back to that era, there is no doubt that people walked lots more than they do now. Maybe there is no room to increase the exercise part but perhaps there is.

Sep 26th, 2018
Happy Days and Smart Phones

Time spent playing on a mobile device is time not spent doing something productive for weight control such as exercising, planning meals, focusing on your efforts etc.

Sep 25th, 2018
Happy Days and Restaurant Choices

The bottom line is that there is a reason why the growth of obesity among our population parallels the growth of these fast food places: They harm our efforts.

Sep 24th, 2018
Weight and Alertness

The reasons may be multifactorial but there is no doubt that one of the “not so much talked about” positive aspects of weight control is feeling much more alert.

Sep 18th, 2018
Excuses and Results

There are many “reasons” why it is so difficult to control weight. There are many “excuses” we can come up with to explain why we cannot get to the gym, follow the dietary plan, etc.

Sep 16th, 2018
Weather Effects On Eating and Drinking Behaviours

Being cooped up in the house during harsh weather will often lead to deleterious eating and/or drinking behaviors. “Weather” the storm and do not allow yourself to have your weight control efforts sunk for the week.

Sep 15th, 2018
Prescription Medications and Weight Gain

Although prescription medications may play a role on controlling weight, this is usually not as powerful as the behavioral approach to eating and exercising.

Sep 10th, 2018
Rehabbing From Injuries

When weight cones down to a smaller surface area (feet/ankles) the physics works in the following manner: for every one pound of loss there is actually a 4 pound reduction of pressure in those smaller surface area joints. Therefore a 25 pound weight loss

Sep 5th, 2018
Free Starters before Diners

During your long-term weight control journey, try to choose restaurants that do not bring “free starters” to your table OR request that they not be brought over if that restaurant does, in fact, offer these up.

Aug 31st, 2018
How Would Your Life Change?

Write down the things that would change positively for you if you accomplished your weight control goals. Look at that list and remember why the difficult journey to get there is so worth it.

Aug 28th, 2018
Working for Your Food

When we are placed in situations that require is to eat very quickly, there is a great chance that the meal will consist of foods that will not be compatible with weight control.

Aug 22nd, 2018
Perfectly Grilled Pork Chops In 7 Easy Steps

You’ll never grill another chewy, dry pork chop if you follow this simple seven-step method using Kingsford® Charcoal. Read more at https://www.kingsford.com/how-to/pork-chops/#Ytv6JQT42biB045s.99

Aug 20th, 2018
Speed of Weight Control

If you are stuck on your own with your weigh, give us a call and we will be happy to “jump-start” your efforts. 703-866-4144.

Aug 18th, 2018
Gastro-esophageal reflux disease and obesity

One of the main culprits of the relaxation of the LES is obesity. Relaxation results in less of the barrier for the abnormal acid movement causing the symptoms of gastro-esophageal reflux disease (GERD)

Aug 1st, 2018
Pace of Eating

Slow down your pace of eating and this will translate into better chances of long-term weight control.

Jul 31st, 2018
SP Weight and the Stock Market

Long-term weight control requires constant awareness and action. Long-term positive stock market returns require no consistent monitoring and no action is needed.

Jul 22nd, 2018
The Time of Your Life

Successful long term weight control will greatly improve the chances that the “Time of YOUR life” will be, going forward, much happier and healthier.

Jul 21st, 2018
All Or Nothing At All

A successful long-term weight control journey cannot be the “All or Nothing at All”, 100% “In”/100% “Out” behavioral patterns.

Jul 18th, 2018
Types of Exercise and Effects on Weight Control

For purposes of burning off fat, a “good” exercise should get your heart rate to at least 80% of maximum for age (220-your age and multiply by 80%) and keep that heart rate above that 80% max for at least 20 minutes.

Jul 17th, 2018
Being Cognizant of Portions

During your long-term weight control journey, try to be very cognizant of the portions of the food and drinks you are consuming. To lose focus on this will derail your efforts.

Jul 12th, 2018
Baked Hummus-Juicy Chicken Recipe

If you’re yearning for juicy baked chicken, you need to try this recipe for baked hummus-crusted chicken. Lean chicken breast is kept moist in a creamy hummus shell, which adds flavor, fiber and protein. It’s served over roasted zucchini but you can also s

Jul 7th, 2018
How Weight May Impact on Fate in Health

Yes, genetics are heavily involved in increasing risks of a number of diseases but effective weight control may be very helpful in changing the “fate of health”.

Jul 7th, 2018
The Lazy Days of Summer

There are some times of the year when the motivation to control weight becomes less. How to navigate around this and remain motivated all year round?

Jul 6th, 2018
What Is Your Motivation To Control Weight

The general desire often fades by the wayside as we realize more and more that a number of the “fun” aspects of our lives (eating high carb foods, socializing with alcohol, sleeping in instead of getting to the gym early) need to change.

Jul 4th, 2018