Blog Archive

Do Probiotics Impact On Weight Control? Jun 25th, 2019

A very popular class of dietary supplements being used these days is probiotics.   The human gut contains trillions of bacteria, most of which reside in the large intestine.  There are thousands of different types of bacteria inhabiting the gut and the total bacteria cells exceed ten trillion.  These organisms...

HOW TO START EATING MORE PROBIOTICS FOR WEIGHT LOSS Jun 25th, 2019

  Has eating probiotics for weight loss helped you lose weight? What probiotic foods are your favorite? Consuming probiotics for weight loss can easily be added to your diet by eating some real food from your own garden or a farmer’s market.  Here are a few of my favorite probiotics-rich foods that...

Best Vacation Spots? Jun 24th, 2019

Summer vacations are embraced by all of us…a chance to escape from the day-to-day routinized activities and have lots more fun and relaxation.  One of the challenges to weight control efforts are vacations due to the change in food and alcohol intake that usually accompanies these trips.     Aside...

Healthy Eating Vacation Recipe and Tips Jun 24th, 2019

Here are 10 ways to stay on a healthy eating plan while on vacationand still enjoy yourself! Resist the Urge to Splurge. ... Have It Your Way. ... Enjoy the Scenery and Enjoy the Healthy Food. ... Walking Is Your Secret Weapon. .. Better Choices on the Menu. ... Hide...

When Will The Medical Community “Get It”? Jun 23rd, 2019

Yesterday I received an e-mail from a doctor website.  I copied and pasted the subject line of the e-mail: Highlights from the 2019 American Diabetes Association's 79th Scientific Sessions There were many speakers, presentations, original research provided etc. The “Who’s Who” of renowned diabetes experts/doctors etc. was most likely in...

How Healthy Are Fruits? Jun 22nd, 2019

We have heard for years from nutritional authorities in the government that we should eat a diet with high amounts of vegetables and fruits.  I would like to specifically focus on fruits:  How “healthy” are fruits in our quest to control weight? Well, let’s first discuss the nutritional components of...

Sweet As Can Be Salad Recipe Jun 22nd, 2019

Experiment with different ingredients to kick a traditional slaw into high gear. High in fiber and essential vitamins, this recipe includes fresh apricots and Brussels sprouts—another cabbage cousin! It’s all tossed in a light and flavorful Dijon mustard vinaigrette. Remember to add your favorite protein portion.  Ingredients 24 floz Brussels sproutswashed, trimmed...

Feeling Berry Salad Recipe Jun 22nd, 2019

The benefits of berries are boundless. In addition to being one of the most antioxidant-rich fruits, berries are high in nutrients like vitamin C and manganese. This Fresh Berry Salad recipe features strawberries, blueberries and whole greens salads. To mix it up a bit, try experimenting with different in-season but...

Does “It” Work? Jun 21st, 2019

There are too numerous to count “weight loss” supplements, diets, books, programs, doctors etc.  So begs the question as people evaluate what route(s) to take for their weight control efforts:  Does “It” Work? Here is my answer to the question:  Pretty much anything will “work” if you do most/all of...

Are There Gender Differences in Life Expectancy? Jun 17th, 2019

In the United States, the average age of death in males is slightly over 73 years old and the average age of females at death is slightly over 80.  Other countries show slight variations of this difference in age at death with Russia showing an over 12 years difference. The...

Fishing For Healthy Weight Control Dinners? Jun 14th, 2019

I am not a “fish” person.  I think this developed from my childhood when my Mom would make some sort of smelly fish on the stove top in a pan and the house would wreak from fish for days.  UGH.  However, personally, I love shell fish, especially shrimp and lobster....

Spinach Pancakes Recipe Jun 13th, 2019

Ingredients   1 cup skim or fat free milk 1 large egg 1 cup frozen chopped spinach, defrosted and squeezed dry (about 3 to 4 ounces after squeezing) 1/3 cup loosely packed chopped chives 1 cup oatmeal flour 1 teaspoon baking powder Kosher salt and freshly grated black pepper 1...

Pancakes and Unlimited Fries? Jun 13th, 2019

As soon as I went on the internet this morning a pop-up advertisement hit my screen:  International House of Pancakes had a display ad promoting “Pancakes and All You Can Eat Fries” for $6.99.  There was an asterisk next to the pancakes and this was to alert people that they...

Support and Successful Weight Control Jun 10th, 2019

  There is no doubt that “support” is a vitally important component of any long-term weight control journey.  Support comes in a number of different ways.  For example, in the SP Program, we provide support via weekly counseling sessions, the daily blog we send, free monthly body scans when you...

Is There a Power To Grapefruit? Jun 8th, 2019

There was a very popular fad diet years ago called the “Grapefruit Diet”.  This consisted of ingesting either a whole grapefruit or grapefruit juice before each meal and then following a high protein/low carb/restricted caloric intake approach.  Clearly, the dietary interventions other than the grapefruit ingestion would lead to weight...

Does Consistency Play a Role in Weight Control? Jun 6th, 2019

I throw lots of sports analogies out there, and here is yet another one:  One of the things that separates great sports teams from mediocre ones or a great individual athlete from an average one is “consistency”.  When you look at a great sports team such as the New England...

Transformation Jun 4th, 2019

Here are two definitions for the word “transformation” 1-a thorough or dramatic change in form or appearance. 2-a metamorphosis during the life cycle of an animal I truly view a successful weight control effort as a transformation process.  Let’s explore this a bit:  Concerning the first definition above, when a...

Pop Those Ice Pops? Jun 3rd, 2019

The summer temperatures are now occurring daily and unlike the cold, dark winter, a welcome snack could be an ice pop.  Kids tend to love these “treats”, and it is always fun for me to watch the young ones excitedly pick what colors/flavors they want and the eating of this...

Sugar Free Ice Pops recipes Jun 3rd, 2019

What you need to make your ice lollies: Coca – Cola or any desirable drinks (of course)Lolly moulds with sticks, or skiny&long snack bags Optional lemons and/or limes  Coca-Cola pops are by far the easiest ice lolly recipe ever. 1.All you need is the cola of your choice – it could...

Can Yoga Help You Lose Weight? Jun 2nd, 2019

This entry is gonna cost me.  The reason?  My wife swears by the many positive effects of yoga and she constantly attempts to get me to join her to try it out.  She goes 2-3 times a week and is adamant about the many positive impacts of yoga and health/wellness....

Does Work Burnout Impact on Weight Control? May 30th, 2019

The World Health Organization (“WHO”) recently classified work-related burnout/stress as a syndrome.   According to WHO, burnout is characterized by "feelings of energy depletion or exhaustion; increased mental distance from one's job, or feelings of negativism or cynicism related to one's job; and reduced professional efficacy." I would venture a...

Does Weight Control Impact on Surgery? May 29th, 2019

I opened my internal medicine practice when I was 32 years old and now I am 63.  I have treated a number of patients for almost all of these years and what has become very apparent to me is this:  As we all get older, it is almost inevitable that...

What Are Your Food Weaknesses? May 28th, 2019

Okay, truth be told, my major food weakness is soft pretzels; not the mall greasy ones that leave our fingers dripping from the fat, but rather, those wonderful soft pretzels Philadelphia is famous for.  Any trip of mine that involves being close to a Philadelphia Pretzel Factory franchise will result...

How Can You Come Out Of Hiding? May 23rd, 2019

Memorial Day weekend signifies the start of the summer season.  Pool parties, beach events and other water-oriented activities are a common part of the landscape.  To attend these events, we usually need to wear the attire conducive to swimming and hanging out in the warm/hot summer breezes. I have been...

How Much Does Walking Help? May 22nd, 2019

“Exercise” is a word that some people embrace and others loathe.   I am certain you know a number of people that are almost addicted to daily exercise as opposed to others you know that cringe at the thought of running or going to a gym.  Where do you fit...

Buffalo-Chicken Celery Sticks May 20th, 2019

  This better-for-you alternative to buffalo chicken wings has just as much flavor without all of the mess. These stuffed celery sticks make a perfect low-carb game-day snack. The kick of flavor from tangy Buffalo sauce is tempered by creamy yogurt (reduced-fat or non-fat). You may cut back if the...

Buffalo Cauliflower Bites May 20th, 2019

This recipe for spicy Buffalo cauliflower bites is a great vegetarian alternative to Buffalo wings. Roasted cauliflower stands in for chicken and provides more fiber and fewer calories. Serve this easy appetizer with carrot sticks, celery and your favorite low-fat ranch or blue cheese dressing. Ingredients:  8 cups 1½-inch cauliflower...

Should You Rethink “Winging It”? May 20th, 2019

One of the popular “bar foods” is chicken wings.  As a matter of fact one of the most popular national sports bars is “Buffalo Wild Wings”.  This is a great place to gather with friends and family to watch your favorite team when all they are showing in the D.C....

“THANK YOU”, and “L’Chaim”. May 17th, 2019

Although this will probably be posted at some later date, I am writing this entry on the morning of our 30th medical practice anniversary event.  We have done our best  to try to invite as many current patients, past patients, friends, families and colleagues to the event.   This event...

Do Individual Differences Matter? May 16th, 2019

I have been practicing medicine for almost 38 years and after hundreds of thousands of patient encounters I have learned this: People are “built” differently.   From the response to one antibiotic as opposed to another to how stress impacts on sleep/mood to how joints respond to long term exercise….these...

Is Convenience Derailing? May 14th, 2019

A word that usually resonates well for all of us is “convenience”. The concept of convenience usually evokes feelings that something is “easy”, “close at hand” or “not requiring much effort”. A great example of a “convenient” place to pick up a single, needed food item would be a 7/11....

What Are The Best Snacks for Weight Control? May 13th, 2019

Most evidence supports the concept of using three meals a day and snacks in between those meals to help with weight control. Eating frequently “revs up” the metabolism hence the beneficial impact on weight control. Our program similarly recommends the use of snacking several times a day as well. If...

Can Energy Drinks Help You Lose Weight? May 10th, 2019

I am not an “Energy Drink” consumer but judging from the prevalence on the store shelves and especially the prominent displays at 7/11 and other convenience stores, lots of people want/need their “energy drinks”.   The “energy”, of course, comes from the caffeine component.  One of the most popular drinks is...

Is There An Association of Obesity and ADHD? May 8th, 2019

When I was a young child I remember my late father referring to a child he would see acting in a hyperactive manner: as “that kid can’t sit still”. I guess that was a 1960’s way of diagnosing ADHD. Attention Deficit Hyperactive Disorder has been increasing in prevalence, especially in...

Whose Fault Is It? May 7th, 2019

I will occasionally receive comments to blog posts I write some complimentary in nature about something I wrote that helped the person commenting and some critical/disagreeing with what I wrote. I very much welcome these comments, as this provides me feedback that people are actually reading what we post daily....

Oven Baked Chicken Fajitas May 5th, 2019

Ingredients: 2 red bell peppers, sliced into strips1 yellow bell pepper, sliced into strips1/2 red onion, sliced into strips1 1/2 Tablespoons olive oilkosher salt and freshly ground black pepper For the Chicken: 1 Tablespoon chile power4 cloves garlic2 teaspoon salt1 teaspoon ground cumin1 teaspoon dried oregano1 teaspoon freshly ground black...

Skinny Margaritas May 5th, 2019

INGREDIENTS 2 oz Silver tequila 2 oz Fresh squeezed lime juice 1 oz light agave nectar or Vermont sugar free syrup (more or less to taste) Ice Coarse sea salt Lime wedges INSTRUCTIONS Use a lime wedge to wet the rims of 2 glasses and dip in salt (optional). Fill...

How Does Genetics Impact on Hunger? May 2nd, 2019

We all know the difference between feeling “full” or feeling hungry. Clearly, it is lots easier to walk away from the dinner table or buffet line when we feel satiated. Remaining hungry will keep us there seeking more food. A very interesting study came of the UK recently pinpointing a...

Do You Bring a Shopping List? Apr 29th, 2019

One of my Sunday morning routines is going to the Giant supermarket near my house for my weekly food shopping excursion. Yesterday, I performed an informal study. As I was going up and down the aisles I kept track of the number of people I saw that appeared to have...

What is The Best Popcorn? Apr 25th, 2019

I would bet that pretty much everyone, at one time or another, has enjoyed eating popcorn. One step into the movie theater and inhaling that smell of recently popped-popcorn will almost in a trance-like fashion,, cause us to move towards the concessions to buy a big bucket of that great...

Does “IT” Work? Apr 24th, 2019

We will often ascribe the concept of “success” or “failure” to something we implement in our lives. That something could refer to an investment, the use of a product or even a personal relationship. Focusing on the weight control arena, many dietary supplements, diets, exercise equipment and a myriad of...

What Is The Best Salad Dressing? Apr 23rd, 2019

A salad composed of lettuce, spinach, cucumbers, tomatoes, carrots and peppers would be a great appetizer to start a dinner meal or, adding 4-6 ounces of protein, a great lunch compatible with the Serotonin-Plus Dietary Plan. However, adding a salad dressing, depending on what type, may somewhat diminish the “benefits”...

Can a “Nuisance Fee” Help? Apr 22nd, 2019

Okay, let’s play a little game… Admit what you would do under this scenario: You go out to a buffet dinner and there is a dessert bar present. There is no extra charge for indulging in the desserts, whether you only have one or have a bunch. By a show...

How Can You Approach Theme Parks? Apr 20th, 2019

One of my fondest memories of childhood was going to Coney Island in Brooklyn with my parents and brothers. Riding the (wooden) Cyclone roller coaster, going into the Haunted House with that scary Frankenstein model upfront, going to Nathans for a hot dog and knish…amazing fun! Fast forward to 2019…LOTS...

How Not To Stress About Stress Apr 20th, 2019

When we’re bogged down with competing deadlines at work and at home, stress serves a purpose. When we are in danger, stress hormones elevate our heart rate, increase our blood pressure, boost our energy, and prepare us to deal with a problem. However, our bodies may also act this way...

What Opportunities Open Up? Apr 18th, 2019

The word “opportunity” usually evokes a favorable response. One of the definitions includes: “A good chance for advancement or promotion”. The word can be used for schooling, such as having the opportunity to attend a really good school for a great education. We will sometimes even use this word in...

Jalapeño Pea Mash Dip Apr 18th, 2019

Jalapeño Pea Mash (Serves 4) Ingredientns:  3 cups peas, frozen.2/3 cup low sodium vegetable broth1 each jalapeño pepper, seeded and diced1/2 cup fresh parsley, chopped2 tsp olive or vegetable oil1/2 tsp kosher salt1/4 tsp ground black pepper Instructions:1. In stockpot, over medium-high heat, bring peas and broth to a boil....

Are You Keeping Up? Apr 17th, 2019

There is an expression many/all of us have used at one point in time or another and that is being able to “keep up”. Now, this could be referring to a brain/mentation function such as “keeping up” with political news or your workflow. However, often the concept of “keeping up”...

Herbed Halibut & Spring Vegetables Apr 16th, 2019

Ingredients 8 ounces asparagus spears trimmed, diagonally sliced into 2-inch pieces 1 large carrot cut into matchstick-sized strips 1 medium leek (white and light green parts only) cut in half crosswise, thoroughly washed, sliced into thin strips 4 each halibut steaks 3-4 ounces each, rinsed and patted dry 1/4 tsp salt 1/4 tsp ground black pepper ...

How To Approach Holiday Weekends? Apr 16th, 2019

  Dr. Posner's video  The weather has turned much more favorable…warmer days, longer daylight, earlier sunrise….in short, we are enjoying a really nice spring and the summer is here soon. This coming weekend brings Easter Sunday and the Passover holiday. Then, in a blink of an eye, Memorial Day weekend,...

How Important Is Body Composition? Apr 15th, 2019

  Let’s take a look at a 24 year old running back in the NFL, 5 feet, 11 inches and 215 pounds.  The Body Mass Index (“BMI”) of that person is 30.0 Now, change the person to a 62 year old doctor, 5 feet 11 inches, 215 pounds.  The BMI...

What is the Costs of not Controlling Weight? Apr 12th, 2019

There was an old TV commercial from the early 1970’s for Fram oil filters that showed a mechanic holding an oil filter replacement and in the background, there was a car being towed away. The mechanic said: “You can pay me now or pay me later.” This was referring to...

Blue to pink and purple drink recipe Apr 11th, 2019

Ingredients: 4 teaspoons blue pea flower tea2 cups boiling water2 cups lemonade (crystal light pink lemonade drink mix pitches packs)
 Directions: Steep tea in boiling water for 8 minutes. Strain into a 2-cup measuring cup. Pour tea into an ice cube tray and freeze until solid. Place the frozen tea...

What Is The Best Alcohol For Weight Control? Apr 11th, 2019

Frequently the SP Team and I are asked questions about the use of alcohol. Probably the question asked the most is: “What is the least damaging drink I can have and still stay on track?” Alcohol is a major “derailer” for weight control efforts. This has more to do with...

What Happens When You Hit The Wall? Apr 9th, 2019

During a long-term weight control journey, pretty much everyone will encounter times when they get worn down and lose enthusiasm for their efforts. Let’s call this “Hitting The Wall”. Face it: there is nothing “fun” about the steps and efforts needed for controlling weight: Planning meals/snacks, finding time to exercise,...

Flavored Water Recipe Apr 7th, 2019

Blackberry Mint Infused Water 1/4 cup fresh blackberries 2 small sprigs fresh mint or one large sprig 4 cups fresh water Lemon Lime Infused Water 1/2 lime sliced 1/2 lemon sliced 4 cups fresh water Strawberry Cucumber Infused Water 1/2 cup strawberries sliced 1/2 cup cucumber sliced 4 cups fresh...

Should You Carry Water? Apr 7th, 2019

The late comedian, George Carlin, had a unique way of looking at life and poking fun at things many of us do. One of his routines involved his amazement at seeing people walking around carrying water bottles. His observations revolved around the concept: “What, isn’t there enough water around for...

Can “Deals” Impact on Weight Control? Apr 6th, 2019

I was on the elliptical machine yesterday morning, watching some network news program and a commercial came on for the International House of Pancakes. For this month, if someone buys an omelet, he/she is then entitled to “all you can eat” pancakes. Wow…that is a deal! Plunk down $10 bucks...

Is It Safe To Use Prescription Appetite Suppressants? Apr 4th, 2019

One of the components of the SP Program is the use of an FDA-approved appetite suppressant. These medications fall into the category of amphetamines. These are classified as Schedule IV controlled substances. When I wrote the protocol for the SP Program almost 20 years ago, similar to most doctors, I...

Leftover Protein & Serotonin Boost Soup Apr 4th, 2019

INGREDIENTS   6 slices bacon, chopped 1 onion, chopped 1 large carrot, peeled and chopped 1 yellow bell pepper, chopped 2 cloves garlic, minced kosher salt Freshly ground black pepper 1/2 c. of green been or peas & spinach 4 c. low-sodium chicken broth 2 c. leftover shredded turkey, or...

Which Cheese Should You Cut? Apr 3rd, 2019

Okay, because all of us, and I mean all of us have been guilty at times of laughing at fart jokes, just to set the record clear: The term “cut the cheese” originally was used in the 1800s to describe the expulsion of intestinal gas and then became popular in...

Gas In Your Tank? Mar 31st, 2019

We are slowly emerging out of the depths of the dark/cold winter months. The sun is now setting well after 7 PM and the temperatures are starting to reach the 60’s and soon the 70’s will be commonplace in our area. For our neighbors south of us, they are already...

How Do You Get In That Extra Protein? Mar 30th, 2019

You have heard the constant refrain from the SP Team and me that the ingestion of large amount of “real protein” is paramount to your weight control success. What I mean by “real” protein: eggs, poultry, fish, seafood and red meat. What I am NOT referring to: protein shakes, bars...

Why Did You Start? Mar 28th, 2019

At times, I have posted inspirational posts and then dissected their meanings. Here is yet another one: “When you feel like quitting, think about why you started.” So, the first question: Is there anyone out there working through many years of weight control issues that has not “quit” their efforts...

Cedar Plank Salmon Mar 26th, 2019

  Ingredients 1 cedar plank 2 salmon fillets , 3/4 lb pound each* Salt and freshly ground black pepper 1 sprig of fresh dill 1 tsp of oil  Instructions Soak cedar plank in water for at least 2 hours, or up to 24 hours, prior to grilling. Turn grill to...

Should You Stay On Your Plate? Mar 26th, 2019

At times, we will find ourselves dining with family members and perhaps one/several of the people will not finish the portions of food provided. This is especially the case when we dine out with children, order the “usual” chicken fingers/fries, burger/fries, macaroni and cheese, small pizza or whatever other high...

Does Anger Lead to Weight Gain? Mar 25th, 2019

Anger is an emotion we all feel at times. However, some people feel a sense of anger and hostility more often than not. Additionally, some people are triggered into feeling angry much quicker than others. Do “angry people” have a more difficult time with weight control? Is there any truth...

Vegetable-Stuffed Baked Eggplant -Vegan Mar 21st, 2019

Ingredients 4 eggplants 2 garlic cloves, crushed 1 onion, diced 1 cup cauliflower rice, cooked 4 mushrooms 1 zucchini 1 tomato For the Topping: 3 tablespoons sesame seeds Black olives Fresh thyme and oregano Olive oil, for drizzling Salt and pepper, to taste Preparation Preheat oven to 350°F. Cut the eggplants...

Zucchini Hummus recipe Mar 21st, 2019

Ingredients 3 zucchinis, peeled and chopped (makes about 4 cups) Juice and zest of 1 lemon 2 cloves garlic 1 cup sunflower seeds, soaked 1 hour and rinsed 1/4 cup tahini or you can sustitude with greek yogurt  2 teaspoons olive oil 1 teaspoon salt 1/4 teaspoon cayenne 1 teaspoon...

Are You a Stand Up? Mar 21st, 2019

When I hear the term “Stand Up” I immediately think about comedians that perform live at a comedy club or other entertainment venue. However, today I want to discuss the issue as to whether the “stand up” desk at work is healthier for people than sitting down at the work...

Stuffed Squash Boats Recipe Mar 19th, 2019

  Ingredients • 
2 delicata squash• 
2 teaspoons olive oil• 
salt and pepper• 
1 onion chopped• 
1 pound ground turkey or beef• 
1 teaspoon garlic powder• 
1/4 teaspoon salt • 
1/4 teaspoon pepper• 
2 cups cherry tomatoes sliced in half Instructions 1 Preheat the oven to 375 degrees. Slice each...

Does Adrenal Fatigue Impact on Weight Control? Mar 19th, 2019

A fairly controversial medical condition is called “Adrenal Fatigue”. First, let’s discuss the adrenal glands and what they produce. The adrenals sit at the top end of the kidneys and their functions include the production of certain hormones (chemical messengers). These hormones include steroids (cortisol is the major steroid), aldosterone...

Are You a Morning Person? Mar 18th, 2019

There are people that love to stay up until the wee hours of the morning and then enjoy sleeping in late the next day. A term often ascribed to these people is “night owl”. Then, there are other people that refer to themselves as “morning people”. The typical morning person...

What’s Nu? Mar 16th, 2019

My grandparents were immigrants from Poland and Russia. When they came to the United States via Ellis Island they did not speak a lick of English. Their native language was Yiddish. They all worked incredibly hard in the garment center of New York City, made little money, but becoming citizens...

How to dress for your New You season this Spring 2019 Mar 16th, 2019

When in the process of getting in desirable shape and weight, you are not always ready to show up your "New You" appearance until the final weight goal is reached. So, until then you may utilize a few tricks to show off the transition. Here are a few wardrobe tips...

Does Vitamin B-12 Cause Weight Loss? Mar 14th, 2019

Here is a frequently asked question by new prospective new patients during a consultation: “Do you provide Vitamin B-12 injections as part of the Serotonin-Plus Program?” The questions is often asked because those people have previously been in “weight loss” programs that provide Vitamin B-12 as part of the weight...

Energy-Boosting Recipes Rich in Vitamin B / Part 1 Mar 14th, 2019

11. Root Vegetable Red Lentil StewThis hearty stew swaps meat for red lentils, which contain the third-highest level of protein of all legumes and nuts. It’s also loaded with root veggies, which are easy to store and enjoy all winter long. Double the batch and freeze some for a busy night...

Energy-Boosting Recipes Rich in Vitamin B/ Part 2 Mar 14th, 2019

7. Grilled Pesto Salmon KebabsWhen it comes to packing in super-high levels of multiple B vitamins, salmon is the crown jewel. The pesto that tops these simple kebabs is a bit lighter than usual by removing pine nuts, but rest assured, the salty, savory flavors come through thanks to plenty of...

Crock Pot Corned Beef and Cabbage Mar 13th, 2019

Crock Pot Corned Beef recipes (the Serotonin-Plus dietary plan: Phase one)  INGREDIENTS: 2 lbs lean corned beef brisket, all fat trimmed off 1 cup frozen pearl onions 2 medium carrots, peeled and cut into chunks 2 medium parsnips, peeled and cut into chunks 1 small head cabbage, cut into 6...

Do Low Carb Diets Cause Atrial Fibrillation? Mar 9th, 2019

A study was released this week that indicated the potential link of low carbohydrate diets and the development of atrial fibrillation. “Afib” is an abnormal heart rhythm that produces a fast, irregular rate that can cause fatigue, shortness of breath and palpitations. The study looked at 14,000 people over a...

Shedding Some Light On Weight Control? Mar 7th, 2019

My deceased father, when he was alive, would have a twice a year behavior pattern that produced incessant teasing by my brothers and I. Al Posner would start changing the clocks way ahead of the 2 AM actual change that occurs either moving the clock back in the fall and...

Spring Broccoli Salad Mar 7th, 2019

Broccoli Salad  Ingredients:  8 ounces bacon  Salt 5 cups small broccoli florets  1 cup non fat yogurt  1 tablespoon cider vinegar  1/3 cup chopped onion   3/4 cup raisins  1/2 cup sunflower kernels  Directions  1. Cut the bacon into small pieces and cook over medium heat just until crisp; drain on...

How Does Time Management Impact Weight Control? Mar 7th, 2019

When you take a step back and think about the various people you know personally as friends, relatives or business colleagues, there are clearly differences in “time management” skill sets. We all know people that seem to take 3X as long accomplishing their work than more “efficient” people. Perhaps focus/attention...

Can Childhood Events Affect Weight Control as Adults? Mar 5th, 2019

I usually try to inject some sort of humor into these entries but today I am posting a very serious one. The subject is inspired by a very powerful documentary we watched last night on HBO entitled ‘Leaving Neverland”. The 4-hour film chronicled the stories of several young men that...

Can You Soup Yourself to Weight Control? Mar 3rd, 2019

The Serotonin-Plus Dietary Plan preaches “high protein/high vegetable-low carbohydrate/low fruit/low fat” intake. So, where does soup fit into this scheme? Well, this will depend on the type of soup we are discussing. Let’s first look at that great tasting French onion soup…you know, the one with that comes in the...

How Can Options Impact Weight Control? Mar 2nd, 2019

Choosing between different paths/actions implies that there are options available. Sometimes, scenarios exist where there are no options. As an example, if you must have an income to pay your mortgage, household bills, your children’s schooling, etc., then when the alarm goes off at 530 am to get ready to...

Does Eating Alone Affect Weight Control? Mar 1st, 2019

When we go out to eat with other couples my eating habits change. I do not want be the person reaching into that warm bread basket and devouring the entire contents. However, when I am in the more comfortable situation of eating alone, I have no qualms about ransacking the...

Mom’s Traditional Ukrainian Borscht Recipe Feb 27th, 2019

Ingredients • 1 cup of diced celery• 1 cup diced onions• 1 cup of chopped cabbage• 2 cloves of garlic, grated or pressed• 1 tbsp of olive oil (for sautéing onions and celery)• 8 cups water or broth• 1 can diced tomatoes (home or commercially canned)• 2 or 3 medium...

Is Sex Better With Weight Control? Feb 27th, 2019

Okay, I know I have your attention now. “Sex Sells” is an expression used in the marketing/advertising worlds because they know that human nature is such that people tend to be interested in reading/watching stories about sex. So here goes: How does weight control impact on sex? Let’s first focus...

Beet Salad with Walnuts and Prunes Recipe Feb 27th, 2019

Ingredients• 3 beets• ½ cup toasted walnuts, chopped• 1 cup finely chopped prunes• 3 tablespoons of olive oil or lemon juice, preferably raw• ¼ teaspoon salt, or to taste Instructions1 Wrap the beets in foil, and roast in the oven at 350 for 1.5 hours. Or you can cook them...

And The Winner Is? Feb 25th, 2019

Okay, time to show my age so here goes the rant: The Academy Awards was so disappointing. I remember how much fun this show used to be when the host for the night was a Bob Hope, a Johnny Carson, a Billy Crystal, a Whoopie Goldberg and even the Family...

Frank Sinatra's Eggplant Parmigiana Feb 25th, 2019

Eggplant Ingredients: 1/4 cup all-purpose flour or dry mustard spice (to substitute flour)1/2 tsp. salt1 medium peeled and cut crosswise eggplant1 beaten egg1/4 cup vegetable oil1/2 cup (or 1 1/2 oz.) grated Parmesan cheese6 oz. mozzarella cheese fat free Tomato Sauce Ingredients:1/2 cup chopped onion1/4 cup chopped celery1 clove minced...

Dinner Movie Star's Recipe Feb 25th, 2019

Ingredients Pan-Seared Bison Loin:   3 (10-ounce) bison strip steaks 2 tablespoons canola oil Salt and fresh milled black pepper   Madeira Sauce:   2 teaspoons unsalted butter 2 shallots, thinly sliced 5 peppercorns 1 sprig fresh thyme 1/2 cup Madeira wine 1 cup prepared demi-glace Instructions Pan-Seared Bison Loin...

Why Do We Eat Out of Boredom? Feb 23rd, 2019

I bet most of us can relate to eating when we feel bored. Whether this occurs when holed up at home during a snow storm or being forced to sit at a very boring lunch meeting, we often find ourselves reaching for food as some sort of gratification. So the...

Mustard - Garlic Pork Tenderloin Feb 23rd, 2019

Preparation Time:10 minutesCook time:25 minutesTotal time:35 minutes8 to 12 servings Ingredients: 2 tablespoons mustard (I like to choose w/ 0 or 5 cal) 1 tablespoon red wine vinegar 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder 1/2 teaspoon oregano 1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper 1 tablespoon olive oil 2 pork tenderloins, about 1 pound each...

What is the Difference Between “I Can’t” vs. “I Choose Not To”? Feb 21st, 2019

I believe that many people do not like being told “what to do” and “what not to do”. This starts out as children when our parents mandated a certain bed time, study time, etc. and most certainly continued as rebellious teenagers when limits were placed upon as to when/where we...

Homemade Chicken Stock Feb 21st, 2019

Ingredients: • 1 (3-4 pound) chicken• 2 carrots• 1 stalk celery• 1 large bunch parsley• 2 bay leaves• 1 head of garlic, cut in half• 1 large onion, cut into quarters (don't worry about peeling it)• 2 tablespoons Celtic sea salt• 1 tablespoon vinegar Instructions: 1. Place all ingredients in...

Does Entropy Affect Weight Control? Feb 20th, 2019

Okay, rev up that DeLorean, hit 88 mph and go back to your high school chemistry class.  Maybe you had a Doc Brown-looking teacher bore you to distraction rambling on about thermodynamics.  Perhaps you remember the word “entropy” being used but cannot quite recall the definition. Well, thermodynamically, entropy is...

Snow Day...A Recipe for Weight Gain Feb 19th, 2019

I guess we could not get away from an entire winter without another weather event that closes things down.  Students and teachers are very happy...as well as anyone else that gets a "free" day off.  For others that had to travel or otherwise get around town and make things happen...

The Cabbage Soup Recipe Feb 18th, 2019

Ingredients:• 2 large onions• 2 green peppers• 2 cans of tomatoes• 1 bunch of celery• 1 head of cabbage• 3 carrots• 1 package of mushrooms• 1–2 bouillon cubes (optional)• 6–8 cups of water or vegetable cocktail, such as V8Directions:1 Chop all vegetables into cubes.2 In a large stock pot, sauté...

How Does Lack of Sleep Impact on Weight Control? Feb 18th, 2019

Sleep deprivation has a pronounced negative affect on weight control for a number of reasons. Studies have shown that sleep-deprived people tend to snack much more often than people getting the “usual” 7-9 hours of sleep. Additionally, those snacks tend to be the high caloric/high carb/high fat variety. Here is...

Parmesan Garlic Veggie Fries Feb 18th, 2019

Ingredients 3 cups or any portion siae of vegetables cut into fries I used carrots, parsnips, celeriac, green beans, summer squash, asparagus, beats, zucchini 3 Tablespoons olive oil 1 teaspoon garlic 1/4 cup grated Parmesan cheese Instructions Preheat oven to 450 degreesMicrowave harder veggies for about 3-5 minutes to soften a bit....

Can Combinations Be Broken? Feb 17th, 2019

Baby Boomers can fill in the blanks but I would bet most Millennials Cannot: Seals and ___________Simon and __________Hall and _______________Abbott and ____________Sonny and _____________ Okay, first the answers: Croft, Garfunkel, Oates, Costello, Cher. Now, what does any of this have to do with weight control? Here goes: There are...

Weight Control and Substitutes Feb 17th, 2019

For those movie fans out there, one of the more memorable scenes ever took place between Billy Crystal and Meg Ryan in the movie, "When Harry Met Sally"...the restaurant scene...if you have seen the movie, you will remember that scene for sure.    ("I'll have what she is having").  Aside...

AUTHENTIC HUNGARIAN GOULASH Feb 15th, 2019

  INGREDIENTS 3 tablespoons pork lard or butter , pork fat is traditionally used 1 1/2 pounds yellow onions, chopped 1/4 cup Hungarian paprika, good quality imported from Hungary 2 pounds stew meat, cut into 1/2 inch pieces 5 cloves garlic, minced 2 red bell peppers, seeded/membranes removed, cut into...

Meatball Recipe without breadcrumbs Feb 12th, 2019

Ingredients 2 lbs ground turkey 1 cup shredded zucchini, liquid squeezed out (measured before squeezing) 2 eggs, large 4 large garlic cloves, grated 2 tbsp onion flakes or powder 1 tsp oregano, dried 1 tsp  salt and ground black pepper totaste Instructions Preheat oven to 375 degrees F and line...

How Compatible is Pho for Weight Control? Feb 12th, 2019

Here is an observation of mine: There are far less “Chinese Food” restaurants now than there were 10 years ago. I know for certain that in the Lorton/Springfield/Burke/Fairfax Station areas there at least 5 Chinese restaurants that shuttered their doors in the last year or so. Most often, a sign...

Bread Substitute Recipe Feb 12th, 2019

How to substitute bread that will be compatible with the Serotonin-Plus Dietary Plan and will taste good. Here it is! This is 40 cals bread substitute recipe it’s a good fill in if you’re looking to cut some calories, carbs or just for something different. Ingredients 3 large eggs divided...

How Does Your Weight Control Efforts Impact on Others? Feb 11th, 2019

Unless you live and work alone, there are others that will witness your weight control efforts. On the home front, I have had numerous patients tell me that one of their challenges is having to prepare one type of meal for the family and a different one for themselves. In...

Slow Cooker Chicken Chilli Feb 2nd, 2019

  Ingredients 1 medium (110 grams) onion, chopped 2 cups (255 grams) chopped carrots 3 cloves garlic, minced 1 pound (455 grams) boneless, skinless chicken breasts, cut into bite-size pieces 1 cup (190 grams) dried brown lentils, rinsed 1 cup (150 grams) dried black beans, rinsed 4 cups (495 grams)...

How Can You Avoid The Super Bowl Damage? Feb 2nd, 2019

Okay, is everyone psyched for the BIG GAME on Sunday afternoon? Well, if you are anyone other than a New England Patriot’s or Los Angeles Ram’s fans, you probably feel the same way I so: SuperBORE. However, we will all still watch the game, right? Your motivation may be to...

Healthy Side Dish Under 300 Calories Feb 2nd, 2019

Quinoa Stuffed Squash:  Calories: 285; Total Fat: 13.5g; Saturated Fat: 2g; Monounsaturated Fat: 8g; Cholesterol: 0mg; Sodium: 462mg; Carbohydrate: 33g; Dietary Fiber: 6g; Sugar: 9g; Protein: 11g Ingredients 2 medium (12 ounce/340g each) delicata squash 3 tablespoons olive oil 1 cup (110g) Beyond Meat crumbles, or other meatless crumbles 1...

Does The Sense of Taste Affect Weight Control? Jan 30th, 2019

We all have “taste buds” on our tongues that allow us to perceive the various tastes of salty, sweet, bitter, sour and umami (okay, bonus points to those out there that know what that 5th taste, “umami” refers to!). Each of these taste buds contains three types of cells that...

Can Habitual Behaviors Be Broken? Jan 26th, 2019

One of the many aspects of human nature is our tendency to fall into certain habitual patterns of behavior. Some of these habitual behaviors are forced upon us, such as setting the alarm clock every day to get up and go to work on time. Other habitual behaviors are by...

Does Weight Control Affect Attention? Jan 21st, 2019

I have noticed that when I walk into a restaurant or store, if I am wearing a suit and tie I seem to get more attention from the people working there as opposed to wearing jeans, tennis shoes and a baseball hat. Perhaps being dressed up professionally carries a more...

Can You Find Fun In Exercise? Jan 19th, 2019

I was working out in my gym several days ago and I just completed 90 minutes on the elliptical machine. To confront the boredom of repetitive movements on an indoor aerobic machine, I watched a movie on Netflix. On my way to the locker room, I passed the indoor tennis...

How Good Are Sugar-Free Desserts? Jan 16th, 2019

If you have ever been to a buffet restaurant dessert bar, there is usually a section entitled “sugar free”. On the surface, this seems to be a much healthier choice and the offerings seem delectable…pies, cakes etc. Most sugar-free desserts contain an artificial sweetener, such as stevia or an alcohol...

Wedding Meatball Soup Jan 15th, 2019

Servings: 10 Here’s what you need… 1 lb loose Italian sausage 1 sweet potato, peeled and diced 2 Tablespoons plus 1 teaspoon olive oil 2 yellow onions, diced 1 Tablespoon garlic, minced 1 teaspoon dried Italian seasoning ½ teaspoon sea salt ½ teaspoon red pepper flakes ½ cup dry white...

Is The Path To Long Term Weight Control Linear? Jan 10th, 2019

When a person has more than 20 pounds to lose, it is important that the mind-set includes the concept that the weight loss will not be “linear”. Here is what I mean by this: During a long-term weight control journey, there will be weeks in which the weight will go...

SeroPro - All Natural Mood Enhancement Developed by Robert Posner, M.D., Jan 7th, 2019

  OUR PATIENTS WORDS   Date: September, 2018   Dear Dr. Posner,   I’ve been taking the new SeroPro product for 3 weeks now, and I’m so happy with its effectiveness!!  Being a 44-year-old woman who: a) is in menopause already; and b) has always struggled with weight and mood issues, I...

Do The Winter Blues Affect Weight Control? Jan 7th, 2019

The holidays are over, the Christmas trees and lights are down, presents have been unwrapped and what lies ahead: Three months of cold, early morning darkness/early sunsets, many cloudy days and a general feeling of “UGH”. For many people, this time of year brings about sadness and despair often referred...

Is a Fresh Start Needed? Jan 2nd, 2019

Now that the calendar has flipped to a completely new year, this sort of provides us all with a chance at starting out anew with resolutions to live a healthier life style going forward. I used the term “sort of” because the quest to become healthier and happier via effective...

Apple Cheesecakes - No Bake directions Dec 27th, 2018

Ingredients 2 large apples, peeled, cored, and diced (recommend Golden Delicious or Braeburn) 1/4 teaspoon cinnamon 3 tablespoons (Blonde) Coconut Sugar Pinch of sea salt 2/3 cup fat-free cream cheese, softened 1/3 cup fat-free (plain) Greek yogurt 4 dates, no sugar added 1/2 cup walnut halves (about 18) 8 Mini...

Healthy Holiday Recipes from the Serotonin-Plus Weight Loss program Dec 27th, 2018

BRUSSELS SPROUTS WITH PANCETTA - Phase One  Ingredients 1 pound fresh Brussels sprouts, trimmed2 tablespoons olive oil3 ounces paper-thin slices pancetta, coarsely chopped 2 garlic cloves, mincedSalt and freshly ground black pepper3/4 cup low-salt chicken broth Directions Partially cook the Brussels sprouts in a large pot of boiling salted water, about...

Are There Rewards For Being Overweight? Dec 27th, 2018

There are many decisions we make in life that are dependent on a risk/reward analysis. For those of you that invest in the stock market, you have seen the rewards over the past decade of keeping your money in aggressive stock funds only to see risk explode over the past...

Are The Cards Stacked Against You? Dec 22nd, 2018

We are in Las Vegas for a few days and everywhere you turn, gambling is at your fingertips. I ventured into the Sports Book and looked at the odds of making bets on pretty much every sport imaginable. From horse racing to football to college basketball and every other sport,...

To Dream The Impossible Dream? Dec 17th, 2018

Okay, so this entry was inspired by a show we saw Saturday evening at the Lorton Arts Center. One of our patients is starring in a production of Man of LaMancha, the very famous (an old) Broadway musical. (The show was GREAT, the venue small and intimate and I highly...

Is There a Difference Between “Wanting” and “Needing”? Dec 8th, 2018

One of my children, when very small, used to make me laugh lots with a line he used around the age of 2. We would be in a grocery store, he would see some sort of candy or treat item, and he would look at me in an imploring manner...

Frozen Foods Dec 6th, 2018

Let’s get into the DeLorean, make certain there is enough gigawatts of energy for the flux capacitor, hit 88 miles per hour and go back to 1978. Find the first supermarket you can find, go in and head to the frozen section aisle. What do you see? My bet is...

How High Is Weight Control on Your Priority List? Dec 4th, 2018

If I were to ask you to generate a list of the five top “priorities” in your life, what would that list contain? Although there may be some slight variations, I would bet that many people would place a number of similar priorities on their lists. For example, keeping/helping your...

How Do Habits Affect Weight Control? Dec 2nd, 2018

Watch Video here:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=43-R2FxL9Jo Pretty much all of us exhibit habitual behaviors, albeit some of us more than others. Let’s work off this definition of “Habit”: A habit is a routine of behavior that is repeated regularly and tends to occur subconsciously. The American Journal of Psychology defines a "habit,...

What Is YOUR Ideal Body Weight? Nov 30th, 2018

The definition of being “overweight” is a Body Mass Index “(BMI) between 25 and 30. When the BMI is between 30-40, this defines “obesity” and anything above 40 is termed “morbid obesity”. Does this imply that a person with a BMI of 30.1 has a much higher chance of developing...

Pulled Pork Lettuce Wraps Nov 28th, 2018

  Ingredients 2 tablespoons sugar 2 1/4 teaspoons kosher salt 1 (2 1/2-pound) boneless pork shoulder, trimmed 1 tablespoon grated peeled fresh ginger 2 tablespoons sherry or white wine vinegar 2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil 2 tablespoons unsalted chicken stock (such as Swanson) 1 tablespoon gochujang (Korean chile paste) 1...

Does Weight Control Affect Sleep? Nov 26th, 2018

Sleep is a vitally important human function. There is great variation of exactly how much sleep is required from person to person and some of the major contributory factors are gender and age. Personally, I have seen my sleep requirements diminish as I have aged. What once was a 7...

Steps to Thanksgiving Day Planning Nov 17th, 2018

Okay, this coming Thursday marks a VERY special day that for many people represents their favorite holiday of the year: Thanksgiving. The Thanksgiving Holiday affords most of us the opportunity to gather with the very special and loved people in our lives. We all tend to celebrate the holiday around...

Diet and Exercise Nov 15th, 2018

We were at a health fair last evening at Lifetime Fitness across the street from the office. I exercise daily, but I do this first thing in the morning (okay, first “thing” is actually writing this blog!) but I do this at home before work. Last night I was shocked...

Serotonin-Plus Modified One Dietary Plan Menu for Thanksgiving Nov 14th, 2018

  Learn how to cook with the Modified One Dietary Plan to bennefit from the Serotonin-Plus Weight Loss Program during the Holidays.  Serotonin-Plus Thanksgiving Menu

Does Distraction Lead To Weight Gain? Nov 14th, 2018

Consider the concept “distraction” in the context of “now” vs. “years ago”. When driving to work, years ago you could put the radio on and listen to either an AM or FM radio station. Now, a person can also listen to Pandora, satellite radio, talk through the blue tooth on...

Does Success Beget Success? Nov 12th, 2018

Think about whether you have experienced this scenario yourself: The desire is present to lose a good amount of weight, perhaps 20 or more pounds. You start the journey knowing pretty much what you need to do: Embark on a dietary plan favoring proteins and vegetables and at the same...

Do Election Results Cause Weight Gain? Nov 9th, 2018

I try very hard not to talk politics with patients. What party/candidates I vote for and what political positions I favor have pretty much zero to do with what my patients engage me for: helping them with weight control and/or helping them with internal medicine related issues. I completely respect...

Weight Control and Coffee Nov 8th, 2018

  Personally, I am not a coffee drinker. I believe I was the only medical intern/resident that did not consume multiple cups of coffee during the on-call overnight working hours. However, mostly everyone I know, doctors and non-doctors alike are coffee drinkers. A question that comes up frequently when I...

Weight Control and The “Give Up” Mentality Nov 8th, 2018

Personally, I am a really inept “handyman”. Whether it be putting together a gas grill, fixing a leaking toilet, mounting a shelf, or other, I am really not the guy to do these types of things. I have many friends and patients that are incredibly skilled in these efforts. I...

HOLIDAY Fall COOKOUT On Saturday, November 10!!! Nov 6th, 2018

On Saturday, November 10, 2018 from 9 AM until 3 PM, we are going to have the FIRST ANNUAL SEROTONIN-PLUS COOKOUT FOR HEALTH.     The event will take place in front of our office (9289 Old Keene Mill Road, Burke, Virginia 22015) and inside a tent, scrumptious dishes will be...

Do We Have a Choice? Nov 5th, 2018

There are many instances in life when we really do not have a choice. Here are some examples:Having to pay income taxesNeeding to generate income to support our lives (unless we hit the Powerball or inherit lots of $$$)Having to commute to work, either by driving or public transportation if...

Do Notifications Help? Nov 4th, 2018

During the Serotonin-Plus Weight Control Program we have a protocol of taking our serotonin supplements/prescription medication at certain times, eating three meals a day and getting in snacks. Remembering to do all of these daily is difficult, especially when we all have so many other “taskings” required during our very...

Weight Control and The “Give Up” Mentality Blog Nov 2nd, 2018

Personally, I am a really inept “handyman”. Whether it be putting together a gas grill, fixing a leaking toilet, mounting a shelf, or other, I am really not the guy to do these types of things. I have many friends and patients that are incredibly skilled in these efforts. I...

GREAT EVENT ON SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 10!!! Nov 1st, 2018

Watch Dr.Posner's v-blog here Does “healthy” eating equate to “boring” eating? Well, we all know that the equation to long-term weight control is: high protein/high vegetable-low fruit/low carbohydrate/low fat/low alcohol. One of the issues is that proteins and vegetables are not nearly as “fun” as those carbs/snacks/desserts/cocktails etc.Well, at Serotonin-Plus...

Is There a Yellow Brick Road to Long Term Success? Oct 31st, 2018

Watch Dr. Posner's v-blog here There is a journey that needs to be taken for anyone seeking to lose a substantial amount of weight and keeping that weight off. This journey is not an easy one and along the way there will be a number of situations, people and events...

How Can You Avoid Gaining Weight During the Next 9 weeks? Oct 31st, 2018

The average weight gain in the United States during the Halloween through New Years period is 7.4 pounds. The reasons are obvious: Starting with the Halloween candy, then progressing to Thanksgiving gatherings, holiday parties and New Year’s celebration, this time period is chock full of alcohol and carbohydrates. The traditional...

Does Darkness Impact on Weight Control? Oct 28th, 2018

“Spring ahead/Fall back” is the easily remembered line that reminds us to turn the clock ahead one hour in the spring and back one hour in the fall. Next week on November 4 we all get that one extra hour to sleep in on Sunday morning as the clocks went...

Does Eating Late Impact on Weight Control? Oct 25th, 2018

Watch blog here  It has been often heard that eating later at night will lead to weight gain. A popular nutritionist coined the statement: “Eat like a King at breakfast, a Prince at lunch and a Pauper at dinner”. Many people, due to late in the day work or parental...

The Herd Mentality Oct 24th, 2018

“Herd mentality, mob mentality and pack mentality, also lesser known as gang mentality, describes how people can be influenced by their peers to adopt certain behaviors on a largely emotional, rather than rational, basis.”I lifted the above definition from the internet, but here is where the this becomes interesting: Studies...

Stamina Oct 23rd, 2018

Watch Vblog here > http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IKm-Z86E6tAThe definition of STAMINA: “the ability to sustain prolonged physical or mental effort.”On a scale of 1-10, how would you rate your stamina? I suppose for most people, including me, age plays a major role in your answer. Personally, I think back to when I was in...

Does Size Matter? Oct 20th, 2018

  Dr. Posner's Video >>> Watch the Vblog here 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. The food groups include: Proteins VegetablesCarbohydrates (grains)FruitsFatsDairy Some items we eat/drink actually contain...

Do Cholesterol Levels Go Down With Weight Loss? Oct 19th, 2018

Watch Dr. Posner's video here https://youtu.be/U_K2D6bEX-4High cholesterol levels are linked to an increase risk of cardiovascular disease. This specifically refers to the “bad” cholesterol, referred to as “LDL” (low density lipoprotein). On more comprehensive testing, there are different particles of cholesterol that confer different risks. Most often, testing will include a...

Do You Shop With a List? Oct 18th, 2018

Watch Dr. Posner's daily Vblog hereNext time you are at a supermarket, take a silent survey of the number of people you see carrying around a shopping list. My bet is that the percentage of shoppers looking at a list of food as they go up and down the aisles...

What Is Your Most Challenging Meal? Oct 17th, 2018

Watch Dr. Posner's daily Vblog The Serotonin-Plus dietary plan recommends three meals a day and snacks. 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.As an...

How Often Should I Weigh Myself? Oct 16th, 2018

Watch Dr. Posner's Vblog here Ahhh, the scale…when we are losing weight, the scale becomes our “friend” and we are happy to hop on this scale at least several times a day. BUT, when the weight is going up, we avoid the scale like the plague. There may be weeks...

Weight Control: Can you “Get Away With It” ? Oct 15th, 2018

Read Dr. Posner's Vbog here Let’s turn the clock back to early college years. The parties started at 1030 PM, we could sleep until noon, we were not worried about retirement planning, there were no pill bottles in our cabinets and we felt invincible.Focusing on our eating/drinking behaviors in our...

How Does Water Drinking Help Weight Loss? Oct 15th, 2018

Watch Dr. Posner's Vblog here The human body’s weight is approximately 60% composed of water. Actually, the brain and heart are in the 70-plus % water composition. Water is vitally important to the biochemical reactions that take place in the body. Not being able to drink water would result in...

Pumpkin Soup Oct 14th, 2018

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.INGRIDIENTS: 1 butternut pumpkin, roughly chopped1 tbsp olive oil1 brown onion, chopped1 garlic clove, crushed2 tsp ground cumin2 tsp coriander1 tbsp curry powder1...

Stressed and Desserts Oct 14th, 2018

Okay, here is one that may be something you never have thought about before: “Stressed”, spelled backwards, is “Desserts”. Perhaps this is not a coincidence. “Desserts”, of course, refer to those lovely array of food offerings that occur after the main course meal. The “usuals” include cakes, cookies, ice cream,...

Non - Caloric Rewards Oct 14th, 2018

Human beings are subject to behavioral patterns that are governed, in part, by human nature. One of these “human nature” characteristics is our desire for “rewards”. Beginning as young children, our parents would “reward” us for good behaviors by the use of foods: “if you finish all of your dinner,...

Favorite Foods Oct 13th, 2018

Watch Vblog "Favorite Foods" hereIf you were to make a list of your Top Five favorite “meal” foods, what would be in the top 5? Mine would look something like this:PizzaVeal parmigianaCheese burgersRueben sandwich (New York of course)BrisketFocusing now on snack foods, as you are thinking about your list, here...

Confidence Oct 11th, 2018

Wach Vblog "Confidence" here Feeling “confident” can be a component of different situations. Here are a few examples:You need to take a test and you studied your butt off, knowing the subject matter inside and out. Your degree of confidence is very high that you will do great on the...

Trial and Error Oct 10th, 2018

I have been a doctor for 37.5 years and here is one of the major things I have learned: There are many differences in responses to various interventions and treatments that people exhibit. For example, there are some people that categorically will state: This antibiotic (Zithromax for example) never works...

Food as Therapy Oct 10th, 2018

Watch Vblog "Food as TherapyScientifically, if we look at the utility of food, this basically becomes a survival component. We require the nutrients, calories and vitamins to sustain our bodily functions. Without food, we would starve to death in about 10-15 weeks or so.However, food is not in the least...

Sprint vs. Marathon Oct 9th, 2018

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.Watch the video version of the blog hereMedical: A person has severe knee pain and requires knee replacement. The orthopedic specialist informs...

Serotonin-Plus Weight Control: Denial Oct 6th, 2018

Human nature often impact on long-term weight control. One of those human nature tendencies is the capacity for “denial”. Denial may appear in many forms. For example, in medical school we were taught to place a multiplier on the amount of alcohol a patient will admit to. If a daily...

Passive vs. Aggressive Oct 4th, 2018

When I hear the word, “passive”, what comes to my mind immediately is “laid back”, “easy” and “non-stressful”. “Aggressive” on the other hand, invokes images of “intensity”, “action-oriented” and very “focused” in meeting a certain end result.The gaining of weight and/or maintenance of an obese/overweight status is quite passive in...

Going Out On Your Own Terms Oct 2nd, 2018

I have been practicing medicine at one location for 30 years so I have many patients that started seeing me decades ago and now have reached the age when retirement is closing in. A number of these patients have targeted an exact date for this retirement, have planned out their...

Five Second Delay Sep 29th, 2018

I believe that “live” television events are actually on a 5-7 second “delay” in broadcasting. I am not certain of the exact reason but I have heard that this allows for a spontaneous “bleeping out” of a word uttered that may be in violation of the laws that govern language...

Pumpkin Smoothie Recipe. How to Eat Pumpkin for Breakfast Every Day This Fall. Sep 29th, 2018

It’s fall, so the pumpkin takeover is officially here, and we can’t say we’re upset about it. Whether or not you love pumpkin pie (some don’t, it’s okay, kind of), you’ve definitely ordered a pumpkin spice latte one morning or indulged in a few handfuls of pumpkin spice granola. There...

Happy Days and Walking Sep 26th, 2018

Yes, in the hit TV show “Happy Days” depicting life in the 1950’s-1960’s, the Fonz had a motorcycle and I believe the Dad allowed Richie to use the family car, BUT, there was no Uber, Lyft, kids didn’t get cars at age 16 and there was no mention of “drive...

Creative Breakfast from Serotonin-Plus Weight Loss Program Sep 25th, 2018

When on vacation or business travel we are often confronted with breakfast choices that are limited.   The hotel sometimes offers a breakfast buffet for free, but how the eggs are cooked, how greasy the bacon/sausage looks, etc. give pause to whether this is a "healthy" breakfast or not. Our Serotonin-Plus Counselors have...

Happy Days and Smart Phones Sep 25th, 2018

Continuing in the series of the reasons why the obesity rates in the 1960’s-1970’s were 1/3 of what they are now, let’s turn our attention to the way our Happy Day’s characters Richie, The Fonz, Joannie and Chachi communicated with each other: they spoke, they did not text, did not...

Happy Days and Restaurant Choices Sep 24th, 2018

Once again, turning back to the “Happy Days” of the 1960’s-1970’s, do you remember where Richie, “The Fonz” and the others met frequently? I think it was called “Al’s Diner”. Yes, in that era, McDonalds, White Castle and some other fast food joints existed. However, when you track the rise...

Happy Days and The Dual Working Parents Sep 23rd, 2018

Yesterday, I wrote about the fact that in 40-50 years ago, the obesity rate in America was 1/3 of what it is now. With the advent of all of the high tech support (smart phones, more science info, development of “diet” drinks/foods) we would think that the obesity rate now...

The Obesity Epidemic Is a Far Cry From Happy Days Sep 22nd, 2018

Anyone close to my age will most certainly remember the very popular TV show on from 1974-1984: “Happy Days”. This was set in Milwaukee in the 1950’s-1960’s and included the now movie director and former Opie from the Andy Griffith Show, Ron Howard and also, who can forget ‘The Fonz”,...

Do you shop with a list? Weekends is the most popular time to shop for weekly groceries. Sep 19th, 2018

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Weight and Alertness Sep 18th, 2018

How would you rate your own level of “alertness”? Do you find yourself sometimes getting very sleepy in the middle of the day? Does your spouse have to nudge you on the couch while watching a show at 9 o’clock at night because you have fallen asleep in the recliner?...

Conflicting Messages Sep 17th, 2018

There have been a number of old movies I have seen, mostly in the comedy genre, when one of the main characters is about to make a decision to either follow the right, smart, ethical path OR go down the road of doing something “bad”. What pops up is a...

Excuses and Results Sep 16th, 2018

I was playing around on Mr. Google this week looking at inspirational quotes for people trying to control weight. Some of the quotes are soft and positive, others were kind of harsh and critical. There clearly is a very fine line I must walk as a physician trying to help...

Weather Effects On Eating and Drinking Behaviours Sep 15th, 2018

Similar to many of you, I have been watching carefully the development and approach of Hurricane Florence and its’ potential effects on our area. In our area of the mid-Atlantic, we are not frequently challenged with devastating weather events like other areas of the country. However, this time around, the...

Prescription Medications and Weight Gain Sep 10th, 2018

There are a number of prescription medications that may lead to weight gain and certainly, difficulty in losing weight. Probably the most prominent category of these types of medications is the “SSRIS”---Selective Serotonin Reuptake Inhibitors. Examples of these medications include Prozac, Paxil and Zoloft. Mood stabilizers such as Zyrexa, Rispirdal,...

Great Expectations from long-term weight control Sep 7th, 2018

Truth be known, your Doctor was not very good in high school and college English courses. For some reason, Shakespeare, F. Scott Fitzgerald and many of the “classics” that were required readings were not really my “thing”. A good geometry proof, a calculous equation the periodic table of the elements,...

Energy Drinks Boost do they help Weight Loss Efforts ? Sep 6th, 2018

A trip down the supermarket beverage aisle or checking out at the counter of a 7/11 store will bring your attention to what appears to be one of the fastest growing categories of drinks: “Energy” boosters. This has now become a greater than $20 billion a year U.S. consumer market....

Rehabbing From Injuries Sep 5th, 2018

I have seen many patients that have been long-time runners/avid exercisers and almost inevitably, injuries occur at some point. Personally, I stopped running about 9 years ago because of fear that continuation would result in the things I was seeing among my patient-runners: knee, back and foot problems. I switched...

Free Starters before Diners Aug 31st, 2018

I had a business meeting last evening and this took place at a Mexican restaurant. I arrived before the other doctor and the waiter took my drink order (nope, not a Sangria or Mexican beer…opted for the diet Coke) and he brought the drink accompanied by a bowl of chips...

Football Season and your Weight Control Journey Aug 29th, 2018

For many of us, a very exciting time of year is here: the start of the football season. For those college fans, the games start this coming weekend and for the people mostly follow the NFL such as myself, the first real game kicks off in a little more than...

How Would Your Life Change? Aug 28th, 2018

If you can snap your fingers and lose every pound you wanted to, resulting in being at your ideal weight, how would your life change? Well, some things would not change at all, some would change immediately and some may take some time.Losing weight would NOT result in any change...

Grapefruit Yogurt Bowl Recipe/ Healthy Breakfast Aug 25th, 2018

INGREDIENTS1/4 cup 80 calories yogurt, or dairy-free alternative1 table spoon of your favorite outmeal or cereal1 grapefruit1 tea spoon of honey1/2 tsp chopped grepefruitTopping ideas: kiwi, chia seeds, shaved coconut, fresh berries, nutsINSTRUCTIONSUse a knife to slice between the peel of the grapefruit and the fruit. You want to loosen all the good fruit from...

Managing Time and Health Benefits Aug 24th, 2018

Time management is often very challenging. The extent of the challenge is dependent on the stage of life as well as monetary resources. For example, by necessity, a working couple with small children at home will have lots more challenges that a retired couple that have been fortunate enough to...

Working for Your Food Aug 22nd, 2018

One of the topics we have written about recently was concerning the pace of eating. 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. Examples of...

Calories in Fruits Aug 21st, 2018

Okay, here is a test: Between the following fruits, which one contains the most calories? Which one has the least?: Plums, Peaches, Apples, OrangesThe answer: The most calories is the apple (95) and the least are shared by the plum and orange (45) and peaches are in the middle (59).As...

Perfectly Grilled Pork Chops In 7 Easy Steps Aug 20th, 2018

Ingredients:4 center cutbone-in pork chops¼ cup kosher salt4 cups waterSalt and pepper to tasteGlaze or marinade (optional)Prep time: 2 hoursCook time: 30 minutesServings: 4Click here to download the direction: https://www.kingsford.com/how-to/pork-chops/

Speed of Weight Control Aug 18th, 2018

There are certain medical situations that require immediate and aggressive results. Some examples of this: A person is having headaches, blurred vision and at the doctor’s office, the blood pressure is 240/140. This is a medical emergency and requires immediate attention and absolute need for the blood pressure to be...

Grocery Store “Fast Food” Aug 16th, 2018

Many people do not have the time to prepare/cook meals. Between work, parenting and spouse-ing duties, there is little-no time to spend on putting together the “Phase 1” type of daily meal plan. This often results in the reliance on ‘fast food’ places. The “drive through” fast food restaurants offer...

Are Nuts “Good” For You? Aug 10th, 2018

One of the snacks we do NOT recommend in the SP Program is nuts. Probably all of us have heard in the past that nuts are “healthy”…especially almonds. The nutritional content of nuts shows that only one ounce will contain about 180 calories and lots of fat. So, just from...

YOU Are An “Influencer” Aug 8th, 2018

Influencing others for weight ControlOne of the biggest trend in marketing/advertising these days is “influencer marketing”. People with huge followings on social media platforms such as Instagram, Twitter and Facebook are often paid millions to “influence” their followers. Kim Kardashian, Lebron James and other famous celebrities have developed huge “followings”...

Weight Control: Doctors Advising Patients Aug 7th, 2018

I read an article in an online medical journal I receive that related a story about a Canadian woman that had a note specific for her doctors in her obituary. She chided them for “fat-shaming” her when she would be seen by physicians. The person felt that at every turn,...

Chips and Dips Aug 6th, 2018

Popular pre-meal appetizers or snacks include various forms of “chips and dips”: Chips and queso, chips and guacamole, chips and salsa, chips and onion/sour cream, chips and artichoke dip, etc etc.Many Mexican/New Mexican-themed restaurants offer up the chips and salsa free of charge whereas the chips and guacamole and cheese...

Cooking with Terra's Kitchen Reach Your Goals With Healthy Meal Delivery Aug 4th, 2018

For those of you that have read my previous entries over the past 16 years, you know where I stand on "weight loss programs" that focus on the sales of protein shakes, bars, powders and prepackaged meals.  I believe these programs are truly "diets" and are doomed to fail in...

Gastro-esophageal reflux disease and obesity Aug 1st, 2018

There is a sphincter present in right near the esophageal-stomach border called the “Lowe Esophageal Sphincter” (LES). Normally, the pressure above the sphincter is higher than below the sphincter. When stomach acid tries to take the wrong path (heading up the GI tract toward the esophagus and mouth as opposed...

Pace of Eating Jul 31st, 2018

Have you ever noticed that there are some areas of the country, ours included, where the “pace of life” is LOTS faster than other regions. I was born in New York City and went to medical school there as well. My pace of talking is often joked about by our...

Weight Control and Parkinson’s Disease Jul 29th, 2018

Millions of fans, including me, were saddened to learn earlier this year that the singer/songwriter Neil Diamond has stopped performing concerts because of his recent diagnosis of Parkinson’s Disease (PD). PD is a neurological disorder characterized by tremor, movement disorders, gait difficulties and limb rigidity. The cause is an abnormal...

Different Forms of Exercise to "break a boring routine" Jul 27th, 2018

Going to the gym, getting on that same treadmill, elliptical or rower, pounding out the same 30-60 minutes, listening to the same music or watching the incessant talking heads on Fox or CNN…well, this boring scenario is why many people find lots of reasons NOT to exercise. Last night, I...

What is the nutritional contents of the coleslaw? Jul 26th, 2018

This is the time of year that many of us cook out, enjoy picnics with the family, eat meals outside etc. (well, we do these activities when there is NOT 40 days and 40 nights of rain!).One of the “standard” side dishes we often bring out to these events is...

Healthy Coleslaw recipe with Serotonin-Plus Weight Control program Jul 25th, 2018

Ingredients Nutrition for coleslaw dressing Directions 1 cup lemon juice or non fat kefir 1 tablespoons sugar (also used Splenda here)2 tablespoons cider vinegar.2 teaspoons black pepper.1⁄2 teaspoon salt.1⁄4 teaspoon dry mustard.1⁄8 teaspoon celery seed.5 cups shredded coleslaw mix (cabbage, carrot, onion, bell pepper, etc.)Directions In a small bowl, combine lemon juice or...

Serotonin-Plus Weight Control: Easier Jul 24th, 2018

Gaining weight is LOTS easier than losing weight. Joining friends in the consumption of alcohol is LOTS easier than protesting the urging of those friends to join them in the drinking activities. Not counting protein portions/preparing meals in advance are LOTS easier than making your eating decisions spontaneously. Sleeping in...

SP Weight and the Stock Market Jul 22nd, 2018

For many decades, the stock markets have had their ups and had their downs. However, when you look at trends, despite a number of “crashes” along the way, over the years, the stock market keeps making it’s way higher and higher. If a person has many years before she/he will...

The Time of Your Life Jul 21st, 2018

We just spent a few days up in the Catskill Mountains. There is a new casino resort that opened on the premises where the old Concord Hotel used to be located. The Concord Hotel was the “Flagship” hotel in the area when the “Borsht Belt” was thriving here in the...

All Or Nothing At All Jul 18th, 2018

For those Frank Sinatra fans out there (count me in), one of his famous songs is “All or Nothing At All”. I do not believe the Chairman of the Board was referring to the weight control arena, but please follow me on this one…There are many patients I have seen...

Types of Exercise and Effects on Weight Control Jul 17th, 2018

One of the questions I will often ask new and current patients is: “Do you exercise?” When the answer is “Yes!” I then further probe into what type of exercise is being performed. The answers range from “I get up from my desk and walk around the office” to “I...

Slowing Down on Weight Loss Jul 15th, 2018

I played in the first round of a tennis tournament last night. I won the match and now onto the quarterfinals. This ain’t exactly the quality of play at the U.S. Open. I have been playing tennis since my college days (over 40 years ago) and over the years I...

Being Cognizant of Portions Jul 12th, 2018

An important aspect of long-term weight control success is being very cognizant of the portions of the consumption of “not good for weight control” food and drinks.A classic example of this is the “movie theatre popcorn”. If we buy this (and of course we should not) then become engrossed in...

Mediators of Hunger and Satiety Jul 11th, 2018

What makes us feel hungry? What contributes to the sensation of feeling “full”?There are important hormones secreted by organs in the abdomen that play a large role in the sensations of hunger as well as feeling full. The pancreas secretes insulin and amylin, and these are two hormones that play...

Baked Hummus-Juicy Chicken Recipe Jul 7th, 2018

Ingredients4 (6 ounces or 170 grams each) boneless, skinless chicken breasts1/2 teaspoon salt, divided1/2 teaspoon pepper, divided3 medium zucchini or yellow summer squash, roughly chopped (588 grams total)1 medium (110 grams) onion, roughly chopped1 cup hummus (246 grams), homemade or store-bought (certified gluten-free if necessary)1 tablespoon olive oil1 teaspoon paprika,...

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

There is no doubt that genetics play a very large role in the chances of developing certain diseases. For example, a woman that has seen her mother, grandmother, aunts and sister develop breast cancer had a very high chance of developing breast cancer herself. Similarly, a male that has lost...

The Lazy Days of Summer Jul 6th, 2018

With Memorial Day and July 4th behind us, we are staring down the hot, humid days of the rest of the summer. There are some times of the year when the motivation to control weight becomes less. For example, when the first warm weather days of the year start occurring...

What Is Your Motivation To Control Weight Jul 4th, 2018

The definition of “Motivation”: the reason or reasons one has for acting or behaving in a particular way.Here is another definition: the general desire or willingness of someone to do something.Let’s examine the first definition as this pertains to the motivation to control weight in the long term. “Acting or...

How to slow it down when it comes to the meals and snacks?. Jul 3rd, 2018

“Rushed” eating tends to lead to poor choices as this relates to weight control. Microwaving a egg, cheese and sausage biscuit for breakfast, driving through McDonalds to grab a burger and fries that you eat out of a bag while driving to your next appointment and stopping at Dominos to...

Insurance and the Need to Stay Healthy Jul 1st, 2018

I have been in private practice for almost 30 years. I have seen some absolutely incredible changes along the way of how health insurance impacts people’s healthcare decisions. In the “old days” when I first started, most people had insurance plans where they had a very minimal deductible, say $100...

Parsley, Fennel, and Lemon Tonic Recipe Jun 26th, 2018

Compounds in parsley can help kill off some bad bacteria and cause the liver to secrete bile, which helps break down fat, says Axe. Fennel acts as an antispasmodic, relieving cramping. Quercetin in lemon is anti-inflammatory.Ingredients 1/4 cup chopped fresh flat-leaf parsley1 teaspoon fennel seeds1 1/4-inch slice lemon, seeds removed (scrub...

Summer Alcohol Usage and The Influence on Your Weight Jun 26th, 2018

Alcohol is a “derailer” for weight control efforts. This is not due to caloric content, but rather, alcohol also slows down metabolism. I have been asked whether wine is better than beer, whether vodka is better than tequila, whether gin is better than rum, etc. My answer remains: alcohol intake...

Serotonin-Plus Weight Control and Theme Parks Jun 25th, 2018

We just returned from a conference in Orlando and although we did not go to any of the major theme parks, we could see that the majority of the hotel guests were with their children and clearly were spending their days at the myriad of theme park attractions in Orlando.As...

A Radio Show About Weight Control? Jun 19th, 2018

Yesterday I spoke with a producer from an internet radio station, “VoiceAmerica”. I am not an internet radio listener but apparently several millions of people are. This radio station airs different types of shows/genres and “Health and Wellness” is one of the categories. My discussion was about whether I was...

May I Ask For Your Help? Jun 13th, 2018

If you are walking down the street and a very dirty, scary looking person starts approaching you and says: “Can you help me?” this situation feels a bit perilous. Will this person attack me if I say “no”? Knowing full well any money I provide may go to alcohol or...

Are You Being Selfish? Jun 11th, 2018

I have found myself over the past several days thinking lots about why people commit suicide. These thoughts have been triggered by reading about the recent suicides of the highly successful designer and then the celebrity chef that occurred within days of each other. On the surface, both people were...

Serotonin-Plus Weight Control: Bringing Home The Bacon Jun 9th, 2018

I am not a Capitals Fan, but congratulations are in order to the team and all of the great fans that have supported the Caps year after year despite the lack of a Stanley Cup Championship. Finally, in 2018, they have “brought home the bacon”.And this brings me to the...

Prevention is a much better concept than treatment Jun 8th, 2018

Without the use of Google, who said the famous line: “An Ounce of Prevention is Worth a Pound of Cure”?I did not know the answer before today (and Google) so here it is: Benjamin Franklin proclaimed this in 1736. However he was addressing a major fire problem in Philadelphia, not...

Self Esteem and Confidence with Successful Weight Control Jun 7th, 2018

As a doctor, I can measure to a pretty exact number your weight, your blood sugar, your cholesterol level, your blood pressure, etc. However, there are a number of things that we cannot put an exact number to. Two of these are self-esteem and confidence levels. These are not objective...

Is It Too Late for A Life Style Change? Jun 5th, 2018

There are some medical scenarios where the statement: “it’s too late” holds true. Some examples of this include:A 40-year cigarette smoker receives the grim news that a Stage 4 lung cancer with wide metastases has been discovered. Quitting the cigarettes at that point is probably “too late”.A diabetic with very...

National Donut Day and Weight Loss Doctor Version Jun 5th, 2018

Here is one of the very few poems I remember by heart:Twist optimist and pessimist, the difference is drollThe optimist sees the donut, the pessimist the holeI guess this sort of falls under the “glass half full/glass half empty” type of message.Anyway, back to the donut…I saw on the news...

What Happens After You Lose Weight?! Jun 3rd, 2018

We are headed to the WJLA television studios in Roslyn next week to film a TV commercial for the SP Program that will start running on News Channel 8. Two patients of ours have kindly agreed to come down to the studios with us and provide their testimonials about our...

Restaurants Food and Diatery Plan Jun 2nd, 2018

When you go to a “sit down” restaurant, there are challenges we face when trying to adhere to our dietary plan that focuses on high protein/low carb. These challenges include:The bread basket and soft butter that are often brought to the table before we order our foodThe desire to start...

Serotonin-Plus Weight Control: Work, Part 2 Jun 1st, 2018

Yesterday I wrote about the concept of “work” as this relates to the activities required for successful long-term weight control. There is no doubt that LOTS of work is required to lose/control weight whereas there is LITTLE-NO work required to gain weight (for most people).I have had many business owner...

Slow Cooker Cuban Braised Beef recipe May 30th, 2018

Servings: 8 Here’s what you need...2 pounds flank steakolive oil spray½ cup chicken broth2 medium Tomatoes, seeded and chopped2 yellow onions, chopped1 red bell pepper, seeded and chopped1 green bell pepper, seeded and chopped2 tablespoons Garlic, minced2 tablespoons Dried Oregano1 tablespoon ground cumin2 teaspoons smoked paprika1 teaspoon sea salt½ teaspoon...

How much “work” is required to gain weight? May 28th, 2018

The definition of work: “activity involving mental or physical effort done in order to achieve a purpose or result.”As this term relates to losing/controlling weight, LOTS of “work” is required to achieve success: Planning your meals/snacks, shopping for the necessary foods, finding the time to exercise, consciously avoiding excessive carbohydrates,...

The Victim Mentality and an Impact On Long-Term Weight Control May 27th, 2018

I was having a very interesting discussion with my son (age 34) this past weekend concerning the differences between baby boomers, “Gen-X-ers” (born 1965-1984) and millenials (born after 1984). One of the issues we discussed was the different prevalence of the “victim mentality” between the age groups.What is “the victim...

Serotonin-Plus Weight Control: Bagels May 26th, 2018

The origins of the bagel can be traced to Jewish communities in Poland in the early 1600’s. Bagels became popular in America, first in the New York City area brought by immigrating Polish Jews. With the advent of manufacturing and freezing techniques, bagels then became popular across the country.Personally, thinking...

Slow Cooker Vegetable Omelet May 26th, 2018

Ingredients8 eggs1/2 cup grated Parmesan cheese1/2 teaspoon salt1/4 teaspoon pepper1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil1 medium onion, coarsely chopped1/2 cup carrots, peeled and diced1/4 cup string beans, ends discarded and coarsely chopped1/2 cup potatoes, peeled and diced1/2 cup zucchini, diced1/4 cup red bell peppers, dicedDirectionsIn a medium bowl, whisk the...

Roasted Balsamic Chicken with Brussels Sprouts May 23rd, 2018

INGREDIENTS4 chicken thighs⅓ cup balsamic vinegar 4 tbsp olive oil (divided)1 tbsp maple syrup2 garlic cloves, mincedsalt and pepper, to taste10-14 brussels sprouts1 red onion INSTRUCTIONSWhisk together the balsamic vinegar, 2 tablespoons of the olive oil, maple syrup, garlic, salt and pepper in a small bowl.Place the chicken thighs in a glass...

Serotonin-Plus Weight Control: Our “Secret Sauce” May 21st, 2018

The unique part of the SP Program is the exclusive use of a patented serotonin supplement. Serotonin (actual chemical name is 5-hydroxytryptohan) is made inside the body from an amino acid, tryptophan. Serotonin imbalance has been linked to mood disorders such as depression, anxiety, social phobia, manic/depression and panic attacks....

Distracted Eating and Weight Control Efforts. May 21st, 2018

Distracted eating has existed for many years. There is nothing new about the concept of distracted eating (DE), such as working and eating at the same time, watching a movie or TV show and snacking at the same time, or attending a live sports event and eating while your attention...

Treatment vs. Cure May 20th, 2018

I have been practicing medicine for 37 years (gulp!) and I have learned along the way that it is important to distinguish for your patients the difference between “treatment” and “cure”. As an example, Type 1 diabetes mellitus (person does not secrete enough insulin) can be treated with medications such...

Nettle Pesto Recipe May 20th, 2018

Stinging nettle leaf is a gentle diuretic, helping the body to process and flush away toxins.Nettle leaf is efficient for the removal of unnecessary toxins from the body. It is also known to feed the cells of the body which results in decreases in cravings. It is often utilized as an...

Serotonin-Plus Weight Control: Ketosis May 20th, 2018

Most people have heard the word “ketosis” and there are many “diets” out there that have patients testing their urine to see if they are in ketosis. I am quite certain that we all remember all of the aspects of the Krebs cycle that the high school or college biology/chemistry...

Does "healthy" eating translate into "healthy" weight control?! May 15th, 2018

There have been many times that I am seeing a new potential patient for a consultation and the person will state: “I eat healthy so I have no idea why I cannot lose weight.” I will then start asking specific questions about what that “healthy eating” consists of. A typical...

Serotonin-Plus Weight Control: Don’t Worry, (Don’t) Be Hangry May 13th, 2018

There is a popular reggae type song that most of us have heard and probably the only line from the song we remember is: “Don’t Worry…Be Happy”. Well, today we will not be reviewing reggae music but instead, focus on the concept of being “Hangry”.The word “hangry” is not really...

Grilled Vegetables vs. Carbohydrates May 11th, 2018

I am NOT a “vegetable” person. “Meat and potatoes” are what I was raised on and I remember as a kid being very upset when my Mom delivered vegetables to the kitchen table instead of potatoes or other carbs accompanying the protein dishes.If given the choice between a great smelling...

Body Composition and Weight Control May 10th, 2018

Let’s take a look at a 22-year old NFL running back: 6 feet tall, 230 pounds. The Body Mass Index (BMI) is 31.2.Now let’s look at a 64-year old doctor: 6 feet tall, 230 pounds. The BMI is 31.2The BMI for the two people, are the same and places both...

Standing Rib Roast with Two Sauces May 8th, 2018

Prep Time 30min. Total Time 2hr. 45min. Servings 15 servings What You Need:  1 beef rib eye roast (5 lb.), 2 or 3 ribs 2 tsp. whole black peppercorns, cracked 4 tsp. fresh thyme leaves, divided 1 cup BREAKSTONE'S or KNUDSEN Sour Cream 1/4 cup KRAFT Prepared Horseradish 1 tsp. sugar 1 Tbsp. butter 1 sweet onion, very thinly...

How to find Happiness in Long Term Weight Control?! May 4th, 2018

This morning while I was working out I watched an HBO Sports show that focused on “happiness” in ex-athletes. The story followed three ex-football players and how they viewed their “happiness” levels after their retirements. One of the people was Michael Strahan who has gone on to become a host...

Defying The Odds for Successful Weight Control May 4th, 2018

If someone has had a weight control problem for 20-30 years or more, what are the chances of that person losing a significant amount of weight and keeping it off? The answer is that the chances are very, very low. If someone has had a weight control problem in the...

Being Present in the Moment to Control Your Weight May 2nd, 2018

How many times have you been out at a restaurant, looked around at various tables and have witnessed two adult parents and two children all focused on their own mobile devices? How often at your own table do you find one or more of your family members with full attention...

The Vacation Mindset May 1st, 2018

I strongly believe that vacations are necessary to keep people balanced. Too much work results ultimately in too much stress and in turn, this translates often into a lack of caring for one’s self. The “workaholic” will tend, over time, to burn out both psychologically and physically.Part of the fun...

Serotonin-Plus Weight Control: Fun Apr 27th, 2018

There is something all of us share: We all enjoy having fun. However, “fun” varies to some extent depending on the person. For example, sitting through an opera may be “fun” for a good number of people, bur for many, this would not be fun at all. Similarly, watching a...

Serotonin-Plus Weight Control: The Godfather Was Wrong... Apr 26th, 2018

“Keep your friends close…and your enemies closer.” Although this quote was attributed to either Sun Tzu or Nicholas Machiavelli, its’ fame came from the words uttered by Michael Corleone in The Godfather, Part 2. The meaning of course, is that to prevent your enemies from hurting you, one needs to...

Salad bars can be helpful to your weight control journey. Apr 25th, 2018

The definition of “salad”: a cold dish of various mixtures of raw or cooked vegetables, usually seasoned with oil, vinegar, or other dressing and sometimes accompanied by meat, fish, or other ingredientsSo, let’s clue in on those last two words: “OTHER INGREDIENTS”. At many salad bars offered up by restaurants...

Spending “Me” Time for successful weight control Apr 24th, 2018

We watched a very fun movie last evening: “The Greatest Showman”. The story was about P.T. Barnum of the Barnum and Bailey Circus fame. Very similar to the flick, “La La Land” the story was delivered in the form of a musical. Hugh Jackman played the lead role and I...

Successful weight control leads to better pictures? Apr 23rd, 2018

Does anyone out there remember the days of taking pictures with cameras and then bringing the film in to a CVS or elsewhere to have the pictures developed? How about the good old digital camera…what an advance, huh? These are kind of obsolete. Well, now we are all photographers with...

Serotonin-Plus Weight Control: Being Left Out Apr 21st, 2018

As kids, there was nothing sadder than seeing the despondent look on the faces of the several children there were left out of a sporting event. In the streets of New York, the two “best” kids would be the captains and then each would take turn in selecting the kids...

Serotonin-Plus Weight Control: How Are You? Apr 20th, 2018

An oft-asked polite question to someone after a “good morning” or “good afternoon” greeting is: “How Are You”? This question is usually answered with the perfunctory “I am fine, how are you?” or some similar reply.Can you imagine the look on the face of the person asking the question, “how...

Serotonin-Plus Weight Control: Self-Esteem Apr 19th, 2018

There are many “measurable” things that can have an objective number placed to them. Examples of these will include a weight, a height, a fasting blood sugar, a blood pressure reading etc.There are other things that are more subjective in nature, especially self- assessment categories. One of these is self-esteem....

Serotonin-Plus Weight Control: Subtraction By Subtraction Apr 18th, 2018

I know that the usual expression is: “Addition By Subtraction” but in the case of weight control, I want to alter this to “Subtraction By Subtraction”. Here is what I am talking about:Many of us are guilty of attempting to handle/multitask too many things at once. Many of these tasks...

Serotonin-Plus Weight Control: Water Intake Apr 17th, 2018

What is the optimal amount of water to take in daily? We have all heard the recommendation of ingesting “8-8ounce glasses of water a day”. This amounts to ½ gallon (64 ounces) of water intake daily.The importance of water? Our body weight is comprised of about 60% water. Water is...

Serotonin-Plus Weight Control: Obesity and Rhinitis Apr 15th, 2018

The spring has finally arrived! The warm temperatures have reappeared and the cherry blossoms are in full bloom. The other flowers and tree leaves are about to follow suit. While all of this is beautiful to see, those that suffer from rhinitis will start feeling the symptoms (nasal congestion, sneezing,...

Roasted Chicken Thighs Apr 14th, 2018

Servings: 4Here’s what you need2 Tablespoons coconut oil1 Tablespoon olive oil2 Tablespoons fresh oregano, chopped2 teaspoons fresh garlic, minced½ teaspoon sea salt½ teaspoon sweet paprika¼ teaspoon black pepper4 bone-in, skin-on chicken thighs1 cup combination of roughly chopped pimento stuffed green olives, kalamata olives, pimentos and roasted garlic (or whatever looks...

Serotonin-Plus Weight Control: Costs Apr 14th, 2018

There was an old TV commercial from the early 1970’s for Fram oil filters that showed a mechanic holding an oil filter replacement and in the background, there was a car being towed away. The mechanic said: “You can pay me now or pay me later.” This was referring to...

Serotonin-Plus Weight Control: Importance Apr 12th, 2018

If you were to generate a list of what is important in your life most people would share some commonalities: not necessarily in this order, but the list may contain the following:Health for you and your loved onesFinancial stabilityProfessional satisfactionWorld peaceWhat would probably NOT wind up on the list would...

Serotonin Weight Control: Blockers Apr 11th, 2018

We saw a movie last night entitled “Blockers” and this was not referring to the “blocking” of what I am about to discuss. Before I get to my PG subject of fat blocking, a brief movie review: “Blockers” was about a group of parents that found out their daughters were...

Serotonin-Plus Weight Control: Success Breeds Success Apr 7th, 2018

It is very common during a long-term weight control journey to get in the “I Give Up” mindset. There is no doubt that committing yourself to long-term weight control is incredibly difficult. There is nothing “fun” about limiting carbohydrate/fruit/fat/alcohol intake. What is enjoyable about counting portions, finding the time to...

Serotonin-Plus Weight Control: The Grill Apr 5th, 2018

Although we have not had a run of consecutive warm days, this is coming soon. The longer, warmer days provide a more welcome environment to ensure that propane is in the tank, take the cover off and use the outdoor grill.As protein is the major “friend” in a long-term weight...

Grilled Shrimp recipe Apr 5th, 2018

4 (12-inch) wooden skewers1 pound unpeeled, jumbo raw shrimp (16/20 count)2 tablespoons olive oil1/4 cup chili sauce2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice2 tablespoons Worcestershire sauce2 garlic cloves, minced1/4 teaspoon ground red pepperStep 1Soak wooden skewers in water 30 minutes.Step 2Peel shrimp; devein, if desired. Thread shrimp onto skewers. Place in a...

Chocolate Pudding Recipe Apr 4th, 2018

Chocolate PuddingThis pudding is a spectacular way to enjoy creamy chocolate while avoiding refined sugars entirely. The avocado, banana and dates provide real, usable nutrients and vitamins while pleasing your sweet tooth. Servings: 4 Here’s what you need…1 avocado, pitted and peeled1 banana, peeled½ cup coconut milk¼ cup unsweetened cocoa...

Roast Leg of Lamb Apr 2nd, 2018

Roast Leg of Lamb with Vegetables and OnionsI chose palm shortening instead of olive oil because olive oil can oxidize at higher heats. Palm shortening is flavorless and is a healthy fat rich in omega-3 fatty acids. Serves 6For the Lamb:1 (5-6 pound) boneless leg of lamb6 cloves garlic1/4 cup...

Serotonin-Plus Weight Control: 13 Reasons Why- #12 Mar 30th, 2018

Baseball Opening Day…a tradition for many, many years. The season starts fresh, every team is tied for first and last) place and the hopes of the faithful are sky high…our team will win it all this year! In the late summer/fall, similar traditions exist for college and pro football. Celebrations...

Weight Control: 13 Reasons Why…Reason # 11 Mar 29th, 2018

Back in the 1970’s when the obesity rate was 1/3 of what exists now, “Games” for children and adults consisted of playing cards, board games (most of them are really bored games) and from an “electronic” standpoint, the big invention was the first video game, “Pong”. I know anyone out...

Weight Control: 13 Reasons Why…Reason # 10 Mar 28th, 2018

Okay, let’s get into the time travel capsule and go back 40 years to 1978, when the obesity rate was 1/3 of what exists now. When we communicated with people in written form, this was done by writing or typing on a typewriter (no word processors) and then placing this...

Weight Control: 13 Reasons Why…Reason # 9 Mar 27th, 2018

The series continues….13 Reasons Why the obesity crisis is 3X worse now than in the 1970’s. Reason # 10: Dual Working ParentingBack in the 1970’s, the overwhelming majority of households were comprised of a “Dad” that went off to work everyday, “Mom” that either worked part time or not at...

Weight Control: 13 Reasons Why…Reason # 8 Mar 26th, 2018

“Smart Phones”…What an invention! I remember the first mobile phone: I used to have this big box attached to an antenna on the roof of your car and you would plug it into the cigarette lighter in the auto. Then the phones became smaller and smaller....how many out there still...

Weight Control: 13 Reasons Why…Reason # 7 Mar 25th, 2018

The series continues... “13 Reasons Why” the United States has 3X the prevalence of obesity now compared to the 1970’s despite all of the advances in IT and science over these 40 years. Reason #7: Portion SizesOne of the things that non-US citizens note when they visit the United States...

Weight Control: 13 Reasons Why…Reason # 6 Mar 23rd, 2018

The series continues... “13 Reasons Why” the United States has 3X the prevalence of obesity now compared to the 1970’s despite all of the advances in IT and science over these 40 years. Reason #6: Advertising and MarketingFor those of you that watched that phenomenal TV series “Madmen”, we all...

Weight Control: 13 Reasons Why…Reason # 5 Mar 22nd, 2018

Reason # 5 as to why America’s obesity has worsened significantly over the years: Insurance companies. Ah, yes, insurance companies. By a show of hands, how many of you out there love your health insurance company? Perhaps having been denied/delayed in payment for procedures, being told you must change doctors...

Weight Control: 13 Reasons Why…Reason # 4 Mar 21st, 2018

Doctors…There are lots of shows about them…there are lots written about them…I am one of them. BUT, here is Reason # 4 as to why obesity is 3X more prevalent now than what is was in the 1970’s: DoctorsWe (referring to Doctors in general) go through LOTS of training. After...

Weight Control: 13 Reasons Why…Reason # 3 Mar 20th, 2018

Back in the 1970’s, when the obesity rate was 1/3 of what exists now, what did NOT exist were microwaves. What an invention! Making a baked potato used to take well over an hour and in the microwave, this became only several minutes. Popcorn? Rather than making Jiffypop on the...

Weight Control: 13 Reasons Why…Reason # 2 Mar 16th, 2018

Back in the 1970’s when the obesity rate was 1/3 of what exists now, the use of high fructose corn syrup (HFCS) was much less than it is used now. HFCS is a sweeter made from corn starch and it first became commercialized in 1965. Compared to granulated sugar, HFCS...

Weight Control:13 reasons Why…Reason Number 1 Mar 15th, 2018

As introduced yesterday, I will offer up 13 reasons why the obesity epidemic is 3X more prevalent now than it was in the 1970’s…an era way before the advent of so many IT devices, gym equipment, nutritional knowledge etc. These are not necessarily written in the order of contribution/importance and...

Weight Control and Women Mar 15th, 2018

An entry such as this leaves me open to attack, as one must tread very carefully on topics involving “differences” between men and women, but here goes…There are few articles written about this subject but my opinions are generated from over 36 years of observation in seeing many, many patients.Weight...

Weight Control: 13 Reasons Why Mar 14th, 2018

There was a series on Netflix that generated lots of controversy. The story was called “13 Reasons Why” and it centered around a high school student that committed suicide. She left a series of tapes describing the 13 reasons why she killed herself…mostly centered around the bullying she endured from...

Weight Control and Habitual Behaviors Mar 11th, 2018

We have all heard the expression that human beings are “creatures of habit”. On one end of the spectrum are people that only display no or very minor habitual patterns of behavior. On the other end of the spectrum are people that have their behavioral patterns almost exclusively habitual in...

Weight Control and Cookies or Pretzels Mar 10th, 2018

Okay, truth be known I am writing this entry on an evening plane flight from West Palm Beach back home. There is no TV on the seat back in front of me with on demand movies, the internet is ridiculously priced for slow speed and I am tired of hearing...

Weight Control and Satiation Mar 8th, 2018

We have all experienced times when we feel very hungry. There are other times when we eat, not because of hunger, but when we are supposed to. Additionally, there are circumstances when we are originally hungry, eat food but then eat some more despite the fact that we feel full...

Cauliflower Pizza Crust Mar 5th, 2018

Makes 1 large crust                                                        Ingredients:4 cups raw cauliflower rice1 egg, beaten1/3 cup skim mozzarella cheese1 teaspoon dried oreganopinch of saltDIRECTIONS:Step 1: Begin by...

Weight Control and Building Off Success Mar 5th, 2018

During a long-term weight control journey there will be literally “ups and downs”. There will not be a steady downward course and there will be many blips along the way. When frustration sets in, meaning weeks in which the weight does not go down or goes up, the “give-up” mentality...

Weight Control and Feet Mar 4th, 2018

A part of the body we don’t talk much about are the feet, except if one is a podiatrist. As an internal medicine physician, it is not common that a person comes to my office with the only complaint being a problem with the feet. When that scenario does occur,...

Weight Control and The Attention Deficit Connection Mar 2nd, 2018

For the baby boomers out there, when we were in school, the kids that could not sit down and pay attention were not “diagnosed” with anything other than them being “wild kids”. Now, it seems that ½ the kids going off to college carry with them a bottle of Adderall....

Weight Control and Milk Mar 1st, 2018

“Got Milk?” Remember that advertising campaign for the milk industry back in the 1980s-1990s? The TV ads and print ads had various celebrities and real people end up with “milk mustaches” and this turned out to be one of the most successful ad campaigns in advertising history.At the supermarket, there...

Weight Control: Low Carbohydrate vs. Low Fat Feb 26th, 2018

Are you old enough to remember the old Miller Lite Beer commercials that had the debate: “Less Filling/Tastes Great!!!”? In these advertising gems that ran from 1974-1991, stars and ex-athletes, such as Mickey Mantle and Whitey Ford, would have a hilarious debate as to what benefit of Miller Lite was...