Eat More, Weigh Less

            It’s hard to imagine a more suspicious sounding diet than one called “Eat More, Weigh, Less” and yet that’s the title of a book published some 40+ years ago by Dr. Dean Ornish.  Interestingly, Dr. Ornish had no particular interest in weight loss diets until he noticed that patients on his heart healthy plant-based […]

Calorie Density – What is it and why does it matter?

            Almost everyone finds it difficult to lose weight by eating less.  Fortunately, there is a solution to this vexing problem on the produce aisle.  By substituting the appropriate low caloric density foods for foods with a high caloric density, calories intake decreases.  This strategy has the advantage of allowing you to eat all you […]

Why Being Average is Unhealthy

            Because I’m concerned about the long-term health of my patients, I often ask about diet and interest in weight loss.  For most, this question is understood as a reasonable concern.  Curiously, over the years more have objected to my concerns by pointing out that almost everyone is heavy as if to ask, “I’m just […]

Are You a Proteinaholic?

While food controversies over the last few decades tainted public opinions about carbohydrates and fats, protein survived with reputation intact.  With help from food marketing, protein has arguably achieved rock star status as the macronutrient of choice.  It’s noticeable how many foods promote their protein content as if it should be our most important concern. […]

The Fridge Makeover

            Arguably the number one health hazard today is the easy availability of high calorie foods almost everywhere we go.  Really, how can we avoid irresistibly tasty foods?             Perhaps the problem suggests an answer.  Make the most irresistible foods less available by eliminating them in the environments we can control.  Usually that is our […]

Can Artificial Sweeteners Cause Weight Gain?

Some researchers believe artificial sweeteners are counterproductive when weight loss is the objective. The argument against artificial sweeteners comes from studies indicating that they may disturb the body’s ability to feel satisfied and may encourage eating more.  Compared to people who avoid diet or regular soft drinks, diet soda drinkers appear to have elevated risks […]

Are artificial sweeteners safe?

Manufactures of artificial sweeteners claim they are safe.  Their claims come with endorsements from several reputable organizations including the National Cancer Institute/National Institutes of Health, American Academy of Pediatrics, and American Diabetes Association. For an overview of these endorsements for safety and efficacy read “Summaries of Recent Scientific Publications Supporting the Use Of Nonnutritive Sweeteners.”  […]