One of my patients, Jonathan Steiert, has created a blog to document his journey to better health. He started at over 260 pounds. His goals are to look and feel better and get off his blood pressure medication. My goals for him are the same, except I have added 6-pack abs to my list. You can follow it at www.project180.me . Please check it out. If you are not happy with your body, I am sure… read more
Dr. Charlie Seltzer - Pioneering an Effective Approach to Health & Well-Being
The trifecta of long-term health and well-being, Dr. Seltzer is a member of the American Society of Bariatric Physicians, the American Academy of Anti-Aging Medicine and the American College of Sports Medicine.
This is the piece that ABC News did on one of my pediatric patients and me. What it doesn’t talk about is the overwhelming obstacles that Michael is overcoming in his journey. Probably most importantly, the barrier that school poses with regards to healthy food choices is significant. While it is required that his school provides fruit and vegetables, the main choices are still very unhealthy (like chicken nuggets, pizza and cheeseburgers) and make a tough road even tougher. Still,… read more
Watch me and one of my patients on ABC News tomorrow at 4pm. Everyone have a great Thanksgiving, and remember, what you do for 45 minutes on a Thursday in November is insignificant the long run. However, what you do between Thanksgiving and January 1st is not.
If you want visible abs, long “core-strengthening” classes or long core workouts are not the best way to get them. First, notice I said “visible” abs. I did not just say “abs.” The reason for this is you already have a nice set of abs. Even though I do not know everyone who is reading this, I do know what your abs look like. I know this because everyone’s abs look pretty much the same. They look like the picture… read more
This incredibly easy beef stew is full of nutrients and high quality protein. It is also very filling and low in calories. The amounts of ingredients can be easily adjusted to fit your nutritional needs. The vegetables are just suggestions. Feel free to use whatever you like. Since I am always after maximum convenience, I do not brown the meat first, though if you were so inclined it would add another layer of flavor. Use a small amount of olive… read more
I have written about why women should not worry about getting bulky from lifting weights many times before, but women keep saying it and I keep cringing when they do. So, for their benefit, here is another way to look at it. Let’s use for an example a woman who is carrying around 40 extra pounds of fat on her frame. She feels (correctly) that she is bulky and fears (incorrectly) that weight training will just exacerbate the problem. Those… read more
Losing in the Beginning
It is not easy to lose weight. Anyone who says otherwise is probably trying to sell you something you shouldn’t be buying. That being said, if you weigh 300 pounds, it is much easier to lose 20 pounds than if you started at 150 and are trying to get to 130. As you approach your goal weight or pants size or body fat percentage, weight loss will (and should) slow down. Rapid weight loss once you’re within… read more
This is indeed a disturbing problem which will cost our country immeasurably in the future, specifically in health care expenditure and lost productivity. What is most troubling is the number of factors contributing to this problem and the uphill battle we are facing to correct them.
First, let’s examine the financial aspect. A McDouble cheeseburger with a large Sweet Tea from McDonald’s costs $2 and provides 670 calories, 76 grams of sugar and 19 grams of fat (8 grams… read more
Intense resistance training with the goal of building maximum muscle is an extremely effective way to rapidly burn fat. While it is true that there is not a significant amount of fat burned during the workout, there is a tremendous degree of fat oxidation in the time after the workout is completed. Here is why: repairing muscle damaged through training and regenerating muscle glycogen (sugar stored in muscle which provides energy for contraction) requires a huge amount of energy. The… read more