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by Barbara Berkeley, Do you feel like you can gain weight from eating air? Overweight individuals often feel that they gain weight just by looking at food, yet our culture disbelieves this. " No", it says, "the reason you are overfat is because you are weak and have no willpower. Look at that thin person over there, now there is a role model." This is utter nonsense as far as I'm concerned. While we debate about whether different people store... Continue reading
Posted 4 hours ago at Refuse To Regain
by Barbara Berkeley, MD Happy Thanksgiving to all! Today is the day that the holiday eating season begins for real so I hope you've got your plan together and are ready to go! For those of you who want to continue an active weight loss or for those who seek to maintain-not-gain between now and the new year, here are are few basics to review: At this time of year, we are often asked what we give thanks for. We... Continue reading
Posted 5 days ago at Refuse To Regain
Dear Subscribers, My blog feed has apparently been down for some time. Unfortunately, I was unaware. I have changed to a new feed service and hope that all will run smoothly from here. If you are being prompted to come back as reader after many months, please take a look at all the posts you have missed! With apologies, Barbara Continue reading
Posted 6 days ago at Refuse To Regain
by Barbara Berkeley, MD It's a problem. All those parties. All that wine and beer. Like the carbs we eat, alcohol can co-opt our brain and starting talking for us. Who hasn't had that experience?? A few suggestions: Continue reading
Posted Nov 18, 2015 at Refuse To Regain
by Barbara Berkeley, MD In our practice, we try to see our patients every week. It's a lot of personal contact, but we've found over the years that people who are working on healthy weight behaviors need an "island", a place where it's ok to see the world differently from the view of their friends, family and co-workers. And they need to have a moment on that island frequently. More so over the holidays. Our eating behaviors are directly related... Continue reading
Posted Nov 12, 2015 at Refuse To Regain
by Barbara Berkeley I notice that despite the unseasonably warm temperatures in Cleveland, our stores are suddenly trimmed in fake snow, silvery branches, and glittering ornaments. It happened overnight in the invisible seam that separates fall from winter and almost always seems premature....until the flakes start to swirl for real. What this means, of course, is that we are about to launch into that season that is supposed to be so wonderful, so giving and so warm but which often... Continue reading
Posted Nov 12, 2015 at Refuse To Regain
by Barbara Berkeley, MD OK. So you have to be as old as I am to get the title of this post. It comes from the incredibly silly 60s comedy "F Troop", a show about the misadventures of a remote US Army outpost somewhere in the Wild West around the end of the Civil War. It featured dumb jokes, broad slapstick and politically incorrect Indians. If you grew up in the New York area, you were only too familiar with... Continue reading
Posted Nov 6, 2015 at Refuse To Regain
by Barbara Berkeley, MD I was intrigued by David Brooks' column in the New York Times today. It speaks to a renewed interest in an old idea: simplifying life. Living in a less complicated way is not a new concept (think Walden Pond), but it has gained a greater magnetism in the setting of the hugely complex and acquisitive world in which we now find ourselves. I personally have enjoyed and benefited from Marie Kondo's "The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying... Continue reading
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Reblogged Oct 31, 2015 at Refuse To Regain
You will probably be seeing media coverage of this meta-analysis comparing the effectiveness of low-fat dieting to other diet types. Conducted by Harvard's Joann Manson and others, the study showed what those of us who work in the weight loss world have already observed, that weight loss works better under low carb conditions and that low fat diets are generally not helpful for sustained weight loss. (I actually believe they could be, but the problem is that the lack of... Continue reading
Posted Oct 31, 2015 at Refuse To Regain
by Barbara Berkeley, MD Are you driven crazy by the daily dietary directives that scroll beneath the news and pop up on the front pages of the papers? I am. The internet has given us the ability to learn of every speculation about diet and every study...whether small, large, well-constructed, or poorly run. Media reporting does not discriminate between these. Pretty much everything is offered with equal weight, which leaves it to us to figure out if the latest dietary... Continue reading
Posted Sep 19, 2015 at Refuse To Regain
by Barbara Berkeley, MD What is the definition of insanity? Albert Einstein put it this way: "The definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over and expecting a different result." Who are we to disagree with the greatest of mind of the 20th century? This week we were treated to the latest data on the prevalence of overweight and obesity in the United States. We sure talk a lot about obesity and we sure claim that we... Continue reading
Posted Jun 23, 2015 at Refuse To Regain
by Barbara Berkeley, MD Whether or not my beloved Cleveland Cavaliers are able to prevail as champions this year, there is no question that they have delivered a gutsy performance in this year's NBA finals. When LeBron was in Cleveland during his first stint, I frequently wrote about him in this blog. I thought, and still think, that there was a lot to be learned from someone who pursued his goals with such single-minded intensity. In my own "sports career"... Continue reading
Posted Jun 14, 2015 at Refuse To Regain
by Barbara Berkeley, MD Those who set out to lose weight view the process as a project and want a goal. Thus, it is rare that a new patient does not conclude our first visit by asking: "What should I weigh?" Unfortunately (or perhaps fortunately) there is no simple answer to this question. You are a work in progress with no specific ending point. How does an artist know when a painting is done? The understanding of when to put... Continue reading
Posted May 20, 2015 at Refuse To Regain
Posted May 18, 2015 at Refuse To Regain
by Barbara Berkeley, MD This post is a re-run from 2010. I decided to re-post it after a flurry of patients expressed dismay about being unable to reach the supposed "normal weight" range on a BMI chart. In almost every case, their primary care or specialty physician had insisted that they shoot for a weight in the "normal" section of the chart. I'm here to tell you that it's not necessary or even advisable. The patient in front of me... Continue reading
Posted May 16, 2015 at Refuse To Regain
UPDATE ON KINDLE VERSION: For anyone who is waiting for the Kindle version of Refuse to Regain to reappear, I have been advised that the new digital files are ready. We should see the book back in Kindle within about two weeks. Very sorry for the problem and thanks for your patience!! Continue reading
Posted Apr 30, 2015 at Refuse To Regain
by Barbara Berkeley, MD Once again, let's venture into the territory of opinion.....but opinion based on experience. As we will soon see, it's nearly impossible to accurately compare weight loss programs. Most weight loss programs are unable to follow people long enough to gauge their degree of permanent change. So while it is possible to get a general idea of how well clients do with weight loss, it is not always possible to know about their long term outcomes....and of... Continue reading
Posted Apr 13, 2015 at Refuse To Regain
by Barbara Berkeley MD The most frequently accessed posts on this blog are the ones that I've written about weight control after menopause. Clearly, there is enormous frustration and confusion surrounding this topic in my sisters over 50. And why not? The American mainstream becomes disinterested in us women as we get older. We feel invisible. We internalize this cultural meme and fear it. Menopause, while just a biologic event, becomes a huge, nefarious bookmark in our lives. For many... Continue reading
Posted Mar 18, 2015 at Refuse To Regain
A few days ago I accompanied two Hadza hunters to a series of seeps or springs where they had set up hunting blinds of tall grass to ambush thirsty animals. It’s late dry season in Tanzania and dwindling water sources force otherwise dispersed animals to aggregate, and if you’re a hunter-gatherer, this is a good thing. The week before a hunter killed a zebra from one of these blinds with a poison tipped arrow (a windfall of >400-500 pounds of... Continue reading
Reblogged Feb 22, 2015 at Refuse To Regain
by Barbara Berkeley, MD The Dietary Guidelines Advisory Committee, which convenes every five years, have come out with its latest recommendations. Sugar is out. Eggs are back in. Fat? Still unclear. While we are finally starting to move in the right direction---a little---these guidelines remain mostly in the mode of previous directives. Count teaspoons, eliminate or add back individual elements, dissect your diet into ever-changing parts. Keep your eyes peeled for the latest change. We might be wrong! As frequent... Continue reading
Posted Feb 20, 2015 at Refuse To Regain
by Barbara Berkeley, MD It's been a message I've been repeatedly posting since 2008. That was the year when, frustrated to the max with a lack of attention to regain, I found the energy to write a book about it. My intention was to create support material for my patients and for other weight loss practices. I discovered blogging around the same time and started putting my perspective out on the internet. In the intervening seven years there has been... Continue reading
Posted Feb 17, 2015 at Refuse To Regain Caveat emptor! This site is an eye-opener. Scroll down to see the list of tainted diet supplements that have been outed by the FDA. Continue reading
Reblogged Feb 7, 2015 at Refuse To Regain Everyone should do a little research on DSHEA, the Dietary Supplement Health and Education Act….an ironic name…..which allowed the supplement industry to go on its merry way without any regulation. Continue reading
Reblogged Feb 7, 2015 at Refuse To Regain