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Weight Loss in Men Reverses Testosterone Deficiency

Low testosterone levels and symptoms of male sexual dysfunction due to obesity may be reversible with weight loss after bariatric surgery, a new study finds.   The results were presented at The Endocrine Society’s 93rd Annual Meeting in Boston. “Morbidly obese men have a high prevalence of hypotestosteronenemia, or low testosterone, and of sexual dysfunction,” said …

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What Dr. N Eats…..

Had a nice lunch yesterday….. A small butcher block covered with a variety of italian meats, some chunks of delicious parmesan, goat cheese, white bean puree, almonds, pistachios, sweet yellow peppers, beautiful italian olives, asparagus, a few raisins and dried cranberries and  some toasted ciabatta.  Enjoyed it with a nice glass of Spanish Tempranillo, 2007. Pretty much finished …

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William Banting – Father of the Low Carbohydrate Diet

William Banting was a carpenter and undertaker who first championed the idea that a diet low in carbohydrates had health promoting benefits.  He himself had many health problems including being over weight and sought in vain over many, many years for a solution. Follow this link to read an interesting history about his journey and the discovery of the …

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Nice Program from BBC on the History of Low Carb

I recently found this program that aired on the BBC (British Broadcasting Corporation) 2 years ago about the history of low carbohydrate dieting.  It’s well done, interesting and gives some useful background.  My only caveat is that in spite of showing that low carbohydrate approach is better than low fat diets for weight reduction, the program ends with some doomsday scientist saying how …

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Why Starting The Atkins Diet Causes You To Feel Tired

Why Starting The Atkins Diet Causes You To Feel Tired Patients who go on the Atkins low carbohydrate diet often experience headaches, ‘brain fog’, lightheadedness or fatigue the first few weeks after reducing their carbohydrate intake. These symptoms will improve after a few weeks but for some individuals they can be quit severe and will …

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How to Start Your Low Carb Diet

The approach taken on this blog is not the Adkin’s diet.  Completely eliminating carbohydrates is not the intention, but more a reduction.  Reducing the amount of carbohydrates eaten in a day and increasing protein in the diet is one of the best steps toward weight loss. Besides the benefits of weight reduction, reducing carbohydrates in …

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Pavlov and Artificial Sweeteners

One of the most well established concepts in psychology is that animals (including humans) learn about relationships among the events they experience.  These repeated experiences can change how we react to the events we’ve experienced.  This is the basis of Pavlovian psychology.  Research on the use of artificial sweeteners suggests just such a mechanism may …

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Do You Think 'The Biggest Loser' Is Exploitative?

I do! I’ve watched the show the ‘The Biggest Loser’ a few times and come away each time with the same thought, “This is the most dangerous, manipulative show I’ve ever seen on television.” Medically speaking, to encourage individuals to lose weight at these tremendous rates is very unhealthy and extremely dangerous.  Weight loss experts …

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Why Eating Slowly Helps Decrease Your Weight

Try eating more slowly if you’re looking to shed some pounds.   When you eat too fast you can outpace your body’s normal hunger mechanisms that tell you when you are full. The more slowly an individual eats, the more the body is able to release hormones that suppress our hunger.  So, eating a moderate …

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Body Sculpting With Low Carb/High Protein Diets

One of the more intriguing health benefits I’ve observed in my patients from decreasing carbohydrate intake (to 25-30% of daily calorie intake) and increasing protein (20-30 grams per meal 3 times per day) is the significant and fairly rapid body sculpting effect that occurs. Patients will often comment how quickly they seem to shrink in …

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You Really Don’t Need A Snack To Reduce Your Afternoon Hunger

About 80% of my weight loss patients have a similar complaint, they feel a sense of hunger in the afternoon described as a “grumbling” of their stomach, a sense of weakness or even a shaky sensation as if they have low blood sugar.  And I tell them all the same thing, “Your sense of hunger …

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True or False? Exercise Turns Fat Into Muscle.

False. Fat and muscles are both composed of different types of cells in our bodies. Exercise drives  muscle cells to grow larger.  The energy used during exercise will make the fat cells shrink. And substantially increasing the size of your muscle cells helps to increase the amount of energy your muscle will burn off  throughout …

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How Fast Can I Expect To Lose Weight?

Patients that I assist with weight loss are frequently disappointed that they may averaging only 1-2 pounds of decreased weight per week.  They have a false sense of appropriate weight loss rates.  I figure this is from the relentless false and misleading advertisements of most weight loss programs they’ve seen or read about. When a …

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Start Here – 6 Steps to Reduce Hunger and Lose Weight

The Science of Hunger is a simple weight loss program I have developed over time for the patients in my medical practice.  This method will help you lose about 1/2-1 lb per week consistently. The Science of Hunger approach is based upon the scientific principle  that our present body weight is dictated by our present …

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Carbohydrates Increase Your Hunger

As our modern carbohydrate supply becomes more processed, our bodies are experiencing more rapid absorption and intense spikes of sugar into our blood streams.  The elevated blood sugar levels forces our bodies to produce higher and higher levels of insulin in order to maintain a normal level of blood sugar.  The degree to which our …

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Working Long Hours And Eating Junk Food

Parents who work long and odd hours are more apt to buy fast food and prepared entrees, says the study by Cornell University researchers, published in the September/October issue of the Journal of Nutrition Education.  And another coping mechanism is to skip some meals entirely. The survey study found that: About a quarter of moms …

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Is Obesity a Genetic or a Behavioral Disorder?

Clearly there are strong genetic influences on body fatness.  But what’s really inherited is the rank order of body fatness compared to the the people who have a lifestyle that’s similar to yours. If both your parents were 200 pounds, that does not mean that you are destined to be 200 pounds. But if both …

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Low Levels of Exercise Could Save Your Life

You don’t have to run marathons to reap the benefits. Even moderate exercise can have a significant impact on your long-term wellness. A new study, published in the Journal Medicine and Science in Sports and Exercise, followed almost 4,400 middle-aged and older adults for an average of nine years. Participants were categorized into five groups …

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Exercise Is A Poor Strategy for Weight Loss

People think, if they just work out they can lose weight… but what you eat is much more important than how much you exercise when it comes to losing weight! Your net-caloric intake is everything; working out is secondary. Limit your daily calories and you will lose weight!  Stick to my lower carbohydrate reduction/higher protein …

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