The benefits of exercising in moderation

Exercise shouldn’t be intimidating. You don’t need to spend 1-2 hrs a day on the treadmill or bench press 300 lbs a day. It should never be “do or die.” In fact, moderate exercise provides the most health benefits. Jogging 2.5 hours a week at a slow pace (10-11 minutes per mile) is...


75 degrees and sunny on the Chicago lakefront yesterday! I did my usual summer walk… Much better than the treadmill or elliptical! I was only 3 min slower (60 min) than at the end of last summer… I believe measuring and keeping track are important. I need music when doing aerobic exercise…...


Depression can be a real problem.  It makes people not want to exercise.  Being sedentary becomes attractive.  Food is used to relieve bad feelings.  People who are depressed tend to gain weight over time. How to reverse this vicious cycle? 1.  See your doctor.  Some people may require anti-depressant medication.  In some...

How much weight gain is healthy during pregnancy?

Mothers who gained more than roughly 20lbs during pregnancy gave birth to larger babies.  This may predispose their babies to diabetes and high blood pressure later in life. Excessive weight gain in moms can produce diabetes in the mom, premature labor, and a host of other maternal problems. Now, my...

Sorry, ladies, but I disagree!

Self Magazine has a diet plan that’s like a game.  Different food every day… Pictures of women that have never struggled a day in their lives to lose weight.  Marketing!  Oh, well… In reality, a huge part of my weight loss has been REGULARITY.  That means I have eaten the...

Retrain your brain and pancreas...and live better

Dr. Ellis, 56 year old physician, lost 125 lbs over 20 months by altering his diet and adding regular exercise to his regime. He shares his struggles, successes, and medical knowledge here.

Be the tortoise, not the hare!

New Year, New You

Another year! Time now that the holidays are over to focus on health wealth, happiness, … and weight. As I lost weight, I’ve had tremendous improvements in all of those.

My Journey

I lost 125 lbs over 18 months (2008-2010) without surgery. How did I do it?
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