Dr. Ellis discusses his 130 lbs weight loss on the Doctor Oz show

In August, I taped segments in my hometown (Chicago), and then on the set of the Doctor Oz Show in NYC.  I was very pleased with how things came out. I discussed how I ballooned to 337 lbs; the food changes I made to get on the path to sustainable...

Taking public transport = lose 6 lbs in a year

I live in Chicago and am well served by public transport.  I realize this is not true for many people.  But even with that, when I was 337 lbs, I drove everywhere. Now that I’m at 210 lbs, I’m much more likely to take bus, train, and even a cab...

Author Mark Bittman’s common-sense approach to healthy eating and weight loss

I saw Mark Bittman speak last night as part of the Chicago Humanities Festival.  He writes for the NY Times about cooking and food policy. I’ve not read his books, but two he mentioned two that  made a lot of sense to me. One book teaches people about cooking fast – since people complain...

Knee pain? Hip pain?

People who are overweight or obese are more likely to have knee pain or hip pain from osteo (“wear and tear”) arthritis. Walking has been shown to HELP folks with knee pain.  Weight loss certainly helps.  I have one friend whose knee pain disappeared after she began salsa dancing 5...

High fructose corn syrup

From doctors at NY’s Mt. Sinai Medical Center: …Today’s children may be the first U.S. generation in a century to have a shorter lifespan than their parents. …abundance of cheap, unwholesome food sweetened by the synthetic sugar substitute high-fructose corn syrup (HFCS). Consumption of HFCS has increased tenfold since 1974....

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!

Feature in Prevention Magazine

My weight loss success story is featured in the July issue of Prevention Magazine, check it out! "Six years ago, I was pushing 340 pounds, and everything—my body, my job, my love of travel—was crumbling beneath the weight. There I was, a doctor, constantly reading about and lecturing on obesity and its negative effects on patient outcomes, yet..."

My Journey

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