Work those triceps, go sleeveless!

It’s almost time, fingers crossed for those of us in the Midwest, to rock spring/summer gear. So time to work on the triceps! I do triceps exercises using Bodylastics Resistance Bands (see video above). Doing it this way, with the bands, reduces the stress on my neck (had 2 neck...

Teach the dad, help the kid, too!

A weight reduction program for dads had the beneficial “side-effect” of increasing activity and improving diet in their grade school children!  Reports the International Journal of Obesity: The HDHK (‘Healthy Dads, Healthy Kids’) program resulted in significant weight loss and improved health-related outcomes in fathers and improved eating and physical...

Press that fat away!

My neck issues limit my ability to do upper body exercises but I don’t let it get in the way. I got Bodylastics Resistance Bands to do some great muscle building exercises without bothering my neck. I use them to do chest presses (see video above) and other muscle building exercises. Chest...


Music is a great stress-reliever! My collection is much, much larger than this, but these are a few of my solo jazz piano favorites on iTunes: iMix “Dr. Ellis Jazz Piano favorites.” One study showed that patients awaiting surgery had significant stress reduction by listening to music.  Another study of...

5 rules to retraining your pancreas

I lost weight and gained good health by retraining my pancreas. The pancreas produces insulin to regulate blood sugar (glucose) after meals. When we eat diets high in simple carbohydrates, we force our pancreas to work overtime to produce enough insulin to control rising blood sugar. But the more obese...

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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