Where to start? For some folks radically, for others, one change at a time, maintained for 2-4 weeks until it becomes a habit.  More activity; healthier foods that actually satisfy longer; but NOT going hungry!

Dr John Ellis MD

Board-certified anesthesiologist, with expertise in cardiovascular anesthesia and the implications of obesity and sleep apnea in anesthesia. See vascularanesthesia.com for professional information. Dr. Ellis has used the strategies in here to: (1) lose 120 lbs over 18 months, (2) stop all antihypertensive medicines, and (3) no longer need CPAP treatment for sleep apnea.


  1. Do you exercise everyday or every otherday? I am 57 and my metabolism just won’t kick in. I lost 40 lbss. about a year ago on Jenny Craig and then everything stopped so I got off of JC and began exercising and doing weights and walking in october of last year and have not gained but have not lost weight either. This past month I have been so discouraged i just stopped but I know that is not right. Do you have any suggestions or encouragement you can give me. Did you have days you wanted to quit. I just there was a woman out there that could share her hard times with metabolism do you know of any one? Thanks in advance.

  2. 1. I exercise approx every other day. Half of my training is weight or resistance (using my own body weight) training. I’m fortunate to be able to use a trainer some of the time. How much weight are you using? I recommend a weight that you can do 6-8 times; I think some women use too little. For men and women, as we age, we lose muscle – hence “metabolism slows.” I believe weight training is key to weight loss – muscle burns fat 24/7. See these posts: http://www.howilost100lbs.com/?s=muscle+training
    2. Don’t get discouraged! While I weigh myself most days, I also look at how my clothes fit. I find now that if I go a week or more without weight training, I may lose weight, but I think that’s muscle weight. So, if the scale stays the same, but your clothes fit better, you’re winning!
    3. If you didn’t do what you’ve been doing, you’d be even bigger. So be grateful!
    4. I didn’t have a target weight. My goal was to exercise regularly and change WHAT I eat, and see where things settled.
    5. Remember much better you feel at this weight compared to before you’d lost the 40 lbs.

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