How I lost 5 lbs in the past month

It took me 18 months to lose 120 lbs.  Since then, I’ve been as low as 196 lbs (briefly), and generally around 202-205.  (I weigh myself daily).

Usually, I gain weight in the summer as I gorge on my favorite fruit, cherries.  However, over the past year, I’ve been snacking more between meals.  Almonds and unsweetened dried fruit.  That ended up with me averaging 209-211 lbs.  That bothered me, because I’d been able to buy a nice wardrobe since losing weight, and some of those purchases were getting snug.

So, I stopped snacking.  Cold turkey.  Tough for a week, but now I’m used to it.  Now 204-206 lbs.

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My exercise routine hasn’t changed.  Again, I believe that weight loss is 2/3 food choices, 1/3 physical activity.


Dr John Ellis MD

Board-certified anesthesiologist, with expertise in cardiovascular anesthesia and the implications of obesity and sleep apnea in anesthesia. See 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.

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