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A monthly column on diet, exercise and my weight loss journey.

Weight loss.  A topic with no shortage of news, opinions, and advice.  Here are a few reports I thought you would find interesting.


Do you watch yourself eat? If you want to lose weight, maybe you should. According to researchers from Iowa State University, people who can see their reflection while they’re eating consume 32 percent less fatty food.


Listening to music can help you lose weight. Music has been shown to make exercise feel easier, so you stick with it longer and burn substantially more calories. In fact, according to studies published in the book Fitness Walking for Dummies, it was found that people who listen to music work out from 11 to 24 percent more without even realizing it.


There are lots of reasons not to eat at your desk. Messy fingers. Crumbs in the keyboard. But the real reason has less to do with cleanliness and more to do with your eating habits. If you’re looking to shed a few pounds, couple it up with a pledge to keep food away from your workspace. Researchers say regularly eating at your desk can force you to develop a habit, as your brain begins to associate working with eating. After a while, you’ll find yourself craving snacks as you sit down to work, consuming extra calories along the way. Making a pledge to keep eating in the kitchen or dining room and away from the desk helps to remove your mind’s association of food with working at your desk or playing games. The same goes for eating in front of the TV. If you do it often, it becomes an unhealthy habit.


If you are trying to lose weight here’s a trick: Research, as reported in Men’s Health magazine, shows that eating fruit before a meal suppresses appetite and will help you feel full sooner, so you eat less food. And it even works for breakfast. Before your bacon and eggs, have a fruit cup first.

It’s a journey – diet and exercise – weight gain and loss.  My journey started in 2011 with Dr Lodge and the team at Cool Springs MD.  They helped me lose 65 pounds in 16 weeks.  Do you need help on your journey?  Connect with Dr Lodge and Cool Springs MD, you won’t regret it.

Dr Lodge and his team of personal trainers, dieticians and medical professionals are ready to help you with their stated goal for everyone to be “Happy, Healthy and Whole”

What has helped you lose weight?  Any tips you would like to share?  I welcome your feedback, thoughts and ideas and look forward to sharing them in a future article.  You can email me at [email protected] or feel free to call me during my live radio show – weekdays between 3 pm – 7 pm on 94 FM The Fish. (800) 826-3637

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