Choose Your Own Style (of eating)

How tuned in are you to your needs?  Do you know what your best eating style is?  Chances are good that you have been confused and discouraged, trying to keep up with the latest nutrition research in hopes of nailing that perfect diet that will allow you to maintain an ideal weight for life, never[…]

Healthy, Manageable Weight Loss Tips (from people who have done it!)

The best weight loss tips (as reported by TIME Magazine) come from people who have lost and kept it off.  In short: Be OK with slow and steady.  (Remember:  The tortoise won the race!) Pay attention to emotions and triggers and how they affect eating.  This type of journaling can be more effective than simply counting calories.[…]

Is it really a surprise that binge eating is associated with blood sugar abnormalities?

I have long suspected that binging is associated with blood sugar abnormalities, increasing the risk of insulin resistance.  It just makes sense to me that consuming large quantities of food at one time would tax the body’s ability to manage the blood sugar reaction, especially if binging is ongoing for years.  A study just came[…]

Dieting is not helpful for adults any more than it is for kids.

For overweight kids, research shows that dieting is not successful.  Avoid putting yourself on a diet as well! The same logic applies. In fact, the American Academy of Pediatrics has released new guidelines for treating overweight children and teens.  “We need to focus on health and healthy behaviors, rather than the number on the scale,”[…]

Is it time to get rid of an exercise or eating rule?

Do you count calories?  Points?  Carb grams?  Maybe you have been weighing yourself daily or even several times a day?  Are you someone who feels guilty when you don’t get your hour of exercise every day of the week? While I am in favor of setting kind boundaries in all areas of life – not[…]

How to Avoid an Eating “Wipe-Out”

This is a magnet I have on my refrigerator – always makes me laugh. My daughter bought it for me after I mentioned how much I loved it. It just brings to mind how people can appear to have everything under control, while in reality they are on high alert, constantly readjusting to keep from[…]

“Kim, how can you understand my weight issues when you are thin and fit?”

This is a question that one of my group participants e-mailed recently, with the subject line “Nosey question.” Since I’m an open book, especially when it can help someone, I am answering the question not only for her, but for all of you as well. I believe the answer is important.  Thank you for asking Ms.[…]

Lessons from “The Biggest Loser”

Losing 239 pounds in 7 months is a good thing for a 430 pound man, right?  Not so fast!  Literally. It turns out that hunger hormones are drastically affected by rapid weight loss.  Combined with a decreased metabolism designed for survival, it becomes very difficult for someone to maintain the lower weight long-term without almost[…]

The Crazy-Maker

Can’t figure out why you’re not losing weight?

I’ve been hearing various versions of this dilemma lately.  Whether the problem is that someone has been “doing everything right” for a while or that they made short-term extreme sacrifices with their diet, the common theme is confusion and frustration. They just can’t figure out why the weight is not coming off. After ensuring that enough time[…]

No worries, no insomnia!

What we call “normal” matters.

Is it “normal” to feel hungrier some days than other?  How about feeling in control of eating one day and feeling unable to emotionally driven to junk food the next?  How we react to varying physical and emotional needs – and whether or not we even consider varying needs “normal” – matters . . . a lot.[…]