How I Lost my Covid-15 pounds

People much wiser than myself recommend picking a word for each year. After the dumpster fire of 2020, I decided the word I needed for 2021 was HEALTH. I even wrote it across the top of our wall sized, yearly planner in big, block letters.

At the start of COVID, I stress-lost weight, then immediately gained back more than double. Going into 2021, I was determined to fit back into my clothes again (it’s frightening how living in one pair of yoga pants (or scrubs) lends itself to not realizing you can’t fit into the rest of your wardrobe!).

Here’s the list of things that helped me finally lose weight by the end of 2021. I hope you can find some helpful tips in case, like me, you’d prefer to start using the rest of your wardrobe again:

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Frugal ways to Lose Weight—Part II*

This is part II of a two part series on frugal ways to lose weight. To pick up where we left off last week:

6) Fasting has health benefits besides just cutting weight. I think this is why so many religions in the world incorporate it into their religious practices—look at the month of Ramadan going on right now all over the world.

Ideally you should be doing a twelve-hour fast every night but that’s a whole other topic (about offloading the glycogen stores from your liver).

I often use intermittent fasting to cut—or even maintain—weight. When I do, it’s only one or two days a week. I would recommend reading a few articles about intermittent fasting before you try it though. If you do it incorrectly, you’ll end up Continue reading “Frugal ways to Lose Weight—Part II*”

Frugal ways to Lose Weight—Part I*

I thought I’d address one of the most frequently asked questions I get from friends and family. And I do mean incredibly frequent—even when I travel overseas, I get asked how to lose weight.

Weight is a tricky subject and I’m bound to stick my foot in my mouth with something I say here. But I would be failing as a writer if I shied away from discoursing on difficult subjects—and part two of this blog covers some uncomfortable points.

So I’m going to plow ahead anyway.

Because my biological father was obese and died of a heart attack at age sixty-two, I tend to be acutely aware of what being overweight does to one’s longevity. My genetics also makes me— as a physician—a bit more bold about speaking out on weight issues in America and how to help people stay healthier so they can avoid Physicians like me (seriously—no one ever wants to see a Palliative Care doctor. We’re one step before Hospice!)

Most women want to lose just ten percent of their weight.  When they do, they’re allegedly more likely to want to have sex because they feel better about their body image (sex is more complicated than just losing weight though—see part 2 next week).

You can lose—and maintain a healthy weight—without spending gobs of money on fancy diet systems. I gained exactly sixty-three pounds with each of my pregnancies. Here’s what I learned during my postpartum weight loss journeys (besides those last five pounds stick like glue):  Continue reading “Frugal ways to Lose Weight—Part I*”