Food Is Not Your Enemy

It’s Not Just About “Eat Less, Exercise More”

The New York Times published a piece yesterday, written by Dr. Perri Klass, about how hard it is for doctors to tell their patients to lose weight if they themselves are overweight. Klass mentions how her heart just doesn’t feel in it when she tells her patients to “eat less and exercise more,” as she realizes just how hard it is to do that.

Here’s the rub: simply eating less and exercising more is not the answer, and the latest nutritional research shows this. It depends so much on what you eat, when you eat it, and how you eat it. But doctors receive virtually no training in nutrition–I’ve heard this over and over again from doctors themselves. Our medical schools could use a serious overhaul when it comes to teaching nutrition and preventative medicine.

This is one of the reasons why I do what I do–I can help people lose weight and improve their health by giving them individualized support that goes way deeper than simply telling them to eat less and exercise more. And I thank my kids’ pediatrician for recently entrusting me to help his patients get healthy.

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