Santa Cruz, California — Shortly before I came back to California to cover the American Diabetes Association’s Scientific Sessions in San Francisco from June 6 to 10, I had the opportunity to listen to talks by the endocrinologists in my town, Boulder, Colorado. Like the emphasis on obesity at this year’s ADA, one of those doctors has the same focus.
That doctor was in fact my wife’s endo before my wife died last year. That doctor is still pushing bariatric surgery as she did to Catherine. That was the main reason why Catherine stopped going to see her.
Catherine thought, as I still do, that bariatric surgery is a last resort for reversing obesity. I know many people who agree. In fact, one person in the audience listening to that doctor’s recent talk muttered “barbaric,” when the doctor showed slides of the procedure.
Still, the good doctor also presented a great slide with tips to lose weight short of bariatric surgery. The slide simply asks if we do any of the following:
1. Do you eat out on weekdays?
2. Do you watch TV while eating?
3. Do you skip breakfast?
4. Do you eat processed foods at home?
5. Do you drink sodas?
6. Do you have an erratic sleep schedule?
7. Do you have an erratic meal schedule?
8. Do you do comfort/stress eating?
9. Do you not eat mixed meals?
Then, she suggests, we eliminate one of them for the next five weeks.
Eliminating any one of them might get you to overcome the inertia of your weight habits.
These tips can certainly help. Other strategies exist, of course. I discussed many of them in my book, Losing Weight with Your Diabetes Medication.
And at the ADA I happened to run into a thin man. He told me that he had lost 40 or 50 pounds recently.
“What strategies did you follow?” I asked him.
“Just one,” he replied. “I stopped eating anything after dinner. That’s all I did differently.”
His strategy is a great one that I have finally been able to follow. It was hard to get started, but with a little time and determination I can now control my eating, rather than having my eating control me.
As to the doctor’s nine tips, I do generally follow them now. However, I’m now vacationing in Santa Cruz with my friend John.
We are doing a lot of hiking together:
Pastor John Dodson (left) and Me
But we also eat out a lot. It is possible to stay on a low-carb diet, and we are doing our best to do that.
This article is based on an earlier version of my article published by HealthCentral.