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Victory in our Routine Jun 30th, 2020

Victory is in the Routine        Every top athlete, musician, actress, and high performer has a daily routine. Some call it training and others call it practice.  They go through a repetitive cycle of doing the same thing over and over.  They don't just do anything.  They repeat...

Expectations and Disappointment Jun 23rd, 2020

Expectations and Disappointment        We all have expectations of what we want or would like to happen.  This begins to occur at a very young age.  My young grandsons have an expectation that each time we visit, we will have something for them.  They have developed this expectation...

Released Jun 16th, 2020

Released        We have been released and the locked doors have been unlocked.  Though we still are maintaining caution and utilizing our newly learned "distancing" techniques, we are feeling much more free.  Many are getting back to work.  Haircuts are being gotten.  Even the nail salons have opened. ...

Gotta Want It Jun 9th, 2020

Gotta Want It        We all want things in our life.  More free time.  To know more. Better relationships. Better health. Better body. More fun. A new car. A bigger house. A nice vacation.  An understanding boss. And on and on and on.  It's good to want.  Problem...

Ask Better Questions Jun 2nd, 2020

Ask Better Questions        "Why can't I lose weight?"  "What's wrong with my body?"  "Why don't I have any willpower?"        We are constantly talking to ourselves.  We ask our minds questions and we give it statements and our mind always responds.  If I ask myself,...

The Weight Loss Treatment Five May 26th, 2020

The Weight Loss Treatment Five.            To effectively lose weight and keep it off, there are Five aspects that must be treated.   If only one or two are addressed then the attempt will only partially succeed and long term weight control is not possible.  Almost everyone only...

Routine and Structure May 19th, 2020

Routine and Structure        We were made for success.  Part of being able to succeed is having a plan.  With that plan comes a set of goals, objectives, tasks, and timelines.  In accomplishing what we are setting out to do, we must have an organized plan of action. ...

Stress and Eating May 12th, 2020

Stress Eating        We're home. No place to go. Too much TV to watch.  Lots of computer screen time. Kids are home from school.  Husbands are under spouses feet 24 hours a day.  For many, the opposite is true.  Life is certainly different than we've ever seen it. ...

Decisions and Distractions May 5th, 2020

Decisions and Distractions        We find ourselves in a new and weird environment.  The COVID 19 virus has taken away what we thought was some stability and certainty in our lives.  That's the thing about life.  Is it really ever stable and certain?  Of course not.  We just get...

Get Healthy and Stay Healthy Apr 28th, 2020

Get Healthy and Stay Healthy        Right now the number one concern of Americans and everyone around the world is their health.  People are a bit frightened at the possibility of catching COVID 19 and becoming very ill.  Yes,  people are dying of this disease.      ...

Speed Apr 21st, 2020

Speed        There's a natural tendency to approach life in a leisurely way.  True, there is great importance in slowing down and smelling the roses.  Procrastination is one of the greatest obstacles to accomplishment.  We all experience procrastination. I'll do it later.  I'll do it tomorrow.  I'll do it...

Spring Season New Reason Apr 14th, 2020

New Season New Reason        Welcome Spring!  This is a time of renewal and growth.  It's when all of Mother Nature is having a party.  Plants come back to life.  Colors are restored in nature.  The flowers bloom and farmlands activate.  The air is fresh and Spring rains cleanse...

Silver Linings Apr 7th, 2020

Silver Linings        The world as we know it has changed.  Out of nowhere a tiny invisible particle with some genetic material has invaded us humans.  We are not in control of these things. It's the way the world was made.  We are however, in control of ourselves. ...

New Routines Mar 31st, 2020

New Routines        We get stuck in routines.  Many of these routines are detrimental to our health and wellbeing.  This viral pandemic has shown us that we can break old patterns and old routines.  We have been forced to change our daily lives.         Many are...

Managing a Disease Mar 24th, 2020

Managing a Disease        Most people seem to be perplexed by the fact that they lose weight and over time will gain it back and sometimes gain even more weight.  I will explain why this happens and what to do about it.          Everyone knows how...

Immersion in the Solution Mar 17th, 2020

Immersion in the Solution        All in or Part-time?  OK, we said that in 2020 we wanted to drop our excess body fat and get down to a lean and healthy weight.  We sounded committed,  we really wanted it , and yet here we are in the second...

Self Confidence Mar 10th, 2020

Self Confidence        Our success correlates with our level of self confidence.  Weight loss success requires that we be or become confident in ourselves and our ability to achieve a desired outcome.  If we go into the process of dropping weight, getting fit, becoming healthier without confidence, our chances...

Night Time Eating Mar 3rd, 2020

Night Time Eating        A common problem is evening and night time eating.  Many people can control eating throughout the day, but after supper, all heck can break lose.  Even after consuming a healthy and filling dinner, many people start heading to the refrigerator or pantry an hour...

Low Carb?, Low Fat?, Low Calorie Feb 25th, 2020

Low Carb?, Low Fat?, Low Calorie?        The answer is yes!.  I am asked more times than I can count, "What type of diet should I be on"?  Interestingly enough, our genetic makeup will determine how we burn our fuel and also what type of diet works best...

Going the Distance Feb 18th, 2020

Going the Distance        Weight loss and getting to our best weight is about going the distance.  Persistence and commitment even in the face of adversity are the answers to getting to your desired weight.  Beating our Fat Genes and being able to live in a body we...

Ketosis Feb 11th, 2020

Ketosis        There is no magic to the term ketosis.  Many patients seem mystified about being "in Ketosis".  Here's the simple truth.  Ketone bodies are produced as breakdown products of fat to be used as fuel by the body when adequate supplies of glucose are not available.  That's...

Are You Unstoppable? Feb 4th, 2020

Are You Unstoppable?        We want to lose weight.  We want to be thinner and wear nicely fitting clothes.  We want to look our best and feel our best.  We want the best health possible. Question is:  Are we willing to work for it?  Our Genetics and Biochemistry...

The Power of Goals Jan 28th, 2020

The Power of Goals        Most people give lip-service to goal setting.  Properly set goals are powerful and life changing.  Everyone has a goal or goals.  We keep them in our heads.  Problem is that most goals are just pipe dreams.        The difference between a...

Distraction Jan 21st, 2020

Distraction        Our senses are bombarded by thousands of inputs every minute.  We have gotten pretty good at ignoring most of them.  We have sounds, images, noise, conversations, and issues confronting us at all times.  We have learned to delete most of this external noise from our minds....

2020 - The Year of Clear Vision Jan 14th, 2020

2020 - The Year of Clear Vision        In order to achieve a great goal, we must have a clear vision of what we want the result to be.  Without this clarity, it is impossible to know what it is we are trying to achieve.  Losing excess body fat requires...

Tolerance Jan 7th, 2020

Tolerance        Having tolerance is a good thing generally speaking.  It's good to tolerate the opinions of others.  It's good to tolerate differences between people.  It's good to be tolerant...in general.  However, Tolerance can be a detriment to our lives.        We tend to tolerate and get complacent...

The Best Diet in the World Dec 31st, 2019

The Best Diet in the World          Everyone wanting to lose a pound or a hundred is looking for the latest and greatest diet to change their life and their body.  There have been as many diets as there has been dieters.  They come by brands and...

Commitment Dec 24th, 2019

Commitment        Being able to do something long after the emotional moment we said we would do it is commitment.  We say we will get thinner, eat healthier, and exercise regularly, but in times of change, upset, scheduling issues, or social events, we too easily resort to our...

Don't Settle Dec 17th, 2019

Don't Settle        We live in a society of settlers.  We settle for mediocrity.  We settle for comfort.  We settle for "good enough".  We settle for someone else to take care of it or us.  Worst of all, we settle for "OK" health.  It's ok now for young...

New Year - New You! Dec 10th, 2019

New Year - New You!        Everyone is getting excited for the upcoming Holidays.  Thanksgiving and Christmas and a host of other religious and family events are just around the corner.  We get so focused on these favorite times of the year that we don't think about our...

Achievement Dec 3rd, 2019

Achievement        We are born to win.  Born to grow.  Born to Achieve.  Now, that doesn't mean that everyone does.  I just said we all were born with the potential to move forward, learn, develop, and do good, if not great things.  It doesn't matter what area of...

We Know Too Much Nov 26th, 2019

We Know Too Much        I meet with patients everyday that come to us to lose body fat, reduce weight, and live a healthier life.  I have spent most of my adult life working to resist excess body fat accumulation.  I've been fat and I've been thin and...

Weight Loss Maintenance Nov 19th, 2019

Weight Loss Maintenance        Ok, you are working on your weight and body fat reduction plan or you are approaching your goal weight.  I call this your optimal weight. It's not necessarily your "skinny" weight.  It's the best weight for you to look your best, feel your best,...

The Final Push Nov 12th, 2019

The Final Push        The last two months of the year are when most people gain between 7-12 pounds.  Will that be you?  You've been working on getting leaner this year.  You set some powerful goals, but life happens and things get in the way of achieving the desired results. ...

Fat Genes Nov 5th, 2019

Fat Genes        I speak often with my patients about "Fat Genes".  I make it sound simple, but in fact it is very complicated and we are only at the beginning of understanding how our genetic makeup contributes to our body size, weight, and health.  Our distant ancestors...

Stuck and ReFrame Oct 27th, 2019

Stuck and Reframe        My patients tell me every day that they just want to have more energy, look better, be able to wear more stylish clothes, get into a smaller size jean, feel better, breathe easier, lower their abnormal medical markers, feel like they did years ago,...

Exercise and Weight Loss Oct 22nd, 2019

Exercise and Weight Loss      Many of my patients hit the gym hard 4-6 days a week and complain that they can't lose a pound.  Animal and human studies have shown that our ability to lose weight with exercise is a complex genetic and biochemical process.  In fact our...

CANI - Constant and NeverEnding Improvement Oct 15th, 2019

Constant and Never Ending Improvement        Many years ago I learned of a philosophy that spoke of Constant Improvement of ourselves.  The concept is sound and would seem to lead us all to become the best persons we could possibly become.  The practice of this Constant and Never...

A Compelling Why Oct 8th, 2019

Why?         If your struggling with weight loss, it could be a medical issue.  You may have a metabolic or hormonal imbalance that makes your body resist fat burning. It could be a psychological barrier regarding food that has you stuck. There are many reasons and most of...

Eating Out - Weight Loss and Restaurants Oct 1st, 2019

  Eating Out - Weight Loss and Restaurants        We all love to eat out at restaurants.  Just try to get into a restaurant on a Friday or Saturday night. There's usually a waiting line ( Weighting Line ).  In my experience with patients who are working on getting thinner,...

Vacations and Weight Sep 24th, 2019

Vacations and Weight        We all love vacations.  It's a time to relax, get things done, travel, see new places, and spend time together.  What it shouldn't be is a weight gain nightmare.  Why do people gain weight so often when on vacation?   The most common mechanism for putting on...

Appetite Suppression Sep 17th, 2019

Appetite Suppression        The best diet in the world for weight loss is the diet you can stay on.  Since overweight syndrome and obesity are genetic disorders, it is reasonable that our appetite signaling mechanisms are also genetically programmed.  You've most likely noticed that some people stop eating...

Crush the Fat Genes Sep 10th, 2019

Crush the Fat Genes        Being overweight takes the wind out of our sails.  We tire out more quickly, have less energy, feel full and bloated a lot, and have difficulty doing the things we did years ago.  We avoid getting our picture taken and don't feel good...

Routine Sep 3rd, 2019

Routine        Weight loss is a job that requires dedication.  It requires focus. It needs a routine.  Following people who are working on weight reduction demonstrates this fact.  When someone's life is steady and based on a routine, they are able to follow a pattern of healthy diet,...

Attitude and Motivation Aug 27th, 2019

  Losing weight is not easy.  It's nearly impossible to achieve with a bad attitude.  What's a bad attitude.  An outlook that focuses on the negative and unpleasant stuff.  A good attitude focuses on the positive and possible.  I know when a new patient starts to focus on things, like "is...

Stress Eating Aug 20th, 2019

Stress Eating        Stress much?  Sure, we all live stress filled lives.  In fact, without a bit of stress we'd get less done, be less motivated, and our lives would be somewhat dull.  Problem is, we usually perceive that the stress is reeking havoc on our life, and...

Self Talk Aug 13th, 2019

      We talk to ourselves all the time. We do it so much we don't even think about it. We make comments to ourselves about our daily activities.  We ask ourselves questions and generally hold conversations with ourselves all day long.  We have the ability to control this conversation.  It...

See the World the Way you Want it Aug 6th, 2019

 How we see the world and how we show up in the world make the difference between success and failure in our endeavors.  But be clear, a person is not a failure.  Failure is an event and how we approach any event in life determines whether it succeeds or fails. ...

Healthy Body - Going the Distance Jul 30th, 2019

  We overestimate what we can accomplish in one month, but we underestimate what we can accomplish in a year.  With weight loss, we all want to lose every excess pound of fat we have in the first month (if not the first week).  That's not realistic and we logically understand...

More on Willpower and Discipline Jul 14th, 2019

 Many people believe  they don't have enough willpower to lose weight.  They are wrong.  First of all, losing weight is not about willpower.  Secondly, most everyone already has the willpower needed to lose all the excess body fat. The problem isn't lack of willpower; it's difficulty committing to the process...

More Than Willpower Jul 13th, 2019

Most people think that to lose weight you must have willpower.  That’s somewhat true, but I’m going to tell you why you already have the right amount of willpower to get the job done. Have you ever graduated from a school? Have you ever held a job? Have you been in...

The Leaner Way to Health Jun 22nd, 2019

Hi,       I'm glad we could spend time together today in my office. I'm Dr. Greg Oliver. My job is to partner with you to improve your health and help you achieve your wellness goals. Our focus is on assisting you to achieve your ideal body weight and to...