Raise your hand if this sounds familiar: “I want to lose weight, but I can’t stop eating.” If your hand is up, no judgment here — because you’re definitely not alone.  So, what gives? The why behind this common complaint might surprise you. In most cases, if you can’t stop eating when you’re trying to lose weight, it’s because your hunger is emotional or psychological rather than physical. Fortunately, there are a lot of things … Continue reading “How to Lose Weight If You Can’t Stop Eating”

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My home scale stopped working, and that is a good thing for me. I have a bad habit of deciding how to eat based on the number on my scale. If I am at the low end of my target weight, I tend to overeat. Hey, if I am at my skinny weight, I deserve it, right? Too bad that same thought pattern doesn’t work when I am at my high weight—I just get mad … Continue reading “Accurate Scale Measurements”

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Make sure to read the ingredients

Not Read Your Breakfast Label Two major breakfast mistakes: “Eating light yogurt that is full of chemicals and sugars and thinking that is healthy,” says Jaime Harper, MD, an obesity medicine specialist in Avon, Indiana. “And assuming because a processed boxed product is endorsed by the American Heart Association it is good for you.” Recommendation: Instead, read the ingredients. If you can’t pronounce them, avoid them. Click here to read the full article

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Hint: It has to do with the caffeine. Experts talk about how important hydration is for health and weight loss. And they also talk a lot about how to cut down on calories in things like your daily coffee. Now, new research shows that one cup of plain coffee could stimulate “brown fat”—and it might be another breakthrough for weight loss research. What is brown fat? Scientists from the University of Nottingham tested nine healthy male and female … Continue reading “Drinking This Much Coffee a Day Could Help Burn Fat”

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It’s finally summer in the Midwest, and I am sitting on the back porch marveling at how free my two-year-old is in his body. He is naked as can be with the garden hose in one hand, and eating apple and chicken meatballs with the other . . . and well, he just peed too. This is what summer should be about—just enjoying the simple things in life. Then I think about tomorrow: it’s opening … Continue reading “Start Your Weight Loss Journey”

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The first time it occurred to me that food could impact my skin was in my teenage years. I remember experiencing my first breakouts and hearing that greasy foods could lead to acne. While this myth has been busted, there is some truth to the link between eating clean (aka limiting or eliminating processed foods) and having clearer skin. Whenever a new patient comes into the medical spa, our licensed medical estheticians perform a skincare/treatment … Continue reading “How Eating Clean Can Positively Impact Your Skin”

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I hate the layout of my house! I understand the desire to have an open concept living room/kitchen, but then I am always sitting in the kitchen. It is ten steps from my living room couch to my refrigerator and fifteen steps to the pantry. This layout is making it so hard to do intermittent fasting. I usually try to stop eating at 8 p.m. but a girl only has so much willpower. After torturing … Continue reading “Your Zen Place”

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11February

Weekly Diet

When I meet with my medical weight-loss patients, I hear the same thing over and over: “There is so much conflicting data in the press in regards to diet, I don’t know what to do so I just don’t do anything.” I am going to take this opportunity to give you some simple tips and also show you what a sample week of eating can look like. For the week described below, I shopped at … Continue reading “Weekly Diet”

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It’s the new year; let’s refocus on eating healthy. For me, the combination of the holidays and our refrigerator being broken for three weeks really took a toll. With the fridge being fixed and now empty, it gave me the opportunity for a fresh start. As I sat down on my computer to procrastinate from making a grocery list, I was caught by the CNN headline “Mediterranean diet named the best for 2019.” Yes! A … Continue reading “Should you jump on the Mediterranean diet bandwagon?”

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fasting be back soon

Remember the days when your mom would not let you have an after-school snack because it would ruin your appetite for dinner? In the 1970s Americans only ate three meals a day and we were not an obese nation. Your body does not need to be in a constant fed state; you do not need six meals a day. The old wives’ tale that you need to eat breakfast has never been proven, and a … Continue reading “You Want Me to Do What?”

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07December

You Have to Eat

Weight loss has to be a lifestyle change. Diets don’t work! There is data in the medical literature showing that 98% of people who lose more than 20 pounds regain all the weight by the three-year mark.1 We don’t even need medical data to know that. How many times have you lost the same 10 pounds? Meals and food need to be thought out and planned in advance. If you show up to work not … Continue reading “You Have to Eat”

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Hi, I am Dr. Jaime Harper. A working mom of three young children and board-certified obesity medicine doctor who understands how hard it is to lose weight and maintain it as we age. I understand the pressures to be skinny and look a particular way (I am married to a plastic surgeon and taking over his blog!). I also know you must make the changes for yourself and no one else. You need to set … Continue reading “Who Am I and Why Am I Qualified to Give You Weight Loss Advice?”

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