SLEEP WEIGHT AWAY

Posted on August 5, 2012. Filed under: diet, diet | Tags: , , , , , |

Many of us do not get adequate sleep. The routine of not getting enough sleep contributes to weight gain and make weight loss more difficult. Most people require seven (7!) hours of sleep each night for optimal health and weight management. Sometimes people on weight loss plans use more caffeine to reduce food intake. This may be counterproductive because increased caffeine intake may aggravate the weight problem. Often inadequate sleep is related to poor stress management. Good sleep “hygiene” or practices include: planning your bedtime so you will get seven hours of sleep each night; doing relaxing things like reading or listening to soothing music for 30 minutes before “to sleep time”; quiet meditation at bedtime; and not watching TV during this last 30 minutes before “to sleep time.” Good luck, Jim

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Maintaining Simple Diet

Posted on June 14, 2012. Filed under: Uncategorized | Tags: , , , , |

Many of you have been on the Simple Diet for several months now. You are reporting, as our research shows, about 2.5 pounds per week over 8 weeks. However, between 2 months and 4 months, average weight loss drops to about 1.5 pounds per week. That is not fair, but it’s what happens. After 8 weeks, there is very little water loss and metabolism slows down. Also, there what we call “diet fatigue.” It’s extremely hard to sustain a diet for months and months. If this is what is happening to you, here are some suggestions.

First, review your goals and purpose. Your heart or passion for achieving and maintaining a healthy weight is the most important ingredient in your program. Second, review your records to assess how well you are meeting program goals. (Are you eating off the diet?) Consuming 3 shakes, 2 entrees, 5 fruits or vegetables is critical. Meet your physical activity goals. Maintain careful records. And, review your progress regularly with your buddy.

Third, EAT MORE! Eat more fruits, vegetables, shakes, entrees to avoid snacking. Add more volume from non-caloric beverages or higher volume shakes. And, add more variety to your diet to reduce some monotony.

If this is not working, transition to the Second Phase that brings in a variety of new food options.

You can do this!!! Best, Nutdoc (last post for 10 days– traveling!)

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Simple Lifetime Diet

Posted on June 9, 2012. Filed under: cholesterol, diabetes, diet, high blood pressure | Tags: , , , , |

The Simple Lifetime Diet is a health-promoting diet for everyone. It encourages use of high fiber fruits, vegetables and whole grain foods as well as protein sources such as low-fat dairy products and lean meats such as chicken, turkey, fish and very lean cuts of pork and beef. This diet is especially beneficial for persons with diabetes, high blood pressure or blood fat abnormalities. Our research, summarized at andersonsimplediet.com, documents these benefits: prevention and reversing diabetes, lowering blood pressure, and “fixing” blood lipid derangements. The Green Light Calorie Guide guides you in daily intake of at least five servings of fruits and vegetables, three servings of whole grain cereal, bread, pasta or rice, two servings of low-fat dairy products and two three-ounce servings of lean meat such as chicken, turkey, fish or pork tenderloin. Eat to your heart’s content. Best, Nutdoc

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SIMPLE DIET JOURNEY

Posted on June 8, 2012. Filed under: Uncategorized | Tags: , , , , |

Success with the Simple Diet weight management program is similar to planning a trip or a journey. This involves: GOAL, JUSTIFICATION, VEHICLE, FUEL, RECORDS, and SUPPORT. Let’s look at a theoretical physical journey and see how this resembles components for success with the Simple Diet.

If your brother had loaned you his car to drive to Boston for a temporary position and he announced his wedding date and needed the car back, this is what you probably would do. GOAL: drive 3000 miles from Boston back home to San Diego to return his car and attend the wedding. JUSTIFICATION: you would be very motivated to return car and attend wedding. VEHICLE: classy sports car. FUEL: gasoline. RECORDS: gasoline receipts for reimbursement that your family wants to provide. SUPPORT: frequent phone calls from sister.

SIMPLE DIET SUCCESS—GOAL: lose 30 or more pounds. JUSTIFICATION: you are committed to improving your health and enjoyment of life. VEHICLE: the Simple Diet. FUEL: your physical activity brings you energy and positive feedback that “fuels” or sustains your diet efforts. RECORDS: essential for tracking your progress and keeping score on how you are doing. SUPPORT: very important for sustaining your efforts over the 12 weeks of longer required, on average.

SIMPLE DIET SUCCESS requires establishing a firm goal and making the commitment to achieve the goal. Think long and hard about your commitment to health and the justifications. Just as you would not embark on a long journey without commitment and planning, you need similar passion and commitment achieving these health-promoting goals.

Best, Nutdoc

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INVEST YOUR SOUL IN YOUR HEALTH

Posted on May 20, 2012. Filed under: Uncategorized | Tags: , , , , , |

Loving yourself with all your soul brings a deep sense of purpose to your activities. Examining your inner self and bedrock values brings a focus and sense of meaning to your pursuits. Meditate and pray about your values and how your spirituality leads you to plan your priorities. Discuss your values and priorities with a sensitive family member—who shares similar values—or a friend who can help you with your goals. We should practice the very best behaviors that we want to model for our children or other younger people that we influence. Clearly defined goals and a deep sense of purpose are essential for weight loss and health management. Best, Jim

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Love yourself with all your HEART

Posted on May 20, 2012. Filed under: Uncategorized | Tags: , , , , , , |

Love yourself with all your heart. My research over the last 6 months has focused on meditation and health. Out of this study, and my prior obesity research, I have concluded that loving yourself  with all your heart—your passion—is the most important principle for promoting health. Jesus teaches that we should love God, our neighbor and our self with all our heart, soul, mind and body (Mk 12:30,31). Loving ourselves with all our heart means having a deep passionate love that works for the best health etc. for ourselves. This means we have the same passionate desire and work for the best for ourselves as we do for our children, grandchildren and family. Paul adds that “our body is a temple of the Holy Spirit and we should honor God with our body” (1 Cor 6:19,20). He also adds “whether you eat or drink, do everything for the glory of God.” We need to identify the activities that best promote our health and then use our passion for our health to motivate us to follow these disciplines. Best wishes, Jim

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The Simple Diet: as simple as 3, 2, 5.

Posted on May 12, 2012. Filed under: Uncategorized | Tags: , , , , |

Over the last 4 months many of you have shared your experience with the Simple Diet. Nancy, I and others appreciate your comments and sharing your challenges. Let me review some of your comments. As shared recently, the most common reason for not losing weight is going off the diet. Our experience indicates that a simple deviation, like just having a ‘taste’ of ice cream can lead to big-time eating. You may think, “I’ve already blown the diet today, I might as well enjoy the day.” This sometimes is followed by, “Since this is Friday, I will restart the diet on Monday.” After a 2 pound weight gain, as recently reported, you will be sadder but wiser. So, trust me, you will do much better if you just stick to 3 shakes, 2 entrees, and 5 fruits or vegetables.

Focus on the 3. 3 shakes per day is the most important component of the Simple Diet. It is much more difficult to achieve your weight goal is you do not do 3 shakes a day. There are hundreds of shakes available and thousands of recipes that include diet soda, fruit, and other ingredients. So, there probably is a shake that you can enjoy. Shakes deliver high volume and high nutrition—both of which are important. If the volume is a problem, you can make a pudding in 2 oz. of fluid. So I encourage you to regularly get in your 3 shakes a day.

Later, Nutdoc

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What are nutrition solutions?

Posted on January 21, 2008. Filed under: cholesterol, diabetes, nutrition, weight | Tags: , , , , |

Welcome!

Many people prefer to manage health with diet and exercise rather than drugs. For 40 years my research and practice has focused on control of blood fats, diabetes, high blood pressure and weight through nutrition measures. In this blog I will share with you some of the approaches we have used.

Jim Anderson, MD, (aka, NutDoc), trained in internal medicine, endocrinology and nutrition. I have done biochemistry lab research, hundreds of clinicals with drugs or nutrition for all these conditions, but have felt most fulfilled in trying to bring this research experience to the clinic where I have had an active practice. 

In this blog I will be sharing specific suggestions that  you can incorporate into your own lifestyle to improve health. Specifically, I will initially share the strategies that have been successful with my own patients. I will start with approaches to lowering blood cholesterol since drug use has recently been challenged. In the 1980’s I was know as the “oat doc.” In the 1990’s I became the “soy doc.” Now I want to be the “nut doc.”

About 30 years ago we developed new diets– high carbohydrate and fiber (HCF)– diets to better manage diabetes. We found that most people with diabetes could reduce their need for medications or insulin by 25-75% using this diet. These diet experiences helped many people lose weight but we needed better education stategies to empower people to make long-standing changes in lifestyle habits. In 1985 we established the HMR Weight Management Program at the University of Kentucky and have helped thousands of persons lose weight and maintain successful weight management long-term. We will share some of these guidances in this blog.

Send us your questions. On a regular basis we will post guidelines related to specific areas. While we will not be able to send answers to individual questions we will try to post comments  of general interest and respond to questions of general interest.

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