Health and Wellness

Hope, Healing and WellBeing

Mary Treacy O'Keefe

Hope, Healing and WellBeing – Weight Loss Myths: What Works and What Doesn’t with Dr. Charlie Seltzer

Charles W. Seltzer, MD – or ‘Doctor Charlie’ as his patients call him – is the only physician in the country to hold board certifications in Obesity Medicine and Internal Medicine and be certified by the American College of Sports Medicine as a Clinical Exercise Specialist. After losing 75 pounds, Dr. Charlie is committed to helping others lose weight and maintain a healthy lifestyle. He has found that although most diets often work initially, they aren’t maintainable. He explains how severe calorie reduction, for example, will result in the slow down of metabolism, which leads to weight gain, once the diet is discontinued.

In his practice, he creates nutritional plans that will work for people’s lifestyles. His focus is on weight sustainability. An overall effective diet should be balanced, without eliminating anything that can’t be maintained after the weight is lost. Dr. Charlie has found it’s most effective to adapt current food preferences so they are more healthy. When he begins working with people, he recommends they keep a record of daily food intake. A healthy lifestyle, including frequent exercise is the best way to sustain a healthy weight. The higher the intensity, the more fat one will lose each day. Interval exercise programs are particularly effective.

There is a relationship between weight loss and longevity: obese people are more likely to die prematurely, in part because of the illnesses related to obesity. There is also a connection between being overweight and Alzheimer’s Disease. Most people who are overweight have issues with emotional issues and/or addiction to certain foods, including sugar.

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