Grant Hewitt

Is Obesity Reversible?


Weight Management, Wellness

Last month The Lancet Diabetes & Endocrinology, a respected medical journal, published “Treating obesity seriously: when recommendations for lifestyle change confront biological adaptations.” This article advises how to “seriously” treat obesity. Because this article may unwittingly provide support for a defeated and discouraged attitude towards losing weight, I decided to weigh in. From my experience, obese patients are all-too-quick to conclude “There’s nothing I can do about being obese”  or give up with an “I can’t help it” attitude.  Medical journals should not be used to support such gloomy and false ideas.  To avoid this, let’s clarify some statements made, “…improved lifestyle choices might be sufficient for lasting reductions in bodyweight prior to sustained obesity. Once obesity is established, however, bodyweight seems to … Continue reading

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Grant Hewitt

World-Class Weight Loss


Weight Management

The results of the always anticipated and respected U.S. News & World Report Diet Rankings are in.  A program offered by CHI Health Weight Management and created by HMR Weight Management Services (HMR) has been named the #2 Best Diet for Weight-Loss in the nation!  This is the first time ever that the report has evaluated HMR, and, as a clinic that has offered these programs for almost a decade, we are delighted that HMR was recognized for this honor.  The ranking was based on both short- and long-term weight-loss ratings of the HMR program.  It was evaluated against 34 other diets in categories including easiness to follow, ability to produce short- and long-term weight loss, nutritional completeness, safety, and potential … Continue reading

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Jacque Thiele RD, LMNT

Where Does the Fat Go?


Weight Management, Wellness

Let’s talk about fat! The good, the bad, and event the frustrating sides of it. We can start with the good: your body needs some fat! Too little fat (or adipose tissue) can have harmful metabolic consequences. Now for the bad: too much adipose tissue can also have harmful metabolic consequences, and most of us tend to have too much on board. So how do we find the happy medium, and what happens to our fat when we do? While most of us think of our body fat as storage of excess food that we may have eaten, it does do a few other things. Your fat cells contain metabolic machinery that allows it to talk with your other organs … Continue reading

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Grant Hewitt

Avoiding the Scale is Avoiding Reality


Weight Management

Not long ago I had a heart-to-heart conversation with a friend of mine, we’ll call him “Joe,” who desperately wants to lose weight. He called me to ask for help. After he told me his journey of trying “every diet you can think of,” Joe began to recount how he doesn’t eat “that much” and that he always tries to eat organic. When someone needs to lose 150 lbs. and has been gaining and losing weight their entire life, it’s very discouraging and difficult to know where to even begin. I think he expected me to comment on his current diet habits and give him nutrition advice. However, having consistently worked with individuals and groups who are obese for the … Continue reading

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Jacque Thiele RD, LMNT

Head Hunger vs. True Hunger


Weight Management, Wellness

Head hunger vs. true hunger. It is a constant battle most of us face on a daily basis. Head hunger is that urge to eat when the physical hunger isn’t there. Maybe your mind wanders as you head home, passing what feels like every food joint in town. The sights of the fast food neon lights, the smells of the foods as your pass; you must be hungry or you wouldn’t be so tempted, right? Is it true physical hunger, or head hunger? What if you didn’t have those food options along your commute? Would you still feel “hungry”? When was the last time you had something to eat? Would anything satisfy that “hunger”, or are you craving that specific … Continue reading

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