Health Chats
Weight Loss for Life: Tips from cardiologist and author of "The Flex Diet".
Wednesday Jan 19, 2011, 08:00PM - 09:00PM (EST)
Author of The Flex Diet (January 2011)
Providence Heart and Vascular Institute, Portland, OR
Heart disease remains the number one cause of death in both women and men, and is also the most costly cause of hospitalizations in the United States.  But the good news is that heart disease is also the most preventable cause of death other than accidents.  It is estimated that we can prevent nearly 80% of heart disease with tobacco cessation, close attention to our diet and activity, and focus on our risk factors.  One of the most challenging risk factors to address is obesity, which unfortunately continues to increase in prevalence despite our best efforts at prevention and treatment.  As people start to recognize that there is no quick fix or magic diet, we need to think critically about solutions that can really work - solutions that fit your individual lifestyle.   Come join Dr. James Beckerman for a chat discussing obesity and its health complications, diet and exercise strategies, and how we can reduce our risk for heart disease with evidence-based solutions.<br><br> James Beckerman, M.D. is a cardiologist with the Providence Heart and Vascular Institute in Portland, Oregon.  The Providence Heart and Vascular Institute is the largest provider of cardiac services in the Pacific Northwest, with pioneers in the areas of heart surgery and cardiac interventions.  Dr. Beckerman specializes in the treatment and prevention of coronary artery disease, and he has a particular interest in helping patients achieve their lifestyle goals. In addition to his clinical practice, Beckerman serves on the Oregon Governor's Council on Physical Fitness and Sports and is the team cardiologist for the Portland Timbers Major League soccer team.  He is a Fellow of the American College of Cardiology.<br><br> Dr. Beckerman believes in a personalized approach to wellness and recognizes that healthy lifestyles are composed of many small choices that that collectively can have a significant impact on quality of life and overall health.  He shares his approach with his new book, The Flex Diet: Design-Your-Own Weight Loss Plan.<br><br>  
I lost 20 pounds in 2 months by having a weight loss competition. 5 months have passed and I gained al my pounds back. Do you recommend not eating much to loss weight?
Dr. Beckerman:
Competitions can cause significant weight loss, but if you aren't changing your habits, it will come back!  Eating less will help you, but do it in a sustainable way that you can stick with!
Hi I'm only 100lb now and 5'6" I know I am underweight. We have been trying to conceive for the past 5 months with no luck. Do you think my weight is the problem?  Is there anyway
I can gain few pounds? please help.
Dr. Beckerman:
You make a great point - being underweight is a well described cause of abnormal menses and difficulty conceiving.  Eat a bit more!  You can buy nutritional supplements like Boost or Ensure which are calorie balanced and don't taste too bad.  And then there's chocolate ice cream... :)
I took myself off of my synthroid ( for hypothyroidism) and put myself on selenium and iodine as a replacement as I wanted to take a more natural approach. Could this be the cause of my being extremely tired and having difficulty losing any weight?
Dr. Beckerman:
I have a question about diet.  I want to eat more vegetables because I love them, but I struggle with that because when I eat them, an hour later I feel so hungry.  Is there a way I can get passed that?  I also work out 5 times a week.  How much exercise is good enough for cardiovascular needs?
Dr. Beckerman:
Sounds like you are doing great in the exercise dept!  It's also okay to enjoy some whole grains too.  Try quinoa - great alternative to white rice and will fill you up - goes great with veggies too!
I'd like to know how to increase fat burning?
Dr. Beckerman:
More exercise - especially resistance training.
If you are eating 1200-1400 cal per day and exercising  but cant lose more than 10 lbs is it reaistic to believe it is a side effect of meds or is it poss to lose thru diet and exercise regardless?
Dr. Beckerman:
It certainly could be.  That's not a lot of calories!
Can you tell me what is the best and top Endo and Metabologist Doctors I can go to for my Endo/Metabolism conditions?
Dr. Beckerman:
I don't have specific recommendations - i'm sorry!
I am in cardiac rehab and for some reason have no appetite for much water. Will that be OK?
Dr. Beckerman:
I would ask your doctor to make sure - depending on your specific heart condition more or less fluids might be appropriate.
Would this diet work for someone who has hypothyroidism?
Dr. Beckerman:
Do you know if klonopin or topamaz can make you gain weight? Which one?
Dr. Beckerman:
Both can be associated with weight gain.
Thank you Dr. Beckerman for answering of our questions and all the members who participated today!
Dr. Beckerman:
Thanks everyone! I really enjoyed this.  Consider checking out The Flex Diet on Amazon or in your local store - I think you'd find it a refreshing take on things.  And feel free to continue the conversation on Facebook!  Take care!
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