James G Beckerman, M.D.  
Portland, OR

Specialties: Cardiology

Interests: Weight Loss, lifestyle changes, healthy diet
Author of The Flex Diet (January 2011)
Providence Heart and Vascular Institute
(503) 216-0900
Portland, OR
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The Flex Diet is now in stores!

Dec 27, 2010 - 7 comments



Weight Loss



Hi everyone!

I hope you all are having a happy and healthy holiday season.

I'm so excited to announce that The Flex Diet: Design-Your-Own Weight Loss Plan is now available in stores and at Amazon.com.  The concept of the book is simple - use 200 different solutions to help create your own personalized approach to weight loss and wellness.  It's evidence-based, easy to read, and avoids the pitfalls of fads and extremes that are so common in this type of book.  It took nearly three years to research, write, and publish, from start to finish, and here we are!

Please take a look at the book website at www.theflexdiet.com, on Facebook at www.facebook.com/theflexdiet, or check it out on Amazon.  And if you have any questions about the book or any of its solutions, please post right here on MedHelp with subject line "The Flex DIet," and I will be sure to answer!

Thanks so much for your support, and I wish you all the best!

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by farhan_butt, Jan 06, 2011
hi doctor
i hope that u r also enjoying the holidays.

doctor most of the people dont know about healthy diet,calories etc,i want to ask a question doctor i am 18 years old my height is 5 feet 7 inches 3 years before my height was 4 feet 8 inches and my weight was 35kg and now my weight is 42kg my weight is not increasing from 43 nor decreasing from 38 i dont know whats the problem the doctor told me that there isn't any problem tell me what can i do or what should i eat and how many glass of waters should i drink everyday,waiting for your reply.
take care bye

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by Keekeej, Jan 10, 2011
Hi, Dr. Beckerman -

I'm one of your Providence transcriptionists and, needless to say, I do a lot of sitting.  In the past few years I've been trying to combat the battle of the bulge by exercising more.  I walk my dog, exercise to videos, etc., but I have a problem with a very large pannus.  Is there anything I can do about it?  I try to eat healthy, and as I said, I exercise, but apparently I'm not doing the right thing?  Any suggestions?



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by ebkmd, Jan 18, 2011
Dr. Beckerman:
    Childhood obesity is on the rise nationally.  Have you included information that may be useful to general pediatricians working with overweight children?  Edith Bernosky, MD

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by James G Beckerman, M.D.Blank, Jan 18, 2011
@Keekeej Great to see you here!  It depends if your pannus is from excess weight or just extra skin from having lost weight.  Some people find that after losing weight, things don't "snap back" as quickly as they used to.  Some people find if this limits them from exercise that wearing some form of girdle or different clothing can actually make them feel much more comfortable.

@Dr. Bernosky - It was important to me to include a lot of solutions that I felt could be easily incorporated into family life, from how meals are prepared to how they are serves, strategies for increasing vegetable intake, and ideas about getting more exercise and activity as a family.  So - yes!  Thanks for posting!

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by Godsgirl4ever, Jan 25, 2011

Dr. Beckerman,

There is a seemingly very small part of the population who have a very strong case for discrimination. We are the ones who don't need any information on weight loss, healthy dieting, and anything related. I personally am so sick of so much information being available for those needing to lose weight and as I said I find it highly discriminatory. When you google "weight loss", all you get is how to LOSE weight. Over the last 2-3 years my weight has been dropping lower and lower  no matter how hard I try to gain weight I cannot. I struggle like crazy to keep my weight above 100 pounds no matter how much ice cream and milkshakes I consume. I'm in my forties and I realized that the large majority of women my age are overweight and it's acceptable to talk on and on about the latest diet, but if I ever mention my weight problem, I lose friends. So I don't talk about it. If I ever do I also get this comment: "I wish I had YOUR problem". I reply to this by saying no you don't. Being this age and having to shop in the children's department is no fun, not to mention how wrinkled it makes you and you can't help but be concerned. A few years ago, I was over weight and couldn't lose no matter how I tried and I'd love to go back to that.  I don't know the connection, but it began when the Multiple Sclerosis that I have began to progress. Doctor's don't know the connection.
This is my question: I never, ever "feel" hungry. Medications and every possible reason that my doctors can come up with have been rule out.  I've taken medications to increase my appetite and they made me sick.
Why is there not more help on this matter? It's far more dangerious to be underweight and not stop further loss than it is to be a little over weight.  Sometimes I wonder, is there cancer in my body somewhere that hasn't been detected?   I have many symptoms, always assumed to be MS related but sometimes I wonder. More information on this subject would be so helpful. I know I am not the only one with this problem.
But I am more than sick and tired of everything mentioned regarding weight is all about how to lose. If there is a book about how to gain, I have yet to find it.

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by Godsgirl4ever, Jan 25, 2011
Sorry, one more thing, Due to my specific problems with MS, such as mobility and the fact that I was injured in a car accident I'm recovering from, I am currently very sedentary, no excercise, can't stand or walk for long periods and still lose weight.

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by LM197, Jan 31, 2011
Hello Dr. Beckerman,
        My question looks like it would be well suited for you.  It seems to me that there are some doctors that prefer healthy diet and lifestyle change to treat symptoms prior rather than medicating.  I prefer this approach and to medicate as a last resort if nohting else is working.  I don't see that point of putting medicine in my body if there is a natural remedy for it.
        At what point do you consider a condition under control and stop medicating it?  I was put on the beta blocker Bystolic (2.5 mg a day) for blood pressure that was around 141/89.  It was caused partially by anxiety and partially from being out of shape and eating poorly I believe.  I stopped drinking  3 energy drinks a day and started eating better and exercising 4 or 5 days a week and my blood pressure was averaging about 122/81 after only 2 weeks with measurements as low as 103/70.  But the cardiologist said that he wanted to leave me on the beta blocker because the holter monitor that he had me wear the first day I saw him showed a heart rate the got into the 90s throughout the day and broke 100 a few times.  Isn't that considered normal for someone that is just starting to get back in shape anyways?  Shouldn'
t I expect my heart rate to get into the 90s throughout the day while walking around being active?  And I went for a walk that night which I would expect pushed my HR up to 110 or so.
          I am also thinking that the beta blocker is lowering the rate too much now.  Throughout the day yesterday it didn't get above 55-58, and it was down to 45 when I woke up this morning.  I was going to just bear with it for a few months until I got to my GP and discussed it with him, but was a bit alarmed that it is geting so low now.

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