L. Blackburn, M.D., Ph.D. is Associate Professor of
Surgery and Nutrition and Associate Director of the
Division of Nutrition at Harvard Medical School. He
is the Director of the Nutrition Support Service, Chief
of the Nutritional/Metabolism Laboratory, Director of
the Center for the Study of Nutrition and Medicine,
Program Director for Surgical Treatment of Severe Obesity,
all of which are affiliated with the Beth Israel Deaconess
Medical Center in Boston, Massachusetts.
He received his medical degree from the University of
Kansas in 1965 and completed his internship and residency
at Boston City Hospital, Harvard Medical School. In
1973, he obtained his doctorate in nutritional biochemistry
from Massachusetts Institute of Technology.
He has published more than 400 publications to date
and is on the editorial board of and reviewer for several
journals, including, the Journal of the American
Medical Association and New England Journal of
1988, Blackburn was awarded the Grace Goldsmith Award
by the American College of Nutrition and was made an
honorary member of the American Dietetic Association
in 1992. In 1998 he was the recipient of the Joseph
Goldberger award in Clinical Nutrition from the American
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am a 24 year old black woman who has been struggling
to lose weight for over 2 years now, but I never succeed.
I've tried some weird fad diets of my own, but I gain
more weight. I want to know is there a way you can lose
weight and not spend so much money on diet foods? Because
I work part time, I have very little funds. I would
like to live as long as God will allow- but how? Can
you please help me, I'm crying out to become normal
1 is to get to a healthy diet and activity program.
That involves writing down what you eat, when you eat,
how much you eat and how fat you eat. That is a structure
of your daily food selection and dietary pattern.
identify those high calorie foods that you can eliminate
or substitute for low calorie foods. Try to be successful
10 out of 21 meals per week (7 BKft; 7 lunches; 7 dinners).
same is true for daily activity-how many minutes are
you involved in brisk activity like walking. The minimum
is 30 minutes most if not every day. For appetite control
you will probably need 60 minutes.
change you make should not be a fad. If you cannot do
it for the rest of your life then don't do it at all.
You have to ask yourself, how important is it to eat
healthy and be physically active to stop gaining weight
and when you lose weight keep it off.
Next, what is your confidence (on a scale of 1-10) that
you can sustain the changes in lifestyle? Finally, you
need to find a group (family, church, and weight control
group) to work with. Be faithful and you'll get control
of your body weight.
P.S. the best nutrient-dense, low-calorie foods cost
less than most cakes and snacks or meals.
taking 1000 milligrams of calcium a day help women lose
weight? Are there any other vitamins or minerals that
and no. Your body weight is determined by your total
calories in versus your total energy expended. There
are plenty of reasons to get the daily requirement of
vitamins and minerals, but weight control is not one
Sharon Bender asked:
is your response to the work on "addiction" in obesity?
There is some evidence that there is a problem with
dopamine and the yo-yo effect. I get to a point I would
kill for chocolate, and lie, steal cheat for food when
I lose too much. No one has ever addressed this in any
diet I've been on. Why?
dopamine is a new hypothesis. There are many reasons
to love chocolate. The skill is to learn to eat or taste
a small serving each day so you won't feel deprived.
Take it with glass of milk and get a good bout of exercise
and you'll control your weight without feeling deprived.
It is very important not to gain weight as it is very
difficult to lose weight-more that 5-10 percent of your
Dr. Blackburn: I watched the PBS special "Fat & Happy",
and I am more confused than ever. I have a book that
advocates High Protein, Low Carb, and no mixing of either.
I have also read all the other high protein books, which
say that caloric intake does not matter. I AM MORE CONFUSED
THAN EVER, NOW!
husband and I are bouncing back and forth between books,
just when we think we have it right something else comes
our way to show us differently.Please
put this into perspective.
size does not fit all. There are many types of food
selection. The one that gives you satiety/fullness,
good taste with right size portions is the one for you.
Often the diet for a women is different that a diet
for man. There are many ways to achieve weight control.
The most successful diets use a variety of foods and
lots of exercise.
Sara Shapiro asked:
are the effects of prozac or other anitidepressants
with weight loss? It seems that since I have started
taking antidepressants I have continuously gained weight.
Antidepressent effect on appetite and body weight control
vary. Further, while one works for a while, often you
need to change meds. Work with your physician on adjustment
of medication and a good nutritionist to develop food
selection that is not associated with weight gain.
did you get the "Empathy suits"? What is the name of
the company and how much did they cost? Thanks very
much for the information.
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Approximately $1000 US dollars, plus estimated textiles
import tax of $300
used the BMI calculator and for me (5'-9")I should have
a weight of 162 lbs for a BMI of 23.9. I look ill when
I go below 180 lbs. I have what I consider a large frame
and am muscular though not as toned as I was 20 years
ago. I know people as tall as me where I can get my
thumb and fore finger around their wrist. I can't on
me and I have large hands. How can every 5'-9" person
have the same weight? Very informative show on nutrition.
Thank you, Mike
They can't. There is 10 percent range around each height.
Thus while ideal BMI of 21 is a weight of 160+, there
is no health difference in a range close to your weight.
Further adjust for body type mesomorph, ectomorph and
endomorph.Also adjust for waist thickness
document for reference.
Women with 35 inch waists and men with 40 inch waists
or greater are at increased risk. As a general rule,
any 1-2 inch increase in waist size poses a risk.
Healthy eating and physical activity are your goals.
Be sure not to gain anymore weight unless it is muscle.