A recent DIETING question that I received via email.

I received the following QUESTION two weeks ago via e-mail regarding WEIGHT LOSS:

“Hey, Dr. Todd. I saw your website and saw some interesting things on diets and eating healthier there.”

{He was referring to this page on my AFCvirden website:  http://www.afcvirden.com/loseweight.html }

“Next week, my wife and I are starting a new diet we’ve been reading about called the ’17 Day Diet’. I wondered if you had any insight into the diet or have heard any good things about it? I need to make a change and thought you might have some good info on how to help.”


Honestly, I’d never heard of it before, so I looked it up on Amazon.com . With the weight they are talking about losing, ~12 lbs over 2 1/2 weeks, I’m guessing it’s similar to Dr. Berg’s “7 Principles of Fat Burning Diet”.  Dr. Berg’s diet is my personal favorite, BTW!
If so, we’re talking about losing lots of water weight quickly. We do this by minimizing the amount of sodium (and increasing dietary potassium) and processed (boxed, bagged, canned) food in the diet. My wife Eugena lost 25 lbs in 30 days once on Dr. Berg’s diet. Earlier this year, she also lost 40 lbs over 90 days on Dr. Berg’s diet and won a Biggest Loser contest in the process!

The bottom line is that when you eat the RIGHT (low glycemic) foods, it takes quite a while until you’re even hungry again. On the other hand, when we eat the WRONG (high glycemic) foods, we always seem to be grazing (ie, constantly raiding the cabinet & fridge).
Best of luck on your “17 Day Diet” and do let me know how it goes.

As luck would have it, I actually ran into this gentleman at our final Springfield Foxes football game of the 2011 season.  For those of you who don’t know about my wife and I and our work on the sidelines with the Foxes, here is the link:  http://www.SpringfieldFoxesChiro.com

Anyway, he told me that he’s been enjoying my GORP recipe & he had already lost 5 lbs.

Here’s my GORP Youtube video link:  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QM88TYWoJxA


I told him, “Way to Go!” & “Keep up the good work!”.  And finally, I shared one of my favorite Confucius quotes with him:

“A journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step.”  Very fitting, don’t you think?

Yours in health,

Dr. Todd


25 thoughts on “A recent DIETING question that I received via email.

    • Not only are diet pills not effective, they are daonergus to your health. PLEASE DO NOT TAKE THEM!!!!!! Diet pills generally do one or two of a few things: they may suppress appetite, increase metabolism, block fat absorption, or even make use of laxatives to flush the body of waste and fluid. The chemicals in the diet pills that helps them accomplish these things have been known to cause varying side effects. Some of the best known of these are anxiety, insomnia, heart palpitations or attacks, stroke, fever, dry mouth, blurred vision, hair loss, disturbance in sex drive and menstruation, urinary tract problems, digestive problems, and even congestive heart failure. There are numerous others as well, so the risks can be high when it comes to side effects with diet pills.The other danger with diet pills is addiction. (see first web source below)There is no quick fix. If you’re stil reading and aren’t hell-bent on doing what you want to do anyways (boy, do I know that one!) Here’s something I do when I go out to eat (which is for me the most challenging time to eat healthily). When I get my entree, I immediately separate it in half. Then I take half home, and I have a fabulous lunch the next day! This keeps me from overeating and getting that oh-i’m-way-too-full thanksgiving-belly-ache! As long as you eat specific things in moderation, you can eat whatever you like.Also, you may want to condider the Master Cleanse, which is a great way of re-calibrating your system, detoxifying everything, and making you more sensitive to what you’re putting in your body. Some people also use it to lose weight, but I don’t think that is the most successful approach. To approach from viewing yourself as a whole organism includes taking into account not just the physical, but the emotional, mental, and spiritual as well.Best of luck,kaylaa

      • I have been through it all and know what’s it about. The main thing is to stick in there. You can’t be an adidct to food and never exercise if you want to live a healthy life and keep the weight off. I’ve worked out, done every diet, and all types of classes.Nothing works, besides dedication and intelligence towards the subject of losing weight.First, depending on how much weight you need to lose, your diet is the first concern. You can’t eat 10,000 calories a day and expect the weight to come off, even if you are exercising a lot. Which brings us to the next thing. Duh, Exercising This is a must especially if you need to a lot of weight. Get at least 30 mins of some good hardcore exercising. Do some cardio, in the long run, it’s good for the heart.However, I find the most hardest part of losing weight/keeping it off, in my diet. It’s so hard to keep your fingers out of the cookie jar or those chocolate goodies. I’ve found a great addition to help any one out, it’s a natural weight loss supplement called Proactol. Now don’t get all crazy on me and say diet pills don’t work. That is true, but not in this case. This one isn’t meant to burn pounds while you sit on the couch. It’s an appetite suppressant, along with being a fat binder. I saved money on the pills at theweightlossplace dot com along with getting some good info. It basically makes those fingers not go towards the cookie jar. For me it’s the best pill I’ve tried and I’ve tried cupboards full. Now this doesn’t mean you have to follow my foot steps but I’ve successfully lost roughly 70 pounds and keeping it off til this day.Well good luck and remember what I said, Dedicate.

    • As long as you have some muscle mass, eantig healthily will allow your body to naturally (yet more slowly) burn off excess fat. However, what do you think it is easier to sell people? Pricey healthy food that they can just replace with items from the store, or get ripped quick exercise machines for $ 20 a pop? Also (and this is just my opinion) telling people they can still eat most of what they want and they just have to exercise is more appealing than telling them that they have to be very strict about what they eat.

      • Guess what,diet pill use in the uncontrolled commtniuy environment rarely result in sustained weight loss, which is exactly your experience so far. Do you see the box near the top of the page?The one labelled Search for questions: ?Well type in lose weight’.You will find over 15,000 preexisting questions.Try the misspellings loose weight’ and there are another 5,500.In all there are over 50,000 Health section questions requesting solutions to being or thinking you might be overweight.On average these each yield 6 answers, that is over 300,000 answers.I can usefully summarise these answers in 4 words:EAT LESS DO MORE. Are you desperate enough to try this???

    • Diet pills are NOT a good idea. They can have very adverse effcets on your body, and if they worked, we’d all be skinny and doctors would hand them out by the bottleful.Green tea is supposed to help kick up your metabolism. Work out on days that you aren’t personal training even just a nice walk. Be strict on your diet. Buy a flattering, aline dress.Not what you want to hear, but you have a little one to look after and the last thing you want to do is risk your health.

    • I wish there was a magic pill but I sure haven’t found it. Everything I have tried makes me jumpy or tired!! The working out and wacthing what you eat will work just be patient. Good Luck!

      • Mimi -Alli is the only over the counter wgieht loss pill approved by the FDA. There are only three prescription wgieht loss medications approved. Do you think that if any of them REALLY worked we would have a $ 50 billion a year industry in wgieht loss supplements?The big three pharmaceuticals would dominate the market.Approved or otherwise, none of these wgieht loss supplements guarantee anything unless you establish a healthy diet and exercise program.So why not just establish a healthy diet and exercise program and keep your money?You will be spending somewhere between $ 2 and $ 4 per day on a product that is not approved or guaranteed to do anything!The only wgieht loss supplement I recommend is a basic multivitamin.Good luck.

  1. i have rad everyone anwerss and it seems like everyone is telling you the truth about diet pills. The only thing is that they are lying saying that they DONT work. They do. BUT there is HUGE side effects! Take it from me. I took Phentermine 37.5mg 1xday. In 3months I lost 40lbs!!! Yes I looked and felt great. BUT coming off those pills made me crazy! I started getting the WORST panic attacks/anxiety attacks!!! They were pretty bad and I was treated in the ER more than a couple of times. So there is PILLS out there that DO WORK ..Just be careful Good Luck!

    • Ive tried countless ways to lose wheigt and never had any success with diets, milkshakes meals or anything else like that. Then i found a simple solution that ill never quit because it works plain and simple. The way i go about losing the wheigt is available at just about any pharmacy. Ephedrine has been clinically proven to suppress appetite and give energy. The basis for that is its a natural bronchiodialator, meaning that it relaxes the alveoli in your lungs and allows your lungs to absorb oxygen at a much better rate. The increase in oxygen to the brain gives a corresponding boost of energy. The brand names for ephedrine are things like Bronkaid, Priamtene Mist, and Primatene tabs. Im sure theres other products with ephedrine in them, but those are the 3 i use most regularly. With most people starting out at roughly 25mg per dose is effective, but your body will quickly grow immune to it, requiring you to up the dosage over time. The effects last roughly 6 hrs and while on it the most common effects are suppressed appetite, increased energy and a little bit of light headedness (try not to stand up from a sitting position to a standing position too fast or youll get a head rush [maybe thats not all bad ] Ephedrine used to be very common until about ’02 when it was banned as a dietary supplement, but its still available for use medicinally which if PROPERLY misused can be very effective. Be safe, Be smart, do your research.

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