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Parent Help With Overweight Kids

posted by Linda Mintle

Having an overweight child doesn’t mean he or she will stay that way. That being said, we don’t want our kids to go on diets. We want them to stop gaining weight and grow into the weight they already have. […]

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Could Visualizing Food Make You Eat Less?

posted by Linda Mintle

You are on your way to work and feel hungry. The morning rush caused you to skip breakfast. You pass the bakery as you walk to your office. The smell of freshly baked croissants is tempting. As you look in the […]

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How Often Should I Weigh Myself?

posted by Linda Mintle

We all know that the number on the scale isn’t suppose to define us, but that doesn’t stop us from thinking about how much we weigh on any given day. And the number often influences our mood. So how often should we weigh? […]

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What’s Eating You This Holiday Season? Keep a Log and Find Out!

posted by Linda Mintle

Joanne looked at the chocolate-covered donut in her hand. As she took her first bite, she wondered, “Why am I eating this? I”m not really hungry, but the plate of goodies sitting by the office coffee pot just looks good. Besides, my […]

Eating Well: Rules for the Road

posted by Linda Mintle

I’ve been commuting between a small town and a large city. The almost four hour rural commute usually requires a meal stop. Here is where the challenge comes. The only food stops on the rural route are fast food restaurants. […]

Are You Drinking Your Calories to Weight Gain?

posted by Linda Mintle

My daughter and I made a Starbucks stop the other day. She was in the mood for an Iced Caramel Macchiato Coffee and I wanted a Caramel Latte. So we pulled up our fast food app and looked at the […]

Body-Brain Connection: When Bigger Really is Better

posted by Linda Mintle

“As your weight goes up, the size and function of your brain goes down.” This, according to psychiatrist, Daniel Amen. It’s true, smaller doesn’t always mean better, especially when it comes to the size of your brain! Dr. Amen, author […]

10 Diet Mistakes You Don’t Want to Make

posted by Linda Mintle

As I was preparing for my next radio show on Diet Mistakes, I thought I would pass these along on my blog. This is the time of year many of us are being intentional about losing weight. So what should […]

New Warning, Lose Weight but Not Too Fast

posted by Linda Mintle

Mary came to me for therapy. She weighed 305 and was told multiple times that her current weight was putting her at risk for serious medical issues. She was 28-years-old and the mother of a 5-year-old. She admitted that keeping […]

Are You Underestimating That Fast Food Burger?

posted by Linda Mintle

It’s a busy day. You don’t have time to cook. On your way back from that late soccer practice, you swing by the fast food restaurant and order burgers, drinks and fries for the kids. But do you really know […]

The Psychological Side of Weight Loss Surgery

posted by Linda Mintle

When Governor Chris Christie announced this week that he had weight loss surgery this past February, he made headlines. Christie has often talked about his weight, has been the brunt of late night jokes and seemed to roll with the […]

What’s in Your Refrigerator? Would You Pass the Test?

posted by Linda Mintle

Dr. Linda makes a visit to a parents home to check out what is in her refrigerator and pantry. Would you pass the 5.4.3.2.1 blast off to health? See how mom Julie does! P.S. Someone needs to learn how to […]

Day 2: Dr. Linda on the Dr. Oz 3 Day Cleanse

posted by Linda Mintle

Day 2: I am motivated to keep going. I learned a few things from Day 1 so will make a few tweaks in this plan. Starter: green tea, stevia and lemon slice.  I wasn’t as excited to drink the tea […]

Guest Blogger Tammy Stauffer on the Lose it App for Weight Loss

posted by Linda Mintle

So, the other day I was listening as my petite, cute-as-a-pixie friend explained to me how she needs to get serious about losing weight and is using the Lose It App and actually lost a few pounds. Before you run […]

Why The Biggest Loser Loses Me

posted by Linda Mintle

I’ve worked with obese people for years. My biggest client weighed almost 650 pounds, so I am sensitive to the plight of people who are morbidly obese. But I just can’t get into the Biggest Loser television show and here […]

Superbowl? Super Calories! Press Pause Before You Eat!

posted by Linda Mintle

Are you ready for some football? How about the snacks? Super bowl can mean super calories. Move over Thanksgiving! Let the calories begin! Public health advocate, Charles Platkin, editor of DietDetective.com provides some exercise equivalents to combat those handful of […]

Want an Edge on Losing Weight?

posted by Linda Mintle

Want an edge on losing weight? You might consider the TIMING of your meal. An interesting study conducted in Spain with Tufts University and the University of Murcia, looked at the timing of meals. Specifically, they wanted to see if […]

Don’t Keep Eating: 5 Tips to Pace Yourself Through the New Year

posted by Linda Mintle

As a weight loss expert, I know that so much of losing weight is won in the mind. And the easiest thing to do the day after Christmas is to give in to overeating. Many of us think, “Oh well, […]

Tips to Break Emotional Eating

posted by Linda Mintle

Last night, I did a live webinar on Food Addiction and emotional eating. So many of the call-in questions concerned what to do instead of reaching for food when emotionally upset. This is a great question because it has to […]

Is Food Addiction Real?

posted by Linda Mintle

“Hi. I am John and I am a food addict.” Somewhere in a 12-step group called Food Addicts in Recovery, John is working his steps and kicking what he believes is an addiction to food. But is food addiction a […]

10 Areas to Focus on for Weight Loss Success

posted by Linda Mintle

Losing weight is no easy task. So when you make a decision to drop a few pounds, what should you consider in order to be successful at not only losing weight but keeping it off ? Having worked with hundreds […]

Resist Body Obsession and Live in Acceptance God’s Way

posted by Linda Mintle

How do we live in this culture of body obsession without being conformed to it? Paul addresses this in the 12th chapter of Romans, “So here’s what I want you to do, God helping you: Take your everyday, ordinary life–your […]

Is Obesity Contagious?

posted by Linda Mintle

The flu is contagious, yawning is contagious, but what about obesity? Can you catch it from your family or your friends? Actually YES ! Researchers at Harvard Medical School studied 12,000 people over a 32 year period and found that […]

Are Weight Loss Drugs Worth the Risk?

posted by Linda Mintle

This week, another weight loss drug, Qsymia, has been approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. The drug is a combination of a stimulant (Phenetermine) and an anti-seizure medication called topiramate. The stimulant decreases appetite and the anit-seizure medication […]

Does Your Personality Make You Fat?

posted by Linda Mintle

It’s summer and once again, we are all determined to shed those extra pounds. So, stop staring at that carrot and wishing it was a hot fudge sundae! Something else is going on in your head. Consider this: Your personality […]

Video Encouragement to Overcome Eating Disorders

posted by Linda Mintle

My friend, Steve Siler, founder of Music for the Soul, uses music and video to encourage, heal, and move people towards recovery and hope. Recently, a song from his CD Tell Me What You See was made into a DVD […]

Two Things That Will Keep You From Overeating

posted by Linda Mintle

You sit down to eat a meal. Your tablecloth is black and your dish is white. Does this make a difference in how much you eat? Or your dinnerware is cream color and you are eating white pasta with cream […]

My Co-Worker is Making Me Fat!

posted by Linda Mintle

No one but you puts food in your mouth, so the idea that someone else can make you fat is a bit far fetched. But  co-workers can tempt you and influence your eating. When treats abound at the workplace and […]

15 Tips To Stop Overeating

posted by Linda Mintle

A little help to break the overeating habit: Start a journal. Write down where you were, what you were feeling and how you responded every time you overeat. You may find a pattern to your overeating. If a place sets […]

Weight Loss Tip on Snacking: Timing Matters

posted by Linda Mintle

Most of us are focused on losing those extra pounds from holiday eating. Well here is a quick tip on how to do that when snacking. The time of day you eat a snack could impact losing weight. A study […]

Biggest Loser’s Patrick Goes Home: 5 Tips to Sustain Weight Loss

posted by Linda Mintle

Several years ago, I did a national television show about the people on the Biggest Loser. The focus of the interview was on how the contestants fared away from the TV cameras a year or so later. The follow up […]

Chocolate Not a Health Food Yet!

posted by Linda Mintle

OK chocolate lovers, put down that Snickers and listen up! Is chocolate a health food? Is it good for cardiovascular health? I want it to be! Apparently the jury is still out and we need more research. Dr. Oscar Franco […]

Does My Diet Drink Make Me Fat?

posted by Linda Mintle

When my diabetic father visited me in June, I stocked the refrigerator with cases of diet sodas per his request. Ever since he was diagnosed with Type II diabetes, he has had at least one to two diet drinks a […]

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