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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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New Year’s Resolutions: Nice Idea, But Do They Work?

posted by Linda Mintle

It’s the start of a brand new year. Happy 2015! Once again, you determine to make a fresh start. You’ve thought it through. There are a few things on your list of TO DOs this new year. So, like millions, […]

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. […]

And the Winner for the Highest Calorie Meal in a Restaurant Goes To…

posted by Linda Mintle

Are you on the go and too busy to cook? Before you pull in to that chain restaurant for a quick meal, consider the calorie count of some of the meals. You might be a little sticker shocked when it […]

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 […]

Can’t Sleep? 8 Tips For a Good Night’s Rest

posted by Linda Mintle

You turn on the TV  with the hope that the late night show will put you to sleep, but does it? That depends … 1) If your female, it will take you longer to fall asleep than your male counterpart. […]

A Trick to Snacking Less!

posted by Linda Mintle

When it comes to losing weight, all the tricks we know help! So here is one to add to your bag. If you want to eat less of an item, buy it individually wrapped rather than loose in the bag. […]

Weight training? How About Temperature Training to Lose Weight?

posted by Linda Mintle

Temperatures are expected to plummet to single digits again tonight. But is there an upside to all this cold weather when it comes to weight loss? As they say in frigid Minnesota, “You betcha!” It has something to do with […]

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 […]

Strategies to Keep Those New Year Resolutions

posted by Linda Mintle

Ok it’s only been days since the New Year. Did you make New Year’s resolutions? Less than half of you did! And according to  a study in the Journal of Clinical Psychology, by the end of the year, only 8% of […]

4 Ways to Say NO to Christmas Cookies, YES to the DRESS

posted by Linda Mintle

Whose idea was it to invent the Christmas cookie and give us days of eating temptation? Actually, the tradition of the Christmas cookie can be traced to Medieval European recipes.  During the 1500s, the Christmas cookie was popular all over […]

6 Tips to Prevent Holiday Weight Gain

posted by Linda Mintle

Start your engines…the holiday eating season officially begins in a week. From Thanksgiving to New Year’s, the eating frenzy will be in full force! If you are like most of us, you will put on an extra pound or two. […]

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 […]

Can You Be Addicted to Oreos?

posted by Linda Mintle

Oreos have been around since I was a child. Like me, do you split the cookie and eat the center first? Harmless right? Maybe not! What if you gave a mouse a cookie? Could that cookie be addictive? Now, I’m […]

Making Peace With Those Two Extra Pounds

posted by Linda Mintle

 I was getting ready to drive to the doctor’s office for an annual check up and I thought, “Well, I’ve been eating well, walking the dog every day and going to the Y three times a week. Basically, I’ve been […]

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 […]

Do You Have Bat Wing Deformity?

posted by Linda Mintle

As summer approaches and more of us are going sleeveless again, we can certainly see the jiggle that comes with aging or not working out in the gym. Yes, we would all like to have the arms of news anchors […]

Ways to Resist the Cultural Pressure to Be Thin

posted by Linda Mintle

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

posted by Linda Mintle

Day 3: Yes I am glad this is almost over! Dr. Oz always talks about food as medicine. OK, I get that but I am ready to enjoy my food again. Drinking it just doesn’t cut it when it comes […]

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 […]

Day 1: Dr. Linda on The Dr. Oz 3 Day Cleanse

posted by Linda Mintle

With all the travel and eating out, I just felt like I wanted  a DO OVER with eating. So I decided to do the Dr. Oz 3 day cleanse just to see if I would feel better and reset my […]

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 […]

Now I Know Why I Hate Exercise!

posted by Linda Mintle

I saw this story yesterday in the Wall Street Journal on exercise and I had to write about it. Finally, something that made sense in terms of why I hate to exercise! Like you, I know the importance of exercise. […]

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 […]

Why I Don’t Make New Year Resolutions

posted by Linda Mintle

It’s been one full week in January and most of you who made New Year Resolutions are already feeling failed Don’t feel bad. I think the idea that once a year we decide to change our lives, is a set […]

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, […]

5 Tips to Stop Holiday Overeating

posted by Linda Mintle

The day after a holiday it is easy to think, “I’ve blown it. I ate way too much. I’ll never get these extra pounds off.” Don’t go there in your thinking. Instead, get back on track and have a plan […]

The Skinny on Trendy Body Wraps

posted by Linda Mintle

When comedian Ellen Degeneres stepped out of her shower wrapped like a mummy to show America how she prepared for the Oscars in 2011, we all got a good laugh. She was engaging in one of the beauty secrets of the […]

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 […]

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 […]

The Skinny on the HCG Diet

posted by Linda Mintle

Today I received an email about a Fox news reporter that claimed to have tried the HCG diet and lost 25 pounds. I am familiar with the diet. Several of my friends have tried the HCG diet and lost weight.  Interestingly, […]

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 […]

How to Stop Mindless Eating

posted by Linda Mintle

Have you ever said, “Why did I eat that? I wasn’t hungry.” Most of us eat without thinking several times a day. But mindless or emotional eating is one of those behaviors that keeps those extra pounds from falling off. […]

Demi Moore Hospitalized: Could It Be A MidLife Eating Disorder?

posted by Linda Mintle

When Demi Moore was hospitalized yesterday, my first therapeutic instinct was to wonder about an eating disorder. I have treated people with eating disorders for over 25 years. While Moore has not confirmed or denied an eating disorder, a growing […]

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 […]

Controversial Obesity Ads Won’t Help Kids Lose Weight

posted by Linda Mintle

Today, I am going on the news to talk about a group of video and print ads out out by Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta. Approximately, 40% of Georgia’s children are overweight, one of the highest obesity rates in American. Health […]

Battling Obesity, Spreading the Gospel

posted by Linda Mintle

This was the headline in our local paper a week ago. As someone deeply involved in preventing obesity, the headline caught my eye. Five churches in the Elizabeth City, North Carolina area have decided to take action and be a […]

Do You Know the Difference Between Physical Hunger and Emotional Craving?

posted by Linda Mintle

I ate way too many chocolate covered peanuts last night. I wasn’t physically hungry. I was in front of the TV and the peanuts were by my side. So I ate them. I know better. I wrote a book entitled, […]

What is in Your Refrigerator? Does Your Family Pass the Test?

posted by Linda Mintle

What are your family eating habits? Dr. Linda pays a visit to one local mom and discovers what is in her refrigerator and pantry. How did she rate? Watch the short video.  

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 […]

One Book You Don’t Want to Buy Your Child

posted by Linda Mintle

I just received a request from FOX news to go on their weekend show to discuss a new book coming out for kids. I couldn’t do the interview because of logistics so I’m writing about it. I’m not going to […]

The Secret to Losing Belly Fat Remains a Secret!

posted by Linda Mintle

I don’t usually do this but as a weight loss expert, I was intrigued. I clicked on one of the Facebook free ads. It was about the three foods that promised to rid you of belly fat. I laughed several […]

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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