Who are the “Real” Weight Loss Experts?

by John Bukenas on September 27, 2012

I have to say my head is spinning. Since I have recommitted to losing weight, I have done a lot of research. There is so much information on how to lose weight it boggles the mind. The more research I do the more confused I become because for every opinion, the is an exact opposite counter opinion.

And this information is coming from the medical community, the “experts.”

So if the “experts” can’t seem to agree, how do we know how to proceed with a weight loss program that is safe?

I have to say I’m really down on the whole medical community when it comes to the treatment of obesity. I have been told for eight years now by doctors that I’m too far gone to lose this weight on my own and my ONLY recourse was gastric bypass surgery. So I researched the procedure, what they do to you. And the aftermath, how and what you eat after the surgery. Honestly, there was no way I wanted any part of that lifestyle.

Now that doesn’t mean I don’t think others should not opt for gastric bypass surgery. That is their choice and I have seen many success stories and I have seen many people graze right through the surgery and stretch out their stomach, and gain their weight back.

You would think with all the people who are already obese and the rising trend of obesity that they sure would have a lot of practice treating this condition. But I hear a lot of talk and not much action. Oh, doctors and now some politicians give obesity some “lip service.” In New York it’s against the law to sell a soda over 20 ounces. Is it against the law to buy two 20 ounce sodas? No it’s not. A lot of good that law did.

As I have started my journey to a healthier lifestyle I have encountered some amazing people. People who are overcoming obesity with and without surgery. They are such an inspiration to me. They make me realize I can do this.

Most of them have no medical or nutritional training what so ever. What they have is a desire to reclaim their quality of life back. They also know what a daily and sometime hourly struggle it can be to stay committed. Many reach out and selflessly support others who are struggling because they have been in that situation and know the internal conflict it causes.

To me, my fellow dieters are the experts. Everyday they are fighting the war and winning the battles with themselves to live a healthier and happier life. I am blessed with a great support system. The funny part of this is I have never met any of them personally. But I don’t have to, I know they have my back and I have theirs. We message, and status update and tweet to each other in our times of weakness, our time of self doubt. Because even if I don’t think I can do this any more. My friends know I can.

If you are struggling with losing weight please reach out to others. They will help. Many of us, myself included, can’t do this alone. The good news is now we don’t have to be alone. If you don’t have anyone to reach out to, reach out to me. I will introduce you to some amazing people who are doing amazing things with their lives. You can be doing it too, just ask.


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You are absolutely right! Love reading your blog. Keep up the amazing work. You are an inpiration to me.  


Hi, just heard you on Podcast Answer Man!


Have you heard of/checked out Stephen Guyenet's site? It's http://wholehealthsource.blogspot.com.  He's a professional researcher in the area of fat/weight loss; there is tons of great info there. 


You can reach your goals! While DH wasn't nearly as obese as you are, he was at one time 280 pounds and he is only 5-8. He spent four years diligently exercising and watching his diet. No drugs, no herbs, no magic pills, no expensive programs, just stuck with it and lost over 100 pounds. That's the key: sticking to it.; enjoy your journey to better health!


Great post John!  I love when a client comes to me and tells me the "doctor" told them they should eat better and exercise.  When the patient asks the doctor what they should do, they usually don't get good guidance - it's vague and leaves the patient confused and frustrated.  Most of the doctors don't have a clue of what to do or they've never been overweight themselves.


That's what I love about what I do as a personal trainer.  I've been in the medical field.  I've been obese and have battled my weight since my teen years and it will be until my last breath that I will have to fight this battle.  I LIKE to eat.  I just have had to learn a different way of eating. 

I've walked in the shoes of my clients and still wear those shoes - sometimes they are like ballet shoes, light and carefree, no struggles.  Other times they are the work boots of a construction worker - weighted down with food, struggles and stress.  While I'm not always 100% on track, I'm a heck of a lot better off than I was 5 years ago and I too am grateful for my online friends whom I can turn to for support.  Keep up the good work my friend!

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 @mdsqueen Debbie, It's people like you who are making a difference to others who suffer from this condition.  And it's all because you walk among us, you care, you know the struggles we are going through.


Once I saw that you were starting the "99 Days Until The End Of The Year Challenge." I couldn't sign up fast enough.


I was at a week long plateau and even though I was under a 1,000 calories a day, not only was I not losing, I gained 5 pounds! I was freaking out!  Then I received the email about your challenge.


I started this challenge on Monday and I stepped on the scale this morning and I had lost 7 pounds. I'm not hungry or tired. I eat as much as I want within the plan.


Thank you Debbie for all you do

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