The Battle of the Bulge

How to Outsmart Your Hungry Inner Couch Potato

By Dr. Nick van Terheyden aka Dr. Nick
Twitter: @drnic1
Host of Dr. Nick: The Incrementalist#TheIncrementalist

On this episode I talked to Dr. Tim Church, Chief Medical Officer for Wondr Health (@WondrHealth) a company focused on Digital Behavior change especially focused on the obesity epidemic. Tim has spent a large part of his career focused on this area and as he puts it “bringing the most good for the most people” and he Unveils the Top-Secret Weight Loss Potion, It’s Called Sweat and Tears.

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We spend a little time looking at the history of the rise in obesity and the important fact that there is no one defining cause or problem. Like me, he views genetics and years of Darwin-based evolution as a big element as our genetic makeup and evolutionary history have programmed our bodies to hold onto weight as a survival mechanism in times of food scarcity.

Unfortunately, as Tim explains our bodies have a natural tendency to defend a certain weight, and as we gain weight, our body adjusts to that new weight as the new normal. This makes it increasingly difficult to lose weight and move back down the scale. The good news is we are having our “iPhone moment” for prevention with new drugs bringing significant effects and our focus will shift from simply losing weight to achieving a specific goal of 15% weight loss which comes with some remarkable health benefits

We discuss the need for more healthcare providers trained in obesity medicine and behavioral health and the importance of leveraging technology and offering scalable solutions to reach and assist a larger number of individuals. But he notes the need for caution with a large presence of fraudulent solutions in the market making it important to advises seek reputable and transparent professionals for guidance

Listen in to hear Tim’s optimism about the future, with the right tools and strategies emerging to help individuals with weight management and how they can be applied to reverse decades of declining health and increasing waistlines.

This article was originally published on the Dr. Nick – The Incrementalist blog and is republished here with permission.

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