Soda Challenge | Day 9 | October 2

Woke up at 8 a.m. to exercise – cardio and weights, but it did take coffee to get me to propel myself. Rewound and relooked at the Bed Bug show of Dr. Oz – sensational show. Coffee also got me through my weight lifting (every Saturday, Tuesday and Thursday), and prep for a radio show on healthradio.net (live 5 to 7 p.m. on Saturdays). This week’s features Elizabeth Cohen's new paperback called The Empowered Patient, plus what to tell your daughter when it comes to tongue piercing, weight loss, insecticides and liposuction. Normally I get my energy up for the show with several diet sodas – even switched to a brand with more caffeine for these, but coffee seemed to work just as well. Went to a dinner party afterwards (Nancy, my wife is away) – got invited to 2 and accepted 2 by mistake! I am lousy at calendar keeping, which is good for these blogs. I had to eat at one in a hurry to keep 8:30 rule; luckily could drink my red wine and coffee after the deadline (I did modify the rule for red wine) ... I've got to stop these dinners if I am going to keep getting my columns in on time and drop 10 pounds. Or I need more coffee for later.

Woke up at 8 a.m. to exercise – cardio and weights, but it did take coffee to get me to propel myself.  Rewound and relooked at the Bed Bug show of Dr. Oz – sensational show. Coffee also got me through my weight lifting (every Saturday, Tuesday and Thursday), and prep for a radio show on healthradio.net (live 5 to 7 p.m. on Saturdays). This week’s features Elizabeth Cohen's new paperback called The Empowered Patient, plus what to tell your daughter when it comes to tongue piercing, weight loss, insecticides and liposuction.  Normally I get my energy up for the show with several diet sodas – even switched to a brand with more caffeine for these, but coffee seemed to work just as well. Went to a dinner party afterwards (Nancy, my wife is away) – got invited to 2 and accepted 2 by mistake! I am lousy at calendar keeping, which is good for these blogs. I had to eat at one in a hurry to keep 8:30 rule; luckily could drink my red wine and coffee after the deadline (I did modify the rule for red wine) ... I've got to stop these dinners if I am going to keep getting my columns in on time and drop 10 pounds. Or I need more coffee for later.

Q: I end up overeating because it makes me feel better and I never really get full. I'd like to lose weight but this makes it hard. Any suggestions?

A: Being persistently hungry can cause big trouble. So can overeating for comfort/pleasure. These two behaviors, say researchers from Baylor University's Children's Nutrition Research Center, are controlled deep within your brain by serotonin-producing neurons, but operate separately from each other — one in the hypothalamus, the other in the midbrain. They both can, however, end up fueling poor nutritional choices and obesity.

Eating for Hunger

When hunger is your motive for eating, the question is: "Does your body know when you've had enough?" Well, if you are overweight, obese or have diabetes you may develop leptin resistance and your "I am full" hormone, leptin, can't do its job. The hormone's signal to your hypothalamus is dampened, and you keep eating.

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