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    Wednesday, July 18, 2012 8:21 am Email this article

    My approach has continued to evolve. At this point I'm not as focused on weight-loss as I used to be. I want my patients to lose some weight, but more than that, I want them to stop thinking like Americans. If they continue to be materialistic and distracted, there is no way they will keep weight off, no way they'll be happy.

    ​As I said before, nothing countable makes you happy, and that includes pounds. As I said, nothing fungible makes you happy, nothing borrowed. And that includes someone else's diet advice. The patients must "get it" for themselves. The challenge is to help them "get it" when they are so used to be given everything. So used to attaching value to THINGS, not to ideas or people. So used to belief, not to evidence or thinking about life.

    I would like to change my shingle from Bariatrics to Life-Coach, but dare not do so yet. People arriving for the first time at my office know only the medical model: a little talk, a little exam, write prescription, next! They learn the meaning of "life-coach" only after talking to me for thirty minutes. Before that, if they saw only "life-coach" on the shingle, they would not respect me.

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