South Florida physician Sanford Siegal, D.O., M.D., explains why the Law
of Diminishing Returns applies to weight loss and reveals how to overcome this
obstacle to reaching a normal weight
MIAMI, April 17 /PRNewswire/ -- Dr. Sanford Siegal, Medical Director of
Miami, Florida-based weight-loss practice, Siegal Medical Group, today
confirmed the widely held suspicion among dieters that the most challenging
part of reaching a healthful weight is shedding the last ten pounds.
"Losing that last ten pounds is, in fact, the greatest challenge, but
it's more complicated than that," said Dr. Siegal. "It's more accurate to say
that the next pound is harder to lose than the previous one because, like it
or not, the Law of Diminishing Returns applies to weight loss. The more you
lose, the harder it is to lose more."
In his forthcoming book, Dr. Siegal's Cookie Diet Book (Hyde Park
Publishers, Ltd.), Dr. Siegal explains that the more one weighs, the more
calories he burns just transporting his own weight. As a dieter sheds pounds,
the amount of calories he burns simply going about his normal routine
"One of the great ironies in losing weight is that your own weight helps
you lose it," continued Dr. Siegal. "A person who weighs 250 pounds burns many
more calories performing the same activity as one who weighs 150 pounds."
According to Dr. Siegal, many overweight people don't recognize that
carrying excess fat inside their bodies takes the same amount of energy as
carrying around an object of the same weight.
In his practice, in order to put things into perspective for his
patients, Dr. Siegal asks them to imagine what their life would be like if
they were to strap a fifty pound weight to their body and never take it off
except to sit or lie down. In most cases, he says, people recognize the
tremendous amount of effort they would have to expend just to go about their
normal activities. They have no trouble imagining how taxing it would be to
ascend a flight of stairs, take out the trash, or put away the groceries. Yet,
while they are able to imagine the consequences of carrying around a heavy
weight, few of his patients recognize that they are already doing so.
"Someone who is fifty pounds overweight at 200 pounds uses the same
amount of energy to get around as a 150 pound person with a fifty pound weight
strapped to her body," continued Dr. Siegal. "Imagine how many extra calories
you would burn if you were to lug a fifty pound barbell everywhere you went!"
In his book, and on his web site, CookieDiet.com, Dr. Siegal provides
free tools to help people cheat the Law of Diminishing Returns and lose weight
at a fast, predictable, and consistent pace, even when they reach the hurdle
of the last ten pounds.
ABOUT SANFORD SIEGAL, D.O., M.D.
Sanford Siegal, D.O., M.D., is a practicing physician whose South Florida
medical practice, Siegal Medical Group, has treated more than 500,000
overweight patients. Although he has achieved notoriety for his books on such
subjects as high fiber diets, hunger control without drugs, and
hypothyroidism, he is best known as the Cookie Doctor(R) behind the venerable
Dr. Siegal's COOKIE DIET(R) weight-loss program and hunger-controlling foods.
Dr. Siegal is frequently in the news and has been profiled by dozens of media
including Good Morning America, The New York Times, The Today Show, National
Post, and Forbes.
For further information:
For further information: Media Relations, Dr. Siegal's Cookie Diet,
CookieDiet.com, 1-877-377-4342 North America, or 001 703-677-8068
International Web Site: http://www.CookieDiet.com