Blog Archive

COVID 19 - My Journey Dec 1st, 2020

       As I write this post, I am at day 10 of my 14 day quarantine.  The CDC now says a 10 day quarantine after the first symptoms is adequate, but I'm being a bit over cautious.  Every person whom I've spoken with is extremely interested in my...

Coronavirus - A Perspective Nov 24th, 2020

       Though this blog is typically about Weight Loss, Fitness, and improving Health, the past 2 weeks has prompted me to spend some time assessing my own thoughts on the Coronavirus pandemic.  The views and opinions I'm going to go over here are based on my practice of...

Patience and Celebrating What's Right with the World Nov 3rd, 2020

       We live in a Now world.  We want everything as soon as possible.  Drive thru's, home delivery of food, next day delivery of products, high speed internet, a thousand TV channels and services all account for the need for instant gratification.  It becomes a bit addictive and when...

Questions 2  The Sequel Oct 27th, 2020

         We had so many questions, we decided to create a second blog of questions and answers.  It's exciting when our patients, blog readers, and podcast listeners send us questions.  Getting fit, lean, and healthy requires that we do something we have not been doing.  Knowing is...

  Questions Oct 20th, 2020

         Everyday we get questions from our patients and from those who want to lose weight who come to us for a consultation.  As much information as there is available these days, most people still either don't really understand the weight loss process, think they do, or...

The Big Picture Oct 6th, 2020

       We are now tired of being overweight and have made the decision to lose excess body fat and get to a leaner place.  Our clothes don't fit and we struggle to go up stairs.  We avoid getting our photo taken and we spend way too much time...

Simple Things Sep 29th, 2020

         We make weight loss and getting fit too complicated.  Yes, I know I've said that this is a complex medical disorder having to do with our genetics, biochemical, metabolic, hormonal, and psychological functions, but the tasks that must be done to fight these underlying dysfunctions are...

Never Alone Sep 22nd, 2020

       When we make the personal decision to start losing weight and get healthy, it's typically done in a quiet conversation inside our head.  We don't trumpet this decision to the world.  When starting out on the journey we don't tell anyone, as we don't want people to...

The Little Things Sep 15th, 2020

       We want to lose weight now and lots of it.  We are disappointed if we only lose 8 pounds in a month.  We go for any program that promises big and fast weight loss.  We will fall for a diet that eliminates a macronutrient if we can...

Barriers to Weight Loss Sep 8th, 2020

         We all want to be at our best weight.  We want to look good, feel good, and be full of energy.  We all know that carrying less body fat and overall body weight will help us achieve these goals.  We all know that eating smaller portions...

Many Measures Sep 1st, 2020

     Many of my patients and people, in general, get fixated on the scales.  I think the scales are important and tracking our body weight is a great measure of getting leaner.  It, however, is not the only measure.  Tracking fitness and health can be done by looking at any...

The Downside of Excess Body Fat Aug 25th, 2020

         Everybody knows that being significantly overweight can cause negative effects on our body.  We all understand that rarely does an obese individual live into their 80's or 90's and if they do, they are typically disabled.  If we understand that this is occurring to our body,...

Diabetes Aug 11th, 2020

       The disease of Diabetes is growing at epidemic proportions in America and around the world.  When we say Diabetes, we are talking about two different disorders.  Diabetes Type I and Diabetes Type II.  Type I Diabetes is due to an autoimmune syndrome where our own body's immune...

Saying No Aug 4th, 2020

       Losing weight and getting back a leaner healthier body is hard work.  It is a full time job.  But Dr. Oliver, I already have a full time job and since I am taking care of a family, I have two full time jobs.  How can I possibly...

Discipline and Willpower Jul 24th, 2020

       Most people think the ability to lose extra weight is all about our willpower and sticking to a rigid and disciplined schedule.  The Truth...Not True.  Certainly, being able to stick with a plan and move through a journey to completion is essential, but mustering up all our...

Transition Jul 14th, 2020

Transition        Our lives are full of transitions.  These are changes that occur as we move month to month through our lives.  Some of the changes are amazing and positive like starting school, graduating from school, getting married, having children, getting a job.  Other changes are hard and...

Victory is in the Routine Jun 30th, 2020

       Every top athlete, musician, actress, and high performer has a daily routine. Some call it training and others call it practice.  They go through a repetitive cycle of doing the same thing over and over.  They don't just do anything.  They repeat the things that work to...

Expectations and Disappointment Jun 23rd, 2020

       We all have expectations of what we want or would like to happen.  This begins to occur at a very young age.  My young grandsons have an expectation that each time we visit, we will have something for them.  They have developed this expectation because we have...

Released Jun 16th, 2020

         We have been released and the locked doors have been unlocked.  Though we still are maintaining caution and utilizing our newly learned "distancing" techniques, we are feeling much more free.  Many are getting back to work.  Haircuts are being gotten.  Even the nail salons have opened. ...

Gotta Want It Jun 9th, 2020

         We all want things in our life.  More free time.  To know more. Better relationships. Better health. Better body. More fun. A new car. A bigger house. A nice vacation.  An understanding boss. And on and on and on.  It's good to want.  Problem is, wanting...

Ask Better Questions Jun 2nd, 2020

         "Why can't I lose weight?"  "What's wrong with my body?"  "Why don't I have any willpower?"        We are constantly talking to ourselves.  We ask our minds questions and we give it statements and our mind always responds.  If I ask myself, "Why can't...

The Weight Loss Treatment Five.  May 26th, 2020

       To effectively lose weight and keep it off, there are Five aspects that must be treated.   If only one or two are addressed then the attempt will only partially succeed and long term weight control is not possible.  Almost everyone only uses Three of less of these...

Routine and Structure May 19th, 2020

       We were made for success.  Part of being able to succeed is having a plan.  With that plan comes a set of goals, objectives, tasks, and timelines.  In accomplishing what we are setting out to do, we must have an organized plan of action.  To erect any...

Stress and Eating May 12th, 2020

         We're home. No place to go. Too much TV to watch.  Lots of computer screen time. Kids are home from school.  Husbands are under spouses' feet 24 hours a day.  For many, the opposite is true.  Life is certainly different than we've ever seen it.  We...

Decisions and Distractions May 5th, 2020

         We find ourselves in a new and weird environment.  The COVID 19 virus has taken away what we thought was some stability and certainty in our lives.  That's the thing about life.  Is it really ever stable and certain?  Of course not.  We just get lulled into...

Get Healthy and Stay Healthy Apr 28th, 2020

       Right now the number one concern of Americans and everyone around the world is their health.  People are a bit frightened at the possibility of catching COVID 19 and becoming very ill.  Yes,  people are dying of this disease.        If you look at the...

Speed Apr 21st, 2020

       There's a natural tendency to approach life in a leisurely way.  True, there is great importance in slowing down and smelling the roses.  Procrastination is one of the greatest obstacles to accomplishment.  We all experience procrastination. I'll do it later.  I'll do it tomorrow.  I'll do it when...

New Season New Reason Apr 14th, 2020

         Welcome Spring!  This is a time of renewal and growth.  It's when all of Mother Nature is having a party.  Plants come back to life.  Colors are restored in nature.  The flowers bloom and farmlands activate.  The air is fresh and Spring rains cleanse and replenish the...

Silver Linings Apr 7th, 2020

         The world as we know it has changed.  Out of nowhere a tiny invisible particle with some genetic material has invaded us, humans.  We are not in control of these things. It's the way the world was made.  We are, however, in control of ourselves.  We...

New Routines Mar 31st, 2020

       We get stuck in routines.  Many of these routines are detrimental to our health and wellbeing.  This viral pandemic has shown us that we can break old patterns and old routines.  We have been forced to change our daily lives.         Many are working from...

Managing a Disease Mar 24th, 2020

       Most people seem to be perplexed by the fact that they lose weight and over time will gain it back and sometimes gain even more weight.  I will explain why this happens and what to do about it.          Everyone knows how to lose weight. ...

Immersion in the Solution Mar 17th, 2020

       All in or Part-time?  OK, we said that in 2020 we wanted to drop our excess body fat and get down to a lean and healthy weight.  We sounded committed,  we really wanted it , and yet here we are in the second month of the year...

Achievement Mar 10th, 2020

         We are born to win.  Born to grow.  Born to Achieve.  Now, that doesn't mean that everyone does.  I just said we all were born with the potential to move forward, learn, develop, and do good, if not great things.  It doesn't matter what area of...

Ketosis Mar 3rd, 2020

       There is no magic to the term ketosis.  Many patients seem mystified about being "in Ketosis".  Here's the simple truth.  Ketone bodies are produced as breakdown products of fat to be used as fuel by the body when adequate supplies of glucose are not available.  That's it....

Self Confidence Feb 24th, 2020

       Our success correlates with our level of self confidence.  Weight loss success requires that we be or become confident in ourselves and our ability to achieve a desired outcome.  If we go into the process of dropping weight, getting fit, becoming healthier without confidence, our chances of reaching...

Night Time Eating Feb 18th, 2020

       A common problem is evening and night time eating.  Many people can control eating throughout the day, but after supper, all heck can break lose.  Even after consuming a healthy and filling dinner, many people start heading to the refrigerator or pantry an hour or so later. ...

Low Carb?, Low Fat?, Low Calorie? Feb 11th, 2020

       The answer is yes!.  I am asked more times than I can count, "What type of diet should I be on"?  Interestingly enough, our genetic makeup will determine how we burn our fuel and also what type of diet works best for us.  Almost everyone will lose...

Going the Distance Feb 3rd, 2020

       Weight loss and getting to our best weight is about going the distance.  Persistence and commitment even in the face of adversity are the answers to getting to your desired weight.  Beating our Fat Genes and being able to live in a body we like and a...

The Best Diet in the World Jan 28th, 2020

       Everyone wanting to lose a pound or a hundred is looking for the latest and greatest diet to change their life and their body.  There have been as many diets as there has been dieters.  They come by brands and names and take the nation by storm...

Tolerance Jan 21st, 2020

         Having tolerance is a good thing generally speaking.  It's good to tolerate the opinions of others.  It's good to tolerate differences between people.  It's good to be tolerant...in general.  However, Tolerance can be a detriment to our lives.        We tend to tolerate and get complacent...

Are You Unstoppable? Jan 16th, 2020

       We want to lose weight.  We want to be thinner and wear nicely fitting clothes.  We want to look our best and feel our best.  We want the best health possible. Question is:  Are we willing to work for it?  Our Genetics and Biochemistry will take over...

The Power of Goals Jan 9th, 2020

       Most people give lip-service to goal setting.  Properly set goals are powerful and life changing.  Everyone has a goal or goals.  We keep them in our heads.  Problem is that most goals are just pipe dreams.        The difference between a dream and a goal...

Distractions Jan 2nd, 2020

   Our senses are bombarded by thousands of inputs every minute.  We have gotten pretty good at ignoring most of them.  We have sounds, images, noise, conversations, and issues confronting us at all times.  We have learned to delete most of this external noise from our minds. These noises are...

2020 - The Year of Clear Vision Dec 26th, 2019

 In order to achieve a great goal, we must have a clear vision of what we want the result to be.  Without this clarity, it is impossible to know what it is we are trying to achieve.  Losing excess body fat requires a clear vision of the desired result.  If we just...

Commitment Dec 19th, 2019

     Being able to do something long after the emotional moment we said we would do it is commitment.  We say we will get thinner, eat healthier, and exercise regularly, but in times of change, upset, scheduling issues, or social events, we too easily resort to our uncommitted behavior. ...

Don't Settle Dec 12th, 2019

       We live in a society of settlers.  We settle for mediocrity.  We settle for comfort.  We settle for "good enough".  We settle for someone else to take care of it or us.  Worst of all, we settle for "OK" health.  It's ok now for young girls and...

New Year - New You! Dec 5th, 2019

       Everyone is getting excited for the upcoming Holidays.  Thanksgiving and Christmas and a host of other religious and family events are just around the corner.  We get so focused on these favorite times of the year that we don't think about our future.  I think this is...

We Know Too Much Nov 28th, 2019

    I meet with patients everyday that come to us to lose body fat, reduce weight, and live a healthier life.  I have spent most of my adult life working to resist excess body fat accumulation.  I've been fat and I've been thin and everywhere in between. I often...

Weight Loss Maintenance Nov 21st, 2019

       Ok, you are working on your weight and body fat reduction plan or you are approaching your goal weight.  I call this your optimal weight. It's not necessarily your "skinny" weight.  It's the best weight for you to look your best, feel your best, and be healthy. ...

The Final Push Nov 14th, 2019

      The last two months of the year are when most people gain between 7-12 pounds.  Will that be you?  You've been working on getting leaner this year.  You set some powerful goals, but life happens and things get in the way of achieving the desired results.  No problem.  You...

Fat Genes Nov 7th, 2019

       I speak often with my patients about "Fat Genes".  I make it sound simple, but in fact it is very complicated and we are only at the beginning of understanding how our genetic makeup contributes to our body size, weight, and health.  Our distant ancestors had the...

Stuck and Reframe Oct 31st, 2019

       My patients tell me every day that they just want to have more energy, look better, be able to wear more stylish clothes, get into a smaller size jean, feel better, breathe easier, lower their abnormal medical markers, feel like they did years ago, be more confident,...

Weight Loss and Exercise Oct 24th, 2019

   Many of my patients hit the gym hard 4-6 days a week and complain that they can't lose a pound.  Animal and human studies have shown that our ability to lose weight with exercise is a complex genetic and biochemical process.  In fact our athletic ability is based mostly...

Constant and Never Ending Improvement Oct 17th, 2019

       Many years ago I learned of a philosophy that spoke of Constant Improvement of ourselves.  The concept is sound and would seem to lead us all to become the best persons we could possibly become.  The practice of this Constant and Never Ending Improvement however, is difficult....

Why? Oct 10th, 2019

       If your struggling with weight loss, it could be a medical issue.  You may have a metabolic or hormonal imbalance that makes your body resist fat burning. It could be a psychological barrier regarding food that has you stuck. There are many reasons and most of them...

Eating Out - Weight Loss and Restaurants Oct 3rd, 2019

       We all love to eat out at restaurants.  Just try to get into a restaurant on a Friday or Saturday night. There's usually a waiting line ( Weighting Line ).  In my experience with patients who are working on getting thinner, eating out is a major source of...

Vacations and Weight Sep 25th, 2019

       We all love vacations.  It's a time to relax, get things done, travel, see new places, and spend time together.  What it shouldn't be is a weight gain nightmare.  Why do people gain weight so often when on vacation?   The most common mechanism for putting on some extra pounds...

Appetite Suppression Sep 18th, 2019

    The best diet in the world for weight loss is the diet you can stay on.  Since overweight syndrome and obesity are genetic disorders, it is reasonable that our appetite signaling mechanisms are also genetically programmed.  You've most likely noticed that some people stop eating food much earlier...

Routine Sep 12th, 2019

 Weight loss is a job that requires dedication.  It requires focus. It needs a routine.  Following people who are working on weight reduction demonstrates this fact.  When someone's life is steady and based on a routine, they are able to follow a pattern of healthy diet, daily physical activity, and...

Crush The Fat Genes Sep 5th, 2019

Being overweight takes the wind out of our sails.  We tire out more quickly, have less energy, feel full and bloated a lot, and have difficulty doing the things we did years ago.  We avoid getting our picture taken and don't feel good about the look of our body.  We...

Attitude and Motivation Aug 29th, 2019

    Weight loss is a job that requires dedication.  It requires focus. It needs a routine.  Following people who are working on weight reduction demonstrates this fact.  When someone's life is steady and based on a routine, they are able to follow a pattern of healthy diet, daily physical...

The Mental Component of Weight Loss Aug 22nd, 2019

We know that the body weight issues confronted by America are due to a complex aggregation of factors.  Our genetics play a major role, but do not determine our body size outcome. Our resultant biochemistry, metabolic functions, and hormonal balance are large factors in how we process, store, and utilize...

Stress Eating Aug 15th, 2019

Stress much?  Sure, we all live stress filled lives.  In fact, without a bit of stress we'd get less done, be less motivated, and our lives would be somewhat dull.  Problem is, we usually perceive that the stress is reeking havoc on our life, and only in some cases is...

Let's Not Fool Ourselves Aug 7th, 2019

   The magic to long term weight control is consistency.  Being consistent with a daily, sound, lower volume diet, and exercise on a regular basis is crucial to staying lean.  Sometimes we have to create routines and programs for ourselves to be able to create new habits.  Unfortunately, most people...

Frame of Mind Aug 1st, 2019

       How we see the world and how we show up in the world make the difference between success and failure in our endeavors.  But be clear, a person is not a failure.  Failure is an event and how we approach any event in life determines whether it...

Go The Distance Jul 24th, 2019

 We overestimate what we can accomplish in one month, but we underestimate what we can accomplish in a year.  With weight loss, we all want to lose every excess pound of fat we have in the first month (if not the first week).  That's not realistic and we logically understand...

What, How Much, and When Jul 17th, 2019

         The American diet is poor. We all know that. Most people do make attempts to eat more healthy foods.  What we eat is extremely important to our health. It's only one of the components of eating well.   What?      We should all be eating...

Willpower Part 2 Jul 10th, 2019

Many people believe  they don't have enough willpower to lose weight.  They are wrong.  First of all, losing weight is not about willpower.  Secondly, most everyone already has the willpower needed to lose all the excess body fat. The problem isn't lack of willpower; it's difficulty committing to the process...

4 Minute Mini-Walks Jul 4th, 2019

Do you hate to exercise?  I have a patient that says she’s allergic to sweat?  Whatever your reason for not wanting to exercise and there are thousands we can come up with, it is imperative that you must increase your physical activity if you plan to get and maintain a...

Willpower Jun 26th, 2019

Most people think that to lose weight you must have willpower.  That’s somewhat true, but I’m going to tell you why you already have the right amount of willpower to get the job done. Have you ever graduated from a school? Have you ever held a job? Have you been...

Hi, I'm Dr.Oliver Jun 22nd, 2019

Hi,       I'm glad we could spend time together today in my office. I'm Dr. Greg Oliver. My job is to partner with you to improve your health and help you achieve your wellness goals. Our focus is on assisting you to achieve your ideal body weight and to...

Exercise and Weight Loss Oct 3rd, 2018

Have you ever tried to lose weight by only exercising and not changing your diet?  Most of us at one time or another decided that we would exercise daily and vigorously to lose the weight.  Unfortunately, after a week or two we were sore, tired, and had not lost weight;...