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Walk Your Butt Off“Walk Your Butt Off”

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“Rodney Voisine, MD, . . . counsels patients on diet and exercise during a 12 week program there. In initial meetings, he sees a lot of people who are gung ho about exercise. “I have patients who tell me they’re going to get up at 4:30 in the morning, go to the gym, come home, feed their kids and get them off to school and then go to work,” Dr. Voisine says. “I’m like, ‘Whoa, I’m already tired’ some people might be able to do that but not a lot.”

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Dr. Rodney Voisine who runs the weight loss center in Portland, Maine, tells me this is a constant drumbeat he sounds with his clients. “We advise them that their largest meal of the day should, in fact, be breakfast, “ he says. “If I ask them what they had for breakfast, and they tell me they had a cheese stick and a grape, I know we’ve totally failed the patient. They’ve reverted back to the thought If I eat less, I’ll lose weight. That’s the wrong answer. I tell them: ‘We need to talk. How about you have that fruit when you first get up, with some water to rehydrate, then have the cheese as part of an egg, or an egg-white omelet with some vegetables?”