Archive for March 12th, 2009

 

COMING OF AGE IN AMERICA

March 12th, 2009

The man who craves renewal at mid-life cannot count on much help from society. For the most part he will have to work through this crisis period alone, and to do so he will have to struggle to overcome in himself many of the beliefs he shares with the culture in which he lives. This [...]

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PIONEERS: EXPLORING THE UNCHARTED SELF

March 12th, 2009

“Sometimes I fantasize about hopping on a jet to South America and starting a whole new life,” admitted one recently divorced man. “But the trouble is, I know I’ll be there waiting for me when I get off the plane.” This wry comment contains a profound truth about the mid-life lust for change: It is [...]

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MEN AT FORTY: A NEW TENDERNESS

March 12th, 2009

Like Peter, many men become more interested in meaningful relationships at mid-life, less preoccupied with success and achievement. Their values become more humanistic, more expressive. They develop a deeper rapport with their children, warmer friendships with both men and women. Some switch careers, change the focus of their work, or get involved with philanthropic or [...]

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THE YALE GROUP: ADULTS IN TRANSITION

March 12th, 2009

Today an increasing number of researchers are following Erikson’s leads in their investigations of adult development. But the most provocative ideas, as we mentioned earlier, come from Daniel J. Levinson and his team of researchers at Yale University. Moreover, they are the only group to have studied the male mid-life period in depth, and to [...]

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AN INDICTMENT OF MACHISMO

March 12th, 2009

Friedman and Rosenman’s findings have aroused bitter controversy and antagonism within the medical establishment. Until recently their work was ridiculed or ignored, their federal funding often in jeopardy. Now, after twenty years of accumulating hard evidence, they have finally attained some measure of respectability. But their theories are still phobic-ally resisted by the majority of [...]

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WEIGHT-LOSS SURGERIES: STOMACH STAPLING AND THE INTESTINAL BYPASS-THERE’S ONLY ONE WAY

March 12th, 2009

These drastic remedies require full-blown surgery. For stomach stapling, a portion of the stomach is stapled shut, reducing the size of the portion of the stomach that receives the food. The theory behind stapling is that if you can’t hold as much food as you used to, you’ll eat less and lose weight. The intestinal [...]

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LIQUID PROTEIN DIETS

March 12th, 2009

The diets, which were all the rage in the 1970s contained large amounts of protein but very few carbohydrates. You can lose weight on liquid-protein diets, and/or other high-protein, low-carbohydrate diets. But you can also lose your health, and possibly your life. Here’s how these diets work: Your body can burn either carbohydrates, fat, or [...]

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FOCUSINGON WEIGHT, INCHES, OR CLOTHING SIZE

March 12th, 2009

Obsessing over a number on the scale, a dress size, or a waist measurement is bound to result in negative thinking, and at its extreme (which I see all too often in my patients), self-loathing. Don’t let this happen to you. Ignore your weight and measurements for a while. Just start down your healthy eating-sensible [...]

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STAYING MOTIVATED TO LOSE WEIGHT: AVOIDING EMOTIONAL TRIGGERS

March 12th, 2009

An incredible amount of eating is triggered by anger, anxiety, depression, happiness, frustration, boredom, fatigue, and other emotional states. Food is a sort of instant fix, a way to dull the pain and make ourselves feel good. Unfortunately, this instant fix can turn into a long-term problem if it’s overdone. A 26-year-old woman named Jennifer [...]

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THE FAT BLOCKER EXERCISE PROGRAM: WHAT ELSE CAN EXERCISE DO FOR ME?

March 12th, 2009

Besides increasing your BMR, exercise helps ensure that your body breaks down fat instead of muscle as you lose weight. When the amount of food you take doesn’t provide enough energy to pay the bills, your body dips into its own energy stores. It will tend to break down fat first because that’s where it [...]

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