VOLUME EATING FOR WEIGHT LOSS

November 8, 2019

Many of my weight loss patients are interested in volume eating, which I think is a great option to incorporate into a sustainable weight loss plan. I happen to do …

How Many Carbs Should You Eat to Lose Weight?

November 1, 2019

Low carb diets often promise rapid, significant fat loss without much of the work associated with other diet plans. If you’re struggling with your weight, it is easy to be …

Work the Night Shift without the Night Shift Working You

October 21, 2019

Many of my patients are night shift nurses struggling with weight loss.  They ask me how can I possibly lose weight while working a 12-hour night shift? Should I follow …

How Sleep Affects Weight Loss More Than You Think

August 13, 2019

According to a study published in the Annals of Internal Medicine, dieters that were getting adequate sleep (7+hours per night) were losing body fat, not muscle mass. Dieters that were …

Should you weigh yourself on vacation?

July 6, 2019

To weigh yourself on vacation, or not to weigh yourself on vacation, that is the question. Get my thoughts here: How Using a Scale May Help You Avoid Weight Gain …

If you don’t know where you are, you’ll likely never get to where you want to go.

June 26, 2019

Everywhere I turn I see weight loss ads promising that on their diet, you will lose 5 pounds in two days, or 10 pounds in two weeks or 30 pounds …

Depression and weight gain

May is Mental Health Awareness Month: Charlie’s Story

May 29, 2019

May is mental health awareness month, so I thought it was a good time to write about where I am with my mental health issues. For me, getting my thoughts …

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Stephen Fulton Jr., Best Kept Secret

May 11, 2019

Wishing Stephen Coolboysteph Fulton Jr @coolboysteph all the luck as he faces PaulusAmbunda for the IBO super-bantamweight championship tonight. Not that he needs it – the man is a MACHINE. I’ve had the …

Summer is coming…

April 17, 2019

Summer is almost upon us, and with it, the slew of magazines chock full of pre-summer workouts and diets promising the “perfect beach body in 6 weeks or less” are …

Do Detox Drinks and Cleanses Work for Weight Loss?

April 12, 2019

TGIF… just got an email telling me I could “Lose 5 Pounds with a 5 Day Cleanse.” Who sends a weight loss doctor, advertisements for weight loss? Insert head into …

They say a picture’s worth 1,000 words.

April 8, 2019

They say a picture’s worth 1,000 words, so on this Motivation Monday I give you before and after shots of my patient Marnie Bejarano taken exactly 1 year apart. WOW! Marnie has …

What’s the secret to weight loss success?

March 11, 2019

Check out the before and afters of this dynamic duo. Combined they’ve lost 100 lbs. People ask me, “what the secret to weight loss success?” I tell them honestly: there …

Built Bar Video Review Contest – DABOM

March 9, 2019

Don’t hate me because I’m surrounded by a sea of Built Bars. I can’t help it that I WON the Built Bar Video Review Contest. Ok, I was 1 of 20 winners, …

Client Love – Patient Testimonial: “I was running out of options.”

March 4, 2019

Many thanks to my patient Rachael B. for writing this testimonial, which in the office we call “Client Love.” I was running out of options. Despite being a runner – …

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Happy New Year

December 31, 2018

Well, it’s almost 2019. On the brink of a brand new year, I want to share an experience I’ve been dealing with for the majority of 2018. Several months ago, …

Here’s Why Your Favorite Celeb’s Diet Might Not Work for You

August 29, 2018

Chances are, at some point, you’ve read a celebrity’s diet tips or food diary and wondered whether you’d look and feel as good if you began your days with a …

The Most Effective Ways to Lose Weight After 50

August 7, 2018

As people age, if they do not do something to stop it, there is a loss of muscle mass. We know that muscle is more metabolically active than fat. Though …

A Doctor’s Expert Guide to Bodybuilding Without Steroids

July 31, 2018

Can you compete in bodybuilding, or get jacked/swole/ripped without steroids? The answer is an unequivocal yes. Check out my recent comments regarding anabolic steroid use in Muscle & Fitness magazine. Whether …

Should You Count Calories or Carbs to Lose Weight?

July 25, 2018

6 years ago, the NY Times published an article titled,”In Dieting, Magic Isn’t a Substitute for Science.”  I thought then it raised interesting points, and they are still just as …

Different Types of Belly Fat & How to Get Rid of Them

July 20, 2018

This article discusses different kinds of belly fat and how to get rid of it.  (Thanks Jen Glantz for including me in it.) Here is a brief breakdown: Belly fat …

Ketogenic Diets and Gut Health- Featured on Insider

July 16, 2018

I am not a fan of the ketogenic diets for many reasons, and its impact on the GI tract is certainly one of them. There are certain circumstances in which …

Patient Story

July 11, 2018

I saw a patient yesterday who started with us last June at 172 pounds. By February (8 months/32 weeks), she was below 130 (42+ pounds) and has steadily continued to …

Should You Try the Keto Diet? A Beginner’s Guide

June 27, 2018

I am not a fan of anything drastic, and severely restricting carbohydrates for the rest of your life is certainly drastic.  Out of every 1000 people who try it, 990 …

Think you can’t enjoy happy hour and lose weight? THINK AGAIN!

June 21, 2018

With a little bit of planning, you can get your drink on (responsibly) and eat great food while still progressing toward your weight loss goals. In fact, a weight loss …

Thoughts on CoolSculpting

June 14, 2018

CoolSculpting seems to be everywhere, so I was excited when Prevention reached out to ask me my opinion on it. If you’re curious about whether it is worthwhile to explore, …

Busting Weight Loss Myths: Talk from Be Well Philly Boot Camp

June 13, 2018

I gave this talk at the Be Well Philly Boot Camp. I think it has a lot of very valuable information in it, and if you are looking to lose …

How Stress Can Lead to Unwanted Weight Gain

June 12, 2018

Stress can cause not only weight gain, but weight gain in the most dangerous area of the body. I explain why and how in this POPSUGAR article. As if we need …

Be Well Philly Boot Camp Saturday

May 31, 2018

I am looking forward to the Be Well Philly Boot Camp this Saturday. From 10:30-11:00, in “The Lounge,” I will be talking about weight loss myths. Please come over and …

Watermelon and Feta Salad

May 14, 2018

I made this simple, low-calorie salad the other night and wanted to share it. (The amounts are just estimations; I did not measure the ingredients as I was not following …

The Philly Sugar Tax (But not just sugar…)

May 9, 2018

I went into Vitamin Shoppe yesterday and was dumbfounded to find out that my Isopure (zero carbs, 40 grams of protein) was subject to the sugar tax!!! Apparently, anything with …

Biltong Guide: What is It, Biltong vs. Jerky & More!

May 2, 2018

Biltong is a form of dried, cured meat that originated in Africa. It is similar to beef jerky and is very high in protein and low in calories.  On most days, I prefer it to …

Does the Blood Type Diet Work?

April 27, 2018

I think Claire Nowak did a great job outlining the different schools of thought on this “diet” in Reader’s Digest Online. I have pulled out my quotes (below), but you …

Anti-Aging Treatments that Doctors Actually Use

April 25, 2018

Clicking the picture below will take you to a Reader’s Digest article that has some of my thoughts in there. Here are some other anti-aging strategies that could probably benefit …

FitExpo Philadelphia 2018 – April 28th and 29th

April 24, 2018

The Dr. Seltzer Team and I are really excited to be part of the 2018 FitExpo Philadelphia hosted at the Pennsylvania Convention Center this Saturday and Sunday, April 28th and …

Should You Take a Magnesium Supplement? And If So, Which One?

April 19, 2018

Magnesium supplementation can lower blood pressure and help you relax before bed. However, if you pick the wrong one, you could end up with significant belly pain. I contributed to …

Women, Toning and Myth Busting

April 18, 2018

“Toning” is a very common term in the context of fitness.   I have always been fascinated when I hear, or get to participate in, a conversation about it. When …

What do our patients eat to lose all the weight they do?

March 29, 2018

Weight loss is simple: Eat fewer calories than you burn. Doing this in the context of your life is what becomes challenging. By keeping an accurate account of what you …

Liquid Calories: How Drinking Can Sabotage Weight Loss

March 22, 2018

People ask me all of the time if things are healthy, and while it seems like a simple question, I am not even sure what “healthy” means. Obviously, if someone …

15 High Protein Breakfast Foods for Weight Loss

March 12, 2018

This great article from Women’s Health Magazine includes two of my favorite recipes. You don’t NEED to eat breakfast, but if you do, go for something with a good amount …

What is BMI? Does Your BMI Really Matter?

If you are looking to improve your health, following you Body Mass Index (BMI) should be toward the bottom of your priority list. Decreasing your body fat percentage and your …

Lose Weight AND Eat Jellybeans

Doing this interview was amazing. I think this information is invaluable if you’re interested in losing weight permanently.

Tips to Achieve Your New Year’s Resolution

January 1, 2018

If weight loss is on your New Year’s Resolutions list this year, here are three things to increase the likelihood of your success. Avoid changing everything or making unrealistic goals. …

The Truth About Weight Loss vs. Fat Loss

December 7, 2017

Crash diets, which almost always include drastic carbohydrate reduction, do cause an initial drop in the scale, but this “weight” decrease is from the elimination of water and sugar from …

When Life Gives You Lemons

November 7, 2017

I have Parsonage Turner Syndrome. This is a rare condition in which there is damage to or complete destruction of nerves that control the muscles of the shoulder.  This results in paralysis of the muscles controlled …

Dr. Charlie Seltzer Weighs In On The Diet Soda Lawsuit

November 5, 2017

Here is my interview with 6 ABC Action News talking about the new class action lawsuit that essentially claims that diet soda can cause weight gain. —Would love to your …

When is Your Last Meal of the Day?

October 16, 2017

I frequently emphasize personal experimentation in regard to when, and how, we consume our food. We often hear it is best to consume our last meal of the day at …

Is a calorie a calorie?

October 12, 2017

Is a calorie from an apple the same as a calorie from potato chip? While most people intuitively know that an apple is “healthier” (It has vitamins, fiber and bulk …

Is Breakfast the Most Important Meal?

October 9, 2017

From television commercials advertising large bowls of morning cereal, to food-pyramid nutrition taught in elementary schools, America is rooted in the idea that breakfast is the most important meal of …

Are You Resisting Change?

October 2, 2017

By Dr. Charlie Seltzer People don’t resist change. They resist being changed. – Peter Senge Motivational speakers and life coaches love to say things like, “You can write your own …

Can Lifestyle Changes Improve Thyroid Function?

April 17, 2017

This article does a great job of demonstrating different philosophies regarding medicine, health and wellness. Hopefully my comments make sense.   Click Here to read the article.

Weight Fluctuations and How to Deal

September 16, 2016

Emily and I work with a lot of females in college and grad school, and like in the general population, eating disorders and body image issues are prevalent. And although …

Philly Beer Garden Snacks for Any Calorie Budget

August 11, 2016

Emily Northington put this guide to Philadelphia’s many summer beer gardens together. Eat it. Drink it. Enjoy it. But make sure you count it.   Click here to download the guide …

Multi-Level Marketing Protein Bar–Good? Bad? Ugly?

July 8, 2016

One of my patients gave me a bar from a very well-known multi-level marketing company. Since so many people use these products, I thought I would throw in my $0.02. …

The Paleo Diet vs. The Paleo Mentality

June 22, 2016

The foundation of the Paleo diet is we should only eat what our ancestors were eating in the Paleolithic era. If you do this, say the proponents of this plan, …

The Coffee Lover’s Survival Guide

June 15, 2016

If you’re getting derailed on your coffee run, use this survival guide to pick up a sensible option that you can fit into a 1400 calorie plan. Click here to …

Happy Hour Survival Guide

June 14, 2016

Yes, You Can Still Go to Happy Hour Summer is here, the season of happy hour.  Center City Sips is in full swing, Spruce Street Harbor Park is up and …

Anything Is Possible With The Right Plan and Attitude

April 20, 2016

I have never posted a lifting video, but I have put my own self-consciousness aside to demonstrate what is possible with the right attitude and a good plan. When I …

Can You Avoid Diabetes? I Am Not Sure I Can.

April 12, 2016

I have an extremely strong family history of diabetes, and there is a significant likelihood that I am going to get it no matter what I do. And while sugar …

Beating Binge Eating

March 17, 2016

Congratulations to my client, Tawny Clark, who is featured in the August issue of Oxygen Magazine. The article talks about Tawny’s battle with binge eating disorder. I am very proud to …

The Best Equipment if You Want to Workout at Home

March 14, 2016

I want to do my exercise at home.  What do I need? I suppose one could argue that the type of equipment will vary based on goals. The proverbial “they” …

Client Tawny Clark on the cover of PhillyFit Magazine

February 17, 2016

I am so happy for Tawny. She looks incredible, and more importantly, she feels incredible! As an aside, for those of you who are afraid that heavy lifting will make …

Strength Training for Beginners: An Expert Guide

July 12, 2012

I used to weigh 240 pounds and in my earlier 20’s I had back pain so bad that I couldn’t even walk. Since then, in large part due to weighting …

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As the only physician in the country to be board-certified in Obesity Medicine and certified by the American College of Sports Medicine as a Clinical Exercise Specialist, Dr. Seltzer has a proven track record of helping people transform their lives for good.

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