Weight Loss Questions with Dr. Robert Maki

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Many people start running in order to lose weight. [I admit, this was my motivation in the beginning].

Yet even when running as religiously as I do, dropping the extra pounds can still be a slow process. Sometimes weight loss feels like a mystery.

Here to help us unravel the mystery is weight loss expert Dr. Robert Maki. He has helped thousands of people drop the pounds without surgery, fad diets, appetite suppressants, or counting calories.

We spoke to Dr. Rob for over an hour about weight loss and marathon training. Here are the interview questions.

Interview Questions

  1. What is a naturopathic doctor and why did you get into this type of work?
  2. Is counting calories an efficient way to lose weight? If not, what would you recommend as an alternative?
  3. What is the normal weight fluctuation a person should have from day to day? I see myself going from plus/minus two pounds on any given day and I figure out my weight based on that. Is that normal? -Adolfo
  4. How often do you recommend that a person weigh themselves?
  5. What might a person be doing wrong who is doing a lot of running but not losing weight? -Patrick
  6. Most people in our audience aren’t obese, but still struggle with anywhere from 5-20 pound that they’d like to get rid of. Here’s a question from Wendy who wants to know… Why is it so hard to lose those last 5 pounds of stubborn fat that are stuck on the midsection and for some women in the thighs and butt as well?
  7. How can we boost our metabolism and maintain good nutrition for marathon training and lifting weights as cross training?
  8. Is it possible to lose fat and gain muscle at the same time. Is it all about the way we approach nutrition for each case?
  9. I would love to know if caffeine can stall weight loss. I’ve read arguments on why it’s ok and also why it’s not. -Natalie

Bonus Round
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Also Mentioned in This Episode

  • Non-alcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD) Dr. Rob says that this condition is growing at epidemic proportions (an estimated 33% of the population).
  • Fall Marathon Recommendations? Trevor and I are looking for a marathon and half marathon to run this Fall, preferably in the United States South or Midwest. Leave a recommendation below.

Hammer Endurolytes/Endurolytes Fizz
For those of us in the Western Hemisphere the warmer weather of summer is upon us. Running in hot temperatures increases the amount of electrolytes that your body loses through sweat.

Cramping is one of your body’s final warning signals that you’re running low on electrolytes. That is why Endurolytes are such an important part of your summer fueling strategy. They supply your body with a balanced, full-spectrum, rapidly assimilated source of electrolytes.

Endurolytes comes in either a capsule, powder form, or in my personal favorite, Endurolytes Fizz. These are convenient rapidly dissolving effervescent tablets.

I carry fluids with me during my shorter runs in hot weather. I don’t need a source of calories for these short runs (less than 90 minutes) so I love to put 1-2 Fizz tablets in my water. I enjoy the great taste while I give my body some needed electrolytes.

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Happy Running!

6 Responses to Weight Loss Questions with Dr. Robert Maki

  1. Ann Anderson July 3, 2012 at 3:54 pm #

    Be There!!!

    Metro Health Marathon Grand Rapids Michigan. In mid October

    • Angie July 7, 2012 at 2:43 pm #

      Ann- That’s definitely a great suggestion. Another bonus would be getting to see you guys. We’ll have to see if that works!

  2. Lisa July 5, 2012 at 11:05 am #

    I love the Grape Fizz, except if I don’t drink it fast enough the bubbles make my waterbottle cap fly off when I am running.
    I can’t remember if you’ve done an Ohio race but the Akron Marathon is wonderful. I’m doing my first full there on Sept 29th.

    • Angie July 7, 2012 at 2:45 pm #

      Hey Lisa. I’ve noticed that too with the Fizz. I once put 3 tabs in my water bottle (when I wasn’t sure of their strength) and it exploded in my face when I opened the top 😉 I’ve heard that the Akron Marathon is a great race. It’s exciting to hear that you’ll be doing your first full marathon there.

  3. Missy January 4, 2013 at 11:35 am #

    Hello Angie my name is Missy and I am also a RN. I live in Pennsylvania and there is an awesome event in September called The Megatransect. It is a marathon in the woods. People come from all over to compete. It is filled but due to a registration error some additional spots are available. Thanks for all your help. BTW there is also a trail event in the Spring called The Hyner Challenge which is a great challenge. Both events can be found at PArunners.com.

    • Angie January 5, 2013 at 9:40 pm #

      Hi Missy. It’s great to hear from a fellow RN. I’ll definitely check out those races you talked about. I haven’t done my PA marathon yet so I’m open to options. All the best as you pursue your running goals in 2013!

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