The Obesity Guide with Matthea Rentea MD

Matthea Rentea MD

Matthea Rentea MD leads discussions on obesity and chronic weight management. Her guests range from experts in the fields that intersect with obesity and wellness, to individuals successful in their weight journey. She is a Board certified Internal Medicine and Diplomate of the American Board of Obesity Medicine and founder of the Rentea Metabolic Clinic, a Telehealth clinic for residents of the state of Indiana and Illinois that helps comprehensively with weight management. This podcast is for information and education purposes only. No medical advice is being given. Please talk to your physician for what is right for you.

read less
Health & FitnessHealth & Fitness

Episodes

Why You Binge and How to Stop with Jane Pilger
2d ago
Why You Binge and How to Stop with Jane Pilger
Send a Text Message. Please include your name and email so we can answer you! Please note, this does not subscribe you to our email list, it's just to answer if you have a questions for us. The most common type of eating disorder in the United States, binge eating disorder (BED) often triggers intense feelings of shame and thrives on secrecy. Jane Pilger understands firsthand the emotional and physical turmoil caused by BED—her first binge left her feeling broken and ashamed, marking the beginning of a cycle of overeating and restriction that lasted for over 25 years.In this episode, Jane shares her personal journey of overcoming BED, showing that no matter how long you’ve struggled, you can learn the strategies, tools, and mindset you need to create peace and freedom with food. Drawing from her own recovery and extensive coaching experience, Jane digs into the 8 reasons why people binge eat, practical techniques to manage urges, and key strategies to promote the self-awareness and compassion that will help you heal your relationship with food. ReferencesWhy Do I Binge QuizWhat to Do After a BingeOvercome Binge Eating with Powerful Questions:The Binge Breakthrough PodcastWhat is the difference between binge eating and overeating?The Power of the PauseAudio Stamps02:34 - Jane shares her background and the reason she got into coaching around binge eating.06:30 - Dr. Rentea asks Jane to explain the difference between binge eating and overeating.11:40 - Jane talks through the eight primary reasons why people binge.22:15 - We learn why Jane’s approach does not focus on eradicating binge eating altogether, but on separating the behavior from your self-worth.31:38 - We find out about Jane’s "pause with permission" technique as a way to interrupt urges and calm the nervous system during moments of potential binge eating.36:47 - Jane discusses how visualization can improve responses after binge-eating episodes39:00 - We learn how binge eating often stems from various forms of disconnection and the key to overcoming this.Quotes“I have come to discover just how common binge eating is, but because there's so much shame, nobody is talking about it.” - Jane Pilger“We can separate the behavior from you as a person. This isn't about you as a person. You are not a failure. You are not broken.” - Jane Pilger“As soon as we get out of shame and judgment, we can open up to awareness, to curiosity and compassion.” - Jane Pilger“That unbearable feeling will pass. We often have this sense that, ‘No, it doesn't go away unless I eat.’ It's like we have this thought error that food is the only thing that makes it go away. And actually, it will pass on its own.” - Jane Pilger“If I could boil all of binge eating down to one word, it's disconnection. When we binge, we are disconnecting for some reason, in some way, which means that the answer, the solution, is connection.” - Jane PilgerClick here to register for The 30/30 Program! We start Sep 1st 2024.
Low-Hanging Fruit: The Key to Breaking Fat Loss Plateaus
Jul 8 2024
Low-Hanging Fruit: The Key to Breaking Fat Loss Plateaus
Send a Text Message. Please include your name and email so we can answer you! Please note, this does not subscribe you to our email list, it's just to answer if you have a questions for us. Have you ever felt stuck in your weight loss journey, convinced that one particular issue is holding you back? Whether it's the late-night chocolate cravings or skipping workouts, many of us tend to fixate on the one issue we believe is the barrier to our progress. After coaching many people with this mindset, I've learned how crucial it is to take the blinkers off and identify all the other areas where you can make small improvements that will help you break through plateaus.Think of it like picking apples in an orchard—you start with the ones within easy reach. Instead of aiming for the top of the tree, focus on the low-hanging fruit first. Simple changes such as increasing water intake, choosing better-quality foods, or enhancing your sleep routine can make a huge difference. If you're feeling stuck in your fat loss journey, stay tuned to learn how to make these manageable adjustments that will pave the way to achieving your goals.ReferencesPodcast Playlist: My Doctor Started Me On a GLP 1 and Now What?Audio Stamps01:22 - Instead of fixating on one problem, Dr. Rentea suggests exploring multiple areas for potential improvement when facing a fat loss plateau.04:20 - Dr. Rentea challenges listeners to confirm if they are truly experiencing a plateau and, if so, to evaluate their readiness for further changes.06:17 - Listeners find out about a practical task to help them rethink health challenges and identify new ways to make improvements.11:05 - Dr. Rentea reminds us that implementation of new strategies isn't always easy, comparing it to a recent experience in her business. Persistence and adaptation is key.12:35 - Dr. Rentea discusses key areas to focus on for optimizing health including hydration, nutrition, movement, sleep quality, and stress management.Quotes“Do you actually have the mental capacity to do more right now? Because we're going to have to change something.” - Dr. Rentea“Anytime you want to break a habit, you want to do something different, you want to switch up your routine in some way, it's going to be an energy expenditure.” - Dr. Rentea“There is always more that you can do.” - Dr. Rentea"These things start to add up and they matter with time. If you make the bar low enough, the lowest hanging fruit, you will actually take action on it." - Dr. Rentea“I'm going to have a brainstorming session and write down all the things I can do. Then I'm going to figure out what's actually easy on that list and I'm going to take action on that.” - Dr. Rentea“It's so painful when you do something new. It doesn't mean that you're not going to be able to achieve these results or that your body's not capable of it.” - Dr. Rentea“Remember, we're going to keep it easy. We're going to keep it simple. You're going to pick one thing. You're going to do the 1 percent upgrade.” - Dr. Rentea“Once you start to look for small little improvements and things you can do, then your brain starts to harvest all the other little areas that it can improve.”- Dr. RenteaClick here to register for The 30/30 Program! We start Sep 1st 2024.
The Limitations of Obesity Management in Primary Care with Chase Franks
Jul 1 2024
The Limitations of Obesity Management in Primary Care with Chase Franks
Send a Text Message. Please include your name and email so we can answer you! Please note, this does not subscribe you to our email list, it's just to answer if you have a questions for us. As many of you may know, the Rentea Metabolic Clinic came about as a result of my frustrations in the primary care setting. Despite my passion for patient care, the brief appointments meant I couldn’t effectively tackle underlying metabolic challenges like insulin resistance, which are key for long-term health. I recently learned that nurse practitioner and TikTok star Chase Franks faced similar challenges in his experience of primary care. Chase shares my passion for debunking myths about anti-obesity medications and his TikTok fans—over 118K strong—love his relatable approach and straightforward explanations.In this episode, join us as we discuss the challenges we both faced in addressing weight management issues in primary care, our shift into exclusive weight management roles, and why educating and empowering patients is at the heart of what we do.References:Follow Chase on TikTok (@bourbonrx) https://www.ivimhealth.com/Audio Stamps01:08 - We meet Dr. Rentea’s podcast guest, nurse practitioner Chase Franks, who shares how and why he built his TikTok presence in the weight management field.03:30 - Dr. Rentea asks about Chase's experience with weight management in primary care and the challenges he faced due to time constraints and stigma.05:50 - We hear about the differences in approaching weight management, particularly in terms of patient readiness, between specialty care and primary care settings.09:55 - Chase and Dr. Rentea discuss the challenges in primary care, particularly the constraints in time and resources for effective weight management, highlighting the gap between patient needs and available support.15:30 - Chase encourages listeners to seek specialized obesity management specialists for support, acknowledging that not all primary care doctors may have the expertise to address weight management effectively.Quotes“I hate that in the medical establishment everything is blamed on weight and people are made to feel bad about their weight.” - Chase Franks, NP“What I came to realize is this is not something that I can tackle in the primary care setting.” - Matthea Rentea MD“I don't think that people know when they're going into this, how complex it is, the level of help that they're going to need, and how often.” - Matthea Rentea MD“If you're seeing a primary care doctor and you feel like they're not supportive in this, they might not have the education, so they're just the wrong person to steer you.” - Matthea Rentea MD“Obesity is a very complex chronic medical condition that more often than not would require specialized care. And there are providers out there that are well versed in it who do care.” - Chase Franks, NP“You don't have to white knuckle it your whole life. There are people that care and want to help you out there and have the education to do so.” - Chase Franks, NPClick here to register for The 30/30 Program! We start Sep 1st 2024.
The Power of Rituals: Tricking Yourself Into Consistency
Jun 24 2024
The Power of Rituals: Tricking Yourself Into Consistency
Send a Text Message. Please include your name and email so we can answer you! Please note, this does not subscribe you to our email list, it's just to answer if you have a questions for us. Are you struggling to achieve consistency with your metabolic health goals? One of the biggest mistakes that people make when they start out working on their health is aiming for too many new habits and strategies at once, expecting them to work effortlessly. So how do we break that cycle and take a more realistic (and less frustrating) approach?In this episode, Dr. Rentea explores practical strategies to build consistent habits, from understanding the initiation phase of behavior change to mastering the “Four C’s” formula to achieve success. Learn how to navigate the complexities of habit formation with ease and purpose, setting the stage for long-lasting improvements in your metabolic health journey.ReferencesThe 4 C’s Formula by Dan SullivanAtomic Habits by James clearThe Gap and the Gain by Dan Sullivan and Dr. Benjamin Hardy10X is Easier Than 2X by Dan Sullivan and Dr. Benjamin HardyAudio Stamps 03:03 - Dr. Rentea discusses two key actions people take to achieve consistency: developing realistic habits and mastering the “Four C's” concept—commitment, courage, capability, and confidence.10:30 - Dr. Rentea emphasizes the need to seek support to achieve goals and highlights the importance of addressing logistical factors before focusing on the main goal.12:04 - Dr. Rentea reminds us of the anatomy of a habit, emphasizes focusing on the initiation phase, and explains why we don't need to strive for perfection.16:45 - Dr. Rentea urges us to identify one key issue we struggle with and focus on the smallest step to change it. Quotes“The mistake that everyone makes when they start out working on metabolic health is that you want to have all these new habits, all these new strategies, and you want it all to be working effortlessly. That is insanity to think that that would be the case.” - Matthea Rentea MD“We need to know what the cue, the trigger, the beginning of you actually doing this new thing is. What actually is it that needs to happen for you to do this thing? And then we need to get really realistic about it.” - Matthea Rentea MD“I don't negotiate with myself in the morning if I want to walk or not. I'm walking, period. The clothes are laid out, the shoes are there, I'm getting it on and I'm going.” - Matthea Rentea MD“If you want to make things happen, I want you to look for every single way in your life that you can get the support to do it.” - Matthea Rentea MD“I want you to focus on just the initiation phase for this habit that you want to do.” - Matthea Rentea MD“If you were to think about the beginning of a habit and you changed the course just a little bit, you pivoted, you did something differently, you aClick here to register for The 30/30 Program! We start Sep 1st 2024.
Safer Surgeries for All: Expert Tips on Anesthesia and Obesity with Dr. Sarah Bodin
Jun 17 2024
Safer Surgeries for All: Expert Tips on Anesthesia and Obesity with Dr. Sarah Bodin
Send a Text Message. Please include your name and email so we can answer you! Please note, this does not subscribe you to our email list, it's just to answer if you have a questions for us. If you are overweight or obese and planning to have surgery, it's important to understand how excess weight can put you at risk for certain side effects and complications, whether from the surgery itself or the anesthesia you need. To help me explore the unique challenges people with obesity face when undergoing surgery, I invited Dr. Sarah Bodin, a double board-certified physician in obesity medicine and anesthesia, to join me for this week’s episode.Together, we delve into the complexities of anesthesia, and discuss the impact of medications like GLP-1 and the importance of screening for conditions such as sleep apnea. Join us now as we navigate the path to safer and more inclusive surgical experiences for all patients.Connect with Dr. BodinQuality of Life Physician Weight ManagementFollow Dr. Bodin on TikTokAudio Stamps01:30 - Dr. Bodin shares her professional background.02:10 - Dr. Bodin discusses the importance of holding GLP-1 medications before surgery due to their effects on gastric emptying.08:35 - Dr. Rentea asks about the clinical challenges posed by obesity, such as obstructive sleep apnea, hypertension, diabetes, and difficulties with IV access.10:22 - Dr. Rentea and Dr. Bodin discuss the necessity of screening for sleep apnea in weight management patients due to its impact on both weight and overall health.11:50 - We learn about the safety considerations regarding weight limits for outpatient versus hospital-based surgical settings.15:25 - We hear the proactive measures overweight and obese people can take to prepare for surgery to reduce the likelihood of complications and promote successful outcomes.20:13 - We find out about the risks associated with skin removal surgery for people who have lost significant amounts of weight.22:44 - Dr. Bodin shares her tips for other physicians that might not have had as much training in this area, including how to be mindful of language and biases.Quotes“None of us want to have problems surgically because of our weight.” - Matthea Rentea MD“My recommendation would be that if you're taking a weekly injectable, you hold it for a solid two weeks prior to your surgery.” - Dr. Bodin“It is super, super common for me to see obstructive sleep apnea. Some of which has been diagnosed and some of which people do not know about.” - Dr. Bodin“If you have obesity, you're more likely to have sleep apnea. If you have sleep apnea, it can potentially cause worsened weight gain. So yes, that is built into my screening tools for my practice.” - Dr. Bodin“High blood sugars are associated with a number of different problems around surgery.” - Dr. Bodin“If your cardiovascular system, your heart, your blood vessels, and your respiratory system are all a little bit tolerant of exercise, you're going to better be able to tolerate the stress that a surgery and an anesthetic bring.” - Dr. BodinClick here to register for The 30/30 Program! We start Sep 1st 2024.
BONUS: Build Strength in Just 10 Minutes, from Your Chair, in Pajamas with Dr. Ali Novitsky
Jun 13 2024
BONUS: Build Strength in Just 10 Minutes, from Your Chair, in Pajamas with Dr. Ali Novitsky
Send a Text Message. Please include your name and email so we can answer you! Please note, this does not subscribe you to our email list, it's just to answer if you have a questions for us. If you were to ask me the top problem that no one can figure out when they're working with me, it would be strength training. Only a handful of people manage to sustain their own home exercise programs, commit to gym memberships, or stick with a trainer over the long term. If you are someone who struggles to prioritize exercise—especially strength training—then today's episode is a real treat for you. Join me as I speak with Dr. Ali Novitsky, CEO and founder of The FIT Collective™, who shares her smarter, not harder approach to fitness. Learn how simple, scientifically-backed strategies can optimize muscle mass and transform body composition, all in as little as just 30 minutes a week. Having been through Dr. Novitsky's program myself and seeing the incredible results, I can say with confidence this is *the* fitness breakthrough you've been waiting for!ReferencesMuscles and Mindset ProgramThe Fit CollectiveThe Muscles and Mindset PodcastFollow Dr. Ali Novitsky on TikTokAudio Stamps 02:40 - Dr. Novitsky introduces herself, emphasizing her focus on the four pillars of obesity medicine—nutrition, exercise, mindset, and medication—and the importance of a disciplined workout strategy to maintain muscle during weight loss.09:35 - Dr. Novitsky addresses the challenges faced by those who have never strength trained, explaining the importance of making exercise accessible to all ages and abilities.14:00 - Dr. Novitsky debunks the myth that you need extensive equipment or long workouts to make progress.16:20 - Dr. Novitski offers practical advice for anyone who struggles to find time for exercise.21:05 - Dr. Rentea reflects on her own journey with Dr. Novitsky, from her initial resistance to strength training, to embracing the meditative and holistic benefits of 10-minute workouts.32:08 - We learn about Dr. Novitsky's new program, “Muscles and Mindset”, including its tailored approach and accessibility for diverse fitness levels.Quotes“If we're not moving our muscle, we're losing our muscle.” - Dr. Ali Novitsky“Obviously, life gets in the way and whatnot, but the reality is, if this is priority number one, priority number two, or priority number three, you will find time. If this is below priority number three, you will have an excuse for how there is no time. Is this a priority with the time that you have now?” - Dr. Ali Novitsky “You don't have to go to a CrossFit gym to be able to maintain muscle mass or gain muscle mass. You can do it from your own home, in your pajamas, with no shoes on, sitting in a chair." - Dr. Ali Novitsky“I say all you have to do is push play. Everything else is just a bonus. Because the idea is that if you push play, it means you showed up. And honestly, if you can consistently show up for yourself, you will get great health results.” -  Dr. Ali Novitsky “We have to be able to see each person as an individual to be able to help them with what they need so they can live in Click here to register for The 30/30 Program! We start Sep 1st 2024.
BMI: Proof it Falls Short as a Measure of Health
Jun 10 2024
BMI: Proof it Falls Short as a Measure of Health
Send a Text Message. Please include your name and email so we can answer you! Please note, this does not subscribe you to our email list, it's just to answer if you have a questions for us. You've probably heard me rant about it before, but it’s worth emphasizing again: BMI is NOT the  be-all and end-all statistic measuring our health. Widely adopted in medicine and by insurance companies, it's often used to justify various treatments and decisions. But the truth is, BMI measurements can be downright misleading, especially for those who have undergone significant weight loss.In this episode, I'm going to illustrate just how flawed BMI can be, using a case study of two patients who have both shed a considerable amount of weight. Through these real-life examples and data, we’ll see why solely relying on BMI might not give you an accurate picture of your health. Instead, we'll explore how understanding body composition can provide invaluable insights that BMI alone cannot, empowering you to make better-informed decisions about your health journey.If you have lost a significant amount of weight and are feeling confused or frustrated by your BMI, this episode is for you!Oops! We need to make a small correction from this episode:“We’re going to think about obesity as being over a body fat percentage of 31%.”ReferencesInBody ScalePodcast Episode 58: Body Composition: How to Assess It and Why It MattersOptimizing Fat Loss and Maintaining Muscle on a GLP 1 Mini-CourseAudio Stamps 00:50 - Dr. Rentea explains why relying solely on BMI can be misleading, especially for those who have lost a lot of weight, as it doesn't account for factors like loose skin.03:45 - We hear a real life scenario from Dr. Rentea’s clinic, comparing two patients who have lost significant weight, which highlights the limitations of BMI as a sole measure of health.06:55 - Dr. Rentea explains the issues that can arise when body fat drops too low.07:49 - We find out why getting a body composition analysis helps you understand your metabolic health and differentiate between vanity goals and health goals.Quotes“If you're only looking at that BMI, you do not understand the health of the person.” - Matthea Rentea MD“You can actually be incredibly healthy and still not be in a ‘mid-range/normal’ BMI.” - Matthea Rentea MD“You need to work with someone that actually understands what to look at, what's important, and what's not.” - Matthea Rentea MD“The reason we use the InBody is because we'll start to see that there's this tipping point where their body doesn't want to release any more fat.” - Matthea Rentea MD“The data is only as good as you understanding what to do with it.” - Matthea Rentea MDClick here to register for The 30/30 Program! We start Sep 1st 2024.
Optimizing Your GLP-1 Experience: Tips for Handling Headaches, Appetite Shifts, and Viral Illnesses
Jun 3 2024
Optimizing Your GLP-1 Experience: Tips for Handling Headaches, Appetite Shifts, and Viral Illnesses
Send a Text Message. Please include your name and email so we can answer you! Please note, this does not subscribe you to our email list, it's just to answer if you have a questions for us. Are you grappling with the side effects of GLP-1 medications? If so, you're not alone. In previous episodes, we've tackled some of the most common challenges that patients face when starting these medications, including sulfur burps and nausea. Today, we're diving deeper into three additional hurdles that can crop up along your GLP-1 medication journey: persistent headaches after injections, exaggerated responses to viral illnesses, and appetite suppression or low desire for food.These three problems can significantly impact your daily life and treatment progress so make sure you tune in for practical strategies to help you effectively manage these side effects and transform your experience with GLP-1 medications. From hydration strategies to optimizing nutrition, don't miss out on these valuable insights that will empower you to navigate these challenges with confidence.ReferencesOptimizing Fat Loss and Maintaining Muscle on a GLP 1 Mini-CourseFollow me on TikTokFollow me on InstagramThe Health Investment Podcast with Brooke SimonsonPrevious episodes on side effects from GLP-1 medications:Nausea Relief Strategies for GLP-1 Agonist MedicationsSulfur Burps on GLP-1 Meds: Remedies, Treatment and CausesAudio Stamps00:28 - Dr. Rentea introduces the three common side effects from anti-obesity medications that will be discussed in the episode03:04 - We learn how Dr. Rentea’s mini course can help you get the most out of your GLP-1 medication. 05:39 - Dr. Rentea discusses headaches as a common side effect of GLP-1 medications and gives tips on how to manage them.07:46 - We learn how viral illnesses can be more prolonged and severe for patients on GLP-1 medications due to compounded effects on intestinal motility.10:55 - Dr. Rentea talks about managing low appetite or quick satiety when starting or increasing doses of GLP-1 medications, offering tips on nutrition adjustments and  hydration strategies.Quotes“The majority of the side effects that you might experience, whether it's fatigue or headaches, they really do get better the more weeks that you're on it.” - Matthea Rentea MD“Remember, if you're not able to work through side effects and your doctor can't help you through them, then maybe it's not a medicine for you.” - Matthea Rentea MD“These GLP-1s are slowing down the motility of your intestine, so how quickly things are moving through. And when you get those types of viral bugs, they do the same thing.” - Matthea Rentea MD“We don't want you to get malnourished. And so this is part of making sure that you're getting enough nutrition, but the volume might need to be down.” - Matthea RenteaClick here to register for The 30/30 Program! We start Sep 1st 2024.
Nausea Relief Strategies for GLP-1 Agonist Medications
May 27 2024
Nausea Relief Strategies for GLP-1 Agonist Medications
Send a Text Message. Please include your name and email so we can answer you! Please note, this does not subscribe you to our email list, it's just to answer if you have a questions for us. Nausea is one of the most frequently reported side effects of GLP-1 agonist medications used in obesity treatment, such as Zepbound, Wegovy, Mounjaro, and Victoza. Although not everyone will experience it, the nature of these anti-obesity medications can often lead to nausea, caused by the slowing of gastric emptying.Anyone who has experienced nausea before, especially during pregnancies, will understand just how debilitating it can be, impacting your daily life and work. So, what level of nausea should you expect from weight loss medications? And how can we effectively manage this side effect? In this episode, I'm sharing practical strategies to mitigate nausea, advice on when to seek medical advice, and insights on using medications like Zofran to ease discomfort.Remember: This podcast provides general educational information. Always consult your doctor and medical team for personalized advice and guidance on any symptoms you’re experiencing.ReferencesQuest Nutrition Cheese CrackersDevotion Nutrition HydroFLEX PacketsGHOST®Audio Stamps00:58 - Dr. Rentea explains why most anti-obesity medications contribute in some capacity to nausea and describes the nature and impact of this common side effect.06:05 - Dr. Rentea encourages us to be mindful of the types of foods consumed while on anti-obesity medications as certain foods can trigger nausea more than others.08:20 - We hear the importance of hydration in managing nausea and Dr. Rentea explains how cold drinks and electrolyte products can alleviate symptoms.13:05 - Dr. Rentea shares some general tips and changes you can make to your diet to help manage nausea.17:35 - Dr. Rentea stresses that vomiting is not normal and urges consulting a doctor if it occurs, as adjustments to eating habits or medication dosage may be necessary.Quotes“You need to be spacing out your food because most people will not be able to eat these bigger meals at once.” - Matthea Rentea MD“If you are avoiding fried stuff, greasy, or really high sugar foods, it's going to be really helpful.” - Matthea Rentea MD“Vomiting is never normal. You always need to talk to your doctor.” - Matthea Rentea MD“Electrolytes can oftentimes be helpful for nausea and headaches.” - Matthea Rentea MD“Something like Zofran, if you're not allergic, is just nice to have in your toolkit. But you need your physician to walk you through when and how to use it.” - Matthea Rentea MDClick here to register for The 30/30 Program! We start Sep 1st 2024.
Sulfur Burps on GLP-1 Meds: Remedies, Treatment and Causes
May 20 2024
Sulfur Burps on GLP-1 Meds: Remedies, Treatment and Causes
Send a Text Message. Please include your name and email so we can answer you! Please note, this does not subscribe you to our email list, it's just to answer if you have a questions for us. Ever had a burp that smells like bad eggs? It’s certainly not pleasant - especially in a social setting! But like most medications, anti-obesity medications come with side effects that you may have to navigate, particularly at the start of your journey. And one side effect that I don't hear enough people talk about, are sulfur burps.So today, we’re doing a deep dive into why sulfur burps can happen on anti-obesity medication, what to avoid, and potential remedies to alleviate symptoms. We’ll also touch on gas and bloating and tips to reduce discomfort. Plus, stay tuned for future episodes where we'll be exploring additional side effects to help you manage the unique challenges associated with anti-obesity medications.Remember: This podcast provides general educational information. Always consult your doctor and medical team for personalized advice and guidance on any symptoms you’re experiencing.ReferencesEp. 48: Dietary Fiber: Tackling Constipation on GLP-1sChia seed pudding recipeAudio Stamps00:28 - Dr. Rentea stresses the importance of consulting with a medical team about any symptoms you’re experiencing while taking anti-obesity medications.03:40 - We learn why sulfur burps are a common side effect of anti-obesity medications.05:59 - Dr. Rentea outlines a list of what to avoid to help alleviate sulfur burps.10:40 - Dr. Rentea shares some potential remedies for sulfur burps.11:10 - We hear a recap of what can trigger and alleviate sulfur burps and Dr. Rentea’s take on digestive enzymes.12:38 - Dr. Rentea discusses factors contributing to gas and bloating.Quotes“Straws actually can make the gas situation worse. So I would try to eliminate the straws that you use.” - Matthea Rentea MD“Things that are contributing to taste, but not calories, they're incredibly gas producing.” - Matthea Rentea MD“Food that is higher in sulfuric content is going to make it worse. For example, something like eggs.” - Matthea Rentea MD“I think that the same things that are contributing to sulfur burps are really contributing to the gas.” - Matthea Rentea MD“Maybe you went up too quickly on the fiber content. That's usually a huge culprit.” - Matthea Rentea MD“I don't know that there's anything that walking doesn't help, but you're really getting the bowel moving and you're going to get that gas passing along.” - Matthea Rentea MDClick here to register for The 30/30 Program! We start Sep 1st 2024.
Weight Challenges with Mental Health Treatments: Insights from Psychiatrist Dr. Mark Novitsky
May 13 2024
Weight Challenges with Mental Health Treatments: Insights from Psychiatrist Dr. Mark Novitsky
Send a Text Message. Please include your name and email so we can answer you! Please note, this does not subscribe you to our email list, it's just to answer if you have a questions for us. While psychiatric medications can be essential for improving mental health, they often come with unwanted side effects, including weight gain. Historically, a lack of integration between psychiatrists and other healthcare providers has meant that the impact of these medications on weight has often been overlooked.Today, I’m excited to bring Dr. Mark Novitsky (husband of Dr. Ali Novitsky!) into the conversation, who is board-certified in child and adolescent psychiatry, adult psychiatry, and obesity medicine. Dr. Novitsky emphasizes a therapy-first approach and promotes healthy lifestyle choices for his patients, addressing issues like ADHD, anxiety, and depression through holistic strategies that include sleep habits, exercise, and nutrition.In this episode, we'll be exploring the relationship between psychiatric medications and weight gain, common medications that may influence weight changes, the role of genetic testing in personalized treatment, and practical strategies for managing weight concerns associated with ADHD and psychiatric medications.ReferencesNovitsky MD Boutique Mind DoctorsThe Fit Collective™The 31 Days of Fit ProgramOptimizing GLP-1 Weight Loss for High-Performing WomenAudio Stamps01:13 - We hear about Dr. Mark Novitsky’s background and how he helps people.09:44 - Dr. Novitsky shares some common antidepressant and antipsychotic medications that can cause weight gain due to increased appetite.15:58 - Dr. Novitsky introduces the three pillars of health and digs into why exercise is crucial for overall mental and physical health. 19:35 - We discover strategies for improving sleep hygiene, which is key for improving your mental and physical well-being.29:43 - Dr. Novitsky discusses how ADD and ADHD can impact someone’s relationship with food.Quotes“There are certain medications that we know of as practitioners that are going to result in more weight gain.” - Dr. Mark Novitsky“The ones that tend to fix things quickest, the atypical antipsychotics, tend to cause some weight gain. The problem is, if I'm doing my job and fixing someone quickly in terms of the psych meds, then it might actually be pushing them in the wrong direction.” - Dr. Mark Novitsky“Sometimes the path that isn't the quickest is the best.” - Matthea Rentea MD“We can actually see a lot of the genes that are going to determine what type of emotional eating pattern people are going to follow.” - Matthea Rentea MD“If you're not sleeping well, you don't want to go down that road of getting one of these other heavier duty sleep meds thrown your way because it's going to increase the appetite.” - Dr. Mark Novitsky“You should be the captain of your team in terms of your mental health treatment and your obesity medicine treatment.” - Dr. Mark NovitskyClick here to register for The 30/30 Program! We start Sep 1st 2024.
Breaking the Silence: Redefining Menopausal Care for Women with Obesity with Dr. Komal Patil-Sisodia
May 6 2024
Breaking the Silence: Redefining Menopausal Care for Women with Obesity with Dr. Komal Patil-Sisodia
Send a Text Message. Please include your name and email so we can answer you! Please note, this does not subscribe you to our email list, it's just to answer if you have a questions for us. Menopause and the years leading up to it - perimenopause, are periods of significant change in a woman’s body. Working as a physician, I’ve seen firsthand how these hormonal changes can affect women, especially those struggling with weight.Unfortunately, if you're in the obesity category and considering hormone replacement therapy (HRT), it’s easy to feel overwhelmed by the lack of clear guidance and support. The crucial link between weight management, menopause, and HRT often gets overlooked, leaving many women at risk and unsure about their options for treatment.In this episode, I am joined by Dr. Komal Patil-Sisodia, who is triple board-certified in endocrinology, obesity medicine, and internal medicine and passionate about improving metabolic health in the community. Together, we discuss the significant physiological changes women experience during perimenopause and menopause, the benefits of HRT in improving insulin resistance and blood sugar control, and the intricate relationship between menopause, obesity, and heart health.ReferencesWhat Is Metabolic Syndrome?You Are Not Broken Podcast by Kelly Casperson MDmenopause.orgReset/Recharge Podcast with Dr. Komal Patil-SisodiaAudio Stamps01:20 - Dr. Komal shares her background in endocrinology and how obtaining her obesity medicine board certification has helped her practice.11:48 - We find out about the importance of being proactive when it comes to starting conversations around hormone replacement therapy (HRT) with a knowledgeable physician.17:48 - Dr. Rentea and Dr. Komal emphasize the importance of seeking out healthcare providers who are knowledgeable and up-to-date about HRT and menopause management, and suggest questions to ask.21:19 - We explore the benefits of HRT, such as improving insulin resistance and blood sugar control.29:00 - We learn how menopause, obesity, and heart health are interconnected and Dr. Komal recommends safer HRT options to manage these health concerns effectively.Quotes“We are complex human beings. And what we know now and what we know through research may change five years from now. It's always important to be looking at the latest data and evolving your thought patterns as you move forward.” - Dr. Patil-Sisodia“You have to fix what you can about your environment as much as possible. And then at some point, your genetics will kick in and that's no fault of your own. That is literally what is encoded in your body. And at that point, if you've done all of the lifestyle things, it's okay to ask for help.” - Dr. Patil-Sisodia“As a medical community, for a long time we haven't shown women grace and we haven't shown patients who are struggling with obesity grace.” - Dr. Patil-Sisodia“Hormone replacement therapy should be available to all women, even those who are struggling with obesity.” - Dr. Patil-SisodiaClick here to register for The 30/30 Program! We start Sep 1st 2024.
Today's Actions, Tomorrow's Health: The Power of Your Future Self
Apr 29 2024
Today's Actions, Tomorrow's Health: The Power of Your Future Self
Send a Text Message. Please include your name and email so we can answer you! Please note, this does not subscribe you to our email list, it's just to answer if you have a questions for us. As anyone who struggles with weight management knows, it takes a lot more than waking up one day and deciding “it’s time to get healthy”. Our health is shaped by the countless small decisions we make each and every day and when we don’t see instant results, it can feel hard. But one of the key things that keeps me going? My love for my future self.When you think of yourself in five years, what do you see? Do you see yourself still consumed by food, weight, and stress, missing out on life's joyful moments? Do you imagine a future filled with body hatred and isolation? My guess is this is not what it looks like when you are envisioning your future. Or at the very least, this is not what you want to see yourself like in the future.But when you embody the future version of yourself who lives differently than you do today, you have such an opportunity to shape your reality. Join me today as we delve into the concept of your "future self" and discover how it can empower us to follow through on the actions that move us closer toward our goals.Audio Stamps00:40 - Dr. Rentea shares a key lesson from a recent business coaching call she was part of.02:15 - Dr. Rentea explains the concept of your “future self”04:30 - We hear how Dr. Rentea's vision of a healthier future self fuels her commitment to prioritize her health, even during challenging times.07:00 - Dr. Rentea explains how the "bright spots theory" can help us tackle challenges by identifying other areas of our life which feel more effortless and energizing.12:15 - Dr. Rentea encourages us to think about what is needed from us today to help us get the future self that we want. Quotes“I have to constantly think about: ‘Who is it that I want to be? What do I want to become?’ And those things keep me going.” - Matthea Rentea MD“If I want this future self to be in a better spot physically, it is going to require an element of consistency from me and having a plan and sticking to it.” - Matthea Rentea MD“What are you in this moment going to follow through on and do, even if it's not the most appealing thing, even if you don't love it, even if it's not super exciting?” - Matthea Rentea MD“You don't end up there overnight.” - Matthea Rentea MD“You are often probably going to have to do things that you don't feel like doing.” - Matthea Rentea MD“Future me - I love her enough and I want things badly enough for her that I'm going to do these things.” - Matthea Rentea MDClick here to register for The 30/30 Program! We start Sep 1st 2024.
How One TikToker’s Chronic Weight Management Journey is Inspiring Others: Angel Scheer’s Story
Apr 22 2024
How One TikToker’s Chronic Weight Management Journey is Inspiring Others: Angel Scheer’s Story
Send a Text Message. Please include your name and email so we can answer you! Please note, this does not subscribe you to our email list, it's just to answer if you have a questions for us. As humans, we thrive through connection. And when we embark on a journey to improve our metabolic health, I’m a strong believer that we need continual inspiration to guide us along the way and remind us that we’re all in this together. For me, a huge source of that inspiration has come from Angel Scheer, someone who I have followed for a long time on TikTok.Angel has struggled with obesity and weight her entire life. And what I've observed over time since following Angel is the evolution of her approach to health—a journey marked by challenges and triumphs. Today, I'm excited to explore Angel’s story in-depth, offering insights into the realities of navigating weight management and metabolic health. Join our candid conversation, where we discuss Angel’s battles with obesity and fertility, and shed light on the importance of consistency, accountability, and tuning into your own body's cues.ReferencesChasing Cupcakes: How One Broke, Fat Girl Transformed Her Life by Elizabeth Benton Connect with Angel:InstagramTikTokAudio Stamps01:35 - Dr. Rentea’s guest Angel gives us some background into her struggles with weight loss, fertility, and why she chose to share her weight management story online.07:07 - Angel talks about how consistent routines and accountability have played a part in her journey.11:26 - Dr. Rentea asks what Angel has to tell herself to make sure she takes action, even when she doesn’t feel like it.15:06 - Dr. Rentea summarizes three key ways to ensure you keep taking action to move closer toward your goals.17:05 - Angel shares the advice she would give the past version of herself that really struggled to make progress on her weight management journey.22:04 - We hear how Angel transitioned from focusing on counting calories to emphasizing protein intake, especially after starting medication.23:40 - Angel discusses some of the non-scale victories that she has been proud of along the way.29:53 - We hear Angel’s final tips for anyone who is starting or struggling with their weight management journey.Quotes“The reality is you sometimes have to listen to where you're at.” - Matthea Rentea MD“It's almost like it's acceptable to put ourselves down when we would just never do that with friends or anyone else.” - Matthea Rentea MD“You're worth it. And it might not be as hard as you think.” - Matthea Rentea MD“No one would ever choose to struggle with this.” - Matthea Rentea MD“One of the biggest things that I have come to love about this journey is that I'm able to handle the stress in my life a lot better than I was before.”  - Angel“No one else is doing this for me. I'm the only one who can do this and I'm worth it.“ - Angel“It's a practice to talk differently to yourself. It doesn't happen overnight.” - MaClick here to register for The 30/30 Program! We start Sep 1st 2024.
4 Tactical Moves to Manage Increased Hunger
Apr 15 2024
4 Tactical Moves to Manage Increased Hunger
Send a Text Message. Please include your name and email so we can answer you! Please note, this does not subscribe you to our email list, it's just to answer if you have a questions for us. Feeling extra hungry lately and not sure why? After recently transitioning from Wegovy to ZepBound, I noticed a significant increase in appetite. But whether or not you've changed medications, there are a whole bunch of factors that could be contributing to increased hunger pangs.But instead of hitting the panic button when hunger strikes, remember that tough times in your health journey are the perfect opportunity to put on your detective hat and uncover the root cause. Join me today as we delve into what might be causing a surge in hunger levels and discover four practical ways to manage it effectively.ReferencesJoin my email listOptimizing Fat Loss and Maintaining Muscle on a GLP 1 Mini-CourseFollow me on TiktokAudio Stamps01:02 - Dr. Rentea shares her recent transition from Wegovy to ZepBound and how this has affected her physical hunger levels.06:00 - Dr. Rentea walks us through her checklist of potential factors contributing to increased hunger levels.10:47 - We hear Dr. Rentea’s first practical step for dealing with increased hunger levels: Looking at your water, protein, and fiber intake.14:22 - We find out how processed foods can impact hunger levels.15:30 - Dr. Rentea discusses how sleep can play an important role with increased appetite.19:53 - We learn why more is not necessarily better when it comes to our health.22:00 - We hear a summary of how these steps have impacted Dr. Rentea’s own experience with increased hunger levels.Quotes“Exercise can increase your appetite and there are certain types that are going to affect people differently.” - Matthea Rentea MD“Ghrelin is the hunger hormone that says, ‘you're hungry, start eating!’ Why would ghrelin go up? Ghrelin is going to go up if you fast for long times. Ghrelin will also go up if you are sleep deprived and if stress is up.” - Matthea Rentea MD“If I want to be less hungry, then I'm going to need nutritious foods that still have their hydration intact, that are giving me the protein and fiber, that are giving me the micronutrients that I need. And oftentimes the processed stuff just isn't doing that.” - Matthea Rentea MD“Look at your sleep quality and ask, ‘Is there anything getting in the way?’” - Matthea Rentea MD“A lot of us always think more is better. We think that it's going to get us further. We're going to lose weight faster. We're going to put on muscle better, all those things. And it's actually not been true for me.” - Matthea Rentea MD“When times feel hard, you've got to be a detective.” - Matthea Rentea MDClick here to register for The 30/30 Program! We start Sep 1st 2024.
What nutrition plan is best?
Apr 8 2024
What nutrition plan is best?
Send a Text Message. Please include your name and email so we can answer you! Please note, this does not subscribe you to our email list, it's just to answer if you have a questions for us. When people start working on their health, one of the first things they usually want to know is: what is the best nutrition plan? But when it comes to the “best” nutrition plan for you, it really hinges on your own personal health goals. What are you actually trying to get out of the changes that you're making?For the purpose of today’s episode, we’re going to be focusing on what kind of nutrition plan could be best for losing body fat. Drawing from both clinical observations and key research findings, we'll look at how to optimize your macronutrient intake to support your fat loss goals and ensure they align with your lifestyle for sustainable success.ReferencesOptimizing Fat Loss and Maintaining Muscle on a GLP 1 Mini-CourseAudio Stamps01:29 -  Dr. Rentea explains why you need to be very clear on what your health goal is before looking into the best nutrition plan for you. 03:18 - Dr. Rentea discusses findings from a JAMA study on four different diets (including keto) and their impact on long-term weight management.06:28 - We learn why Dr. Rentea suggests an 'add don't subtract' approach to nutrition, emphasizing personalized adjustments over strict meal plans.09:55 - We find out about the role of increasing protein and fiber intake to support sustainable weight management, including practical strategies to incorporate these nutrients into your diet.15:43 - Dr. Rentea summarizes the two most important aspects of a sustainable nutrition plan to achieve long term fat loss.20:30 - Hear some of Dr. Rentea’s favorite products right now, including a coffee concentrate brand!Quotes“You need to get really clear on what you are actually trying to get out of the changes that you're making.” - Matthea Rentea MD“I'm not ever here to tell you that a plan is good or bad. It's really ultimately about what you can stick with long term.” - Matthea Rentea MD“Number one, you need to know what your actual goals for nutrition are. And then number two, the path you pick needs to be sustainable.” - Matthea Rentea MD“There are actually tons of people that can make a lifestyle work where they're going out to eat often or where they're getting lots of prepared foods.” - Matthea Rentea MD“No matter what your world looks like, you can make it happen.” - Matthea Rentea MD“You just stay in your own lane. Because most people that are doing this whole extreme keto thing, they're not sticking with it for over a year. And then they're right back to where they started and they feel even more defeated because they didn't learn anything about themselves, about nutrition, about sustainability.” - Matthea Rentea MDClick here to register for The 30/30 Program! We start Sep 1st 2024.
How to Tap Into a Growth Mindset and Crush Your Goals
Apr 1 2024
How to Tap Into a Growth Mindset and Crush Your Goals
Send a Text Message. Please include your name and email so we can answer you! Please note, this does not subscribe you to our email list, it's just to answer if you have a questions for us. Do you love a good challenge or do you actively avoid it? In today’s modern world, there’s no denying that building healthy habits and living a healthy lifestyle can be challenging. And sometimes, it really can feel like the entire world is conspiring to make it harder for you to work on your metabolic health.Without doubt, those moments where you feel defeated are uncomfortable. However, it's important to remember that they offer valuable opportunities for growth and learning. In this episode, we’re exploring how adopting a growth mindset gives you the resilience to persevere and embrace these lessons, rather than dwelling on the setbacks. So, let’s skip the pity party and thoughts of giving up! Join me as we explore how to keep moving forward and achieve your goals.ReferencesJoin my email listOptimizing Fat Loss and Maintaining Muscle on a GLP 1 Mini-CourseAudio Stamps00:35 - On your health journey, you'll come to learn that progress takes time, and whatever your goal is, there will likely be some tweaking and troubleshooting along the way.01:30 - The moments when you feel defeated are the moments when growth is going to occur. Dr. Rentea shares her own, recent example of this with strength training.06:40 - Hard times are going to teach you things as it brings to the surface what you still need to work on. 09:09 - Staying in a growth mindset is one of the most essential tools that you're going to need for your long term health journey. Dr. Rentea shares a different example related to nutrition.12:24 - When you're going through hard times, there is always a lesson in there - you're never failing.15:07 - Don't feel like you need to figure this all out yourself - it’s perfectly fine to seek help in areas where you need it.16:20 - Dr. Rentea reminds us of the resources she has available to support us when challenges do arise.Quotes“What you start to realize when you're doing this work is that it doesn't happen as quickly as you think it will.“ - Matthea Rentea MD“These moments when you are pushed, this is when growth is going to occur or not.” - Matthea Rentea MD“We've got the perfect three months here. What's the next step for you?” - Matthea Rentea MD“I like to experience stepping out of that comfort zone because it really shows me what the next level of work is.” - Matthea Rentea MD“Hard times are going to teach you things.” - Matthea Rentea MD“When we stay in the pity party, we do not have clarity. We cannot figure things out. We cannot troubleshoot. We don't figure out what the goal is. We don't see where we want to go.” - Matthea Rentea MD“It is normal and natural to encounter obstacles and challenges and figuring out what to do with them is the greatest gift you're going to give yourself. It is never just about the scale going down.” - Matthea Rentea MD“When you're going through hard times, there's a lesson in there. You're not ever failing if yoClick here to register for The 30/30 Program! We start Sep 1st 2024.
Body Composition: How to Assess It and Why It Matters
Mar 25 2024
Body Composition: How to Assess It and Why It Matters
Send a Text Message. Please include your name and email so we can answer you! Please note, this does not subscribe you to our email list, it's just to answer if you have a questions for us. Most of us have been there when trying to lose weight… following a diet to the T, only to get discouraged when the scale doesn't budge. But the truth is, weight can’t tell us everything about our health and can even be detrimental to our own body image. I know if I had let the traditional scale determine my own success, I would have stopped years ago.While the diet and fitness world continue to be overly obsessed with weight, today we’re exploring why body composition, i.e. the breakdown of fat, bone, and muscle in your body, is actually a much better and more useful indicator of overall health. Join me as I encourage us to break free from the weight-centric mindset and learn how body composition tools can give us a more accurate picture of what’s really going on with our health.ReferencesInBody scaleOptimizing Fat Loss and Maintaining Muscle on a GLP 1 Mini-CourseAudio Stamps01:56 - Dr. Rentea tells us about the limitations of the traditional scale and the need for deeper understanding when it comes to interpreting body composition testing.06:20 - We learn some alternative methods for tracking body composition, including body measurements like the abdominal circumference.08:30 - Dr. Rentea advises on interpreting body composition reports, emphasizing the importance of maintaining muscle mass, especially for individuals over 65. 11:45 - Dr. Rentea challenges the idea that a lower number on the scale is always better and stresses why we need to understand body composition beyond traditional metrics like BMI.17:52 - Our muscle mass has a significant impact on our metabolic health and so Dr. Rentea advises consulting with a knowledgeable clinician to help you accurately interpret body composition results. Quotes“If you're losing at a very rapid pace, there's likely going to be some amount of muscle that you're going to sacrifice.” - Matthea Rentea MD“If you can't get the (InBody) scale, then I want you to do measurements. And you're going to do them once a month, not to be obsessive, but you're going to want to see progress with time.” - Matthea Rentea MD“If the scale is not changing, but the inches are going down, this means you've lost fat and you've likely gained muscle. And that actually means you're healthier.” - Matthea Rentea MD“It can help you out so much to step away from this understanding of, ‘Well, only the scale number going down is what's important.’ If I had let that determine success or not, I Click here to register for The 30/30 Program! We start Sep 1st 2024.
ADHD-Friendly Weight Management Strategies with Jennifer Watts
Mar 18 2024
ADHD-Friendly Weight Management Strategies with Jennifer Watts
Send a Text Message. Please include your name and email so we can answer you! Please note, this does not subscribe you to our email list, it's just to answer if you have a questions for us. Weight loss coach Jennifer Watts often felt defeated by traditional diet plans. Each attempt ended in what felt like failure, creating a cycle of frustration and self-doubt. It wasn’t until Jennifer finally received her ADHD diagnosis, that she could truly understand the reasons behind her weight challenges.Jennifer’s diagnosis allowed her to transform her approach to weight loss, and discover the strategies that resonated with her unique neurodiversity. Her breakthrough was so profound that she decided to share it with other women facing similar struggles, launching Jennifer Watts Coaching – a place for women with ADHD to find personalized coaching and strategies for weight loss and self-growth. In this episode, Jennifer joins me to share some practical insights for navigating the mental load of managing weight with ADHD. Listen in as we discuss the power of small, manageable changes, the importance of ditching self-judgment, and her top two tips for getting started on your journey to weight management with ADHD.Connect with Jennifer:Follow her on InstagramVisit her websiteListen to Jennifer’s podcast: Losing Weight With ADHDAudio Stamps01:15 - Coach Jennifer Watts shares her background, the work she does now, and the people she serves.05:25 - Jennifer reflects on the effective strategies that helped her with weight management post-diagnosis. 14:33 - Jennifer shares some of the common struggles faced by individuals with ADHD when it comes to weight management.17:26 - Jennifer highlights the importance of tailoring strategies to fit each client's lifestyle and needs and gives us some examples of simple yet impactful changes to start with.25:20 - Jennifer shares her top two tips for people with ADHD looking to find more success in health management.Quotes“It has to be broken down into the tiniest of pieces for it to be effective for somebody like me.” - Jennifer Watts“People with ADHD experience a lot of masking because we've tried so hard to fit in and be just like everybody else because we think that's the right way to be.” - Jennifer Watts“We get hyper focused on what we're doing, we're distracted, and we don't pay attention to our bodily cues. We don't pick up on our hunger and satiety, our thirst, those types of things, maybe as easily as a neurotypical person would, so we have to be really intentional about that.” - Jennifer Watts“The two key areas where I usually start with people are breakfast and water.” - Jennifer Watts“Don't beat yourself up over the fact that some of these things are hard for you. You have to respect that. And that's why planning and making things as simple as possible for you, and eliminating at least the decision fatigue where you can, can make such a huge difference.” - Jennifer Watts“Give yourself one minute in the evening for self reflection, because noticing what worked and what didn't is the absolute key to being able to make changes and adapt.” - Jennifer WattsClick here to register for The 30/30 Program! We start Sep 1st 2024.