Kraus Back and Neck Institute in Houston, TX

Relief from Lower Back and Neck Pain

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      At the Kraus Back and Neck Institute (KBNI), we specialize
                 in non-surgical as well as surgical treatments
                                of Back and Neck  Pain
     Conservative to Surgical Options: MINIMALLY INVASIVE SPINE SUGERY 
 "Applying Science to the Art of Medicine"                                                  
                 Dr. Kraus is available for Neurosurgery consultation (surgical and non-surgical) in Houston.
                      Offices:  1) West Houston Medical Center
                                    2) Memorial Hermann Memorial City Hospital
                                    3) Katy
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                                             "Top Doctors of Houston, Texas" (2007, 2008, 2009)     

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   Weight Loss


Reasons society has difficulty with weight loss:       

  1. We want immediate feedback.  Humans are not patient creatures, and we like to see the fruits of our labors early on.  If we don't see the results, we become discouraged. 
    • Lets take an analogy.  Suppose we are on a ship, sailing from New York City to London.  Let's say it is an old sail boat, with primitive navigational equipment.  We had to use a compass and  a sextant.  Two weeks passes, and we were becoming concerned.  All we saw was blue water.  We might lose confidence and turn back.  We didn't get the feedback we wanted, results.  We might have been doing very well, and may have been in fact halfway there, but we had no gauges by which to judge our progress.  For all we knew, we could be headed toward Marseilles, France (that might not be so bad), and we wouldn't even know. 
      Now, take another scenario, and suppose that we were on the same ship, but that every two hundred miles, we passes a buoy, which said "you are on the right course, only 1400 miles left" or "you are five degrees off course: suggest changing bearings to 84 degrees."  Then, we would be much more content, our minds would be eased, and we would be seeing progress.  Even when I am sitting on a chair lift on a ski slope, ascending the mountain, I like to watch for the progress as I watch the descending numbers I pass on the poles holding up the chairlift.  In addition to monitoring progress, we like feedback telling us when we are doing the wrong thing.
      Next, take a third scenario.  We are back on the ship, there are no signs or buoys, but our friend is sitting in a satellite over the Atlantic Ocean, and is telling us we are either on the right or wrong course.  That is again reassuring to us, as long as we trust our friend.

    When it comes to weight loss, it is no different than crossing the Atlantic Ocean in an old ship, with primitive navigational capabilities.  It will take patience and time, guidance, reassurance, and the inexperienced sailor will need to listen the the seasoned, experienced sailor, as to what to do, what to look for, and what to change.  Also realize, nothing develops confidence like success, and nothing destroys it like failure.  A novice attempting weight loss, without the guidance and experience of a trained individual, is setting themself up for failure, and for discouragement to try again.

  2. We want easy results.  We want to take a pill to lose the weight, we want surgical liposuction to lose the weight, we want to go on a crash diet for fifteen days to lose the weight.  Lets go back to the old sailing ship.  We've been on the ocean for one week, and don't know where we are going.  A tug boat full of all the latest and greatest equipment passes us, and tells us that for $24.95 on a three month payment plan, we can subscribe to his service of 6 days of towing.  He is convincing, and  has all the right testemonials (he has pictures and statements of hobie cats, sunfish boats, and catamarans which he "saved"), and we take a tow.  After six days, he releases us, but still we see just blue water, but our wallets are lighter.  We wanted a quick fix.  We didn't want to learn a method, we didn't want to learn to skills necessacy to get us to London  ("give a man a fish, and feed him for a day;  teach him to fish, and feed him for a lifetime') .  Let's learn a method, which we can use for life. Let's not take the free ride.  Life generally proves that free rides are the most costly, in the long run.

  3. We don't have the will power.  In life, if the pleasure you get from doing something outweighs the satisfaction you get in the long run from not doing it, you will inevitably do it.  If it does not, you won't.  How much do you want to lose weight? How much do you want that cheesecake?  Is the momentary pleasure worth it?  Generally we find that one effort in weight loss and fitness builds upon another.  If one is not participating in diet, strength training or cardiovascular activity, then one is more prone to eating with abandon.  But we find that most people who exercise tend to think in terms of activity substitutes.  If you just ran three miles this morning, and lifted doing a chest and biceps workout as well, you are less likely to have the cheesecake.  We find this philosophy occurs over and over.  You will think to yourself "I have to run another three miles just to undo the cake" and we find that most people will pass on the cake.
  4. No time.  Diet and exercise take time.  There is no question about that.  But we all have to eat,  so why not eat right.  Our bodies are like machines, and you wouldn't put inappropriate fuel into your car, so don't put it into your body.  Most us watch the news or other shows on television, so why not do that while on a stairmaster, treadmill or elliptical trainer.  Instead of meeting the boss for a dinner meeting, why not have a meeting at the gym, and summarize the meeting over a cold protein drink.  What about your next date?  Why not a date at the gym, along with a protein bar?
  5. Too expensive.  It's not cheap.  Eating the proper food, with low fat, high protein, is not inexpensive.  Membership to a gym, use of a personal trainer, or other experts to offer guidance, are not cheap.  Quality is never cheap.  But remember this, when they were asked, most elderly people list among their greatest regrets that they did not invest more in their health.  That means time as well as money.  Each and every one of us can make the most of what they have, and it is never to late to get on the road to weight loss and fitness.

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