Foods and habits that can get you overweight

Dr Terry Simpson weight loss surgeon

I know you are wondering if I am back to drinking some Peet’s this morning – why yes, thank you – and enjoying it. There is nothing like a hot steaming mug of this coffee in the early morning hours. What are you Yogurt is fattening – don't eat itdrinking?

Every week I see people in clinic who are trying hard to lose weight, and thinking that they are doing the right thing, and wondering what steps they must take so here are my favorite killers of weight loss


Oh you think it is healthy, and the real stuff is. What you buy in the store- nope, not even close. Do you know the difference between yogurt and ice cream? About twelve degrees. You think it is healthy, and every yogurt maker in America wants you to think it is – but it isn’t. Especially bad – the fat free yogurt. Want to drop some pounds – give up your yogurt addiction.


So many commercials and people saying that breakfast is good for you. Some go so far as to say Breakfast has some magic power to boost your metabolism. Some eat breakfast even though not hungry but force themselves to have something – like yogurt, or a smoothie. Guess what- breakfast has no magic. You don’t need it to “jump start” your metabolism. You want to wake up in the morning and jump start your metabolism then go for a walk.

Most of my Lap-Band patients are not hungry in the morning because their band is tighter – and yet some force something down because of an ill conceived idea that breakfast is magic.

The calories you eat for breakfast count – so, if you are not hungry don’t force it. Just have coffee.


Salads are the enemy of weight loss. Want a video about it check this one out (click here).

I tell my patients “Salads are for fat people. If you want to be a fat person then eat them. If you don’t then stop.” There are some great salads out there- but face it, what is interesting about salad is the dressing, and when you add up what happens when you eat those salads – well, it is called a lot of crap.

Instead let me give you some alternatives:

Yogurt: unless you make it, don’t buy it.

Forced Breakfast: those calories count, if you are not hungry don’t do it, and don’t try to choke down a smoothie thinking you are eating healthy.

Salads: better to have real vegetables like 12 ounces of one of the following:

  • Green beans
  • Broccoli
  • Cauliflower
  • Brussels sprouts
  • Asparagus
  • Kale
  • Bok Choi
  • Squash

That is 12 ounces – that is how much you should have if you want something that will fill you.


You may know that I have courses online – one for Lap-Band patients, one for Gastric Sleeve patients. They are pretty great, and you can find them at I have been doing a small series called Eat Big But Small – on Thinking of having a course called the same. Ten weeks – once a week with a new recipe with menu plan – video (high quality produced by my wife the TV producer) showing how to make the items. Is that something that would interest you?

Ok- I am off to get in my 10,000 steps today — hope you are too.