Running around in circles to lose weight

Slimming down? It takes more than just giving your credit card a workout.

I AM very direct with patients lately. “What are you doing about your weight?” I ask.

I’ve received responses that vary from the defensive to the absurd. Probably the most frequent response is, “I’ve joined the gym.” Hardly anyone ever tells me, “I go to the gym.” Apparently, handing over one’s credit card is about as close to exercising as one can hope to come these days.