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157: Real Talk on Weight with Dr. Maria Douros

In today's episode, we're joined by Dr. Maria Douros, the founder of Douros Healthy Weight Institute. We'll be exploring the idea that being overweight is more than just a physical condition – it's a complex issue that requires a trained doctor's understanding.

The Disease of Overweight:

Dr. Douros discusses her perspective on overweight as a disease rather than a lifestyle choice.

Highlights the importance of a comprehensive understanding of the underlying reasons behind weight gain.

Emphasizes that addressing weight issues should go beyond surface-level solutions, requiring a personalized, holistic approach.

The Pitfalls of Weight-Loss Medications:

Dr. Douros sheds light on the growing trend of people turning to medications as a quick fix for weight loss.

She Expresses concern about untrained individuals prescribing these medications and the potential long-term consequences.

We Discuss the common issue of weight regain after relying solely on medication without addressing the root causes.

The Culprit – Our Food and  Environment:

We Explore how the current food environment in our country contributes to weight-related problems.

Discusses the impact of processed foods, excessive sugar, and unhealthy dietary patterns on weight gain.

Douros advocates for a shift towards a more mindful and health-focused approach to eating real food.

The Mediterranean Diet as a Solution:

Dr. Douros introduces the Mediterranean diet as a beneficial approach to weight management.

She explains the key components of the diet, including fresh fruits, vegetables, whole grains, and healthy fats.

The cultural and scientific aspects that make the Mediterranean diet a sustainable and effective solution.

Wrapping Up – Long-Term Health Goals:

The importance of addressing overweight as a medical condition.

It is so important that we seek professional guidance and adopt sustainable lifestyle changes.

Achieving and maintaining a healthy weight involves understanding and addressing the root causes.


Thank you for joining me, a special thanks to Dr. Maria Douros for sharing her valuable insights into the complexities of weight management.

Remember, understanding and tackling overweight is a journey, and seeking the guidance of trained professionals like Dr. Douros can make a significant difference in achieving long-term health goals.

If you enjoyed today's episode, don't forget to subscribe, leave a review, and share with friends. Stay tuned for more insightful conversations on Meredyth with a Why. Until next time, take care of your health and make informed choices.

Dr. Maria Douros



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