Weight Loss

Stuart Lerner, MD

Family Medicine & Holistic Medicine located in Kailua, HI

If you struggle with your weight you may have a hormonal problem that actually prevents you from losing weight, even if you exercise!. Most physicians do no test for this. This can be easily fixed with hormone balancing and possibly medications. We make easy to follow programs that help patients, from young otherwise healthy people to older cardiac patients. Collectively in our practice, patients have lost approximately 800 lb in the last 2 years, many without even exercising. (But we do recommend exercise if you can.) If you would like guidance, come to Dr. Lerner in Kailua for weight-related medical services. Find the right solution by scheduling an appointment online or over the phone today.

Weight Loss Q & A

What is intermittent fasting?

Intermittent fasting is a diet plan that focuses on losing weight by switching between times of eating and times of fasting. This way of eating is similar to the way our hunter/gatherer ancestors ate.

With intermittent fasting, you focus more on the time you eat and less so on what you eat. One of the most common ways to observe this eating pattern is by fasting for 16 to 24 hours twice a week.

When you engage in an intermittent fasting eating pattern, a number of positive things happen in your body.

Gene protection

Your genes express themselves in a way that promotes longevity and disease resistance.


Intermittent fasting lowers insulin levels so your body can more easily access and use stored fat. It also improves insulin sensitivity.

Human growth hormone

Fasting causes your levels of growth hormone to increase by five times, helping you lose fat and gain muscle.

Cellular repair

When you lose fat, your cells initiate a number of cellular repair procedures.

What is the paleo diet?

The paleo diet is designed to mimic the diets of prehistoric humans living in the Paleolithic period, a period between 2.5 million to 10,000 years ago.

Those who practice the paleo diet eat meals heavy in foods like:

  • Vegetables
  • Nuts and seeds
  • Fish, especially those high in omega-3 fatty acids
  • Lean meat
  • Fruit


The paleo diet necessitates that you avoid foods and ingredients like:

  • Grains
  • Legumes
  • Potatoes
  • Salt
  • Refined sugars
  • Dairy products
  • Processed food

Essentially, you can’t eat food that wasn’t accessible in the Paleolithic period.

The paleo diet offers benefits including:

  • Weight loss
  • Appetite management
  • Increased blood pressure control
  • Better glucose tolerance
  • Lower triglycerides

It also helps lower your risk for conditions like diabetes and heart disease.

Why does it help to eat a diet similar to our ancestors?

When humans changed over to a diet rich in legumes, grains, and other farmed foods, the body didn’t have a chance to evolve and adapt. As a reason, the human body still has trouble processing some of the things that humans eat today.

By eating as our hunter/gatherer ancestors did, you return to a diet that is more genetically compatible with the human body than our modern diets are.

If you’re ready to make your health a priority, reach out to Stuart Lerner, MD, for a diet plan and nutritional guidance. The team at Stuart Lerner, MD, is here to help. Learn more by scheduling an appointment online or over the phone.