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Dr. Prologo and Hunger

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J. David Prologo, MD, FSIR, ABOM-D is a dual board certified Interventional Radiologist and Obesity Medicine Specialist. Dr. Prologo is currently a faculty member at Emory University School of Medicine, where he performs research investigating new ways to manage difficult medical conditions, primarily related to pain and obesity.

With regard to weight loss, Dr. Prologo specifically researches and develops solutions around attrition, working to create a sustainable lifestyle for patients who wish to lose excess body weight. “For most of my adult life, I have watched family and friends embark on weight loss attempts – “diets” – that by all accounts should lead to weight loss, and then quit! Strong, accomplished, successful people with wills of steel, just quit. I became fascinated with the phenomenon of folks being unable to see their diets through.”

As a result, Dr. Prologo has spent the majority of his professional career researching the causes for attrition, and developing maneuvers to keep folks on track. Most recently, Dr. Prologo presented interim results from an interventional radiology trial that targeted – and froze – the hunger nerve, making the endurance of “dieting” much easier.

Outside of Emory and medical interventions, Dr. Prologo has uncovered more than 20 variables that lead to “diet quitting,” and developed maneuvers for bypassing them. “We can quiet the body’s survival response. Without our help, most dieters succumb to survival signals from the brain to seek food and be sedentary. With our help, folks can stay the course without feeling miserable, hungry, or anxious.”

Dr. Prologo created the widely acclaimed capacity curve to define a “catching point,” beyond which dieting and exercise are no longer difficult for folks. The catching point has been shown to correspond to a certain amount of exercise capacity, 210 met-minutes to be exact. “We get people to a new place. A place from which they can be successful when they start a new diet or exercise program. Beyond the catching point – all of this is easy.”

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