One of the most common complaints I hear in my primary care practice is about the struggle with trying to lose weight. We live in a culture so food-oriented, it's difficult to convince people to adopt the lifestyle changes necessary to achieve and maintain a normal weight. Unlike other addictions, where you can say “I’ll never take another drink, or take another puff on a cigarette,” one can never say “I’ll never eat another bite.” This is the great dilemma with controlled eating. However, it's possible to lose weight without depriving yourself.

My latest foray into fitness found me attempting a Pilates barre class. Although taught at a Pilates studio, barre is a dynamic fusion of Pilates, ballet and isometric and isotonic exercises. Its original iteration was created by Lotte Berk, a German dancer who suffered a back injury and combined her dance conditioning with rehabilitative therapy.