65 episodes

Matthea Rentea MD leads discussions on obesity and chronic weight management. Her guests range from experts in the fields that intersect with obesity and wellness, to individuals successful in their weight journey. She is a Board certified Internal Medicine and Diplomate of the American Board of Obesity Medicine and founder of the Rentea Metabolic Clinic, a Telehealth clinic for residents of the state of Indiana and Illinois that helps comprehensively with weight management. This podcast is for information and education purposes only. No medical advice is being given. Please talk to your physician for what is right for you. 

The Obesity Guide with Matthea Rentea MD Matthea Rentea MD

    • Health & Fitness
    • 4.9 • 87 Ratings

Matthea Rentea MD leads discussions on obesity and chronic weight management. Her guests range from experts in the fields that intersect with obesity and wellness, to individuals successful in their weight journey. She is a Board certified Internal Medicine and Diplomate of the American Board of Obesity Medicine and founder of the Rentea Metabolic Clinic, a Telehealth clinic for residents of the state of Indiana and Illinois that helps comprehensively with weight management. This podcast is for information and education purposes only. No medical advice is being given. Please talk to your physician for what is right for you. 

    4 Tactical Moves to Manage Increased Hunger

    4 Tactical Moves to Manage Increased Hunger

    Feeling extra hungry lately and not sure why? After recently transitioning from Wegovy to ZepBound, I noticed a significant increase in appetite. But whether or not you've changed medications, there are a whole bunch of factors that could be contributing to increased hunger pangs.
    But instead of hitting the panic button when hunger strikes, remember that tough times in your health journey are the perfect opportunity to put on your detective hat and uncover the root cause. Join me today as we delve into what might be causing a surge in hunger levels and discover four practical ways to manage it effectively.



    References

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    Audio Stamps

    01:02 - Dr. Rentea shares her recent transition from Wegovy to ZepBound and how this has affected her physical hunger levels.


    06:00 - Dr. Rentea walks us through her checklist of potential factors contributing to increased hunger levels.


    10:47 - We hear Dr. Rentea’s first practical step for dealing with increased hunger levels: Looking at your water, protein, and fiber intake.


    14:22 - We find out how processed foods can impact hunger levels.


    15:30 - Dr. Rentea discusses how sleep can play an important role with increased appetite.


    19:53 - We learn why more is not necessarily better when it comes to our health.


    22:00 - We hear a summary of how these steps have impacted Dr. Rentea’s own experience with increased hunger levels.



    Quotes

    “Exercise can increase your appetite and there are certain types that are going to affect people differently.” - Matthea Rentea MD


    “Ghrelin is the hunger hormone that says, ‘you're hungry, start eating!’ Why would ghrelin go up? Ghrelin is going to go up if you fast for long times. Ghrelin will also go up if you are sleep deprived and if stress is up.” - Matthea Rentea MD


    “If I want to be less hungry, then I'm going to need nutritious foods that still have their hydration intact, that are giving me the protein and fiber, that are giving me the micronutrients that I need. And oftentimes the processed stuff just isn't doing that.” - Matthea Rentea MD


    “Look at your sleep quality and ask, ‘Is there anything getting in the way?’” - Matthea Rentea MD


    “A lot of us always think more is better. We think that it's going to get us further. We're going to lose weight faster. We're going to put on muscle better, all those things. And it's actually not been true for me.” - Matthea Rentea MD


    “When times feel hard, you've got to be a detective.” - Matthea Rentea MD


    All of the information on this podcast is for general informational purposes only. Please talk to your physician and medical team about what is right for you. No medical advice is being on this podcast. If you live in Indiana or Illinois and want to work with doctor Matthea Rentea, you can find out more on www.RenteaClinic.com

    • 27 min
    What nutrition plan is best?

    What nutrition plan is best?

    When people start working on their health, one of the first things they usually want to know is: what is the best nutrition plan? But when it comes to the “best” nutrition plan for you, it really hinges on your own personal health goals. What are you actually trying to get out of the changes that you're making?

    For the purpose of today’s episode, we’re going to be focusing on what kind of nutrition plan could be best for losing body fat. Drawing from both clinical observations and key research findings, we'll look at how to optimize your macronutrient intake to support your fat loss goals and ensure they align with your lifestyle for sustainable success.


    References


    Optimizing Fat Loss and Maintaining Muscle on a GLP 1 Mini-Course



    Audio Stamps


    01:29 -  Dr. Rentea explains why you need to be very clear on what your health goal is before looking into the best nutrition plan for you.

    03:18 - Dr. Rentea discusses findings from a JAMA study on four different diets (including keto) and their impact on long-term weight management.

    06:28 - We learn why Dr. Rentea suggests an 'add don't subtract' approach to nutrition, emphasizing personalized adjustments over strict meal plans.

    09:55 - We find out about the role of increasing protein and fiber intake to support sustainable weight management, including practical strategies to incorporate these nutrients into your diet.

    15:43 - Dr. Rentea summarizes the two most important aspects of a sustainable nutrition plan to achieve long term fat loss.

    20:30 - Hear some of Dr. Rentea’s favorite products right now, including a coffee concentrate brand!



    Quotes


    “You need to get really clear on what you are actually trying to get out of the changes that you're making.” - Matthea Rentea MD

    “I'm not ever here to tell you that a plan is good or bad. It's really ultimately about what you can stick with long term.” - Matthea Rentea MD

    “Number one, you need to know what your actual goals for nutrition are. And then number two, the path you pick needs to be sustainable.” - Matthea Rentea MD

    “There are actually tons of people that can make a lifestyle work where they're going out to eat often or where they're getting lots of prepared foods.” - Matthea Rentea MD

    “No matter what your world looks like, you can make it happen.” - Matthea Rentea MD

    “You just stay in your own lane. Because most people that are doing this whole extreme keto thing, they're not sticking with it for over a year. And then they're right back to where they started and they feel even more defeated because they didn't learn anything about themselves, about nutrition, about sustainability.” - Matthea Rentea MD


    All of the information on this podcast is for general informational purposes only. Please talk to your physician and medical team about what is right for you. No medical advice is being on this podcast. If you live in Indiana or Illinois and want to work with doctor Matthea Rentea, you can find out more on www.RenteaClinic.com

    • 23 min
    How to Tap Into a Growth Mindset and Crush Your Goals

    How to Tap Into a Growth Mindset and Crush Your Goals

    Do you love a good challenge or do you actively avoid it? In today’s modern world, there’s no denying that building healthy habits and living a healthy lifestyle can be challenging. And sometimes, it really can feel like the entire world is conspiring to make it harder for you to work on your metabolic health.

    Without doubt, those moments where you feel defeated are uncomfortable. However, it's important to remember that they offer valuable opportunities for growth and learning. In this episode, we’re exploring how adopting a growth mindset gives you the resilience to persevere and embrace these lessons, rather than dwelling on the setbacks.

    So, let’s skip the pity party and thoughts of giving up! Join me as we explore how to keep moving forward and achieve your goals.


    References

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    Optimizing Fat Loss and Maintaining Muscle on a GLP 1 Mini-Course


    Audio Stamps

    00:35 - On your health journey, you'll come to learn that progress takes time, and whatever your goal is, there will likely be some tweaking and troubleshooting along the way.
    01:30 - The moments when you feel defeated are the moments when growth is going to occur. Dr. Rentea shares her own, recent example of this with strength training.
    06:40 - Hard times are going to teach you things as it brings to the surface what you still need to work on.
    09:09 - Staying in a growth mindset is one of the most essential tools that you're going to need for your long term health journey. Dr. Rentea shares a different example related to nutrition.
    12:24 - When you're going through hard times, there is always a lesson in there - you're never failing.
    15:07 - Don't feel like you need to figure this all out yourself - it’s perfectly fine to seek help in areas where you need it.
    16:20 - Dr. Rentea reminds us of the resources she has available to support us when challenges do arise.


    Quotes

    “What you start to realize when you're doing this work is that it doesn't happen as quickly as you think it will.“ - Matthea Rentea MD


    “These moments when you are pushed, this is when growth is going to occur or not.” - Matthea Rentea MD


    “We've got the perfect three months here. What's the next step for you?” - Matthea Rentea MD


    “I like to experience stepping out of that comfort zone because it really shows me what the next level of work is.” - Matthea Rentea MD


    “Hard times are going to teach you things.” - Matthea Rentea MD


    “When we stay in the pity party, we do not have clarity. We cannot figure things out. We cannot troubleshoot. We don't figure out what the goal is. We don't see where we want to go.” - Matthea Rentea MD


    “It is normal and natural to encounter obstacles and challenges and figuring out what to do with them is the greatest gift you're going to give yourself. It is never just about the scale going down.” - Matthea Rentea MD


    “When you're going through hard times, there's a lesson in there. You're not ever failing if you look at what you can learn from it.” - Matthea Rentea MD

    All of the information on this podcast is for general informational purposes only. Please talk to your physician and medical team about what is right for you. No medical advice is being on this podcast. If you live in Indiana or Illinois and want to work with doctor Matthea Rentea, you can find out more on www.RenteaClinic.com

    • 18 min
    Body Composition: How to Assess It and Why It Matters

    Body Composition: How to Assess It and Why It Matters

    Most of us have been there when trying to lose weight… following a diet to the T, only to get discouraged when the scale doesn't budge. But the truth is, weight can’t tell us everything about our health and can even be detrimental to our own body image. I know if I had let the traditional scale determine my own success, I would have stopped years ago.

    While the diet and fitness world continue to be overly obsessed with weight, today we’re exploring why body composition, i.e. the breakdown of fat, bone, and muscle in your body, is actually a much better and more useful indicator of overall health. Join me as I encourage us to break free from the weight-centric mindset and learn how body composition tools can give us a more accurate picture of what’s really going on with our health.


    References

    InBody scale
    Optimizing Fat Loss and Maintaining Muscle on a GLP 1 Mini-Course


    Audio Stamps

    01:56 - Dr. Rentea tells us about the limitations of the traditional scale and the need for deeper understanding when it comes to interpreting body composition testing.
    06:20 - We learn some alternative methods for tracking body composition, including body measurements like the abdominal circumference.
    08:30 - Dr. Rentea advises on interpreting body composition reports, emphasizing the importance of maintaining muscle mass, especially for individuals over 65. 
    11:45 - Dr. Rentea challenges the idea that a lower number on the scale is always better and stresses why we need to understand body composition beyond traditional metrics like BMI.
    17:52 - Our muscle mass has a significant impact on our metabolic health and so Dr. Rentea advises consulting with a knowledgeable clinician to help you accurately interpret body composition results.


    Quotes

    “If you're losing at a very rapid pace, there's likely going to be some amount of muscle that you're going to sacrifice.” - Matthea Rentea MD

    “If you can't get the (InBody) scale, then I want you to do measurements. And you're going to do them once a month, not to be obsessive, but you're going to want to see progress with time.” - Matthea Rentea MD

    “If the scale is not changing, but the inches are going down, this means you've lost fat and you've likely gained muscle. And that actually means you're healthier.” - Matthea Rentea MD

    “It can help you out so much to step away from this understanding of, ‘Well, only the scale number going down is what's important.’ If I had let that determine success or not, I would have stopped years ago.” - Matthea Rentea MD


    All of the information on this podcast is for general informational purposes only. Please talk to your physician and medical team about what is right for you. No medical advice is being on this podcast. If you live in Indiana or Illinois and want to work with doctor Matthea Rentea, you can find out more on www.RenteaClinic.com

    • 22 min
    ADHD-Friendly Weight Management Strategies with Jennifer Watts

    ADHD-Friendly Weight Management Strategies with Jennifer Watts

    Weight loss coach Jennifer Watts often felt defeated by traditional diet plans. Each attempt ended in what felt like failure, creating a cycle of frustration and self-doubt. It wasn’t until Jennifer finally received her ADHD diagnosis, that she could truly understand the reasons behind her weight challenges.

    Jennifer’s diagnosis allowed her to transform her approach to weight loss, and discover the strategies that resonated with her unique neurodiversity. Her breakthrough was so profound that she decided to share it with other women facing similar struggles, launching Jennifer Watts Coaching – a place for women with ADHD to find personalized coaching and strategies for weight loss and self-growth. 

    In this episode, Jennifer joins me to share some practical insights for navigating the mental load of managing weight with ADHD. Listen in as we discuss the power of small, manageable changes, the importance of ditching self-judgment, and her top two tips for getting started on your journey to weight management with ADHD.



    Connect with Jennifer:

    Follow her on Instagram

    Visit her website

    Listen to Jennifer’s podcast: Losing Weight With ADHD



    Audio Stamps

    01:15 - Coach Jennifer Watts shares her background, the work she does now, and the people she serves.
    05:25 - Jennifer reflects on the effective strategies that helped her with weight management post-diagnosis.
    14:33 - Jennifer shares some of the common struggles faced by individuals with ADHD when it comes to weight management.
    17:26 - Jennifer highlights the importance of tailoring strategies to fit each client's lifestyle and needs and gives us some examples of simple yet impactful changes to start with.
    25:20 - Jennifer shares her top two tips for people with ADHD looking to find more success in health management.



    Quotes

    “It has to be broken down into the tiniest of pieces for it to be effective for somebody like me.” - Jennifer Watts

    “People with ADHD experience a lot of masking because we've tried so hard to fit in and be just like everybody else because we think that's the right way to be.” - Jennifer Watts

    “We get hyper focused on what we're doing, we're distracted, and we don't pay attention to our bodily cues. We don't pick up on our hunger and satiety, our thirst, those types of things, maybe as easily as a neurotypical person would, so we have to be really intentional about that.” - Jennifer Watts

    “The two key areas where I usually start with people are breakfast and water.” - Jennifer Watts

    “Don't beat yourself up over the fact that some of these things are hard for you. You have to respect that. And that's why planning and making things as simple as possible for you, and eliminating at least the decision fatigue where you can, can make such a huge difference.” - Jennifer Watts

    “Give yourself one minute in the evening for self reflection, because noticing what worked and what didn't is the absolute key to being able to make changes and adapt.” - Jennifer Watts


    All of the information on this podcast is for general informational purposes only. Please talk to your physician and medical team about what is right for you. No medical advice is being on this podcast. If you live in Indiana or Illinois and want to work with doctor Matthea Rentea, you can find out more on www.RenteaClinic.com

    • 33 min
    3 Ways to Bounce Back from a Health Funk

    3 Ways to Bounce Back from a Health Funk

    Do you feel drained and fed up with the constant effort it takes to prioritize your health? Every few weeks, it seems like I hit a wall where the thought of sticking to my health routine feels like a monumental task. I get sick of the protein goals, getting the movement in, and everything else that comes with it.

    The good news is, the exhaustion and frustration are not signs of failure, but indicators of growth. When we reach a point of feeling drained and fed up, it's a clear sign that we're pushing ourselves outside of our comfort zones and challenging our old habits. But how do we move past this feeling of being stuck? Tune in to discover three powerful strategies to break free from the cycle and reignite your journey towards better health and well-being!


    References


    TikTok video of former CEO of IBM Ginni Rometty 


    InBody Scale 


    Devotions Protein (use code DrMatthea for 10% off!)


    10x is easier than 2x book


    Podcasts: Scamfluincers, The Pitch 


    Audio Stamps


    00:30 - Dr. Rentea explains how growth and comfort don't coexist, so we should expect periods of fatigue on our health journey.
    04:40 - Dr. Rentea normalizes the fact that creating growth isn’t always going to feel easy when you're someone that has always struggled with your weight.
    13:50 - To break free from moments of fatigue, Dr. Rentea encourages us to create a new identity away from health-related topics.
    16:19 - Dr. Rentea summarizes what to do if you’re feeling exhausted by the process and how to shake out of a struggle period and regain perspective.



    Quotes


    “When you're someone that has struggled with this in the past, you are working on creating a new life for yourself, creating this growth, creating this new life, it is not easy.” - Matthea Rentea MD


    “It is energetically expensive to go through this process, the path you are walking, to work on your health.” - Matthea Rentea MD


    “Growth and comfort don't coexist.” - Matthea Rentea MD


    “Trust the process. None of this is a quick fix.” - Matthea Rentea MD


    “We're never going to be perfect and this gray middle zone, it's uncomfortable. Remember, our brain wants certainty.” - Matthea Rentea MD


    All of the information on this podcast is for general informational purposes only. Please talk to your physician and medical team about what is right for you. No medical advice is being on this podcast. If you live in Indiana or Illinois and want to work with doctor Matthea Rentea, you can find out more on www.RenteaClinic.com

    • 20 min

Customer Reviews

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