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Interview with Dr. Wilfred Aguila, author of Why I Don't Lose Weight

By T Gleichner
Posted Apr 17, 2013 in Health
Struggling for almost a decade with his own weight problem, Dr. Aguila gained a personal understanding about the process of obesity. He remembers his battle with binge eating and the lessons he learned that allowed him to finally break the cycle of overeating. He shares with his patients these lessons so that they may break their own Cycles.
Dr. A is an author, radio show host, and national obesity expert. He has appeared on numerous morning TV shows and as a regular expert segment on Telemundo. He is also a regular contributor to the Huffington Post as well as other publications. Through his weekly syndicated radio show (The Dr. A Show) and his motivational speaking engagements, Dr. A touches the lives of those suffering with serious weight problems and empowers them with the knowledge that they need to win their struggle.
Why was writing Why I Don’t Lose Weight so important to you?
This book draws from my own experience as a recovered binge eater. I offer my readers deep insights into what made me fail diet after diet and what I finally discovered that allowed me to conquer my struggle.
What was the writing/creative process like?
This is the most fun for me. I let my mind go and the words just seem to jump out. I know that I am on to something when the ideas all start to fit together nicely. It is really a great feeling.
How did you come up with the title?
I wanted the title to reflect the question that most people ask themselves when they cannot lose the weight.
When did you first consider yourself a writer?
I am very appreciative whenever I write something and it touches the hearts of those who read it.The first time a reader told me that they connected with what I had written was the day that I considered myself a writer.
What books do you believe influenced you in your life?
The Story of My Life-Helen Keller, One Hundred Years of Solitude-Gabriel Garcia Marquez, On Death and Dying-Elizabeth Kubler Ross.
How much influence did you have in the cover of your book? Did you initially have a different idea of how it would look?
I worked very closely with the artist who designed the cover. I wanted the cover to be a window to the book itself.
Can you describe a typical day for you?
I typically see many patients in my office and help them with their weight loss. At home I go to the gym or bike around my neighborhood then I have dinner with my wife and kids.
What do you like to do when you aren’t writing?
I like to write so this is an escape for me. But my favorite thing to do is any activity with my kids.
What do your family and friends think of your writing?
They have been very supportive. I have been able to inspire my daughter to write also. My friends are big fans of my blog.
What do you think is more important – a good plot, or good characters? Why did you choose the one you did?
My book is non-fiction, but I believe that a good plot is dependent on good characters and vice versa. But more important is that the author empathize with the reader. The story needs to make sense to the reader and touch a cord deep in their hearts.

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