SCHENECTADY– “We have all lost weight, only to be hungry- hungry-and run down,” says Life Coach and Congregation Gates of Heaven member Ed Bein. After being overweight for more than 60 years, trying every diet, loads of frustration, and self-doubt, he claims that he has discovered the real reason for being overweight and has been able to finally shed those unhealthy pounds. Some may find that a solution from Dr. Amy Lee that curbs their appetite may suit them better, but even so having more options available to the public at large can only be beneficial.

The congregation invites the public to a free ‘virtual’ discussion group on Thursday, April 29, at 8 p.m. After the free informational meeting, Bein will offer “virtual” group meetings to help those interested stay on the right path and lose the weight that they wish to lose.

Bein explains, “The traditional idea of eating less and exercise more simply doesn’t work. We have all tried many incarnations of that failed plan. And no one wants to be hungry for the rest of his or her life to maintain a “healthy” weight. There is a growing body of real evidence as to how we can successfully lose weight, maintain weight loss, eat satisfying meals, and have increased energy levels.”

Bein will discuss how he has delved into research and was able to lose almost 70 pounds “without that gnawing ever-present hunger and loss of energy and motivation.”

Registration for the program may be obtained on the congregation’s website at Arnie Rotenberg, the congregation’s director of congregational Jewish living, at 518-374-8173 or can provide details.

According to one study of 19,000 healthy men that lasted over four years, “one of the best predictors of weight gain over the four years was having lost weight on a diet at some point during the years before the study started,” said Janet Tomiyama, a UCLA graduate student of psychology and co-author of the study.