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Miracle weight loss drugs, annoying diets and New Year’s resolutions with dietitian Laura Birkel

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FILE - Gundersen Health System dietitian Laura Birkel in the WIZM studio for La Crosse Talk PM on May 24, 2023.

Gundersen dietitian Laura Birkel joined La Crosse Talk PM on Tuesday to discuss the annoying “diet” no normal person can sustain, is “Ozempic” and “Wegovy” weight loss drugs too good to be true, dangerous supplements and making your New Year’s Resolutions stick.


La Crosse Talk PM airs weekdays at 5:06 p.m. Listen on the WIZM app, online here, or on 92.3 FM / 1410 AM / 106.7 FM (north of Onalaska). Find all the podcasts here or subscribe to La Crosse Talk PM wherever you get your podcasts.


Birkel is in her eighth year as a dietitian — four with Gundersen Health System in Onalaska.

We spent, again, quite a bit of time talking about Ozempic and Wegovy, drugs that change your brain chemistry.

Also, had Birkel describe the “Mediterranean” diet, before I ripped on it for being unsustainable with most people’s lifestyle. 

Then we hit on new trends. In the past five years, energy drinks may have been one of those, but Birkel has been getting a lot of questions on “protein drinks.” So, we discussed the positives and negatives of protein additives and the role of protein, in general.

Then we got into New Year’s resolutions, using tech to stick to your goals and we wrapped up talking about dangerous supplements out there and what to watch for.

Host of WIZM's La Crosse Talk PM | University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point graduate | Hometown: Greenville, Wis | Avid noonball basketball player and sand volleyballer in La Crosse

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