Wilfred Aguila, M.D. is a native of Florida and has served communities in Florida since he graduated from the University Of Miami School Of Medicine in 1991. Dr. Aguila received his undergraduate degree in chemistry from the University of Miami in 1986 before completing the medical program.
In Tampa, Dr. Aguila completed his surgical residency at the University of South Florida in 1996 and was Chief Resident in Surgery from 1995 to 1996. Dr. Aguila has been in surgical practice for fifteen years and specializes in Bariatric surgery. He founded Surgical Bariatric Centers, LLC which has grown from one office in Tampa to several offices across Central Florida.
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 Obesity. He shares with his patients these lessons so that they may break their own Cycles.
Dr. Aguila is an author, motivational speaker, syndicated radio show host, and highly sought after national obesity expert. He has appeared on numerous morning TV shows and a regular expert segment on Telemundo. Dr. Aguila is the host of the popular syndicated radio show, Dr. A Show that is heard in several markets on the East coast. He is also a regular contributor to the Huffington Post, She Knows Magazine, as well as other publications. Through 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.
Dr. Aguila is currently listed in Guide to America’s Top Surgeons and is a member of the American Society for Bariatric Surgery. He is a Fellow of the American College of Surgeons. He is Board Certified in General Surgery.
Thank you for this interview, Dr. A. Can you tell us a little about yourself and how long you’ve been writing?
I am a physician with years of experience in helping patients lose hundreds of pounds. What is interesting is that I was a binge eater for many years having to deal with the guilt and difficulties that my weight brought about. I learned how to lose the weight and keep it off by getting to the root causes of why I ate to comfort myself. As I shared what I learned with my patients and in support groups, I realized what a powerful impact this information had on them. This is when I caught the writing bug. I knew my message had to get out to help many others and I haven’t stopped writing since.
Can you tell us briefly what your book is about?
My book is really a blueprint to help people understand what causes the triggers that make them seek food for comfort. The book explains how a cycle of overeating can form and what you need to do to stop it. The book is not a diet book, but a self-help book.
Who is your intended audience? Have you been able to crossover into other audiences as well?
This book is intended for anyone who is struggling to lose weight and trying to keep it off; this is about two -thirds of Americans today.
Why did you choose your particular genre?
I believe that the field of self-help and wellness is where I can make the most impact. Many people are looking for help and my book offers them the starting point.
Do you ever experience self-doubts with your work?
Absolutely, in fact one of the root causes of using food for comfort is being too much of a perfectionist and a lack of self-esteem, both of which I had and I have learned to overcome. There is a chapter in the book that explains how common perfectionism is in people who struggle with their weight. This is what leads to “all or nothing” thinking that is commonly associated with procrastination or laziness. What I found is that if a weight loss goal is set too high for someone to reach, they will quite long before they fail because they want to be perfect.
Where do you write? Do you have a favorite place?
I write anywhere. When the moment of inspiration hits and the ideas come, I take advantage of them and write them down.
What kind of research did you have to do during the writing process?
I pulled my observations from many years of helping patients in my practice to lose weight. I carefully analyzed the common trends in my patients’ and came up with conclusions that fit the behaviors. I also completed a study of over one hundred patients that helped shed new information on how we think about weight loss.
Who is your publisher and how did you get accepted by them? Did you pitch your book yourself or go through an agent?
I self-published this book. I tried to get a publisher but received no offers. I felt that the message was important enough that I should get it out by any means that I can. I feel strongly that this book changes lives.
How are you promoting your book thus far?
I have promoted the book thru several morning shows, blogs on the Huffington Post and other publications. I also host a weekly nationally syndicated radio show called the Dr. A Show that follows the same philosophy in the book integrating nutrition, fitness, self-help, and wellness to help the listener change the very fabric of their lives.
If you could give one book promotion tip to new authors, what would that be?
Keep trying...if you believe in your message then get it out there. Remember that you may change or improve many people’s lives with your book.
What’s next for you?
I am writing a book that complements the ideas in Why I Don’t Lose Weight. The new book is bout achieving success in all aspects of your life whether it be weight loss, love, or in business.
Thank you for this interview, Dr.A. Can you tell us where we can find you on the web?