Relationship weight gain: the perils of becoming too comfortable.

Synonymous weight gain in couples is a commonly seen phenomenon. Research shows that weight gain in a relationship is associated with factors including the length of your relationship and living together. For married couples, data shows us that the average weight gain is 6-8 lbs over a 2 year period.  It also tends to be higher in…

The devastating health impact of excess weight.

What springs to mind when you think of a weight loss clinic? I spent the last two weeks in Vancouver working in various weight management settings. Let me be clear that these are NOT clinics that individuals seek out to “get shredded/cleansed/detoxed/restrictive” or anything else you’ve seen marketed in this multibillion dollar industry. These are legitimate, ethically practiced and…

Conference life: How to load your brain and not your waist (Part 2)

This is Part 2 of my series for a healthy conference life and how to avoid the perils of professional travel; all inspired by my recent attendance at the Canadian Obesity Summit 2017.  6. Remember that the baked goods are likely low grade quality pastries (depending on venue of course).  When they’re presented in a wide assortment in bulk,…

Meal planning simplified

Meal planning is one of the best things you can do for weight control, body composition and prevention of chronic conditions. And it doesn’t have to be this daunting, time consuming process like many deem it to be! It’s common for health enthusiasts to tout Sunday as meal prep day – bulk prep of proteins,…

Regard every purchased meal as a minimum intake of 800-1000 calories.

Should that matter? Yes and no. The featured photo is the Almond Lime bowl from Kupfert and Kim. I recently read an article that disparaged dishes from this “wheatless, meatless and mostly organic” fast food establishment because of its ‘deceptively’ high caloric content. I always suggest that diners expect restaurant meals be equivalent to roughly half of…

This is what doctors need to learn more about.

Nutrition. During breakfast this morning I caught up on the latest issue of the Canadian Medical Association Journal, which is a magazine that among many areas, covers the latest research on medical conditions and guidelines for management of illness and disease. I then had a revelation that what would make this cover infinitely more appealing…

Is the Fitbit sabotaging your weight loss?

It could. Be mindful about how you use it! Fitness trackers have gained popularity in the past couple of years. They’re designed to be more sophisticated, slimmer, attractive – how could you not want one? I commonly come across patients who proudly tell me they’ve purchased one as a symbolic commitment to making a positive lifestyle change. I…

Are you playing Doctor Google?

Have you ever played Dr. Google? It’s common in practice to encounter patients who have already done personal research on their symptoms, self-diagnose and self-treat. I love patients who empower themselves with knowledge about their health but I strongly caution against taking medical advice from the web – there is just as much (possibly more!)…