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Build Skillpower, Not Willpower to Manage Weight

By Dr. Kushner / September 10, 2020 /

If you’re like many of my patients, you may blame yourself for being overweight and feel your lack of success is due to a lack of willpower. But just as I tell patients, I will tell you also. Being overweight is due to multiple factors, is not your fault and cannot be wished or willed…

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Tips for Healthy Eating on a Budget

By Dr. Kushner / August 15, 2020 /

As food prices soar amidst the coronavirus pandemic, your good intentions to eat more healthfully may be challenged by sticker shock at the grocery store. But preparing family-friendly healthy meals should not break the bank. By making some adjustments before, during and after you shop, less costly healthy eating is within reach. Here are some…

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Weight Journey Reflections Can Lead to Better Health Habits

By Dr. Kushner / July 12, 2020 /

Each person has his or her own weight story to tell that encompasses one’s personal journey and struggles managing weight. I am a big believer in the value of helping people reflect on their journey and more specifically on the life events that impact it, as it can bring new awareness to the experience. Whether…

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Use Progressive Meal Planning to Sneak Healthier Foods into Your Diet

By Dr. Kushner / June 23, 2020 /

With so many food choices to make in a given day, time and time again you may feel overwhelmed to make the best and healthiest choices. But healthy eating is not about choosing between good choices and bad choices. Instead, it’s about finding foods that you enjoy and taste good – and then sneaking healthier…

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3 Tips to Overcome Health Habit Fatigue

By Dr. Kushner / June 13, 2020 /

When you start something new, whether it’s a healthy eating plan, a new workout program or even pandemic-related safety practices, many people tend to be gung-ho. But as time goes on, motivation can wane along with those new health practices – especially if they have not become ingrained as daily habits. When my patients experience…

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Boost Accountability and Motivation for Better Health Habits

By Dr. Kushner / May 26, 2020 /

The science of habit formation tells us that being accountable to others can be a powerful motivator to maintain healthy habits. And yet during the pandemic, many of us have lost the “others” who kept us accountable as walking buddies, fellow group exercisers, motivating personal trainers and work colleagues who share your passion for healthy…

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Health Habits Silver Lining during Pandemic?

By Dr. Kushner / April 28, 2020 /

When we come out the other side of this pandemic, many of us are wondering – how will life be different? As an expert in weight management for the past 4 decades, I’ve been watching different diet trends come and go. Now that we have all been social distancing at home with restaurants and health…

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Manage Stress during Stay at Home Order

By Dr. Kushner / April 20, 2020 /

With emotions high during the Covid-19 pandemic, feeling stressed may be your new normal. You may feel overwhelmed, have a lack of focus and concentration, have worrisome thoughts that cloud your head or be aware of tension in your neck and shoulders. This may lead to trouble sleeping, turning to food or alcohol for self-soothing…

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Tame Unplanned Snacking with One Simple Strategy

By Dr. Kushner / April 10, 2020 /

You finish your lunch or dinner meal, leave the kitchen and soon you find yourself back in the kitchen hunting for more snack foods. Unplanned snacking, either out of boredom or stress, can quickly derail your healthy eating program. As an obesity medicine expert, you might be surprised to know that if you’re someone who…

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3 Tips to Manage Stress Eating during the Pandemic

By Dr. Kushner / April 3, 2020 /

A change in routine and heightened stress levels during the Covid-19 pandemic have created the perfect storm for stress eating. Here are some ways you may be affected. Instead of going to work and eating a planned lunch, you may be taking repeated kitchen breaks with kids at home – leading to unplanned snacking. Instead…

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