Enjoy Your Health

Use Self-Advocacy to Boost Health and Better Manage Weight

By Dr. Kushner / October 27, 2021 /

Though many people may be familiar with advocating for their child, an elderly parent or a cause they care deeply about, they may be less familiar with self-advocacy – or advocating for themselves. Certainly, you’ve heard about self-care or spending time taking care of yourself. Self-advocacy takes this one step further where you are more…

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From Deprivation Dieting to Enjoying a Healthier Lifestyle

By Dr. Kushner / October 19, 2021 /

Strict diet rules are hard to follow for long periods of time. Examples may include banning all carbs from your diet or never allowing yourself to enjoy treat-type foods ever again. Because losing weight and getting healthier are really important to you, you may challenge yourself to follow these rules in hopes that this time…

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Want to Get Help from your Primary Care Provider to Lose Weight? Just Ask!

By Dr. Kushner / October 10, 2021 /

I always ask my new patients how they came to see me. More often than not, they say they asked their primary care provider for help to lose weight. Your primary care provider (PCP) may not be an expert in weight management, but he or she is likely to be an expert in knowing about…

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Can Minutes of Movement Lead to Better Health?

By Dr. Kushner / September 18, 2021 /

We all know we sit too much – at our desks, in our cars and on the couch. A new study, published in the American Journal of Physiology, Endocrinology and Metabolism, sheds light on how taking short movement breaks every 30 minutes, can improve some metabolic parameters by lowering fasting blood sugar levels. Though the…

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New Study Validates Six Factor Quiz as Targeted Weight Management Tool

By Dr. Kushner / September 11, 2021 /

When I set out to develop an assessment tool for people struggling with excess weight and the clinicians who treat them, I wanted to develop a tool that was quick to complete and easy to use. This tool had to also address how to help people pinpoint which lifestyle habits they need to change to…

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Self-Weighing Without Self-Judgement

By Dr. Kushner / September 3, 2021 /

Self-monitoring is one of the most important behavioral strategies for improving the healthfulness of your lifestyle. If, for example, you want to lower your blood pressure, you may purchase a blood pressure monitor so you can self-monitor at home. Reaching a health goal is easier to accomplish if you measure it on a regular basis.…

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Is Adulthood Weight Gain due to Sluggish Metabolism?

By Dr. Kushner / August 21, 2021 /

You may have wondered if sluggish metabolism is the cause for weight gain that occurs with age. Data from a fascinating new study show a different story – that as adults age, they have a surprisingly stable metabolism till age 60. Though the study didn’t look at individuals predisposed to obesity, it does suggest that…

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Treat Yourself Better to Better Manage Weight

By Dr. Kushner / August 14, 2021 /

Emotions can be high for anyone experiencing lifelong struggles managing weight. At the same time, common feelings of self-doubt or blame along with self-critical thinking can keep you feeling bad about yourself while also sapping the energy you need to better manage weight and improve your health habits. When it comes to weight management, we…

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Use Digital Tools to Boost Weight Loss Success

By Dr. Kushner / August 7, 2021 /

If you’re struggling to manage weight, using digital tools can help you. So many of our daily behaviors and health habits have a big effect on one’s weight, including what and how much you eat, how you move or don’t move your body along with your stress level and mood. Whether you track your diet,…

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Don’t Resist Resistance Training

By Dr. Kushner / July 19, 2021 /

My patients who are trying to lose weight always ask me what’s the best exercise for them. My answer is consistent; the best exercise is the one you enjoy doing and can fit most easily into your lifestyle. But the truth is that a sound exercise or physical activity program is not just one thing.…

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