Enjoy Your Health

Conversation with Dr. Kushner about Six Factors to Fit

By Dr. Kushner / January 3, 2020 /

Why did you write this book? As a young doctor interested in diet, nutrition, and weight control, I learned that if I wanted to help my patients lose weight and keep it off, merely helping them adjust their carbohydrates, fats, or calories wasn’t enough. I also needed to become an expert in helping them take…

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Book Giveaway on WGN Morning News

By Dr. Kushner / December 23, 2019 /

Thank you WGN Morning News fans for such a great response to our Book Giveaway, sponsored by the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, publisher of Six Factors to Fit: Weight Loss that Works for You! The Giveaway is now closed as winners were randomly chosen and notified. I hope everyone will still stay engaged in…

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6 Energy Boosting Activities for a Healthier and Better You

By Dr. Kushner / December 18, 2019 /

Do you incorporate energy boosting activities into your daily routine? Being aware of your energy level throughout the day can have big implications when it comes to your weight and health. Being sedentary at work for hours upon hours can leave you wanting to do nothing more than grab for a sweet pick-me-up snack or…

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5 Ways Flexibility Can Nudge Better Health and Weight Loss Success

By Dr. Kushner / December 4, 2019 /

Though many of us share the desire to be healthier, we don’t all go about it in the same way. Some people are very rigid in their thinking and expect perfection in their health behaviors. However, this is unrealistic and hard to maintain. Others are more flexible in their approach to losing weight and getting…

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5 Ways BYO (Bring Your Own) Can Boost Healthier Eating and More Enjoyment at Social Gatherings

By Dr. Kushner / November 27, 2019 /

We all have our likes and dislikes and our own ways of doing things. But when it comes to trying to make healthy food choices and especially at social gatherings, healthy eaters may feel like they’re swimming against the stream. Whether it’s a birthday or holiday celebration, a barbecue or just a friend or family…

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3 Ways Graphing Your Weight Journey according to Life Events Gives you New Insight and Future Direction

By Dr. Kushner / November 21, 2019 /

Before I help patients develop a personalized weight loss plan, I want to better understand each person’s weight journey – and how they got to where they are today. To do that I use a technique where I ask patients to plot their weight at different times of their life. For most patients, they are…

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3 Ways to Not Let Food Pushers Derail Your Healthy Eating Efforts

By Dr. Kushner / November 13, 2019 /

Holiday time or not, many of my patients tell me about the food pushers in their lives who make it hard to eat healthfully. Who are the food pushers? Food pushers are most often people you know who prod you to eat more or eat foods that you know are less healthy. It may be your spouse who continues to…

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3 Ways to Fit Self Care into Your Busy Life

By Dr. Kushner / November 8, 2019 /

When helping patients manage their weight, self-care is a topic that comes up daily. That’s because way too often women especially are great caregivers for everyone but themselves. Taking care of yourself is not being selfish. It’s also a reminder that your health and happiness are worth the time and effort. Self care can include…

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“Doctor, What Should I Weigh?”

By Dr. Kushner / October 31, 2019 /

This is one of the most common questions I get in my practice. My answer may surprise you. People come in all shapes and sizes and have different life journeys that bring them to my office. If two of my patients come in with the same weight, height, age and gender, their treatment plan will…

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Do 3 Things to Fight Weight Bias during Your Health Care Visit

By Dr. Kushner / October 23, 2019 /

Too often, patients share comments they’ve received from their health care provider that make them feel shamed about their weight. Examples include: “If you just eat less and exercise more, you wouldn’t be so big.” “You need to stop eating or your knees will never get better.” “If you keep eating so much, you’re destined…

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