weight management tips

Be Strategic in Your Quest for Better Health

By Dr. Kushner / January 22, 2023 /

Improving your lifestyle to get healthier and manage weight better requires good intentions. You also need to know the strategies to follow that will give you the most bang for your buck in your quest for better health. After treating thousands of patients over my 4-decade career, I’ve learned some common pitfalls to a healthier…

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Weight Loss that Fits Your Lifestyle

By Dr. Kushner / December 4, 2022 /

Improving one’s lifestyle habits is foundational to all weight management treatment modalities, whether you’re taking a new weight loss medication or even undergoing bariatric surgery. I spend a lot of time talking to my patients to help them figure out the best mix of weight management strategies that fit their life and lifestyle habits. If…

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4 Tips to Overcome Healthy Eating Challenges this Holiday Season

By Dr. Kushner / November 14, 2022 /

We all struggle with eating temptations over the holidays. The key to healthy holiday eating is to plan ahead so you feel in control to enjoy the foods you love in moderate portions. Here are some tips that have worked for my patients and can work for you too: 1-Don’t Go to the Party Hungry…

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Track Weight in a Healthy Way

By Dr. Kushner / November 1, 2022 /

Monitoring your weight, diet and physical activity are some of the most successful strategies seen across multiple weight-loss studies. Self-monitoring keeps you accountable and aware of how key behaviors are impacting your health. If weight loss is one of your health goals, then tracking weight on a regular basis is encouraged. However, weight tracking should…

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The Weight-Focused Visit

By Dr. Kushner / August 3, 2022 /

Whether you’re a patient or a provider, you know how quickly time can pass during a health care encounter. Your provider’s priorities may be to discuss your chief complaint, medications, lab results and other chronic medical problems. This doesn’t leave a lot of time to counsel you on managing weight. That’s why I recommend that…

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Stop Unhealthy Habits to Achieve Better Health

By Dr. Kushner / June 25, 2022 /

As you move through your weight loss journey, you will encounter two kinds of habits – healthy habits you want to create (such as eating more fruits and vegetables) and less healthful habits you want to stop (such as drinking sugar-sweetened beverages). You will find that it’s more challenging to stop an unhealthy habit than…

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Use Leftovers to Recreate Healthy Meals

By Dr. Kushner / June 4, 2022 /

“Doc, I just don’t eat leftover foods” is a comment I sometimes get from patients during my weight management counseling. I always encourage them to reconsider. With grocery prices soaring and food waste being so common, we know that using leftover food is a good strategy that helps your pocketbook and the planet. But you…

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Nutritional Nudges to Improve Your Health

By Dr. Kushner / April 13, 2022 /

I am a firm believer that making small changes to what you eat and how you prepare foods can help improve your health. That’s because small diet changes are easier to incorporate into your life and can be easier for your family to adapt. In my weight management counseling, I always start with where the…

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Moving Toward More Plant-Based Eating

By Dr. Kushner / December 18, 2021 /

We know that to improve health and manage weight better, adding more plant-based foods to your daily diet is a winning strategy. That’s because these good-for-you foods are generally lower in calorie density and higher in vitamins, minerals, disease-fighting phytochemicals and fiber than the foods they end up displacing such as meats and fried foods…

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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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