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The Brain and Obesity. Part 4 – The Lazy Modern Brain

Is the modern brain lazy? Earlier in the brain and obesity series, Dr. Dan introduced the modern side of our brain - the teenager riding shotgun to the primal brain. Now it's time for an in-depth look at how your modern brain is lazy and easily fatigued. The modern brain is all about work smarter, not harder, but is that always the right path to take?
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Do you feel like your weight-loss medication Saxenda or Ozempic is no longer effective?!

Is it possible?! After a certain point, can weight-loss medications such as GLP-1 receptor agonists stop working? In this blog, we’ll explore what happens with GLP-1 RAs, particularly Saxenda or Ozempic, when it seems like they are no longer effective. We call it tachyphylaxis when a drug no longer becomes effective or becomes less effective with successive doses. Does this happen in GLP-1 RAs? Does our body start to adapt? Find out the answers here.
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Starvation Mode, Metabolic Adaptation, or a Broken Metabolism? – Live Webinar

Join us for a Live Webinar on Wednesday, September 22nd at 6pm MT. In this webinar, we are talking about a few reasons why you may unable to lose weight such as Starvation Mode, Metabolic Adaptation, or Broken Metabolism. Join us for a deep dive into the science to understand what is actually going on!
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The Brain and Obesity. Part 3 – The Modern Brain

As I’ve mentioned earlier in this series, our brains have two parts: the primal and the modern. We’ve covered the primal brain in parts 1 & 2. Now, let’s talk about the other player: the Modern Brain (aka the prefrontal cortex). This is the part of our brain that separates us from the animals. In this blog, we’ll cover how our modern brain allows us to plan ahead, organize our day, prepare meals, go grocery shopping, solve problems, etc. What kind of influence and control does it have over our primal brain? Join me here to find out.
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The Brain and Obesity. Part 2 – The Primal Emotional Brain

The primal part of our brain is always working in the background. Other than being focused on our survival, the thoughts our primal brain most often have are around our emotions. And, it tends to focus largely on negative emotions. In this blog, I’m going to talk about the negativity bias of our primal emotional brain and how it comes into play regarding our weight. Do we need to try to control it? Find out more with me here.
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The Brain and Obesity. Part 1 – The Primal Brain

There are two parts to the brain: the primal and the modern. In this blog, we will look at the elements of the primal brain (the limbic brain) and its involvement in managing our weight. The primal brain is all about survival and balance, which play a significant factor in our decisions. Can you teach an old brain new tricks?
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CLAs (Conjugated Linoleic Acid) and Weight-loss!

Let’s talk about weight-loss supplements, specifically CLAs (Conjugated Linoleic Acids). In this blog/, we’re looking at the evidence to dispel the stories and myths of the snake oil salespersons of today! What really is CLA, and what can it do? Can it help with weight loss? Join me as we take a deeper look at the data.
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GLP-1 Showdown. Ozempic vs. Trulicity!

It’s the showdown of the decade! Ozempic vs. Trulicity: two GLP-1 RAs used for managing blood sugar and weight management control. What did this rare head-to-head drug trial reveal? In this blog, we are going to examine the results of the SUSTAIN-7 clinical trial and find out which came out on top.
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Weight-loss hack that actually works!?!

Life hack: a simple trick, skill, or shortcut that makes your life easier, more effective, and efficient. Is there a life hack for weight-loss? It may be as simple as pouring yourself a glass of water. In this blog/video, I’ll explain why preloading with water before your meals is the closest thing to an actual weight-loss hack you’ll come across.
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Plenty of Plenity: a New Weight-loss Product?

Is it a bird? Is it a plane? No, It is Plenity! Let’s look at the facts about this new FDA-cleared weight-management aid. As the Plenity website states, it is made from naturally derived building blocks and is proven to work by science! In this article/video, I’m sorting through the research to find out the truth about what it is, what it does, and if it actually works.
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Pancreatitis and Pancreatic Cancer, the Pain in the Ass with Ozempic?

Let’s talk about the pancreas, specifically the pain in the ass that is pancreatitis and pancreatic cancer. Why focus on such an awkward little organ? I want to dive into the possible link between those conditions and anti-obesity medications, particularly the GLP-1 receptor agonists (GLP-1 RAs) such as Ozempic, Bydureon, Saxenda, Trulicity and Wegovy. In this article, I want to provide you with some insight into GLP-1 RAs and pancreatic issues.
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Thyroid Cancer: A Black-Box Warning on Anti-obesity Medications!?

Let’s discuss the not-so-common side effects of some of these anti-obesity medications. What about the black-box warning regarding a risk of thyroid cancer that the FDA has placed on the class of medications called GLP-1 Receptor Agonists such as Ozempic, Saxenda, Wegovy, etc.?! Let’s look at the evidence!
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How do we actually use these medications? An Ozempic and Saxenda Tutorial.

Here is a brief overview on how to inject Ozempic and Saxenda pens. I've included some advice on needle tips, how to inspect the product, how to prep your dose and select your injection site. As always, these will be general guidelines, and if you need extra support, please discuss them with your family pharmacist or physician!
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Side Effects of Obesity Medications. The good, the bad, and what you need to know!?

When it comes to weight-loss medications, health is our #1 priority. After a life of trying every single diet and supplement under the sun, I can completely understand that finally have something that helps with weight loss can seem like a miracle. But, let's talk about side effects! In this video, I discuss the bad sides to some of these anti-obesity medications, in particular, the GLP-1 receptor agonists (GLP-1 RAs) such as Saxenda, Ozempic, and Wegovy.
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We Go to Wegovy!

Hot damn, it happened! Do you remember that medication I discussed in a previous video that individuals who took it lost on average 15% of their body weight from baseline? And almost ⅓ lost 20% of their body weight from baseline after one year of treatment?! It's known as Ozempic, or semaglutide. The medication currently used for managing diabetes now has the approval from the FDA to manage obesity at a max dose of 2.4mg once weekly! And it's called Wegovy! In this post, I explain the differences between Ozempic and Wegovy and what we can expect as Wegovy rolls onto the market. We go to Wegovy!
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Rybelsus. Ozempic’s least favourite sibling?

Rybelsus, have you heard of it? Probably not. I am sure you have heard of oral Ozempic, though! That is because that is what Rybelsus is. Oral Ozempic is what everyone refers to it as, in typical least favourite sibling fashion. Rybelsus contains semaglutide, just like Ozempic, but what else makes it different? They both help with blood sugar levels and weight loss, but how do they compare? In this article, Dr. Dan weighs the pros and cons of Rybelsus and looks at how it measures up to Ozempic.
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What is the BEST Exercise for Weight-loss?

Exercise and weight loss. Weight-loss and exercise. They seem to go hand in hand. Is it true? You've probably asked, "What is the BEST exercise for Weight-loss?" if you have ever tried losing weight or wanted to become healthier. In this blog post, we dive into that question and explore the results of a medical review that looks at what exercise really does for weight loss.
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My Caffeine Monologue – I gave it up and here’s what happened!

I quit caffeine! I know, what is wrong with me? Not to worry, I have also asked myself this question several times over the last couple of weeks. Am I saying you need to give up coffee and caffeine? No, not at all. I hope you are drinking a cup of coffee while regaling in my dramatic tales of yesteryear. In this blog post, I tell a bit about my caffeine dependence and my journey to quit. I'll also answer some questions about caffeine along the way. Like, what does caffeine do to our bodies and what makes it good or bad? Join me on this journey.
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Managing your Weight with Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome (PCOS) – Live Webinar

This ticketed webinar originally aired live Wednesday, May 19, 2021 @ 6 pm MST. In this webinar, Dr. Dan reviewed what PCOS is and why it may cause not only weight gain but make it very challenging to lose weight. Is there a particular diet that can help? What strategies can support managing weight with PCOS? Ticketholders can access a replay of the live webinar at any time through Eventbrite.
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What is the Golden Ticket to Weight-loss?

So, what is the key to weight-loss? Which diet is the best? Which supplement or magic pill will make it all happen? The lifestyle and fitness industries are currently worth billions of dollars and it is predicated on selling you the lie that you are not worthy if you are overweight, obese, and unhealthy. For every single diet or craze that has hit the market, I can find you at least one individual for whom this particular diet or method worked, and allowed them to finally lose weight. However, it wasn't their special diet or supplement that made it possible for them to lose weight. How you can make the right choice for you when it comes to weight management?
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Ultra-processed Foods. The Bane of Obesity?

Alright, let’s talk about food. Now, this is an interesting topic. Individuals who struggle with obesity are constantly told if they would just stop eating so much, they wouldn't have obesity. The reality of the matter is that obesity is much more complicated than just ‘eating less.’ However, today, we will talk about food – particularly ultra-processed foods and their role in obesity development. In this post, find out what ultra-processed foods are, why they get such a bad rap, and what the science says about them. Do we need to cut ultra-processed food out of our diets?
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Contrave: a new kid on the weight loss medication block?

Ozempic isn’t the only weight-loss medication on the block. Today, I want to talk about Contrave! The new but old kid on the block. What do I mean by that? Well, the medication known as Contrave is newish to the market, especially the Canadian market, but it is made up of two older medications that have both been around for some time! A few geniuses in our world realized that bupropion and naltrexone on their own lead to some weight-loss, and they thought, “Well, if one is good. More is better?” They were right! But, how does it work? Get some answers with me here!
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Are we doing Intermittent Fasting wrong?!

Time Restricted Feeding or TRF. Let me tell you about it! I mean, technically, it is a form of Intermittent Fasting (IF). You know, the diet where millennials made skipping breakfast cool? For those of you who do not know about IF, basically, it is a method of eating where you alternate between fasting and eating periods. Hence the title, intermittent fasting or intermittent eating, but the latter does not sound nearly as cool – which my generation places in high regard. I'm diving into the research behind IF and TRF to find out if we are doing it all wrong, or have some people gotten it right?
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Medications for Obesity. A lifelong endeavour?

Obesity is a chronic disease. Similar to how we manage high blood pressure and diabetes, many individuals will need not only lifestyle interventions but also medications. There is nothing wrong with this fact, but the question is: “Do I need to stay on this medication for life?! Or, can I just reach my goal weight and then come off the drug?” In this blog post, I dive into that question and explore the results of a new medical study.
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Insulin Resistance and Weight Management – Live Webinar

In this webinar, we are talking about Insulin Resistance. Maybe you have heard that it is the cause or the result of obesity and weight gain? There are a lot of questions and I want to provide you with some clarification on: What is Insulin Resistance? What is the cause? If we can develop it can we do anything about it?
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Expectations and the ‘What If’ Principle

Expectations. We all have them. We expect things of ourselves and we expect things of others. Unmet expectations can foster frustration, guilt, disappointment, failure, resentment, you name it. What if you tried something with no particular expectation or end goal in mind? Introducing the ‘What if?' Principle, which could help you drop your expectations and the issues that come with them.
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Complexity Bias

Humans tend to overthink and overanalyze just about everything. The reason being? Well, in part, we have an annoying emotional brain that likes to give us crippling anxiety. We are also biased that the solutions to our seemingly complex problems have to be equally complex or how on earth would our problem actually be solved.
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Intermittent Fasting – Live Webinar

This webinar originally aired live on Wednesday, March 17, 2021. In this webinar, we are talking about intermittent fasting and the evidence around it. Is it just another diet fad? Are the health claims true or are there potential risks?
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Ozempic and Obesity

Ozempic is a medication that is currently available in Canada and the US for diabetes management. However, the hot news around it concerned the recent studies completed that showed some impressive results regarding weight loss. Obviously, this is kinda sort of a big deal in my practice, and I have gotten a few questions. So hopefully, I can piece together some answers for you here.
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Evil Sweeteners and Diet Soda

Ah, sweeteners. Another spawn of the devil? Or something that is once again completely overblown and hyped up by the Dr. Google experts? I know another controversial topic, and hey, I want to provide you with the most fact- and evidence-based information possible.
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To Carb or Not To Carb? – Live Webinar

This webinar originally aired live Wednesday, February 17, 2021. In this webinar, we answer questions surrounding carbs and a healthy diet. Specifically discussing - what is a Ketogenic Diet?
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What is Persistent Metabolic Adaptation?

Metabolic adaptation is thought to occur in order to counter weight-loss - because our body is kind of like a needy stage 5 clinger and wants to hold onto as much energy as possible in case the zombie apocalypse happens. Let's look at a study based on the Biggest Loser competition.
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Insulin and Carbs. The cause of the Obesity epidemic?

When I consider some of my biggest pet peeves with practicing in obesity and weight-management medicine, I would say one of the more prominent ones is the unnecessary controversy around insulin. In this article, I dive into the science behind Insulin, how it helps our bodies function, and why insulin has been dubbed the fat-storage hormone.
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Managing Your Weight in the New Year – Live Webinar

How to Create Lasting Changes!Free Live Webinar with Dr. Dan This webinar originally aired live on Wednesday, January 13, 2021. In this webinar, we focus on expectations and what sustainable
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Apple Cider Vinegar for Health and Weight-loss

Apple Cider Vinegar has a number of potential health claims. Diving into the research, I found that most of the health claims are unsubstantiated and, in some cases, blatantly wrong. For some claims, there was some decent research, and there continues to be ongoing research. Is this your magical ticket to weight-loss and extraordinary health benefits?
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What is a habit?

Want to learn how to change bad habits? First, you need to learn what a habit actually is. Read on!
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How to eat healthier (when you don’t like cooking)

How to start eating healthy? It starts with learning to change your habits. Is it possible to learn to like cooking? Dr. Dan says YES! Read on...
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How to define success

How we define success matters. To you, what does it mean to be successful? Dr. Dan talks about the importance of defining success in a healthy way that focuses less on material items and more on emotion.
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The challenge of weight loss maintenance

The problem with most diets is whenever the diet stops... you gain the weight back. In this blog, we share an article written by a Health Psychologist explaining a model for maintaining weight loss.
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