Revisiting Ozempic and Obesity

*This article was originally posted on March 15, 2021*
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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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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