July 15, 2019

If I were to make a top-10 list of questions I’m asked as a dietitian, this would absolutely make the cut:

"What foods can I eat to boost my metabolism?"

I don’t blame people for asking the question. After all, a quick Google search offers a myriad of solutions to “rev u...

April 9, 2019

“What's a healthy weight for me?”

It's a great question and often not an easy one to answer. 

Our weight number is often seen as a measure of our health. And it can certainly play a role, but we tend to add extra importance to our weight compared to things like blood pre...

Throughout this series we’ve discussed bones, muscles, and metabolism. But there is one aspect of aging that I feel is even more important than maintaining physical health, and that is our minds. Our minds really determine our quality of life. Beyond living longer, it...

Metabolism is a hot-button word in aging and weight management. I’m sure you’ve heard that people either have a fast or a slow metabolism, or so that’s what we’ve been taught. However, metabolism is more complex than just being fast or slow.

Metabolism Basics


I’ve never been a muscular person, and this never bothered me until my passion for healthy aging and longevity began. Through research, I learned that not only does our bone density decrease with age, but our muscle mass does as well. This explains why many people stru...

January 24, 2019

In the past couple of weeks we’ve covered the topic of cortisol as well as ghrelin and leptin. In addition to these, our weight and appetite regulation system includes a long list of hormones, neurotransmitters, and other substances that act as checks and balances to e...

January 21, 2019

How do we know when we’re hungry or full? The truth is, we’re not very good at noticing those signals from our body. We often make choices whether or not to eat based on external cues, like the mere presence of a box of doughnuts in the break room.

But the signals are t...

January 15, 2019

Cortisol is one of the more commonly-referenced hormones related to weight regulation in the body, and rightfully so.

What is cortisol?

Cortisol, released in the adrenal glands just above the kidneys, is a steroid hormone. The “fight-or-flight” stress response stimulates...

January 9, 2019

A quick Google search of the terms “hormones” and “weight” offers approximately 123 million results. Some of the more eye-catching headlines include:

Fix Your Hormones and Lose Weight!

Lose Weight Through Natural Hormone Balancing!

Reset Your Hormones to Beat Belly Fat! (...

January 2, 2019

Calories in versus calories out. Who’s heard that phrase before? If you’ve attempted weight loss in the past, it’s likely you have.

This phrase – calories in versus calories out – is really about math. If the person first determines how many calories their body burns ea...

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