As a general surgeon who also performs bariatric surgery, Dr. Friesen recognizes people's need for long-term solutions to eating well, losing weight, and staying motivated to exercise. "At GMBC, we don't rely on the scale as a measure as much as Body Mass Index (BMI), which is simply a height-to-weight comparison," says Dr. Friesen. Adding, "This is a good place for anyone to begin, as you can figure out your BMI online or with an app, and use it as a starting point to measure success."
Dr. Friesen offers a variety of ways to improve eating habits, how to plan ahead for success, and how to fit exercise into a busy schedule by looking at:
- Why most diets don't work
- If alcohol can be included in a "healthy diet"
- What to do if a condition is keeping you from exercising
- Simple day-to-day ways to control your weight
- How to decide what is a "safe" calorie intake
- If "real food" is better than substitutes, such as shakes
- Why drinking water and being hydrated is important
- What to do if you're an "emotional" eater
- How to detect if a diet is a fad diet
- Ways to break the sugar craving habit
- When bariatric surgery should be considered