The Diet Fix: The weight is over

It’s March, which means many of us are cursing the bathroom scales because the diet we started in January didn’t work — again!

Need some tips about what really does work for lasting weight loss success? Dr. Yoni Freedhoff, a family doctor based in Ottawa and one of Canada’s most outspoken obesity experts, has just published a new book called The Diet Fix: Why Diets Fail and How to Make Yours Work.

It was a real pleasure to interview Dr. Freedhoff for this story in the March /April 2014 issue of Costco Connection magazine. Dr. Freedhoff appears frequently in national media outlets, blogs daily at and he is one of few doctors in Canada with an additional diploma from the American Board of Obesity Medicine.


In The Diet Fix, Dr. Freedhoff outlines the ten top diet mistakes and myths. How many mistakes have you been making? Which myths did you think were true? I knew about the magic of using a food diary like MyFitnessPal, but I was surprised to learn that I can’t outrun my fork. Exercise is important for cardiovascular fitness, but it doesn’t have as much impact on weight loss as I thought compared to eating a proper diet.

Dr. Freedhoff also offers practical, evidence-based tips to re-set whatever diet you’ve been following to make sure you have the best chance for long-term success without suffering. So if you were trying Paleo, Weight Watchers, low-carb or a host of other popular diet plans, The Diet Fix will set you on the right path for success.

And you’ll be happy to learn he writes prescriptions for chocolate!

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4 Responses to The Diet Fix: The weight is over

  1. Christine Peets March 3, 2014 at 8:59 am #

    Great story, Jane. I look forward to reading the Costco article. I agree that the combo of diet and exercise is important for weight maintenance. I thought exercise was the more important. I’ll have to check out what this Doc has to say about g-f diets. I know they are not for weight loss (contrary to what some say) but are they sufficient for good nutrients and energy?

    • Jane March 3, 2014 at 9:17 am #

      Thanks, Christine. Just so you know, you can click on the photo above to read the story, or read your hard copy when you get your members’ magazine in the mail.

      In the book, he doesn’t cover the gluten-free diet, which as you note, is not for weight loss but rather to manage a specific medical condition (for those who are actually celiac or have non-celiac gluten sensitivity!) The Diet Fix provides evidence-based advice on how to reset eating behaviours over 10 days, to put people on the right track for making small, thoughtful changes that will last, without suffering.


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