Explore our EMPOWERED HEALTH: Best Weight Journey courses. These are online courses paired with group visits (when available) to get an in depth understanding of obesity, weight bias, treatment options and powerful techniques of behaviour change.

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Educational Videos

Educational video series about obesity: review of weight bias, biology, and treatment.

Medical Conditions

Read a brief summary about a few common medical conditions that are associated with living with weight.


This guide is designed to support patients engage in a low carbohydrate way of eating with medical supervision.


Let’s start where you are and help move you forward. Whether it is doing less sitting or running your first 5 K, we will assist you in improving your mobility and fitness. Experience improved mood, sleep, pain, and quality of life.


Learn about common medications that may be helpful for metabolic conditions like type 2 diabetes, PCOS, and obesity.

Type 2 Diabetes Remission User's Guide by Diabetes Canada

New research indicates that in those with “early” type 2 diabetes can place in in remission with a low energy diet.  Click here for more information!

A Way of Eating

Let’s find a way of eating that suits your preferences and can be designed to improve your health. Whether it is low carb, vegeterian, or other –  It needs to be enjoyable, sustainable, and delicious.


This is a link to information about bariatric surgery. You can here an interview with Dr. Ellsmere, bariatric surgeon and connect with the Halifax Obesity Network which is the weight loss surgery program in Nova Scotia.

Quit Smoking

We all know it is one of the best things we can do four our health but sometimes one of the hardest. This is a free online program in Nova Scotia.


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Countering internalized weight bias is important because those who live with excess weight inevitably face negative attitudes and stereotypes related to their size and appearance from the public, the media, health care practitioners, and even family and friends


This section can be thought of as the beginning of treatment. We have already established that excessive calorie intake drives weight gain and confounds weight loss. But what drives excessive calorie intake? You might think the answer is complicated but it isn’t..


People are capable of difficult work long into the future if the work leads them in the direction of the things that are most important to them. The behaviours involved in successful weight management require lifelong attention and work.


People are capable of difficult work long into the future if the work leads them in the direction of the things that are most important to them. The behaviours involved in successful weight management require lifelong attention and work..


This section describes how to develop, as best as you can, the capacity to restrain against WANTING. Restraint means changing your thinking and then your behaviour in moments of WANTING. This section is about the processes of human decision making.

A Way of Eating & Moving

At its most basic level, weight gain occurs when calorie intake exceeds calories expended. Conversely, weight loss only occurs when energy intake is less than total calories burned. Weight loss occurs when calorie intake is reduced, regardless of the percentages of fat, protein or carbohydrates eaten. Calorie intake, not carbohydrate intake, is the determinant of body fat gain or loss.


Many people beginning a weight management effort will have thoughts about a target or goal weight, and thoughts about what would be their ideal weight.


Working to find your BEST WEIGHT is tough enough in itself. Unfortunately, certain ‘internal states’ can make this process even more difficult. Within this module you will be introduced to a finite list of modulators that can be obstacles between you and your BEST WEIGHT.

About Dr. Macklin

David A. Macklin is a lecturer at the University of Toronto Faculty of Medicine and a University of Toronto trained family physician. He is a leader in the field of obesity and co-author of the Behaviour Treatment Chapter of the 2020 Obesity Canada Clinical Guidelines. Click this module for the link to the Macklin Method. 


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