Do you find yourself wondering....

"How do I help my clients stop obsessing

about their weight?"

With the Health Not Weight program, you'll be able to help clients stop dieting, stop blaming themselves and focus on evidence-based strategies, health and quality-of-life goals instead of weight numbers

Do your clients...

  • Blame themselves for gaining weight?

  • Practice harmful behaviours to control their weight?

  • Constantly focus on weight-centric goals or outcomes?

Are you...

  • Struggling to keep up-to-date with weight science?

  • Looking for ways to teach weight science to clients?

  • In need of templates or scripts to use in practice?

  • In need of a step-by-step process to help clients focus on health outcomes?

Understanding weight science can help

When clients understand "the WHY" behind weight science, they stop blaming themselves and can focus on health outcomes and behaviours that move beyond weight-specific goals.

The Health Not Weight program is designed specifically for healthcare providers struggling to help clients focus on health outcomes instead of weight-loss alone.

Learn up-to-date information about weight science, get resources to use in practice and tools to support your clients focus on health while using evidence-based care.

Health Not Weight Program


  • 13-week program

  • Weekly group lessons

  • Live Q&A and coaching sessions

  • Watch replays anytime

  • Get counselling strategies

  • Assessment resources

  • Tools to use in your practice

  • Case studies

  • Group discussions

  • Private community group

  • Access to resource library

  • Access to all recorded sessions

  • 6-month access

  • Certificate of completion

This program is for you if....

  • You have questions about hormones related to appetite or body weight changes

  • You are unable to explain pathways in the brain or body that affect appetite or body weight changes

  • You have clients that blame themselves for their weight or eating habits

  • You need some support with how to help clients frustrated with their weight

  • You can't answer some or all of these questions:

Which hormone in the body is responsible for feeling full?

GLP-1 (Glucagon-like peptide 1)

Did you know that some people's GLP-1 levels are low or not functioning as well as they could (similar to insulin levels)?

The Health Not Weight program will help you teach this to clients.

What happens to the gut and brain when someone loses weight from....dieting, pharmacotherapy or metabolic/bariatric surgery?

We'll explore the evidence (from both a physiological and critical lens) and provide you tools and resources to use with your next client

What genetic conditions cause insatiable hunger?

Bardet-Beidl syndrome (BBS)

POMC deficiency

LEPR deficiency

Melanocortin-4-receptor deficiency

Could you explain these to clients? or identify signs/symptoms?

What questions should you consider if your client experiences hunger all the time? (or no hunger)

Is there a history of weight cycling?

Any history of trauma, abuse, neglect or food/nutrient deprivation?

What about stress levels? What type of stress? how long? how severe?

How would your client describe their hunger? Does anything reduce or improve it?

The Health Not Weight program provides you with questions to explore with clients (and the evidence behind 'the why') plus assessment tools you can use right away.

Health Not Weight Program Outline

Module 1: Weight Bias & Stigma:

  • Why assessing bias and stigma can improve client-provider outcomes

  • How to assess your own bias/stigma about weight or working with clients of higher body weights.

  • How to assess clients internalized weight bias (negative self-thoughts)

  • Which resources to use with clients and/or colleagues to help reduce weight bias/stigma

Module 2: Weight Science - What's New:

  • Why knowing about weight science is going to help your practice.

  • How to think about factors affecting someone's appetite or weight.

  • In-depth review of updated evidence on topics that impact eating/food intake:

    • Energy expenditure including metabolic adaptation (body weight set-point)

    • Neurohormonal pathways affecting appetite

    • Gut-brain axis (Central and peripheral nervous system effect on food intake)

      • Melanocortin-4 receptor (MC4R) pathway

      • Mesolimbic reward system

      • Gastrointestinal tract (gut hormones - GLP-1, GIP, CCK, PPY, Ghrelin)

      • Gastrointestinal microbiota

      • Adipose tissue/metabolism (leptin)

    • Genetic conditions that affect appetite

      • Bardet-Beidl syndrome (BBS)

      • POMC, LEPR deficiency

      • Melanocortin-4-receptor (MC4R) deficiency

  • What is allostasis; how does stress affect it and how is this related to appetite/weight?

  • What to look for, questions to ask and/or tests/referrals to consider

Module 3: Weight Science - Impact of Weight Changes:

  • What happens to the body if/when it gains or loses weight (what happens to the brain and gut)

  • What happens if someone's weight changes (gain and/or loss) from:

    • "Dieting" (energy restriction/expenditure)

    • Pharmacotherapy

    • Metabolic/bariatric surgery

Module 4: Assessing Health Not Weight:

  • Various strategies to assess patients/clients expectations, values and barriers

  • When to use a self-reflection tool (called the Health Not Weight Iceberg Tool) with clients/patients fixated on weight loss or unrealistic weight expectations.

  • How to use the HNW Iceberg Tool in-person, virtually or on the telephone with clients/patients

Module 5: Reframing Health Not Weight:

  • How to reframe expectations, reduce shame and blame and rebuild client-focused values

  • Knowing when and how to use a weight storyboard with clients (using the Health Not Weight Weight Storyboard Tool)

  • How to calculate weight trajectories

  • How to explain weight trajectory to clients

  • How to interpret findings, counsel patients/clients and develop client-centred plans that bridge together expectations, values and barriers.

Module 6: Turn knowledge into practice

  • Put together all the information in the LEARN and TRANSLATE sections into practice

  • What to include in your documentation/chart notes

  • Join live sessions (or watch recorded sessions) where we will practice examples, case studies, and help you apply the course content into group teaching and/or one-to-one appointments.

  • BONUS: bring your own cases or specific examples to walk through it together


BONUS 1: Health Not Weight Provider Guide

Use this step-by-step guide in clinical practice to fine-tune your individual counselling skills

BONUS 2: Health Not Weight Iceberg Tool

Use this tool to help you and your clients visualize barriers, values and goals

BONUS 3: Health Not Weight Storyboard Tool

This step-by-step process includes calculations and scripts to support your clients that fear weight gain, have self-blame, or unrealistic weight-related goals, etc. Using this tool in combination with the HNW Iceberg tool can help nurture a positive relationship with weight, health behaviours and setting realistic expectations

The Health Not Weight Program

is for health care providers ONLY

Health Care Providers

At this time, the Health Not Weight program is only available for healthcare providers.

Not a Health Care Provider?

If you're NOT a health care provider but you're interested in this topic or program, please sign up for updates on future courses or webinars for the public.

What to do next:


Sign up to be added to the waitlist


You will receive a confirmation email that you are ON the waitlist (check your spam or trash)


Check your emails for updates and START DATES for the Health Not Weight Program


How much is the Health Not Weight Program?

For a limited time, the cost of the Health Not Weight program is $899 CAD.

For group rates or payment options, please email

I also offer live 2-part webinars for Family Health Teams or Primary Care Networks. Contact me for pricing information.

How long do I have access to the program for?

6 months access! You'll have a secure sign-in to the program portal to access weekly content, Q&As, recorded sessions, a resource library, cheat sheets, handouts, assessment tools, and more. Plus, providers wanting more support or access to all the resources can join our membership program after completing the Health Not Weight Program.

How much time should I set aside for this program?

That totally depends on how much you want to geek-out! I'm a proud geek! Once I started learning about weight science and the interplay between appetite hormones, areas of the brain that control food/eating behaviours and all the external factors that affect why and how we eat (including the harmful effects of dieting and weight stigma), I was hooked. BUT most people just set aside 1-2 hours per week!

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