Dr. Tara Coletta, PhD

The Winding Path to Sustainable Weight Loss

Today’s world is one of instant gratifications. If you want to watch a movie, you download it from Netflix; if you feel like sushi for dinner, you have it delivered to your doorstep in minutes. While the convenience of all the recent advances are great, it has left us unaccustomed to waiting.

The driving need to get things how we want it, when we want it, persists even when it comes to things which should not happen quickly, like weight loss. People that want to lose weight usually want to lose it FAST, regardless of the impact it has on their physical and emotional wellbeing. This explains the appeal of various fad diets, ‘detoxes’, and miracle weight loss drugs. When it comes to weight loss, however, slow and steady wins the race, ultimately resulting in long-term success.

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Healthy Lunch Tips for the Office

I have been very lucky as a number of my jobs have been working remotely from home.  This set-up has its pros and cons but a definite pro is that it’s much easier to be healthy.  It’s not a coincidence that when I moved to an ‘at office’ job a few years ago, I gained weight.

The workplace is never an easy place to be the healthiest ‘you’.  You don’t have access to your own fridge and stock of foods, social influence generally works in a negative direction, you often feel pressured to take as little time as possible to eat (meaning grab-and-go (not so healthy) lunches).  Also, the biggest thing that would catch me out when I worked in an office was the commute home.  By the end of the day I was tired, hungry, and ready and willing to snack on anything I could get a hold of (usually a bit of chocolate from the office vending machine).

Sound familiar? 

Here’s a few hints for keeping up your healthy eating habits in and out of the office.

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Why Nutrition Belongs in the Workplace

As an employer, you may wonder what your role is in maintaining or improving the health of your employees. Can’t they take care of themselves? Is it even appropriate to intervene in their lives? Is this appropriate in the workplace? Will people be interested?

Should you take an active role in their health and wellbeing? The answer is YES. You should at least provide an opportunity for your employees to better their health. Employees generally spend over half of their waking hours working and the most commonly cited reason we see for not taking positive step towards health is time. Coupled to that is knowledge (or lack thereof) and insufficient resources to gain knowledge.

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Fuel for the Active Body

Firstly, to get the most of this blog you need to be sure you understand the basics of nutrition.  I encourage you to re-visit my previous blogs on basics of nutrition, sugar, and fats and the Q&A on high protein diets.  For the most part, the same basic nutrition principles apply to those who do high levels of activity and athletes. Eat a varied diet of fruits and vegetables, whole grains, healthy fats, and lean protein.  If you do this, you should meet the daily recommendations for all your macro and micronutrients.

In this blog, I will run through some of the principles of exercise metabolism and how this impacts nutritional needs.  I want you to better understand what is fuelling your body during exercise (mainly carbs!).  I will then go through how you can assess your own nutritional needs based on your activity.

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