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Why Losing Weight Is Good for Your Heart

Did you know that 29% of all deaths in Canada are from heart disease? [i]

According to the Heart and Stroke Foundation being overweight and obese are associated with numerous cardiac complications such as heart disease and strokes because of their impact on the cardiovascular system. With February being the month for heart and stroke awareness, we’ve outlined some of the important benefits of keeping your ticker and your waistline in tip-top shape. Read on to learn more!

SmartShape wins Top Choice Award 4th consecutive year!

Top Choice 4th Yr Winner

For the 4th consecutive year, SmartShape is proud to announce that SmartShape Weight Loss Centre has been crowned the winner for Top Weight Loss Clinic in the GTA for 2018! We at SmartShape would like to thank all the people who voted for us, and we look forward to continuing to provide our high level of care to all our patients throughout 2017!

If you’re considering having bariatric surgery but are unsure about which clinic would be best for you, take a look at the many reviews past patients have provided to SmartShape Weight Loss Centre. These reviews are written by the patients themselves, and provided to SmartShape for the sole purpose of letting others know how completely happy they are with the service and care they received from the SmartShape Team.

Browse our Reviews here, and see how SmartShape has helped hundreds of others, just like you, find their path to weight loss success and a healthier life!


Thanks for your continued support!


The SmartShape Team

DIETITIAN’S CORNER – Mini crab cakes with smarter tartar!

Mini Crab Cakes

Unlike most pre-prepared crab cakes, which are deep-fried, these let the flavour and succulence of the crab lead the way.

16 servings / 30 min (Prep 15 min / Cook 15 min)


1 tbsp (15 mL) canola oil mayonnaise

3 tbsp (45 mL) nonfat Greek yogurt 

1 tbsp (15 mL) finely chopped dill pickle 

1 tsp (5 mL) drained capers, coarsely chopped 

1/4 tsp (1 mL) smoked paprika 


Crab cakes

1 large egg

1 tbsp (15 mL) canola oil mayonnaise

1 tbsp (15 mL) fresh lemon juice

1 lb (500 g) crab claw meat, picked over for shells and cartilage

1 cup (250 mL) breadcrumbs

1/3 cup (75 mL) celery, finely chopped

2 scallions, thinly sliced (1/4 cup/50 mL)

2 tbsp (25 mL) fresh flat leaf parsley, finely chopped

1/8 tsp (0.5 mL) freshly ground black pepper

2 tbsp (25 mL) canola oil


To make sauce: In medium bowl, mix mayonnaise, yogurt, pickle, capers and smoked paprika until well combined. Sauce will keep for up to three days in airtight container in refrigerator.


 To make crab cakes: In medium bowl, whisk together egg, mayonnaise and lemon juice until combined. Add crab meat, 1/2 cup (125 mL) breadcrumbs, celery, scallions, parsley and pepper and stir gently to combine. Put remaining breadcrumbs in shallow dish.

Using your hands, shape about 2 tbsp (25 mL) crab mixture into patty about 2 inches (5 cm) in diameter. Coat in breadcrumbs, then place on baking sheet or clean work surface. Repeat to form remaining crab cakes for total of 16.

In large, nonstick skillet, heat 1 tbsp (15 mL) canola oil over medium-high heat. Place eight crab cakes into skillet and cook, turning once, until crisp and browned, about 4 minutes per side. Transfer to serving plate or baking sheet, wipe any crumbs out of skillet and repeat with remaining oil and crab cakes.

Place about 1 tsp (5 mL) sauce on top of each crab cake and serve immediately, or cover cakes and chill for up to one day, then reheat in 350 °F (180 °C) oven for 10-15 minutes. 


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It’s our anniversary!

13th anniversary logo

February marks an important anniversary for SmartShape – it’s the anniversary of our very first procedure, way back in 2005.

Here’s a quote from our very first Lap-Band patient:

The band changed my life and I am very thankful that it changed so many things in the medical area – no more sleep apnea. No more mask at night. Stopped my diabetes. No more high blood pressure. To be able to shop in a regular clothing store. Finally liking myself which is so important. I was the first one that the SmartShape Surgeon operated on in 2005 and I have kept the weight off.

We have been so proud to be providing successful weight loss solutions to our patients for 13 years now.

If you’re ready for healthy, gradual, and sustained weight loss, our healthcare professionals are committed to taking that journey with you. We will partner with you, your loved ones and your family doctor to help you meet your weight loss goals.

We understand you’ve likely been promised success in the past and respect that your trust is not easily earned. Get to know us and you’ll learn why sustained weight loss through the SmartShape Weight Loss Centre is within your reach. As host to Canada’s leading weight loss team, we stand behind our promise to make your health and weight loss success our #1 goal.

Your success is our success!


Connect with one of our Program Advisors today to learn more about how the SmartShape Programs can help you to succeed. You can reach us at (888) 278-7952 or at

“Food Became My Enemy Disguised as a Friend”

Woman on bench

I look back and say to myself, I can’t believe I let myself get so unhealthy!

My name is Heather and I am 43 years old and weighed almost 300 pounds a few years ago. Today I would like to share my story with many others who feel the same way and the struggles I encountered the way I did. I have been overweight most of my adult life, especially after having 3 children. My life has always been very busy I gave all my time to my husband, my kids, my job, my friends & family and by the end of the day I had nothing left in the  gas tank for me. I let myself go until I realized this is not how I should be! Throughout the years, I tried many dieting methods: diet pills, workouts, shakes, low calorie diets, bought unlimited diet Books, joined the local support group to a point where I lived at the health center for 3 months. I lost weight, only to gain it back. I was ashamed and embarrassed that I could not keep that weight off.

I loved food and I couldn’t help it. I loved the taste, the texture and the aroma. In any celebrations I would be the first one to make a meal, dessert and snack. Food was becoming an enemy disguised as a friend.

One day, I realized I was having severe chest pains and my legs began to swell up. At that moment, I knew something was wrong, after having a discussion with my husband about my health, I know I was ready to make a change about my health. I wanted to live longer, be healthier and see my children grow up.

I contacted SmartShape and the helpful staff arranged my consultation with the surgeon. I felt at ease. Everything went smoothly in order for this work. I recovered quickly from the surgery and I knew that this will be life-changing! I also realised in order for this to work I had to do my part. The Lap-Band isn’t a quick fix but rather a decision to help me reach my weight loss goals. I was mentally ready to say “no” to unhealthy choices and “yes” to exercising. I started small with walking around the block once, twice and eventually going for brisk walks in the neighborhood. I now go to the gym 3 – 4 times a week. In just 4 and half months, I lost 50 lbs and 16 inches off my body. I am so thrilled! I learned to take care of myself and how to say no to food, I am full. I learned I am the only one who can take care of me.

I feel empowered and stronger. I am not ashamed to share it with anyone that I had weight loss surgery and how it has helped me reach goals. The staff at SmartShape have been so supportive from webinars, to phone calls and answering all my questions. And all was done with genuine care and my well-being in mind.


If you’d like to learn how SmartShape can help you find your new path to permanent weight loss, call one of our Program Advisors to day at (888) 278-7952 or connect online at


The information provided in this Newsletter is for informational purpose only and is not professional medical advice, diagnosis, treatment or care, nor is it intended to be a substitute. Therefore always seek the advice of a physician or other qualified health provider properly licensed to practice medicine or general health care in your jurisdiction concerning any questions you may have regarding any information obtained from this Newsletter and any medical condition you believe may be relevant to you or to someone else.