Oct 21, 2020

Are you carrying a few extra pounds?  Are those "few pounds" a few too many?  If you answered yes, you aren't alone!  According to a report released by Statistics Canada, one in four adult Canadians, or about 6.3 million people, were obese in 2011–2012. Since 2003, the proportion of Canadians who were obese has increased 17.5% and some of the highest levels of obesity can be found right here in the Prairies!  What's worse is that those numbers have continued to climb over the past four years.  

 "Obesity has been described as a global epidemic. It has been linked to diabetes, hypertension, cardiovascular disease and some forms of cancer.  Obesity has become one of the world’s greatest health concerns and threatens to undo gains made in life expectancy during the 20th century."  STATS Canada

What does this mean?  Basically, that diseases and other health concerns that can be directly or indirectly attributed to excess weight have now surpassed ALL other major causes of death combined, and for the first time in our evolutionary history, our children are expected to live a shorter lifespan than their parents!

Scary facts!  So, what can we do?

As with most things, education is key!  But with weight loss being a billion dollar industry, it's hard to wade through the myriad of "truths" that exist out there.  Eat good carbs, eat low carb, eat NO carbs.  Salt is bad for you, fat is bad for you, fat is good for you!  Don't eat too much protein it's hard on the kidneys, be sure to eat enough protein while you are losing weight... Eat breakfast, skip breakfast, eat smaller meals throughout the day, eat within a reduced window of time... the information is mind-boggling and confusing.

To simplify, here are four keys that I want to share with all of you:

  1. If you expend more calories than you take in, your body is forced to access stored energy (fat) to make up the difference and you will lose weight.
  2. However, being mindful of WHAT you are eating when reducing calories is important!  Maximizing your fat loss while reducing the loss of muscle cells and getting a proper balance of nutrients is critical to your long term success with weight loss.  Eating fewer calories in a day, but getting those calories from bagels and cream cheese will NOT help!
  3. Weight loss is 90% of what you eat and only 10% of what you do... so sweating it out at the gym for an hour and then finishing off your day with a burger and fries will not result in weight loss.
  4. Beware of programs that promise a "magic pill".  There is no easy "fix" to make your weight disappear!!  More often than not, the only thing that disappears is the contents of your wallet!!

To your health,