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Over half of Canadians are either overweight or obese, many of us have likely wondered how we got here and what we can do about it. Keep reading to discover what may cause weight gain and what you can do to lose weight.
For most, weight gain resulted from consuming more calories than are used by the body. Sedentary lifestyles combined with the availability of quick, calorie-dense, processed foods add up to a lot of extra calories that are not burned by normal activity. The excess calories are stored as fat, resulting in weight gain.
Some other potential causes of excess weight include certain medical conditions such as hypothyroidism, prescription medications, (e.g., anti-depressants), and water retention.
Of great concern is the rise in obesity rates in children, whatever the cause. It is common knowledge that children learn what they live and will mimic the behaviours of their parents or caregivers. A child whose parents have a sedentary lifestyle and poor nutrition may be more likely to become overweight or obese.
Hold the Seconds
Portion control will help you eat less and lose weight. Eating more nutrient-dense, fibre-rich foods such as fruits and vegetables will make you feel full longer, as well as boost your metabolism. Before taking a second helping, wait a few minutes - you may find that you are actually full!
Develop Positive Eating Habits
Allowing enough time to eat will ensure your food is properly digested, enjoyed, and appreciated. Research has shown that keeping a food journal also improves one's ability to lose weight.
Encouraging exercise helps children and adults lead healthier lifestyles. Tracking activity levels with tools such as pedometers encourages walking.
Support with Supplements
There is growing evidence to suggest that natural health products such as Conjugated Linoleic Acid (CLA), Green Tea, and Kidney Bean extract help support healthy weight loss. As many individuals are on some form of medications, it is important to get screened for any potential drug-herb-nutrient interactions before starting any new natural supplement regimen.