Weight Management

BMI: The Limitation in Assessing a Healthy Weight

Body Mass Index (BMI) is a measurement that is calculated using your weight and height squared (BMI = kg/m2). This number is then assessed by placing it into one of four categories:

underweight  <18.5kg/m2
normal weight 18.5-24.9kg/m2
overweight 25.5-29.9kg/m2
obese >30.0kg/m2

Sounds easy right?

As much as calculating your BMI can be easy, it doesn’t tell you the whole picture. The BMI calculation does not take into consideration the composition of your body weight.

Gut Hormones 101: What Role Does Ghrelin Play in my Body?

It’s 12:00pm, and your lunch break is in half an hour. Your stomach is starting to sound more like a pack of communicating whales, and your co-workers in the cubicles next to you are becoming concerned. You can’t concentrate, and all you are thinking about is your delicious lunch. So why are you so hungry, even though you have had a snack an hour ago?

It’s all thanks to a hormone called ghrelin.

Ghrelin is known as the “fast-acting hunger hormone.” Its main function is to increase appetite so that you seek out (and eat) food.

What did you really eat?

Do you really know how you are nourishing your body?

Take, for example, this 24-hour food and beverage recall:

Breakfast:  1 whole wheat bagel with cream cheese, a glass of orange juice, coffee with milk

Morning snack:  banana muffin, coffee with milk

Lunch:  tuna sandwich on whole wheat bread, handful of chocolate-covered raisins, handful of grapes

Afternoon:  2x 500ml water

Snack while making supper: carrot sticks, crackers, cheddar cheese

The last of the snacks

So, you’re about to embark on a weight loss journey. As you approach the big ‘day’ … whether that be the date for your bariatric surgery or the date for your weight loss program initiation, have you been mourning the potential ‘loss’ of food by indulging in treats and less than healthy foods? By saying to yourself ‘this could be the last time I have (insert delicious and less healthy food choice here) …I should treat myself while I can.’

You’re not alone.

But, ask yourself: how committed am I to valuing my health above my desires?

Step off of the scale and into your life

What would it be like to wake up and just enjoy your day? No distractions. No lingering chatter in your mind. No math equations. No flattened self-esteem after a trip to the bathroom scale. Whoa. Freedom.

Seven Pillars of Self Care

Health Canada has designated July 24th 2016 International Self-Care day. This is a great opportunity for those of us who are constantly focusing on everything else in life, leaving our own health and well-being behind, to take a moment and consider how we can better care for ourselves. Maybe that means taking a whole day for you, a 20 minute bubble bath, or just a short walk to re-charge. Whatever the effort, taking care of yourself will help you take better care of others. This day gives us the chance to review the 7 Pillars of Self-Care and see how we can better care for ourselves.

Is it really a win to lose?

About a month ago, a pretty controversial research paper, Persistent metabolic adaptation 6 years after “The Biggest Loser” competitiondescribed the negative effects on body metabolism for contestants from ‘The Biggest Loser.’

Celebrate the Commuter Challenge!

June marks the kick-off of another Commuter Challenge week, running June 5th to June 11th. The goal of this challenge is to celebrate physical activity in our community by encouraging people to find more active modes of transportation, like walking and cycling, over driving.

Healthy Meal Exchange

When life gets too busy or stressful, taking the time to plan and cook healthy meals every day can be a huge challenge. It can be incredibly helpful to have healthy homemade meals ready to reheat in your freezer for those especially busy days. A fun way make this happen and have a variety of healthy meals is through a Healthy Meal Exchange!

All you need is 3-4 friends who share an interest in healthy eating and you could end up with a month’s worth of delicious and nutritious meals!

Here’s how it works:

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