- Currently more than 33% of US adults and 25% of Canadian adults are obese
- Approximately one out of every two adults and one out of every six children are now considered overweight or obese
- The US has one of the highest adult obesity rates in the world
- Being obese increases your risk for many diseases including heart disease, high blood pressure, diabetes and cancer
- Having less education makes you two to three times more likely to be overweight
- Ideal weight loss is slow and steady. Research shows if you lose one to two pounds weekly instead of a large amount of weight rapidly, you are more likely to keep the weight off.
- Primary culprits causing obesity and weight gain are having a diet high in refined carbohydrates and sugar as well as lack of physical activity
An incredible success story of a 75 pound weight loss
On Jane’s first appointment she admitted to being wary of naturopathic medicine and unsure if she was capable of committing to the changes necessary to get her health back. She worked in a busy downtown office, often long hours and high stress. Food was her outlet.
We spent a lot of time talking about what was reasonable and doable for her. She had about 125 pounds to lose and had signs of high blood pressure and prediabetes due to the weight. We devised a plan to start slow, meet weekly, and increase the intensity of commitment every couple of weeks.
We started with a test to determine if Jane had any food sensitivities that could hinder her progress. Her food allergy panel came back reactive to one food. After removing the reactive food not only did she notice her energy got better, but her stomach was no longer “upset.”
The change was not easy, but even with the little changes at the start Jane saw the number on the scale begin to drop. As she increased her level of commitment, the pounds really started falling off and she quickly became surprised at how sugar began to taste “too sweet” and vegetables really made her feel good.
We continued to meet weekly supporting energy fluctuations and emotional struggles (sugar is, after all, very addicting), with specific weekly dietary advice and meal plans for additional support. As the weight fell off exercise became not only manageable but enjoyable. Her joints no longer ached when she exercised and she began to look forward to her new outlet: the gym.
-Dr. Nina Lewis-Larsson
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