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What are we weighting for?

Today's headline poses a really great question. For more than a year, not much about the world we live in is the same as it was the year before.

Things have been weighing heavily on our minds and, as it turns out, our bodies as well.

Last month, CBS reported that in a poll of 3013 Americans, 61% said they had experienced, “undesired weight gain.”

While the average scale showed an increase of 29 pounds, some 10% report an increase of 50 pounds.

The only news report I could find for weight gain in Canada was from CBC where they referred to people's expanding waistlines as, “the COVID-19 pounds.”

It was posted April 15 of last year, so I think it's safe to assume that robust midriffs are indeed a weighty concern.

No doubt that regardless which media or channel you turn to for updates and information, doubtless you've heard someone talk about co-morbidities.

Co-morbidities are any number of conditions that decrease our health while increasing our risk of contracting other diseases. Including COVID-19.

Turns out that being overweight or obese can significantly increase a person's risk at any age, but particularly concerning for our more mature folks.

The CDC website, under data and statistics reports, “obesity may triple the risk of hospitalization due to a COVID-19 infection.... Obesity is linked to impaired immune function... models estimate that 30.2% of these hospitalizations were attributed to obesity.”

If waistlines have continued to expand, and that extra weight around the middle puts us at risk for a plethora of diseases and conditions – diabetes, heart disease, stroke, high blood pressure, high cholesterol, arthritis, autoimmune disorders, acid reflux, cancer, and COVID too — it's time we ask, “What are we weighting for?”

Those who have been following this column for a while can guess what I'm going to say about this. But for all the newbies, food is your foundation. When you can get your food in line, health happens. It really is that simple.

I've coached and spoken to many people who have tried to lose weight simply by working out like crazy, burning off as many calories as they can and continuing to eat what they want.

Although that may work for a time to keep the weight where you want it, I always ask them what they think would happen if they were suddenly not able to exercise in the same way.

We are now seeing what will happen. Because it did.

Gyms and fitness facilities across Canada have been randomly closed – some more than they are open. While the state of openness of these facilities is not something many of us can do anything about, we do have total control over our food.

That’s great news considering it's your weight and internal health that is made in the kitchen. Your fitness level is made in the gym, or wherever you exercise.

Food is 70-80% of your results when it comes to health and weight loss.

Since last fall, I've coached many clients back to health and healthy weight. Almost every client shared how the changes in the world as we know it contributed to their current weighty situation.

Many are hovering in “limbo” waiting for things to go back to how they were. With things lasting longer than anyone expected, well, you get the picture. Regardless of what is happening or not happening in the world around us, it's time to stop weighting, and do.

A few tips that will get you going on the right track and have you start seeing results are:

Replace alcohol and soda pop with water.

Then, drink more of it. You'll have more energy, sleep better, ditch the mood swings and your body won't be storing fat like it does every time you crack a cold one.

Limit the fast food and take out to one meal a week.

Many people eat out more than they eat at home; by bringing that down to one a week you will drastically reduce sugar, sodium, gluten and vegetable oils.

All are toxic and cause bloat and waste to collect in your body. Ew.

Eat colourful foods. Fruits and veggies with lots of colour also have lots of vitamins, minerals, phytonutrients, are high in fibre and low in calories.

Things that are white/beige have just the opposite — high calories and very few nutrients. If you're prone to munchies, make a wise choice. That leads into the last one.

Eat PFC.

When we eat to balance meals, choosing a healthy protein, fat and carbohydrate (aka fruits and veggies) and we do this in smaller portions every three to four hours throughout the day, our body is able to release stored fat and the muscle takes it up and burns it as energy.

This is how to turn your metabolism on and keep it on. You're welcome.

I challenge you. If things of the world are contributing to excess weight around your middle start making some healthy changes today.

My good friend and fellow health guru, Mark Macdonald, always says, “There are a lot of things we can't control in life. Your health and how you take care of your body are not one of them.”

He's right.

Need some help getting started? Join the 8 Weeks is All it Takes group on Facebook. And book your health assessment with Tania today. Why weight?

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About the Author

Nutritionist Tania Gustafson, owner of FIT Nutrition, has been active in the health and fitness industry since 1986 when she entered as a fitness instructor and trainer.

In 2011, Tania partnered with internationally renowned nutrition and fitness expert Mark Macdonald, and in 2017 officially earned the title of Master Nutrition Coach in conjunction with Venice Nutrition and the International Board of Nutrition and Fitness Coaches (IBNFC).

Tania is one of only five health professionals licensed and certified in Canada to deliver this proven, three-phase program of blood sugar stabilization, not dieting.Tania is committed to ending the dieting madness both locally and globally and educates her clients on how to increase health with age.

Tania is able to work with clients across Canada, the U.S. and U.K. to restore health and achieve their weight loss goals.Tania is a wife, mother of three adult children, global entrepreneur, speaker, workshop facilitator, writer, blogger, podcast host, travel junkie and self-proclaimed gym rat.

For more information and to book your complimentary health assessment go to www.fuelignitethrive.com. Check https://www.facebook.com/fuelignitethrive/  and https://www.facebook.com/groups/8weeksisallittakes/

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