Weight Loss

The Best of All Fast Weight Loss Tips

Posted: March 28, 2014

Want to lose weight fast? Get over yourself. Get out of your own way. Get on with a healthier life. That’s it. That’s the fastest way to healthy weight loss. Want proof? Check our ever-growing ‘Success Stories’ page. These are real stories from real people in Southern Ontario. Most of them have been overweight all their lives. Almost every story talks about how easy and/or quick it was to lose weight and keep it off. But they all made big changes in read more…

How to Speed Up Your Metabolism

Posted: March 19, 2014

If you are trying to manage your weight and don’t know how to speed up your metabolism – or you don’t know the benefits of doing so – then you’re missing out on one of the best ways to lose weight. Your metabolism is the process your body goes through to convert food energy (calories) into the energy it needs to perform all its functions. Each one of us has a different metabolic rate, which is the amount of energy read more…

How to Fight Food Cravings

Posted: March 5, 2014

Whether it’s for french fries or Belgian chocolate, when it hits, you can’t seem to think of anything else except gorging on the object of your food craving. There’re many reasons why we experience food cravings, from nutritional imbalances and emotional stresses, to the fact that some of what we eat, especially sugar glucose, has a similar effect on our body as addictive substances like alcohol, nicotine and cocaine. Food cravings can be responsible for a lot of your unhealthy read more…

The Secret to Using Smoothies for Weight Loss

Posted: February 27, 2014

Smoothies are one of those weight loss tools that seem almost unbelievable: how can losing weight taste so good? But not all smoothies are created equal and many commercial or fast food varieties are about as good for you as a popsicle. For healthy weight loss, the best smoothie is one you make yourself because you can control and track everything that goes into it. That’s not to say there aren’t healthy, ready-made alternatives that will help you lose weight, read more…

Three Healthy Recipes for Weight Loss

Posted: February 6, 2014

You know that the best way to manage your weight is to maintain a healthy, balanced diet that gives you the energy and nutrition you need for long-term  weight loss. And the best way to do that is to prepare your own meals. As simple as that sounds, it’s much easier said than done. But you’ll make healthy eating easier and more fun if you turn it into a search for new and interesting foods and flavours. When you shift read more…

Is Cheating on Your Diet the Easiest Way to Lose Weight?

Posted: February 3, 2014

There really is only one way to lose weight: consume fewer calories than you burn. So, by default, that’s also the easiest way to lose weight. Unfortunately, by default, it’s the most difficult too. But you wouldn’t know it by what you see on the web, in newspapers and magazines. Sometimes it seems like the words ‘lose weight’ only appear in the company of ‘fast’ and ‘easy’. If weight loss really was ‘fast’ and ‘easy’, wouldn’t we all be slimmer? read more…

Are There Any Easy Ways to Lose Weight?

Posted: January 11, 2014

The answer is no … and yes. To help explain how we arrived at two totally opposite answers, here’s another question: How easy would it be for you to lose 30 pounds in two months, and keep them off for a year? … for a million dollars? We bet you thought that it would be nearly impossible to lose that much weight in a relatively short time, and keep it off for an extended period. That is until you found read more…

How to Burn More Calories Without Really Trying – Part 1

Posted: November 12, 2013

Why Increasing Your Activity Level is So Difficult Talk to anyone who tries to lose weight and there’s a good chance that, more than giving up some of their favourite foods, the thing they struggle with most is increasing their activity and exercise levels. There’s a good reason for this. Carrying extra weight reduces your body’s energy levels. It means that those who need to lose weight the most have less energy to do so than those who don’t need read more…

Nutrition & Weight Loss Part Seven: Learn to Love Nutrition Labels

Posted: August 20, 2013

You’ve seen them. Usually every day. But have you ever really read a Nutrition Label? If so, did you understand it? Intended to give consumers a quick, easy way to understand the nutritional content of food, Nutrition Labels are mandatory on pre-packaged foods in Canada. Even those who regularly read nutrition labels have different reasons for doing so, which can limit the information they get from the label. Bodybuilders may focus on the protein content, while anyone trying to lose read more…

Nutrition & Weight Loss Part Six: Fibre – Your Body’s Cleaning Service

Posted: August 15, 2013

You absolutely need fibre. It does wonders for your body, your digestive system and your weight management efforts. But you probably don’t get as much of it as you should. Fibre works because your body can’t digest it. That means it helps keep your entire digestive system clean as it passes through. And that’s just one of its many benefits: Absorbs fatty substances Slows down digestion to keep you feeling fuller longer Gets rid of cholesterol Reduces constipation Contains no read more…

Nutrition & Weight Loss Part Five: Protein – The Nutrition Fan Favourite

Posted: August 1, 2013

If the macronutrients our bodies need were a rock band, protein would be “the cute one”. Everyone thinks protein is cool. Why? Because we use it to build muscles (and every other cell in our body) Unlike fats and carbs, a balanced diet generally gives us all the protein we need Protein breaks down in our body, so there’s much less chance of consuming too much Protein is not a major contributor to weight gain But, keep in mind, you read more…

Nutrition & Weight Loss Part 3: Fats

Posted: July 25, 2013

In the last installment of the Nutrition & Weight Loss blog series, we talked about essential micronutrients and macronutrients. We saw that micronutrients, which include vitamins and minerals, don’t contain any energy, so they don’t contribute to weight gain. We get all the energy we need from macronutrients, which include fats, carbohydrates and protein. The problem is that when we get too much energy, our body stores it as fat and we gain weight. So it’s important to learn more read more…