Low skeletal muscle mass and strength (sarcopenia) often found in obese people and older adults increases the chances of type 2 diabetes. A study done at the University of California with 4654 people over 60 and 9346 from 20-60 years old showed that sarcopenia is associated with insulin resistance and high blood sugar levels in obese and thin people.
The basics of healthy eating centred on ample brightly coloured fruits and vegetables, lean meats and avoidance of processed, garbage foods should be a constant throughout our lives. A fantastic article in the April 2011 edition of Nutrition Action called ‘staying strong’ has made me realize that how and what we eat needs to change as our bodies change.
Statistics Canada reports that 23.1% of Canadians are obese and 36.1% are overweight based on Body Mass Index (BMI). BMI can be easily calculated by taking your weight in kilograms and dividing it by your height in metres squared. BMI can inaccurately label atheltes with lots of muscle as overweight but for most of use it is useful measurment. BMI of 30+ means you are obese and 25-29.9 puts you in the overweight category.
There are hundreds of diet books, plans, programs and strategies.
Most Canadians attempt to lose weight at some point in their lives. A study in 2001 done by NDP group shows that on average 64% of Canadian woman and 34% of Canadian men are on diets. There is definately an argument about the perception of thiness in our society and the quest for the lean bodies that cover newspapers, magazines and TV. In fact, 75% of female characters on situation comedies would classify as underweight (Greg Fouts, 2002). There is a problem with the pressure that most peopl
The best weight loss tips I have heard in years
With two biology degrees, a fitness business and hundreds of clients that ask me about weight loss, I thought that I had heard it all. I am sceptic about the "magic pills" that are often sold to help people lose weight quickly. I started to watch a program on BBC last night called "Ten things you need to know about losing weight" that was fantastic. It reviewed all of the latest scientific research about weight loss, explained why it worked an