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Sunday, March 3, 2013

The Lean Team Together we Succeed!!

Our very first meeting of The Lean Team Together we Succeed!, happened on February 26!

Here is a summary of the things we talked about:

Losing weight and maintaining a healthy weight.
Are there small changes we can make, that have big result in the long run?
Some examples: drinking water, smaller portions, not eating after supper, brushing your teeth…

Loosing weight is a lot like planning  a trip: you have to set some goals, and map out your road.

Focusing on what you want and picturing how you want to look like will help you make it become real. Keep in mind that when you are 50, picturing yourself in a 15 year old body, is not realistic. So keep it realistic, and make your goals small and attainable. Then start acting the way you want to be.

The scale is only one tool to keep track of your progress, and not a very accurate at all:

Some numbers:
4 times a year that the average North American makes weight loss attempts; 80 % will gain it all back, and more.
1 pound of muscle, burns 50 calories per day; 1 pound of fat only 2!
Almost half of the weight people lose comes from muscle..
65% of North Americans are overweight; 33% of children are overweight to obese.

What are your risks :
  • Diabetes;
  • High blood pressure;
  • Heart disease
  • Stroke
  • Cancer: 90.000 cancer deaths could be prevented annually if people lost weight ( American Cancer Society)
  • Dementia
  • Arthritis and joint damage
  • Kidney disease
  • Sleep apnea and other breathing disorders
  • Non-alcohol fatty liver disease

So is there any good news?
Yes, for every 10 pounds you lose:
  • 40 pounds of pressure  is removed from: hips, knees and ankles, significantly reducing your risk of Osteoarthritis.
  • Loosing as little as 5-7% (only 7-14 pounds) will:
  • Lower blood pressure;
  • Improve blood sugar levels;
  • Reduces diabetes risk by 60%

Round table discussion:
Some of the points we discussed and would like more information about in the future were: emotional eating, making better choices, nutritional information, recipe exchange, portion control, making better choices, dieting verses life style changes etc.

Next meeting promises to be an exciting one again as well, with upcoming presentations from Emma Baird, nutritionist and my self, hoop to see you all again!

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