The Biggest Loser ≠ The Biggest Benefit

I love the television program the Biggest Loser. It is my guilty pleasure. What grabs me every episode is the sheer determination and dedication in most participants to firstly, succumb to sheer torture each and every day and secondly, their obvious desire to be the biggest winner. Yet regardless of my fascination with the program, … Continue reading The Biggest Loser ≠ The Biggest Benefit

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Alcohol – good for your heart, bad for your brain?

Recent reports from CNN suggest that alcohol is good for your heart when consumed in moderation. Moderation by their definition is 1 drink per day for women and 1-2 drinks per day for men. While this message has been touted for years and widely accepted in both the research world and general public there are some important questions that … Continue reading Alcohol – good for your heart, bad for your brain?

Carbs – the root of all evil?

Recently my friend sent me a link to an article written by a local Guelph physician (click here for article) about her new outlook on carbohydrates (carbs for the purposes of this blog post). After reading Gary Taubes book – Good Calories, Bad Calories – she (the physician) dramatically shifted her position on diet and carbohydrates. … Continue reading Carbs – the root of all evil?

Check out Dr. Arya Sharma

I strongly recommend checking out Dr. Arya Sharma's blog. Today he talks about how exercise isn't necessarily about calories out, but how it influences calories in. Exercise will alter stress levels, mood, sleeping patterns and eating habits. Influencing all these factors will inevitably lead to a change in caloric intake and in turn, weight loss. Seriously, check … Continue reading Check out Dr. Arya Sharma

I can’t and won’t get down that hill

Recently I was at Mt. Tremblant with my family. My mother is fairly novice skier however, our morning skiing adventures had gone very well (we were all smiley and happy at lunch). The afternoon was a different story. My boyfriend decided to take us down a slightly more challenging hill. Minutes into the run, my … Continue reading I can’t and won’t get down that hill

Too cold to go outside? Work out at home.

Too cold to go outside? Feel like having a lazy day inside? Sounds like a perfect day to me. However, I encourage you to break up your day of rest and relaxation with some brief bouts of activity. 1. Take the stairs from the basement to the top floor - 3 times. This should get … Continue reading Too cold to go outside? Work out at home.

Why are Canadians becoming bigger?

I recently finished marking 140 editorials for one of the classes I TA for and the topic of choice was obesity. The opinions varied considerably as to who was at fault for the current weight status of our country. Some students believed it to be the fault of the employer forcing employees to work long hours, with … Continue reading Why are Canadians becoming bigger?