Is Social Media Destroying Your Body Image?

Christy Brissette, MSc, RD | Posted 11.11.2015 | Canada Living
Christy Brissette, MSc, RD

You're following some supermodels, celebrities, fitness models, personal trainers and other women with slammin' bodies on Twitter, Facebook, Instagram and Pinterest. Do you find the images motivate you to eat better and work out harder, or do they make you less happy with your body and want to go on a crash diet?

It's Harder To Lose Weight Now Than It Was 40 Years Ago

The Huffington Post Canada | Joy D'Souza | Posted 10.05.2015 | Canada Living

The reasons why will surprise you.

A Dietitian's Response to Nicole Arbour's 'Dear Fat People'

Abby Langer | Posted 09.10.2015 | Canada Living
Abby Langer

Last week, a self-proclaimed 'comedian' from Canada posted a video rant to YouTube titled "Dear Fat People." I had the dubious pleasure of seeing it in its entirety, and it was really really hard to watch -- not only because of the sheer cruelty spewing from this woman's mouth, but also because I felt embarrassed for her thinking she was being 'helpful' to overweight people.

Some Dirty Truths About Juice Cleansing

Lisa Rutledge, Dt.P | Posted 06.11.2015 | Canada Living
Lisa Rutledge, Dt.P

If you are trying to lose weight there is no doubt that you have been told about the so-called miracles of juice cleansing. While it is true that juicing may lead to rapid weight loss, it may also result in problems with weight management.

How to Choose the Right Personal Trainer for You

Brent Bishop | Posted 08.27.2015 | Canada Living
Brent Bishop

The weather is warming, those initial resolutions haven't gone so well and soon everyone is wearing less clothing. This can create panic and urgency for some people -- often the solution is to get professional help and hire a personal trainer.

Six Things About Food and Weight You Should Never Say to Anyone

Abby Langer | Posted 02.21.2015 | Canada Living
Abby Langer

Now that the holidays are here, eating season is switching into high gear. Take this under advisement, from someone who deals with the fallout of these comments in my practice: there are some things you should just never say to people. Here are the top six things you should never say to someone about their eating or their weight.

Quit the Fat Talk

Lisa Rutledge, Dt.P | Posted 01.11.2015 | Canada Living
Lisa Rutledge, Dt.P

Contrary to popular belief, disliking your body does not encourage meaningful healthy lifestyle change. Many studies have shown that being ashamed or unhappy with your shape does little to encourage you to be more active or eat better. In fact, for some people, it can fuel unhealthy lifestyles and disordered eating such as binging.

Calvin Klein's Understanding of "Plus-Sized" Is a Waste of Time

Marci Warhaft-Nadler | Posted 01.10.2015 | Canada Living
Marci Warhaft-Nadler

In case you haven't heard, Calvin Klein is the latest clothing company to come out with a campaign that has a lot of people extremely pissed off. The campaign is called, "Perfectly Fit" and it features model Myla Dalbesio modeling what Calvin Klein is calling their "plus sized" underwear. It should come as no surprise that 27-year-old Myla is not what most people would consider anything even close to plus sized. I suppose I understand the outrage in principal, but why are people still so shocked when a company that is known for promoting one kind of beauty continues to do just that? Frankly, if Calvin Klein wanted to do something seriously shocking, they would use a model who was older than 25 years old and wore a size bigger than a four.

How Do You Know If a School Backpack Is Too Heavy?

University of Toronto News | Posted 11.09.2014 | Canada Living
University of Toronto News

Backpacks can vary greatly in size, and Cameron also says it's a balance between finding one large enough without overwhelming the person wearing it. As well, the pack should be worn in line with the hip bones rather than being higher up the back or lower down on the buttocks.

How Yoga Helps You Lose Weight

Dr. Divi Chandna | Posted 08.09.2014 | Canada Living
Dr. Divi Chandna

With the upsurge of yoga, people always ask me if yoga actually works for weight loss. We see the pictures of yoga bodies in attractive yoga clothing and start to wonder... If yoga actually works, how does it work?

How To Conquer Emotional Eating After a Breakup

Abby Langer | Posted 07.30.2014 | Canada Living
Abby Langer

Speaking of meals, surround yourself with people who love you, and have meals with them. Have them over and prepare a meal or have them bring something. More points for friends and family who actually eat well, so you don't get a bucket of KFC and pint of sympathy ice cream for your dinner.

It's Time to Kill the "Ideal Body Weight"

Abby Langer | Posted 07.26.2014 | Canada Living
Abby Langer

My opinion even about weighing clients on a regular basis may not be popular with some people, but truth be told, I don't like doing it. Indiscriminately doling out ideal body weights based on random charts and logarithms can be a loaded situation because it sets the client and me up for failure.

Redefine Your Own Beauty

Darlena Cunha | Posted 07.03.2014 | Canada Living
Darlena Cunha

Quite a few years ago, now, I had a slight moment of fame. I was driving to work (yeah, I used to work!) and on my 45-minute commute, I heard the morn...

What Peaches Geldof's Tragic Death Can Teach Us About Body Image

Jennifer Pellegrini | Posted 06.09.2014 | Canada Living
Jennifer Pellegrini

At 25 and a new mother, Peaches Geldof should have had a few fleshy parts that would eventually gone away as she chased her toddlers through the park this spring and summer. Or they may not have. And it should not have mattered to Peaches Geldof or anyone else if they were there through the fall and into the winter or the middle of next year.

How to Tell If You're an Emotional Eater

Dr. Divi Chandna | Posted 01.23.2014 | Canada Living
Dr. Divi Chandna

Most of us can relate to feeling sad or moody, and having a piece of chocolate as a pick-me-up. Many of us do this because we may be blissfully distant or unaware of our emotions. Below, I will describe the difference between emotional eating and physiological eating. Here are some tell-tale signs that we are emotionally eating.

The Surprising Health Benefits of Lifting Heavy Weights

Lee Boyce | Posted 12.07.2013 | Canada Living
Lee Boyce

Making muscles grow does involve weight training -- to that I'll agree. But stay with me. It also involves lifting weights at a particular intensity (that means how heavy the weights are), combined with a particular volume (that means just how many sets of a given exercise you do in each workout). Remove one of those two factors, and your muscles won't grow.

Dear Mom, Believe Me When I Say You're Beautiful

Eternity E Martis | Posted 11.12.2013 | Canada Living
Eternity E Martis

My mother came out of the clothing store change room wearing a long-sleeved pink sweatshirt. When she came out, smiling at me, I could tell she felt confident. Her smile vanished the second she saw herself. "I look fat." It's a difficult feeling to describe, when you see your mother so wounded by her own reflection.

The Other Side of Saturated Fats: Health Benefits of a Fat Rich Diet

Dr Mike Hart | Posted 09.29.2013 | Canada Living
Dr Mike Hart

Saturated fats have been demonized for decades as "unhealthy" and a major contributor to heart disease. While some saturated fatty acids may have an...

It's Not the Bad Food That Gets Me, But the Good Desserts

Mary Dimino | Posted 09.03.2013 | Canada Living
Mary Dimino

I'm fairly health conscious. Oatmeal for breakfast, whole grain breads, salad, chicken, tuna, salmon. I know what to do. It's not the bad food that trips me up. It's the good desserts. What's incomprehensible to me is the idea of having a fantastic dinner without dessert. It finalizes the whole process.

Why Public Health Activists Want to Hide Inconvenient Truths

Michel Kelly-Gagnon | Posted 06.14.2013 | Canada
Michel Kelly-Gagnon

After studying about three million cases, the authors of a new study found that for people who are older than 60, having a body-mass index (BMI) that ranks you as overweight may reduce your mortality risk. And while obese people had a greater mortality risk over all, those at the lowest level of obesity were not more likely to die during a given period than people of normal weight. The reception to this data has not been kind.

Why I Skip Breakfast to Maintain my Weight

Dr Mike Hart | Posted 08.05.2013 | Canada Living
Dr Mike Hart

It may come as a shock to you, but I always skip breakfast. Instead of rushing to prepare a large breakfast every morning, I practice intermittent fasting. Intermittent fasting consists of fasting for a minimum of 16 hours per day. It is a simple dietary approach to achieve longevity, better health, and fitness performance.

Confessions of a Sugar Addict

Kiesha James | Posted 06.19.2013 | Canada Living
Kiesha James

You make me feel better. You're there for me. You do not judge me. But then I crash. I struggle to be honest with the problem. I see 205 flash before me. 175. 190. 130. 145. 150. 140. The fluctuations indicative that the real issue is not me and not you, but the abuse. Hello, I am a sugar addict.

Parents, Your Fat Talk and Calorie Counting Is Setting Your Kids Up For a Lifetime of Pain

Marci Warhaft-Nadler | Posted 05.24.2013 | Canada Living
Marci Warhaft-Nadler

One fifteen-year-old girl shared that her father will eat the french fries off her plate while explaining that he's trying to save her from getting fat. There are so many parents who believe that they're helping their kids by constantly offering diet advice when they may be setting them up for lifelong battles with food.

Why I Kicked My Scale to the Curb

BeauCoo | Posted 05.04.2013 | Canada Living

My scale and I have always had a love-hate relationship. The day I kicked my scale to the curb was a day I felt a huge weight lifted from my shoulders. Here's the thing about scales. They are sneaky and full of trickery. They can't always be trusted. Here are five signs you need to reconsider your relationship with your scale.

Fit Shaming: Not a Marathoner? That's OK!

Sandra Charron | Posted 12.27.2012 | Canada Living
Sandra Charron

The fitness revolution nicknamed "Fitspo," would have people believing that perfectly sculpted bodies are the new thin. It would have you thinking that if you aren't training for a marathon or a body building competition then you're doomed to a life of heart disease and metabolic issues. I'm here to tell you that all of that is false. It's nonsense.