Regular physical activity and healthy diet are the keys to healthy lifestyle and weight management. With the guidance of a registered Dietician and a strength and conditioning specialist (Kinesiologist) Allied Health Services can teach you how to make changes in your dietary and physical activity patterns to help reach and maintain your healthy weight goal.
Overweight and obesity are defined as abnormal or excessive fat accumulation that presents a risk to health. Overweight and obesity are major risk factors for a number of chronic diseases, including diabetes, cardiovascular diseases and cancer (WHO). Contributing factors to the obesity epidemic may be;
- An increased intake of energy-dense foods that are high in fat, salt and sugars but low in vitamins, minerals and other micronutrients;
- and a decrease in physical activity due to the increasingly sedentary nature of many forms of work, changing modes of transportation, and increasing urbanization (WHO).
The typical notion that weight can be managed simply by balancing energy in (calories consumed) with energy out (calories burned, exercise) is not always that simple. Basal Metabolic Rate (BMR) is the rate at which the body expends energy at rest in order to maintain regular bodily functions. It is responsible for the majority of daily energy expenditure and must be consumed every day. Several studies have shown that restrictive diets, those that do not allow individuals to consume their Basal Metabolic demands, will result in what is commonly referred to as "Yo-Yo Dieting". Yo-Yo Dieting causes the BMR to lower in response to the restricted energy supply, causing the body to eventually gain weight.
Body composition tests are also very helpful prior to initiating a new weight management program. Allied Health Services offers two tests designed to measure the percentage body fat which can be used to individualize a weight management program to suit the particular needs of each client. For more information on these tests, please click on the following links,
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