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Why Weight Loss is More Than Counting Calories: The Role of The Digestive System*

Why Weight Loss is More Than Counting Calories: The Role of The Digestive System

I sometimes have patients who come to my office and boast about their healthy dietary habits but complain about their lack of weight loss success. Having been taught to ask the right questions, I always ask patients to clarify what a day of their diet looks like. Sometimes I am surprised by what people consider “healthy” and other times I am more than impressed by the knowledge some patients already have.
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One of the reasons I got into weight loss and weight management care was because of my genuine interest in digestive health. I was curious to understand how the digestive system was linked to the other systems in the body, why its impairment could lead to a myriad of symptoms, both physical and psychological, and what factors could positively or negatively affect its functioning. I quickly learned that a healthy gut is an essential component of healthy weight. I’m thrilled to see more studies investigating this relationship and more articles being written by mainstream media sources! Below I’ve tried to give you a simplified explanation.

The Microbiome: Within the digestive tract are thousands of small bacteria called microbiota. They coexist amongst each other and work to help digest certain foods, produce some vitamins and maintain a strong barrier between the gut and the immune system (80% of the immune system lines the digestive tract). One third of the gut microbiota are common to most people while the remaining two thirds are unique to each individual (interesting, right??)
The digestive system cannot function properly without a well-balanced microbiome. The composition of the gut microbiota varies depending on many factors such as diet, stress and antibiotic use. A loss of balance, called dysbiosis, can lead to many symptoms including but not limited to: bowel disorders, allergies, inflammation, diabetes and …OBESITY.

Candida and Food Cravings: Candida (yeast) is a well-known microbiota that can overpopulate and lead to candidiasis. When this occurs, people often experience sugar and carbohydrate cravings, fatigue, brain fog and weight gain. In fact, symptoms of candidiasis can also manifest as constipation or diarrhea, bloating and indigestion, headaches or migraines and skin conditions such as eczema and psoriasis.

Food cravings can be subtle or severe but are always satisfied with sugary snacks and refined carbohydrates. Sugary snacks and refined carbohydrates affect insulin and blood sugar levels and increase fat storage within the body. These foods are often high calorie, lack nutrients and filled with additives, preservatives and sugars; they neglect to provide any benefit.
Many people admit that cutting sugar from their diet is extremely hard because the cravings can be so extreme. What many people don’t realize is that sugar feeds candida so sometimes, the cravings are actually the microbiota saying feed me! If you cut sugar out for one week, your cravings will start to diminish and eventually go away. If you truly have candidiasis you will want to take additional supplements to help kill the overpopulated candida and restore a healthy and balanced microbiome. Self-prescribing supplements may lead to ineffective results, symptom aggravation and loss of money. If you live in Toronto and think you may have a yeast overgrowth book a FREE CONSULTATION with me.

Food Sensitivities: Over the last five years, people have become aware that some foods may be really healthy but may not be right for them. We often hear about food allergies and associate them with symptoms of hives, rashes, diarrhea, vomiting or anaphylaxis. Food sensitivities manifest as more subtle symptoms, sometimes only occurring 3 days after eating an offending food. When the body develops food sensitivities it produces an immune response causing inflammation. Chronic inflammation due to daily consumption of reactive foods can lead to weight gain and difficulty losing weight. Eliminating the most common reactive foods or taking a comprehensive blood test to determine specific food sensitivities, can be the key to healthy and long lasting weight loss.
The most important take home is that healthy weight loss is more than just counting calories. The digestive system plays a fundamental role in our body weight and for many people, it’s not about how much food they are eating, it’s about what food they are eating. Foods that feed candida, create dysbiosis and impair the digestive systems microbiome cause weight gain, fluctuation and make it difficult to lose weight. To achieve true weight loss and optimize your overall health, always consider your gut!!


Why Weight Loss is more than Counting Calories – Part 1: Hormones Play a Role*

Why Weight Loss is more than Counting Calories – Part 1: Hormones Play a Role

If you have ever tried to lose weight, you’ve likely learned that in order to lose 1Lbs, you need to reduce your food intake by 3500 calories or increase your physical activity so that you expend 3500 calories. Every time you have a deficit of 3500 calories, you lose 1Lbs. The basic knowledge of reducing calories and increasing physical activity has been the cornerstone for many weight loss programs over the years.


Stay Slim This Spring*

Stay Slim This Spring

Spring is finally here in full effect and you may be feeling added pressure to fit into your shorts or swimsuits. After a long and (very) cold winter, we all want to enjoy BBQs and patio play with friends and family. For many, it’s easy to indulge in food and drink.

Believe it or not, it ispossible to stay slim over the sunny seasons. With a little bit of mindfulness you can truly have your cake and eat it too! These 3 tips will make it easy for you to look and feel your best this Spring.


Weight Loss Supplements Explained*

Weight Loss Supplements Explained

If you watch Dr. Oz you have likely heard of coffee bean extract, raspberry ketone and Garcinia Cambogia. There are so many weight loss supplements it’s hard to know which products are worth the money and which are completely worthless. If you plan on investing into natural herbs, it’s important to know exactly what you’re paying for. Below you will find a list of the top five common weight loss supplements, how they work and whether or not they are worth buying.


How Does Stress Affect Weight?*

How Does Stress Affect Weight?

Lets admit it. We all experience some degree of stress. Between work, kids, finances and everything else we are constantly battling “stress mode.” Whether it’s good stress or bad stress, the body responds in the same way: we enter “fight or flight.”


Weight loss acupuncture*

Weight loss acupuncture

Let’s get right to the point. We’ve found acupuncture is an effective way to reduce appetite and cravings. It’s been used for centuries to enhance sleep, improve energy, reduce stress, and bring balance to your life.


Sticking with your New Years Resolutions*

Sticking with your New Years Resolutions

With the New Year often come New Year resolutions. Whether you decided to hit the gym, eat healthier or ditch a bad habit, you’ve probably realized that sticking to your resolution isn’t always that easy. According to an article in The Toronto Star, more than 68% of Canadians make New Year resolutions. Only 19% of people stick with their resolution for a whole year with 52% lasting only one month.


Meet Zhanna*

Meet Zhanna

Have you met Zhanna yet? A Registered Massage Therapist and Body Contouring Expert, Zhanna Kryukova provides expert treatment for our clients wanting a healthy, pain-free life.


Cellulite Reduction and Body Contouring*

Cellulite Reduction and Body Contouring

celulite removalHave you considered liposuction? Would you rather have a non-surgical alternative, one that is approved by the FDA? Then there’s only one choice for you.

Combining infrared light energy, bi-polar radiofrequency, negative pressure, and mechanical massage, we are able to reduce the size of fat cells and fat chambers while also significantly reducing the appearance of cellulite. You can have the contoured shape of your youth pain-free and without lengthy recovery times. Patients report seeing great improvements, even slimming thigh circumference by an average of 2cm.


3 Tips to Staying Holiday Healthy*

3 Tips to Staying Holiday Healthy

3 Tips to Staying Holiday Healthy

The holidays are here and it’s time for celebrating, including family gatherings, office parties and fun with friends. But be careful – the average person can gain 10lbs between now and January 1st. After all, this is the time of year where most people indulge in festive dinners, alcohol, and holiday treats.


Disclaimer: *Individual weight loss may vary. Call for details. Compliance with our program is required.