Resolutions! Every TV station in Canada is featuring them, with in-the-street interviews of people determined to lose weight, call their mother-in-law more often, walk 10,000 steps per day, and learn a new language. All laudable dreams. Wonder if this has anything to do with gyms being empty by March.
This evening the topic was run back-to-back with news that 66% of Canadians are overweight, although only 44% admit to it. Another statistic cited: 20% of Canadians are clinically obese, but only 7% admit they are. Tsk, tsk, who’s teling the truth?
Rather than argue about it, let’s take out our tape measures. If you waist is more than half your height, you’re overweight. Suppose your height is 70 inches and your weight is more than 35 inches, you’re overweight. Simple enough? Give it a try. Go on, measure your waist.
Now if you want something more precise, google “Body Mass Index”. Put in the numbers they ask for, and one click later you have your personal score. If your BMI is above 25 you need to think seriously about your health. I didn’t say think about losing weight, just think about your health. Excess weight is step one to diabetes, high blood pressure, high cholesterol, kidney disease and –yes, the number 1 killer in North America, cancer.
And, while you’re at it, do check out the numbers from 29 to 40.
If you’d like to know more about how weight leads to diabesity—the combo of obesity and diabetes read any of my first 99 blogs. For now, I’m going to level with you. You carry excess weight, you’re rolling out the red carpet for cancer.
As well as every other chronic disease in town.
Cancer is all about toxins, and fat cells enfold toxins. They affect the hormonal balance in the body, they put pressure on all the surrounding organs, generating a muffin-top—undeniable once you look at yourself in the mirror. If you check the stats in the second paragraph above you’ll see that an amazing number of Canadians –and I assume it’s the same in other countries—simply deny the evidence before their eyes.
How long can one deny it for? Until that 911 call brings our world crashing about us as we zoom to a possible meeting with the Grim Reaper in an ambulance? Until the doctor says: “your tests have come back and you have cancer”?
If you download the free report on the home page of my website you will read about 10 proven reasons why you must lose 20 pounds now. That’s a good place to start. There are countless programs out there with videos and diets. Know what? The research shows most people have read several of them. Many have tried them. However, 98% of people who try to lose weight on their own fail. Why? The accountability and support.
Most people do way better with a coach. A special site has been set up to get Canadians to lose weight, and participants have a coach working with them. It’s not just a question of knowledge: it’s the follow-up, the weekly check-up, the support, the keeping on the straight and narrow. One man is determined to lose tens of pounds in time for his wedding on October. His slim brother is, in fact, video-ing his journey. Brave man, good on him for taking action! If you could use some help, let me know.
See you tomorrow.