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TORONTO Hands up everyone who plans to start the new year with a resolution about weight. Yup, that a lot of hands.
As everyone who has ever tried to lose weight knows, it not an easy pledge to fulfil. Time and temptation trip you up regularly. going to becomes should becomes meant to with distressingly predictable ease.
With the help of Dr. Yoni Freedhoff, an Ottawa based weight loss expert, and Dr. Arya Sharma, who holds a chair in obesity research and management at the University of Alberta, we going to tell you about five:
1. Cut the calories you drink. Yes, drink. People routinely forget about the calories in the fluids they imbibe, be it fruit juices, specialty coffees or alcohol, the doctors say. Unlike solid snacks, liquid calories don fill you up. They don trigger the brain impulse to compensate by eating less later.
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you drink 300 calories before your meal, you not going to eat 300 less calories at your meal, says Freedhoff, whose book Why Diets Fail And How to Make Yours Work is coming out in April.
Nevertheless, drinks can hold plenty of calories. Look at Starbucks non fat caffe mocha. A tall oxymoronically one of the smallest servings Starbucks sells contains 170 calories, and that only if you ask them to hold the whipped cream, according to a calorie count on the chain website. Department of Agriculture.
While we on the topic of alcohol, that is also a calorie source people often forget or underestimate, Sharma says. Depending on the serving size and the type of wine, a couple of glasses before dinner could run you 300 to 400 calories, he says: a whole meal. the calories, alcoholic beverages don come with nutritional labelling on their containers. can of Coke, at least I know what in there because it says the number on the can. But when I drink a bottle of wine I have no idea how many calories I drinking, Sharma says.
2. Get more sleep. The scientific evidence is piling up that society sleep deficit is contributing to the obesity epidemic. Study after study shows a link between too little sleep and weight gain.
In part it an issue of opportunity: A sleeping person can eat. Put another way, the more time you are awake, the more opportunity you have to consume calories.
But it goes beyond that, says Freedhoff. Science is still figuring this stuff out, but it looks like having too little sleep has an impact on the production of stress and hunger hormones and the body ability to process the sugars in food.
There also a vicious cycle thing at play with sleep and weight. If you tired, it hard to work up the motivation to go for a run or hit the gym.
get an extra hour of sleep everyday and see how your life changes, Sharma says.
3. Assess the liveability of your approach. Unless you a lucky person who only needs to shed a couple of pounds gained on a cruise or over Christmas, if you want to lose weight chances are weight control is going to be an ongoing part of your life.
So going on a drastic diet may shed the excess weight. But if you ease up, it going to come back.
idea that just going to do something for a couple of weeks and lose weight you just setting yourself up for failure. That weight is going to come back, Sharma says.
So consider whether the plan you working on is something you can live with over the long term. don want to lose for now, they want to lose for good, says Freedhoff.
4. Set realistic goals. You not a runner but you decide your path to your ideal weight is by becoming a marathoner. Or you pledge to spend 90 minutes at the gym every day when you currently get there three or four times a month.
Not going to happen.
Setting a goal you have no hope of reaching sets you up to give up in despair. It better to fix your sights on something you can actually do.
think people should take small steps that are sustainable. You know, whether it 10 minutes, more days than not in the week to start with a program rather than going to start working out an hour three or four times a week and of course ultimately giving up that new exercise program that was overdoing it, Freedhoff says.
5. Focus on behaviours, not pounds. Your weight is where it is because of your habits. Maybe you snack in front of the TV at night or you give yourself a free pass when you eat out and you eat out a lot.
Grappling with those habits is what you have to do to make inroads on weight control, Sharma says.
He can think of a bunch of habits that may be sabotaging your weight control efforts. Skipping meals especially breakfast. Letting yourself get hungry. Not getting enough sleep. Being too sedentary.
Sharma suggests replacing these undermining habits with ones that will help you succeed. Wear a pedometer. Keep a food diary or at least cultivate calorie awareness, so you have a sense of how much you are eating. Eat regularly, and from a smaller plate.
Freedhoff suggests examining your pattern of eating out, and figuring out where you could cut back on these kinds of meals, which can erode your will power and torpedo your diet.
It not that people should cut out eating out altogether, he says. But he suggests finding your laziest convenience meal, and making a commitment to replacing it with a homecooked meal instead.My mother’s mind is floating away, but increasingly she has the same spirit she must have had as a teenager (bottom left, hanging from swing), and talks more often about her own mother. She describes her mother with a call and response language “I will see her.” “By and by?” ‘We will meet.” “On that shore?” “YES!” as if I’ve won a hereafter quiz.
Moving away is as hard as I thought it would be. “We’ve been friends a long time,” she says. “Almost my whole life,” I answer, entertaining no one but myself. The new development is that when she hears my voice on the phone she’s so excited she jumps up to give me a hug. “Still on the phone mom,” I remind her when she comes back. Maybe she’s seeing a holographic future where you can hug the people who call you. I tell her I’m coming to visit soon, but we’re back in New Orleans and she practices saying New Orleans. Then she says: “That little boy.” shorthand for Louis Armstrong who she pictures as a child with a trumpet.
This is followed by a request that I sing Hello Dolly and she shouts the word “Dolly!” at the appropriate intervals. It entertains the nurses, so I’ve shortened the verses so there can be more shouting of “Dolly.” Her nurses are friends as well as caretakers. Many from the Alzheimer’s ward attended my dad’s funeral. She’s going through the gradual fading out that I recognize from his disease, but there are still important things to be heard.
On Christmas Eve, after a few rousing rounds of Hello Dolly, In the Sweet By and By and Oh Christmas Tree my mother says: “I love all the people I know.” Now that she’s mom unplugged, that was the high point of the call. But if you’re only able to hold one thought, what a blessing if that one thought is love.Louisiana shrimp buyer Dean Blanchard has seen plenty of crazy things during his life in the bayou. But his eyes nearly popped out of their sockets the day he watched a mother dolphin pushing her dead baby calf towards him as he stood on the commercial dock of his once thriving seafood business on Grand Isle.
The memory of the dolphin pushing her lifeless calf toward him is still seared in his brain a month later. seen a lot things after this oil spill, but this was the worst, he says (see dramatic footage of a similar event recorded by researchers off the Texas coast in 2008).
Dean was able to retrieve the carcass from the dolphin cow and sent it out to an independent lab to see if there was any link to the five million barrels of oil BP spewed into the sea. Over the past year there has been a rash of adult and dead baby dolphins washing ashore along the oil impacted Gulf coast. The National Marine fisheries still list these deaths as an unusual mortality event. Scientists have not yet tied the spike in deaths directly to the oil spill, but in May Florida researchers surmised that the oil spill had at least an indirect cause of the more than 150 dolphin deaths so far this year. Research shows that as many as 50 times that number may have actually died and never been recovered.
Dolphins are perhaps the Gulf coast most sacred marine life, a symbol of the vitality of the region and an icon of the unique people who make it their home. One of those is Eric Tiser, a fisherman from Louisiana Plaquemines Parish that was devastated by the oil spill. Eric calls himself a pirate of the sea, a scrapping self proclaimed whose nose was partly bitten off in a bar fight many yearrs ago. Eric as a wild as the thousands of acres of marshland that spread out from the end of the road fishing port of Venice 100 miles south of New Orleans.
Eric Tiser in command on Barataia Bay Photo: Rocky Kistner/NRDC
When Eric sees a dolphin, his eyes light up and a smile broader than the mighty Mississippi spreads across his face. I witnessed that smile exactly a year ago when I took a ride with Eric to see if the oil was still washing in after BP well from hell had been plugged. Along with Eric 12 year old son, we motored along through the Katrina battered bayous of Barataria Bay, where the oil was still thick in the mud and stuck to your feet like molasses.
But the worst was to come when we drove into the Gulf and cruised along the coast. Quickly we came across an orange, crusty patch of dispersant soaked oil that spread tentacles of poison along the surface as far as the eye could see. It made you sick to smell and look at, but it was proof the oil was not gone as some were claiming. After I published a blog about our trip, I remember later talking to a Miami Herald editor who asked incredulously if the oil I had photographed was really as bad as it appeared. Yes, I told him, it really was that bad. The blog made it into a McClatchy News story under one of my most favorite headlines: When will oil spill be cleaned up? Maybe never
Eric Tiser near his trailer home in the bayou Photo: Lisa Whiteman/NRDC
I have gotten to know Eric pretty well over the past year, tasted his blackberry wine and watched him head into the marshes to shoot and slaughter wild hogs. Like many bayou fishermen, he got a gig working the oil cleanup, pulling in thousands of pounds of oil and tar balls that were washing daily into the marshes of his fishing grounds. But by early this year, Eric and the rest of the fishermen cleanup workers were laid off by BP and its contractors, their mission over.
But that not how Eric sees it. He and others say tar balls and oil continue to roll in, and they say their job is far from done. What worse, Eric says he and many fishermen haven been paid the compensation BP promised to make up for tens of thousands of dollars in lost fishing income. Eric used the money he made from the cleanup to buy a new truck and a boat, which he says has now been vandalized and sunk by people he won name. hating on me is all he will say.
But even if Eric could get back on the water, he says it not worth fishing anymore. The shrimp catches are as low as ever, and the market price for Gulf seafood has plummeted. With gas as high as it is, it not worth the trip anymore. can make any money, he complains. of our fishing grounds are empty right now. They starving us to death. like these are sad to hear, especially coming from proud people who have survived every ferocious storm Mother Nature throws at them. But this oil disaster is different, many here say. They have no idea how to fight this disaster. I hear these kinds of comments from virtually everyone in the bayou I got to know over the past year. No one is listening to their story, they say.
Eric Tiser and son near Venice, LA Photo: Lisa Whiteman/NRDC
When I think of Eric, I still like to think of that wide as the bayou smile he sported when we came across a pod of hungry dolphins deep in the bayou. I can still hear his belly aching laugh as he drove his boat near the slick frantically feeding mammals, watching the dolphins act like school kids rampaging through a candy store.
I cherish these memories. But sadly they do not reflect the reality on the ground these days. For many people of the Gulf, life seems harder now. They struggle on, hoping their lives will quickly return to the way it was before the oil invaded their shores. Like the mother dolphin pushing her dead calf, people of the bayou are desperate to find a solution to this terrible dilemma.
But these are not the images or the stories people hear about across the country. For Eric and others, the nation on going silence about this continuing tragedy is perhaps the most painful part of all.