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You asked: I want to lose weight. Will yoga help? Could a nutritional counselor help?

We asked Kate Leinweber our resident Registered Holistic Nutritionist.

The dieting and weight loss industry is a multi billion dollar industry. How is it that obesity continues to rise in north America? In fact 90-95% of people who diet gain it back in 1-2 years and shockingly 99% gain even more. This begs the question: Is a diet really the way to a healthy body?

I would say that a definition for a diet is using will power to follow someone else’s rules. Work with a Holistic Nutritionist and get to know your own body and discover intuitive eating which will lead you to the foods your body needs for appropriate nourishment and vitality.

As a nutritionist an obvious imbalance in the North American diet is the restriction of fat. Fat is primarily used in the body as an energy source. When fat is restricted the body craves sugar to regain the energy missing. Since carbohydrates are a short-term energy source there is only a limited amount of them that can be used. The excess is converted into fat and stored.

Exercise is of course an important component in losing weight. When exercise regimes are focused solely on a goal body image they tend to be intense and difficult to perform over a sustained period of time. Creating a sustainable life long program which can maintain the aerobic and physical health of the body is ideal. Yoga is a great way to build strength and increase flexibility. The act of building strength also increases metabolism which results in weight loss.

For a Metabolism Boost take coconut oil 20 minutes before each meal.

Coconut oil is thermogenic, which means it will increase the metabolism of all cells. It also has a satiation effect so that you will feel fuller sooner and eat smaller portions.
Contact Kate for more information on therapeutic use of coconut oil and her weight-loss package:

The Shape-Shifter:
This weight loss package is not a diet! It is a lifestyle designed to support the healthy beautiful body of each individual client. Personalized yoga and guided lifestyle practices integrate the mind and spirit with the body and allow for change to be effortless and maintainable.

Thanks Kate Leinweber, B.Sc R.H.N R.Y.T

Kate Leinweber is a resident Registered Holistic Nutritionist at Octopus Garden Holistic Yoga Centre and teaches yoga privately.

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