Weight Management


  • As they say: “Some of us live to eat, while others eat to live”. Weight management is a very big topic in modern society. The media hype with programs like “Biggest loser” causes people to forget about healthy ways of weight management. The faster you lose the weight, the quicker you are going to gain double the amount back.

    Naturopaths look at the entire of your being when they look at weight management. Weight management requires a multi-faceted approach that takes into account one’s lifestyle, diet, supplements and exercise as well as mental aspects that underlie one’s specific eating habits. Dr. Z believes that a balanced physiology and biochemistry is the first step in weight management. Dr Z’s individualized nutritional plan takes into account nutritional requirements fitting modern living styles, while considering one’s metabolic rate. Your progress assessment is a key factor in your weight loss.

BE PATIENT!
Aim for minimum 4-5 lbs of weight loss every week. Remember, your goal should focus on maintaining the weight loss and supporting your body to continue losing weight.


Dr. Z is a Healthy and Active practitioner. When needed, Dr. Z will check different parameters of your blood to analyze your metabolism. Your blood results also show a great deal about your hormonal balance, fat and carbohydrate metabolism, mineral balance and acid-base balance. Based on your blood result, you will receive an individualized weight loss regimen that helps you lose weight without going hungry and without counting calories.

Frequently asked questions






Are there any injections involved in Dr. Z's weight loss program?

Yes but not always.

In certain cases, vitamin injections and cupping can help accelerate the weight loss. If reduction of cellulite and localized fat is the goal of one’s weight management program, mesotherapy injections can be implemented in the weight loss schedule.
What is Healthy and Active program?

The healthy & active metabolism program is an advanced nutritional program, designed to optimize your metabolism, balance your hormones and enhance your over all well-being. It does not involve medication, powders, supplements, counting calories or starvation.

Healthy and active involves an intensive metabolic analysis based on 42 different blood values. It is intended to help you find the best nutrition plan for your body, so you can achieve your ideal weight, optimize your metabolism and improve your overall health.

We all know that balanced nutrition is a key for an optimal health. However, many commercial diet programs ignore that nutritional requirements vary from one person to another. Hence, a diet based on your individual blood parameters, is the only logical way to design a diet to achieve ideal weight and vitality.
Why address childhood obesity?

Childhood obesity usually starts between ages of 5 and 6, or during adolescence. Researchers believe that children who are overweight between the ages of 10 and 13 have an 80 percent chance of becoming obese in adulthood. When looking at childhood obesity both short-term and long-term consequences must be taken into consideration.

Short-term consequences:

Heart Disease

Studies show that excess weight in children between the ages of 5 and 17 is directly associated with coronary artery disease, hypercholesterolemia and high blood pressure.

Diabetes

Childhood obesity is a major risk factor for developing diabetes during adulthood.

Sleep apnea and respiratory problems

Obesity causes added weight on neck and chest wall. Hence, it increases prevalence of sleep apnea (interrupted breathing while sleeping), snoring, and asthma.

Emotional problems

Childhood and adolescent obesity are associated with increased risk of emotional problems, such as: lower self-esteem, anxiety and depression. Unfortunately, in obese children being less popular with their peers can lead to long lasting psychological effects during adulthood.

Long-term consequences:

Cancer

Bone marrow, lymphoma, esophageal, colon, kidney, prostate, gallbladder, endometrial, and breast cancer are all believed to be associated with obesity.

Adulthood obesity

Studies show that childhood obesity increases likelihood of adulthood obesity. Hence, childhood obesity increases chance of developing cardiovascular disease, arthritis, diabetes, high blood pressure, and joint problems during adulthood.

It is important to note that childhood obesity can turn into a lifelong problem. When dealing with childhood obesity the main purpose of the weight loss regimen must shift from weight loss to emphasizing on child’s strengths and keeping the child happy. Finding the root cause of the obesity and teaching correct lifestyle and dietary habits are key in treating obese children. Also, it is important for parents to act as role modesl and follow a healthy lifestyle.
Why lose weight?

BENEFITS


A little goes a long way when it comes to weight loss. Even a modest weight loss of 5% to 10% of total body weight in a person who is overweight can have significant health benefits. Such a small loss may not seem like much if you’re trying to look glamorous in your skinny jeans, but health benefits will make it worthwhile.

Weight loss can reverse or prevent diabetes, lower blood pressure, lower cholesterol and triglyceride levels, improve sleep apnea, lower blood sugar, improve moods, enhance mobility, decreased pain, and boost energy.

In nutshell, weight loss will not only decrease your risk of developing heart disease, but also makes you feel more confident and energized. Your sex life and social life will improve and you can engage in activities that are important to you.

THE CONSEQUENCES


Premature Death

In North America, obesity accounts for many deaths and it is second only to tobacco. As tobacco use declines and obesity rises rapidly, it is not surprising that obesity is soon to become the leading cause of death in North America.

Cancer

Colon, kidney, prostate, gallbladder, endometrial, and postmenopausal breast cancer are all believed to be associated with obesity. Women gaining more than 20 pounds from age 18 to midlife double their risk of postmenopausal breast cancer, compared to women whose weights remain stable. Overweight woman have a higher risk of developing breast, colon, gallbladder, and uterus cancer. Obesity is believed to also increase risk of prostate and colon cancer in men who are over-weight.

Heart Disease

Coronary artery disease is associated with obesity due to fat deposits in the arteries that supply the heart. Atherosclerosis, also known as hardening of the arteries, is also prevalent in obese people. Combination of narrowed arteries and less blood supply to the heart increase chances of angina (chest pain), heart attack, congestive heart failure, and stroke. High blood pressure is twice as common in adults who are obese than in those who are at a healthy weight.

Metabolic Syndrome

Metabolic syndrome is a complex risk factor for cardiovascular disease. Metabolic syndrome usually consists of: abdominal obesity, elevated blood pressure, insulin resistance, elevated cholesterol and triglycerides and inflammation markers of blood.

Diabetes

Majority of people with diabetes are overweight or obese. A weight gain of 11 to 15 pounds doubles a person’s risk of developing type 2 diabetes. Previously, diabetes type 2 was common in adults only. Due to increase in childhood obesity, diabetes type 2 is now occurring in children as well.

Sleep apnea and respiratory problems

Obesity causes added weight on neck and chest wall. Hence, it increases prevalence of sleep apnea (interrupted breathing while sleeping), snoring, and asthma.

Joint pain and Arthritis

Extra weight can place stress on the knees and hips and can lead to arthritis. Risk of developing arthritis increases by 9-13% for every 2-pound weight gain.

Reproductive Complications

Obesity has been associated with menstrual disorders, infertility, miscarriage, poor pregnancy outcome, and impaired fetal well-being. Being overweight before pregnancy increases the risk of maternal high blood pressure, gestational diabetes, and still birth. Overweight or obese women face greater risk of developing urinary tract infection during pregnancy and postpartum infection. Infants of obese women are more likely to have high birthweight and low blood sugar which can be associated with seizures and brain damage. Infantile birth defects such as spina bifida and heart defects are also associated with maternal obesity.