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Quick 3 Steps to Getting Fit!

How many times have you seen that headline before? Or something like it? How about:

“I lost 39 pounds in 16 weeks!”
“Learn how Jenny lost 40 pounds without giving up her favourite foods!”
“Get 6 pack abs without exercise in 6 weeks!”

The world of fitness, nutrition, and health is full of eye-catching headlines. We are entering the holiday season, where we celebrate occasions with delicious foods (#FruitCake) and one may over-indulge slightly. Just a bit. And then January arrives and the decision is made to take care of all the holiday gain.

I'll only have one. One dozen, that is!

You decide, “I’m going to join a gym and only drink smoothies!” So, you do it for 3 weeks and lose a few pounds, now you’re good. You stop. OR, you join the gym and get injured in the first few weeks. Now you’re out and worse off than before. Or, you decide to spend a lot of money on a ‘miracle’ supplement that’s supposed to melt fat away.

This is where it pays to be educated on both nutrition and physical activity. Read our Fraud Prevention Handbook to learn how to recognize scams and frauds before you look for solutions. The biggest tip? “If it sounds too good to be true, it probably is.”

Remember to ask questions, do your own research, and consult with your doctor about any nutrition or movement program. Make sure when doing research online, you go to trusted sites, such as the Public Health Agency of Canada or the Mayo Clinic. Mayo Clinic has an index of supplements and drugs for you to search a particular item and learn more about it.

Before you begin any change, make sure to consult with your doctor or dietician.

If you are joining a gym or class, make sure it’s right for you. Find something you are interested in and try it out. Most physical activity places are there to assist you. And remember what you learned in the Fraud Prevention Handbook: A legitimate business will answer questions, not pressure you, and allow you time to think about your choice. So many fruits and vegetables. So little time.

The same applies to nutrition. There are 5 million programs and supplements out there trying to give you the quick fix. If you are not sure where to start on nutrition, find a dietician or nutrition coach. You want to find a person who can assist in guiding you towards your goals. In 2018, Health Canada is unveiling their new food guide and you can always use that to meal plan. Do your own research and follow what makes you feel good.

And I am sorry to inform you, there are no ‘Quick 3 Steps’ for getting healthy. And don’t believe anyone who tells you so (or at least ask lots of questions). We want you to make informed and safe decisions whether buying a car or looking after your health.

-Merissa

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