Burlington, Ontario (PRWEB) December 09, 2013
On average, people gain about 1 pound a year, or 10 pounds a decade. Called “weight creep,” this phenomenon has health experts concerned that this slow weight gain will push average Canadians out of their healthy weight zones and into obesity in just 3 decades.
Studies show that while weight creep comes on slowly, taking years to make a noticeable difference on the waistline, the majority of the extra weight is gained between Thanksgiving and New Year’s when indulgence is at its highest and willpower at its lowest.
“As we age, we get a double whammy: our metabolism slows down and our habits get worse,” says Jackie McKenzie, registered dietician and LSN health consultant. “Take the holidays, for example. Instead of ordering a regular coffee with milk, you treat yourself to a calorie-laden gingerbread latte.”
Add to this incremental weight gain a season of spectacular overindulgence and you have a recipe for packing on a lot of extra pounds. Perhaps this seasonal weight gain is the reason that many make losing weight their New Year’s resolution, often choosing calorie-reduction diets instead of maintaining a healthy lifestyle.
“People often take the holidays as permission to abandon their regular health routines, skipping workouts, indulging in food and forgetting to take their daily multivitamin,” says McKenzie. “It’s like their last hurrah before giving up all bad habits in the New Year.”
It’s at this time of year that people need to stick to their regular health routines of eating a balanced diet, getting regular exercise, and taking vitamins. Not only are vitamins necessary to fill any nutritional gaps, they provide nutritional support for weight loss.
Researchers are better trying to understand the role of vitamins in weight loss. Vitamin D, for example, is currently being investigated to better understand the role it may play in preventing obesity. Researchers have found a correlation between Vitamin D deficiency and obesity.
“There is no magic bullet for losing weight,” says McKenzie who recommends eating a balanced diet that includes healthy servings of fruits and vegetables as well as daily activity. “But if you know you aren’t getting enough nutrients in your diet, try to make improvements to what you are missing and consider a supplement to fill any nutritional gaps.”
About Life Science Nutritionals
Founded in 2005 by health and nutrition expert, Stuart Lowther, Life Science Nutritionals specializes the manufacture of premium quality gummy vitamins for kids and adults, under the trade names IronKids and Adult Essentials.
Life Science Nutritionals is Canada’s leader in gummy vitamin manufacturing, sales and distribution, winning numerous consumer and parent choice awards, including the Best New Product Award and the Parent Tested, Parent Approved Award.