Canadian Club of Halton presented Effective Weight Management with Dr. Wharton

Dr. Sean Wharton at podium
Canadian Club of Halton presented Effective Weight Management with Dr. Wharton

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Our weight and the management of it is a problem that many of us struggle with day to day. When the scale begins to show us that we have added a few pounds, we desperately attempt to lose those pounds, only to put them back on again, plus a few more! Dr. Sean Wharton MD, Medical Director, Wharton Medical Clinic, was the guest speaker hosted by the Canadian Club of Halton Peel on January 21. “Obesity in Adults & Effective Treatment Options” was his message. Dr. Wharton spoke to the entire audience, regardless of size or weight. His remarks applied to each one of us.

“Subdue your appetites, my dear, and you’ve conquered human nature” said Charles Dickens. This was the essence of the message Dr. Wharton had to share with us and his clinics and team of professionals, all OHIP funded, are there to help patients understand and manage their weight.

Obesity, according to Dr. Wharton, is a “chronic, progressive, relapsing medical condition.” There is no quick fix to the problem of excess weight. “Realistic goals and a commitment to the long term maintenance of weight reduction, however, can be the door through which an individual can achieve ideal weight and better health. Education and lifestyle modifications coupled with a proper diet and a healthy increase in exercise are the secrets.”

This advice sounds like any that we hear daily. However, Dr. Wharton made it very clear that although weight loss can be achieved through diet and exercise, the maintenance of this lower weight is challenging, if not close to impossible! Your body is engaged in a fight to defend its highest weight as a long-engrained human survival technique. He went on to say that a military attitude toward food intake and the amount of exercise you get each day is your best hope to keep to your ideal weight and it is a lifelong commitment. Furthermore, should that commitment lapse, the weight will more than likely magically reappear!

Some interesting facts: Men have a 15% higher Basal Metabolic Rate (BMR) than women. Age and metabolism are interrelated – we lose 2% of our BMR each decade after age 20. These are all challenges to weight management.
The main tool for treating obesity is food – the right food at the right time. Eat 6 times a day, 3 regular meals and 3 healthy snacks. Cut back on or eliminate regular pop and juice (they are high in calories). Increase fibre (vegetables, supplemental fibre). Avoid excess fruit; 1 per day for women 2 for men. Cut smoothies from your diet – they can be calorie-laden and go down too quickly. Try not to eat a full meal when you are very hungry. Have a small snack (protein or fibre) between meals. This will help prevent overeating due to hunger. Get lots of exercise every day! Walking, 5,000 – 10,000 steps a day is recommended. Your exercise and your food intake must balance – if not, an increase in weight will result. Above all, love yourself for who you are – at whatever weight you are. It will go a long way to helping you manage your weight!

Call the Wharton Medical Clinic at 1-855-219-0739 or visit www.whartonmedicalclinic.com. They have offices in Hamilton, Halton, Niagara, Toronto and Barrie. You will need a referral from your family doctor but there is no charge to patients as the clinics are OHIP funded.

Next Canadian Club Event: The Shocking Facts About How Much Water We Use

The next Canadian Club of Halton Peel dinner will be held on February 18, 2016. Stephen Leahy, International Environmental Journalist and author of his award-winning book Your Water Footprint will discuss: “The Shocking Facts About How Much Water We Use to Make Everyday Products”

Currently celebrating its 30th season, the not-for-profit, volunteer-driven, Canadian Club of Halton Peel has been presenting guest dinner speakers on a wide range of subjects since 1986. Guests and other non-members are always welcome.

Reservations for the dinner can be made by e-mail barrywylie1@gmail.com, by telephone (905) 827-6302 or by mail (cheques payable to the Canadian Club of Halton Peel, 283 River Side Drive, Oakville, L6K 3N3).

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