Having been born and raised in Kelowna, I am convinced that summer in the Okanagan provides an advantage when it comes to health and wellness.
Known as a four-season playground for outdoor activities, finding a way to stay active is almost never an issue. As important as it is for us to get up and move every day, exercise determines only 20 to 30 percent of our results while the other 70 to 80 percent is determined by what we eat. Old news for some, but the majority of people really have no idea what we eat has such a huge impact. How lucky are we that the entire Okanagan, rooted in agriculture, wineries and culinary delights, is home to all things food-related.
Typically, late winter or early spring is when our thoughts turn to summer. Sunshine, longer days, trips to the beach all sound amazing. But for many, the thought of trading bulky sweaters and jeans for shorts and swimsuits causes anxiety and hasty decisions are made to make changes and lose weight. Statistically spring is when the masses crash diet in an effort to get back into shape, in order to look and feel good on the beach. Unfortunately, without a plan in place to maintain those results throughout the summer and keep the weight off, the vast majority often ends up with the same (or even more) amount of weight to lose again next spring. Sound familiar? The good news is that there are things you can do to keep that summer shape year-round and be rid of the yo-yo dieting once and for all.
To lose weight, achieve your goals and maintain them, it's important to look for a program that is based on science and works with the way our bodies were designed to metabolize food. It also needs to make sense, and should be something you can do for life, even on vacation.