Nutrition

Meet Village on a Diet's inspiring doctor

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Nutrition

Meet Village on a Diet's inspiring doctor

This story was originally titled "She's Walking the Talk" in the March 2011 issue. Subscribe to Canadian Living today and never miss an issue!

Getting to know Dr. Ali Zentner, of Village on a Diet
She's a shoe-loving, joke-cracking, bicycle-riding, marathon-running, Olympic torch-bearing dynamo who also happens to be a doctor. But it wasn't always that way for Dr. Ali Zentner. Ten years ago, the vivacious Vancouverite weighed 327 pounds. "I was really out of shape and prediabetic," says Zentner, a specialist in internal medicine and obesity. "I had to get off the dieting wheel."

By sheer serendipity, Zentner won an elliptical trainer and started using it five minutes a day. "Before I knew it, I was doing 30 minutes and then 40 minutes," she says. "Now I do half-marathons and triathlons."

Now fit and more than 160 pounds lighter, Zentner carried the Olympic torch in Kamloops last winter.

She's currently the stethoscope-wielding doctor on the CBC-TV series "Village on a Diet," part of the Live Right Now cross-country fitness campaign. And she'll celebrate her 40th birthday in high style – by climbing Mount Kilimanjaro. "At 40, I'm in way better shape than I ever was at 20," she says. "I think that's huge."

Read more about Village on a Diet and Live Right Now
CBC's initiative that's focused on inspiring you to engage with your family and community to enjoy an active lifestyle and a healthy diet.


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