Our experts answer reader questions about dropping the last 10 pounds—or more.
Question: I've heard that lifting weights helps the body burn calories even when you're not active. True or false? — Reiko
Answer: That's true. A lot of women prioritize cardio because they want to lose fat, but that burns calories only while you're exercising; as soon as you stop, you're no longer burning as much. Instead, lifting weights revs up your metabolism, so you'll continue burning calories for a few hours after your workout. And don't worry about bulking up; women don't have enough testosterone for that. But you will get leaner!
— Trudie German, certified personal trainer and owner of bodyenvy.ca, Toronto
Question: Is it possible I'm meant to be this big? I've been about the same size all my adult life, give or take a dress size. My mom and my sister are both size 14, and so were my grandmas. Maybe it's genetics? — Anne
Answer: Your genes do play a role, but it's more important to remember that size isn't really a good measure of health. If you're active, feeling good and sleeping and eating well, you probably don't have to worry. According to the World Health Organization, obesity is defined as "abnormal or excessive fat accumulation that may impair health." Of course, as you get heavier, there's a greater likelihood your health could be negatively impacted. But it's impossible for me to tell just by having you step on a scale; I have to do all sorts of tests to see if your weight really is affecting your health.
— Dr. Arya Sharma, founder of the Canadian Obesity Network and professor at the University of Alberta
Question: I'm injured and I can't work out. Is it still possible to lose weight? (Even if I'm eating my feelings about not being able to exercise?) — Katie
Answer: It's certainly possible! In fact, what you eat has more of an impact on your weight than exercise. You won't be able to work off extra calories, so be particularly mindful of other factors that influence weight, too, by getting enough sleep, finding ways to manage stress and choosing healthy whole foods in appropriate portions. And try these tricks: Serve vegetables family-style so they're within easy reach, but keep richer foods on the stovetop; use a smaller plate; and focus on your food—you're more likely to overindulge if you're distracted, so try not to eat in front of the TV, in the car or at your desk at work. Lastly, don't deny your hunger; eventually, it will backfire and you'll find yourself overeating or grabbing a convenient but unhealthy snack. People often think they have to cut back on food if they're going to lose weight, but I counsel my clients to eat more during the day. The idea isn't to willpower your way to weight loss; it's to make sustainable changes.
— Casey Berglund, registered dietitian and owner of worthyandwell.com, Calgary
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For the second year now, Etsy Resolution is helping creative entrepreneurs turn their passion and talent into a profitable career!
The main goal of Etsy Revolution is to help aspiring entrepreneurs start their new year with a great opportunity to make some extra income, and flex their creative muscles. If you've ever thought about selling your own handmade products, now is the time. Etsy is bringing you 16 experienced and successful sellers to mentor participants between January 30th and February 27th in a free email course.
Learn about product photography, what to sell, how to get yourself found, successful marketing techniques, search-engine optimization, and shipping tips. You'll get four simple emails telling you how to open your shop, find inspiration and beautifully curate your products to make them appealing to shoppers. All you need to do is sign up and read the lessons, complete some tasks and connect with other participants going through the same thing.
Registration is open until January 27th. Get your email in before it starts!
In the meantime, make sure to take some time to support other small businesses. Here are some of our favourite Canadian Etsy businesses that you can shop now:
With funny, inspirational and beautiful prints that you can download in minutes, Elemenopee Design allows you to do what you wish with their art. Put it on the fridge, a cork board, or hang it up in a frame—the possibilities are endless with these affordable designs.
Cherry Tree Gallery rustic white wooden arrows, $79, etsy.com/ca/shop/cherrytreegallery
Wall decor, shelves and hangers in this shop are all beautifully rustic. Perfect for a Canadianian feel in a family home.
3. Robinson Merch Company
Robinson Merch Company jewelry holders, $48, etsy.com/ca/shop/robinsonmerchcompany
This shop out of Grimsby, Ont. is putting a new spin on jewellery organization! These modern and chic holders are perfect to accent a bedroom, and go with pretty much any colour scheme.
Sweetheart Jewelry Box tiny gold heart necklace, $27, etsy.com/ca/shop/SweetheartJewelryBox
Delicate and simple is what this jewelry shop is about. Packaged in boxes with punny and sweet sayings, this shop is definitely a go-to for dainty and playful pieces to accent your style and personality.
5. La Reserve Design
La Reserve Design chunky knit scarf, $49, etsy.com/ca/shop/LaReserve Design
La Reserve Design might be the comfiest looking shop on Etsy! From blankets, to cushions, hats and scarves, this Montreal-based shop is serving up all your chunky knit wool needs.
6. Grace Design
Grace Design taupe clutch, $81, etsy.com/ca/shop/gracedesgn
This cute Toronto-based boho shop has all sizes of bags for women. Whether you want minimalist design or a long fringe, Grace Design has the clutch, pouch or shoulder bag for you.
7. SOCK Dirty To Me
SOCK Dirty To Me 'bring me wine' socks, $17, etsy.com/ca/shop/SOCKDirtyToMe
These fun socks with witty sayings on the bottom of the feet are a perfect gift (or a perfect splurge for yourself). With all kinds of categories to choose from, say exactly what's on your mind with these adorably funny socks.
CAMP Skincare dream skin duo, $68, etsy.com/ca/shop/CampSkincare
Not only does CAMP Skincare have pretty beauty and skin care products, it's also all natural and all plant-based. Perfect for giving your skin the hydration it deserves, this shop also specializes in baby and mommy products.
9. Lovely Body
Lovely Body pink berry grapefruit sugar scrub, $17, etsy.com/ca/shop/LovelyBody
This isn't your typical bath and beauty shop. With cold pressed soaps, whipped lotions, soap jewels and sugar scrubs, this stuff almost looks like dessert! (Except it's still soap, don't eat it)
10. Emme Cosmetics
Emme Cosmetics winter palette, $65, etsy.com/ca/shop/emmecosmetics
Eyeshadows, pigments and highlighters are the main seller in this shop. All the product is vibrant, shimmery and cruelty-free (big plus)! If you're a makeup artist or just a makeup lover it'll be hard to stay away from this shop.
Featuring Emma Stone, Amy Adams, Meryl Streep and more!
Pair red carpet veterans such as Amy Adams and Emma Stone with fashion’s newest “it girl", Ruth Negga, and you’ve got yourself a highly entertaining awards season. It all culminates with Hollywood’s biggest night, the Academy Awards, and we’re on pins and needles to see which fabulous gown the Oscar-nominated actresses will wear. Here are some recent runway looks that we would love to see have their own red carpet moment.
Although Adams isn’t nominated for her role in the sci-fi box office smash, Arrival, the movie itself earned eight nominations, including best picture.
Adams almost always strikes all the right notes on the red carpet while favouring Veronica Lake waves and body-conscious gowns in a jewel tone hues.
We think the 42-year-old will go for something a little more subdued because of the lack of a nomination. We’re banking on a black staples column gown, similar to this Armani Privé beauty from the spring/summer collection.
We’re keeping a close eye on the Ethiopian-Irish actress who's been nominated for her portrayal of Mildred Loving in Loving. Negga wowed us all at this year’s Golden Globes when she showed up in a fitted silver sequined Louis Vuitton gown, complete with a gold centre zipper.
Although we haven’t seen a lot of her at big fashion events, from the looks of things she’s a risk taker and she adores a good embellishment such as lace, beading or sequins. We’re thinking she’ll show up in something covered in lace with glittering embellishments, like this gown from Givenchy pre-fall 2017.
Nominated for best leading role in LaLa Land, Stone is the favourite to take home the little gold man, along with slaying it on the red carpet.
Not only does she always nail it on the big screen, but her gown and hair and makeup selections are always top notch. But the best thing about Stone’s red carpet style is she’s never boring, always shaking up her gown and designer selections. This award season alone we’ve seen her in Chanel, Valentino and Alexander McQueen. We’re feeling a floral vibe with a wee bit of colour and tons of tulle, like this Zuhair Murad gown.
This year Streep became the actor with the most Academy Award nominations ever—her nom for Florence Foster Jenkins bumps it up to 20! Meaning, she broke her own record.
Though Streep is much more known for her acting chops than her red carpet moments, she’s always true to her own esthetic. She's been spotted wearing Givenchy at the last few red carpet events, but we think she’ll try something else, something dramatic and simple, like this cape-back silky gown from Valentino.
From architectural masterpieces to classic old Hollywood glamour, the Academy Award winner and nominated (this year for Jackie) star has had some stand-out red carpet moments.
At the Golden Globes this year the expectant mom breezed onto the red carpet in a vintage-esque sunny Prada gown. Portman channelled Kennedy Onassis with a modern take on the former first lady’s iconic bouffant, classic makeup and wore a dress similar to a yellow frock that she once wore to the Metropolitan Opera House in 1975.
Although she’ll likely be wearing a custom gown because of how far along she is in her pregnancy, we think it will be less saturated and more glittery, something with an empire waist and a centred slit, like this sequinned-embellished georgette Zuhair Murad gown.
Williams, who is nominated for best-supporting actress for her role in Manchester by the Sea has been owning the red carpet all season long. She’s the current celeb spokesperson for Louis Vuitton so we know she’ll likely be clad in one of the French fashion houses gowns.