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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Everything you need to know about eye cream to keep the skin around your peepers in tip-top shape.
This “total eye rescuer” contains 10 active peptides and a variety of botanical extracts to nourish and regenerate tired thin skin around the eyes. Dr. Nowell Solish, a Toronto cosmetic dermatologist, recommends Eysilix to patients who want an effective undereye fix without a prescription. $30, shoppersdrugmart.ca.
Consider this eye cream the ultimate undereye beauty fix. Use the stainless-steel applicator to massage the luminescent formula into the orbital bone. The cream’s host of anti-aging ingredients—including caffeine, licorice-root extract and retinol palmitate, a form of vitamin A—work together to reduce the look of wrinkles, fine lines, dark circles and puffiness. $45, sephora.ca.
North American women are more concerned than ever about the look of fatigue, likely because sleeplessness spurs cellular oxidation, a phenomenon that slows cellular turnover and prompts skin to age prematurely. Maximize your beauty sleep with Garnier’s newest eye cream, which is formulated with lavender and caffeine to reduce the look of wrinkles, dark circles and fatigue. Everything you need to know about anti-aging ingredients. $25, shoppersdrugmart.ca.
This retinol-laced cream is a miracle worker for tired undernourished eyes. Peptides, jojoba-seed oil and vitamin A kick cell regeneration into high gear. With nightly use, you’re bound to find fewer fine lines and a brighter, more youthful appearance. $79, sephora.ca.
This all-natural eye cream reduces visible signs of aging and protects against environmental aggressors with botanical active ingredients, including PhytoCellTec, an extract derived from the stem cells of a rare Swiss apple. This eye cream is a must for women who prefer all-natural makeup and skin care. $50, well.ca.
Free of artificial fragrances and colours, this emollient balm infuses the eye area with moisture, which leaves skin silky-smooth. Vitamin B5 gives skin elasticity a boost, while vitamins C and E, plus grapefruit extract, work in tandem to ward off future signs of aging. Learn how to cover your dark circles with makeup. $68, dermalogica.ca.
With this product, texture is everything. The innovative serum-in-a-gel formula contains a clever concoction of antioxidant components to replenish undereye skin, reduce the appearance of puffiness and correct signs of photodamage. Our tip? Keep it in the fridge for a cool morning jolt to puffy eyes. $80, skinceuticals.com/canada.
This ultra-luxe serum contains purified cellular water, which hydrates skin deeply upon first application. Guerlain’s newest formula also contains desert rose flower, which spurs cellular regeneration and protects skin against environmental aggressors such as pollution and UV rays. $118, guerlain.ca.
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