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Weight Loss

We have all successfully lost weight at one time or another. Losing weight is a rather straight-forward equation. You take the total calories that your body burns in a day, and if you consume more calories than that, you gain weight, while if you consume fewer calories than your daily requirements you lose weight.

In terms of calories, they are very sneaky. Eating 30 calories a day more than you burn will cause you to gain more than 30 pounds over the course of 10 years! Of course that means over 20 years you will have gained over 60 pounds, and so on and so forth.

So how much is 30 calories? Not much at all. Even foods that are thought to be "good" for you have calories. All of the following foods contain 30 calories:

  • 1/3 of a cup of Skim milk
  • 1/3 of a cup of orange juice
  • 1/2 of a small egg
  • 1/4 of a small fat-free, sugar-free yoghurt container
  • 1 pat of butter
  • 1 teaspoon of peanut butter
  • 1/3 of a piece of bread
  • 1/8th of a plain bagel
  • 1/3 of a slice of processed cheese

And it is even easier to find 30 calories in foods that are thought to be "bad" for you including:

  • One bite of a Big Mac
  • 6 McDonald's French Fries
  • 1 teaspoon of premium ice-cream
  • 1/10th of a donut
  • Half a bite of a candy-bar
  • 1 chocolate covered almond
  • 1/4 of a chocolate chip cookie
  • 3 plain potato chips
  • 2 1/2 Doritos
  • 1 inch of a small movie theatre popcorn serving

How many of you know how many calories you burn in a daytime? If you do not know, how will you know if you are eating too many calories? The obvious answer is, "I will be gaining weight". This is true of course, but ideally knowing how many calories your body burns will help you plan your daily meals and physical activity. As well, you need to know how many calories are in the foods that you eat. At the Bariatric Medical Institute you will learn the answers to both of these questions.

Your weight loss with the Bariatric Medical Institute will be monitored carefully. Our physicians will be following your blood work to ensure that there are no dangerous shifts in your electrolytes; our dietitians will ensure that you receive sufficient calories to keep you from feeling hunger; and our fitness consultants will be teaching you how to increase the number of calories your body burns daily and minimize the slowing of your metabolism during your weight loss. We will use sophisticated medical instruments to measure and monitor your metabolic rate to determine how many calories your body is actually burning. We will also use body impedance analyses to monitor your lean body mass percentage to ensure that your weight-loss is not overly rapid.

At BMI we do not believe in setting unrealistic goals and in fact discourage our clients from setting any initial weight-loss goal higher than losing 10% of their body weight. We expect that by following our program you will lose between 1-3 pounds per week; any more than that puts you at risk of dangerously depleting your lean body mass, slowing your resting metabolic rate and sets you up for failure in maintaining your weight-loss, but more importantly losing faster would necessitate you adopting too strict a diet to sustain.

At BMI we know that while weight loss may be a simple equation, implementing it and sustaining it can be exceedingly hard. What we excel in is taking that equation and turning it into something that is not only easy to achieve, but more importantly, something that is easy to sustain.

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