Seminar provides weight loss strategies

Many Nanaimo residents are suffering the ups and downs of weight loss, fighting their way through the misconceptions and myths.

Arya Sharma, an expert on obesity and weight management, presents Stop Being a Yo-Yo:  A lighter look at the ups and downs of weight loss, Jan. 7 at Nanaimo Centre Stage, 25 Victoria Rd. at 7 p.m.

Sharma breaks down why exercise is really more about calories ‘in’ than about calories ‘out.’ He also tackles the role of stress, sleep and self-esteem in weight loss and weight management.

Topics include what works and what doesn’t, setting realistic goals and some of the lesser known drivers of weight gain.

“Health is not measured in pounds,” he said.  “Yes, excess weight can be an important health problem, but not everyone with a few extra pounds needs to lose weight and not everyone who is skinny is healthy.”

Sharma doesn’t just look at what people eat or how much they exercise.

“It is far more important to understand why people do what they do,” he said.  “Fast food is not a ‘food’ problem, it is a ‘time’ problem – many of us simply don’t take enough time to eat.”

The event will be followed by a question and answer session.  Tickets are $25 at the door and all proceeds support the Canadian Obesity Network.  Anyone wishing to attend can RSVP online at

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