Q: I am almost 40 and I can’t seem to exercise or hike enough to lose weight; my cholesterol is high, my diabetes is bad, and my blood pressure is creeping. Any tips for me?
A: There truly is nothing more important than to gain control of your life by making the changes necessary to minimize the risk of metabolic syndrome and of cardiovascular disease. You simply cannot eat all the foods you want and expect to reverse their effects by exercising. Sugar is the main culprit. The excess carbs you ingest ultimately turns into fat and cholesterol. The ideal diet consists of adequate protein, low fat, and low carb, while taking in plenty veggies, water, and supplementing as required. Simple? Yes, but not always easy. Pharmasave Steveston Village has dedicated pharmacists and coaches to guide you on a lifestyle modification program called“Ideal Protein”. Our clients have lost over 11,000lbs and dropped a ton of medications. The results are predictable, measurable, and repeatable. See Fred Cheng (R.Ph.) at one of our weekly seminars. Remember: it has to do with consistently making wiser food choices first, and exercise second.
(Christine and Fred Cheng are a passionate, charismatic sister-brother pharmacist team at their unique, family-owned and operated Pharmasave stores in Cloverdale and Steveston, B.C.)