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Updated: January 12, 2010 14:41 IST

A feel good way to shedding excess baggage?

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Cutting back on calories and adding or increasing exercise are proven to assist with weight loss. Photo: Mohammed Yousuf
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Cutting back on calories and adding or increasing exercise are proven to assist with weight loss. Photo: Mohammed Yousuf

When your New Year's resolution to lose weight crumbles as fast as the cookie touching your lips, it's time to admit that dieting doesn't work. More successful is a holistic approach to losing weight that lets you feel good about feeding your body the nourishment it craves.

"By understanding the whole person, including emotional reasons for eating, stress triggers, medical history and physiological factors, we help each individual approach food in a whole new way," said Henri Roca.

Roca works with the Centre of Integrative Medicine's (CIM) registered dietician and nutritionist to help people understand why they eat what they do.

"We look at the emotional aspects of eating and the habits an individual creates surrounding their relationship with food," said Roca.

"Stress alone can have more of an impact than most people realise. Chronic stress can lead to increased cortisol levels, which stimulate glucose production in the body. Excess glucose is converted to and stored as fat, particularly around a person's mid-section. A chemical chain reaction can occur inside the body and sabotage the best weight loss efforts," said Roca, according to a CIM release.

Cutting back on calories and adding or increasing exercise are proven to assist with weight loss, but they do not provide enough motivation for people who have been repeatedly unsuccessful at reaching their weight-loss goals.

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