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Lessons from Cut the Waist in Toronto

Mayor Rob Ford and his brother, councilor Doug Ford, have completed their “Cut the Waist” diet challenge.

My DeHaan Fitness article, “Toronto Mayor Rob Ford Ends One Cut the Waist Challenge“, looks at what the rest of us could learn about losing weight from their experiences.

The Long and Winding Challenge

"Mayor Rob Ford Outdoors at David Pecaut Square, Toronto" by West Annex News
“Mayor Rob Ford Outdoors at David Pecaut Square, Toronto” by West Annex News

Mayor Ford started his “Cut the Waist” diet challenge in January 2012. After a remarkably strong first week, successes were hard won and infrequent.

On a weekly basis, I’d actually updated a separate account in “Weight Loss Risks for Toronto Mayor Rob Ford“. Luckily, Rob Ford avoided any of the risks that I had envisioned at the outset of his journey of weight loss.

He has indicated that he still is interested in pursuing further weight loss. I would be glad to write about his future successes.

(Added 2013-03-20): It’s not clear whether Mayor Ford gleaned any weight loss tips from diet coaches. If memory serves, he spoke of reducing his carbohydrate intake, and news reports suggested he drank water rather than soda pop. It’s almost certain he didn’t register in any weight loss programs. His early success with quick weight loss at the start did not go the distance.

Publicity for my Cut the Waist Article

In my Blog of Writing, “Food for Thought from Cut the Waist” offers a writing tip based on my experience writing about our Toronto mayor’s “Cut the Waist” challenge.

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Thank you for reading about finding lessons in the Ford brothers’ “Cut the Waist” challenge in Toronto.

Any Risks in Crash Diet by Mayor Ford?

My latest post, “Weight Loss Risks for Toronto Mayor Rob Ford” presents my viewpoint in my DeHaan Fitness and Weight Control blog.

Just a hint: I do think he runs some risks, especially if he treats this as a “crash diet”; but it may be worth it for the health benefits.

Good Luck to His Honour, Mayor Rob Ford

"Mayor Rob Ford in David Pecaut Square, Toronto" image by West Annex News.
“Mayor Rob Ford in David Pecaut Square, Toronto” image by West Annex News.

Let’s call this a “before” picture, and hope to see the difference in an “after” picture in the summer of 2012.

His goal is to lose approximately two pounds per week, achieving a fifty pound loss over six months. It is a challenging task, and I sincerely hope he succeeds and stays healthy doing so.

My article also gives a link to a site where anyone can participate, follow his progress, or donate to a charity “of your choice”.

The first weigh-in was quite a “Toronto event” and well-covered by the local media. Mayor Ford’s starting weight was 330 pounds. As my main article notes, this almost guarantees health problems in later life. Mayor Ford made the same point at that inaugural event.

One hopes that the media will keep us well-informed and track his progress over the course of the next six months.

Is it true that our former mayor, David Miller, also managed to lose weight and become fitter while serving Toronto? This might be the only policy agreement between those two gentlemen.

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In my Blog of Writing, “A Local Toronto Angle for Diet Risks” puts the focus on writing universal truths by starting with a specific local instance.

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New Soft Drink Report Shows Problems Beyond Your Trimmer Body

Soft drinks receive a lot of bad press, it seems, so let me jump onto that bandwagon.

Today I wrote “New Risk Found for Soft Drinks with High Fructose Corn Syrup” and published it in my DeHaan Fitness and Weight Control blog.

"Energy Drinks with Caffeine: Von Dutch, et al" by "{* ferris!"
“Energy Drinks with Caffeine: Von Dutch, et al” by “{* ferris!”

The main point is that drinking five cans of sweet soda pop every day adds some serious risks of heart disease. That’s in addition to some 600 calories of empty calories that do nothing to satisfy your hunger or your nutritional needs.

But you need to read that article to understand the problem and my recommended solutions. It also has links to further articles, both my own and by others.