WellesleyWeston Magazine

FALL 2013

Launched in 2005, WellesleyWeston Magazine is a quarterly publication tailored to Wellesley and Weston residents and edited to enrich the experience of living in two of Massachusetts' most desirable communities.

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wellness vitality condition strengthen fitness & health nutrition diet The "Ah-Ha" Moment How to Lose Weight and Keep it Off K E R I LY M A N writer stamina toni seeker had her "ah-ha" moment when she was walking past the store fronts in Wellesley Center. At first she thought, "Why is this window distorting my body shape?" And then she realized all the windows were reflecting the same image. Seeker – who ultimately lost over 50 pounds – knew that it was time to lose weight. That "ah-ha" moment is something most people who lose weight need to experience, says Jill Blondek, who co-owns Future Shapes in Wellesley, before they take the steps needed to slim down. Typical examples include when your doctor tells you that unless you shed some pounds you could injure your health or even die, when you can't play outside with your kids, you realize that none of your clothes fit anymore, or you see a photo of your overweight self. People like Seeker are by no means alone. According to WebMD, more than "30 percent of the US adult population is obese, with a body mass index (BMI) – a measure of fat based on height and weight – of 30 or more (healthy BMIs are between 18.5 and 25)." And many more are overweight. WebMD says, "The health risks that come from being overweight or obese include high blood pressure, arthritis, diabetes, heart disease, and cancer." Weston area, where people tend to be more educated about healthy diets and have the income to shop at stores such as Whole Foods and sign up for trainers or health clubs. Still, obesity is an issue here as well. So what does it take to lose a lot of weight and keep it off? 148 PETER BAKER We l l e s l e y We s t o n M a g a z i n e | f a l l 2 0 1 3 These numbers may be a bit lower for residents of the Wellesley and

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