Almost 7 years ago, while going through some personal issues, I made a terrible mistake and ended up being convicted of driving under the influence (DUI) in the State of California. It was a dark period in my life, but I have moved on and learned my lesson. This spring, however, my intoxicated driving conviction […]
As part of Canada’s ongoing Defence Policy Review, Defence Minister Harjit S. Sajjan will host a roundtable discussion in Ottawa with defence industry representatives.
Lévis families will be able to take advantage of modern recreational facilities thanks to an investment in the construction of a multipurpose aquatic complex. This project will enhance recreational activities for Lévis residents and make it possible to attract major sporting events to the Chaudière–Appalaches region.
Scott Streiner, Chair and CEO of the Canadian Transportation Agency hosted Daniel Elliott, Chairman of the United States Surface Transportation Board, to discuss opportunities for their agencies to work together and to share information and best practi…
The Honourable Kent Hehr, Minister of Veterans Affairs and Associate Minister of National Defence, will announce plans to reopen the Veterans Affairs Canada office in Kelowna, British Columbia, and speak to Budget 2016 measures which improve support fo…
Public Services and Procurement Canada (PSPC) wishes to advise motorists that the Alexandra Bridge will be closed from December 10, 2016, at 6 am to December 12, 2016, at 6 am because of steel repairs.
Event date: November 29, 2016 – The Honourable Bardish Chagger, Leader of the Government in the House of Commons and Minister of Small Business and Tourism, will attend the Tourism Industry Association of Canada’s annual Tourism Congress and deliver a keynote address at the Canadian Tourism Hall of Fame Luncheon.
August 15, 2016 – Kim Rudd, Member of Parliament for Northumberland-Peterborough South, on behalf of the Honourable Navdeep Bains, Minister of Innovation, Science and Economic Development and Minister responsible for FedDev Ontario, will make an important announcement supporting businesses in Eastern Ontario.
The Government of Canada and the Siksika Nation have concluded a negotiated claim settlement to resolve a longstanding dispute and move forward together in a spirit of reconciliation and renewal.
The Government of Canada supports a project marking the 100th anniversary of women’s first right to vote in Canada
After developing its products and potential markets, the Mauricie business will automate production.
Fifteen soldiers from 5th Canadian Division are presently in Ukraine to participate in Exercise RAPID TRIDENT 2016. This multilateral exercise, which commenced on Sunday, June 26, will continue through Saturday, July 9
David Lametti, Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of International Trade, will travel to Yellowknife, Northwest Territories, to conduct consultations on the Trans-Pacific Partnership with representatives of civil society, Indigenous groups and gov…
Minister of Finance Bill Morneau will meet with provincial and territorial finance ministers on Monday, June 20, 2016.
The Government of Canada values the role of post-secondary institutions as they help equip young Canadians with the education and training they need for future careers that will help them join a strong, healthy middle class. Today’s $12.5-million inves…
Canada is committed to providing strong support to developing countries as they work to reduce emissions that cause climate change and adapt to a changing climate. Innovative clean-technology solutions play an important role in reducing pollution and g…
Lieutenant-General Marquis Hainse, Commander Canadian Army, issued the following statement:
Gavin McInnes writes: In my office building, I am constantly surrounded by big-nosed Semites. My building is mostly fashion-industry people, or as they are known locally, “Schmatta Jews.” As I entered the elevator, one man stared at me like I just took a shit on his shoes, while the man he was with blurted out […]
Media are invited to participate in a one-on-one telephone interview with the Commanding Officer of the Land Task Force currently deployed in Poland on Op REASSURANCE, Canada’s support to NATO assurance and deterrence measures in Central and Eastern Eu…
With middle class incomes on the rise in China, the demand for Atlantic Canadian seafood products is rapidly increasing. Atlantic Canada’s seafood companies are ready to position themselves in the Chinese market, and are enthusiastic about partnerships…
The Government of Canada is investing $33,750 to assist with repairs to Mississagi Provincial Park in Elliot Lake. The funding will help with the cost of upgrading its boat launch, docks, playground equipment, amphitheatre and log cabin. The enhancemen…
Canada is committed to ensuring all Canadians, including First Nations communities, have access to clean, safe and reliable drinking water.
When it comes to regulating pest control products, protecting the health and safety of Canadians and their environment is a priority for the Government of Canada.
Government of Canada to make an announcement regarding Parks Canada infrastructure investments for Parks Canada sites in the Northwest Territories
Armoured fighting vehicle crews from five countries, including 186 Canadian soldiers, will participate in Exercise WORTHINGTON CHALLENGE 2016 from September 23 to 30.
The National Battlefields Commission is pleased to propose three entertaining and original activities – for the price of one – for family outings at the Plains of Abraham. Choose the new Battles 1759-1760 exhibition, the Martello Tower exhibition using a smart tablet, or the guided tour aboard Abraham’s Bus and your entry fee gives you free access to the other two during the summer season. Follow our online contest and take a chance at winning three activities, gifts, a bed and breakfast package at Hôtel Château Laurier Québec and a meal at Jaja La Pizz, of Groupe Restos Plaisirs. Good luck… and enjoy the summer with your family at the Plains!
Halifax, Nova Scotia – The Honourable Dominic LeBlanc, Minister of Fisheries, Oceans and the Canadian Coast Guard will be at Dalhousie University to announce funding related to the University’s new Ocean School project.
Her Majesty’s Canadian Ship (HMCS) St. John’s has been selected as the next Royal Canadian Navy (RCN) ship to deploy on Operation REASSURANCE in early 2017, to support Standing NATO Maritime Group 2 (SNMG 2) in the Mediterranean contributing to regiona…
Jim Goad writes:It is quite clear that not only do the post-WWII cosmopolites who comprise the modern British managerial elite not only have no compassion for England’s poor and abused whites—rather, they actively hate them.(…)To my knowledge, England’s citizens were never consulted about their deliberate replacement, and I highly doubt that if they were, they […]
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Amid the crescendo of calls for climate action and rising rage directed at the fossil fuel industry, petroleum producers and their allies are engaging in an aggressive promotional push focused on natural gas. The same month that the American Petroleum Institute (API) started running ads emphasizing gas’s role in reducing carbon emissions, a new dark money group has launched under the patriotic guise of promoting “America’s energy independence” by promoting, you guessed it, natural gas.
The Government of Canada is committed to ensuring the women and men of the Canadian Armed Forces have the support they need, including safe and modern facilities in which to work and train. To mark the opening of the newly-constructed Hangar 6 at 8 Win…
The Port Hope Capitol Theatre opened in 1930. It was one of the first theatres in Canada designed specifically to present “Talkies” and, as a result, represents the major architectural changes in theatre design that took place at the end of the 1920s.
The Honourable Amarjeet Sohi, Minister of Infrastructure and Communities, has convened a federal/provincial/territorial meeting of ministers responsible for public infrastructure to discuss Canadian infrastructure priorities. Representatives from the F…
Announcement of the Kick-Off Celebrations for the 150th Anniversary of Confederation in Canada’s Capital Region
So what happens when you offer people with obesity the choice between 5:2 style intermittent fasting (IF) (very-low calories (VLC) 2 days weekly with 5 days of less restricted eating) and more traditional caloric restriction 7 days a week? Would encouraging people to choose between two strategies increase their likelihoods of successful weight management a year later? Would one group lose more weight than the other? Would adherence be the same?
That were the question post-doc RD Rona Antoni and colleagues set out to explore and they recently published a paper discussing their results.
197 patients with obesity presenting to the Rotherham Institute for Obesity were offered the choice between 5:2 IF (630 calories from liquid meal replacements on the VLC days), or an aimed 500 calorie continuous energy restriction (CER) 7 days per week with diet based off that recommended by the UK’s dietary guidelines. Both groups received support from specialist obesity nurses for 6 months and were also asked to return for measurements and discussion at one year. All were also provided with access to, “a variety of specialist facilities, resources and multidisciplinary specialists including exercise and talking therapists“, and all were reviewed in clinic monthly where measurements were taken (weight, total body fat, fat-free mass (FFM), waist circumference, systolic and diastolic blood pressure and an overnight fasted blood sample) and adherence was discussed.
99 patients chose IF, and 98 chose CER. 6 months later, 73% of IF patients and 61% of CER patients had dropped out. At one year, 83% of IF and 70% of CER patients were lost to follow up.
Of those who quit IF by 6 months, 18% explicitly reported they did so because they could not tolerate the diet, something that none of the CER drop outs reported, other IF drop outs reported they quit due to fainting or hypoglycemia on VLC days.
Regarding completers’ weight losses at 6 months, the IF patients lost a statistically significant, but likely clinically meaningless, 4lbs more than the CER group. All blood measures (including fasting glucose, insulin, hsCRP, and lipids) were found to be the same between groups. Blood pressure changes were also not different between groups.
At one year, the 17 remaining IF patients were found to have regained their lost weight, while the 30 CER patients were found to be maintaining their albeit small amount (3%) of weight loss.
So what to make of this study?
I think the most striking finding was the overall 66% attrition rate across both arms. Certainly this study does not suggest that IF is an easier regime to follow than CER (at least not when provided at the Rotherham Institute for Obesity – given weight management support is a service and not a product, it’s certainly possible that different providers might have seen different outcomes for both arms, but I do think this speaks to the challenge of scalability of behavioural interventions).`But what I really think this study highlights is the fact that the real-world likelihood of purely dietary interventions treating our increasing weights is very low indeed. Instead, we need more tools for treatment (certainly including medications and surgeries), and more importantly, if we’re going to see change, we’re going to need environmental level changes to turn this boat around.
As to whether IF or CER will work for you don’t forget that one person’s horribly restrictive diet is another person’s happy lifestyle. If you’re trying to find your own right road, even if the first road fails, and even if angry diet gurus and zealots try to tell you there’s no other road, keep trying different forks until you find the one that suits you best, as when it comes to diets, adherence is all that matters in the end, and if you don’t like the way you’re living, you’re not likely to keep living that way.
The National Energy Board (NEB) has issued an Amending Safety Order to Trans-Northern Pipelines Inc. (TNPI) that consolidates three previous Safety Orders issued by the NEB to the company between 2009 and 2010. The Amending Safety Order also includes a…
The governments of Canada and Saskatchewan are committed to investing in local infrastructure that ensures Canadians and their families have access to modern, reliable wastewater services. These investments safeguard the well-being of residents, protec…
The Government of Canada delivered the first of two federal Gas Tax Fund installments for 2016-17 to all provinces and territories.
The Honourable Stéphane Dion, Minister of Foreign Affairs, today announced that Federica Mogherini, High Representative of the European Union (EU) for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy and Vice-President of the European Commission, will make an official visit to Canada on June 8 and 9, 2016. On June 8, Minister Dion will meet High Representative Mogherini for the first Transatlantic Dialogue conference since 2012. On June 9, High Representative Mogherini will meet with the Honourable John McCallum, Minister of Immigration, Citizenship and Refugees, and the Honourable Chrystia Freeland, Minister of International Trade, as well as with members of the Standing Committee on Foreign Affairs and International Development.