Weight and Your Health

Boost Your Metabolism

Written by 
Canyon Ranch Staff
Canyon Ranch Reviewer: 
Cynthia Geyer, M.D.

While it is true that metabolism is largely determined by genetics, age and gender, there are specific things you do to give it a boost. Try these tips to rev up your internal engine, jump-start a weight loss plan or maintain a healthy weight.

Joint Pain? How Weight May Play a Part

Written by 
Holly Corbett Bristol
Canyon Ranch Reviewer: 
Param Dedhia, M.D.

Being overweight can hurt. Carrying extra pounds puts added stress on your joints and that can cause your bone-cushioning cartilage to wear down, your ligaments to become strained and, as a result, you find yourself in constant pain.

The Big Benefits of Losing Small Amounts of Weight

Written by 
Susan Jara
Canyon Ranch Reviewer: 
Param Dedhia, M.D.

What if we told you that losing just three percent of your body weight could lower your risk of heart disease? Or that you could improve your sleep by shedding a mere four pounds? These are pretty big payoffs for relatively small losses—and both are 100 percent real.

Understanding Belly Fat

Written by 
Donna Fennessy
Canyon Ranch Reviewer: 
Cynthia Geyer, M.D.

People who are considered “normal weight” by the body mass index scale can also have surprisingly high levels of disease-causing visceral fat. Here are a few simple things you can do today to keep belly fat in check.

Understanding Metabolism

Written by 
Canyon Ranch Staff
Canyon Ranch Reviewer: 
Stephen Brewer, M.D.

While it’s true that genetics play a part, your metabolism is not predetermined—lifestyle affects it, too. Understanding what metabolism is and how yours works is the first step in doing what you can to maximize its potential.

Why Your Body Mass Index Matters

Written by 
Canyon Ranch Staff
Canyon Ranch Reviewer: 
Param Dedhia, M.D.

It’s easy to hop on the bathroom scale and declare that your weight is just right, but your body mass index (BMI) can more closely gauge whether or not you are in a healthy weight range. Take a look at what the range of possible scores mean.