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X-Weighted Connect Tour hits Edmonton

- March 4th, 2012
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Paul Plakas is at West Edmonton Mall’s Fantasyland Hotel today (March 4) as part of the X-Weighted Connect Tour.

Plakas, of course, is the star of X-Weighted, a popular weight-loss reality TV show airing on the Slice Network.

When the tough-love fitness guru isn’t working on TV, he trains clients at Custom Fit in Edmonton.

The X-Weighted Connect Tour was in Calgary yesterday (March 3) and is slated to roll into Winnipeg on April 14.

Click HERE for more info.

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Make room for A&E’s Heavy

- January 17th, 2011

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The participants may be shrinking, but the weight-loss reality TV genre keeps expanding.

There’s no shortage of real-life inspiration out there. And that’s a good thing.

Add A&E’s Heavy to such boob-tube notables as The Biggest Loser, X-Weighted, Take It Off, Celebrity Fit Club, The Last 10 Pounds Bootcamp, Bulging Brides and I Used To Be Fat.

Heavy premiered tonight.

Here are some details from a press release:

Twenty-two individuals facing extreme life-threatening health consequences as a result of their obesity experience real life change in A&E’s new original series HEAVY, premiering January 17 at 10/9c. The 11-episode, one-hour series follows two participants per episode, going through incredible transformations during a six-month treatment program.

Unlike other weight loss series, Heavy is not a competition or stunt, but is rooted in the incredible real life day-to-day journeys of the participants during a lengthy treatment program. In order to most accurately document these multiple weight loss journeys over the course of six months and present them individually in one hour, A&E sought out two different production companies to undertake the lengthy and ambitious filming process. The result is a never-before-seen look at the unique struggles faced by dangerously obese individuals who must learn to live healthier lifestyles and understand the root of their food addictions. Through their day-to-day struggle and the voices of their loved ones, viewers will see firsthand the pain and self-doubt associated with a debilitating weight problem.

Official Facebook Page: http://www.facebook.com/Heavy

Official Site: http://www.aetv.com/heavy

About the Premiere Episode: In the premiere episode, viewers meet Tom and Jodi, both 37 from Houston, Texas, and learn why they are heavy and how they must reverse their lifestyles or die. Tom was the star of his high school football team, but when he dropped out his depression caused him to steadily gain weight. Now, at 5-foot-9 and 638 pounds, Tom suffers from a myriad of issues including sleep apnea, edema and the inability to sleep more than two hours. He is desperate to get his life back before he loses it permanently. Having recently suffered a stroke, Jodi, 5-foot-6 and 363 pounds, is at a critical juncture with her health. Her heaviness prevents her from keeping up with her husband and two children and from her favourite pastime, singing with her brothers in a band.

Canada committed to losing more than 56.6 tons of fat

- February 16th, 2010

xUPDATE: More than 5,000 Canadians have vowed to lose a combined 56.6-plus tons of fat in six months as part of the X-Weighted national challenge.

As you read here last month, Slice’s award-winning documentary series is urging all out-of-shape Canadians to log onto xweighted.ca/the-national-challenge. It’s a free six-month health and fitness challenge designed to create lasting lifestyle improvements and stimulate sensible weight loss.

“It’s just phenomenal to be able to reach out to Canada in this way,” X-Weighted fitness expert Paul Plakas said in a press release.

Margaret Mardirossian, executive producer of Anaid Productions, added: “It would appear that X-Weighted is no longer just a TV series, it’s becoming a movement. We are mobilizing people to take action, network and support one another in the efforts to get fit, lose weight and get healthy.”

X-WEIGHTED is produced by Anaid Productions with the participation of the Bell Broadcast and New Media Fund and the Canadian Television Fund and in association with Canwest Broadcasting.

Anaïd Productions (X-Weighted, Taking it OffFamily RestaurantThe Rig) is an award-winning film and television production company with offices in Edmonton and Vancouver. The company is dedicated to the development and production of high quality and compelling dramatic and factual programming. Visit www.anaid.com for more info.

Reminder: X-Weighted challenge starts tomorrow

- January 8th, 2010

Don’t forget to sign up this weekend for the X-Weighted National Challenge. Nothing spurs progress and holds you accountable like a contest and a deadline.

As I wrote earlier this week, Slice’s award-winning documentary series is urging all out-of-shape Canadians to log onto xweighted.ca/the-national-challenge. It’s a free six-month health and fitness challenge designed to create lasting lifestyle improvements and stimulate sensible weight loss.

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Start with baby steps, advises Dr. Eric Plasker.

But before you start, check out this timely advice from Dr. Eric Plasker. The best-selling author of The 100 Year Lifestyle Workout and The 100 Year Lifestyle, Plasker warns exercisers to watch out for the following five fitness traps:

1. Exercising For Someone Else — If you are exercising because someone else wants you to, it won’t last.

Quick Fix: Be sure to understand why it is you’re working out. Do you crave more energy? Improved health? Better-fitting clothing? Or are you trying to satisfy your partner, your boss or your doctor? If it’s the latter, think about how exercise can help YOU, and cement that reason in your mind before you embark on an exercise program.

2. Starting Too Fast — You used to run five miles a day, so when you decide to start running again, you push and push until you get injured.

Quick Fix: Be realistic and start slow with baby steps. You can’t expect to instantly bounce back to your old pace when you haven’t worked out in months. Start at a pace that feels comfortable and after a week or two, gradually increase the frequency, intensity and duration of your workouts.

3. Insufficient Quality Sleep — If you sleep less than seven hours a night, your body isn’t getting the recovery time it needs to perform at its best and maintain health. Plus, you’ll have less energy to power your workout, and you’ll be chronically tired, less focused and more disconnected from people, too.

Quick Fix: Prioritize sleep and make sure you have a supportive pillow and mattress. Seven to nine hours a night is ideal.

4. Poor Eating Habits — If you feel sluggish or find that despite your best workout efforts, your clothes are getting tighter instead of loser, you are falling into a common fitness trap. Exercise does not give you an excuse to pig out; nor, does it give you a reason to starve yourself.

Quick Fix: Fill your diet with Superfoods like blueberries, salmon, whole grains and almonds to get the proper nutrition and energy you need. Figure out how many calories your body burns in a day and adjust your eating habits accordingly. A “normal” diet consists of 1,500 to 2,000 calories per day.

5. Unclear Goals/Poor Monitoring System — Is your goal to become healthier, define your muscles or lose inches? How are you tracking your progress? Looking in the mirror is not a reliable test and will not succeed in keeping you on track.

Quick Fix: Define your goals and create a schedule for assessing your progress. Measure yourself regularly on a scale, as well as with a tape measure and body fat caliper. You should also track your length, duration and intensity of workouts to make sure you are consistent.

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X-Weighted unveils national challenge

- January 4th, 2010

Final_Challenge_Poster_0Wanted: Canadian couch potatoes.

From the producers of X-Weighted comes a heaping helping of motivation to get off the futon or chaise lounge and make 2010 your fittest year ever.

Slice’s award-winning documentary series is urging all out-of-shape Canadians to sign up for the XWeighted.com National Challenge. It’s a free six-month health and fitness challenge designed to create lasting lifestyle improvements and stimulate sensible weight loss.

“We’re looking for Canadians to get serious about getting healthy in 2010,” Paul Plakas, X-Weighted’s fitness expert, says in a press release.

“Don’t be afraid of change: you are worth the effort. Get your body moving and eat healthy – what are you waiting for?”

Registration takes place Jan. 9 and 10 at XWeighted.com.

For a little more incentive, public weigh-ins will be held at fitness centres in seven cities across the country on Jan. 9, with X-Weighted personalities making special appearances. Cities hosting the weigh-ins, which include a timed obstacle-course fitness test, are Vancouver, Kelowna, Calgary, Edmonton, Toronto, Halifax and Saint John. The first 50 participants at each location will receive a special gift bag. Those who weigh in will then be invited back to the same fitness centre six months later — on July 10, to be exact — to gauge their progress.

Here’s a complete list of fitness centres hosting weigh-ins on Jan. 9:

• Calgary, Eau Claire YMCA, 101 – 3 Street SW, 11:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.

• Calgary, Shawnessy YMCA, Suite 400, 333 Shawville Blvd. SE, 1:30 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.

• Calgary, Crowfoot YMCA, 8100 John Laurie Blvd NW, noon – 4 p.m.

• Calgary, South YMCA, 11 Haddon Road SW, 12:30 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.

• Edmonton, Custom Fit Personal Training Studio, 11807 – 105 Avenue NW, noon – 4 p.m.

• Halifax, YMCA Greater Halifax/Dartmouth, 1565 South Park Street, 9 a.m. – 2 p.m.

• Kelowna, Global Fitness & Racquet Centre, 1574 Harvey Avenue, 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.

• Saint John, NB, Delta Brunswick Hotel (hosted by Saint John YMCA-YWCA), 39 King Street, 8 a.m. – 5 p.m.

• Toronto, Extreme Fitness Yonge & Dundas Square, 319 Yonge Street, 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.

• Toronto, Extreme Fitness East Pickering, 1755 Pickering Parkway, 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.

• Toronto, Extreme Fitness Interchange Club, 90 Interchange Way, 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.

• Vancouver, YWCA Health & Fitness Centre, 535 Hornby Street, noon – 4 p.m.

Organizers tell me that you do not have to attend a fitness centre to enter the challenge. Just make sure to go online on one of the two registration days and create a personal profile. Then you’ll be qualified to win a range of prizes that are up for grabs. But if you ask me, there’s no better prize than improved health.

Visit Xweighted.com for more.