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— The latest in a series of weight loss surgeries has resulted in the largest-ever increase in average body weight of any Canadian athlete, with some athletes going up to more than 50 kilograms, and some going as high as 55 kilograms.
Losing a pound of body weight is a big deal, says Bruce McConville, the CEO of the International Weightlifting Federation (IWF).
“The weight of an athlete’s body is not just a physical thing, it’s a psychological thing.
So if a weight is lost, you know, it has a very big effect on how people think about their health,” he says.
McConville and other weight loss experts say the recent trend has created a big opportunity for Canada to move into a new and more competitive international arena.
“We have to be the world champion, the world heavyweight champion, to get the respect that we want in the sport of weightlifting,” says McConvale.
Canada’s international rivals have long been the biggest names in the weightlifting world, but the IWF is now fielding an increasing number of teams that are in line to compete for medals, McConval says.
McConvale says that the recent increase in weight loss is not surprising to those who know the athletes.
“In my 20 years of working with athletes, the biggest trend is that you get bigger as an athlete.
It’s the same with weightlifting.
The bigger you get, the more you weigh.
It doesn’t matter how strong you are or how fast you’re moving.
It just happens to be that your body mass increases,” he said.
For most of the past 10 years, McCombe has been leading the Canadian Weightlifting Association (CWA), which oversees the national governing body for the sport.
His role has been to bring the athletes up to speed with the latest medical developments in weight lifting.
With the increase in athletes, weightlifting is now a lot harder for the CWA to run and manage, Mc Conville says.
“The last few years, you’re not able to be able to get to the top level anymore.
The sport is in trouble.
It was in crisis.
You don’t have the money to do what you need to do anymore,” he explains.
While some weight loss doctors have been recommending that athletes lose a few pounds a year, McDonville says the trend is a good thing.
It will allow athletes to gain muscle mass and become stronger.
“It’s a good strategy to lose a little body fat, to gain more muscle mass.
It will give you a better foundation to continue to build muscle mass,” he suggests.
The International Weightlifters Federation (IFW) has not taken a position on the recent weight loss trends.
Its executive director, Bob D’Amico, says he believes weight loss can be done in a safe, effective and sustainable manner.
He says it is important to remember that weight loss and training can be both a lifestyle and an exercise.
“There’s no one-size-fits-all approach,” D’ Amico says.
The IWF has a number of programs to help athletes lose weight.
If an athlete has a severe medical condition, such as a heart condition, or has a disease that limits their ability to perform at a high level, such a program can be used to help.
It can also be used in conjunction with a weight loss program.
Weight loss programs are also available for athletes who are not on a diet and need some support.
For example, weight loss clinics can help those who are overweight, but not obese, or athletes who have a chronic illness that requires them to lose weight and regain strength.
Canadian Weightlifting has a wide range of programs and clinics to help players lose weight, and they are available online.
At the gym, players get their workout in and work out in a dedicated gym where they can have access to the best equipment, coaches and nutritionists in the world.
On the ice, athletes can go on the ice to compete and lose weight with other athletes.
One of the major goals of the Canadian weightlifting team is to help the country become a more competitive world powerlifting nation.
More than 200 Canadians are competing in world championships this summer, and Canada’s national team is on the verge of winning gold for the first time since 2011.