From time to time we come upon health-related news stories, events or situations that we feel are important to make the readers of Canadian Fitness aware of.

The tragic death in September 2007 of Krista Stryland, a 32-year-old mother and real estate agent during liposuction surgery is one of these disturbing events. The results of her experience must be addressed in the hopes other people will think twice before seriously considering undergoing this type of instant-results weight loss procedure.

Maintaining the perceived image of a healthy thin midsection has been pushed too far to the forefront by the media. Medical advertising about quick-fix cosmetic enhancements often motivates people to seek out a cosmetic surgeon.

So many ads and tv shows today portray the idea of slim and fit as desirable to the extreme, and when seemingly instant solutions such as liposuction come along, people see this as an easy way to achieve that extreme result. Ads are often created to make people unhappy with their present physical condition so that they’ll spend money in hopes of reaching their ideal – and in our self-obsessed society, the lure of instant results can be overly appealing.

The surgical quick-fix ignores any emphasis on developing and maintaining a healthy lifestyle through more sensible means such as a dedicated fitness and nutrition program – an approach that would ultimately yield better and longer-lasting results.

The heart attack that resulted in the death of Krista Stryland while undergoing a liposuction operation was an absolutely tragic incident. Although considered a low-risk operation by surgeons, 1 in 46,000 liposuction patients dies, according to a 2001 study published in the Aesthetic Surgery Journal. Another journal, Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery, pegged the rate closer to 1 in 5,000 as of the year 2000.

The study, which appears in the latest issue of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery, showed a death rate of about 20 in every 100,000 patients who underwent liposuction between 1994 and 1998. The authors point out that this number is higher than the death rate for motor vehicle accidents in the United States.WebMD

These figures do not include the thousands of people who are severely injured by this operations. There are countless people who remain in silence, too embarrassed to say they had unsuccessful cosmetic surgery. There are also complications that can arise in any surgery from the use of an anesthetic, which is often complicated by a patient being overweight or obese.

Quick fixes for problematic fat deposits do not ultimately work or solve the problem in a permanent way! Typically, the most that can be safely removed from a patient undergoing a liposuction operation is around 5 litres or 5 to 10 pounds of fat. For most people, this is far less than the total amount they want to lose. This surgery results in loose skin, damages the body’s circulation, and much of the fat cells remaining in the surgical area can eventually become larger to occupy this newly created empty space.

There are far more benefits that can be realized by approaching the problem of weight loss in a sensible manner by using a remedy that is safe and natural – a sensible fitness and nutrition program.

There are programs that can help any individual safely drop 1-2 pounds of body fat per week or so while at the same time achieving a healthier state. This requires dedication to an exercise routine. An hour, three times per week, which has proven to be the most effective way of shedding off pounds when coupled with the proper nutrition program. Furthermore, with a proper exercise and nutrition program, body fat will be lost proportionately from all areas of the body, not just from isolated areas – as is the case in liposuction.

There is no substitute for healthy living. Once properly managed, an individuals metabolism can effectively burn unwanted body fat. Following the right personalized fitness and nutrition program tailored just for you is the best alternative to invasive cosmetic operations or any quick-fix. Want to get started? Email me at (info @ and I’ll be happy to help you achieve your goals!