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A Healthy New Year

Wednesday, 01 January 2014 21:59  by Anastasia M.

As the New Year begins, some may be looking to shed a few extra pounds gained over the holidays as well as any that had accumulated before the holidays. With the onslaught of gym membership offers and diet plans available, it is easy to dive right into an intense weight loss regimen. Unfortunately, most will abandon these plans within a few months. Not because they do not desire a new appearance, but because the requirements are too much to maintain.

If you decide you want to lose weight, first consult your primary care physician. Find out your healthiest weight and set a goal. If both diet and exercise are required to reach this goal, consulting a registered dietician and a certified personal trainer is an ideal way to create the safest and healthiest individual plan for your needs. A registered dietician will help you review your current food intake and recommend ways to tailor your meals to meet your health and weight goals. A certified personal trainer will help you create a fitness plan to meet your goals, be it weight loss or getting and staying in condition. Preparing with professionals allows you to create the safest and most effective plan for your needs.

Do your homework before you meet with the professionals. Research online what types of classes and fitness programs you may be interested in to ask the trainer. Review your food intake versus the recommended guidelines at www.ChooseMyPlate.gov to ask the dietician. By investing time in the beginning, you will be more likely to continue eating right and exercising throughout the year.

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