Five Healthy Tips for a New Year

By Lisa Corsello, Fitness Expert

workoutYes, the new year is upon us and we are already venturing to the gym every day, drinking lots of water, and getting into our annual eating healthy regime.

Congratulations! You’re well on your way to a new you!

However, there are a few things to keep in mind in order to maintain those healthy resolutions. Here are a few of my favorite tips for keeping those resolutions on track.

1.  Create a realistic weight loss goal and time frame in which to accomplish it.  An extreme diet may help you drop lbs quickly, but it won’t last and will most likely cause weight gain in the end.  Aim to lose 1-2 lbs per week for healthy, sustained weight loss.

2.  Plan your exercise routine, put it in your calendar, and set reminders.  Having something in your calendar will help remind you of your goals and keep exercise momentum going when you’d rather do something else.

3.  Commit to a goal, and share it with others. Studies show that when we communicate our goals to others, we’re more likely to stick to them.

4.  Know yourself and plan ahead. If you find that there are certain times of the day where you tend to overeat or reach for unhealthy snacks, remove temptation by bringing healthy snacks to work with you.

5. Remember that weight loss requires a caloric deficit, which means that you burn more calories than you take in. Be careful not overeat or indulge simply because you’re exercising more.  Many people “reward” themselves after a hard workout with a big meal that ends up replacing all or more calories than they just burned.  Before a workout, make sure to get enough complex carbohydrates AND protein, and after the workout, concentrate more on protein to help muscle repair and tone.

Make sure that the snacks are:

  • high in protein so that you’ll feel fuller longer
  • low in refined sugar that you don’t spike your blood sugar levels and crave sugar the rest of the day.

Heed this advice and you are sure to be the hot bod on the beach this summer!

About Lisa Corsello

Lisa Corsello has worked as one of San Francisco’s premiere personal trainers and nutrition counselors. She recently used her extensive training and fitness background to develop a hot new fitness technique called Burn. The 55-minute workout brings the benefits of dynamic individualized workouts to groups using a method that draws upon the best of pilates, strength and core training for optimal results. In addition to classes, Burn offers individual nutrition counseling and body composition assessment. For more information on her new workout studio and to view the class schedule, visit www.burnsf.com

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