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Avera Medical Minute: Realistic Resolutions For Weight Loss

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People working out at the Avera McKennan Fitness Center. People working out at the Avera McKennan Fitness Center.

Millions of us resolve to get in shape and lose weight in the coming year. It's one of the most popular New Years Resolutions every year, but fitness gurus warn you to go lean on your expectations. Every year, at the beginning of the year, without fail gyms across the country see a surge of people vowing that this will be the year they lose weight. Personal Trainers at the Avera McKennan Fitness Center in Sioux Falls say most people lose that drive by the middle of February because they aren't losing as much weight as they hoped.

Personal Trainer Ryan Sheppard says, "Discouragement is the biggest downfall as far as weight loss goes. You have to look at it from not necessarily a new year resolution, but a new day resolution. When you look at it that way that you are going to be doing this for term 1 pound becomes a success.

You can't incorporate a weight loss program without changing your diet. If you continue to eat the same fatty stuff while you are working out, you'll never lose weight.

Jessie Reiffenberger is a Registered Dietitian and Personal Trainer at Avera McKennan says, "Maybe you should really think about adding a fruit and vegetable in your diet everyday or start exercising a couple of times a week or for 20 minutes and see where that gets you instead of starting off working out everyday for hours and hours and totally change your diet. It's just not realistic to stick to something like that."

Both personal trainers say people set themselves up for failure because they set their expectations to high. you need to prepare ourself that losing weight is a lot of work... that means working out 5 to 7 days a week for an hour at a time burning 500 to 700 calories in order to see results. The experts say you really need to make a plan and stick to it. Actually block out time in your planner to work out and if you need someone to hold you accountable higher a personal trainer.

Ryan says, "Any weight loss is good as long as you are fighting the good fight. A pound here, two pounds there is a success and you have it look at it that way."

And if you fall off the wagon get back on it the next day. Even if you lose only 3 pounds a month, by this time next year the load in your wagon will be 36 pounds lighter.

Happy New Year and Happy New You!


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