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Lose That Holiday Weight: Follow These Steps
by Bob Bonham


Bob Bonham's - Lose That Holiday Weight: Follow These Steps
You put on a few extra pounds over the holidays. Now¹s the time lose them. Sometimes we all need a little motivation to reach our fitness goals. Consider the following, provided by fitness expert Bob Bonham of Strong & Shapely Gym in East Rutherford, NJ.

*Learn good eating habits: There¹s nothing wrong with splurging occasionally, as long as you are aware of what good, healthy eating truly is.

*Learn about low-fat cooking, eating lots of fruits and vegetables, and choosing more low-fat proteins than carbs. One of the reasons so many people never learn how to lose and keep off weight is that they don¹t understand the concept of healthy eating habits.

*Visualize your goals: You can¹t lose weight and tone up if you don¹t set goals. Visualize the type of body you want to achieve, and then work on getting it. But also be realistic and patient. Don¹t vow to drop 25 pounds in a month. That¹s simply unrealistic< and dangerous.

* Only weigh yourself weekly: Weight fluctuates daily, so it¹s best to only weigh yourself once a week. You¹ll get a better idea of what progress you¹re making.

* Be prepared for cravings : Keep healthy snacks on hand for the times when you crave fattening cheat foods. Keep fresh fruit, carrot sticks or low-fat pretzels around, and get rid of the stuff that will set you back: potato chips, ice cream, candy, etc.

* Drink lots of water: Sure, part of the weight you lose on a diet is water, but that doesn¹t mean you should stop drinking H2O. Drinking eight glasses of water per day will aid in digestion, cleanse your body of toxins and make you less hungry.

Write down your progress: People trying to build muscle often write down the amount of weight they lift during each workout in order to track their progress. If you¹re trying to slim down, you can also benefit from writing down your weight each week, what you ate, when you¹re clothes started fitting better, etc.

Be patient: Sure, you want results. Whether you¹re trying to slim down or bulk up, understand that it takes time to achieve your fitness goals. Learn to make a long-term commitment to changing your lifestyle and steer clear of quickie diets.

Strong & Shapely Gym in East Rutherford, NJ is known as one of the leading gyms in America. MuscleMag International publisher Robert Kennedy once wrote that Strong & Shapely boasts "one of the best cardiovascular equipment rooms in the East." The gym is the training center for everyone from top athletes to business people just trying to stay in shape. Strong & Shapely is also the Official Training Facility for the NFL¹s Arena League Team, The Gladiators. Visit Strong & Shapely¹s official Web site, www.strong-and-shapely.com, for all the latest news and information on the gym and the bodybuilding world.

Bob is a regular contributor to many bodybuilding magazines.





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