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Laurel Personal Trainer: Weight Loss Gimmicks are Hard to Swallow

(LAUREL, MD January 27, 2011) – The New Year is well under way but you may still carry those stubborn pounds you piled on during the holiday season. They are a constant reminder of all the caloric excesses you indulged in, while healthy eating habits and regular exercise temporarily flew out the window.

“It happens every year - many people gain weight in just the few weeks between Thanksgiving and the New Year,” says Joe Buabeng, a personal trainer at Fitness Optimist in Laurel, MD. “Now they are trying to slim down, but the question is, are they doing it right?”

If you want to lose weight fast, you may be tempted to try one of those “secret” or “revolutionary” diet pills or other gimmicks you see advertised on TV. They promise a “quick” and “easy” weight loss while you eat all your favorite foods and don’t spend even a minute exercising.

Buabeng urges consumers to be cautious about crash diets that are promoted as miraculous. “If it sounds too good to be true, it probably is. If these products were so wonderful, nobody would be overweight,” he notes. “In fact, some of the pills and other productsthat curb your appetite can have serious side effects, so never take any diet supplements without speaking to your doctor first.”

How can you shed those extra pounds safely and effectively, and maintain the weight loss long-term? “Only sensible eating habits along with regular exercise can accomplish that,” Buabeng says. “It all comes down to reducing the amount of calories you eat while increasing your levels of activity.”

His recommendations for a healthy, permanent weight loss:

Make smart food choices: “Replace sodas (even diet ones) with water – and drink lots of it. Reduce your sugar and salt intake, and eliminate junk foods that are full of artery-clogging saturated fats. Go for whole grains, low-fat protein and dairy, fruits, and vegetables. And remember to practice portion control.”

Allow yourself an occasional treat: "Dieting is not about starvation or excluding all the foods you like. It's all a matter of quantity. One cookie or a sliver of cake once in a while won't hurt you - as long as you count these splurges in your total calorie allowance and don't get into the habit of constant snacking."

Set a target that’s realistic. “Eating 300 to 500 calories less per day while increasing your activity level should lead to a loss of between one and two pounds per week.”

Don’t forget to exercise: “For the most effective weight loss, you need a regular workout that will burn calories and stimulate your metabolism – for example cardio and strength training. Ask your fitness professional to create a routine that meets your personal needs – whether your goal is overall weight loss or a specific spot reduction, such as belly fat.”          

About Fitness Optimist Personal Training:
An active, all natural bodybuilder and body transformation expert, Joe Buabeng launched Fitness Optimist in 2007 for the sole purpose of transforming bodies and maximizing individual genetic potential. Services and client testimonials are available at www.FitnessOptimist.com. Buabeng, a certified personal trainer with 8 years in the fitness industry, can be reached at JoeBuabeng@FitnessOptimist.com or 877-226-1733.