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Waist Watchers: Keeping those New Year's resolutions

NEW ORLEANS, LA (WVUE) - Losing weight is one of the most popular New Year's resolutions.  

Many New Orleans area residents - like Amanda Borst - are back at the gym trying to work off the extra pounds gained over the holidays.

"I did pies, cake rolls and  the stuffing that comes with the turkey, " said Borst.

She says she felt like her eating got out of control and she picked up a few extra pounds. That is a big deal for her, because two years ago she lost 30 pounds after giving birth to her second child .

"You know where you want to be and what makes you feel good," she said. "You have to do what you have to do to stay there."

Local fitness experts say it's tough for many people to stay the course because they  don't  properly plan how they'll lose the weight. That's why they urge you to write down your daily strategy on  how to break the bad habits that got you into bad shape. 

They say the other big mistake is when people set unrealistic goals when they start working out . Fitness trainers say don't expect the weight to come off quickly.

"It is not going to happen in one day, and you have to make slow, steady progress with it,"  said Randy Burgard, a personal trainer at the Elmwood Fitness center.

Also, to make sure you don't get bored, you're encouraged to switch up your routine. But if that doesn't work, seek advice from a personal trainer or a nutritionist to help find what will best keep you motivated.

What you eat also helps determine if you lose the weight and keep it off. To get started, nutritionists say you should stock up on fresher food items such as veggies and fruit, and  avoid foods that are higher in fat or pre-package and ready to eat.

"There's a lot of processing and sodium and extra sugar calories that you get from all that processing," said Rebecca Miller, a dietician with Ochsner's Elmwood fitness center.

Your beverages can also be too high in calories - especially alcoholic drinks. And nutritionists say you should cut back on sweet drinks like sodas, sports drinks and  juices.

Also, every time you eat something, write it down and keep a log of it. That will help remind you if you're sticking to your nutritional goals. They also don't recommend starving yourself or skipping meals. They say that only slows down your metabolism and makes it harder for you to lose weight.

People trying to lose weight say it's tough but advise you to persevere.

"When it's really gray or cold and rainy and we want to stay inside, it doesn't matter. You must  get yourself to the gym," said Borst.

It's that attitude that's helped her lose 30 pounds, and she's sure it will also help her shed the few she regained over the holidays. 

 

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