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Losing Weight: This is How You Do It
Maura Marasco, BS, ACSM EP-C, ACE Fitness Nutrition Specialist

Maura MarascoIf you’ve ever tried to lose weight you soon become mindful of whose advice you take. You’re best friend tells you to cut carbs. Another says don’t eat after 6:00 pm. The fad-diet colleague believes in one meal a day, all while Facebook is trying to sell you a miracle shake that gives you results FAST. So whose advice do you follow?
Below are five tips to help you lose weight healthy and efficiently without ditching your social life and draining your energy.

1. Mindset:
Approach this step with a fresh, positive, and open mind. You are what you believe, and you can become what you want. The journey starts in your mind and funnels through the rest of your body. Tip: Meditation is a great way to align your inner strength and mentally prepare for your new journey.  

2. Balanced Diet:
Focusing on a diet full of variety and color will promote an array of benefits including weight loss. When preparing meals, focus on real wholesome ingredients (i.e. Fruits, vegetables, lean meat, and plant-based starches). Challenge yourself to eat only natural foods found on the perimeter of the grocery store. Tip: This week try cutting out one of the following: fried, sugary, or preservative-filled snacks.

3. Exercise:
Get your workouts scheduled in your planner, and make it happen! Create a program that benefits your body in its entirety. More cardio is not better than strength, and visa versa. A well-versed program with a combination of strength, cardio, and flexibility really gets the job done. Tip: Hire a Personal Trainer or try Small Group Training at your local gym to help you stay motivated.

4. Hydrate:
Dehydration can set in quickly, putting our bodies under stress. Water plays a vital role in so many processes inside and out. Don’t stress about taking a sip every minute, just be sure to hydrate consistently throughout the day. Tip: Grab a water bottle that fits your style and keep it by your side!

5. Strategize:
Get organized because losing weight takes planning to reach success. Take some time to realign your goals. Write them down and figure out how you’re going to achieve them. Tip: Jot down your meals, pencil in time for your workouts and always have a water bottle on hand. “If you fail to prepare, then prepare to fail.”

At the C&RC, we offer a variety of group exercise classes, personal training, and nutrition services to assist you on your journey.

Maura Marasco is the Fitness Coordinator at the Community & Recreation Center at Boyce Mayview Park.

\Community & Recreation Center at Boyce Mayview Park, 1551 Mayview Road, Upper St. Clair, PA 15241 is open to USC residents and surrounding community residents. For more information visit our website www.twpusc.org/crc/crc-home or call 412-221-1099.

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