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Resolving to become less: Experts agree calories in need to be less than calories out

It’s that time of year again.

Time to hit the reset button on our lives and begin 2014 with a clean slate. Some choose to quit smoking or save money, but weight loss and fitness often top the New Year’s resolution list.

Googling “how to lose weight” garners 331 million results. It seems like there’s a new story about the dangerous effects of obesity on our nation or a new health threat in our food each day.

Lindsey Raymond

Online ads tempt us with the No. 1 way to remove belly fat and tout that their magic ingredient has been featured on the daytime TV show of more than one famous doctor.

There’s a sea of new information about weight loss, but one thing all of the experts can agree on is that calories in need to be less than calories out in order to lose weight.

With the new year comes resolutions to be better — eat better, work out more, lose weight — and there are several tools in the community to help. Three fitness clubs, a few vitamin and supplement stores and tons of fresh meat and produce at local grocers.

Water is the No. 1 tip Jeff Fowler, owner of Total Nutrition in Dickinson, has to give anyone.

“The simplest thing they can do is just drink water,” Fowler said. “People will tend to fight you and say they do, but then you pry it out of them and they drink diet pop or something. Water is water, it’s pretty simple.”

Most people want to start everything right away, but that’s a good way to set themselves up for failure, Fowler said. Taking a simple step like cutting all liquid calories and only drinking water is a good first step and is easy.

“Typically, if you get people to do that, they’ll lose 15 to 20 pounds in a month just by cutting out the liquid calories,” Fowler said.

Being healthy — eating right and exercising — is a lifestyle choice, Anytime Fitness manager Lindsey Raymond said.

“Joining a gym is a really great part of that because you have other people there to support you,” Raymond said.

Getting into a group fitness class is fun, motivational and the other participants serve as a support system, Raymond said.

“If you don’t have the willpower to be at the gym five days a week and you get involved in a group fitness class, eventually those people that come to class, they may start to depend on you being there and when you don’t show up they may say, ‘Where have you been?’” Raymond said.

Those that are at a complete loss can take advantage of personal training session.

“Maybe you want to sit down with a personal trainer and get some advice and have them help you with machines or a workout plan,” Raymond said.

Katherine Grandstrand
I graduated from Bemidji State University in 2007 with a bachelor's degree in mass communcations, from Columbia College Chicago in 2009 with a master's degree in journalism.  
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