Around East County: Experts offer tips for keeping diet and exercise resolutions

Posted: January 31, 2012 at 12:44 am

It's nearly a cliché, really. The start of the new year — the start of a new diet, a new resolve to hit the gym, a promise to eat better.

Well, clichés aside, any time you want to do better health-wise, it's a good thing.

Yes, I know, it's hard to skip the sugary treats, hard to get to the gym when bed is so much cozier, hard to make the time and hard to move muscles that haven't seen much movement lately. As, my longtime friend, Jill, says: “Pick your hard.” It's a lot harder to fight off heart disease, weak bones and an assortment of ailments.

I asked a few fitness gurus from East County to help kick start and get us going.

“What's the biggest mistake you see when folks try to get back in shape?”

Jill Fister, Discovery Bay, certified personal trainer: “It's sabotaging newfound calorie expenditure with bad nutrition choices; mainly not enough protein or whole foods. Even if you burn 3,000 calories, if you eat 3,500, you're gaining fat. It's unused, stored fuel and you're going to wear it.”

“What's your one top tip for getting people back on the health track?”

Brandi DiMercurio, Brentwood, certified fitness trainer: “Don't let other people's weaknesses/excuses be your truth. Example: When you have a baby, when you hit 30, 40, 50 … Be a myth buster. … You have the choice to become stronger.”

“While it's your “job” to hit the gym, what class or routine would you do if you weren't leading

a class?”

Randi Moser, Brentwood, fitness educator: “I always look for a R.I.P.P.E.D. class on my days off because it is the most efficient class. I like to get weights and intense cardio in one hour. Plus, the music rocks and I like the 10 minutes of kickboxing I get.

What's a good healthful snack?

From Fister: “Visalus protein shake.”

DiMercurio: “Whatever fruit is in season. And, (sometimes) a crisp apple with some shaved Asiago cheese and drizzled with a little bit of honey.”

Moser: “I love unsalted tortilla chips with spicy hummus dip from Trader Joe's. Totally feels like I'm cheating but I'm not.”

Other tips include “starting with a friend for accountability if you can't afford a trainer,” Fister said. “Also, remember that taking care of you is taking care of those who love and need you to be around for awhile.”

DiMercurio: “Be realistic; it's one pound at a time. It's like building Legos; you start at the bottom and all those little pieces in the middle have to connect before you can get to the top.”

Moser: “Make small daily and weekly goals. Don't be so strict or you won't stay on track. For example, try and cut out unhealthful choices gradually.”

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Around East County: Experts offer tips for keeping diet and exercise resolutions

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