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The Skinny on Losing Weight

The Skinny on Losing Weight
It's no secret that being healthy and fit is essential to your everyday life, but you may be surprised how simple it is. One local fitness expert spills her secrets to staying healthy.

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With more than 11 years of fitness experience, personal trainer Stacy Gregovich of Fitness for Function knows the tips and tricks for healthy weight loss like the back of her dumbbells.

 

The secret to weight loss is incorporating healthy habits into your daily life, Gregovich says. "It's not something you want to do for a period of three to four months but something you are going to continue for the rest of your life," she says.

 

Being healthy and staying active is a large part of Gregovich's lifestyle. By following this simple plan you'll be able to share in her success. These three health secrets are open for sharing:

 

1. Set realistic goals. Weight loss is not a diet but a way of life. Start by keeping a journal of calories, physical activities and short-term goals. By reviewing these goals you'll be motivated to get in shape and activate a healthy lifestyle.

 

2. Plan ahead. For many professionals, working eight to 12 hours at the office is a reality, so it's important to plan ahead for your day. By packing a healthy lunch and metabolism-boosting snacks you'll be likely to avoid the vending machines and fast food pit stops. Gregovich suggests trail mix, almonds, fruit, vegetables or string cheese to curb your cravings and keep you on track.

 

"Nutrition is 80 percent of the weight loss battle," Gregovich says. "Nutrition has to be on board, especially if your main goal is to lose weight." By eating five small meals a day, making breakfast a priority and eliminating "junk food," you'll be set for a successful eating approach.

 

3. Get movin'. It's easy to ignore the daunting workouts when you have little time to dedicate, but consider incorporating bursts of exercise in your everyday routine. Whether you are sitting at a desk all day or traveling across the country for business, do your best to move at least once every hour.

 

Not all exercise is necessarily structured, Gregovich says. The secret relies on not being stationary for an extended period of time, so stand, walk or squat in your office to get your muscles moving and your body energized.

 

Beyond unstructured physical activity, it's imperative to implement five days of serious exercise into your routine. By incorporating burpees, dumbbell squats with shoulder press movement or mountain climber planks, you will build muscle and burn extra calories. "These exercises will give you the most bang for your buck when you are short on time," Gregovich says. "Include exercises that work multiple muscle groups at the time same, challenging the whole body."

 

Whether you have time to do an intense 20-minute workout or have an hour to concentrate on flexibility and core training, weight loss depends on dedication, repetition and being proactive. To learn more about personal training sessions with Gregovich or attending group fitness classes check out FitnessForFunctionCincy.com.

 

 

PHOTO CREDITS

Photographer: Neysa Ruhl

Model: Stacy Gregovich

Location: M/I Homes Estates at Shayler Ridge Model Home

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