Shape Up for the New Year

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EVERY New Year millions of people start a new diet and fitness plan to achieve the perfect body.

Millions fail and give up within the first week of January.

I have been in the fitness industry now for more than 18 years and see this happen every year.

My aim in 2013 is to help the men and women of South Tyneside to achieve results and educate them in the healthy way to get fit and change their body forever.

First, you need to understand why you have previously failed before you can achieve results for good.

You need to use your time effectively.

Stop wasting your time going out for a steady run or swim ... resistance training mixed with interval training is the most effective exercise you can do.

If you get it right you will achieve the ‘afterburn effect’ and continue to burn calories up to 48 hours after the session.

I’m not saying don’t go out running or swimming ... just think how you can work your body harder for 1 min and repeat.

You need to be realistic with your goals and results.

Stop thinking you can cut meals and drop a dress size in a week.

It takes time for your body to adjust and benefit from healthy eating and effective training sessions.

Keep off the scales ... do you really care what you see on the scales when you look down?

Isn’t it more important to look in the mirror and see what you actually look like?

Every diet works ... they work due to cutting calories, food groups or both.

As soon as you stop the diet, the weight and inches return with a few friends.

There’s no secret to a healthy diet, it’s very simply: eat small meals, often, with a mix of ‘good’ protein, ‘good’ carbohydrates and ‘good’ fat.

Eat your favourite fatty foods in moderation, maybe once per week.

Over the next six weeks I will share with you the highs and lows of women doing my six-week No Lippy before/after plan, using the above tips and, hopefully, help you to stick with your own New Year resolution once and for all.