KANSAS CITY, Mo. - One of the most popular New Year's resolutions is to lose weight. Wellness Coach Ginger McCune, owner of Midwest Nutrition in Overland Park, Kan., says it is easy to start a weight loss program; but in a matter of weeks many people will give-up because they don't have a realistic plan for their lives.
McCune offered her top three tips to beginning a healthy lifestyle:
-Find a supportive, encouraging partner or friend to join you.
-Eat breakfast everyday with protein and fiber.
-Replace one caffeine drink a day with a glass of water.
McCune said it's also important to drink at least eight glasses of water daily and decide in advance when and what you will eat.
"Breakfast is one of the most important meals of the day," McCune explained. "You should make sure your morning meal includes some protein and fiber."
Creating a healthy meal plan begins with knowing your height, weight and body measurements to calculate your Body Mass Index, according to McCune.
McCune was kind enough to take my measurements and offer me some advice. I am 5 feet, 9 inches and 193 pounds, with a body mass index of 28.6. She suggested I increase proteins, fruits and vegetables in my diet and increase my exercise routine to at least three times per week.
McCune knows the sweet success of healthy living. At age 55 she lost 60 pounds in one year and has kept it off for a year. Her key was walking three to four miles a day and drinking the HerbaLife meal-replacements twice a day, with two snacks and a protein salad for dinner.
The Midwest Nutrition Owner is offering a $29 nutrition program and weight loss contest. The program includes weekly nutrition seminars and exercise programs at their facility in Overland Park.
"I believe once a person decides to lose the weight they can be successful," said McCune.
For more information on Midwest Nutrition, visit http://www.midwestwellnessclub.com/ .