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Alicia Kirschenheiter is an American Council on Exercise Certified Advanced Health & Fitness Expert, Personal Trainer, Fitness Coach, Certified Weight & Lifestyle Management consultant and Certified Wellcoach. Alicia is owner of Evolution Total Wellness Inc. located in New York, providing health and wellness solutions for individuals and businesses. Alicia is also a published fitness, health and wellness writer for a variety of venues and author of Oscar and Otis – Fat Fighters, a children’s book about healthy lifestyle choices.

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The Pursuit of Ultimate Wellness
by Alicia Kirschenheiter, Certified Advanced Health & Fitness Expert, Personal Trainer, Fitness Coach

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Diets can be great tools to jump start your new health and fitness pursuit. But most diets are not meant to be life long term solutions but tools to getting to a better place in your health. Planning ahead will really help you maintain your dieting gains for the long haul. Think about it. If during your diet phase you are cutting calories in some form or another like most people, there should be a plan in place for when the diet is over. How will you compensate for that caloric difference once you go back to real life? Like all great ventures, a well thought out plan can make all the difference in being successful or not.
A few things to consider when planning ahead are:
• Not all diets are created equal. Nutrition is very individual. Keep in mind just because your sister lost 20 pounds on a particular type of diet, doesn’t mean the same may work for you. Our bodies, our needs and our constitutions are all very different. Be sure you research the diet you are interested in, its applicable guidelines, the products involved if there are some, the research done on the diet and the findings, the experts associated with the diet and of course, the honest results of people who have used it in the past.
• What have you learned? The best way to keep the weight off from a diet is to learn while you’re on it. For example, a diet that counts calories may help you learn how many calories are in certain types of foods, foods that perhaps should be avoided for ...    Continue

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