Most experts recommend eating 4-5 smaller meals throughout the day compared to three big meals which is the American norm. Eating smaller meals at several intervals throughout the day helps the body digest the food better and speeds up a person’s metabolism.
Travis Fifer, general manager for Toledo’s Super Fitness, 1207 N. Reynolds Road, said the key to reaching fitness goals is “ninety-percent nutrition.” People should also change their workout routines frequently so that they don’t become bored and so that the body doesn’t adapt and begin burning fewer calories.
“The key to weight loss is strength training,” he said. “For every one pound of muscle gained, your body burns 50 extra calories while you’re sleeping.”
Mr. Fifer and Ms. Roach both recommend that people only weight scales sparingly. The information it provides can be misleading, they say.
A better method is to take photos of yourself periodically – that will give you a more accurate measure of whether your body is becoming more toned, or if your cloths are fitting looser, said Ms. Roach.
If asked, Super Fitness staff will help new and current members reach their fitness goals, he said. In addition to providing nutritional guidance, they also offer free personal training to members. A variety of aerobic classes and their popular Extreme Weight loss program, stresses team effort, and rewards life trophies and a chance to be featured on Channel 13 ABC News.
The gym also offers a ladies-only workout area, a full-sized swimming pool, sauna, whirlpool and a staffed children’s exercise area.
One of the most common mistakes people make when they start an exercise program is they “over-do-it,” he said. They also allow themselves to become discouraged quickly.
“You need to pace yourself,” said Mr. Fifer, a certified personal trainer. “Don’t ever quit. Honestly, it can take only 21 days to start transforming your body; consistency is the key.
“Some people use times as an excuse. Everyone has 20 minutes to get in a hard workout. It’s a matter of intensity. You don’t need to spend all day at the gym.”