Health First Pro-Health & Fitness Program Tackles Nutrition, Behavior and Exercise to Deliver Long-Term Success
The latest diet trend might help you peel off some pounds initially. But for weight loss to be sustainable and healthy, you've got to have a lifestyle change.
That's where LivFit comes in. Anchored by Health First's Pro-Health & Fitness Centers, the healthy eating program is a simple, common-sense, effective approach. Fad diets, low-calorie eating plans, pills and supplements aren't things even the most dedicated dieter can sustain long term. Real-life nutrition and fitness can make the greatest impact.
"Health doesn't come from goji berries and chia seeds - it comes from a balanced eating pattern, which includes lean protein, whole grains, dairy, fruits, vegetables and healthy fats," said Susie Bond, Registered and Licensed Dietitian/Nutritionist. "That's the pattern that's stood the test of time and the true path to health, longevity and success."
Avoiding "all or nothing" thinking is key. She advocates an 80:20 pattern - sticking with good food choices 80% of the time, and allowing yourself to stray off the established eating plan 20% of the time.
"Balance occurs in the 'grey area' between perfectionism and being out of control, rather than viewing diet as black or white," Bond says. "When balance occurs, success happens."
LivFit focuses on changing habits so that the day-to-day struggle of healthy eating goes away. The 15-week program provides weekly classes that examine nutrition, exercise and behavior changes. Participants also receive an individualized workout program and ongoing support from their Exercise Coach. Registration opens July 15 for classes beginning August 13.
Many LivFit participants eventually reduce or eliminate medications they used to depend on, thanks to their improved health.
"It's just not all about losing weight," Bond said. "It's about gaining a better, happier and a more fulfilled life."