New Years has come and gone. And if you're like me, only two weeks into 2015, so have your Fitness Resolutions.
Why do most of us lose motivation? Is there an 'magic' trick to keeping fit? These were some of the questions Alex Isaly, Celebrity Fitness and Nutrition expert, answered on his first trip to Seattle.
Isaly has appeared on the TODAY Show, Jimmy Kimmel Live and in countless fitness magazines. He is also Master Trainer on RadiusFitness.com - a new subscription video program for workouts, nutrition and one-on-one training with world-class trainers.
Isaly travels the country as one of Radius' celebrity trainers, but he didn't get into the industry for fame.
"What got me into this is a passion for wanting to help people," he said. "Wanting people to feel good about themselves."
And it's true - most New Years Resolutions revolve around that same idea of feeling good about your body.
"Mostly everyone's #1 resolution is to be healthier, become fit and lose weight," he said. "It affects a lot of people, whether they're really fit or just getting into fitness."
So if everyone wants to be fit, why do so many of us give up so fast?
"Motivation," Isaly said. "If you're losing momentum two weeks into it, you need to re-evaluate."
If you're dreading the gym, he suggests asking yourself why you're not enjoying it. What types of exercises you are doing?
"Find something that fits for you, that's fun! It will keep you motivated," Isaly advised, saying that spending hours in the gym is pointless. "I like to keep workouts fast, fun and effective. I am the type of trainer who likes to get into the trenches so to speak - I'm right with you."
But fitness more complex than cardio.
"The biggest part of losing weight is through nutrition," said Isaly. "Remember that it's a marathon, not a sprint. You're not going to see results right away, but you have to be committed."
He admits to being a huge foodie and totally understands the struggle!
"If you love to eat - like me - one thing you can do is give yourself two cheat meals a week," said Isaly. "That gives you something to look forward to!"
There are so many advertisements for 'miracle pills' and fast-tracked workouts - do any of them work? Isaly's reply may surprise you.
"Is there a magical way to losing weight? Well, yes" he said. "Eating! Eat clean, every three to four hours."
Isaly said eating every three to fours hours with the right blends of carbs, proteins and fats will allow your body will release and burn fat when you exercise.
He suggests proteins like turkey, fish and chicken, and complex carbs like sweet potatoes, rice and oatmeal will take longer to break down and therefore provide more energy. And even fats, like natural oils, almonds and walnuts are crucial for weight loss.
"One change changes everything. Make one simple tweak and you can get big results," Isaly encouraged.
Check out Isaly's specialized training programs on Radius and his personal website.