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So, you gained a few pounds over the holidays and you have sticker shock from the scale. What to do to get back on track? If you've never exercised before, how do you begin?
Walk, run or bike to the nearest branch of the Beaufort County Public Library to check out the latest books on dieting, nutrition and exercise. Get advice from doctors, nutritionists and celebrities on how to lose weight, boost your metabolism, stave off hunger and get fit this year.
Welcome to Waist Management 101: boot camp for the metabolically challenged.
Let's begin our boot camp with 50 Cent, the former gangster turned rapper. Born in Queens, N.Y., he made his mark on the rap scene 10 years ago and has been a force in the studio ever since. Now, with author Jeff O'Connell, 50 Cent reveals his six-week workout plan for achieving ripped abs and the mental acuity to keep going in tough times. "Formula 50: A 6-week Workout and Nutrition Plan That Will Transform Your Life."
Now that you have some street cred with 50 Cent, pump up your workout with "Witness to Fitness -- Pumped Up! Powered Up! All Things Are Possible!: A New You in 28 Days," by Donna Richardson Joyner. Joyner, a personal trainer and the wife of radio personality Tom Joyner, wants to get you moving on a higher level. She pairs fitness with spirituality to design a workout plan that aims to nourish your body, mind and soul.
After a workout, you're ready to eat, right? Before you pick up fast food, read "Fat Chance: Beating the Odds Against Sugar, Processed Food, Obesity and Disease," by Robert Lustig. Check out Lustig's book if you want the skinny on the science behind the food industry.
You might also want to check out "The Belly Melt Diet: The 6-Week Plan to Harness Your Body's Natural Rhythms to Lose Weight for Good!," by Bridget Doherty, for tips on the science of losing weight, which includes the right and wrong times of day to eat, exercise and sleep. This book features exercises and recipes for belly-melting macaroni and cheese.
Six weeks seems to be the optimum time in which to achieve personal fitness goals. Check out Dr. Ian Smith's "Shred: The Revolutionary Diet: 6 weeks, 4 inches, 2 sizes." Smith's plan of spacing out meals, eating foods low on the glycemic index and using meal replacements is geared to trick the body into losing those last 20 pounds.
If you need help creating a shopping list for meals, try Rachel Beller's "Eat to Lose, Eat to Win: Your Grab-n-Go Action Plan for a Slimmer, Healthier You." The author combines tips, science-based advice and a guide to picking up the best foods the next time you go to the supermarket.
Let's wrap up our boot camp with personal anecdotes from Al Roker.
In his book, "Never Goin' Back: Winning the Weight-Loss Battle for Good," with author Laura Morton, the television personality discloses his weight issues after bypass surgery and his perseverance in keeping the weight off.
Your Waist Management 101 boot camp begins when you check out these books at your local library. Check for availability by going to www.beaufortcountylibrary.org and clicking on "Search the Catalog."