New Year, New You?

Updated: 01/01/2014 8:16 PM
Created: 01/01/2014 5:17 PM
By: Maarja Anderson

All those rich meals over the holidays have many of us looking for ways to shed extra pounds, and what you put on your plate can make all the difference.

Susan McCoy is a registered dietitian at Essentia Health St. Mary's. She said drastic changes to your diet are hard to keep up.

"We always talk about small changes can make a big difference," she said.

Small changes could be as simple as bringing fruit to work for snacks or putting water in your refrigerator as a reminder to drink more daily. McCoy also said portion control is big ticket, many people don't realize how much they really eat.

Hitting the gym helps, too.

Ryan Rodenwald is a trainer at Snap Fitness in Duluth. He said they see a lot of new faces in January.

"If you take it one day a time and make it a lifestyle....that's what we want from people," he explained.

Rodenwald said it's important to mix it up a little bit. That means doing the treadmill or elliptical and lifting some weights, as well.

Along with the gym and change in diet, there's one thing people might not think about that will help them look and feel better: skincare.

"Your skin is huge! Even some little things that everyone can do to have great skin, things like drink lots of water and use your daily sunscreen even in the winter," said Lizzy Morrison, an aesthetic laser tech with Essentia Health St. Mary's.

Morrison works in Skin Renewal. They are in the Dermatology Department, but will soon be in the Plastic Surgery Department. They do all sorts of treatments, but Morrison said it's easy to keep your skin looking young. She said to drink plenty of water, always apply sunscreen, moisturize daily, get plenty of sleep, and always remove makeup before going to bed.

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