Aug 02, 2015


Ask a Professional: “What’s a Healthy & Safe Way to Lose Weight?”

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Ask a Professional:  “I Have Been Trying to Lose Weight. I’m Apple Shaped. What is a Healthy and Safe Weight Loss That will Work?”

Answer by Marisol Godinez-Brainin, Fitness & Nutrition Professional:

The best way to go about losing weight safely is knowledge.  It is key to understand that losing weight is one goal and becoming fit is another goal. Begin to visualize your goal as a lifestyle change.


1.  It’s important to choose an activity that resonates with YOU.  Then, study people who do that activity well — you can find them online, at the gym, on YouTube, or on Dvd’s.

2. Set Weekly Goals: Once you learn good form, you want to set weekly goals.  For example, if you choose to walk, set incremental weekly goals:

  • 1st week    1 mile
  • 2nd week  1 1/2 miles
  • 3 rd week  2 miles

*Your time should decease per mile.

3.  Key points to focus on: the breath and form at all times. It important to always be present.

4. Remember:

  • Passive activities like talking, reading a magazine, and not stretching, and working out of anger can all lead to injuries. They will not help you maximize your workouts.
  • 80% of the weight loss will be food consumption.
  • I do not promote diets. I encourage embracing a Lifestyle of Healthy Eating.

5.  Begin by:

  • Logging your Food
  • Portion control
  • Cooking real foods
  • Staying away from saturated fats
  • Drinking lots of water (3 quarts of water is the goal daily)

6.  Reaffirm the following: “I am going to lose weight” versus “I am trying to lose weight.”  Thoughts and affirmations create our reality.

Your goal is achievable at any age and YOU can inspire others in the process by taking your mind and body to new untapped levels. I see it for YOU!

Marisol Godinez-Braining is a Food Coach, Personal Trainer, and Chef.  She’s the Founder and CEO of Diosa Fitness, where she helps create awareness through Healthy Eating, Cooking and Exercise – ”Transforming Lives, Rebuilding New Bodies.”

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Dr. Perez-Litwin is the Founder & CEO of ELLA Leadership Institute, a multi-platform professional development organization designed to advance the careers and leadership of women. She's the creative force behind the LATINAS THINK BIG™ national tour, sponsored and live-streamed by Google.

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