SUCCESS fitness experts offer their vital strategies on how to be a whole new you in the New Year and every day.
Bob Harper, NBC's fitness trainer on The Biggest Loser
You have to clean your emotional house before you can start to incorporate diet and exercise. The first question you need to ask is: Are you really ready?
How do you know you are ready? It's that inner resolve, when you finally look at yourself in the mirror and realize the time is now.
One sure way to be accountable for what you eat and how it affects you is to keep a food journal.
Jillian Michaels, NBC's fitness trainer on The Biggest Loser
Start with baby steps to put yourself out there: a gym membership, a book on weight loss or fitness or join a Web site that offers support.
Exercise changes the brain biochemically. It releases serotonin, endorphins, growth hormone and testosterone. After you exercise, you are going to feel like a million bucks.
Document your ultimate goal and work your way backward to determine what your first step should be to achieve it.
Dr. Sanjay Gupta, chief medical correspondent for CNN:
If you look at the physiology of exercise and at the people who have lived the best lives, they tend to incorporate upper-body training into their workout routines regularly.
Make a game out of eating seven different-colored foods throughout the day.
Use free weights for upper-body training.
Make a conscious decision to accept responsibility for your health.
Eat six small meals per day that are nutrient-rich and calorie-sparse.
Make one day a week a free day to eat what you'd like. Results are much more sustainable in the long term when you can enjoy your favorites once a week.