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Jan 16, 2014

Healthy Living looks at good practices for a healthy lifestyle

It is the beginning of the year and many of us surely over indulged in food and other goodies over the holidays so it is time to get back to an exercise regime.  There are many tips or plans to start with, but there are few that are carried out faithfully. Healthy Living sat one-on-one with popular nutritionist and fitness instructor, Karen Rosito, who weighed in on the good and bad trends in diet and exercise this year.


Marleni Cuellar, Reporting

It’s a new year and many Belizeans have made resolutions to get fit and healthy. Well known Nutritionist & Fitness Instructor, Karen Rosito, has seen hundreds of fads come and go over the years. So we asked her to weigh in on what the likely trends for this year will be. She believes that in 2014, many will be going back to the basics.


Karen Rosito, Nutritionist & Fitness Instructor

Karen Rosito

“I noticed that since…it’s fifteen day into the New Year and they are getting rid of equipment. We bought into equipment on the TV, thread climbing and you see a rocky, sexy girl doing the thread-climber and you wanna look like her, so you spend your five thousand dollars and you buy your thread climbing. It noh work. You end up putting clothes over the thread-climber; it’s in the way. You put it on the verandah and it gets wet and that’s it…your five thousand dollars go with that. I have friends at the different places that sell equipment and they are like they are just not selling and so people who work at the stores and they say they’re just not selling. People are realizing that I don’t need an exercise equipment, it’s boring. I need to get out. So it’s all about getting out and enjoying along with family and friends.”


Rosito says she’s seeing far more people riding, walking, running and stretching in yoga classes and she has seen it before the time of the traditional New Year promise.


Karen Rosito

“It has finally hit home and I big up my Belizean people. And by saying that I mean that now they realize that you know what, this is a New Year. I look in the mirror, my knees are hurting and I need to do something. So from the ending of 2013, I saw them walking and riding and I even saw some guys speed skating. I even see people, walking in the drizzle with a parka on.”


2014 will definitely see it’s influx of exercise programs for sure; but Rosito says, more and more people are realizing that doing extreme workouts not only causes them to lose motivation but also harm their bodies.


Karen Rosito

“It requires you to be able to do X amount of pushups and it is discouraging because I’m not keeping up. What is wrong with you? Nothing is wrong with you. What was wrong with you is that you bought a DVD that is way above your level. I am a fitness instructor and I noh mess with Insanity. Why? Because I cannot tell my people to do what I myself cannot do and I am not ashamed to say that.”


And along with yearly fitness trends come diet trends. As a nutritionist, Rosito offers strong warnings against diets that promise rapid results. She says just like exercise; it’s back to the basics with food. Clean eating continues to be the trend for this year.


Karen Rosito

“The maple syrup diet which is like maple syrup and cayenne pepper and some other thing…I don’t even know. You eat and then you end up losing weight. Losing weight is just a phrase. What weight?  Your muscle weight? Fat in places you don’t want to talk about? Or is it preserving lean muscle and loosing body fat, non-essential belly fat? Those diets and I am going to say it on record, woll not help you. I noh care what anybody want say and they can challenge me. Help you lose your mind because the minute you come off maple syrup diet or starvation diet, you gain back all the weight and more—all the fat pounds and more. So my thing is forget those. You need to forget them. What is good is what we call old school eating. Not the rice and the beans, but just going back to basics…clean diets where you eat six small meals. Remember a small meal is like six little pieces of sugar cane; that is a snack. All natural…think natural…nothing that is canned, that’s packages; that has…bologna, processed. And if you eat like that and you practice it, sure enough after a week, you’ll see the weight loss.”

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