A New Year Can Mean A New You!

Atkins helps you throw out the rigid resolutions and just adopt a healthier approach to weight loss

TORONTO, Jan. 8 /CNW/ - The holiday excess is over and, in the wake of gaining the festive five pounds, many Canadians use January as a time to take stock and resolve to be more disciplined about fitness and weight loss. While the intention is good, many people find that by the middle of February, their momentum is waning and their willpower is sapped.

"We tend to be too optimistic in our approach to New Year's resolutions and end up disappointed with weight loss and fitness plans that don't work in our schedule and may not even be right for our body types," says Colette Heimowitz, vice president of education and nutrition, Atkins Nutritionals.

No longer the bacon and eggs diet of old, Atkins is back with a sustainable, healthy approach to weight management that anyone can follow. With four phases leading to lifetime maintenance, the Atkins lifestyle promotes a wide range of lean protein, good carbohydrates and good fats. Backed by more than 50 scientific studies and consumer success stories, Atkins allows the body to burn more fat and work more efficiently while feeling less hungry, more satisfied and energetic.

"With Atkins' website, http://www.atkins.com, Atkins makes it easy for people who are committed to long-term weight management, to learn more about weight loss, use interactive tools and download delicious recipes, all without going to a meeting or purchasing costly meal plans."

Here are Colette's tips for a healthier 2010:

Scope out hidden sugar - Sugar is lurking in many unexpected places and not just in the form of sucrose. These include cane sugar, high fructose corn syrup, brown sugar, beet sugar, as well as syrups such as maple, corn or cane.

The rhythm is gonna get you - Don't miss a beat when it comes to your fitness routine; music can mean the difference between an average workout and a heart-pumping, muscle-toning romp!

Pungent powerhouse - Garlic contains more than 100 sulfur compounds that are thought to: protect against breast, stomach and colon cancers; prevent blood clots; reduce levels of serum cholesterol, blood pressure and blood glucose; and boost the immune system. Find ways to work it into your diet.

Get smart about grains - Grains, like fruits, vary considerably in their carbohydrate content. The five that are lowest in net carbohydrates are bulgur, hominy, oatmeal, wild rice, and wheat germ.

Learn to read - Read nutrition facts panels and ingredient labels and be savvy when buying pre-packaged 'health' or 'energy' bars. Avoid: high sugar content, Trans fats, bleached white flour, high levels of sugar alcohols and other nutrient-empty ingredients.

Fuel up on fibre - To stay satisfied, be sure to fill up on plenty of fibre. Fibre will help you get the most out of your busy day by regulating the release of essential vitamins and minerals into your blood stream.

Keep it regular - Try to exercise at the same time of day so it becomes a part of your routine. Scheduling it first thing in the morning gives you a chance to do it before you lose control of your day. And, you'll reap the benefits all day long.

About Atkins

Atkins Nutritionals Inc. manufactures and sells a variety of nutrition bars and shakes designed around the nutrition principles of the Atkins Diet. The Atkins line of products appeal to a broad audience of both men and women who want to achieve their weight management goals and enjoy a healthier lifestyle. Atkins products are available in more than 30,000 locations throughout the U.S., Canada and internationally. For more information, please visit http://www.atkins.com.


For further information: For further information: Michelle Yeh, Andre Marthaler, Palette Public Relations, (416) 703-9859 x22, x18, myeh@palettepr.com, amarthaler@palettepr.com

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