FRANKLIN BOROUGH, NJ – Part of a comprehensive wellness plan is a combination of exercise, combined with a healthful diet.
At CKO in Franklin, members not only benefit from the many classes available for all skill levels, but also can participate in a 10-week nutritional program to complement their fitness program. The program is no extra cost to members.
Darlene Pallay of CKO Franklin explained that a member of her staff, who is a nutritional coach with seven years of experience guides members who participate in the nutritional program. Members journal their meals and then during the conferences with their nutritional counselor, receive feedback about their journal entries during weekly meetings. From there, if adjustments are required to their eating plan, such as changes in the foods they eat, the nutritional counselor guides each member through better food selections.
These meetings are held at CKO in Franklin every Monday at 7:15 p.m.
“Members are taught to eat in increments of every two to three hours,” Pallay added.
At that rate, Pallay said, members are eating on an average of six to seven times daily. The selections they are encouraged to eat focus on a balance of healthful food choices including high protein items, which encourages bodies to burn more calories and additionally to maintain lean muscle mass.
As muscle mass is built, a person’s body can more efficiently burn calories, while maintaining a slimmer build.
Pallay herself experienced the difference that the nutritional program made in her CKO journey when she started out as a member. At 34 pounds into her weight loss goals, Pallay hit a plateau and needed something to reignite her progress. After meeting with her nutritional counselor, Pallay learned that she was not eating enough to refuel her body based on her workout needs.
Bodies that do not receive adequate healthful food fuel typically plateau in weight loss until beneficial foods, such as more protein, are added into the diet. When there is an inadequate caloric intake, a person’s body tends to burn at healthy muscle mass to account for the deficit. Pallay’s experience taught her that once she was participating in an eating plan that combined the right amount of healthy foods to fuel her body, and she would increase her calorie count, she would burn more calories. And this was the result, with Pallay successfully reaching her weight loss and fitness goals.
Members who participate in the plan are given eating guidelines, as well as education. That includes the impact of certain substances in one’s diet and how they affect their overall health and weight loss including: sugar and alcohol intake, the hidden ingredients in processed food and more. The members are coached on serving sizes and food choices, which includes: whole foods, whole grains, an overall healthy diet and adequate water intake.
Overall, the nutritional program is not just for the period in the member’s life that they are seeking to lose weight, but is a lifestyle change that they can apply to their continued fitness journey and life.
“The program is simple,” Pallay said. “It’s not calorie restrictive and is based on activity, with the food intake based on a person’s activity level.”
Another emphasis, said Pallay, is a focus on breakfast.
“So many people,” she said, “don’t eat a proper breakfast.”
Breakfast is the meal that kicks off a person’s day, and fuels the body to have its healthy start to sustain a person through all of their daily activities.
CKO Franklin is currently offering a Memorial Day sale, with sale memberships that feature extra discounts for students, teachers and anyone else who would like to join.
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