Good Things Come to Those Who Sweat



When it comes to weight loss, many people believe there’s an easy fix. They want to diet, but not exercise, or exercise while eating poorly. Truth is, true, sustainable weight loss takes many things, including diet and weight loss, and a solid weight loss program that helps keep them on track. New You Weight Loss Program in Petersburg, VA monitors weight loss progress and provides weekly guidance. We also have weight loss specialists who can monitor your overall health as your body undergoes the changes.

Good things come to those who sweat. Are you ready to put in the effort?


Enjoy the Benefits of Green Tea!


“If you are cold, tea will warm you.  If you are too heated, it will cool you.  If you are depressed, it will cheer you.  If you are excited, it will calm you.”  ~Gladstone, 1865

While Gladstone pointed out some very true effects of drinking tea, what he neglected to mention is the health benefits associated with drinking tea–specifically green tea. Not only does it warm you, cool you, cheer you up and calm you, but it has monumental effects on your health!

1. Weight loss. Drinking tea helps you feel full, so it has the tendency to curb your appetite. It also helps you burn more calories during a workout. So workout hard after drinking green tea and get a massage. Not only will you enjoy getting more out of your workout, but you’ll also feel great after your sports massage!

2. Anti-aging. Green tea is rich in the antioxidants vitamin E and C. Your skin will begin to look refreshed, and your body will continually feel rejuvenated, resulting in a more youthful disposition.
3. Fights cancer. In a recent study, three out of four chronic leukemia patients who were given green tea extract seemed experienced regression of the disease. The fourth patient also showed some improvement. The doctors gave the extract a try after a 2004 test tube study of green tea revealed that leukemia cells were killed by the substance.

4. Regulates digestive system. Drinking warm tea aids in the digestion of food, preventing indigestion and a sluggish feeling after a large meal. After a large breakfast, lunch, or dinner, enjoy a small cup of hot tea and notice how quickly the “stuffed” feeling subsides.

5. Asthma relief. Green tea contains a substance called theophylline, which is a muscle relaxant, so it can cause the muscles supporting the bronchial tubes to relax — thus reducing asthma’s ability to restrict normal breathing.

Although 5 are listed here, there are countless benefits to drinking green tea. Pick up a pack, enjoy various flavors available, and get on the right track to better health!

Contact your weight loss specialist in Petersburg, VA or your primary care physician in Richmond, VA to find out other healthy ways to lose weight and/or regulate your digestive system!


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Prevent the Monday Blues!


Have you ever wondered why the weekend seems to fly by and suddenly, you’re at home on a Sunday night dreading work the next morning? Well, studies have shown that the reason why we dread Mondays is because we spend all day Sunday doing chores that prepare us for the week ahead as opposed to treating Sunday as, well…the weekend. Almost every Sunday, we’re doing laundry, picking out clothes for the week, helping our children get their schoolwork and school clothes together, and responding to any weekend emails we may have gotten while away from our job. We really have almost no time to relax, which is exactly what we should be doing before starting another long week. In order to prevent the Monday blues, let’s start changing our habits! Find other things to do as opposed to spending the day “handling business” at home.

Instead of coming home from church, cooking dinner, doing laundry and all of the other chores, try ordering food for the family and escaping to do something you enjoy. Fun activities aren’t just for Saturdays! Find a salon that is opened on Sundays, and treat yourself to a mani-pedi. Go on a date with your husband, take your children to go see a movie, or even do some shopping before the stores close. Even better, stop by a spa and get a massage or a facial, and just relax as you pamper yourself.  Don’t look at Sunday as “the day before Monday.” Start thinking of Sunday as “the last day of the weekend,” and go out with a bang!

I do understand, though, that laundry needs to be done, emails need to be responded to, the house needs cleaning. And if you’re on the weight loss program in Petersburg, VA, you probably need to do grocery shopping for healthy food items for the week, per your weight loss specialist in Petersburg, VA. Try getting it done on Saturday, when you would normally be out getting mani-pedis, going to the movies and shopping. That way, you have the rest of the weekend ahead of you once that gets done! When all of your ducks are in a row on Saturday, you can play on Sunday and just sleep through until Monday!

The key here is to minimize stress, which, as we’ve discussed, prevents excessive weight gain. No more dreadful Monday! Sunday is the day of rest, so you owe it to yourself to do just that!


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Stay Healthy, Even While at Work!


When you work eight-hour days, it’s so hard to bring yourself to go to the gym when you get off. Yes, regular exercise is necessary for maintaining a healthy weight and keeping your heart healthy, but between working full-time/going to school, finding time to cook, and maintaining a social life, we tend to make gym time an afterthought. And ofttimes, it’s not even an afterthought–we honestly don’t have time to make it to the gym!

Luckily, there is a solution to this seemingly insoluble problem. Find time during the day to get active. If you work in a city, leave home a little early, park 5 blocks away from your job and walk the rest of the way. You’ll get a chance to get some walking in, which is especially great if you have to sit down all day. When you get to work, take the stairs instead of the elevator. Any opportunity that you see to raise your heart rate, take it!

Another great option is to keep your abdominal muscles contracted at your desk. Spend one minute contracting them, then release them, making sure you’re controlling your breathing. With a combination of these small routine changes, you’ll begin to feel your body reacting to becoming more active. Most importantly, you won’t feel so guilty when you’re unable to go to the gym because you’ve been getting in a workout all day long!

If your weekends are a little less hectic, make time to get in the gym and do 30 minutes or more of cardio. Try to push yourself and really work your body to the max, since it may be the only real exercise you’ll get for the week. Your weight loss specialist in Petersburg, VA will notice the change in your progress, and you’ll be able to see differences in your body as you keep this up.

Of course, you’ll want to check in with your doctor in Petersburg, VA to make sure you’re on the healthy track to losing weight, and even inquire about healthy alternatives to your everyday meals. If you’re on the program at New You Weight Loss Program, the nurses will give you a packet with healthy breakfast, lunch, dinner, and snack ideas! Take advantage of this, and combined with your day-long workouts, you can get the body you’ve always wanted!

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Try This Easy Post-Workout Protein Shake!

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We all know that the key to weight loss is to take on a high protein, low carb diet. Even after you’ve completed your weight loss program in Petersburg, VA, it’s imperative that you make healthy eating a lifestyle, not just a crash diet whenever there are a few pounds that you need to lose. If you make healthy eating and regular exercise a part of your everyday life, there will be no need to crash diet at all! Taking what you’ve learned through our A New You program and incorporating them in your life will not only help you reach your goals, but you’ll be pleased with your ability to maintain your healthy goal weight!

After a tough workout, this Protein Power shake is the perfect way to boost your protein intake as you cut carbs, making weight loss so much more attainable! We like eating a healthy pre-workout meal, and if we’re working out at night, making this shake our dinner. It’s so filling and absolutely delicious, so you won’t feel like you’re depriving yourself if you don’t end your evening with a big, hearty meal. And besides, we all know that you should eat like a king for breakfast, a prince for lunch, and a pauper for dinner! This shake is the perfect ending to your workout and your evening! Contact your weight loss specialist in Colonial Heights, Virginia for more recipes!

Spruce Up Your H2O!


Let’s face it: we need water. It keeps our organs working, keeps our skin clear and fresh, and helps our bowels move properly, which aids in weight loss. But the truth is, water isn’t that great, and most of us dread drinking it. Well, dread no more! Fruit-infused water is the best way to get in those 8 glasses without sacrificing flavor. Give them a try! Our favorite recipes are below.

Photo via Confessions of an Over-Worked Mom

Apple Cinnamon Detox Water

  • 2 organic apples, cut into chunks
  • 2 cinnamon sticks
  • Ice

Cinnamon is an excellent fat-burning agent, and apples are full of antioxidants and vitamin B & C complex. If needed, double/triple this recipe and place into a gallon jug for flavored water that lasts all day.


Photo via Budget Savvy Diva

Stress Reducer Detox Water

  • 10 oz of ice cold water
  • 1 strawberry, sliced
  • 2 mint leaves, diced
  • 4 cucumber slices
  •  2 slices of lime

If needed, double/triple this recipe and place into a gallon jug for flavored water that lasts all day.

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Ginger Detox Water

  • 1 tsp. grated ginger root
  • 1 sliced grapefruit
  • Juice of 1 lemon
  • Juice of 1 lime
  • 1 sliced cucumber
  • 2 L. of water
  • 5 mint leaves

Ginger is key in boosting your metabolism, settling an upset stomach, and helping you lose fat, while the grapefruit, lemon, and lime are natural detoxifiers that help you burn fat and flush out toxins.

See more recipes like this here.



Are you ready to get in the best shape of your life? New You Weight Loss Program in Colonial Heights area is just for you. We will help you detox, help you set healthy weight loss goals, and monitor your progress every step of the way. So what are you waiting for? No other weight loss specialist in Petersburg, VA can offer the services and results we offer. Give us a try; you won’t regret it.

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Kiwi Fruit and Strawberry Christmas Tree!

The holiday season has officially begun, as has the countdown to Christmas! As we get in the holiday spirit, we’re also making sure we have plenty of healthy options that’ll help keep you on track with your weight loss goals as you celebrate. New You Weight Loss Program in Petersburg, VA, has gained inspiration from blogger Desire Empire‘s fun and healthy recipe! This kiwi fruit and strawberry Christmas Tree is sure to please both you and your family.

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Photo via Desire Empire


Kiwi Fruit and Strawberry Christmas Tree Platter  
18 small Kiwi Fruit (2 boxes from Aldi)
1 punnet of strawberries
Peel and slice kiwi fruit into discs, reserving some skin for the tree trunk.
Arrange kiwi fruit in the shape of a Christmas Tree on a platter. Making sure to leave no gaps in your tree by layering the fruit where necessary.
Place kiwi skin as shown, to form the tree trunk.
Cut the ‘pointy’ end of strawberries to form mini decorations for the tree.
Use the leafy top of a strawberry to make the crowning star for the tree.
If you want to add a little more holiday flare, add cranberries to the mix!
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