LAKE CHARLES, LA (KPLC) - As the clock ticks down to the beginning of year 2011, many probably want to start the year off right. But, far too often the bar can be set too high, in the end you are no better off than before.
"My clients try to do too much too soon, and they see the latest fads and gimmicks, and they think that there are miracle cures out there. That is not true," said Gigi Kauffman of Gigi's in Lake Charles.
In many cases, an over eager person looking to lose a few pounds and get into shape can over extend themselves. Many will choose a diet that nearly cuts out food all together. Gigi Kauffman said any diet that tells you not to eat certain foods is not the diet for you. Moderation is the key. But, with all of the fad diets and fat burning pills that promise to make you look like a super model, how do you tell which diet works?
"I promise you this, if you move your body for 30 minutes a day, and if you eat moderately, watch what you eat, you will see results," said Kauffman. "We have to stop the excuses. You have to brush your teeth, you must take a bath. You have to be responsible for taking care of your own bodies."
The second most popular New Year's resolution is getting the finances under control. Experts say planning ahead pays off.
"You don't have to make a lot of money to save money. You can start off by putting ten dollars a pay check, or once a month in a savings account," said Stephen Benoit of City Savings Bank.
Also, do not compulsive buy. Before you purchase look around to see who has the best price. Before going to the store make a list and stick to it. And lastly, there is nothing wrong with having nice things, but if you want it bad enough save for it rather than charging it.