Sports Village Owner Peggy Keel reported Tuesday that over 80 people are participating in the 2015 Lean in Lebanon program.
Now in their third week of the month-long program, the three teams have worked with trainers, completed two grocery store tours and are keeping food journals.
Keel stressed the importance of making healthy food choices, in addition to just working out. "We want to change their habits and stop the yo-yo dieting," she said. "This program is about finding small ways to make a healthy difference for your entire life."
Of course, sweets are a big temptation for men and women all year - not to mention it was in store windows everywhere due to the recent Valentine's holiday.
Keel said on the grocery store tours she explained how to enjoy sugar in moderation.
"It is better to moderate than use a lot of sugar substitutes," she said. "Since sugar substitutes came out Americans have gotten even heavier."
Keel said that sugar substitutes are not necessarily good for you and that the brain still craves actual sugar.
"I recommend sugar in lesser amounts. Like orange juice - Oranges are good for you, but the juice you buy has more sugar and calories than you need," she said. "I personally pour half a glass and dilute it with water. There are a lot of tips like that I share with the participants."
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