Boot Camp Week 2: Nutrition and Diet

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Tallahassee, FL -- May 4, 2012 --

Diet. It's a word that describes what we eat on a daily basis but it also gets a bad wrap.

"Dieting in general doesn't work. Ninety-five percent failure rate. For the most part you want to change your lifestyle, which includes diet and exercise," said Craig McCormick, nutritional director at Capital Regional Medical Center.

The WCTV boot campers are looking for big results in a short amount of time.

Shonda Knight is in the lead as far as overall weight loss. She's down fourteen pounds.

"It is a competition and I want to win. So, I've been keeping my calorie count around1200,1500 if I really feel like I need a boost. But as far as calories are concerned, I've been trying to stay in that range," said Knight.

Each competitor has their own trainer, and their own diet plan to follow. Deneige Broom eats seven small meals a day.

Each of those meals has to have a good carb, like sweet potatoes, or oatmeal, brown rice, something like that and then good protein. So fish, chicken, maybe some shrimp, egg whites," said Broom.

"I'm trying to keep it around 1500. Just, a lot of whole wheat stuff, veggies, a lot of stuff low carbs. It seems to be working so far," said WCTV boot camper Sam Lane.

I am on a 1000 to 1200 calorie a day plan. I stick to low fat and have pretty much eliminated sugars.

Grocery shopping can be a challenge for any dieter. We sought help from the experts.

"When shopping they usually tell you to shop the outside of the store. That's usually where your healthier (foods), The produce is there, the bakery is there, you have your meat department, your dairy," said McCormick.

Gold's Gym Fitness Director, and my trainer, Kim Jones, took me shopping to help explain. We talked fruits, veggies, and what not to buy.

"Rule of thumb, whenever you're dealing with vegetables or starches, no whites, no yellows. Any other color, probably ok," said Jones.

Goodbye white potatoes, hello sweet potatoes. Small changes like these can lead to permanent weight loss.

"It would be a good idea to eat some of the grains and foods that you've never had, and then also learn what your portions sizes are. Learn to cue yourself when you are full and not full," said McCormick.