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Celebrity Trainer’s New Year’s Fitness Tips

ABC News(NEW YORK) -- The New Year brings New Year's resolutions, which typically include a vow to get rid of those extra holiday pounds.  To help you jump start your weight-loss resolution, ABC’s Good Morning America tapped experts for their advice and get-fit tips.

Chris Powell, the trainer who has helped people lose hundreds of pounds and change their lives on ABC's Extreme Makeover: Weight Loss Edition and the best-selling author of Choose to Lose: The 7-Day Carb Cycle Solution, appeared on GMA Wednesday and shared his fitness tips.

Fit Tip # 1. Don’t Skip Breakfast. Fuel Up With Protein-Packed Shake Instead.

No matter how busy you are, rushing to get the kids off to school and getting yourself to work, Powell’s message to everyone is that you have to eat breakfast! Starting your day with a good meal is the key to losing weight, Powell says. By eating breakfast, you spark up your metabolism and you eliminate cravings. His quick and healthy option: a breakfast shake.

“I love my shakes because they are so easy and quick to make on the go,” Powell says.

Powell teamed up with Vemma, a nutrition company, to make the Chris Powell Bod-e Shake, which combines proteins, carbohydrates, a splash of omega fats and fiber in the shake, which is meant to serve a meal replacement for breakfast or lunch. Powell’s shake comes in sweet flavors like vanilla and chocolate, but without the guilt, he says. Mix the shake formula with water or ice in the blender and you’re done.

You can also make a tasty and healthy shake with ingredients in your fridge, Powell says. Blend plain Greek low-fat or non-fat yogurt and berries in a blender for a similar result, or try cottage cheese and granola. Whey protein powder and banana also pack a similar balance of protein and carbs. Combine ingredients in a blender and blend until smooth and creamy. If you have trouble blending, try adding a little water to thin the smoothie.

Fit Tip # 2. The Squat Jack

The squat jack is a total body exercise that's fun to do, Powell says. It spikes your heart rate and it's easy to combine with other exercises.

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