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New Diet and Fitness Trends for 2006

New Diet and Fitness Trends for 2006

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(NBC News) -- Local gyms and health clubs will soon be filled with people armed with a pledge to live a healthier life.

Helen Chickering checks out the new diet and fitness trends for 2006.

When it comes to getting fit in 2006 - think fusion.

According to the American Council on Exercise, health clubs will continue the trend of blending mind and body workouts - such as yoga and Pilates - with traditional resistance training.

Small group training sessions will also be a popular option for those who want a more personal approach to their workout, but don't want to shell out the big bucks for a personal trainer. There is also a predicted rise in workouts designed for seniors.

Tapping into the inner hunger seems to the be diet theme for 2006, with programs that promote everything from portion control, to intuitive eating, to using certain flavors to trick the body into feeling full.

Elisabetta Politi, Nutritionist, Duke Diet Center: "I am really happen that obesity science seems to be looking at the feeling of fullness because I think that if we help people feel full if we help people not be hungry that could be a really useful strategy for weight control."

And to help Americans achieve their weight control goal - the American Calorie control council predicts a rise in the availability of pre-portioned snacks and the consumption of sugar free chewing gum.

The American Council on Exercise is also predicting a rise in the number of people who invest in a home gym and the number of teens who tap into personal trainers for sport-specific training.

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