Gugino, a Clay Community Schools Elementary Counselor, is also a certified personal trainer. The native New Yorker and Indiana State University graduate is offering an eight week nutritional/exercise weight loss clinic at the local YMCA. There will be an informational meeting at 6:30 p.m. Feb. 5.
According to the Surgeon General of the United States, 34 percent of U.S. adults aged 20 to 74 years are overweight. People with excess body fat are more likely to develop certain health problems. But they can improve their health by losing as little as 10 to 20 pounds.
"The program is geared toward permanent weight loss," Gugino said. "It's for men and women from any walk of life."
Goals for the clinic include losing between 8-10 percent of body weight, replacing old habits with more effective new ones and enabling the individuals to become their own nutritionist.
The married father of two will deal with the philosophical issues of eating and how nutrients work within the body. And he'll teach how and what to incorporate into an exercise routine.
"This is a very unique, individual program," Gugino said. "It's never been done here at the Y before. We'll work with motivation and we're going to have a buddy system. The main goal is to highly educate the individual on what's going to work for him or her."
Gugino will combine weight training with abbreviated cardio training in the exercise portion of the program. Nutritionally he'll impart knowledge to the participants so they will know what nutrients do for the body and how to permanently keep weight at a desirable level.
"Just eight weeks is not a long time to accomplish all of this," Gugino said. "But a strong foundation can be laid on which to build.
"A man should lose two-three pounds a week. Women should strive for one to two pounds per week. Much faster than that and you risk losing muscle and getting too hungry resulting in overeating."
Class size is limited to about 10 people. The cost is $250 to YMCA members and $300 to non-members. This non-refundable registration fee can be paid at the YMCA anytime up to the start of the first class which is Feb. 12. The Thursday night weekly classes will be held from 6:30-8 p.m. in the YMCA conference room.