A body sculpting procedure can help you embrace the body of your dreams. The painless, non-invasive low-level laser procedure comes with no recovery time and no risk of infection or complications. For these and more reasons, it has grown in popularity over the past couple of years as many people choose this option instead of invasive traditional liposuction.
Unlike liposuction, laser body sculpting does not damage or remove the fat cells entirely. Instead, the laser’s energy creates a tiny pore in the fat cells and encourages their contents to be expelled from the body. Because the cell walls are still intact, they can expand again if healthy lifestyle habits are not in place.
Here are a few specific ways to look and feel good following body sculpting surgery to ensure that your results last.
1. Walk. You do not need to hop on a treadmill or log an official workout to feel the benefits of walking. Find simple ways to add steps into your day, and your body will thank you—not just by burning calories and preventing weight gain, but also by keeping muscles, joints, tendons, and fascia fit and flexible. Walking also aids in proper digestion and reduces stress levels. Imbalances in these areas can lead to weight gain.
Take the stairs at work, park towards the back of the lot at the grocery store, walk your kids to the bus stop or school, or take a quick walk around the block after dinner. Invest in a simple pedometer or a more-advanced activity tracker to see how close you are to the recommended 10,000 steps per day (about 5 miles). While that sounds like a lot, adding more steps throughout the day makes a big difference.
2. Increase your water intake. Water is certainly important for staying hydrated and replenishing your body after a workout, but there are some less-obvious perks too. Water keeps your skin hydrated and improves elasticity. Water also aids in digestion and increases metabolism. It regulates your appetite and can help you consume less food—all without adding any calories in the process.
Research has also shown that drinking enough water reduces the risk of heart attack, kidney stones, skin disorders like eczema and psoriasis, headaches, and even some cancers. Not sure if you are drinking enough water? Take your overall weight in pounds and then divide it by two. That number represents the number of ounces of water you should drink every day.
3. Eat plenty of fiber. The American Heart Association suggests that we eat 25 to 30 grams of fiber every day, but the average intake in the U.S. is just 15 grams. Despite the fact that it is not absorbed into the body, fiber plays a big role in keeping the digestive tract healthy. Soluble fiber absorbs water in the intestine and helps to expel the contents. Insoluble fiber isn’t broken down like other foods, which allows it to act sort of like a net or broom that sweeps debris along with it through your digestive tract. Eat high-fiber foods like whole grains, beans and legumes, and fruits and veggies.
Fiber also keeps you feeling full and energized throughout the day, making you less likely to reach for unhealthy snacks.
4. Join a new fitness class. Strut your new found confidence by trying out a challenging and fun fitness class. There are so many options to choose from: high-intensity aerobics, dance, cycling, aerobic weight training, yoga, Pilates, etc. Try a few until you find one that you enjoy and that you feel challenges you enough. These days you can easily find great deals on group fitness classes with sites like Groupon.
5. Cut back on alcohol. If you drink a few glasses of wine or a few beers each week (or more) find a way to cut those numbers back. Per CalorieCount.com, the average calorie count in a glass of red wine is 100; 120 for white wine. On average, a can or bottle of beer has 154 calories. Mixed drinks range, but can easily add 200-300 extra calories each onto your daily count (not to mention a lot of added sugar).
These numbers may not sound like much on their own, but once you start drinking alcohol, it can be difficult to say no to the next glass.What started as a 150-calorie splurge suddenly becomes an extra half day’s worth of calories, or more. Set limits for yourself before you head to a location that is serving alcohol and keep the amount in your home to a minimum.
6. Reward yourself… in moderation. Instead of turning down every treat, create a work and rewards system for yourself. If you put in the work, like heading to the gym a certain number of times or staying within your calorie range for the week, then place a predetermined reward at the end.
Splurging doesn’t have to mean eating pre-packaged treats or overly decadent desserts. Try making some delicious and wholesome goodies at home, like lavender honey lemonade and raw dark chocolate almond butter cups.