Women are experts at dieting and exercise. Even if they never manage to lose any weight, they know all about how to go about it. Men, on the other hand, often have no clue where to start if they suddenly realize they are a few pounds overweight. You might think that liposuction is a good weight loss option, but this is not the case. Body contouring procedures like liposuction or a tummy tuck can refine, finalize, or perfect your results, but before you get one of these procedures, you should work to get the best results you can on your own.
So here are some tips to help you get started:
First, picture your results by getting out an image of what you used to look like when you were at a more ideal weight. Then make a definite, realistic weight loss goal. If you're looking to lose a lot of weight, say to get all the way back down to where you were before you put on your freshman 15, divide it into several portions and meet each smaller goal before going on to the next.
Next, you might consider challenging a friend or friends who also want to lose weight. You know how competitive you are. You know you want to win. And don't be afraid to make it interesting. Gloating is great, but it's even more fun when you have cash to flash.
Then make a battle plan. Talk to a doctor about a good diet for you. Identify your weaknesses and make plans to foil them. If there's no way you can resist those cookies in the cabinet, banish them. If someone is an enabler, avoid them when lunch time or happy hour rolls around. If you're a stress eater, try to find some other way to blow off steam.
And portion control is key. No matter what you're eating, if you eat too much you won't lose weight. Don't deprive yourself or walk around feeling hungry all day. Plan meals that are fulfilling but light and eat slowly to give your body time to feel full. Ditch empty calories in your drinks. Cut out sugary sodas, fatty lattes, and, sadly, cut back on beer. Alcohol can contribute significantly to your calories, but if you must drink, try learning to appreciate a fine cognac or scotch that doesn't need a sugary mixer to mask its taste. A beer and a whiskey sour have about the same number of calories (~150), but a straight jigger of whiskey cuts calories by about a third.
Finally, don't forget to reward yourself. All work and no play will make your diet harder and more likely to fail. If you make it a condition of doing well at your diet, rewards will make your diet more bearable without derailing its results.
And remember, don't be shocked if after you reach your weight loss goals, you still don't look like you want. Unfortunately, many of the effects of weight gain are irreversible by your work alone. The good news is that New York plastic surgeon Dr. George Lefkovits can put on the finishing touches to complete your look.
To learn more about body contouring, please schedule a consultation with Dr. Lefkovits today.