Throughout the unprecedented year of 2020, priorities dramatically shifted and many of us lost sight of our fitness goals. Luckily, it’s a new year, and a new opportunity to reach wellness milestones that fell by the waist side.
So how can I sculpt my body and reduce fat in 2021?
You may not realize it, but there are options aside from the generic advice to diet and exercise (although that’s always important). Here are a few ways to jumpstart your journey and stay motivated to slim down.
Eat This, Not That
When friends, colleagues, and doctors tell you to eat right, the advice feels vague and unreachable, especially if you’ve got lifelong habits to break. If you’re struggling to stay strict with yourself when it comes to healthy eating, slow down and start with a few small steps. Rather than cutting out sugar and carbs cold turkey, begin by replacing chips with rice cakes, burritos with bowls, and processed candy bars with fruit or dark chocolate.
Jumpstarting your diet transformation can feel overwhelming so it’s important to slowly introduce healthier options for the best chance at long-term success. And if your goal is to reduce fat, start by upping fiber and reducing salt intake. Fiber improves digestion which reduces bloat while salt retains water and, you guessed it, boosts the bloat.
Drink This, Not That
You may be eating plenty of fruits, vegetables, and fiber. But are your hydration habits up to par? It may sound counterintuitive, but drinking water is the best way to reduce water weight. When dehydrated, our bodies retain water which can cause noticeable bloat. Not to mention, staying hydrated prevents our bodies from confusing thirst with hunger. Eliminate needless snacking by keeping a water bottle handy. And while you’re at it, what you’re not drinking can be just as helpful as what you are. While great for a fun time, alcohol is empty calories, and drinking too much will only derail your weight loss goals.
Eat Now, Not Later
You’ve probably heard of intermittent fasting. But there are several misconceptions about the latest dieting fad, so let’s demystify a few of them. Rather than a means of starving yourself, intermittent fasting limits the hours in your day that you spend snacking and eating full-size meals. Intermittent fasting discourages late-night snacking and, according to recent studies, the food you’re eating after dinner or when you’re normally asleep is more likely to be stored as fat rather than burned as energy.
Also, part of intermittent fasting is just common sense. With fewer hours in the day allocated to eating, you’re naturally eating less. Physiologically, intermittent fasting has been proven to increase your metabolic rate which in turn helps you burn more calories. So, while time restrictions aren’t the right option for every dieter, intermittent fasting might be right for you, especially if you’re trying to lose a few extra pounds and reduce bloat. If you have questions or concerns make sure to visit your doctor before you begin.
Get Moving & Get Strong
Whether you run, walk, or swim, cardio is a must when it comes to staying in shape and shedding extra weight. And while cardio may be less intimidating, don’t overlook the power (no pun intended) of strength training. Muscle conditioning and resistance training are great ways to burn calories and tone your arms, legs, and abdomen.
When your life’s not at stake, why go under the knife and risk losing it? Especially for an elective surgery that has cheaper and less invasive alternatives. If liposuction is out (for obvious reasons), consider CoolSculpting services. CoolSculpting uses freezing technology to eliminate fat cells beneath the skin. Everyone has problem spots and CoolSculpting is a great way to target those pesky problem areas. While changing everyday habits will always improve your mental and physical wellbeing, sometimes we need a quick win to boost our motivation and keep trucking along through health and wellness hurdles.
Another procedure to explore is truSculpt iD for fat reduction. Similar to coolSculpting and just as safe, it reduces fat using heat and yields the same results. Both are virtually painless, effective and have no down time.
Fat loss can be hard and it’s easy to feel discouraged. But you’ve got plenty of options that don’t involve pricey plastic surgery and restricting calories to the extreme. In fact, the latter only boosts your chances of gaining back the weight you’ve worked so hard to lose.
So, if you’re ready to reduce fat this year, what’s stopping you from starting today? Body Sculpting Spa can help!
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