Whether you are considering a body contouring procedure to enhance your life, just need to lose that last 10 pounds, or want to keep yourself looking great after your liposuction or tummy tuck, here are some things you should know that will keep you looking your best.
Be successful in weight loss, and maintain a healthy weight, with these simple suggestions. Remember that lasting weight control requires permanent lifestyle changes.
1. Exercise 30 to 60 minutes daily. A simple walk will do, but more rigorous activity will be even more beneficial.
2. Don’t skip meals. If you regularly skip meals you are then likely to binge (over) eat, and consume more calories than you should.
3. Keep a food journal. This will help you be more thoughtful about what you are eating, and allow you to review what you have eaten during the past week. This journal can be used as a reference for future dietary changes or modifications.
4. Rid your home of all unhealthy snacks. If you want ice cream as an occasional treat, go out for a single serving. Removing unhealthy snacks will help avoid temptations to consume more calories than you need
5. Don’t use serving bowls at the table. It may be too tempting to dish up seconds and thirds if it’s right in front of you. Serve your self from the kitchen counter instead.
6. Pay close attention to your satiety (the sensation of fullness). When you begin to feel full, stop eating. Avoid eating through your initial satiety, as this will develop a behavior where you continue to ignore your satiety and therefore continue to eat more calories than you need. 7
7. Never eat from product containers. You may consume more than a serving, or even two servings, before realizing it. Although these examples would not be a regular part of a healthy diet, think of how many excess calories you can consume if your were continually reaching into the bag of chips or eating out of the ice cream container. Even with healthier foods, scoop a reasonable sized portion into a dish, and then put the container away so you are not tempted to have an extra serving.
8. Replace large plates and bowls with smaller one so you dish up less without realizing it.
9. Substitute complex carbohydrates for simple carbohydrates
10. Read food labels, and avoid trans fat. Trans fats raise your LDL (bad) cholesterol levels, while lowering yourHDL (good) cholesterol levels. Eating trans fats increases your risk of developing heart disease and stroke, and trans fats are associated with a higher risk of developing type 2 diabetes.
11. Don’t eat while watching TV, reading, or doing anything else that may distract you from focusing on how much you are consuming and full you feel.
12. Avoid substituting food in place of water when you’re thirsty. Some people get in the habit of eating when they are thirsty. This leads to the behavior of substituting food for drink, when all your body really wants (and needs) is water; and it results in consuming numerous extra calories that a glass of water does not contain.
13. Reward yourself or celebrate with non-food treats.
Wishing you a good state of health.