4 Ways to Get Rid of Stubborn Fat Stubborn fat – no matter what you do, it seems like it’s nearly impossible to get rid of. As you’re working towards your fitness and health goals, it’s easy to stay the course and remain motivated, but if your pudge won’t budge, you need to think outside the box. Of course we all know that diet and exercise are the best ways to burn fat, but what can you do when it isn’t enough? Try these 4 ways to get rid of stubborn fat: Confuse Your Muscles Some women are committed to a strict fitness routine, which is a healthy habit, but it might be working against you! Sometimes it is necessary to mix up your workout routine in order to confuse your muscles. Your body will adapt to your workouts after an extended period of time – so, if you want to burn that stubborn fat, it’s time to switch it up. Try mixing in some isometric exercises in order to work your muscled in new way. Fasted Training Diet and exercise are crucial components to fat loss; but as it turn outs, the time of day that you workout is also important. When you burn calories, your body is using one of two sources for energy: food or fat. So how can you ensure that your body is burning off stored fat? Try fasted cardio workouts. When you go to sleep at night, your body goes into a fasted state – therefore, a morning run can be just the thing you need to blast that stubborn fat away. Drink More Water Drinking water can work wonders for your waistline. First of all, when you drink more water, you drink less soda, alcohol, café lattes, and all the other drinks that are full of artificial ingredients and sugar. Making a simple switch to drinking water can cut hundreds of calories out of your diet. Once you make the switch to water, drink up! Hydration aids digestion and helps burn fat. Drinking water will boost your metabolism and keep you from overeating – it’s a simple switch, but it can make a huge difference. Cosmetic Surgery Where can you turn when eating right and working out aren’t giving you the results you deserve? Try cosmetic surgery. Safe and effective procedures have helped millions of women remove their stubborn fat. Plastic surgery has never been more popular than today! Procedures such a liposuction, cool sculpting, and the tummy tuck have helped women achieve the results that they have always dreamed of. No matter what has held you back in the past, make a decision today to get rid of that stubborn fat! With these 4 tips, you’ll be saying good riddance to that the flab that has overstayed it’s welcome. Call us to schedule your consultation today – 1.888.886.1333.
Every year you can count on a few things: taxes in April, fireworks in July and of course, Christmas parties in December. Holiday parties come in all shapes and sizes, but this time of year, we are still looking to maintain our shape and size. So whether you’re headed off to a corporate event or a family party, here is the guide to healthy eating at holiday parties: 1. Eat before you go When it comes to eating right, it’s much easier to avoid cravings if your stomach isn’t growling in the sight of a delectable apple pie. One great way to avoid this feeling is to eat a healthy meal or snack before attending the party. This may seem counter-intuitive if you’re attending a dinner event, but you can still eat a healthy lunch and breakfast if you plan to indulge at dinner. 2. Have a game plan When attending a holiday party, it’s easy to get swept up in sugary sweets and adult beverages. But if you’re looking to make healthy decisions this time of year, you’re going to need a game plan. Don’t go into a party without setting guidelines for what you will and won’t part take in. If you’ve set a 1 dessert limit, then stick to it, you can do it! 3. Be careful with alcohol What’s a party without a few drinks? But the trouble with alcohol is the way it encourages calories to be stored as fat. As you pace around the party mingling with guests over drinks, you may not realize how alcohol is affecting fat loss. Alcohol contains 7 calories per gram and is often loaded with sugar and carbohydrates. This combination is troublesome due to the fact that your body will choose to metabolize alcohol over other calories, causing your body to store additional calories as fat. 4. Don’t over eat Holiday parties typically feature a selection of delectable treats and savory entrees. But there is a reason that these treats aren’t consumed all year round – moderation is key. When attending a holiday party, enjoy yourself, but there’s no need to over-indulge. A great tip to avoid overeating is to take your time. It takes your body around 20 minutes to realize you are full, so slow down, enjoy the party, and when you’re full, put the plate down. 5. Don’t forget to enjoy yourself The Christmas season only comes around once a year; so don’t forget to enjoy yourself! It’s impossible to remain on a strict diet without any indulgence, especially around the holidays. Besides, all of the dieting in the world is pointless if you never allow yourself to have some fun. So grab a glass of wine and a plate of your favorites, and remember to enjoy the season with those you love! Although holiday parties are an annual tradition, adding extra weight doesn’t have to be. By following this guide you can be sure to look your best this holiday season!
Well, it’s that time of year again! The time of year when holiday treats are being passed around and our exercise consists of running around the mall to those last minute gifts. This time of year is meant to enjoy the company of loved ones, and of course, indulge in your favorite treats. From apple pie to alcohol, our social festivities are most frequently revolved around food. So how can we avoid gaining the dreaded holiday weight during this season but still enjoy ourselves? Well the good news is, you can have your (cheese)cake and eat it to – following these simple rules will help you keep the weight off this season: Everything in moderation Christmas parties are a great time to enjoy some of life’s greatest pleasures: great food, drink and company. Even though you are there to enjoy yourself, this is not a license to over-indulge and go on a binge. Before you go to a holiday party, have a game plan and decide what is acceptable and what is not. Eat slower to avoid overeating and check out these tips. Look at the Clock You’re not checking your watch for Santa; you’re looking at the time because when you eat food matters. Try to avoid eating too many carbohydrates right before bed. As a good rule, try not to eat carbs within 3 hours of sleeping. With late night dessert offering, this is easier said than done. Find the time to exercise Yes the holiday season is one of the busiest times of the year, but there is always time for some type of exercise! Even if you don’t have time to run off to the gym, there is always something we can do to stay active. Want a fun way to burn some extra calories? Take a few minutes and try the 12 days of Christmas home workout. Eat your carbs around your workouts Sugar cookies, pie and cake are all traditions of the season, but did you know that if you eat these items before or after a workout then they are far less likely to be stored as fat. When your body is in a post workout state, it is a calorie burning machine, so that slice of pie is going straight to feed your muscles, not to fat storage. Create healthy dessert options This time of year, one of my favorite nutrition hacks is to make a healthy pumpkin pie and bring it to holiday parties. Start with a recipe on the label of a can of pumpkin. Then replace condensed milk with almond milk, and replace sugar with stevia extract. Bonus: use a whole-wheat crust from your local grocery store. Drink a lot of water The benefits of drinking water are two fold. It helps you stay full and avoid overeating, and it aids in digestion. Drink a tall glass of water when you wake up and before meals, you will be happy you did. Come New Year’s Day, you’ll have a leg up on all the other new years resolutions. A Word About Alcohol Gingerbread beer and holiday wines are staples, but make no mistake about it; this may be the biggest danger to your waistline this time of year. When your body ingests alcohol, your metabolism switches from burning calories to metabolizing alcohol. What does this mean? It means that until all of the alcohol is out of your system, you won’t be burning the calories you ate, this means it is highly likely that these calories will be stored as fat. However, there are ways to limit the effects of alcohol on your figure. Limit your consumption to one or two drinks and choose wisely: the best thing you can drink is a distilled vodka or gin mixed with soda water, the worst is a probably a heavy beer. Check out more tips on drinking without gaining weight here. Eat nutritious with non-festive meals The total calories you eat in a week are more important than a single day, so be sure to balance everything out with healthy choices. When you’re not at a party or dinner, eat particularly clean in an attempt to balance out your nutrition. Don’t let a bump in the road, knock you off of the road If you have one too many pieces of cheesecake, or a few too many drinks, don’t let this derail your holiday eating game plan. If you strayed from your original eating intentions, just do better next time! Don’t stress about it! It’s called a holiday for a reason! This time of year is meant to be relaxing, so enjoy it! If you want a second helping of pie then go for it. Make your decision and don’t stress about it. Stress has been linked to weight gain, so be at piece (pun intended) and enjoy the pie. Stop Tasting! If you’re cooking and constantly sampling your creation it can quietly add hundreds of calories to your diet. Skip the tasting and enjoy your creation after! Organize holiday activities Need to burn those extra pastry calories? Try organizing events with families that can keep everyone active. Maybe a friendly touch football game with the family, or sign up for a holiday 5k race. However you decide to spend the holidays, be sure to enjoy it. And if you need a little help before or after the holidays to look good, that’s why PARS is here. Set up a consultation today to learn more, call us at 1.888.886.1333.
Having a baby is an incredible experience that changes a woman’s life in every possible way, including major changes to her body. If you have recently given birth, you may feel unhappy with the extra weight you are carrying, lack of muscle tone, and sagging breasts. Although these bodily changes are normal after having a baby, many women feel discouraged and want to get back to their pre-baby body as soon as possible. Women who were at a healthy weight before becoming pregnant should be able to get back to it within around three months of giving birth. The process could take a year if you were significantly overweight prior to pregnancy. In either case, doctors urge you to tread lightly for at least the first six weeks postpartum. You are still recovering from the birth itself and trying to do too much too soon could set you back. It requires a firm commitment to eating right and getting exercise regularly, both of which can be hard to do under normal circumstances, let alone with a newborn in the house. Here are some tips for helping you get back to yourself after the baby comes. Start by Walking Whenever You Can If the weather permits, put your new baby in a stroller and walk around the block a couple of times. If that is manageable, try to go for a little longer the next way. Try to work up to 20 minutes and eventually aim for a goal of 30 minutes. You should strive for up to 30 minutes of walking three to five times a week. This burns approximately 150 calories and builds up your tolerance for more strenuous exercise. Don’t Forget Strength Training If your stomach looks and feels flabby several weeks after your baby’s birth, consider adding strength training to your workout routine. You can take up weight training with a personal trainer, but you don’t even have to leave the house for strength training. Look for opportunities in everyday events, such as doing lunges as you push your baby’s stroller. You can even incorporate your newborn into your routine by doing lunges while holding him or her. Watch Your Diet and Get as Much Sleep as Possible New moms should do their very best to stay away from foods that don’t provide any nutritional value, such as chips and soda. The most important thing you can do to stay healthy and get back into shape is eat a balanced diet. Every day, try to include fresh fruits and vegetables, lean proteins, whole grains, and low-fat dairy products in your diet. This is especially important if you breastfeed your new baby. Finally, drink as much water as you can to stay hydrated throughout the day. Rest is important, too! Try to take advantage of the times your newborn is sleeping to get caught up on sleep yourself. Even just spending the time while your wee one is napping resting your eyes and putting your feet up will help you feel refreshed and restored when your baby wakes up. The Mommy Makeover If diet and exercise alone aren’t enough to give you the results you desire, another option is the Mommy Makeover. This is a series of plastic surgery procedures that help you reduce stretch marks and unwanted body fat. Two of the possibilities include a tummy tuck with liposuction or a breast lift with the added option of breast implants. However you choose to bounce back after having a baby, remember that you are worth it. You need to take care of yourself so you can care for your baby.
While you may think liposuction and a tummy tuck are one and the same, there are actually a few differences between the two. It all has to do with the abdominal wall, whether or not you have excess fat and whether loose skin is present after extreme weight loss or pregnancy. Depending on your situation, your plastic surgeon will recommend one or the other. Let’s take a look at what makes the two procedures different and what their respective recovery times are. Tummy Tuck If you have recently lost a lot of weight and are left with excessive loose skin on your stomach, a tummy tuck—technically called abdominoplasty—may be order. This procedure involves removing excess fat and skin and restoring weakened or separated muscles for a smoother and firmer belly, according to the American Society of Plastic Surgeons. While many people strive to get a tighter stomach through diet and exercise, this isn’t always possible due to several factors, such as age, heredity, extreme weigh fluctuations and past pregnancy. As a result, many people—particularly older women—enlist the help of a plastic surgeon to address the sagging skin and pull it tighter. Liposuction This procedure is a bit different in that it’s not quite as invasive as an abdominoplasty. Liposuction is a process that removes small bulges of fat—not cellulite—which diet and exercise can’t fix; the procedure is most commonly performed on the hips, stomach, abdomen, thighs, buttocks, and face, according to WebMD. Candidates for this procedure should be of average weight with firm skin and concentrated pockets of fat. Liposuction can be done in the doctor’s office or at an outpatient facility. The doctor performing the surgery makes small incisions to remove fat through the insertion of a suction device. Liposuction usually requires only local anesthetic, while a tummy tuck entails general anesthesia. Cosmetic Results The overall result of both procedures is largely the same but with a few small differences. One difference is that a tummy tuck can effectively remove stretch marks and other scars because some skin is actually removed. With liposuction, no skin is removed—only fat is suctioned out. That’s why liposuction is best for those who already have tight abdominal muscles with firm skin tone. A tummy tuck will tighten up the abdomen and smooth out the skin to result in a tighter stomach. Your doctor will let you know which procedure is best for your body type. Generally, older women who have had babies and need to tighten up their abdominal muscles, as well as remove sagging skin, are good candidates for tummy tucks. Those who want to remove fat from their stomachs but don’t need abdominal tightening are better candidates for liposuction. Recovery time for a tummy tuck can be up to four times longer than for liposuction. The procedure is also much more invasive and presents more risks. Be sure to always get a consult with a plastic surgeon to go over all possible options before undergoing surgery. You can contact us today for a complimentary consultation!
Getting into shape for bikini season doesn’t just require commitment; it requires knowledge. There are people who wake up every day and perform an endless routine of crunches and sit-ups, chasing that bikini body that always seems to elude them. Without knowledge, even the strongest commitment will wane when no results are forthcoming. It’s time to make your sure your natural excitement about working out is rewarded this summer. Here are just a few tips for getting into shape for bikini season. Water Adds Natural Resistance One of the best workouts out there is entirely dependent on the medium: water. Taking a brisk walk to get your blood pumping is great exercise for the beginner; doing this same workout with half of your body underwater increases the resistance and ratchets it up to an elite workout. The results of a dedicated water-walk or jog can be exceptional; you’re essentially weightlifting with every move as you fight the water’s subtle resistance. Although walking underwater will help you shed fat to get that bikini body and significantly improves your cardiovascular health, many people think of it as a primarily rehabilitative exercise. It certainly helps athletes recuperate and the disabled strengthen their muscles, but make no mistake, it’s good for everyone. If you can locate a gym or swim center with underwater treadmills, all the better, but a simple swimming pool, lake or dip at the beach will do. Combine High-Intensity Workouts to Burn Fat Vigorously Since it’s now widely known that you can’t simply target the fat on your body and work out just those regions, find your favorite workouts and do several of them in a single routine. For example, if you like to work out your triceps with pull-downs, biceps with curls, and latissimus dorsi with lat-pull-downs, combine them. Do the triceps first, since it’s the biggest muscle group on your arms, then rest just a few seconds before moving on to the other two in succession. This counts as single set. Repeat 3-4 times and you’ll feel the burn that tells you you’re really working out. The point is, compound exercises are the straightest line to that bikini body. Naturally Compound Exercises An alternative to using several different exercises to sculpt and shape that bikini body is to choose naturally difficult workouts that recruit as many muscle fibers as possible. Because your legs work in tandem in almost everything they do, it should come as no surprise that squats and deadlifts dominate here. People tend to skip these workouts in the gym precisely because they’re so taxing, but it’s this taxing effort that will burn off the unwanted fat faster than anything else you do. To perform squats and deadlifts correctly, start out with just your body weight to get a feel for the right form, then add weight incrementally. It’s often useful to ask a trainer at the gym to show you the proper form first time, or consult online videos and practice the form at home. These workouts will have you strutting around with a toned physique in no time at all. Man or woman, your body will be ready to hit the beach in no time.