Top Tips on Getting Slim for Summer
With summer fast approaching, you’ve probably started thinking about getting in shape. When your goal is to slim down, it helps to have a plan for everything from your menu to your exercise schedule. It’s also important to know all of your options. Feeling overwhelmed? You’re not alone. We’ve got a few tips that can help get you on the right track.
First, take a few hours one day each week to create a meal plan for the week ahead so that you know what you’ll be eating each day. What should you be eating? Here are a few guidelines:
- Stock Up: Stock your fridge with cut up fruits, vegetables, nuts and other healthy snacks so they’re convenient to grab when you’re hungry. Try to stick to foods that have protein and fiber such as carrots and hummus or almond butter and an apple.
- Keep it to Three: Eat three meals and two snacks each day, rather than fewer large meals.
- Treat Yourself: Research shows one small daily indulgence won’t sabotage your weight loss plan. Try snacks under 150 calories, such as two squares of dark chocolate
- Eat More Veggies: Vegetables help you get slim because they’re low in calories and high in fiber.
- Stay Hydrated: Water helps fight bloat by flushing out the system, and can help you feel fuller when you’re hungry.
If you’re going to the gym, choose foods that will help you burn fuel over time, like whole grains, fruits and vegetables. Speaking of exercise, it’s important to decide how many days a week you can realistically exercise and for how long (even 10 minutes a day is beneficial!). Make exercise dates with yourself and keep them. Finding an exercise buddy can be a great way to make sure you don’t bail on your schedule. Focus on cardio, as the body needs to burn fat before it builds muscle.
But what about the fat that doesn’t seem to budge no matter how much you exercise? There is another option. SculpSure is the world’s first light-based body contouring system designed to reduce stubborn fat1-3 that seems resistant to diet and exercise.
SculpSure’s innovative technology is designed to reduce stubborn fat cells1-3 by raising the temperature of body fat in problem areas such as the abdomen and love handles. It can help you achieve a slimmer appearance in just 25 minutes without surgery or downtime. That’s because, unlike with suction-based methods, there is no bruising or damage to the surrounding skin with SculpSure. Results are typically seen in six to 12 weeks, according to clinical testing2,3, with an average 24 percent reduction in stubborn fat1.
Regardless of how you choose to get slim for summer, getting the information you need is crucial to help you make the best choice for you.
1. Single treatment of average reduction in fat volume as measured by MRI; Clinical and Histological Evaluations of a 1060nm Laser Device for Non-Invasive Fat Reduction – John W. Decorato, MD., F A C S. Rafael Sierra, Ph.D., Bo Chen, Ph.D., Westford, MA, 2014.
2. Katz B, Doherty S. A multicenter study of the safety and efficacy of a non-invasive 1060 nm diode laser for fat reduction of the flanks. Paper presented at: 2015 Annual American Society for Laser Medicine and Surgery Conference; April 22-26; Kissimmee, FL.
3. Average patient discomfort rating of 3.7 on a scale of 1-10; Bass L, Doherty S. Non-Invasive Fat Reduction Of The Abdomen With A 1060nm Diode Laser.Paper presented at: 2015 Annual American Society for Laser Medicine and Surgery Conference; April 22-26; Kissimmee, FL.
4. Temperature reached during treatment (42-47ºC) necessary to damage structural integrity of cell membranes leading to delayed adipocyte death(a, b, c)
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