We’ve all made New Year’s Resolutions to lose weight, and chances are, we’ve all broken them, too. We're three weeks into 2017, and this year, Plastic Surgery Group of Memphis wants to help you break the cycle of vowing to make a change and then abandoning it before you even flip the calendar to February. We've put together some tips to help you meet and maintain your weight loss goals this year.
Set realistic goals.
Setting lofty goals seems like a great idea on January 1, but will ultimately discourage your progress when you don't see the scale moving as quickly as you'd like. Maintain your motivation by setting smaller goals that are easier to attain. You can always work your way up to more challenging ones if you start to get bored.
Make your weight loss resolutions measurable, and give yourself a specific amount of time to reach them. Dividing your weight loss goals into specific and measurable goals lets you know when you have met one so can move on to the next.
Share your resolution.
Don’t keep your resolution a secret! Friends and family members can serve a fantastic support system. With their encouragement, you'll find it easier than ever to make progress. You might even find a weight loss accountability partner who can help motivate you through the rough times.
Celebrate your success! Even small goals met are worth a reward. Treat yourself to some new workout clothes or a pedicure. You could even allow yourself a treat day to indulge in all the foods you're missing. Regular treats can help motivate you to hit your hard-earned benchmarks even faster.
Don’t give up.
Over the course of your weight loss journey, you'll inevitably encounter days that threaten to derail your diet and exercise plans. Remember that obsessing over the occasional slip-up won’t help you reach your goals any faster! Resist an all-or-nothing approach by being flexible enough to evaluate your goals and progress as you go.
Liposuction by the Plastic Surgery Group of Memphis
What happens next? You kept your resolution, you met all your weight loss goals, and you're in maintenance mode. Depending on how much you've lost, you may find that even with regular exercise, you have some stubborn areas of fat that refuse to budge.
Liposuction is a method of removing that kind of stubborn fat through a small incision to help contour your body. It treats localized excess fat deposits that are usually genetic in origin. When the unwanted fat is removed, the remaining fat and skin tighten up over the next 3-6 months, giving you a new, smoother appearance. The fat removed during this procedure will not be redistributed to other parts of the body, and recovery normally only takes about one week.
Liposuction is not a weight loss technique. The best time to perform body-contouring is when you're at your healthiest and most stable weight, so it's a great long-term goal to have in mind. Doing liposuction while you're still losing weight can be a bit like trying to hit a moving target! If you proceed with doing liposuction in areas that are still shrinking, the end result could be unpredictable. Waiting until you've achieved a healthy and stable lifestyle and you're maintaining that lifestyle and weight as much as possible will give you far better, longer-lasting results.
SculpSure by Plastic Surgery Group of Memphis
Looking for a less invasive way to achieve the kind of body contouring you get with liposuction?
SculpSure uses cutting-edge technology that's non-invasive, and the procedure requires no downtime or surgery. Not only that, but SculpSure offers fat reduction in significantly less time than other treatments.
As we get older and closer to adulthood, our fat cell count tends to become steady. From that point on, gaining weight doesn't increase the amount of fat cells, but rather their size. One reason people gain weight is from eating more food than the body needs for energy. When an excess amount of food is consumed, the body processes the fat that it requires for an energy source, and the remaining fat is then stored in fat cells. The more excess fat stored, the larger fat cells can become.
When you lose weight from eating a healthy diet or exercising, those fat cells don't disappear, they shrink. So, even with weight loss, the shrunken fat cells have the potential to enlarge again if you gain any back. The good news is that with SculpSure, fat cells are actually eliminated from your body. There's no chance for these cells to regenerate in the treatment area since there won’t be any fat cells left to enlarge. It's still important, though, to maintain a healthy lifestyle to make sure the surrounding fat cells that were not treated don't get the chance to enlarge!
New year, new you
Whether it takes you six weeks or six months, Plastic Surgery Group of Memphis wants to encourage you to stick with your resolution and meet your ultimate goal. Once you get there, we've got the rest covered! Whether it's liposuction, SculpSure, butt or breast lift, or a tummy tuck, we have an excellent team of surgeons and nurse-aestheticians on staff, ready to reshape those stubborn areas you aren't able to shift on your own. All of our physicians are certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery, and have over twenty years of combined experience. Although you have to do the hardest work yourself, we're here to help you refine your results. Give us a call today or click here to schedule a consultation.