How do they do it? Those celebrities with their perfect figures? Is it all air-brush?
But then, you hit the beach or gym and you see women and men your own age and they, too, have flat bellies, shapely hips, and thigh gap. And there’s not an air-brush in sight.
Aging, genetics, and hormonal fluctuations all influence where and how your body stores fat. When your body fat is distributed evenly all around, diet and exercise are usually enough to shed the extra weight and achieve the figure of your dreams.
But if you have pockets of bulging fat that make your physique disproportionate, you may have exercise-resistant fat. These bulges — often around your abdomen and hips — stay put even when you’re at your goal weight. Dr. Julio Garcia, an expert plastic surgeon in Las Vegas, Nevada, recommends with ultrasound-assisted lipoplasty (UAL) to permanently eliminate exercise-resistant fat.
No matter what type of fat distribution you have, the way to a sleeker figure starts with healthy foods, plenty of water, and an enjoyable, repeatable exercise routine. Even if you have exercise-resistant fat and want to remove it through body-contouring, you still should be at a healthy BMI and be able to maintain a stable weight over the long term.
It All Starts With Colors
The easiest way to think about your diet is to start adding in or upping the number of naturally colored foods you have in your diets.Veggies and fruits that are rich green, red, yellow, and orange are filled with vitamins, minerals and bioflavins that nourish your cells to keep them healthy and functioning optimally. Richly colored spices, like yellow turmeric and red cayenne pepper, also have anti-inflammatory properties and
Cutting out sugar and processed foods not only lowers the number of calories you consume, it decreases your risk for inflammation. Inflammation can unbalance your hormones and trigger insulin resistance, a precursor to diabetes. When your body’s in an inflammatory state, you’re also more likely to hold onto water, leading to further weight gain.
Some colorful foods and spices to experiment include:
- Tart cherries
Go for High-quality Protein
The old adage that anything that tastes good can’t be good for you couldn’t be more wrong. Delicious, protein-rich foods help you build stronger bones, muscles, and other tissues. Proteins also are used to make important enzymes and hormones.
Avoid processed meats, which are full of unhealthy nitrates and nitrates. Switch to whole-food proteins, adding in some novel sources for variety:
- Grass-fed beef
- Wild-caught salmon
- Nuts and seeds
- Whole grains
Easy on the Fats and Carbs
Adding healthy fats, such as coconut oil, ghee, grass-fed butter, and olive oil are a great way to make your vegetables taste better and give your body energy. Good fats also:
- Produce essential hormones
- Build up your cells
- Protect your organs
- Help you absorb vitamins and minerals
- Keep you warm
Other fatty foods that are good for you include avocados, olives, and nuts.
In contrast, saturated and trans fats should be avoided or minimized. Trans fats — which are plentiful in processed foods — raise your LDL (bad) cholesterol along with your risk for heart disease, stroke, and type 2 diabetes. Cut out:
- Fried foods
- Ready-made baked goods
- Microwave popcorn
When it comes to carbohydrates, be sure that the balance of your carbs are still veggie based. Stick to low-glycemic whole grains and starches like sweet potatoes and yams to round out your meals.
Another factor that might be causing your figure to be less than ideal is that you’re allergic or sensitive to foods that are triggering an inflammatory reaction in your body. You can find out what foods to avoid by consulting an allergist or a doctor who specializes in medically supervised weight loss.
Sculpt Away the Excess
Just as you may need a doctor’s help to attain and maintain an ideal weight for your body type, you may also need help sculpting away resistant fat. Those fatty bulges on your hips, abdomen, and elsewhere can stay stubbornly put no matter how many pounds you shed.
When performed by a top-notch surgeon like Dr. Garcia, UAL removes fat from your:
- Abdomen (beer belly, muffin top)
- Waist (love handles)
- Hips (saddlebags)
- Thighs (inner and outer)
- Knees and ankles
- Back (bra fat)
The Power of Ultrasound
When undergoing body contouring in Las Vegas with UAL, you get the high-tech advantage of today’s tumescent liposuction with the added bonus of the fat-melting capabilities of ultrasound energy. While the procedure takes longer than traditional liposuction, UAL results in less damage and trauma to surrounding tissues, including your skin. You’ll have less bruising, a shorter recovery time, and finer, more uniform results.
Depending on how much fat you want removed, you can have your UAL performed under local anesthesia. It can even be an in-office procedure.
When you’re ready for treatment, Dr. Garcia injects your fatty bulge with a special solution that makes the area tumesce, or swell. The solution contains pain-numbing lidocaine, adrenaline to control bleeding, sodium bicarbonate to help break up the fat, and saline.
He then makes a small incision and inserts a tiny metal straw called a cannula into the treatment area. He uses an ultrasound generator to send sonic energy through the straw, heating up and melting the fat. This makes it easier to remove.
Once the fat has been sufficiently liquidated, Dr. Garcia vacuums it out of your body. The fat cells that he removes during your UAL procedure will never come back. They’re gone for good, and so is your fatty bulge.
Your New Curves Are Yours To Keep
Your UAL treatment just takes a few hours. Because liposuction is a surgical procedure, your body needs time to recover. Dr. Garcia discusses your recovery timeline during your consultation, but you can expect to be tender for a few days or up to a couple of weeks. Your final results appear over the next weeks to months.
Dr. Garcia’s training as an artist as well as his surgical skills reveal themselves as your body takes on its new shape. He’s committed to giving you the curves and planes you want in a manner that is in harmony with your unique body shape.
One of the advantages of UAL is that once Dr. Garcia has sculpted your body, your proportions remain the same. If you maintain your weight with a healthy diet and exercise plan, your shape won’t change. But even if you splurge on the calories and gain a few pounds, the fat distributes evenly over your body. You may develop a new muffin top, but it will be smaller in proportion to your old one. And when you lose the weight again, your sculpted figure returns.
Give yourself a reward for maintaining a healthy lifestyle and weight by permanently eliminating resistant fat with UAL. If you’ve been considering undergoing body contouring in Las Vegas, contact Dr. Garcia’s team by phone or online form.