It’s safe to say that 2020 has been a challenging year for everyone. Economies have been negatively affected by the COVID-19 virus, and our mental health is taking a hit. It’s normal to turn to food for comfort, and being locked inside much of the year doesn’t inspire a lot of activity. You would have to possess an enormous amount of discipline to not put on a few pounds this year, and many people are now thinking about losing lockdown weight. While not all weight gain is bad — and people can be healthy in many shapes and sizes — you might feel more comfortable with less weight on your body post-lockdown.
We totally get it! If you are hoping to stop the trend of an expanding waistline, we have a few tips to share on ways to lose that lockdown weight. Some are lifestyle changes, and if they don’t work, we offer weight-loss treatments to help you get back to feeling healthy and like yourself again.
This may seem like a no-brainer, but eating a healthy diet full of whole foods, complex carbohydrates, vegetables, fruits, legumes, nuts and seeds is not only going to build your immunity, but it will also help your waistline. Studies show that a predominantly plant-based diet can be effective when trying to lose weight. And, luckily for you, the internet is teeming with veggie recipes to get you started. You’ll even find free meal plans that you can follow with ease to take the guesswork out of eating plant-based. But, if you want a specific weight-loss plan, you may need to see a nutritionist.
As winter approaches, getting in daily exercise becomes a greater challenge. Local gyms may either be closed or feel like an unsafe space at the moment, so it’s time to start building that home gym! Do you know you can do a full-body workout that burns calories and builds muscle with just one kettlebell? Head to your nearest sporting goods store and pick a few pieces of equipment that will make home workouts a snap. A good start is resistance bands, kettlebells, a medicine ball and a jump rope. We also recommend doing bodyweight workouts that do not require equipment. The website Fitness Blender has enough free workouts to keep you busy for years to come.
If diet and exercise are not enough to get to a healthy weight or you need a little extra boost, you can try our weight-loss injections. Saxenda is an approved medical weight-loss tool that helps suppress your appetite so you don’t overeat. It helps you feel full faster and be satiated by the right amount of food. Saxenda helps you to stop binge or stress eating to get your weight gain under control.
If diet and exercise aren’t working to give you the figure you want or you have small areas that you would like to tighten and contour, consider two of our most popular non-surgical treatments. These are not weight-loss tools, but rather they are used to make slight body composition changes in certain areas that bother you.
If you are at a healthy BMI, but you have areas of excess fat that are resistant to diet and exercise, you can try fat-dissolving options like Aqualyx. The most popular areas that clients target with fat-dissolving injections are the stomach, hips, chest, inner and outer thighs, upper arms and under the chin (the jowls). This is a non-surgical body shaping treatment — made of naturally occurring ingredients — that dissolves fat cells when injected into tissue under the skin. After it is injected and the fat cells are destroyed, the remains are excreted by the lymphatic system naturally. The great thing about fat-dissolving injections is that the removal of fat cells is permanent. However, you must maintain a healthy lifestyle and weight to keep new fat cells from forming.
Unlike fat-dissolving injections that use deoxycholic acid to liquefy the fat cells, fat freezing is a procedure that uses extremely cold temperatures to kill fat cells. This process, called cryolipolysis, targets subcutaneous fat in areas like the love handles, stomach, thighs and arms. You will most likely need multiple treatments, and results can take three weeks or more to show, making it a minimally invasive body contour treatment like Aqualyx. When you come in for a consultation, we can discuss all the options with you and answer any questions you may have.
Liposuction and tummy tuck are the most popular plastic surgery options for body contouring. These are also not recommended as a weight-loss tool but rather to help you change your body shape to be more pleasing. For example, if you have a stomach overhang or excess fat around your back or legs, cosmetic surgery can give you a permanent solution. But keep in mind that these procedures come with much higher risk, long downtimes and could leave you with irreversible damage. If you choose to go the surgery route, you’ll want to do a lot of research to make sure you choose a skilled and experienced surgeon.