Summer is officially here, and that means it’s time to hit the beach! But some of us may not be ready to fit into our old bikinis quite yet. Yes, “winter weight” is a thing. In fact, it is estimated that the average person gains 1-2 pounds of fat during the snowy season. If you feel like you’ve packed on a couple of pounds, you may feel the need to get slimmer before strutting on the sand.
Luckily, our team at Vita Aesthetics is here to provide you with some helpful tips on how to get slimmer for the summer. Along with these tips, we also recommend our SculpSure® body contouring solution. Though not a weight-loss tool, this treatment can help tone your form if you’re already in the process of getting a flat tummy. Get in touch with our Whittier, CA office today to learn more.
1. Drink Water for a Slimmer Figure
Water is of the utmost importance on those hot summer days! But it doesn’t just keep you hydrated. Studies show that drinking 16 ounces of water before each meal can lead to a significant amount of weight loss if done consistently. That’s simply because water fills you up, so you end up eating less. In one British study published in the journal, Obesity, participants that were told to drink water before each meal lost an average of nine pounds in twelve weeks. That’s quite an impressive result from just drinking more fluids!
2. Swap Those Carbs for Fiber
The pounds we pack on are obviously influenced by the kind of food we put into our bodies. According to a study published in The Journal of the American Medical Association, 42% of the average American’s diet is made up of refined carbohydrates. Those are the bad kinds of carbs; they include processed foods like pizza, cheeseburgers, and pasta. Replacing these foods with better quality, high-fiber foods can help you lose weight. These can be whole grains, fruits, or vegetables. Not only are these options healthier, but they’ve been shown to keep you feeling fuller longer.
3. Change Your Breakfast Routine
Breakfast is popularly called the most important meal of the day. However, this meal may be the main thing responsible for your weight gain. That’s because many people confuse breakfast items like cereal for being healthy. Getting a box of whole-grain stuff may be the smartest choice, but it doesn’t mean that cereal is sugar-free. Added sugars can ruin any healthy food, so it’s important to review that cereal box thoroughly.
Even better, avoiding cereal altogether and opting in for oats may be an even smarter decision. Combining oats, berries, chia seeds, and yogurt can be an excellent first meal option without putting you over your calorie limit.
4. Exercise is the Key to Looking Slimmer
The most obvious and most effective weight-loss method is, of course, exercise. However, many people have a hard time distinguishing between effective and ineffective exercise styles. Chances are, going for a 10-minute walk won’t burn enough calories for you to see a major change in your body. High-intensity activity is the best option for losing weight. High-intensity interval training (HIIT) is when you alternate between short periods of intense exercise and recovery. This improves your metabolism and helps you burn calories, even after your workout. And, speaking of working out…
5. SculpSure® Body Contouring
SculpSure® is an excellent companion to your workout routine. This non-surgical device eliminates unwanted fat using light-based technology. The laser can target areas around your abdomen, hips, thighs, and back. Treatments take only 25 minutes on average and destroy up to 24% of fat cells without damaging your skin. While not a “weight loss” method, SculpSure® can help you tone and tighten up the areas that you’ve been targeting during your workout routines. This causes more noticeable results and a physique that is certain to turn heads on these hot summer days.
Find More Tips and Care Here at Vita Aesthetics
Interested in more support, or how about a SculpSure® session? Get in touch with our office here in Whittier to discover everything Vita Aesthetics has to offer.
We are a sister company to Montes Medical Group, which has provided compassionate quality care to Whittier and surrounding communities such as East Los Angeles and Inglewood for over 30 years. To get in touch and get beach-body ready, submit our request form below or give us a call at (562) 205-4500.