Temperatures may still be frigid, and you might be hiding your body behind sweaters, jeans, and scarves, but now is the time to prepare for summer. During winter, time is on your side, and you have the ability to use clothing as camouflage throughout your transformation as the upcoming warmer months approach. By taking the right steps now, you can be slimmer and healthier by the time summer finally arrives.
Why winter is the perfect time to prepare for summer
Although it may seem counterintuitive, the cold months of winter are ideal for preparing for summer. In most cases, results promised by magazines and popular media simply aren’t realistic, as are the timelines required to achieve such results within a short period of time. It is important to get started as early as possible, since getting fit and healthy doesn’t happen overnight. It takes time to see the results of your hard work and dedication. In addition, if part of your summer preparation includes plastic surgery, you will want to allow yourself as much time as possible to heal so that once summer comes around, your incisions will be far less visible, and bruising and swelling should be resolved.
Put in the hard work to see results by the start of summer
Focus on eating a healthy diet every day, and exercise on a regular basis. In addition, schedule your plastic surgery procedures early enough so that you have adequate time for recovery before shorts and halter-top weather comes around. Some patients underestimate how long it will take their bodies to respond to diet and exercise, and become frustrated. Sometimes, they may not give themselves adequate healing time following plastic surgery, then become disappointed when they aren’t beach-ready along with their friends. By preparing now, you will greatly increase the likelihood of being ahead of the curve.
Commit to a healthy diet
Commit to eating healthy foods on a regular basis. Doing so will make the act of eating habitual rather than an indulgence. In addition, keep a limited variety of snacks on hand to avoid overgrazing on unhealthy options. Keep small packages of nuts and healthy snacks in your purse, and prepare containers of carrots and celery to grab on the go. Don’t forget to take water everywhere you go to stay hydrated throughout the day. Consider eating protein and high-fiber food at breakfast, and for lunch, fill up on vegetables and more protein. Allow yourself variety at dinner so you finish out the day feeling satisfied and full.
Make time for exercise
Most patients are more likely to stick to an exercise routine if it is a regularly scheduled part of the day or week. Schedule four or five exercise sessions each week, and mix in cardiovascular exercise with strength-training sessions. If you find it difficult to stick to an exercise routine, try to get your workout done first thing in the morning within an hour of getting out of bed so that you can check it off of your to-do list. You’ll give yourself a sense of accomplishment, as well as a boost of energy to start off your day. If you are still having trouble, consider setting an alarm or reminder on your phone.
Allow plenty of time for plastic surgery recovery
If part of your preparations for summer include plastic surgery, schedule your consultation as soon as possible. It is normal to have several weeks between your consultation and the actual procedure, and depending on the surgery you choose, you may need anywhere from a week to several weeks for recovery. In addition, although the main part of the recovery process may be over in a few weeks, it will take significantly longer to see the full effects of your procedure. The more time you have before summer for the healing process, the better off your body will be.
To get a jump start on summer, call Monarch Plastic Surgery today at (913) 663-3838 for our Leawood and Lansing offices, or at (816) 436-3262 for our North Kansas City location.