It’s a cliché to say that plastic surgery is the best treatment for a person’s appearance, but some people might find it easier to achieve their beauty ideals with less surgery.
And for many of us, the promise of surgery has made it easier for us to ignore the signs that we need to work on, says Dr. Michael Bier, a plastic surgeon and professor at New York University School of Medicine.
Here’s how you can make your body look better in five simple steps.
Reduce body fat.
It’s easy to see that the bigger you are, the more body fat you’ll end up with.
But it’s possible to make yourself leaner and thinner by getting rid of excess body fat through lifestyle changes.
That’s why many people say they’re “eating like a girl.”
But if you’re looking to lose weight, it’s a good idea to start with low-fat, low-sugar diets, like the ones that are recommended by the American College of Sports Medicine.
And if you want to lose more body mass, look for exercises like bodyweight resistance training, like yoga, and more weight training to boost your muscles and improve your strength.
Get in shape.
Being in shape can help you achieve the body you want.
There are a number of weight-loss and health benefits to training, and if you stick to the basics, there’s little reason to change your workout routine to make it more intense, says Bier.
But there are a few common mistakes to avoid: Don’t stick to a single exercise routine that’s not working for you, and avoid the exercise machines that you might feel comfortable using.
Avoid using machines that are too heavy, which can increase your risk of injury.
And avoid cardio machines, which may not be as effective for you if you tend to be more sedentary.
Get your body healthy.
The good news is that a healthy diet and exercise routine can boost your health and overall appearance, says Jeffrey Wansink, a New York City-based psychologist and author of the new book The Power of Diet: How to Get the Perfect Body.
Here are some healthy eating tips to help you stay on track: Eat fruits, vegetables and whole grains.
This includes whole grains, nuts and seeds.
Choose more whole grains to eat and less refined carbohydrates.
Be wary of refined carbs.
They may help you feel fuller but they also may add to your risk for type 2 diabetes.
And they can raise your risk to heart disease and stroke.
Eat less fat and more plant-based foods.
These include whole grains and nuts.
Be sure to avoid processed foods, processed food substitutes and trans fats, which are linked to heart attacks and strokes.
Also avoid trans fats from butter and margarine.
Get into your yoga class.
Yoga is a great way to boost the energy levels of your body, especially your muscles, says Wansick.
He says that yoga can be a great source of energy for your muscles.
He recommends classes that have you sit in a position that will allow you to breathe deeply and release tension in your lower body, and also that have a variety of poses and rhythms.
These are the types of classes that you can practice at home, too.
If you’re interested in getting in shape, a daily workout routine can make the difference between looking great and not looking so good, says Nell Schoeller, MD, a Los Angeles-based health and fitness writer and co-founder of the online health website My Body Diet.
She also advises getting in a yoga class once a week or once a month.
The benefits of a daily routine include: More energy.
The more you exercise, the stronger your muscles get and the more you feel good about yourself.
If that’s the case, then you’ll feel more energetic and happier, she says.
And as a result, you’ll likely feel better about yourself and your appearance.
So if you need help with your fitness routine, consider scheduling a session with one of the classes offered by My Body or her website.
“I’m not saying everyone should do yoga every day, but if you have to do yoga at some point, it will give you a chance to get in shape,” Schoelleer says.
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