[By Rebecca Lee]
With an anticipated high calorie-filled Easter weekend coming up in 2 weeks’ time, it’s probably wise to get serious if you plan to take part in all that holiday feasting and merry making, plus reach your fitness goals by the time bikini season comes round in full swing. Getting into shape takes time, dedication and determination, and procrastination is the #1 nemesis standing in your way. If your aim this summer is to flaunt and not hide, stop finding excuses and make this year different from the rest. The journey might not be easy and all that smooth, but the ride will certainly be a lot less bumpy if you stick to these 5 realistic tips, helping you to reach your fitness goals starting from the very day when you first read this!
Set up a realistic schedule
Be in it pounds, inches, dress size or percentage body fat loss, nothing can be achieved overnight. You’re more likely to succeed if your fitness goals are realistic to begin with. Draw up a schedule for when you like to lose 3 pounds, 5 pounds, etc. and give yourself a pat on the back with a reward such as a shopping treat once a milestone is reached. Having a fitness diary is a great way to keep track of your progress and remind you of the goals you’ve set up for yourself.
The Action Day Results Planner 2018 is a great way to keep your fitness journal. Not only does this planner has room for you to ink down your appointments, there’s a section recording the goals you’ve set, like weight loss or muscle gains numbers, as well as a nutrition section to monitor your meal throughout the day and track your dietary efforts. Be focus and push forward to the next target, always challenging yourself to be one step ahead of schedule!
Stop using exercise as an excuse
One of the biggest cornerstone that stands in the way of success is dietary indiscretion, and studies have shown that women are more likely to fall prey to this. You might have switched out to a healthier regular diet of fresh greens and protein, but unfortunately, that double chocolate muffin you allowed yourself after that grueling 2-hour session of kickboxing proved way more damaging than what you thought it would be.
“Using exercise as an excuse to binge on empty calories with poor nutritional value is an oft overlooked saboteur to one’s fitness goals.” Warns Dr. Low Chai Ling, aesthetics physician formerly from The Sloane Clinic and current medical director of the SW1 Clinic with a holistic in-house Weigh Loss Program. “To drop those pounds successfully require you to go into a “caloric debt” by burning more calories than consumed, and allowing yourself a cheat treat or meal once too often is not going to make the cut.”
Do take progress selfies (upload optional)
Watching your body progress is an inspiring experience which also serves to motivate you to keep on going to make sure your next body check selfie is better than the last. Make sure you’ve a set schedule for these, such as taking one every 4 to 6 weeks. It is best to do so under natural lighting, making sure that the lighting condition is more or less the same on every occasion. Be consistent when it comes to your angle and pose and keep your fingers off those filter apps! If you do share them on social media platforms, be prepared for possible backlash, just because…#haterswillbehaters, no matter what. Keep yourself grounded and don’t lose sight of your goals just because your uploaded pictures aren’t getting the kind of response you had wished for. At the end of the day, you yourself is the best judge of what you had achieved thus far.
Don’t get caught in the number game
I know of many ladies who swear by a “magic number” as their ideal weight and fight relentlessly to keep below it. As helpful as measurements can be, they alone don’t determine the success of your fitness goals. “Muscles weigh more than fats so it’s not uncommon to find your weight stagnant or even climbing when you exercise more, but that doesn’t mean you aren’t getting fitter and losing fat.” Explains Low Chai Ling. “Conversely, even if you manage to stay afloat at your “magic number” without breaking a sweat, it doesn’t mean you’re in good shape or a healthy state either.”
Exploring feasible options
While you might be on track with your weight loss schedule as planned, it doesn’t translate well for bikini season if your body is still holding on to curves in all the wrong places. These “trouble areas” of notoriously stubborn fatty bits can vary from person to person, with the commonest being love handles, belly, hips and thighs.If you’re looking for a no downtime, non-surgical approach to fast-track your way to Victoria’s Secret heaven, you might find salvation in Coolshape cryoliposis functioning on advanced German Zimmer technology. Commonly known as “fat freezing”, this celebrity endorsed body shaping procedure engages a targeted cooling process that breaks membranes of fat cells and hence led to their destruction by literally freezing them to the point of elimination. By ensuring effective lymphatic drainage of surrounding tissues with Dream Body Tone, clearance of these broken down fat cells is optimized, leading to quicker visible results and shortened recovery time. Skin strengthening vitamins are infused via Sonophoresis to dermal layers of overlying skins, helping to stimulate collagen production and improve skin elasticity, leading to enhanced aesthetics outcome achieved when the anticipated fat loss of 20 to 23% takes place in 8 to 12 weeks’ time.
Dr. Low Chai Ling who founded The Sloane Clinic in 2003 is currently the medical director @ the SW1 Clinic, fulfiling her aspiration of setting up a one-stop aesthetics destination that cater to both non-invasive cosmetics dermatology and cutting edge plastic surgery, helping patients to address all their beauty woes in all ways possible, without prejudice and limitations.
SW1’s philosophy is “Empowering the world one face at a time. Live Your Dreams.”