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Douglas A. Taranow, DO, FACOS

New York, NY

How to Stick to Your Weight Loss Goals During the Holidays


Posted December 13, 2018 in Liposuction, Tummy Tuck

For many of us, the holidays are our favorite time of year: the family gatherings, the parties, the days off work, and, of course, the food. While we may love the idea of being bombarded with sweet treats and large savory meals, our physiques don’t respond quite as well, and we may be finishing the holiday season wishing we had done things a little differently. It is for this reason that so many New Year’s resolutions involve some form of weight loss (even if those goals are simply to get your pre-holiday physique back). Instead of resolving to lose weight after the holidays, why not attempt to stick your weight loss plan throughout the holiday season?

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Plan Ahead

At this point in the year, you are sure to already have plans for holiday festivities. Believe it or not, sticking to your weight loss goals during this time is easier than you may imagine. It all starts with proper preparation and organization. If you know that you have a large holiday gathering over the weekend, be mindful of what you eat and how much you exercise in the days before and after that gathering. Focus on eating more vegetables and lean protein, skip desserts or late-night snacks, and add a couple of minutes to your workout routine. As with all things, moderation is key when it comes to holiday foods. Deep down, you already know what is healthy and what is not. When possible, take the healthier option, even if it doesn’t seem as satisfying in the moment. While that final piece of pie may taste delicious right now, that feeling will soon pass, and you may be left with a sense of regret.

Be Sensible

Whether you are spending the holidays with a family who loves to cook or are participating in a company potluck, you are often faced with plates that are larger than you need. What they say is true, your eyes are bigger than your stomach. One of the best ways to reach your weight loss goals is understanding when enough is enough. It’s important to eat until you are satisfied, not until you are stuffed, which will only make you feel sick in the short run and harm your weight loss goals in the long run. Sticking to your diet doesn’t mean you can’t enjoy the holidays. Take part and enjoy every minute of the season, just be mindful of your choices.

Healthy Diets Are Not Just for the Holidays

While a healthy diet is beneficial during the holidays, it’s important to remember that this is not the only time of year to think about what you are eating. By maintaining a healthy lifestyle, meaning the combination of a well-balanced diet and regular exercise, you will notice continuous benefits year-round.

Even Healthy People Can Benefit From Cosmetic Procedures

While making smart food and exercise choices during and after the holidays can be hugely beneficial to both your health and your appearance, it is not always enough to get your physique to where you want it to be. Even the most devoted individuals can struggle to remove that last bit of fat from their abdomen or hips. If diet and exercise aren’t enough to get you to where you want to be, cosmetic procedures such as liposuction or a tummy tuck can be that missing piece. Whether you are looking for minor improvements or a more dramatic transformation, the perfect procedure is out there for you.

If you are interested in liposuction or tummy tuck surgery, contact. Dr. Taranow by calling (212) 992-2100 to set up a consultation.

Complement Your Weight Loss With Body Contouring

Losing a significant amount of weight and sticking to your diet for maintenance purposes are both things to be proud of. But what now? The loss of all that weight can lead to excess skin on your midsection that sags because it has lost its elasticity. If you have reached your goal weight and are still struggling with pockets of fat or sagging skin, then one or more of our body contouring procedures might be right for you.

Tighten a Sagging Midsection

As a person gains weight, their skin stretches. But once the weight is lost, their skin does not always revert to its previously tight state. If you have loose, excess skin on your abdomen, then a tummy tuck procedure might be what you need. This surgery removes excess skin and tightens abdominal muscles. Enjoy a firmer midsection that shows off just how hard you have worked for your new silhouette.

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Eliminate Stubborn Fat Pockets

Most people have to deal with deposits of fat that resist diet and exercise. This can be frustrating, especially after you have worked hard to lose fat elsewhere on your body. One way to combat this issue is through liposuction, which can be performed to spot treat fat deposits and help you reach your aesthetic goals.

Add Volume to a Flat Derrière

Another part of your body that can lose volume and begin to sag after losing weight is your behind. While you may be able to build muscle mass at the gym, sagging skin is a different story. Luckily, a Brazilian Butt Lift (BBL) may be the right option for you if you have an adequate amount of fat that can be transferred from other areas of your body. BBL surgery involves the removal of fat via liposuction from donor areas on your body; the fat is then purified and injected into the buttocks to restore volume.

If you have lost weight and are looking to add the finishing touches to your new figure with body contouring, call our office at (212) 772-2100 or fill out our online contact form today to schedule a consultation.