The Basics of Bodyscultping
Losing weight and toning the body takes an immense amount of dedication, as most people have to change certain habits in order to stick with a diet and exercise plan. For those who have lost a significant amount of weight, it can be even more challenging to sculpt the body, for there are other factors to consider, including excess skin and weaker muscles.
When it comes to body sculpting, there are a few things you can do to get your body where you want it, including weight training, proper nutrition, and even body-contouring surgery. Once you have lost the excess fat, it is time to start shaping your body to look toned and healthy. Achieving that look starts with these body sculpting basics:
After losing weight, many bodies tend to have excess skin that does not seem to be shrinking with diet and exercise. In some cases, if there was a significant amount of weight to be lost, the loose skin leftover will need to be taken care of by a plastic surgeon, as it has nowhere to go now that the excess fat is gone.
There are different types of body-contouring surgeries, including tummy tucks, breast lifts, skin removal, and both upper and lower body lifts. These surgeries can help those who have worked diligently to lose weight to lose the sagging skin and reshape the body back to what it once looked like.
For women, the most common body sculpting surgeries are tummy tucks or, for many women tend to carry extra weight in their stomachs. For women who have had children, the extra weight in their stomachs is often due to a lack of muscles in their abdomen. Tummy tucks can not only remove the excess skin, but also help strengthen the abdomen muscles.
If you are considering surgery, it is important you stabilize your weight beforehand. Losing a significant amount of weight or gaining back a significant amount of weight after body-contouring surgery can damage the results.
Diet and Exercise
For those who have lost weight but do not have excess skin, sculpting the body can also be done with diet and exercise. While some women also consider liposuction after weight loss, as many women who carry weight in their thighs and glutes can have a difficult time with cellulite, some do have success with eating a nutritious diet and following a rigorous exercise regimen that focuses on weight and strength training.
Many women tend to focus on cardio and do not do much in terms of strength training. While cardio is necessary for weight loss and a strong, healthy heart, strength training is important for sculpting the body and building, strong yet lean muscles. Some women are under the impression that strength training will bulk up their muscles; however, if strength training is done correctly, it builds lean muscles.
When it comes to body sculpting, it is important you follow a plan for your body. Many people make the mistake of doing strength training too often, which can lead to serious injuries. For instance, ideally, the body needs 24 hours for recovery after weight training, as your muscles need time to recover. Doing weight training on the same part of the body everyday can stress the muscles to the point of injury.
Moreover, it is important to start small and work your way up to more rigorous or intense strength training exercises. In fact, for many women, simply using 5 or 10 pound weights and resistant bands can challenge the body enough by shaping it properly without bulking it up too much.
Women should also consider interval training. This type of training has proven to be more effective than steady workouts. Interval training challenges the body and muscles by constantly keeping the body on its toes, since interval training does not allow the muscles to grow complacent. The body is constantly working, which also leads to burning more calories while exercising.
Losing weight is an incredibly accomplishment. To shape and contour the body so that is toned as well as lean, both body-contouring surgeries and strength training can help you get your body to a healthy place.
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