Whether you live in a warm climate or wait all year for three months of beach weather, it’s normal to want to look your best when you head out for a day of sun, sand, and surf. But choosing a summer swimsuit can be a daunting task, particularly if you’re feeling self-conscious about a few pounds that you gained during the cooler months. But there are things you can do to make your summer beach body look right in whatever you choose to wear.
The Summer Swimsuit Dilemma
Can you lose the weight you’ve gained before the summer, or is it time to consider a bathing suit that may be able to hide a few extra pounds? This is known as the “Summer Swimsuit Dilemma.” Can you look great in a small bathing suit, or would it be better to opt for a more modest cut with a little more cloth? The answers to the following questions can help you make your decision.
- How much weight do you have to lose?
- How much time do you have before you want to start going to the beach or pool?
- Is weight loss easy for you?
- What lifestyle changes are you willing to make to achieve your body goals (i.e., diet, exercise, stop drinking alcohol, etc.)
- Would you be willing to opt for a non-surgical fat reduction process, like laser lipo?
Once you consider these factors, it may be a little easier to figure out your personal Summer Swimsuit Dilemma.
Tips for Getting Your “Summer Body” Ready
You’ve opted for the smaller, more form-fitting, cut bathing suit that shows off every curve, contour, and lines of your body, but you know you’re not quite ready to wear it. Here are a few tips to help your body do that swimsuit justice.
Reduce Your Net Calories
If you consume more calories than you burn, your body will store the excess calories as fat. If you burn more than you consume, it will start to burn fat to make up for the deficiency. If you’re trying to lose weight, you must cut your net calories. You can do this by reducing your calorie intake, increasing your exercise, or both.
Remove These Items From Your Diet
Making smarter choices in your diet isn’t always easy, but here are a few high-calorie items that offer few benefits and keep you from losing weight.
- Sugary Beverages – Sodas, sweet tea, fruit punches, and even some juices. Be careful of high-calorie “sports” drinks, as well.
- Carby Foods – The body converts carbohydrates into glucose, and many foods you eat have some amount of carbohydrates in them. However, certain high-carb foods also have a lot of calories in them. For example, a cup of cooked enriched white rice has about 54 grams of carbs but also about 250 calories in it. With this in mind, try to minimize your intake of bread, pasta, and rice. Replace these items with vegetables, beans, and nuts.
- Beer – Even a light beer introduces many extra calories into your diet — about 100 per beer. Most beers are 120 to 150 per 16 oz. beer. While you should drink any alcohol in moderation, for dietary reasons, beer is particularly harmful.
- Desserts – We all know that desserts are delicious but they tend to be extremely caloric. If you want to fit in your summer bathing suit, you need to cut out the confections.
Cardio For Overall Fat Reduction
For many reasons, you should engage in cardio exercise a few times per week. The CDC recommends 150 minutes of moderate cardio exercise or 75 minutes of vigorous cardio exercise per week. But the truth of the matter is that any exercise you do will deduct calories from your daily intake. Even a 15-minute walk will burn an extra 50 to 60 calories per day. Just remember that it’s extremely easy to put those calories back on with just a few extra bites of food.
Different Body Types
Your body type has a lot to do with how you carry weight and where you store fat. Here is a basic overview of the different types of body types for men and women.
This body type tends to be lean and slender. Ectomorphic bodies don’t carry as much fat as the other body types but also have difficulty building muscle. Many models have this basic body types.
This is a more compact body type. Endomorphic men tend to build muscle more easily but also tend to store more fat. Women may be more muscular in the lower extremities and more voluptuous overall.
Mesomorphs tend to be well-rounded and perhaps the middle ground between endomorphs and ectomorphs. Mesomorphs can, of course, become fat with overconsumption, but they don’t necessarily have to fight the uphill battle that endomorphs do.
Identifying your body type can help you determine how difficult it will be to achieve your body goals. For instance, if you’re a male endomorph, you may prefer to build muscle to achieve a summer look instead of trying to cut weight to appear “shredded.” This categorization can also help you choose a swimsuit that looks good on your body. For example, vertical stripes tend to make tall ectomorphs appear even taller and thinner.
How Emerald Laser Can Help
Sometimes, the difference between our present state and the look we want to achieve is a few strategically located pockets of fat. For example, you might be pretty happy with the overall look of your body, but when you put on your bathing suit, you notice that you’ve acquired love handles. Or you try on a two-piece that makes your inner thighs look fat. If this describes the way you feel about some portion of your body, Emerald Laser may be able to help.
Laser Fat Removal Explained
Emerald Laser is a state-of-the-art fat removal system developed by Erchonia — a pioneer in the field of laser fat removal and the first company to ever receive FDA approval for a fat-removal laser. The Emerald Laser system uses ten 532-nanometer lasers to target fat cells beneath the skin. These lasers bore microscopic pores in the cell walls and liquefy the fats contained inside. The emulsified fats then drain through the holes where the body’s lymphatic system disposes of them. The process is safe, fast, and effective. Most patients begin to see results within a week or two of the first session, with full results realized within 12 weeks.
Frequently Asked Questions About Emerald Laser Fat Removal
The following are some of the most common questions that patients ask Emerald Laser providers.
What Parts of the Body Can Emerald Laser Target?
Emerald Laser by Erchonia can target nearly any part of the body, including the lower stomach, hips, thighs, calves, arms, shoulders, neck, chin, back, and more.
Are There Any Side Effects?
There are no known side effects from the Emerald Laser fat removal process. In fact, there is no associated pain or downtime required after each session. You can resume normal activities as soon as you leave our provider’s facility.
How Much Does Emerald Laser Cost?
Depending on the parts of the body you want to target, most providers offer packages of six sessions for $1,500 to $2,500 with financing options available.
Can I Go to the Beach After My Session?
Yes, laser fat reduction doesn’t require you to refrain from any activity after your sessions.
Is Laser Lipo Considered Surgery?
No, laser lipolysis is a non-invasive medical procedure performed by experienced, highly-trained laser techs.
Summer is here, and it’s showtime. Don’t let a few extra pounds stop you from buying the swimsuit that you want to rock on the beach. Contact an Emerald Laser provider to schedule your free consultation.