Stay in Shape This Holiday Season

Christmas Workout

The holidays are for spending time with family, shopping for gifts, attending holiday parties, and indulging in your favorite foods.  As most people find this time of year to be the busiest, we often struggle to pay a visit to the gym. It’s important to not let your jam-packed schedule hinder you from reaching your weight loss goals. Even if you’re considering cosmetic surgery procedures such as liposuction, tummy tuck, or mommy makeover, it is still important to maintain a healthy lifestyle in order to produce aesthetically-pleasing cosmetic surgery results. Here are some tips for staying fit and motivated this holiday season:

  • Schedule a block of time for your workouts:Take a look at your calendar and schedule in time for your workout. This may mean missing something else on your agenda, but it will be worth it in the long run. Set reminders on your phone so you won’t forget, even on your busiest days.
  • Get creative with your exercises: Whether you’re spending the holidays traveling or if you’re stuck inside because you’ve been snowed in, it’s difficult to stick to your usual exercise routine. Perhaps your flight gets delayed; find a space and stretch, do pushups, sit ups, or walk the terminal. As another alternative, try interval jumping jacks or running in place in your living room. You can also get plenty of cardio while shopping at the mall!
  • Sweat out the stress: It is known that stress is one of the leading causes of weight gain and noticeable signs of aging. Yoga is an excellent and sufficient way to decrease seasonal stress while improving strength, flexibility, and balance. As soon as you wake up in the morning, spend about half an hour doing a few relaxation and breathing exercises in order to diminish any tension in your body.
  • Make the most of your “off” day: Everyone has days that they slip up on their workout routine. Instead of vegging out in front of the television, use the time slot to enjoy some quiet time by reading a book, listen to music, or treat yourself to a day at the spa. Remember not to get down on yourself for skipping, instead, schedule a day off from your workout plan to rest, just be sure to practice self-control and start again the next day.
  • Limit holiday treats:Holiday foods are packed with calories. It is acceptable to enjoy these foods in moderation, but it’s important to not overindulge. People often make the mistake of not eating all day so that they can let loose at a holiday party. Instead, eat a healthy snack before going out to avoid eating extra calories to compensate for your hunger. Exercising in the morning will also help you provide some calorie wiggle room at the party.
  • Set goals: Get a head start on your New Year’s resolutions and set some goals. Setting goals is important and beneficial, but they need to be realistic. There’s no need to set yourself up for disappointment.

Staying fit over the holidays is all about self-control and moderation. I believe that exercise is an important part of overall health and wellness, and plastic surgery should not replace any exercise plan. If you’re looking to make the first steps towards healthy lifestyle changes, our in-house NESTA Weight Management Specialist, Jackie Madison is here to help. With the Lifestyle & Weight Management program, Jackie will help coach you through your pre- and post-surgery time period by teaching you how to commit to an active lifestyle, achieve weight loss and weight management goals, provide effective eating habits, manage your time and assist with battling stress. If you are interested in any of the cosmetic procedures I perform, please contact Southern Plastic Surgery, P.C. today. Be sure to connect with me, Dr. David Whiteman, on FacebookTwitter, and Google+ for more plastic surgery news.

Eat This, Not That: How Your Diet Impacts Your Plastic Surgery Results

For individuals interested in a plastic surgery procedure, maintaining a proper diet and exercise regimen can help enhance results and reduce recovery time. I will continue to do my part to meet your desired aesthetic goals, but I also place the utmost importance that you do your part to preserve your plastic surgery results. Providing yourself nutritional care two weeks before and after surgery is an important aspect in meeting your cosmetic surgery desires. In order to achieve correct preoperative and post-operative nutrition, you must meet your recommended intake of vitamins, minerals, carbohydrates, protein, and fat. According to popular nutrition data, the chart below illustrates healthy, yet tasty alternatives to substitute for high-fat, high-calorie choices:

EAT THIS
Calories
(serving size: 1)
NOT THAT
Calories
(serving size: 1)
Air Popped Popcorn
110 (1 oz)
Potato Chips
155 (1 oz)
Fat-Free Plain Greek Yogurt
17 (1 oz)
Vanilla Ice Cream
59 (1 oz)
Brown Rice
32 (1 oz)
White Rice
37 (1 oz)
Almond Milk
7 (1 fl. oz)
2% Milk
15 (1 fl. oz)
Olive Oil
119 (0.5 fl. oz)
Butter
102 (0.5 oz)
Hummus
47 (1 oz)
Mayonnaise
170 (1 oz)
Wheat Pasta
35 (1 oz)
Pasta
45 (1 oz)
Coconut Water
6 (1 fl. oz)
Grape Juice
16 (1 fl. oz)
Granola Bar
113 (1 oz)
Milk Chocolate
152 (1 oz)
Hazelnut Spread
153 (1 oz)
Peanut Butter
167 (1 oz)

If you’re looking to make the first steps towards healthy lifestyle changes, our in-house NESTA Weight Management Specialist, Jackie Madison is here to help. With the Lifestyle & Weight Management program, Jackie will help coach you through your pre and post-surgery transition by teaching you how to commit to an active lifestyle, achieve weight loss and weight management goals, provide effective eating habits, manage your time, assist with battling stress and more.

If you are interested in any of the cosmetic procedures I perform, please contact us today. Be sure to connect with me, Dr. David Whiteman, on FacebookTwitter, and Google+ for plastic surgery news.

7 Anti-Aging Foods with Benefits

When you see commercials on TV for products that claim “you’ll see a more youthful appearance in just weeks,” you may be tempted to fall into the trap, but what if you could turn back the clock with just taking a bite out of some of your favorite grocery items?  Dr. David Whiteman always encourages his patients to maintain a pro-active healthy lifestyle and by giving your body the nutrients it needs, you will begin to see a difference in your complexion and according to Huffington Post, these seven foods can help do the trick:anti-aging-foods-health-advice

  • Berries: Whether you’re grabbing a handful of fresh strawberries, blueberries, or raspberries, each contain antioxidants and an excellent source of Vitamin C that promotes healthy cells and help to fight against diseases such as cancer or diabetes.
  • Oranges: Packed with Vitamin C, which helps boost your immune system, oranges contain natural anti-oxidants which help eliminate the toxins throughout your body that cause wrinkles, age spots, and dry skin.
  • Sweet Potatoes: Sweet potatoes contain Vitamin C, copper, Biotin, Vitamin B2, Vitamin B6 and fiber which are beneficial in diminishing the appearance of wrinkles and improves skin texture. Incorporating foods with vitamin-rich qualities is just as beneficial as maintaining your skincare regimen.
  • Carrots: Just one carrot is packed with beta carotene which helps to prevent illnesses, disease and most importantly, aging. The vegetable also contains Vitamin A which gives you a healthy scalp and brings shine to your hair.
  • Broccoli: Containing a chemical called “sulforaphane,” broccoli prevents free radicals from causing you to age and also helps to fight cardiovascular disease, joint diseases and diabetes.
  • Avocado: Avocados contain biotin which can aide in healthy skin and contain specific amino acids and anti-oxidants that reduce age spots, inflammation and heals injuries. It’s important to remember that allowing yourself to properly heal can maximize your plastic surgery results.
  • Plain Low-Fat Greek Yogurt: Yogurt offers calcium and protein, which both aide in bone and muscle building, and also boosts teeth enamel and helps with the appearance of wrinkles.

 

For patients with more extensive signs of aging desiring more-permanent results, contact us for information on our services. Connect with Dr. Whiteman and his Southern Plastic Surgery family on Facebook, Twitter, and Google+ for more updates on health and wellness and more.