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Though Palo Alto weather usually doesn’t garner complaints, the temperature will only rise from here! The hotter the weather and the brighter the sun—the more you’re going to want to be bikini ready. Whether you buy your lunch or plan ahead, we want you to feel confident by the pool. The specialists at Palo Alto Laser & Skin Care have compiled a list of methods that can help you get fit, healthy and confident in your summer wardrobe.
No matter your age or lifestyle, making healthy choices isn’t always easy. If you go out for lunch, the unhealthy eating habits of others or even the menu itself can tempt you (like choosing a juicy burger over a nutritious salad). And sometimes, restaurant-made salads aren’t even the healthiest—making the entire process more difficult! If you are dining out, be sure to choose healthy options, and don’t be afraid to make substitutions or adjustments to your order. Making a simple request—like holding the bleu cheese—can make a big difference when it comes to diet and weight-loss goals.
If packing is a part of your daily routine, the most crucial decisions are made during your weekly trip to the grocery store. Make an effort to put only healthy items in your cart and ditch the soda, chips and ice cream. Most of what you purchase should be veggies—especially greens—which are vital for fat loss! Since fresh produce can be pricey, keep an eye out for what’s on sale if you’re on a tight budget!
If you have a busy schedule and worry your fresh produce will go bad, canned veggies are a good option. They’re shelf-stable and readily available, but be careful—they contain a good amount of sodium. Make sure you rinse your canned vegetables off before eating them to get rid of some of the extra salt. Aside from veggies, try integrating fresh fruits and legumes, Greek yogurt, whole grains, eggs, lean turkey and chicken into your meal plan. Those are just a few examples, but as long as you stray from sweets, processed foods, TV dinners and red meat, you’ll notice a difference.
Once the shopping has been taken care of, coordinate an afternoon or two that you can dedicate to meal prepping. Setting aside a couple of hours to prep allows you to pack a week’s worth of lunches and snacks in one night! Trust us, when you’re at work or class the next day with all of your healthy food ready to go, you’ll be thankful you took the time to prepare.
Exercising can also be difficult to incorporate into your schedule, especially if you aren’t used to being active. If exercising isn’t something you do regularly, start by setting a small goal. Aim to get moving for at least 30 minutes each day. You could speed walk, bike or even make up your own at-home circuit of jumping jacks, burpees and squats! As long as you’re stepping it up from what you’ve been doing, you’re making progress.
If you already exercise at least 30 minutes a day, kick it up a notch—try a high-intensity interval workout, turn your mile run into three miles or join a class at the gym. If money is an issue, YouTube is a great source for exercise inspiration—a simple search can produce plenty of free workout videos! Switch up your routine from day to day and try new workouts. Having fun with something you’ve never done before rather than sticking to the same routine will help you stay motivated!
Are you someone who already eats clean and hits the gym, but there are stubborn areas of your body that still hang on to fat? Body shaping, a non-invasive way to eliminate fat, may be the answer you’ve been looking for! These treatments are used more often than you might think, and they could be the key to helping you meet your fat-loss goals. CoolSculpting comes highly recommended from the specialists at Palo Alto Laser & Skin Care.
CoolSculpting is the most innovative way to get rid of stubborn fat without going under the knife! During this treatment, a gel pad and applicator are placed on your trouble area, and controlled cooling targets the fat. Fat cells underneath the skin are frozen, and your body then naturally eliminates these dead cells. The treatment is so comfortable that you can read, text your friends or even nap during the procedure. There is no downtime either, so you can go back to work right after your treatment. Every body is different, so the number of treatments will depend on your target area. You may notice a difference as early as three weeks, with the most dramatic changes occurring two to three months later.
Though CoolSculpting can help you tone your trouble areas, make sure you don’t forget about eating healthy and staying active. The combination of a clean diet, moderate exercise and body sculpting sessions can deliver incredible results!