Monthly Archives: November 2012

Diet and Exercise or Liposuction?

You have been working your butt off trying to lose weight. You have reached your goal weight, but there is that one area where the fat just won’t disappear. Is liposuction a good idea?

First of all liposuction is a cosmetic procedure. It also falls under the name “suction-assisted lipectomy” or even “lipoplasty”. If you are thinking about it as an option, you should understand that liposuction is not a form of weight loss. It is only design to remove stubborn fat areas that just won’t respond to exercising and dieting. In other words, it is to be treated as the ultimate last resort if you are really intent on removing the fat areas.

Some of the most common areas targeted for the liposuction procedure are:

  • Inner Thighs
  • Back
  • Arms
  • Hips
  • Love Handles
  • Abdominals

Liposuction is a great option for those who want to remove just a small amount of fat tissue in a certain area. It can be a real confidence booster for many people who are self-conscious about those problem areas. It is not an option for those looking to lose a large amount of fat. The procedure itself is time tested and safety has improved dramatically over time, but just like any other such procedure, it is surgery and there are risks involved. If you choose this route, be sure you get n authorized and well qualified surgeon. For example, if you are looking for liposuction Michigan, perform the search online and look for reviews and customer before/after pictures from each surgeon before making a decision.

Choosing a surgeon based on the lowest price might end up being the most costly choice. There is such thing as a good surgeon at a lower price, but when shopping around, just be sure you don’t put your body on the sale rack.

Some of the unsatisfactory outcomes include:

  • Incomplete lipo where it is difficult to tell if there was even anything done
  • Excessive lipo which leaves an unnatural look for body proportions.
  • Asymmetrical or uneven results
  • Abrasions in the skin
  • Huge scars

So just be careful when choosing a surgeon if you decide to take the surgical route.

 

 

How Much Should I Weigh For My Height?

When setting weight loss goals a lot of people want to know – how much should I weigh for my height. How much you should weigh depends on a few different factors such as your height, weight and age. One method of determining your ideal weight is to use the Body Mass Index (BMI). Whilst this is a fairly accurate way of determining how much you should weigh it is not perfect as it doesn’t account for muscle mass, which is one of factors that should be taken into account.

Often people wonder if there is a correlation between their age and how much they should weigh. There is no definitive answer to that question as everyone has a different physiological make up and will be at different levels of activity and fitness at different points of their life. Whilst it is assumed that as people get into middle age they will weigh more as generally they will be less active this often isn’t the case as diet is a much bigger factor in weight maintenance than exercise.

Coming back to the BMI scale – The BMI scale gives you a point score that is based on your weight and height. There are four classifications in the BMI scale -

Underweight – Your BMI score is less than 18.5

Normal Weight – Your BMI score is between 18.5 and 24.9

Overweight – Your BMI score is between 25 and 29.9

Obese – Your BMI score is 30 or more

If you’re curious as to what your BMI score is there are many good calculators online. They are not as accurate as visiting a doctor would be however as they don’t take other factors into account. They are simply using your weight and height together. It should be anyone’s goal to be in the normal range of the BMI scale. This will at least ensure that you are at less risk from weight-related diseases. The best way to achieve an ideal weight is with a balanced diet consisting of good quality food and taking regular exercise.