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How You Can Lose Weight And Keep it Off in 2019

Health and Fitness | Chester, NJIf there’s one thing that’s at the forefront of most people’s minds during the new year, it’s weight loss. If you have some excess weight that you’ve been trying to lose but just haven’t been able to, then this article is for you. Here at Dr. Weinstein’s office we like to see all of our clients succeed. Let’s take a closer look how you can take your dreams of having a slimmer figure and turn them into your new reality.

Set Realistic Goals

One of the reasons why so many resolutions fail by February is because people set unrealistic goals. When you are trying to lose weight, make sure that you set goals that are attainable. For instance, trying to lose 10 lbs in a month may not be realistic, but 5 lbs might. If you need help setting realistic goals, talk to our staff.

Watch What You Eat

If you really want to lose weight, then you should start by watching what you eat. You may not realize it now, but you are probably eating more calories than your body actually needs each day. Remember that you don’t’ have to go on any sort of crazy fad diet to see results, you can successfully diet by cutting out sugars, watching your carbs, and eating a lot of lean protein.

Consider Liposuction

One of the most frustrating things about losing weight is not being able to lose it all. If you are in a position where you feel like you just can’t lose an extra 10-15 lbs, then liposuction may be able to help. Contrary to popular belief, liposuction is actually for patients who are close to their goal weight. Which means, that if you just need an extra push, then it may be the perfect thing for you.

Make 2019 the year that you wear a bikini and feel sexy in it. To learn more about how you can get the body of your dreams, contact our Chester office and give us a call at 908-879-2222.

How Much Sleep Do You Need for Younger-Looking Skin

effects of sleep on skin appearanceIt’s not called beauty rest for nothing and science seems to agree. The findings of a recent research by physician scientists at the University Hospitals (UH) Case Medical Center revealed that poor sleep quality could actually weaken the skin’s ability to repair itself. Hence, individuals with poor quality of sleep tend to exhibit advanced signs of skin aging. Here at our New Jersey plastic surgery practice, we encourage our clients to take care of their skin both from the inside and out, which includes getting high quality sleep.

Phases of Sleep
Sleep is your body’s way of recovering from all the work it did during the day. To improve your quality of sleep, it is also crucial that you understand the different phases of sleep.

Deep and Light Sleep – are the two phases that simultaneously occur during the first few hours of sleep. During these phases, your brain’s neurons slow down while growth hormones are at its peak for muscle tissue repair. Your immune system is also trying to recover around this time.

REM Sleep – Short term memories are consolidated and transferred to your long-term memory banks. This phase largely influences your ability to focus the next day.

Do Length and Timing Matter?
You’ve probably heard about the 8-hour requirement for a good night’s sleep. It turns out that this is actually just a myth. A study published in this Time article found out that people who sleep between 6.5 and 7.5 hours a night are actually happier, more productive, and live the longest. Interestingly, those who sleep longer tend to suffer from depression, obesity, and heart disease.

The key lesson from such findings is to actually observe how many hours of sleep make you feel refreshed the next day. Also, once you notice that you’re nodding off at 9pm , hit the sack, and do not just shake of that “sleepy” feeling.

To arrange your initial consultation with Dr. Weinstein and learn more about ways to help your skin look youthful, get in touch with us at our Chester Clinic by calling us at (908)879.2222 or by filling out this contact form. Make an appointment today and experience the life changing effects of plastic surgery!

Exercise critical for good health and good looks.

Negative Emotions Outweigh Intent to Exercise at Health Clubs

ScienceDaily (Dec. 17, 2009) 

Time and time again, it has been documented that regular exercise has many health benefits including lowering risks associated with the comorbidities of obesity. With only 30% of Americans trying to lose weight meeting the National Institutes of Health exercise guidelines of 300 minutes/week, a study in the January/February 2010 issue of the Journal of Nutrition Education and Behavior explores the paradox that exists — an antidote for obesity and its comorbidities is exercise, but the majority of obese Americans do not exercise.  Investigators explore and compare the barriers associated with regular exercise in health clubs between overweight and normal weight individuals.

Researchers at The George Washington University Medical Center examined overweight individuals’ intent to exercise at health clubs by administering an online survey instrument based on Ajzen’s Theory of Planned Behavior. This theory is based on

  1. one’s attitude toward the behavior in question,
  2. the perceived social pressure (subjective norm) to perform the behavior, and
  3. the ease or difficulty with which one can actually perform the behavior (perceived control).

Of the 1,552 individuals surveyed, 989 were classified into the overweight category.

The researchers found overweight individuals believed exercise improved appearance and self image more than normal weight individuals. In addition, overweight individuals felt more embarrassed and intimidated about exercising, exercising around young people, exercising around fit people, and about health club salespeople than individuals of normal weight. Overweight and normal weight individuals felt the same about exercising with the opposite sex, complicated exercise equipment, exercise boredom, and intention to exercise. The study interestingly found that the demographics of older age and overweight Caucasians (versus overweight non-Caucasians) had more of an effect on exercise intent than did weight. Most notably, the heavier the subject’s weight, the lower his or her perception of health. In other words, for the overweight, sedentary person, the negative emotions associated with health club exercise may be stronger in controlling regular exercise than the intellectual facts.

Writing in the article, the authors state, “One of the most noteworthy findings of this study was that OW [overweight] and NW [normal weight] subjects did not differ in their overall attitude toward exercising at a health club. This similarity in overall attitude of the OW and NW to club exercise is somewhat surprising, in that it is often assumed that OW people do not exercise as much as NW people because the 2 groups have different attitudes about exercise.

The behavior theories that propose that attitude drives the intent to exercise describe attitude as an evaluation of positive versus negative. If this is the case, then, it is important to minimize the negative and maximize the positive in order to promote the desired behavior. Thus, it would be wise for exercise professionals and commercial health clubs to help OW people feel more comfortable around those who are different from themselves and to minimize the intimidating aspects of the exercise environment, while promoting the benefits of exercise to personal health and wellbeing.

Regardless of which subset of the OW population is the target for increasing health club exercise, the ultimate goal is to increase the number of positive beliefs the individual has concerning exercising in a health club…Accordingly, individual beliefs about health club exercise should be evaluated for each new client. If a plan to increase the positive beliefs and reverse the negative beliefs is constructed and followed, the likelihood of retention of that client will be augmented.”

Note: Diet and exercise are more important than liposuction for good looks and good health. Larry Weinstein, MD FACS

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