Whether you are trying to get in shape before plastic surgery in Los Angeles or you are trying to maintain your new and improved figure after the fact, setting body goals for yourself is one of the most difficult things to do. It seems impossible at times to figure out what your ideal weight, diet, and exercise regime should be, even after consulting with a professional. To make sure you accurately meet your goals, you need to be strict with yourself.
The best part about setting body goals for yourself is knowing how good it will feel once you’ve met them. That sense of relief and accomplishment can continue driving you forward, motivating you to keep your body in the shape you want. At the office of Dr. Kapoor, we can’t stress enough the importance of going through this routine together. Let’s talk about a couple of key things to consider when forming these goals for yourself.
Setting Body Goals Vs. Weight Loss Goals
The common narrative that you hear with people is, “I really want to lose weight. I’m working on a weight loss plan and I have my goal number in mind.” While the desire to lose weight is something commonly shared among many of our patients, focusing solely on reducing that weight number might not be the best way to go. In fact, you need to think of your body as a more complex system than that.
Setting body goals is different than setting weight loss goals. With weight loss, you simply burn more calories than you consume in order for your overall weight to go down. But when it comes to your body shape, you need to work on fat and muscle. Working on muscle is different than measuring yourself on a scale each week and wondering if your number will go up and down.
Understanding Your Composition
Before you dedicate yourself to an exercise and diet plan, it’s integral that you understand your own body composition. Each body is shaped differently and may require a different regime depending on your weight, muscle mass, BMI, and overall health. Let’s break these down:
- Obesity is a body composition that consists of a BMI higher than 25% – 32%, depending on your bone structure and gender. If you are obese, you need to focus on weight loss before you can think of body shaping goals.
- Average fitness describes somebody who is neither fat nor skinny and doesn’t have too many health issues. It can be difficult for somebody in this category to stay motivated since it’s harder to stick to a strict regime when body goals aren’t always physically apparent.
- Athletic fitness is a body composition of someone who already dedicates themselves to a workout routine, gaining muscle and reducing fat through lifestyle choices. This body type must adhere very strictly to their regime, or else they will fall out of this composition.
Knowing where you’re starting from can help you understand what your goals should be. InBody USA, a leading expert on body goals and weight loss, explains that goals will look different for everybody, and it takes hard work to achieve the look you want.
Preparing Pre or Post Surgery
For some patients, setting body goals is something that must be started before their plastic surgery date. Whether they are getting a tummy tuck, liposuction, or a variety of other treatments, a certain level of health is required so the body doesn’t relapse after surgery. For example, if you are obese, you may need to start a weight loss routine so that your body is already more fit by the time of the surgery.
Where many patients really struggle is when it comes to keeping the body in shape after the surgery. Post-surgical practices are difficult to maintain strictly. It’s important to stay in constant communication with your doctor, and with your personal trainer if you have one. You need to really understand your body’s needs and make sure you don’t fall out of your regimen, or the shape you don’t want may come back.
Get More Help And Advice With Dr. Kapoor!
At the office of Dr. Kapoor, we specialize in helping patients achieve and maintain their own personal body goals. Cosmetic surgery can do wonders in assisting you towards that goal, but it’s up to you to do the rest. Let’s work together and watch your progress as you grow into the person you’ve always wanted to be. For more information, contact us online or give us a call at (310) 321-4710.