Many people are coming out of lockdown with a vow to transform their bodies overnight, which can be a great motivation to kick start your goals. More worryingly, some people are keen to book in cosmetic surgery as a first port of call.
Whether it’s bingo wings, ‘moobs’ or a seemingly growing gut, if you are determined to change or ‘fix’ the said problem, I would encourage you to try a fitness and nutrition programme first if you want a real lasting mindset and body transformation that costs less in time and money.
I was encouraged several years ago to have surgery to ‘beat the bingo wings,’ as the only way to rid myself of that ‘blubber’ I had become laser-focused on.
Thankfully, life happened, I got a freelancing job as a journalist for national news and fell pregnant. Fast forward a decade, and I am now the owner of two ‘toned’ looking arms.
There is actually no such thing as ‘toned’ but I’ve lost fat and built muscle naturally in my arms and it has taken a lot less than 10 years and with minimal time in the gym.
Thankfully, gone are the days where I believed that hammering cardio for hours would achieve results and my only option was surgery which was expensive, dangerous and, whilst it may have made me feel it was a ‘quick fix’, it would take a long period of recovery.
For me the transformation came from better nutrition and varying workouts so they’re involving conditioning and of course some cardio.
As a busy single parent, running businesses and coaching others, I love the fact that my programme is short and effective with just 30-minute workouts, mainly from home or in the park.
As trends change, I hear more people having butt lifts and implants, gastric bands and liposuction, in an attempt to transform their already perfectly formed body, which probably just needs some TLC rather than putting it under the knife as the first option.
I’m not anti-surgery at all, but I always suggest trying a non-surgical solution first. Through exercise, rest and eating well, that initial ‘buzz’ of a transformation is something that can continue to help you feel good and better still, it’s by working with your body rather than attacking it. And there are fewer negative side effects.
The problem I find with cosmetic surgery is that it latches onto our insecurities without actually dealing with the root cause first as well as being addictive and dangerous. It might give us a short-term win but a long-term low if not done in tandem with a healthy lifestyle.
Through an effective mind and body programme you can also achieve the ‘look’ you want that’s right for your body. Or the confidence you feel will outweigh the need to ‘change’ because cosmetic surgery alone won’t make you happy.
Little did I know in my 20s, that by being kinder to my body through being more conscious about what I consume, focusing on shorter more varied workouts and building strength in my upper body and making it part of my life, the more my self-esteem grew and the better my posture.
I now challenge myself with a different body transformation programme every eight to 12 weeks, which my partner, personal trainer Mike Green co-creates with me.
We have just completed our bespoke booty building plan, not because I am unhappy with my body but I like to maintain my fitness and challenge myself in a certain area, often in line with popular cosmetic surgeries to show how we can achieve results naturally, save time and money and all within a relatively short space of time. We can start to look better and most importantly to feel better.
I accept we are in an era of fast beauty, fitness fads and quick fixes because we have minimal time yet maximum stressors so, start small today with mini wins to increase fat loss and build muscle.
You can always explore cosmetic surgery later but at least you should be in a better mindset and understand your body.
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