Summary: If you’re looking for new ways to sculpt your body, it might because you’re tired of trying everything else. Maybe diet and exercise haven’t worked. And if that’s the case, it could be that your body is trying to tell you something. After all, there are limits to how effectively biology can be used to get the “sculpted” results that you’re after. That doesn’t mean you’re out of options, though.
New Ways to Sculpt Your Body in 2018
It’s that time of year when you start looking for some new ways to sculpt your body. Sure, everybody’s celebrating the holidays and the new year—and that’s what gets your mind thinking about New Year’s Resolutions. It’s a little bit early for that, I admit. But you need to have some kind of resolution ready when the time comes, right?
And that’s when you think about your goals from last year. About how you couldn’t quite reach your goals from last January. That’s okay. Life gets in the way for a lot of reasons. And any New Year’s Resolutions are inherently difficult to keep (indeed, many experts say that if you want to reach your goals, you should not frame them as New Year’s Resolutions).
I do want to be careful that when I talk about “sculpt” your body, I mean some very specific things:
- The end results alight with the desires of the individual (that is, “sculpted” does not mean super slender unless that’s what the individual has in mind)
- In many ways, “sculpted” means instead the ability to bring your body image into alignment with your body shape.
- Finally, it’s not always possible to exercise this degree of control—in some cases, nature simply has to take its course. And this is not a bad thing. It’s just your body being your body.
So now you’re thinking about ways you can finally succeed in some weight loss goals. You’re looking for new ways to sculpt your body. So let’s find out what options you might have this year.
Adopt a Healthy Lifestyle
Okay, so here’s my theory about what happens around New Year’s. People make a resolution, and then they start dieting or they start exercising to reach that resolution. And when results are slow, they get discouraged and stop. But this type of body sculpting isn’t about diet and exercise, though those can be tools for you.
Instead, it’s about living a healthy lifestyle. Diets can fail because they lead you to drastically cut your intake of foods. Or they make you deny yourself your favorite dishes. They are, by definition, unsustainable.
What works better is to find a balance—a healthy lifestyle that you can maintain over a longer period of time. That’s because yo-yoing (the consistent losing and gaining and losing of weight) is actually worse for your health (in most cases) than having a bit of a spare tire. That said, you should always include your primary doctor in conversations about how you want to lose weight.
The Limits of Nature
There are natural processes in your body that are designed to break down fat and build muscle. But those processes have limits. Your body can develop areas of fat that simply won’t budge. And even when you do lose fat, you can find yourself with a significant amount of excess skin.
These are natural occurrences. But they can be a bit of a bummer if you’re really trying to sculpt your body. That’s why, for some patients, plastic surgery may be an answer. Now, certainly, it’s not going to be for everyone. And plastic surgery should not be regarded as some kind of quick and easy fix.
However, for some people, it will be the ideal way to “sculpt” their bodies. There are a few basic ways this is done:
- Liposuction: This procedure eliminates unwanted areas of fat. It can be particularly useful for eliminating those stubborn areas noted earlier. And it can do so while sculpting the remaining fat to blend in seamlessly with your natural contours.
- Tummy Tuck: When you lose weight (or go through several other body changes), you can be left with a lot of excess skin around the belly. In many ways, that excess skin can make you feel as self-conscious as any amount of at did. A tummy tuck can eliminate that unwanted extra skin and make you look slender and sculpted again!
Not for Everyone
To be sure, surgery is not for everyone. There is usually a significant recovery period involved. And some people just prefer to lose weight and sculpt their bodies the old fashioned way. But for some people, plastic surgery makes for an excellent way to get the results that they’re after. But it’s usually not the first choice.
Indeed, many who explore the possibility of plastic surgery have tried everything else first, including diet and exercise. However, if you’re looking for new ways to sculpt your body in the coming year, some combination of healthy living and plastic surgery may suit your needs.
On the other hand, it’s hard to know what will work for you—personally—until you try it and start talking to professionals. The first conversation you might want to have is with your general practitioner. The second conversation you could have just might be with your plastic surgeon.