With summer around the corner – it’s time to un-cover bodies that have been hibernating all winter. Rev up with summer slim down secrets from three of New York’s best body authorities.
To make it easier, we’ve consulted an RD, a hard-core personal trainer, and one of New York’s best doctors to reveal the simplest ways to slim down so skimpy bikinis, short shorts, and arm baring frocks and tops can be a reality this year.
STEP 1: Eat Food, Not Ingredients- Registered dietician, Caren Tishfield, recommends altering eating habits versus starving to slim down. “Go organic; the less ingredients, the better. Not only is it fewer consumed calories, you’ll be avoiding pesticides that knock our bodies off track.”
TRY: Organic lean protein and complex carbs, green veggies like kale, swiss chard and spinach. Eat foods that are high in fiber like berries, and up your fish intake as studies show Omega 3 fatty acids might play a role in decreasing body fat.
STEP 2: Exfoliate From Head to Toe – Before you bare – give skin the brush off! NYC plastic surgeon Dr. Robert Guida recommends investing in exfoliation to get rid of discolorations, smooth out wrinkles and reveal a smooth, glowing complexion. Professional microdermabrasion treatments “polish” skin by removing the outermost layer of skin immediately. This encourages cellular turnover and increased levels of collagen and elastin which further improve the skin’s appearance.
TO TRY: Quick and cost effective – you can mix equal parts sugar or sea salt granules with water for a quick exfoliator. An in-office chemical peel will immediately take years off your skin and undo damage from the sun, hyper-and-hypo pigmentations and fine lines and wrinkles. Dr. Guida’s skin resurfacing treatments begin at $200 per session.
STEP 3: Strength Train – Incorporate strength training in to your schedule at least twice a week and you’ll build muscles and shrink body fat, making your body appear tighter, firmer and leaner. “Don’t be afraid to lift weights – it helps with definition and won’t bulk you up,” says Barry.
Air Squats (squat like you are sitting down in a chair and go down until your thighs are parallel with the floor. Do 3 sets of 15), Push Ups (3 sets of as many as you can do. Start out with a modified version where knees are on the floor if you can’t do a full one) and Crunches (3 sets of 20)
STEP 4: Visit An Expert – Can’t seem to flatten/thin/tone no matter what??? Dr. Guida suggests body sculpting with liposuction to get rid of the sag and bulge once and for all. With less than a week recovery and costing approximately $2,500-$3,000, liposuction removes fat while sculpting the body.
Veins holding you down? Opt for Vascular Laser Therapy — a safe, effective and non-invasive treatment to remove unsightly, broken, and dilated leg veins as large as 3.5mm in size. A fifteen minute session is $500 and more than enough time to rid legs of scary looking, spider veins.
STEP 5: Turn It Upside Down – The anti-aging benefits of yoga are becoming more apparent. Yoga improves circulation, removes tension from the body, corrects poor posture, strengthens abdominal muscles and that improved circulation may even decrease gray hair and help remove wrinkles from the face. Dr. Guida is such a fan, he practices everyday!
Downward Dog – Start on hands and knees, wrists underneath shoulders and knees underneath hips. Curl toes under and push back raising the hips and straightening legs. Spread fingers out, let head hang, and move shoulder blades away from ears towards hips. Engage quadriceps strongly to take weight off arms, making this a resting position. Keep rear high and sink heels to the floor.