Ask An Expert: 4 Ways to Get in Shape in 2020

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No matter what you do to lose those extra inches, there are some areas that will not change. We’re talking about under the chin, those upper-arm batwings, all around your midsection, and on hips and thighs.

Is CoolSculpting and/or CoolTone vain? Shouldn’t I Just Be Happy In My Skin?

We truly believe feeling good in your own skin is imperative. Good, bad, right, or wrong, how you feel in your skin and clothes when you wake up in the morning, can impact every interaction you have that day. Imagine you put your jeans on and they feel tighter than last week, is your gut reaction feeling good, are you upbeat, kind and positive? Or is there a little cloud of darkness that starts your day off on the wrong foot? Don’t beat yourself up, it’s human nature. Now let’s say the pants are looser than you remember, how do you feel now? New spring in your step, proud, upbeat and confident.

Switch Up Your Diet

Everywhere you look, there’s a “new” way to eat. Perhaps it’s low fat, high fat, low carb, or high protein; everyone has a theory. Of course, everyone is different. If you’ve been following a certain diet for a while with no movement on the scale or in the mirror, it might be time to switch it up. Just because one thing is a trend doesn’t mean it’s right for your body. As you countdown, give yourself 3–5 weeks on anything new to see if it’s working for you. If it’s not, reevaluate. Just be sure that you’re eating! Dieting does not mean starving yourself. If the diet you’re on requires you to starve, you should probably choose something different.

Move More

It’s no secret that weight loss occurs when we eat fewer calories and burn off more of what we take in. Once you choose a diet that works for your life and goals, it’s time to increase your movement and start the shedding process. If you wear a step tracker, aim for 10,000 steps a day. You can achieve that with some simple activities. Take the stairs instead of the elevator, park farther from buildings and walk in, walk with the dog, kid or spouse around the neighborhood, clean the house (you’d be amazed how many steps you can get!). Pretty much anything that gets you moving more is a good thing. Have fun with it!

Buddy Up

Doing anything with a friend is easier than doing it yourself. Having a workout buddy can keep you motivated and help push you even farther than if you would go solo. Your friend can be on the whole journey with you, including working out more and tightening up your diet. Or they can just be an accountability partner who’s been there before. Someone who has had success already is a great option since they know the hurdles you will likely face and can help overcome them. Anyone can be a buddy: your spouse, business colleague, friend, sibling, parent, or child. Set a schedule and get out there together.


Ivana Donley

Licensed LME Clinician Astoria Laser Clinic & Med Spa

Astoria Laser Clinic & Med Spa

2106-B Gallows Road
Vienna, Virginia 22182
(703) 992-9290
www.astorialaserclinic.com