How can I lose fat without surgery?

Anyone can lose fat without surgery.  Unfortunately most people are looking for that quick fix to weight wether it is surgery, pills or fad diet.  Losing fat is easy as long as you are willing to put in the work to do it.  Lose fat is like basic math.  As long as you burn more calories than you eat you will lose weight and body fat.  Breaking it down for you if you eat 1500 calories per day and burn 2000 calories a day your in a deficit of 500 calories.  If you can do this each day you will lose 1 pound of fat per week.  All you need to do if find those workout rountines that you can stick to.  Just make your fitness a priority everyday.

Losing fat ideally should always be done without surgery. You simply must eat less than you need on a daily basis over a period of time in line with your weight loss goals and you will drop the weight. Surgery is easily the last option and only in my opinion when you have very serious health concerns. You simply need to eat less. It is absolutely no more complicated than that.

Find out how many calories you need to maintain your bodyweight. You can determine this through your doctor, trainer, dietician, nutritionist, etc. Take this maintenance number and subtract 20% or 500 calories whichever is higher and simply eat that many calories every day until you reach your desired goal weight. If you have a lot of weight to lose than you may have to redo this number a couple of times along the way but this simple formula when implemented is like magic. In reality of course it is science or the law of thermodynamics. Add exercise to this equation and you accelerate the process and increase your fitness overall.

Dr. Mehmet Oz, MD
Cardiology (Cardiovascular Disease)

As you may know, plastic surgery is invasive and very expensive. In this video, Dr. Oz and Dr. Heskett show us a new laser that can "zap" fat off your body - all without an operation.

The best alternative to surgery for removal of body fat is a healthy, nutritious diet and regular exercise. Weight loss is all about net caloric expenditure; which is the difference of calories consumed vs calories expended. A well-balanced diet will control caloric ingestion and ensure you have the daily recommended intake of vitamins and minerals. Exercise of any form, resistance training or cardiovascular exercise, provides an additional means to expend energy creating the possibility for a negative energy balance that will result in fat loss.  

Body fat can be removed without surgery at all. Granted, it does take a lot of hard work -- REALLY HARD. However, at the end of your fat loss journey, it was your will and strength that lost the fat, not a scalpel. There are a few key factors to fat loss. So, let's break it down:

  1. Get up and get moving. The more you move the more calories the body will burn for energy. Get consistent movement and some "accidental exercise" in all day (parking farther away, taking the stairs, etc).
  2. Drink up! Water that is. Water keeps you hydrated and helps elevate energy levels as well as fuctional brain activities (eliminates "foggy mind")
  3. Lift. Resistance training is key for body fat loss. Don't dive into the deep end first though! Find some help from a trainer to get you started. There are many that offer free consults and some even offer group classes and rates. When it comes to resistance training form is EVERYTHING so make sure you establish a solid foundation. Remember, the more lean muscle you have on your body, the more calories you burn overall. Resistance training ahs also been proven to increase collagen production which tightens the skin.
  4. Eat right. 80% of how you look and feel starts in your kitchen. Experiment with flavors and go as natural as possible. If it doesn't have a momma or come from the ground, skip it! Eating clean is NOT expensive as the in season foods are abundant and therefore lower cost.
  5. The 2 things you need the most to reduce body fat are committment and consistency.There is no easy button that works, but I'm living proof that anybody willing to bypass the surgical bandaides can succeed.

Arthur W. Perry, MD
Plastic Surgery
Liposuction has been the most common cosmetic surgical procedure over the last 20 years.  It's a great procedure and it is very effective at body contouring. But it certainly has its risks. Infections, bleeding, blood clots, and even deaths have occurred. So, plastic surgeons have been searching for ways to remove fat without surgery. The best new technique is called focused ultrasound -- with the Ultrashape machine. That's a technique that harnesses sound energy and funnels it down to a tiny point -- so that the intense sound actually explodes the fat. This technology is scientifically proven and is approved around the world -- and soon it will be in the US.

There's another way to kill fat. When the skin is cooled to between 32 and 50 degrees for at least a half an hour, fat actually crystallizes, expands, and destroys the cells that contain it. The skin is more resilient and doesn't get injured. Nerves can be temporarily injured by the technique but they bounce back after a few months. The body cleans out the destroyed fat and two months later - voila! - less fat. Without surgery or even a needle. It's a procedure called Zeltiq.

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