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Best Season For Your Cosmetic Surgery Procedure

Wednesday, December 7th, 2016

Many of Dr. G.D. Castillo’s patient’s in both his Champaign and Bloomington Cosmetic Surgery Practices will often ask if there is a better time of the year is to have the particular surgery they are considering. Truthfully, most surgeries can be performed anytime of the year but each season does lend itself to certain advantages. Hopefully this blog post will give you some points to consideration when finding the best time for you and your daily lifestyle.

FALL:

Fall is known to be a time for change. The leaves change, colors change, temperatures change, daylight hours change, so why not make some changes of your own?

There are many advantages to having surgery this time of year. The kids are back in school. Busy summer schedules and beach days have come to an end (at least here in the Midwest) and life is starting to get back into a more consistent routine after summer. The holidays are coming up and with a little planning you can have surgery and be healed with no remaining tell-tail signs all before your first holiday get-together.

lipo jeans to bigThere are also a few long holiday weekends like Columbus Day, and Thanksgiving. This is a good time to have body contouring with liposculpture or even neck liposcultpure. Breast augmentations, breast lifts or breast reductions, even mini-facelifts are possibilities over long weekends. It is usually cool enough to camouflage with an over-sized shirts, turtlenecks or scarves.

The only real disadvantage to having plastic surgery this time of year is that you are heading into the holiday season. It you have a lot of pre-holiday prep work or demands, than it might be more challenging.

 

WINTER:

Winter is typically a very popular time to have surgery and for good reason. It is generally a slower, more laid back time. You can extend time off from work by adding vacation days to the beginning or end of holiday time. For this reason, it’s an ideal time to have surgeries that take more than a long weekend to be presentable, like a facelift, forehead lift, eyelid surgery, fat transplantation or a rhinoplasty.

It is easier to hide out for a few days without friends and family getting suspicious of your absence. It’s a common time to be stuck at home with “the flu or a cold” for a few days and since no one wants your flu or a cold; they are likely to stay away 😉

Winter wardrobes make it easy to conceal post-surgical swelling and bruising of the face or body. Scarves, turtlenecks and cute winter hats make it easy to hide lady covered with scarfthe signs of a recent facelift or forehead lift. Big, comfy sweaters can hide slower movements just after breast surgeries, tummy-tucks and body contouring. Since you will need to avoid sun exposure after surgeries like laser resurfacing, winter is also the easiest time to stay out of the sun.

I cannot really think of any disadvantages of having surgery in the winter, though winter sometimes creates procrastination and before you know it, it’s spring and your suddenly in a time crunch to meet your surgical goals.

 

SPRING:

Spring is probably the most motivating season. It’s a very popular season for 4562 smallscheduling liposuction, tummy tucks, breast surgery and mommy-make-overs. Patients are looking ahead to late spring and summer and want to get their body in check before heading to the beach, going to class reunions, weddings, vacations, or just having less clothing to conceal their areas of concern. It is also a great time for those who couldn’t fit a facelift, brow lift, rhinoplasty into their winter schedule because you can still conceal with a big spring hat, scarf and sunglasses for the first few days if you have bruising or swelling to cover.

 

SUMMER:

Summer can be a more challenging time to have certain cosmetic surgery procedures, as it is more difficult to avoid sun exposure to lasered skin or new exposed incisions. If you are a gardener, a golfer or work outside, then summer may not be the best season to have laser surgery. Most surgeries will impinge on your summer activities, at least to some extent.

However, if your daily summer lifestyle doesn’t include spending lots of time summer-cute-hipster-beautyoutside and you are accustom to protecting your skin from the sun depending on your lifestyle, if you’re someone who already restricts the amount of sun exposure you get, or if you are willing restrict the time you spend outside for awhile, it can be a good option.

If you have kids at home, summer is a good time to send them off to grandmas or summer camp for a fun-filled week while you concentrate on your recovery. By the time they return, they will be none-the-wiser. Since most people are pretty busy during the summer months, it won’t be too suspicious if you disappear from your social scene for a week.

Procedures like breast augmentations, breast lifts, breast reductions, eyelid surgeries and tummy tucks are good summer surgery choices. If summer is not a good time for surgery but you want a more youthful look for all your summer events, consider Botox, dermal fillers, or facials and skincare to keep you looking fresh until fall.

I think James Taylor said it best when he sang “Winter, Spring, Summer or Fall…all you’ve got to do is call…”

 

DSC_0475Roxanne Grace Hammond, RMA
Skincare and Laser Specialist
G. D. Castillo, M.D.
COSMETIC PLASTIC SURGERY https://www.cosmeticplasticsurgery.com

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LOVE YOUR BODY NOW

Friday, February 12th, 2016

 

LOVE YOUR BODY!

Body bulges can create such a frustration, even for most dedicated gym rats. While body bulges may appear as a result of too much eating mixed with too little exercise, it’s not the only reason for fatty bulges. Sometimes, it is simply the body you were born with. Some bodies, even when at a “normal” weight, with good diet and exercise habits, do not change easily and being disproportionate can be a constant struggle, affecting ones self-image.

I have performed thousands of liposuction /  liposculpture procedures in my Cosmetic Plastic Surgery Center in Champaign, through out my career as 4523a Cosmetic Plastic Surgeon. I have seen countless cases of men and women who struggle with bulges whether they are over weight or under weight. If you where born as an apple or pear shape and you fight constantly to maintain or obtain the body shape you want; if fat bulges of the hips, knees, buttock, or thighs etc. are related to lack of proportion, there is a successful, predictable solution at hand.

CPS Blog Photo Nude body5007Traditional liposcultpure is the best solution for contouring your body into a shape that is pleasing to you, leaving you looking and feeling fabulous in any outfit! Suctioning a significant amount fat cells from the appropriate areas can have a magical effect, creating slender, graceful and vivacious female contour or a lean, fit and muscular male form. It is safely performed under general anesthesia in my Joint Commission accredited out-patient surgical facility, with a four day recovery.

There are so many terms used to describe options of fat removal today that it is sometimes difficult to keep them all straight.   Media loves to romanticize new fad techiques like Cool Sculpting or Smart Lipo for example so don’t let them woo you! Just because they are new, does not mean they provide the best or safest long-term solution void of issues.

I believe that traditional liposculpture offers my patients best results. It is a modern and proven technique that in the hands of an experienced, board-certified cosmetic surgeon offers long-term, predictable, smooth results with thousands of ecstatic patients who now love their body

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G. D. Castillo, M.D.

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Middle-Age Muffin Tops

Monday, February 23rd, 2015

Middle-age for most of us brings about change in one way or another. It typically shows up on your doorstep with an under-handed series of hits to the ego that completely blind-side you.   Suddenly, you find yourself in the “it’s time for your colonoscopy” category, which let’s face it, I’ve yet to meet another human who is excited about that promotion.  You trade-in sinusitis for arthritis, begin to complain about lack of wholesome television programing today.  You find yourself searching for the nearest teenager to explain this modern social technology, wondering “why anyone with any good sense would waste their time with Tweeter, Snaptrist and the rest of them. Doesn’t anyone protect their privacy anymore?”

Along with these delightful changes, middle-age often brings about some physical changes too.  It’s like you wake up one morning to find that your abs of steal or lady curves have been replaced with a bulging, muffin top. There are several factors that contribute to the development of the muffin top that moves in and obliterates what was once an hour-glass waistline or fit male physique.

  • Heredity
  • Hormonal changes (that topic deserves it’s own blog post, maybe two or three!)
  • Lifestyle or life choices.

Many of Dr. Castillo’s patients arrive for consultation at Cosmetic Plastic Surgery Center in Champaign or Bloomington, asking if liposuction can help reduce their “middle-age muffin-top.”  Liposuction or liposculpture is often the solution to many muffin-top issues without the need for more extensive surgery such as an abdominoplasty or tummy tuck.  However, in most cases, it is important to understand that removing fat only from the abdomen and ignoring the bulk of the surrounding torso will not give you the results you envision.

Excess fatty tissue in the abdominal area is most often accompanied by excess fatty tissue (even if at a lesser degree) of the hips (love handles), back, waist and sometimes the lateral thighs.  As Dr. Castillo once told me, “during liposuction, its not the fat you take that counts, it’s what you leave behind.” I think that applies here.  In order to sculpt out the sensuous, proportionate curves of an hour-glass shape, you must also address any bulk of the hips, back and waist that exist.   For our male patients, the same applies.  It is difficult to create the fit, well-proportionated contour of a male physique when excess fatty tissue in surrounding areas is left untreated.

Patients who choose liposuction or liposculpture to restore and define their slim waist of youth often report not only being happy with their new body shape but find that it is a great source of motivation to lead a healthier lifestyle with better exercise and diet choices, increasing their over-all quality of life.

Roxanne Grace Hammond, RMA Skincare and Laser Specialist G. D. Castillo, M.D. COSMETIC PLASTIC SURGERY https://www.cosmeticplasticsurgery.com LIKE US ON FACEBOOK: http://www.facebook.com/DrCastilloCosmeticPlasticSurgery VISIT MY BLOG: https://www.cosmeticplasticsurgery.com/blog/ 800-252-7123 (within IL) 217-359-7508 Savoy (Champaign-Urbana) 309-662-0436 Bloomington

ASK OUR EXPERT: FAT TRANSPLANTATION

Wednesday, April 30th, 2014

 

Question:  Can Dr. Castillo take fat from my hips or stomach and put it into my breasts? 

Answer: The short answer to that question is yes; though, it is not as simple as it sounds. 

Fat transplantation to the breasts has been done for many years, starting in earnest around the mid 1980’s by many cosmetic surgeons. At that time, we did not have answers to important questions like:

  1. What, if any changes would fat create in breast tissue?
  2. Will these changes be misdiagnosed as disease and/or cancer in the future?

  Due to the lack of information available at that time, the use of fat transplantation to increase breast volume was never truly accepted or recommended.  However, early results indicated that it did work.

 Today we know that we can remove fat from anywhere in the body and transplant it to anywhere in the body with results that will accomplish

  1. an increase in volume
  2. an improvement in the skinFor example, if fat is transplanted underneath scar tissue, the scar tissue tends to remodel and turn into better skin.  In so far as increasing volume, fat transplantation needs to be done with quite a bit of care and by an experienced surgeon because if fat is placed in large lump quantities,  not only will the procedure be ineffective but it  is likely to create issues. Fat needs to be transplanted in very small amounts and in many areas within the breast and surrounding tissue in order to accomplish an increase in the volume of the breast. We can increase the volume of the breasts by approximately 120 cubic centimeters maximum. This is related to a limitation with the rate in which the body will incorporate this fat into the tissue. Fat that is placed in a new area needs to be colonized by small blood vessels and made into living tissue in whatever area it was transplanted.  This can only happen when it is transplanted in small amounts that are small enough to be able to be sustained by the microcirculation of the area.

Fat transplantation is best utilized for patients who are seeking small adjustments to their breast proportions.  If you desire to go from an A to a C cup size breast, fat transplantation will not give you your desired outcome.  To increase breast volume in a more significant way is better accomplished with breast implants. https://www.cosmeticplasticsurgery.com/cosmetic-surgery/breast-enlargement.cfm.

G.D. Castillo, M.D., FACS

Director of Cosmetic Plastic Surgery

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Mommy Make-Overs For Empty Nesters

Sunday, May 12th, 2013

 

I had dinner with one of my dearest girlfriends recently.  By the start of our second glass of wine we got right down to the nitty gritty – “L.A.C. of purpose” (Life After Children).  She is now an empty nester and life without her children in her home has been a serious adjustment  as life as she has known it, is now changed forever. She is a bright, beautiful, enthusiastic woman who runs a multimillion dollar company yet she found she is lacking something…a passion or purpose in this new empty nesting stage of her life. She isn’t sure how to fill all of the evening time that used to be absorbed by the kid’s activities and shared that home just doesn’t feel the same.  The idea of focusing on herself is new territory and the process is a slow one. She has been the ultimate caregiving for years. It is what she does, part of her identity.  I have spoken to many of my mom friends who have also been deflated by this life changing event. It is indeed a lot to take in.

As I have one child down and one to go, I am listening to them carefully and taking notes. I’m preparing myself for that same empty nester syndrome as we speak. I have been told that I was a little crazy for about a year before my oldest daughter left me behind to further her education.  As the days rush closer and closer to senior year for my youngest, I can feel a pinch of sadness each morning as I flash her a smile and wish her a good day at school, knowing there are only 191 more opportunities to say that ever. I’m already starting to morn her absence and she hasn’t even left yet!

It seems to me that no matter how we try, moms just can’t emotionally prepare for this event, we just can’t. It just leaves a hole in the middle of our chest. And there is no one who can fill it but us. As little girls we prepare for adult life by pretending to get married on the school playground and spending countless hours mothering our dollies.  But in all those years, I don’t ever remember pretending that the kids actually grew up and left home!  My dolls never got too old to sit on my lap and listen to their favorite bedtime story or too old to be seen being dropped off at the movies by their mommy.  I don’t ever remember walking into the red, white and blue playhouse my dad built for me, pretending to return home from work to be over- come by the sadness my homes new silence brings when the kids aren’t there to greet me… no more banquets or ballgames to rush off to…just a perfectly clean, perfectly silent, perfectly empty, nest.

Being a mom is like a continual series of small demotions until one day when we finally get fired or retired – I’m not really sure which it is…

As a mom you have dedicated your life to attending ballet recitals, baseball games, band concerts, weekend volleyball tournaments, school plays and talent shows (where of course your child was the best, oh wait, no, that was mine  lol).  You have played Pokémon, Barbie’s, and settled fights over who gets to be the RED Power Ranger. You taught your child to ride a bike and master the multiplication tables.  You have watched endless hours of Bugs Bunny, Banana’s In Pajamas, and Boy Meets World.  You know you’ve caught yourself singing Barney songs in the car even when you kids weren’t with you!  You’ve kissed boo boos, dried the tears of a bad haircut and had uncomfortable but necessary sex talks. You’ve cured everything from colds to crushed hearts.  You’ve dragged your entire family’s luggage from one side of the airport to another all because your little princess wanted a Cinnibon. You have thrown school holiday parties, picked out prom dresses and first cars, spent hundreds of hours worrying about facebook, dating, drugs, alcohol, and college degrees.

You have planned carefully to teach them all of the lessons they would need to successfully go out into the world as a responsible, respectful citizen and then at some point they actually have the audacity put those tools work.  They have left your nest.  Now what?

Now what?  That is the question many empty nesters are asking. Well you can spend day after day curled up under the covers of their empty bed looking at photographs from years past or you can decide that it’s finally time to focus on you and find your next adventure in life.

I see this same empty nester syndrome in many of our patients at Cosmetic Plastic Surgery Clinic.  The ones I see are the take charge empty nesters who aren’t sitting back in their rocking chairs though.  They have been through the dark side of empty nesting and came out swinging.  That is the path I hope to take.  They are finding new careers, new passions, new hobbies. They are taking time to eat better, exercise more, and try new things.  They are acknowledging and take care of the issues that bother them and embracing the things they enjoy.

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Mommy Make-Overs are gaining significant popularity not only in Dr. Castillo’s practice but world-wide.  According to the American Academy of Cosmetic Surgery, “in 2011, female patients sought to get their pre-baby” form back by requesting 320,000 breast augmentations, 290,000 liposuctions and 144,000 tummy tucks.”  Today, most women would like to remain as youthful as possible.  The body changes that occur during and after pregnancy or during and after menopause can make that near impossible.

“Mommy Make-Overs” aren’t just for new moms. More often, “Mommy Make-Over” procedures are very appealing to women who have recently found themselves to be an empty nester.  In talking with one of our Mommy Make-over patients she shared “For years I’ve dreamed of having my body back.  Now that my kids

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are gone, I finally have time to focus of me.“

Being a mom, though irreplaceably rewarding, is also the most demanding job you will have. It takes a toll on both your body and your spirit.  Too many nights sitting up polishing off the last of the Ben & Jerry’s while waiting for your new driver to arrive home safely has earned you a thick mid-section to match the already present muffin top, sagging skin and weak abdominal muscles you earned with the birthing of your children. You have lived far too long with elongated, deflated sacks that you used to recognize as breasts before breast feeding your little darlings.

It seems like society has placed mothers in a role that is much like a super-hero of sorts.  More than in years past, today’s moms are BUSY! We do it all! We are educated, over-scheduled, over-worked, under-rested creatures who find time to affectionately care for everyone but ourselves. I often here from mommy make-over candidates that they have been bothered by the appearance of their post-pregnancy breasts and body for years but just never had the time or left over energy to do something about it while they were still raising children.

Samuel Ullman once said “Years may wrinkle the skin, but to give up on enthusiasm wrinkles the soul.   So this Mother’s Day wish for all the empty-nest mommy’s out there is to take this opportunity to give yourself a mommy makeover, whatever that may be to you.  You have done your job.  You have introduced kind, successful, respectful citizens into society.  Take a breath, pat yourself on the back.  Now focus on you! Make a list of things you’ve always wanted to do and get started!  Discover new books, old passions, take better care of your health and your skin, take an adventure with a good friend, or maybe even get your body back with a Mommy Make-Over by Dr. Castillo.  You have certainly earned it!  With any luck you will re-discover yourself and your adult children will discover that their confident, interesting, evolving mom is someone they really enjoy spending time with.

Congratulations on a job well-done ladies!

Happy Mother’s Day!

Roxanne

Skincare & Laser Specialist

Cosmetic Plastic Surgery

 

 

 

The Artist Vision of Liposculting

Monday, September 10th, 2012

If you are considering liposculpture, then you are likely wondering how to select your surgeon.  Among the most important of attributes of a skilled cosmetic plastic surgeon is the understanding of the human form and what makes it beautiful.  Many plastic surgeons possess the medical training and ability to perform liposculpture, while a smaller number possess the artistic vision it takes to sculpt.   The process of removing fat may be straight-forward, but sculpting the body is not.  Dr. Castillo https://www.cosmeticplasticsurgery.com/  recognizes that it isn’t how much fat he removes that determines superior results, but rather it is how much fat he leaves behind.

Liposculpting is just that.  “Sculpting”.  It is having the vision to look at a pair of love handles and know just what to take and just what to leave behind to sculpt the sensual lines and curves from the low back over the buttocks that our patient so desires.

 

Superior liposculpture https://www.cosmeticplasticsurgery.com/cosmetic-surgery/liposuction.cfm results is obtained when your surgeon has gained the medical training, experience and has cultivated the artist vision that is mandatory. It is more than a medical procedure.  It is an art form.  Understanding the beauty of the human body is part of the training that makes an exceptional cosmetic surgeon.

Have you ever thought of liposculpture as an art form?  This is an important consideration when searching for the right cosmetic plastic surgeon. Did yo know that Dr. Castillo is the Past-President of the American Academy of Liposuction surgery?  If you would like more information on how Dr. Castillo can help transform your body into the body of your dreams, call Cosmetic Plastic Surgery Clinic at 217-359-7508 with locations in both Champaign-Urbana and Bloomington, Illinois.

Roxanne Hammond, Skincare and Laser Specialist
G. D. Castillo, M.D.
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High Vegetable Protein Recipes – Enjoy!

Friday, January 6th, 2012

 High Vegetable Protein Recipes

As a follow up to his “The secrets of permanent weight loss” blog, G.D. Castillo, M.D. would like to share a few of his favorite vegetable protein recipes to get you started. We, at Cosmetic Plastic Surgery Clinic hope you enjoy them as much as we have.

Lentils with Pork

(For vegetarian recipes omit entirely the pork loin).

Ingredients:

2 lbs. rinsed lentils (serves about 12 portions)

1 or more serrano or jalapeno peppers (omit if you do not like heat)

1 lb. of chopped pork loin

3 large tomatoes

¼ large onion, minced

3 wedges of garlic, minced

3 tbsp extra virgin olive oil

½ tsp. Spanish paprika

½ tsp. salt

Directions:

Using a 4 qt. pot, put olive oil and minced onion, garlic, diced peppers, spices and pork and sauté for approximately 8 minutes.  Add chopped tomato and continue to sauté for 5-8 minutes.  Add 2 quarts of water and lentils, bring to a boil and simmer for 1 and ½ hours.  The lentils will be done when they break open or are soft enough to break open with minimal pressure from your fingers.

Mediterranean Chick Peas (Garbanzo Beans)

Ingredients:

2 lbs. of garbanzo beans

8 thick slices of bacon (cooked)

4 medium tomatoes

1/3 of a large onion

3 garlic wedges

½ bunch of Italian parsley

1 or more jalapeno peppers (omit if you do not like heat)

3 tbsp. of extra virgin olive oil

½ tsp. of salt

Directions:

In a 4-qt. pot sauté chopped bacon until lightly brown and discard the bacon oil. Add olive oil, diced peppers, onion and garlic.  Sautee for approximately 5-8 minutes.  Add sliced tomatoes and sauté for another 8 minutes.  Add 2 qts. of water and rinsed chick peas.  Add ½ bunch of chopped Italian parsley and bring to a boil.  Simmer for approximately 2 hours. Add water if needed.  The consistency should be that of a heavy broth, so do not add excess water.

Black Beans

Ingredients:

2 lbs. of black beans, rinsed

¼ large onion

1 bunch of chopped cilantro

1 or more serrano or jalapeño peppers (omit if you don’t like heat)

3 tbsp. of extra virgin olive oil

¼ tsp. of salt

Directions:

In a 4 qt. pot, place olive oil, diced onion, peppers (if desired) and sauté until lightly brown.  Add 3 qts. of water and add black beans.  Add the chopped cilantro.  Cover with a lid and bring to a boil.  Simmer for 2 ½ to 3 hours.  You may need to add water as it simmers.  The beans will be done when they break open or are soft enough to break open with minimal pressure from your fingers.

Tips for preparing legumes (lentils, chick peas, beans…):

1.It is important to cook the legumes thoroughly until all the cellulose has been broken down.  For beans / chick peas this will be 2 – 3 hours on simmer. Lentils will require a little less time, maybe 1  – 1 ½ hours on simmer.  You will know that this has been accomplished when you can see that the legumes have broken open or are soft enough to break open with your fingers.

2.These recipes can be prepared in a crock pot to accommodate busy schedules.  Once you have sautéed the onion, garlic, bacon or pork loin, just toss the ingredient in a crock pot with your beans, chickpeas or lentils and cover with water.  Cook them on low for 24 hours.

3.Any legume may be substituted in these basic recipes to suit your taste.

4.Do not substitute fresh items for pre-packages items.  Example – do not substitute fresh chopped onion for onion power.

5.Play with these recipes, using other fresh ingredients to change the flavor.

  • Example – for a southwestern flavor, add a trace of cumin and 1/8 tsp of crushed oregano to any of the recipes.

6.Ideas on how to serve legumes:

  • Use as a side dish for any chicken or fish
  • Use as a main dish
  • Add more liquid to serve it soup style
  • Serve inside corn tortillas
  • Serve lentils or chick peas over whole or rice pasta
Dr. Castillo, Director of Cosmetic Plastic Surgery

G. D. Castillo, M.D.
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The Secrets of Permanent Weight Loss

Thursday, January 5th, 2012

HOW TO LOSE WEIGHT AND STAY THIN

A New Year is upon us.  Fort many of us it is a time to reflect on where we are today and to set new goals for the coming year.  Often those new goals include seeking a healthier lifestyle.

In both the Savoy and Bloomington locations Cosmetic Plastic Surgery Clinic, we receive a lot of questions about how to lose weight and keep it off from patients who are concerned about their increasing weight and those who want to maintain their results after procedures such as liposuction https://www.cosmeticplasticsurgery.com/photo-gallery/results.cfm?Category=5 or abdominoplasty https://www.cosmeticplasticsurgery.com/cosmetic-surgery/tummy-tuck.cfm .  What follows are the basics – that is, bringing a complex subject to a minimum denominator, we can say that what it takes to stay thin and fit is knowledge and a good lifestyle eating ethic.

How many times have you been around someone who tells you they hardly eat anything and that they gain weight, that they can reduce their caloric intake to nothing and that they still gain weight?  While many people would like for that to actually be the truth. The reality is quite different.  The very basic principle is that you will gain weight if you eat more calories than you burn – period, no exceptions.

Have you ever heard people say that if  you exercise enough you will lose weight?  While that is true, the basic principle here is that you absolutely cannot depend on exercise alone to bring your weight down.  It has got to be proportional with a decrease in the amount of food you eat, how that food is consumed and which foods you are consuming.

We will make things as simple as we can to understand what works.

1.     Water intake.  The basic principle of a good lifestyle eating ethic is to consume water.  Here, you must read exactly what it says – water.  Water is not pop, is not tea, is not anything else liquid.  Water is water.  Basic research shows that if you drink a minimum of one glass but better yet two glasses of water prior to your meal, you will consume less food and you will lose weight.  There are many reasons for this to happen, but suffice it to say that basic research has proven this without a doubt.  It is also important to drink water during the day.  In fact, often our bodies confuse hunger with dehydration.  If you have already eaten and are searching for a snack, replace that snack with a glass of water.  Wait 20 minutes.  You may find that your desire for a snack is gone.  Again, I must remark how important it is that it be water – not sweetened water, not flavored water, not anything else other than simple water.  Look around you and you will find that trim, thin, fit people drink only water.

2.     Reduce your portion sizes. Living in a nation where restaurants serve such large portions has been a big injustice to our health and over-all lifestyle.  Over the past few decades, we have begun to consume much larger portions than in the past.  As a result, we are becoming an obese nation with many weight related health problems. The more bad food we consume, the more our bodies crave them. The truth is, the older we get, the less caloric intake our body requires.  Simply put, we must consume less calories in our 40’s than we did in our 30’s, and less in our 50”s than in our 40”s, and less in our 60”s than we consumed in our 50’s and so on.  I suggest beginning to decrease you portion sizes by eating until you are no longer hungry instead of eating until you are full. Decreasing portion sizes can be difficult when you are enjoying your meal, however if you consistently use this rule, you may find it much easier to accomplish.

3.     Avoid salt, sugar, fat and preservatives. Remember that there are enemies in food that you must avoid.  Those are salt, sugar, fat and preservatives.  All of the above are contained in large quantities in fast foods, prepared foods, canned foods (even canned vegetables), packaged foods, etc. While busy schedules may make it difficult for some people to prepare their own meals and go back to a primarily natural source of foods, you must maintain a high alert state for foods that are high in salt, sugar, fat and preservatives.  Remove those enemies from your diet.  One way to avoid these types of foods, even with a busy schedule, is to prepare foods in advance.  Grill meats and fresh veggies in advance, refrigerate or freeze them until needed.  Cook enough brown rice for a few days. Consider adding a fresh veggie, or cilantro, pepper, or a small amount of white raisins and almonds to vary the flavor.  Retrieve it from the refrigerator as needed.  Prepare large quantities of low-sodium soups with fresh veggies, adding fish or chicken etc. if you choose.  Freeze it in portion size containers.  Not only will this method reduce the amount of food enemies in your diet, it will allow you to prepare healthy meals in no time.

4.     Avoid simple carbohydrates. Carbohydrates are not necessarily bad foods; however, simple carbohydrates create a high glycemic state; that is, they increase your blood sugar rapidly which is damaging to many tissues in your body.  It is important to avoid simple carbohydrates and that means sugar and refined grains (reduce to a minimum the amount of bread and pasta and make sure that when you eat these items they are prepared from whole grains).  Glycemic states not only create an easy avenue for your body to store fat, they are also highly damaging to tissues that contain a large number of blood vessels (for example, the retina).

5.     Vegetable proteins.  Increase the amount of vegetable proteins in your diet.  Vegetable proteins offer a great advantage as a food source. They burn slowly, which will keep you from becoming hungry.  You will go for longer periods of time with less hunger.  Vegetable proteins are contained in all legumes (foods that come from a pod) like any kind of bean, lentils, garbanzo (chick peas), etc.  Again you can easily prepare these vegetable proteins in advance and refrigerate or freeze them until needed.

6.     Exercise. Remember to maintain a program of exercise that fits your lifestyle.  That is, don’t create an exercise schedule that requires you to give more time than your schedule allows, it will set you up for failure. It should still allow for the normal routine of your life. That is; work, kids, food preparation, recreation, etc.  The amount of time spent exercising will vary from individual to individual, but it will require anywhere between 30-60 minutes three to five times per week.

7.     Honor the food that you eat. When you are ready to eat, do not do it on the go.  You cannot eat and drive a car.  You cannot eat and watch TV.  You cannot eat and study.  You cannot eat and etc.  That is, when you are ready to eat, drink 1-2 glasses of water then sit down, preferably with family and friends and eat your food slowly.  If you are spending less than five minutes eating your food – you are definitely eating too fast.  When you eat food in small bites it takes you longer to consume your food and you will give time for your body to register that food has been added to your system.  The mechanism of satiation (the feeling of being satisfied) takes some time to develop after food has been added to your stomach.  You also honor and value the food that you eat when you make it an event of importance.  It is one that deserves your full attention.

Co- Author, G.D. Castillo M.D.

This blog entry was co-authored by G.D. Castillo, M.D. FACS  Director of Cosmetic Plastic Surgery Clinic and Roxanne Hammond, Skincare and Laser Specialist, Cosmetic Plastic Surgery Clinic

Co - Author, Roxanne Hammond, Cosmetic Plastic Surgery Clinic