Work It! Why diet & exercise make more financial sense than a Tummy Tuck

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Washboard abs; a toned and muscular midsection; a six pack; I used to loathe these claims like Scrooge on Christmas day. Unless you belong to the 1% of genetic lottery winners who were born with six pack abs and perfect muscular definition, you’re out of luck. These guys can eat anything and not gain a single pound.  But they also work out like maniacs and give it their all every single time. They’re usually patient, have good diets and lead healthy lifestyles. Plus them beautiful genes!

The Republic of Botox

We live in a society where patience isn’t a virtue anymore. We want it now and we want it fast. We have jobs that entail hours of sitting down, our fast food diets suck and when we get home, we either lie down or sit in front of the TV. This is unhealthy living and we know it, so we save money in the hope that someday, we can enhance our looks via cosmetic surgery. Wait, what? Cut me up to make me look better? Who would want to spend money on that nonsense?

Well, according to The American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery, “More than 11 million cosmetic surgical and nonsurgical procedures were performed by board-certified plastic surgeons, dermatologists and otolaryngologists in the United States, totaling more than 12 billion dollars. Of that total, more than 7 billion was spent on surgical procedures and more than 5 billion was spent on nonsurgical procedures.”

Holy ship’s captain! 12 BILLION DOLLARS! That’s more than the GDP of some small countries like The Democratic Republic of Sao Tome and Principe ($256M) and the Federated States of Microneisa ($318M) combined. Top put it in perspective, with $1 Billion you can buy two Airbus A380’s ($810 Million), 250 units of the Bugatti Veryon Super Sports or buy the whole Chicago Cubs franchise. Imagine what $12 Billion would get you!

The $0.00 Alternative

The average cost for a tummy tuck ranges from $3,000 to a whopping $12,000! That still doesn’t include other fees like anesthesia and miscellaneous charges. What are your options then? Can the damage to your body from excessive eating, drinking and sitting on the couch be reversed?

You better believe it! The human body is an engineering marvel. Granted, if a really obese person were to lose a lot of weight, he or she would need cosmetic surgery to remove the excess skin that stretched before weight loss. For them, surgery is the only option.

But for the average guys and gals who put on a little extra weight? You don’t need to spend your hard earned money and pay a board certified plastic surgeon to fix your face and remodel your body. All you need is a diet that works for you and a solid exercise routine so you can lose the extra weight and blast off the fat. It will take some time, but Rome wasn’t built in a day so you have to patient.

The Plan

Go on a diet. There are countless diets to choose from, so use the one that works for you. As long as you’re burning more calories than you’re consuming, you will lose weight and burn fat. The easiest one to follow is Intermittent Fasting.

  • Do it by skipping breakfast and having your first meal of the day at 12 noon.
  • Eat normally until 8pm and eat nothing afterwards.

In effect, you just “fasted” for 16 hours and “fed” for 8 hours. I’m still on this type of eating schedule up to this day. Cost = $0.

HIIT Training. You can do some old school running or biking (solid state cardio), but for faster results, you have to do some High Intensity Interval Training or HIIT.

  • Run or bike as fast as you can at 110% intensity for 2 minutes.
  • Walk or ride slowly for a minute and do it all over again for a five to 8 rounds.

This will burn insane amounts of calories during and even after your workout. Cost = $0.

If you’re female and still have a small tummy roll, you can always buy a body shaper that helps “tuck” in the problematic areas until you get rid of them.

Final Thoughts

I used to be on the chubby side. I was overweight and often sick. One day, I had enough and went fasting. When I lost weight, I religiously worked out until I got the results I wanted. It took me two years to get to the point where I’m lean enough to show my abs and eat anything I want and not gain a single pound. I still don’t belong to the genetic 1% lottery winners, but I’m pretty darned close. All it takes is hard work, patience and perseverance. The financial cost is zero, and the health benefits? Priceless.