You don’t need to look far to see that Argentina is rife with plastic surgery masterpieces not to mention a few catastrophes – I’m looking at you Ricardo Fort. Too soon?

Perhaps, one of the reasons that plastic surgery in Argentina is so popular is that is so damn comparably cheap. So affordable in fact, that if you sign up to one of the better medical insurance plans, they throw in an annual cosmetic surgery free of charge.

Exercise and diet are often more difficult and in some cases, an even more painful way to go about bettering your ascetics, but if your woes come in the form of a little too much body fat, a saggy arse or bingo wings, exercise and diet are the way forward, NOT plastic surgery.

Before you do something rash, check out these diet and exercise based solutions to some of the most common body complex issues.

Excess fat

Whether this comes in the form of a beer belly (Discussed later in the article) or a muffin top, bingo wings or love handles. The long term solution is diet and exercise NOT liposuction.

Now, if you’re somebody that is very thin all over except for a small buildup of fat in a certain area, Lipo might seem like an easy choice. The truth of the matter is that if your body has a tendency to store fat in certain areas, chances are that unless you change your ways post-surgery, ”all the fat is back by one year” according to Robert H. Eckel, MD, professor of medicine, physiology and biophysics at the University of Colorado

Exercise on the other hand is much more beneficial long term to both your looks and your general wellbeing. If you can change your body composition by losing fat and adding muscle, your body will become a much more efficient fat burning machine. One pound of muscle can burn up to 6.5 calories per hour. That’s 5.5 times more calories than fat tissues. Mathematics aside – you should start lifting weights. For all the girls out there that are now saying “but i don’t want to get bulky”  – unless you are a distant relative of Arnold Schwarzenegger, eat 300g of protein per day and dedicate your life to bodybuilding, adding weights to your workout regime a couple of times a week will make you sexy and stronger not bulky. Trust me.

Beer belly

Beer Belly

Summer and the craft beer scene seem to have simultaneously hit Buenos Aires and as a result I’ve seen the waistlines of most curious men and women expand. Beer tastes great and when consumed moderately can even be good for your overall health. What most people don’t realize is that it’s made up of mainly carbohydrates and sugar and the alcohol kicker forces your body to accumulate visceral fat. This means, that unless you move it, you certainly won’t lose it. If you can’t stomach the idea of giving up alcohol cold turkey, try this the next time you’re out on a beer guzzling mission; instead of drinking 10 pints in a row, alternate between Beer and water, skip the kebab but not the walk home. You’ll end up drinking less, staying hydrated and the walk home will rev up your metabolism.

Man boobs AKA gynecomastia

There are pecs and then there are boobs. No judgement on which you’re after but the majority of guys out there tend to want to buff up their pecs a bit.  

The cause of gynecomastia is more often than not linked to a hormonal imbalance although other culprits like drug and alcohol abuse, steroid use and diets lacking in nutrients could be behind your man boobs.

The first step is to rule out a hormone imbalance by a quick trip to the doctor. If this is in fact the cause of your agony, follow the doctor’s orders. Ruling out a hormone imbalance, it’s time to cut out the drugs and alcohol and start focusing on eating a clean diet. This means replacing simple carbohydrates, dairy products, refined sugar and anything that comes in a packet with lots of fresh fruit and vegetables, fish, organic chicken, legumes and healthy fats.

Cellulite

The name given to fat deposits that sit just below the skin, and the vein of many an existence, is typically situated in the lower pelvic region – such as on the thighs and butt. One of the main culprits, of which there are many is the accumulation of toxicity in your body.

To keep your body’s toxicity levels down: eat a clean unprocessed diet, drink an abundance of water, scrap your refined salt (table salt) for sea salt and get sweating. Dr. Joel Kahn states that “sweating is one of the best ways to remove toxins from our body” and as I sit here writing, the forecast is calling for a 40 degree day.

Also check out: exercises that target cellulite

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Bingo wings

The term for the fat at the back of the upper-arm, most typically found in women.

Fortunately for “bingo wings” (and unfortunately for us) it’s very difficult to get rid of the little bastards. The fat in this area is extremely stubborn and as mentioned above, if your body has a tendency to store fat in difficult-to-lose areas, diet alone isn’t often your best bet. What you can do instead is combine a healthy diet with strengthening the muscles situated below and around the problem area. If you’re able to tone up the triceps, biceps and shoulders it will create the illusion of a much slender looking upper arm.

Exercises that help: Dips, press ups, tricep pulldowns, Bicep curls, horizontal rows, shoulder presses and lat raises.

Saggy, small or otherwise overly humble breasts

Sorry ladies, there is no exercise known to man or women in that case that helps increase the size of your bust. Preventing premature sag, now that is doable.

While breasts themselves are not muscles, by strengthening the muscles underneath, you can help reduce further sag and perk your breasts up a little. Start by working your pectorals, shoulders, triceps, biceps and back muscles with body weight and simple weights exercises. Check out: exercises that perk up your breasts

Pancake butt

The plague affecting Latin America’s favourite body part.

Thanks to the likes of Jay-lo, Beyonce and the most recent Kardashian family, an ample bottom is very hot stuff and booty implants are now commonplace in most South American countries. Take note gents, men also suffer from “flat ass syndrome” so this applies to you too.

The Glutes aka the bottom, booty, bum, buns, Derriere – whatever you like to call it are the largest muscles in the body. This means, unless genes are playing their part have a great deal of potential to grow. Squats, lunges, hip thrusts, donkey kicks and Leg presses are now your new best friends.  

Try my simple – Booty blaster Workout

Exercises:

  • Static Lunges
  • Back Squats (With bar)
  • Hip thrusts
  • Donkey kicks

Instructions:

Perform 10 reps of each exercise one after the other without pausing. Rest for 60 seconds at the end of each circuit and repeat a further 2-3 times. Aim to do this workout 3 times a week allowing 1 day’s rest in-between workouts.

Form tip: When performing hip thrusts and donkey kicks, really try to concentrate on the full contraction of the glutes. With theses 2 exercises in particular, it’s quite easy to allow other muscles to step in and do the majority of the hard work. One way to avoid this is by perform the repetitions very slowly.  

If this seems like a lot of work. It is. But it’s certainly beats going under the knife both in terms of pain and outcome. Don’t let a little laziness get in the way of feeling great about yourself.

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