Liposuction is one of the most well-known and effective procedures for body contouring. The procedure has helped countless women reshape their body to have a more appealing appearance and boost self-confidence by removing fat.
A common misunderstanding about liposuction is that it is permanent. Many think the fat removed during a procedure will never come back. This is not true. Patients who gain at least 10% of their body weight after liposuction will see the creation of new fat cells that can manifest in the treated areas.
Maintaining a stable weight after liposuction can be tricky. It can be difficult for people to adhere to a diet and exercise regimen that keeps their body healthy and looking good. Liposuction is not a weight-loss tool and should only be undertaken by people who are within 25 pounds of their ideal weight.
Here are a few pieces of advice on how you can adapt your lifestyle to ensure your body can stay slim and firm after liposuction.
Optimize Your Diet
It is impossible to out-exercise a bad diet. Many think they can exercise and maintain the same body post-liposuction, but this is very hard to do if your diet is not properly managed. Instead of trying different types of fad diets, focus your energy on buying and eating nutritious foods that will keep fat away.
Cutting out processed and sugary foods, like cookies and soda, will go a long way towards keeping your body healthy and reduce the risk of weight gain. Replace foods with saturated fats (like butter and milk) with beans or legumes in order to get more monosaturated fat into your diet. Eating well will make you feel better and increase the chances that your slim contours post-liposuction will stay.
Increase Water Intake
Most people do not drink enough water. Staying hydrated is important post-liposuction because it can be a big aid in helping you keep fat off your body. Water helps your body control hunger, keeps the metabolism high, and can also flush out your skin so it looks healthier.
A good hydration strategy is to aim to drink about half your body weight in ounces each day. Water will also reduce a person’s body mass index (BMI) and helps you burn more calories when you are at rest.
Exercise the Smart Way
It’s best to try and start moving around within 48 hours after a liposuction procedure. Once you feel comfortable exercising, be sure to get into a consistent routine in order to maintain results.
A mixture of aerobic exercises and strength training will help you burn calories, develop muscle, and increase your metabolism to burn off fat.
Exercise can also be done outside of the gym. Take a quick lap around your office every hour and see if you could start using a standing desk while working. Taking steps to increase your general activity level will go a long way towards keeping fat off your body.
At home, try and limit time in front of the TV and on the computer and substitute it with more active activities, like taking a walk outside.
Reduce Stress & Anxiety
Stress can pile on the pounds quickly. High-stress levels increase cortisol levels, which in turn makes people more apt to eat unhealthy food. Some believe high cortisol levels might even reduce the number of calories burned by the body.
Keeping your stress levels low can be difficult, but very effective towards maintaining the look you desire after liposuction. Easy ways to reduce stress include spending some time each day meditating, and introducing predictable and routine habits into your life, like soaking in a warm bath.
Practice A Proper Post-Op Lifestyle to Keep Looking Good After Liposuction
Many patients are extremely satisfied after liposuction. The procedure gives people a renewed sense of freedom and self-confidence about their bodies.
At our office, we work with every patient to come up with a personalized treatment plan to ensure liposuction will give the aesthetic results you desire. We also will review your medical history and goals to see if there are other procedures that might be a good compliment.
If you are ready to tackle stubborn fat deposits and come out with a renewed body, contact Zochowski Plastic & Reconstructive Surgery to schedule a private consultation. We look forward to speaking with you!
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