Liposuction is one of the most commonly requested cosmetic surgical procedures in the United States, and it’s easy to understand why. For clients who struggle to lose stubborn weight — and keep it off — this procedure offers a fast, efficient, lasting alternative to restrictive diets or hours at the gym.
However, it’s important to note that while the results are long-lasting, they are also influenced by the client’s post-operative lifestyle, and over time a poor diet and exercise regimen can cause unwanted fat to return even after lipo.
To avoid this, here are some tips for sticking with a healthy lifestyle after liposuction surgery. By following these recommendations, you can feel confident that you’re making the most of your new life after lipo!
1. Get active. In the first few days after your procedure, you’ll naturally want to take it easy to allow your body to heal. But once you’ve fully recovered and your surgeon gives you the go-ahead to resume your everyday activities, it’s important not to lapse into a sedentary pattern.
Those who followed a regular fitness regimen prior to their surgery will probably be eager to get back to the gym once it’s medically safe to do so. But for those who aren’t so active, smaller steps may be preferable at first. Here are several ways you can incorporate more movement into your day-to-day life without diving right into a new exercise routine:
- Standing up to work. If it’s within your budget, consider investing in a standing desk which will allow you to burn more calories while you work. For an even bigger boost, there are also treadmill desks which allow you to walk while you work, burning even more calories.
- Take the stairs instead of the elevator. Most of us prefer to take the speediest possible route to get where we’re going but skipping shortcuts like elevators or escalators in favor of a walk up the stairs is a simple way of getting moving.
- Limit the time you spend watching TV or using the computer and take frequent breaks when you do so. Get up every 20 to 30 minutes and stretch your body and walk around.
2. Exercise. If you led a previously sedentary lifestyle and you want to maintain your slim new figure, now’s the time to start hitting the gym. Likewise, if you were active already, don’t let your good fitness habits fall by the wayside.
It will take about three weeks before you’re ready to resume aerobics and other more strenuous forms of exercise, and you should plan to do so as soon as you can. Liposuction is intended to remove stubborn fat from problem areas; it is not meant to be a substitute for a healthy lifestyle. If you don’t make diet and fitness a priority, your body will suffer for it.
3. Drink plenty of water. Most Americans don’t drink as much water as they should, and you might be one of them. If so, let’s take a moment to review the benefits of proper hydration, particularly for people who have had lipo:
- Drinking enough water helps to curb your appetite by making you feel fuller, so you’ll be likely to eat less.
- Water helps your body burn up to 30 percent more calories even while in a state of rest.
- If you’re prone to retaining water, upping your water intake will help resolve the problem. The more you drink the less you will retain.
- Water is a calorie-free alternative to sugary beverages like soda or juice. It offers hydration without being fattening!
4. Be conscientious about what you eat. Nobody expects you to cut sweet treats out of your diet completely, but moderation is key. Your ideal diet should be rich in fresh, nutrient-dense fruits and vegetables and lean meats, and low on sugars, starches, fatty foods, and processed snacks. Calorie-tracking apps can help you catalog what you eat each day to ensure you’re sticking to a healthy regimen.
5. Keep a handle on your stress. Did you know that stress can cause you to gain unwanted weight? And not just because of the “stress-eating” phenomenon. Stress triggers the production of the hormone cortisol, which does cause cravings, but which also reduces the calories your body can burn and raises insulin levels, which promote fat storage. You can help limit stress in your life through meditation, journaling, or even therapy.
Please note that the above article was for informational purposes only and should not be considered a substitute for medical care. For more information, to schedule a consultation, or to learn how you can score amazing savings through our Skincentives Monthly Membership, please contact us.