Maintaining Your Liposuction Results: What to Do After Lipo
One of the most effective and popular body contouring methods, liposuction, is a safe method eliminating localized fat pockets from the body. Through liposuction, a skilled physician can immediately reshape the contours of the body to improve its overall appearance.
Many patients share one common misconception: that fat removed via liposuction can never come back. Unfortunately, fat can return post-lipo… if you let it. A patient who gains a significant amount of weight (over 10% of their body weight) following their procedure will develop new fat cells throughout the body, including the treated areas.
In order to maintain results of a liposuction procedure, patients must maintain their post-liposuction weight. If a patient weighed 140 pounds prior to their procedure and 10 pounds were removed, fat cells will continue to stay away if the patient maintains a weight at or below 130 pounds.
For many, this means some long-term lifestyle changes when it comes to diet and exercise. Here is a very basic list of do’s and dont’s for maintaining your liposuction results:
Watch Your Calories
Use this simple calorie calculator to determine the number of calories to maintain your post-liposuction weight. Then focus on meeting (not exceeding) your daily caloric needs. The process of counting calories can be very helpful as it increases your awareness of what you eat and drink.
Avoid Bad Foods
Eliminate processed foods and limit sugar-packed drinks, such as sodas and juice, from your everyday life. Limit your intake of sugars, simple carbohydrates, and saturated fats. Saturated fats are primarily found in animal fats from pork, beef, poultry with skin and dairy products such as butter, cheese and milk. A common guideline is to limit calories from saturated fat to 5% to 6% of total calories ingested daily.
Eat Good Foods
Instead of trying a short-term fad diet, focus on eating a nutritious, balanced diet. Replacing foods high in saturated fats with foods high in monounsaturated and/or polyunsaturated fats can help with a balanced diet. A few suggestions include replacing some of the meat you eat with beans or legumes and incorporating more fruits, vegetables, lean protein, and whole grains into your diet.
Smaller (More Frequent) Meals
Instead of eating 3 daily meals, shoot for 5-7 smaller meals spread throughout the day. Eating several smaller meals can help boost your metabolism, maintain energy levels, and prevent hunger that may lead to unhealthy food choices.
Drink Lots of Water
Staying hydrated by drinking plenty of water can help control hunger, maintain high metabolism levels, and aid in digestion. As a side benefit, proper hydration can also help keep your skin looking its best. One should aim to drink about 1 ounce of water for every kilogram of weight or roughly drink half of your weight in ounces. For example, a 130 pound person should drink 60 ounces of water daily.
Develop a consistent exercise routine, preferably featuring activities that you truly enjoy (which will better your chances of sticking to it). A mix of aerobic exercises (to burn calories) and lifting weights (to build muscle and increase your metabolism) is most ideal.
While liposuction is life changing, it’s not magic. Patients who return to old (unhealthy) habits after their procedure can lose all the enhancements the procedure allowed. So, make an investment in yourself! Choosing a healthy lifestyle will keep your new silhouette around permanently.