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Prevent Weight Gain after Liposuction

| November 19, 2019 August 2, 2023 | |

Liposuction is a surgical procedure that can remove unwanted pockets of fat deposited in various areas of your body such as the abdomen, hips, thighs, and buttocks. It also helps in trimming and reshaping your body into a more balanced form.

One reason why liposuction is a popular procedure to sculpt the body is that it removes fat permanently. However, it does not prevent the remaining fat cells from collecting fat even in treated areas.

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So, how can you maintain the result of your liposuction and prevent yourself from gaining weight and the flabs back?

Simple tips to prolong your slim and balanced contour

1. Prepare a full breakfast

Breakfast is the most important meal because it sets your appetite for the rest of the day. Make a breakfast meal that will not only fill you up but is also balanced. Your breakfast should at least include food that is a source of lean protein and is fat filling such as eggs, nuts, and beans. Fibrous food (vegetables, fruits, 100% whole grains) should also be part of the meal.

2. Don’t skip meals

Don’t put off eating for much later. Starving yourself won’t do you good either. Both would cause your metabolism to slow down, making you gain weight. Have an energy bar or fruit on hand and a stash of healthy snacks to keep you from getting hungry. If you can, make it a routine to eat three meals and two snacks in a day.

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3. Limit your intake of processed or packaged foods

Salt is a prime preservative and is the main ingredient of processed food. That said, you should, at all costs, avoid taking in food that contains too much salt. Prepare your food fresh and include vegetables and fruits, whole grains (oatmeal, whole-wheat bread, brown rice), lean protein (beans, chicken, eggs, tofu), and low-fat dairy products.

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4. Don’t go for a second or third serving

It’s so easy to lose restraint when you’re eating in, let’s say, a buffet. The food served in platters can cause you to go for a second, third, and sometimes, even fourth round of servings. To prevent this, try eating on a plate instead of platters. This way, you can control the portions that you consume and avoid taking in more calories than what your body can burn.

5. Ditch drinks with a high sugar content

While sugar can be a good source of extra energy, it can be harmful in excessive amounts. Consuming drinks such as sodas, juice, sweetened coffee and tea, even alcoholic drinks during the day is equal to consuming an extra 800 calories by night time. It does nothing to avert your hunger either. It can also lead to weight gain and other diseases like Type 2 diabetes, heart disease, and even gout. So, skip those sweet drinks and opt to…

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6. Drink lots of water

Water can help you lose weight by:

It is also recommended to eat food that has high water content such as cucumbers, watermelon, tomatoes, and grapes. This type of food does not only keep you hydrated but makes you feel full due to their high-fiber content as well.

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7. Go to the Gym

Now is your chance to enroll in a gym and put those muscles to work! Establish a workout routine that includes lifting and strength training. Lifting (using free weights) will make you burn more calories and hinder your metabolism from slowing down. Strength training helps build lean muscles, which can increase your slimming process. You can do some squats, push-ups, and lunges. However, if you are on a tight schedule and can’t afford to go to the gym, you can always do some cardio, jogging, running, and swimming on your own time.

8. Keep moving!

There is nothing more likely to cause weight gain than a sedentary lifestyle. While sitting might be good to rest your aching feet, prolonged sitting can cause fat-prone areas in your body to sag. To keep those flabs away, stand up and move your legs every 20 to 30 minutes. Walk around your workplace. Take the stairs. Avoid sitting for long periods of time. If you can, limit the time you spend watching the TV and using the computer.

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9. Learn to relax

Stress is one of the top reasons for your binge-eating. It triggers your body to release cortisol, a hormone that initiates your urge to eat unhealthy food. So to moderate the cortisol level in your body, learn how to relax. You can do this by imagining a tranquil scene. You can even explore your spiritual side and meditate. Opt not to engage in stressful environments, but if it can’t be helped, choose to stay positive. If you can make this a habit, you can be sure to prevent yourself from grabbing the next bag of chips and wallowing in bed.

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10. Sleep

It is easy to say that sleep eats a lot of your time. However, it can do wonders for your body and prevent you from gaining weight. According to experts, people who diet and at the same time are well-rested have lost 56% more fat compared to those who are sleep deprived. Also, sleep helps moderate the number of hormones that drive appetite in your blood. So, what are you waiting for? Wear your pajamas, plump up your pillows, and catch up on your beauty sleep!

Build a Positive Outlook!

Hopefully, these quick and easy tips will help you maintain your new fat-free and shapely figure!

Undergoing a cosmetic procedure like liposuction requires not the only discipline to sustain its outcome, but also a positive outlook. It is also best to consult with a board-certified plastic surgeon to ensure that you receive expert guidance and advice as well as the excellent patient care that you deserve.

About the Author

Dr. Ergun Kocak, MD, is a board-certified plastic surgeon who specializes in plastic and reconstructive surgery of the breast using DIEP, SIEA GAP, TUG, PAP, and direct-to-implant, in Columbus and Cincinnati, OH.
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*Our blog entries are written in order to further educate our patients and raise awareness towards topics related to plastic surgery. Any solutions offered on this blog are intended to help possible patients develop educated decisions before undergoing a consultation with our doctors.

2 thoughts on “Prevent Weight Gain after Liposuction”

  • Schiro Ackermann

    I appreciate how you pointed out that through going to the gym, a person will be able to keep their figure as more calories are burnt and the metabolism does not slow down. I will be sure to share this with my younger sister as she plans on undergoing liposuction surgery. This shall help in making sure that she won’t need another treatment afterward. Thanks!

  • Hough

    Great reminders! Thanks for this article. Still happy after diep w lipo as side benefit😁