Stay Lean After Lipo: Our 4 Top Tips
In some cases, no amount of exercise or strict nutrition seems to remove stubborn pockets of body fat, particularly around the thighs, hips, lower back, and lower abdomen. This is why nearly half a million liposuction people opt to have the procedure performed every year in the U.S. because it adds the finishing touches to their physique. Liposuction is one of the most sought-after cosmetic treatments available.
Once you have had liposuction performed, however, the body will resume normal function. If you don’t pay close attention to maintaining your post-body-sculpting physique, you may find that fat creeping back.
But fear not. Follow these four easy tips from Etre Cosmetic Dermatology & Laser Center, and you’ll enjoy your liposuction results for years to come.
Post-Liposuction Fat Compensation
Various studies have revealed that, after liposuction, patients’ bodies compensate for the fat loss by storing fat in areas other than where you had the procedure performed. That’s because our bodies are constantly battling to maintain homeostasis.
Because of this compensatory effect of fat storage, post-liposuction patients need to pay close attention to their diet and nutrition to get the best results from their procedure.
With this in mind, follow these four simple steps to maintain and even improve upon your post-liposuction figure.
Know Your Body
On paper, weight management is simple. If you eat more calories than you need, you put on weight. If you eat less than you need, you lose weight. If you burn what you eat, your weight stays the same.
Experts advise that the first and most crucial step toward proper weight management is knowing roughly how many calories your body needs in a day. The answer depends on several factors:
- Your job
- Your lifestyle
- Your exercise routine
- Your current body composition
There are plenty of good online calorie counters. Choose one and get an estimation of your caloric needs.
Learn About Nutrition
Merely Googling “healthy foods” isn’t going to cut it. To make a difference in the way you eat, you need to equip yourself with knowledge about how crucial proper nutrition is to adequate body and brain function.
If you learn why and how specific foods, like fish and avocados, positively affect your decision-making and mood, it will encourage you to choose them over red meats and chocolates. If you learn broccoli combats cancer formation, you’ll be more likely to opt for vegetables over fast food. If you learn sugars are just as addictive as hard drugs, you’re probably going to find it easier to choose water over cola.
Read some books and watch some documentaries on healthy eating. Knowing the why behind what food you should eat will make it easier to make the right choices after liposuction.
Walking at a steady pace for 40 minutes burns around 350 calories – that’s more than a Snickers bar! By walking to the store, to work, or to the gym, you give yourself the perfect opportunity to efficiently burn calories. Do it every day and you will burn almost a day’s worth of food every week for free!
Drink More Water
We always hear that most people are chronically dehydrated. It’s true. And by drinking more water, you can easily help maintain your body weight. Drinking water satiates hunger, improves digestion, and helps with your motivation.
That means you’ll eat less and discover more willpower to exercise just by drinking at least eight eight-ounce glasses of water every day. Choosing water is also an easy way to eliminate the nasty, unnecessary calories consumed in soda and other drinks. Switch from soda or coffee to water, and you’ll see the effects on your body.
Enjoy Your New Body Contours With Etre Cosmetic Dermatology & Laser Center
While a consistent exercise routine can drastically help transform your physique and maintain post-lipo form, some people don’t enjoy the weight room. If you manage to walk and perhaps get some swimming or jogging in two to three times a week, that’s perfect. If you can lift some weights twice a week too, that’s even better. But sorting out your nutrition comes first.
If you stick to eating appropriate amounts of healthy foods, drink water, and work out regularly, you’ll notice your mood and body respond beautifully. Contact us to learn more about getting excellent results with liposuction.