How To Maintain Results After Liposuction
You’ve decided to have liposuction—while it’s a huge commitment, we’re sure you haven’t arrived at the decision hastily. You’ve done the necessary research, chosen your surgeon, maybe even splurged on a new wardrobe for your soon-to-be slimmer figure. But have you thought about what happens months or years after your liposuction procedure?
Your procedure is going to cost you time and money; it’s definitely a huge investment and you’re definitely going to want to maintain your post-surgery results long after the procedure is over. This doesn’t mean you have to be afraid of gaining weight and put yourself on a life-long diet, it just means you’re going to want to adopt a healthier lifestyle to ensure your investment was well worth it. One thing a lot of liposuction patients tend to forget is that the procedure removes existing fat, it doesn’t prevent you from ever gaining weight again (although, wouldn’t that be nice?). Here are some simple ways you can help maintain your post-liposuction figure for years to come:
1). Stay Hydrated
Simple, yet often overlooked, hydration has many benefits for our health and body. For one, drinking a glass of water before every meal can actually help you feel full and prevent overeating. Water also helps aid the digestive process so your body stays regular and balanced. And water also helps increase metabolism rate so your body can burn calories quicker and keep the pounds from piling on. While an 8 oz. glass of water is recommended, it will differ for every individual and it’s best to speak to your physician to see what your personal needs are.
2). Eat Healthy
Pretty obvious, but it’s tried and true. Introducing more fruits, vegetables, whole grains and lean protein into your diet will help you maintain your figure as well as make your body feel a whole lot better and more energized. Try cutting down on simple carbohydrates such as soda, pasta, desserts, white bread, and artificial syrups (you can splurge every now and again, but try not to have this as a daily part of your diet), and try for good carbs such as quinoa, barley, oatmeal, and sweet potato.
3). Eat Smaller, More Frequent Meals
We’ve always been taught to have 3 meals a day—breakfast, lunch, and dinner. While that’s great, sometimes reality hits and our schedules are chaotic and we forget to eat breakfast and lunch, then overdue it at dinner to compensate for the missed meals. A better, healthier way is to eat smaller, more frequent meals. Breakfast is always an important start as it gives you energy to get through the rest of the day. But snacking in between can not only help keep metabolism up, but it keeps the cravings down and prevents the chance of overeating from occurring. Some snacks you might consider are almonds, avocado toast, and yogurt.
4). Exercise Everyday
We don’t recommend exercising immediately after your surgery, but when your doctor gives you the go ahead, it’s best to incorporate physical activity in your daily routine. This can start with a brisk walk every morning or evening. Eventually, you can graduate to more demanding activities such as running, cycling, and weightlifting. Join that yoga class you’ve always wanted too, get a gym membership! Just remember that physical activity is going to keep your new figure toned and the weight off.
Think of liposuction as a second chance at your dream body. You don’t want to waste it, so taking these simple steps can help you maintain your post-surgery body for years!