If you’ve seen the before and after photos, you’ll know that Vaser Liposuction can give you some incredible results. But, how do you maintain your fantastic new figure?
The good news is that the amount of fat cells in the body stays relatively stable after the age of 18, which means that your body can’t replace the fat cells after they have been removed.
However, you can still gain weight in other areas. Obviously, following the advice of your cosmetic surgeon post-procedure is essential to maximising outcomes, but here are some top tips for maintaining better results long term.
1. Eat a Healthy Diet & Don’t Skip Meals
Eat four servings of vegetables and three servings of fruits daily; replace refined grains with whole grains; eat lean protein, such as poultry, fish, tofu and legumes, and eat healthy fats, like olive oil, avocados, and nuts. Avoid sugar, processed foods and fried foods.
Skipping meals will lead to weight gain, not weight loss. It is important to think of your metabolism as a furnace, without feeding it your body will slow the metabolism try to hold onto fat cells resulting in weight gain. Dr Joseph Ajaka of Cosmos Clinic explains that often people lose their appetite post-lipo, which can be a good thing. It’s better to eat smaller meals but continue to eat regularly.
Also, see our post on the 4 foods you need to avoid to prevent scarring from surgery
So many of our patients ask our Doctors how they should change what they eat post surgery. We tell our patients never to skip meals or starve the body. It is important to think of your metabolism as a furnace, without feeding it your body will try to hang onto fat cells and ultimately GAIN weight. #CosmosHealthTip #CosmosClinic
2. Drink Water
Drinking two litres of water a day supports weight loss. Drinking water increases the number of calories you burn even when you are not doing exercise (known as resting energy expenditure). Drinking water helps maintain a healthy metabolism and aids your digestion. Thirst is often mistaken for hunger, sometimes when you feel hungry, you’re actually just thirsty, and water has no calories, so it’s the best way to stay hydrated.
3. Keep Moving
Talk with your cosmetic surgeon about what exercises are safe to do as you ease your way into your exercise routine after your recovery time.
Super important, find something you enjoy and figure out how to fit it into your week as many times as possible. Finding time for fitness can be hard when life is busy, but keep in mind that just a few minutes of exercise each day is better for you in the long term than longer sessions just a couple of times a week.
Don’t Be Sedentary
It’s one thing to do regular exercise, but nowadays it’s so easy to spend too much time sitting the rest of the time. Increasing your overall physical activity helps to keep your body in optimum physical condition. Here are some ideas to help you shake off the sedentary lifestyle:
- Take the stairs instead of the elevator
- Take a short, brisk walk on your lunch break
- Stand up or walk around while during phone calls
- Get a standing desk
- Park your car further away and walk the extra distance
- Walk or cycle to work
- Have walking catch-ups with friends (rather than meeting a friend at a café, go for a walk together instead)
Stress is a top cause of weight gain. Stress hormones affect your metabolism, studies have found that stress creates cravings for junk food, and increases fat storage due to increased cortisol levels.
Here are some ways to reduce stress:
- Spend time outdoors
- Meditation; try guided meditations or just take some quiet time and focus on your breath
- Practice positivity; focus on the positive and be grateful for all the good things in your life
- Get Plenty of Sleep
- Spend time with friends and family
- Have more fun; laughter is a great antidote for stress
5. Create Healthy Habits
Kick any unhealthy habits before your procedure, and it will be easier to maintain good habits post-procedure. We’re talking no smoking, keeping alcohol to a minimum and giving up other addictions like sugar. For example, as Dr Ajaka advises “Smoking can hinder the formation of new collagen fibres”. It’s all about allowing your body to adjust to your new habits; it usually takes 3 weeks for your body to get used to a change, after that the cravings will subside, and you’ll feel comfortable in your new way of life.
Having a cosmetic procedure is an investment in yourself. Naturally, you’ll want to protect your investment through a healthy lifestyle. For some more tips for staying healthy and in good shape check out this video of Dr Joseph Ajaka of Cosmos Clinic talking to Dr Oz about diet and exercise