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Tummy war: Why maintaining a healthy lifestyle post-liposuction is important

Maintaining a health lifestyle after liposuction

Liposuction is an ideal cosmetic treatment to remove the extra, stubborn fat that doesn’t seem to budge no matter how well you structure your diet or how often you work out.  But how well you take care of your body post-liposuction will really determine how long you will keep that slim silhouette you have come to love.

Liposuction is an investment with end results certainly paying off.  The procedure will leave you with your ideal shape and gorgeous contours, ridding your body of that unwanted fat.  While it’s true some people will gain the weight back again, it doesn’t have to be that way for you.  Liposuction could essentially be your stepping stone to a healthier lifestyle.

Get motivated to maintain your new shape

We are almost certain you will be happy with your new shape following a liposuction procedure.  Your confidence will increase as you will receive rave reviews from friends and family, you’ll feel great in your clothing and your happiness will peak.   You won’t want to let that feeling and confidence go!

There is no reason for you to lose that and return to the ‘old’ you.  It’s essential you formulate a plan which focuses on a healthy lifestyle you can maintain in the long run.  That means no crash dieting where you feel deprived and hungry and no workout programs that you dread.

Ideally you will have commenced a healthy lifestyle program prior to your liposuction procedure so as that you are already in a routine and habits are established.  Finding what works for you and what you can commit to will lead to an easier recovery and patients often end up with better results.

Exercise will make all the difference to your results

Simply put, exercise burns calories.  It will act to keep your post-liposuction body trim, fit and healthy.  A Brazilian study following 36 women who underwent abdominal liposuction between 2010 and 2011 proved just that.  Those patients who adopted an exercise program shortly after their liposuction surgery experienced a decrease in visceral fat which is strongly linked to higher risk of diabetes and heart disease.

Those who didn’t include exercise in their lifestyle experienced a 10 percent increase in visceral fat causing a significant regain of total fat mass.   Too much weight gain in this case can lead to masking the benefits of the liposuction procedure which is not what you want.  So hit the gym and stay active!

Our healthy lifestyle tips to maintain your gorgeous post-liposuction shape

  • Get Active – Sweating it out in the gym or doing regular physical activity outdoors is going to make a huge difference in your liposuction results in the long run. To keep yourself motivated and in the routine, make sure you are doing exercises you enjoy and are fun.  Perhaps you love boxing, yoga or running.  Maybe a spin class, high intensity training or weights are more your style.  If you hate your exercise regime you are not going to be committed in the long term.
  • Consume fresh, whole foods – Ever heard of the 80/20 rule? It refers to 80 percent diet and 20 percent exercise in regards to maintaining your desired weight. Get rid of the sugar, processed and fast fatty foods.  Up your intake of fresh vegetables, whole grains and protein to keep the fat off!
  • Eat little and often – preparing smaller portions and eating regularly will help you maintain your weight with ease. And don’t feel you have to eat just because it is lunch time and everyone else is taking their break. Listen to your body.  Eat when you are feeling peckish, need a boost in energy or simply want to.  Not because the clock tells you to.
  • Keep hydrated – keeping your body hydrated by drinking plenty of water will help your body recover from and maintain the effects of your liposuction surgery.

It’s easy to mistake liposuction as a tool to lose weight.  It isn’t.  The biggest benefits of the cosmetic surgery is not the kilos you are likely to drop, it’s the ability to contour and sculpt the body’s shape.  Together, liposuction and a healthier lifestyle can give you the body you have always wanted and boost your motivation to stay fit and healthy!

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