Liposuction produces dramatic body contouring results almost instantly. This minimally-invasive procedure has become one of the most sought-after treatments for men and women looking to improve their body shape. Liposculpture is a proven method to remove localized fat deposits that simply won’t go away with traditional diet and exercise. Stomach rolls, love handles, bra fat, saddle bags and sagging underarms are some of the more common body parts where liposuction is performed.
But after the procedure, how do you maintain those trim legs and taught tummies? How do you avoid gaining weight after liposuction and ruining that beautiful new silhouette? Here are five sure-fire ways to maintain your new figure and keep the fat off.
Get to the gym
Some people gain a false sense of body confidence after liposuction, which can be a big mistake. If anything, patients need to be more vigilant about maintaining healthy lifestyle habits, and that means engaging in regular exercise. You don’t have to invest in an expensive gym membership to reap the benefits of routine physical activity. In order to rev up your metabolism and burn more calories, you need to put on muscle mass, which means less cardio and more strength and resistance training. Aim for at least three 30-minute strength training workouts a week.
Increase daily activity
Another easy way to ramp up your metabolism and avoid a sedentary lifestyle is by incorporating more activity in your daily routine. If your job entails long hours in front of a computer, consider a standing desk, which can help circulation. Take the stairs instead of the escalator. Look for ways to incorporate more walking or biking into your life, whether it’s commuting to work on foot or planning bike rides with friends.
Lower stress levels
It may be hard to avoid stress altogether, but finding ways to reduce it can actually keep you slimmer. That’s because stress raises cortisol levels in the body, which makes us crave salty, fatty foods. In periods of high stress, most people tend to eat more than usual causing insulin levels to spike. This, in turn, causes our bodies to store fat more efficiently, leading to weight gain.
Adopt a clean diet
Liposuction removes underlying fat, leaving a trimmer, more confident you. Protect your investment by adopting a healthy diet that is rich in fiber, vegetables, fruit, grains and lean proteins. Stick to whole grain, low-glycemic carbs that are not only satiating, but help prevent blood sugar dips that spur cravings and overeating.
Don’t skip meals or skimp on water intake
Skipping breakfast or lunch may save a few hundred calories, but it isn’t the smartest way to keep the pounds from creeping back. When the body is starved, the metabolism actually slows down, which produces the opposite effect. Instead, aim for 4-5 small meals each day and stay hydrated. Water helps fill you up, and being well hydrated also helps boost the metabolism.
Consultation for liposuction in NYC
“Two things are key for maintaining your new contours after liposuction,” explains Dr. B. Aviva Preminger. “Regular exercise and a balanced diet that contains little in the way of fried or highly processed foods. A lack of physical activity and poor eating habits can definitely cause the fat to return.”
If you are struggling with stubborn “problem” areas and considering liposuction in NYC, we invite you to contact Preminger Plastic Surgery for a private consultation. Dr. Preminger specializes in the latest body contouring procedures that can help you achieve the figure you’ve always wanted! Call 212.706.1900 or request an appointment using our online contact form.
Additional Resources on Preventing Weight Gain after Liposuction:
- NY Times blog, After Liposuction, Exercise Keeps the Fat Off https://well.blogs.nytimes.com/2012/06/13/after-liposuction-exercise-keeps-the-fat-off/
- Livestrong, Post-Liposuction Weight Gain https://www.livestrong.com/article/281613-post-liposuction-weight-gain/
- ASPS, Can fat return after liposuction? https://www.plasticsurgery.org/news/blog/can-fat-return-after-liposuction