Tips to Avoid Post-Liposuction Weight Gain
Liposuction is a popular and effective fat removal procedure that helps to contour your body—leaving you with a leaner, well-toned physique. However, liposuction is not intended to be a substitute for a healthy lifestyle. Many of our patients at Beyond Beautiful are surprised to learn that post-liposuction, there is a high probability of regaining weight if one does not maintain healthy habits.
While the fat cells that are removed by liposuction will not return—if one gains a substantial amount of weight, the remaining fat cells can expand and cause one to appear heavier.
Tips to Keep in Mind
Liposuction Does Not Remove Toxic Fat
Our bodies have two forms of fat—visceral and subcutaneous. Targeting subcutaneous fat, liposuction removes the fat directly beneath the skin. Not accessible by liposuction, visceral fat lies deep inside and forms around our organs. The more harmful of the two, visceral fat also produces and releases a biochemical substance that is known to increase the risk of heart disease and diabetes.
Homeostasis is the body’s method of keeping internal stability–whether that be a steady body temperature or a consistent body weight. In regard to weight, your body tries to maintain a consistent weight over an extended period of time. Thus, following liposuction, your body will want to get back to the higher weight that it is used to.
Exercise Is Important
Liposuction only addresses the underlying layer of fat—not improving upon skin or muscle tone. Exercise increases the metabolism and helps build muscle mass. Boost your metabolism with a short 20 to 30 minute cardio session. While everyone recovers at a different pace—most of our patients can return to their exercise routine four to six weeks after their liposuction procedure. Dr. Khattab will work closely with you to ensure your body is ready.
A Few Helpful Hints:
- Drink plenty of water: Water not only helps to flush toxins but it also helps to reduce hunger and increase satiety
- Kick start your metabolism with a healthy breakfast
- Cover half of your plate with fresh fruit and vegetables
- Keep a food and exercise journal: Being aware of your caloric intake as well as physical activity levels will make you more conscientious about what—and how much—you consume
- Make a commitment with a close and trusted friend: Keeping each other on track is not only helpful but also encouraging
You have invested a lot time, money, and emotion into your new shape—now, make an investment into your future. You will see the best results by developing healthy habits and making small but smart life style changes.
At Beyond Beautiful, we want you to get the most out of your liposuction procedure. Please contact our Torrance, California office with any questions.