How to Maintain Results after Liposuction
You have taken a key step toward improving your appearance by undergoing liposuction at our Gatineau, QC practice. Now, you will need to follow certain lifestyle and nutritional changes to maintain your results.
Following your cosmetic surgery, Dr. Patricia Berbari and our staff will provide you with a customized recovery plan and tips for maintaining your new weight. Here, we discuss how to maintain your results after liposuction.
Common Causes of Weight Gain after Liposuction
The underlying causes of your initial weight gain will not disappear after liposuction. Many of those factors (poor diet, little exercise, excessive drinking) may again lead to weight gain and limit the cosmetic benefits of your initial surgery.
The first step toward maintaining your new body is to understand the factors that lead to weight loss. These include:
- Aging: As we age, our metabolism slows. Older individuals also tend to exercise less and have lower muscle mass.
- Stress: Food can be used as an unhealthy coping mechanism to deal with stress and anxiety.
- Poor diet: This should come as no surprise. Both the quality and quantity of your diet is a leading factor in how much weight you gain or lose at any stage of your life.
- Fatigue: While the science is not totally clear on why, sleep studies have shown that getting eight to nine hours of sleep each night leads to better weight outcomes.
- Regular exercise: We all know that exercise keeps you healthy and helps you lose weight. Maintain a regular exercise schedule to keep the pounds off.
Tips for Keeping Off Unwanted Pounds
A combination of these proven tips will help.
Work with a Nutritionist or Dietician
Working with a nutritionist will help you stay accountable when it comes to making healthy eating choices. A nutritionist will look at you holistically while developing custom dietary guidelines that are realistic and sustainable.
Weigh Yourself Regularly
Transparency is key to maintaining weight. By tracking your weight daily, or at least weekly, you can stay ahead of weight gain trends.
Stop Eating Fast Food
With few exceptions, most fast food establishments use low-quality, high-calorie ingredients. Fast food is notoriously short on substantial nutritional value. By cooking at home, you can become more mindful of what you are putting into your body.
Use a Smaller Plate
It sounds almost too good to be true, but using a smaller plate has been proven to psychologically trick the body into using smaller portions.
Drink Plenty of Fluids
Drinking water reduces hunger and flushes toxins from your body.
Increase Consumption of Greens and “Superfoods”
Vegetables and plants that are high in nutrition tend to also be low in calories.
Find Creative Ways to Exercise
You do not have to join a gym or run a marathon to enjoy the benefits of exercise. Walking is a great way to burn calories. Try taking the stairs instead of the elevator while on errands or at work. Parking your car away from the store is another way to get in those extra steps.
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Maintaining your new weight is not about obeying a rigid set of rules and laws. There is much joy to be found in cooking at home or taking extended walks outdoors. The boost in self-esteem and the potential added years to your lifespan should be reason enough to look forward to life after liposuction.
If you are interested in learning about our body contouring procedures, contact us online or call (819) 243-7667.