Liposuction is an expensive undertaking, both financially and emotionally. So, it is reasonable to ask, how can I prevent weight gain after the procedure is over? It is no secret that you can’t return to your old habits. In order to keep your body as toned and beautiful as the day you walked out of the surgeon’s office, you must enact sustainable changes to your lifestyle.
Luckily for you, board-certified Dr. Sanjay Lalla is here to outline the best tips for maintaining your results after a liposuction procedure.
Stick to a Balanced Diet
The best thing you can do for your body is adopt healthy eating habits. Not only will you improve your physical health, but your mental health will get a boost too! The easiest way to eat better is to cook meals at home. Avoiding takeout and fast food will cut your calorie consumption significantly.
Incorporating healthy starches like whole grains, corn, brown rice, and more will help provide energy and keep you feeling full longer. When cooking at home, opt for healthier oils when cooking with fats. Options like extra virgin olive oil, avocado oil, safflower oil, and sunflower oil contain heart-healthy acids compared to palm oil and butter.
Eat Less, More Often
You might think skipping meals would help maintain your weight, but you would be wrong! Instead, take control of your hunger by eating smaller, more frequent meals. This way, you are not tempted to binge the moment you allow yourself to eat. Doing so will also help maintain your energy levels. Keeping your energy up helps avoid the temptation to skip out on exercises.
Don’t Forget to Exercise
Regular exercise is key to staying healthy and keeping your body in shape. Since there are so many forms of exercise, you are sure to find one that fits your lifestyle and needs. Your options range from lower-intensity exercises like walking, yoga, and Pilates to higher-intensity exercises like running, and weightlifting.
Don’t forget, the best exercise is the one that you will do consistently, no matter what it is! Exercise also releases endorphins, a.k.a. the “feel-good” chemicals. The release of endorphins creates a positive feedback loop. The more you exercise, the more endorphins you release, the better you feel, and the more you want to exercise!
Drink Plenty of Water
It might seem like an obvious tip, but most adults do not drink enough water. It is generally recommended that adults drink around 64 ounces of water per day, but this number depends on age, weight, activity level, and more. Replacing sugary drinks with water will also help to cut down on excess calories. Furthermore, drinking enough water also helps you feel fuller and stimulates your metabolism. But be careful not to consume too much water.
Yes, it is possible to drink too much water, also known as water toxicity. This is when the water you drink dilutes the blood sodium concentration in your body and causes your blood cells to swell. Symptoms of water toxicity to look out for include nausea, vomiting, headaches, and confusion.
Reduce Unnecessary Stress
One of the more unknown causes of weight gain is actually stress. Stress raises your cortisol levels, which creates cravings for salty, sugary, and fatty foods. This is because when you are stressed, your body believes it needs more energy to fight off the cause of that stress. Incorporate stress-relieving habits into your daily routine to cut down on the urge to binge on unhealthy foods. Habits such as breathing exercises, stretching, journaling, and even cutting down your caffeine intake are all great options for reducing stress.
See Long-Lasting Liposuction Results with Dr. Sanjay Lalla
Reaching your goal weight does not have to feel impossible. Liposuction is a great method for getting rid of those last few stubborn pounds so you can feel confident and sexy. For more information on liposuction or any other plastic surgery procedure, contact Dr. Sanjay Lalla at (973) 324-9455.