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Liposuction is one of the most commonly performed cosmetic procedures in the country. After investing time and money into surgery, Dr. Mark Lowney’s patients understandably want to maintain their results as long as possible. Although liposuction removes selective areas of targeted fat, it does not prevent future weight gain.
Some of Dr. Lowney’s liposuction patients have inquired as to whether there is a special diet they should follow to help preserve the outcomes of surgery. There is no particular diet to follow after liposuction. A balanced diet of nutritious foods (coupled with regular exercise) can help stave off weight gain. If you are looking for some general guidelines, Dr. Lowney, a plastic surgeon in Massachusetts, has some helpful information for you in this post.
WHAT TO EAT AFTER LIPO
Make sure you are eating plenty of the following:
- Fruits and vegetables – especially leafy greens, berries, citrus fruits
- Lean protein – seafood, poultry, eggs, beans, lean beef
- Whole grains – brown rice, quinoa, barley, oat
How much and how frequently you eat can play a part in preventing weight gain. Eating several smaller meals during the day instead of three large meals can help you keep your energy levels up and prevent hunger pangs. Hydration is equally important, as it helps digestion, metabolism, and controlling hunger.
WHAT TO AVOID EATING AFTER LIPO
Try to avoid weight gain by limiting your consumption of the following types of foods:
- Sugary foods or beverages – cookies, candies, cake, ice cream, soda, sports drinks, energy drinks
- Simple carbohydrates – white rice, white bread, white pasta, pastries
- Saturated fats – cream, butter, whole milk dairy products, fatty meats
It is important to build little splurges into your diet so you don’t feel deprived. Treat yourself to a cookie or a bowl of ice cream occasionally. But be smart about your “cheats” so you don’t get too far off track from your healthy diet.
Though liposuction is not a weight loss method. However, having a slimmer and sleeker contour, as well as greater self-esteem, can motivate a patient to refine their diet and exercise habits and continue toning up.