Liposuction is designed to help you eliminate your problem areas for good, allowing you to enjoy a sculpted and toned body for life. However great your results following the procedure may be, they’re only going to last if you put in a little bit of effort to keep them up. In the time following your liposuction procedure—though not immediately—fat can come back, often appearing in untreated parts of your body.
Why does this happen? Because Aqualipo (and any traditional form of liposuction) is not designed for weight loss and is not a substitute for a healthy diet and regular exercise. In order to maintain your great new figure and avoid putting back on the pounds and fat lost, it’s crucial to maintain a healthy lifestyle following a liposuction procedure.
Here are some of the most effective steps you can take in your daily life to support your new-and-improved body.
1. Make sure to wear your compression garment as instructed by your doctor.
Though it may seem like a slight inconvenience, wearing your compression garment can make all the difference in your results. In the recovery period after liposuction, your body will be doing its best to heal as evenly and smoothly as possible. To prevent any complications and ensure that your skin is toned and tissue is evenly distributed, it’s important to wear your compression garment for a few days, as recommended by your surgeon, following your procedure.
2. Start a post-op exercise routine and stick with it.
After liposuction, you will need to take it easy for a couple of weeks to give your body enough time to relax and heal properly. Generally, after a gentle liposuction procedure like Aqualipo, you can begin exercising lightly after about a week. After two weeks, you should be able to resume a more intensive exercise routine. Whether it’s jogging, yoga, playing a sport, or lifting weights, you should try to exercise at least 20-30 minutes a day to keep your beautiful body looking its best.
3. Make an effort to drink plenty of water each day.
Overeating is one of the biggest enemies of diets and weight loss or maintenance. To avoid overeating and gaining back the fat lost after liposuction, be sure to drink plenty of water each day. Your body can sometimes confuse thirst for hunger, resulting in overeating when a glass of water would have satisfied you. By drinking at least eight glasses of water each day, you can help keep your cravings in check. Plus, water is great for your skin. A healthy water intake will make you look and feel so much better!
4. Don’t skip breakfast! It really is the most important meal of the day.
Eating breakfast soon after waking up can help pave the way for a healthy, productive day. Breakfast can help improve your concentration, energy, and mood throughout the day. It can also help prevent you from overeating later in the day, as your body won’t have to go into starvation mode. For the best effect, try to eat a breakfast high in protein, containing whole grains and fruits or veggies to fuel your body properly.