Diet after Liposuction
Patients looking to eliminate stubborn fat deposits can benefit from liposuction at our New Orleans, LA, cosmetic surgery practice. In order to maintain liposuction results, it is important to follow a healthy diet to prevent your weight from fluctuating and to allow your body to properly heal. Dr. Benjamin Boudreaux and Dr. Jeffrey Claiborne will provide you with information on what to avoid and what to include in your post-liposuction diet. Here, we will discuss diet after liposuction and offer tips and information for long-term success.
The Importance of a Healthy Diet after Liposuction
The primary benefit of a healthy post-liposuction diet is that patients can maintain their results and enjoy a slimmer, more contoured figure for years to come. Weight fluctuations can hinder the success of your treatment and in some cases, could negate the effects altogether. A healthy diet helps reduce swelling following your procedure.
A healthy diet also increases your metabolism, allowing you to burn fat more efficiently. Patients who undergo liposuction should increase their intake of high density lipids and decrease their intake of low density lipids. In addition, patients should drink plenty of water, exercise regularly, and limit calories by eating smaller, more frequent meals.
What to Avoid
Following liposuction, patients should consume soda and sugary drinks in moderation, if consumed at all. Vegetable juices with high sodium content and fruit juices with added sugar should be avoided. If you are a coffee or tea drinker, use artificial sweeteners and nonfat dairy products. Choose whole grains over refined grains and avoid adding sweetener to fruits.
Fatty, fried meats should be avoided. This includes sausage, bacon, and marbled red meat. We also recommend limiting your salt intake. As a result, you will need to steer clear of certain salad dressings, soy sauce, and other high-sodium foods. In general, we recommend avoiding processed foods and choosing natural, whole grain products.
What to Eat after Liposuction
It is important to stay hydrated after liposuction surgery. Therefore, patients should increase their water intake to at least 64 ounces every day. This will help reduce swelling following surgery, regulate digestion, and flush out harmful toxins. If no additional salt or sugar is added, mineral water and fruit and vegetable juices can be consumed. You can enjoy black coffee and herbal tea in moderation.
By making permanent lifestyle changes, you can enjoy the results of your liposuction for many years.
Lean white meats are high in protein and help promote the natural healing process. This includes fish and skinless, white-meat chicken. Egg yolks should be avoided, but egg whites can be a good source of protein. Choose fresh fruits and vegetables as well as whole grain products. When selecting dairy products, choose low- or non-fat options and consume them in moderation.
Eating a healthy, well-balanced diet is preferable over fad dieting. By making permanent lifestyle changes, you can enjoy the results of your liposuction for many years. Dr. Boudreaux and Dr. Claiborne will be happy to provide you with diet and wellness tips at any point after your cosmetic surgery procedure.
Contact Northshore Plastic Surgery
If you are interested in liposuction or would like to learn more about lifestyle changes following your procedure, schedule a consultation with Dr. Boudreaux and Dr. Claiborne. Contact us online or call Northshore Plastic Surgery at (985) 237-6050.