This second part on cosmetic surgery nutrition and diet after cosmetic surgery will focus on more specifics to help patients get the most from their surgery and encourage loss weight. Nutrition after tummy tuck and nutrition after liposuction, in addition to general post cosmetic surgery diet, will be discussed. It is not easy! Trick diets and fad diets don’t work. It is going to take hard work and perseverance! Patients from Delaware and Pennsylvania must remember what was covered in Part One. Please review this. These plans can really work. Please see tummy tuck before and after photos.
“The Body is a Machine”
In general, I believe people should see their body as a machine. If more calories are burned off than put in the body, weight loss will occur. For most, the best cosmetic surgery diet or post cosmetic surgery nutrition plan is going to include counting of calories and watching strictly what we eat. Exercise is mandatory!! If we can burn off more calories than we eat, most will slowly lose weight.
A healthy body is a happy body. Eat properly, exercise regularly, don’t smoke, and get plenty of sleep. All these things are extremely important. Yes, they are easy to say and not to do. They are however still critical. Drink lots of water and avoid sodas. Many of these more simple things are the best for real and permanent weight loss.
“Study and Count Calories”
In my opinion, LA Diet and Weight Watchers are two of the best plans to help us lose weight. They are plans that focus on understanding what we eat. I recommend strongly that everyone learn about the nutrition in our food. Learn about how much fat and calories are in everything you eat. Study the nutrition labels on food packets. It actually is not hard, and quickly you can learn what is good for you and what is not.
I recommend focusing on the total calories and total fat in grams. This information is on all package labels.. These are the most important, and we don’t want to get too complicated. Things like saturated versus unsaturated fat are important, but if the fat content is low overall, than your fat intake usually is good. Someone with high cholesterol might focus on this as well, but for the average person just concentrate on fat and calories. Count total calories and record everything you eat on a daily basis. Do this for two weeks and bring it in for my review. Also record fat intake. I recommend counting the fat in “grams” eaten. The percentages of daily recommended fat will help. For example, you might find the fat grams for the day is only 95% of recommended. This would be good. However you might find your fat grams adds up to 250% of daily recommended. This is bad obviously. But now we have something to work with and to reduce to get weight loss.
Join LA Diet or Weight Watchers or most importantly buy a book or hand-book that lists food and their fat and calorie levels. Read it and look up what you eat! You will quickly learn what is good for you and what isn’t. Record what you eat every day, and write down your exercise. Keep a log! We have to study this to make the most success. I personally review this with my patients who are interested in liposuction diet or tummy tuck diet.
“Study” the calories and fat content of the food you eat. Become an expert so you know what is going into you body. It is not difficult. Soon you will be able to easily know if what your eating is healthy or not. The log mentioned above is critical to assess if the total amount going into you is appropriate or not.
Start with about 1800-2000 calories a day. Keep a record of daily exercise. With luck, you might find that a certain daily amount eaten leads to slow and steady weight loss. This is the goal. Faster weight loss will have a higher chance of not being permanent.
I study the calorie content of the foods I eat constantly. It is amazing what I learned!! Part Three will get into more detail on specific foods and recommendations on fat intake for my cosmetic surgery diet plans. But some specific examples are fun to examine. For example…
Muffins — They are extremely high in fat grams. Some will have 50% of daily fat in one muffin! I used to think these were healthy for me.
Nuts — Extremely high in fat. You can only eat about 5 nuts total. Best avoided. Often advertised as high in anti-oxidants, but are not worth the high fat content.
Mustard versus Mayonnaise
Classic yellow mustard — Basically zero fat
Mayo — 90 calories per serving and 10 gm fat =16% daily recommended
French fries and chips — Never Eat!
Veggies — Eat all you can!! Most are basically zero fat.
Hamburgers — NO!
Alcohol — HIgh in calories.
Margaritas — A favorite of mine. Can be up to 750 calories. Wow!
By studying and examining what we eat, we will maximize our cosmetic surgery nutrition or post tummy tuck diet. We will maximize or nutrition and weight loss.
Exercise is the next important aspect to lose weight. We have to exercise regularly and hard. Sweat!! If your not sweating or getting your heart rate up than it’s not hard enough exercise. Exercise every day. Cardio is the best exercise. Weights are mainly for vanity although the tone is wonderful. Burning calories thru exercise is the most important thing for you.
Some patients can’t exercise that hard because of arthritis or other limitations. In this situation, I recommend walking. Walking is fantastic. It’s the exercise of life! Have you ever seen an elderly women out walking? She is walking because she can still do it! I’ve seen 90 year old people walking. They are doing a great job and should be congratulated. Exercise regularly. If you can’t do it too hard, than walk.
Personal trainers can make a big difference for some people. It helps you with effort and focus. Some people like joining a gym to find different exercises to spice it up. Cross Train! Do spinning, aerobics, kick boxing, yoga or other activities. Get out their and burn calories. The goal is burning calories and energy. It’s not easy. “Get moving Soldier!” Make it as fun as possible. Do it with friends!
I help my patients with liposuction diet plan, and liposuction nutrition plan, and in general diet after cosmetic surgery. This writing focuses on some of this. It reallly helps many people. However! Some doctors specialize in diet and weight lose as a full time job. I recommend people consider getting a doctor who does this. Some family doctors specialize in this. It has been shown to really help. The extra effort goes a long way.
Cosmetic surgery can really help with the overall plan of looking our best and losing weight. The two go hand in hand. Many people have plateaued and can’t make further progress. Surgery can often give a person the boost or motivation to further lose weight. In contrast to what many think, all weight does not have to be lost before surgery. Weight loss after surgery usually just makes us look better. It rarely creates extra skin unless extreme amounts of weight are lost. For the average patient, do your best before surgery. If progress with dieting has stopped, surgery can really work. It often is motivating and leads to more weight loss.
“Attitude and Effort”
Life is not always fair. Some people have slow metabolisms and have a more difficult time with diet and nutrition. Unfortunately, we can’t change our metabolism, and it might not be easy for some. We must do our best however to achieve the best we can be! Work hard and keep up strong consistent effort at diet. Hard work usually pays off! I call this “attitude and effort.” This is the mental attitude that maximizes our chance of success. Don’t give up! Keep trying. Always!
People interested in tummy tuck, liposuction, nutrition after tummy tuck, post tummy tuck diet, liposuction diet plan, cosmetic surgery nutrition or other topics about cosmetic surgery in Delaware or Pennsylvania should please call the office for an appointment.
Dr. Saunders is a board certified plastic surgeon who practices exclusively cosmetic surgery. Please check out the liposuction before and after photos on our web site. Also, please come in for a complimentary consultation to learn about your choices and options!