The Right Diet to Follow After Surgery? Part 2: Advice for Your “Un-Diet”

The mechanisms by which each human body manufactures, stores, and burns fat are complex, unique, and governed by genetics. While your diet and exercise choices contribute to your health, they don’t change your genes. So how much power do you have to control your body’s fat after your liposuction?

The good news is that there are several guidelines that many clinicians can agree upon. And rather than restricting you to a “one size fits all” menu, you can use these guidelines as a framework to make your own preference-based dietary choices.

We explore some of the guidelines here, and the Nutrition Coalition provides a complete list on its website.

  1. A low-fat diet may not be the best choice. A low-fat diet has been associated with heart disease. Instead, focus on foods contain “healthy” fats and incorporate more of these into your diet.
  2. Consider a low-carbohydrate diet. Insulin is produced in response to food intake (carbohydrates in particular), and it plays a key role in fat storage and management. As a result, adding flavorful low-carb options into your diet may provide some benefits.
  3. Learn to love whole foods. Try replacing some of your favorite processed foods with their whole-food counterparts. Whole foods– including whole grains–provide vitamins, minerals and fiber that processed counterparts do not.
  4. Aim for the right amount of salt. A 2013 report by the Institute of Medicine concluded that, while too much salt is bad for human health, too little salt can harm you as well. Instead, research the recommended salt intake for your age and health, and aim for that amount.
  5. Move your body for enjoyment, rather than weight loss. Choose movement-based activities you enjoy, whether that’s running a 5k, tending your garden, or playing with your kids. Enjoying the activity is likely more important than what the activity is–because if you get something out of it, you’re more likely to keep doing it.

Curious about how you could transform your body with liposuction? Our experienced, careful Cleveland doctors at The Cosmetic Surgery Center can help. Call us today at (216) 264-8100 to set up an appointment with Dr. Matt Goldschmidt.

Below is an example of a typical result:

liposuction of the arms

To see more images, please visit our Before and After Gallery 

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