How to Eat Healthy After Body Contouring Surgery

Girl sitting eating a salad

You’ve finally taken the big step towards achieving your dream figure: scheduling your body contouring surgery. After spending your time and effort to get to where you are, you want the results of your procedure to be worth it. And, perhaps more importantly, you want those results to last a lifetime. But surgery isn’t a permanent solution. If you want to retain your new physique, you need to take care of it just like you’d care for your pre-surgery body. Your diet, in particular, can make or break your results immediately after your surgery — you’ll be expected to rest and may not be able to exercise for some time, so eating well is the best way you can ensure that your results will last while you heal and beyond.

Plan Ahead

After your surgery, you will likely need at least a few days and possibly a few weeks before you feel able to run errands or prepare meals. To prevent yourself from grabbing a bag of chips or ordering a pizza when you get hungry, purge your home of junk foods and stock up on quick-and-easy healthy snacks and meals. It’s important to have easy access to food following your procedure, so you should make sure that the food you have is good for you.

Get Excited About Eating Well

You might be worried about making a lifestyle change towards healthy eating because you don’t think you will like healthy foods. If this is the case, you should dedicate some time before your surgery to searching for and saving new recipes to try. You’ll have new foods to look forward to after your surgery, and you won’t get frustrated and fall back into unhealthy eating habits. You’re turning over a new leaf with your post-surgery body: it’s the perfect time to expand your palate instead of your waist.

Start Making Changes Now

You can improve your immediate and long-term outcomes by adopting healthy habits before your surgery. First, it’s critical to be in good health when undergoing any surgical procedure. The healthier you are, the better: your risk of complications will be lower, and your recovery process will be easier. Second, body contouring surgeries make the biggest difference when your goal is to sculpt the body you already have. If you’re in good shape going into your surgery, your doctors can achieve more than if you require a drastic change. And third, healthy habits are easier to maintain than they are to start. If you already eat healthy foods and exercise, you won’t need to overhaul your lifestyle while recovering from surgery.

Stay Motivated

Remember that your surgery results won’t last without healthy habits. You have spent time and money on your new body — don’t let that go to waste by falling back into unhealthy eating patterns. Make sure your friends and family are there to help keep you on track and continue to set fitness goals for yourself so that you are always striving to keep improving your new body.

If you’re ready to schedule a consultation for body contouring surgery like a tummy tuck, breast lift, arm lift or liposuction, give us a call at 818-616-6685. The Southern California Center for Surgical Arts staff is also happy to answer any questions you might have about your surgery, your recovery or aftercare.

Author
Dr. Husam Elias Hasam Elias

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