Posted by admin on January 18th, 2009
I am often asked for diet and nutrition advice from my patients who want to take their liposuction results to the next level and promote the quickest recovery possible. Although exercise is an important aspect of maintaining or even optimizing one’s health, nutrition has a far greater impact on overall health and wellness, especially post surgery. Gaining or losing weight is really a simple function of caloric input and output of the human body. If you take in more calories in any given day than you expend through exercise, moving about and breathing, your body will store those extra calories in the form of fat for short term or long term use.
For my patients who are eager to improve their diet, I recommend starting with the basics and cutting down on sodium rich and saturated fat heavy foods. Omega 3 fatty acids found in salmon (especially low mercury level Wild Alaskan Salmon) and other fish are a great alternative to eating red meat that is high in saturated fat. Omega 3 fatty acids assist the body to fight inflamed cells. A degree of swelling is present after most liposuction procedures and eating a diet rich in omega 3’s may expedite the resolution of swelling. It is also important to minimize the amount of sodium and high glycemic load carbohydrates you take in. Examples here would be enriched wheat, flour or rice products. Any kind of processed food containing corn or heavily processed vegetable oils should be avoided if possible. The alternative is to eat foods rich in vitamins and antioxidants, like green vegetables, carrots, berries and fruits.
Here are some foods to avoid:
• High Glycemic Load Carbohydrates
• Sugar, Pastries, Desserts
• Breads, Pasta, White Rice
• High Starch Vegetables such as Potatoes
• Fruit Juices
• Trans Fats
• Commercially Processed Vegetable Oils
Here are some foods to thoroughly enjoy:
• Vegetables (Mostly green above ground types)
• Green Tea
• Vegetable Protein (Soy, Miso, Tofu)
• Fish (Low Mercury Level, Wild Caught Salmon)
• Lean Animal Protein (Skinless Poultry)
• Low Fat Dairy Foods, Egg Whites
• Low Glycemic Load Carbohydrates
• Beans, Lentils, Whole Grains
• Fruit (The fiber contained in fresh fruit insulates the body from digesting the glucose (sugar) all at once, unlike drinking fruit juice)
• Healthy Fats (Nuts, Seeds, Extra Virgin Olive Oil, Avocado all rich in Omega 3 Fatty Acids)
• Eggs, Red Meat and Red Wine (Should remain as the smallest percentage of daily food intake)
I don’t believe there is one diet that is better than another diet. Diets for the most part place high expectations on the person dieting to change their habits and eat foods they don’t necessarily like and that are hard to prepare. This often leads to stress and eventually giving up on the “diet”. I propose a far simpler solution for starting out on the road to healthier eating. Simply reduce the amount of “bad” calories you are taking in and increase the amount of “good” calories.
Everyone has that one problem food they cannot go without, and that’s okay. Whether it is Cola, Pastries, Burgers or Chips, it may not be realistic to stop eating them all together, but rather start by eating half as much of the “problem food”. Then take it slowly from there until you can train yourself to completely remove the problem foods from your diet.
The food suggestions I am making above are not a comprehensive list, but rather a solid, medically accepted list of foods that are high in nutrients that your body craves for keeping its metabolic process in tip top shape; something that is ever more important when your body is going through its healing process.
Whether you are an existing patient or someone who is interested in having a procedure done, I hope this information will be useful to you in helping you achieve your health and wellness goals. If you’d like to learn more about Laser Assisted Body Contouring at Sono Bello and the packages we provide, please do not hesitate to schedule a free consultation at the center nearest you.
Dr. Don Peterson, MD
Sono Bello Physician
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