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The Importance of Healthy Nutrition Before & After Your Surgery

Dec 01, 2022
Healthy nutrition for optimising recovery after plastic and cosmetic surgery

Diets DON'T work! 

Only 5% of people who diet, maintain their weight loss longterm!

That means that 95% will regain the weight they lost. And in fact, often gain more weight. Those are pretty shocking statistics. 

With the increase in Cosmetic and Plastic Surgery procedures in the last 5 - 10 years, and more so since lockdown, more and more people are turning to quick fix diets before having their procedure. 

There are so many diets out there and diets hiding as 'healthy eating plans'. But there is NO quick fix. If you're losing weight quickly, it's likely you won't be able to maintain the weight loss. Unfortunately, you're likely to put on more weight when you come off your diet.

I've been guilty of trying various diets over the years. But over those years, my knowledge has increased. I'm not a nutritionist, nor a dietician but I have worked in healthcare since 2003 and I understand how lifestyle can affect you physically and mentally - both having a direct effect on your diet and therefore your weight.

In recent years, the Brazilian Butt Lift (BBL) has become one of the most popular cosmetic surgery procedures for women in their 20's and 30's. This involves having extensive liposuction to your tummy, flanks, back and thighs and transferred into your butt to give a Kim Kardashian-like look.

To achieve the desired amount of fat to be transferred, or fat grafing as it's called, girls are putting on weight in the months before their surgery so they have more fat to be grafted. However, as soon as they've had the surgery, they are often going into severe calorie counting, quick loss diet so they lose weight and achieve the ideal hourglass, 'doll' figure. This often means they are going into a 'malnutrition' state because both micro and macronutrients are being limited.

So why is it important to maintain a healthy weight before and after surgery?

Having a healthy diet is important before and after your surgery. Before - because it means your body is in a healthy state and able to cope with the trauma of being on the operating table. When you have surgery and extensive liposuction, you lose an immense amount of healthy cells, fluid, blood and importantly electrolytes. Electrolytes are chemicals that conduct electricity when mixed with water. They regulate nerve and muscle function, hydrate the body, balance blood acidity and pressure, and help rebuild damaged tissue.

So if you need to gain weight before your surgery to achieve the ideal look, it's so important that after your have your procedure, you aren't limiting the good foods to help your recovery. This is why I recommend eating the Metabolic Type Diet (although it's called 'diet', it's more a lifestyle, rather than a diet). It is nutrition based on your metabolism. Your DNA. You are unique and so should the food you eat. Your metabolism is different to your friend. Different even to someone in your family. 

When you customise what you eat based on your unique body chemistry, you will be consuming the right foods and right amount of foods suitable for you. You'll be ingesting the correct micro and macro nutrients your body needs to heal healthily after your cosmetic surgery procedure. You won't be calorie counting and not limiting protein, complex carbohydrates and fats - and that's proper, FULL fats, which are all healthy macronutrients. 

So, instead of focusing on quick weight loss, focus on eating the right food for your body!

To find out more about how Metabolic Type Nutrition can help your healing, send me an email to [email protected]


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