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What Diet and Exercise Regimen is Advised for Long-lasting Results After a Tummy Tuck?

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Maintaining results after tummy tuck

Despite differing opinions on what constitutes the best possible weight maintenance regimen, all dieticians agree that a balanced diet can be achieved by dividing various foods into two distinct groups. These groups include important, everyday foods and others that should only be eaten occasionally. For example, everyday foods include whole grains, low-fat but high protein sources (e.g. eggs), vegetables and legumes. Vitamins and nutrients are abundant in vegetables (preferably fresh or steamed to preserve their dietary benefits), and because they’re low in calories and will keep you feeling satiated for a longer time, feel free to load up your plate with them.

Foods you should eat only occasionally include refined sugar and refined white flour. In fact, other than to perhaps satisfy a craving now and then, it’s probably better not to eat these at all as they facilitate weight gain (and can reverse the results of your tummy tuck).

While the minimum number of calories a person needs to healthily function varies depending on such factors as age, weight and lifestyle, the average person should aim to eat anywhere from 1600-2400 calories per day. Please speak to your doctor to find out what your ideal daily caloric intake is.

The goal of your exercise routine should be to maintain a healthy lifestyle, and this includes remaining physically active through exercises that promote cardiovascular fitness and the improvement of muscle tone.
Exercises tailored toward cardiovascular fitness include running, cycling and aerobics. Start off at a very easy pace after your surgeon gives you the green light to hit the gym. Increase intensity slowly with each session.
For strength training, it is imperative that you keep any abdominal exercises to a reasonable amount. Although many patients believe that these exercises will help keep their stomachs flat and firm, it can actually cause the opposite to occur. Over exerting abdominal muscles that have been treated during a tummy tuck can cause them to stretch apart, as they were before surgery. Perform any abdominal exercises with this in mind. For this reason, the majority of your workout routine should be “cardio”.

Toronto Plastic Surgeon
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Exercise Regimen After Your Tummy Tuck Procedure


Living an active and healthy life is my advise to all of my patients once they have recovered from their procedures. Switch up your exercise regimen but make sure it always incorporates strength training, cardio/aerobics, and stretching; such as yoga. If you like doing outdoor activities, you can substitute some of your workouts with things such as hiking, walking, etc.

As far as your diet goes, everyone is different, but make sure you are eating nutritious foods, and if you need further advice you can seek the help of a nutritionist. Best of luck to you.

Siamak Agha, MD, PhD, FACS
Orange County Plastic Surgeon
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Maintain results of a tummy tuck by exercise, balanced diet and stable weight


The best way to maintain tummy tuck results for a long period of time is to maintain a stable weight. This is aided by regular exercise that includes weight training and aerobics as well as by a nutritious, well balanced diet. Of course, avoid smoking!

Steven Turkeltaub, MD
Scottsdale Plastic Surgeon
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Diet & Exercise After Abdominoplasty


Best result comes when this is combined with healthy life style changes. Your exercise program should include aerobic, strength training, and stretching. You should identify exercise you enjoy so that you will keep it up, like bike riding, walking, etc.

Michael A. Fiorillo, MD
New York Plastic Surgeon
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Healthy Lifestyle Increases Satisfaction With Abdominoplasty


An abdominoplasty, as well as most cosmetic plastic surgeries, is intended to make you feel good in your body. External changes with a surgical procedure may jump start your sense of well being but the best result comes when this is combined with healthy life stle changes. Your exercise program should incorporate aerobic, strength training, and stretching.  Yiou should identify exercise you enjoy so that you will keep it up.  Three days a week is a good frequency.  Dietary changes should be ones that you can maintain over the long haul with an emphasis on fresh local fruits anfd vegetables and avoidance of processed foods. Hope you are happy with your result!  

Mary Lee Peters, MD
Seattle Plastic Surgeon
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Diet & exercise after tummy tuck

No specific regimen, but you will lose your result if you gain weight. You will not be happy. Choose healthy habits that fit with your lifestyle, your interests, and other commitments. These habits include a diet that will keep you at or near ideal body weight (body mass index), and an exercise routine that builds and maintains strength, flexibility, and endurance.

Steve Laverson, MD
San Diego Plastic Surgeon
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Diet and exercise after Tummy tuck surgery


It is great that you are asking this question because maintenance after surgery is so important.  I usually don't recommend a specific diet or exercise regimen for patients but encourage them to eat healthy and do the activities they like to keep fit (some patients love bike riding, others yoga, other like doing zumba!).

As long as you are watching your diet and moving... you should be fine!

Best Wishes!

Tom J. Pousti, MD, FACS
San Diego Plastic Surgeon
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Diet after tummy tuck


I like the Omega 3 diet regimen. It's basically common sense. High protein. Low carbs. Avoid processed foods and sugars. Exercises for your core will not only maintain but enhance your surgeical resilts. Go for it.

Ronald Schuster, MD
Baltimore Plastic Surgeon
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