I had an abdominoplasty two weeks ago. Since I'm unable to exercise I'm wondering if a small weight gain will effect the results? Prior to having surgery I got my body into excellent physical shape, and plan to get back to my workout routine as soon as my doctor gives me the okay. I just want to know if I should be following a super strict diet to reduce weight gain during the time I can't exercise.
Small Weight Gain During Recovery Phase of Abdominoplasty
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Weight gain after tummy tuck
Do not look at a scale for a few weeks after a tummy tuck.. First heal, eat right and then go back to your exercise and diet regimen when your doctor says it is ok to do so.
Weight gain after tummy tuck
A brief and temporary weight gain of 5-10 pounds is very normal during the recovery period following a tummy tuck. To some degree this is due to retained fluids. Within 3 weeks you should be able to return to light activities and by 6 weeks more strenuous.
Small Weight Gains during Recovery After a Tummy Tuck
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I would not recommend starving yourself while you are healing. It is normal for some weight gain after surgery, it is just going to take time. Once you are given the OK and can start exercising you will loose the weight.
Diet after tummy tuck?
As long as you have good eating habits, your weight gain should only be temporary due mostly to fluid retention. It is important during the healing stage, not to deprive your body of much needed nutrients. Within 6 weeks of your surgery, you should be able to get back to your regular exercise program
Don't worry about slight weight gain after tummy tuck
It is not uncommon to gain a few pounds in the first few weeks after surgery, both due to inactivity, and also fluid retention (all kinds of surgery cause you to gain "water weight" for the first week or so after). This is nothing to worry about. Take it very easy now, take good care of yourself while you're healing so that you can get back to your normal routine as quickly as possible. Eat a sensible diet of course, and the weight will fall off once you're released back to full activity.
Small Weight Gain Should'nt Affect Result
It is not uncommon to have a small weight gain following tummy tuck or other surgeries for the reasons you mentioned. This should not have any significant effect on the ultimate result of your tummy tuck.
Small weight gain while recovering from a tummy tuck
Small weight gain should not affect your final result. From your description, you sound as though you are very cognizant of weight gain and fitness. A super strict diet is probably not necessary. Try to eat "clean" and your surgeon will get you back to the gym as soon as he/she can. Hang in there, Dr. Parungao,
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