I need to lose 70 lbs by November in order to have my surgery as planned. Should I use diets like HCG to drop the pounds?

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I need to lose 70 lbs by November in order to have my surgery as planned. Should I use diets like HCG to drop the pounds?

Diets don't work! They are short term methods and usually not sustainable. The problem is that our food chain has changed and we now need to eat more calories to get the nutrients our body needs to function. This is due to HFCS (High Fructose Corn Syrup) and the GMOs (Genetically Modified Organisms) that strip the nutrients from the food and create inflammation in our bodies.

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Fort Wayne Plastic Surgeon
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70 lbs by November

The key to losing the weight you need to for contouring or tummy tuck is not in diets or HCG. The secret is regular exercise and a balanced though calorie restricted diet. The calorie restriction is the hard part, not emphasized nearly enough on current TV programs. Two pounds a week might get you to your goal.

Peter E. Johnson, MD
Chicago Plastic Surgeon
4.0 out of 5 stars 43 reviews

Massive weight loss before surgery

I would highly suggest postponing your surgery. Many diets can be completely safe and effective for losing weight. But I would consider losing 70 lbs to be massive weight loss. And patients that lose that much weight should remain at a stable weight for at least 6 months before undergoing body contouring surgery. Lose your weight in a safe and appropriate manner, maintain your goal weight for at least 6 months, make sure that your protein and hemoglobin levels are normal, and then consider your tummy tuck procedure.

Wm. Todd Stoeckel, MD
Raleigh-Durham Plastic Surgeon
4.8 out of 5 stars 84 reviews

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