I'm having a hard time losing belly and chest fat. I eat out less by a large matter. I drink water and on occasion I have juice or a diet soda. Also on occasion I drink alcohol. I do work out in the gym with weights. I do very little cardio as far as running or swimming but I'm usually on the move, lots of walking at work with stairs. So I'm not laying around a lot. Even with all of this I'm getting fatter. Not feeling like there's hope.
I'm weighing if I should keep working out or should I just save up and get lipo? (photos)
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I'm weighing if I should keep working out or should I just save up and get lipo?
Liposuction - for belly and chest fat?
- Weight control is frustrating today because of the way Americans live -
- You do need an examination by a plastic surgeon -
- It isn't clear if your belly fat is under the skin or inside the abdomen.
- Liposuction only works for fat under the skin.
- Liposuction is not for weight loss - the fat will return to new areas if you do not lose weight afterwards.
- Try adding some cardio exercise and go on-line to calculate how many calories you are eating a day -
- To lose weight, an active man often should be eating no more then 2500 calories a day
- If you get fit and lose the weight you can, then liposuction can help the areas that are slow to respond.
- Always see a Board Certified Plastic Surgeon. Best wishes - Elizabeth Morgan MD PHD FACS
VASER Hi Definition Liposuction / Body Contouring with Fat Grafting
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Thank you for your question. Nothing can replace the benefits that you gain from exercise and maintaining a healthy diet. The results from exercising will be long-lasting and systemically beneficial. If you're looking to achieve better results I recommend following a more strenuous workout routine and more structured diet. Plastic surgery is not the answer to not gaining weight. Even if you have plastic surgery and you still maintain your unhealthy eating habits and lack of exercise you will still continue to gain weight. Plastic surgery can help people achieve results that they desire as long as the individual maintains a healthy diet, exercise routine and a stable weight.
Diet and exercise vs liposuction
Unfortunately, this is not an either or situation. Liposuction does not eliminate to need for diet and exercise, both are required to get a good result. That being said, you look like a good candidate for liposuction. Be sure and see a board certified plastic surgeon who is experienced with body contouring. A partnership between a qualified surgeon who performs a safe liposuction and a patient who is committed to a healthy lifestyle will lead to results that will last.
Best wishes and good luck.
Richard G. Reish, M.D.
Harvard-trained plastic surgeon
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