What is the Best Recommended Diet Before Undergoing a Laser Lipo? Would Atkins Work in This Case?

I am a 28 year old female who has been committed to regular exercise for the past two years yet my weight has been fluctuating. i would like to get laser lipo for my inner thighs love handles and probably my abdomen since all the jogging did not seem to have ever solved my problem. but i am concerned about the type of diet that i need to go on before getting the procedure done. I am almost 20 pounds over my ideal weight but i have to mention that i have an athletic body with a high muscle mass.

Doctor Answers 4

Choose a diet you can maintain

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Many people fluctuate in weight because of the extreme diets they attempt then can't maintain.  Although weight will be lost quickly, it also be put back on just as fast afterwards.  I know that everyone is tired of hearing this but more important than any particular "diet" is a "lifestyle change".   Small changes that you can maintain for the rest of your life, may take longer to lose weight, but will give you better results in the long run.   Even something as simple as eating smaller portions and walking half a mile a day will be effective.  That can easily be done by eating half of your normal meals that you currently take without changing any of the foods you like.  NO special shopping, NO special foods required.  Keep in mind, a 1 pound weight loss per week equals fifty pounds in one year.  And chances are, you'll keep that weight off.

Princeton Plastic Surgeon
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Laser Liposuction

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The Atkins diet is not needed in this case.  Avoid fast food, hydrogenated fat, saturated fat, avoid cream cheese, butter, cheese, excess oils, eat only olive oil, lean protein, fish, grilled chicken, turkey, avoid deli meats,  a lot of fruits and vegetables (fresh), whole grains,  nuts and seeds.

Vivek Bansal, MD
Danville Plastic Surgeon
4.9 out of 5 stars 26 reviews

The Best Diet is one You Can Stay on the Rest of your Life

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In my opinion, Fad diets are doomed to fail. The only diet that works is one you can stick to for the rest of your life. Research shows that the only way to lose weight is to take in less calories (food) than you spend (exercise). Once you lose weight, you also have to decrease your caloric intake just to maintain your reduced weight. Research has also shown some small changes you can make which statistically have been correlated with long term weight loss success.
1. Eat a healthy breakfast daily.
2. Exercise at least 1 hour per day
3. Watch less than 10 hours of tv per week
4. Weigh yourself once a week.
Sounds simple enough but statistics show that these measures work long term.
A healthy diet and lifestyle are essential. Laser liposuction can then take care of your problem areas.

Proper diet before liposuction

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Use caution with any dramatic changes in your diet before surgery. Ideally, you should eat a well balanced and healthy diet, one that you will continue after your procedure. While the fad diets will continue to come and go, a modest reduction in calorie intake along with regular exercise seems to be the best way to drop a few pounds and keep it off. It may be wise to avoid high salt food just before and after surgery as the salt can contribute to fluid retention. Be sure to maintain good protein intake to help with healing. A normal dose multivitamin may help also. Avoid any large dose vitamins or nutritional supplements as they may have side effects around the time of surgery.

Karol A. Gutowski, MD, FACS
Chicago Plastic Surgeon
4.9 out of 5 stars 76 reviews

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