Eating healthy is always advisable, but when you are gearing up for liposuction, it’s even more important.
PRE-LIPOSUCTION DIET: There are two goals you should have with your pre-liposuction diet: boost health for better healing and increase skin elasticity.
To follow this liposuction prep tip, target foods high in antioxidants and water, such as:
- Berries of all kinds, including blueberries, blackberries and acai
- Healthy oils, like olive and walnut oil
- Omega 3 fatty acids (salmon) https://amzn.to/2ULClJG
- Squashes, such as pumpkin and zucchini
- Certain spices, including cinnamon and turmeric
- Nutrients: iron, zinc, Vitamin C, B vitamins, amino acids, vitamins and minerals. https://amzn.to/36eV2HO
Additionally, be sure to drink plenty of water (2 liters – 1 gallon/day) https://amzn.to/3pSU9gk
BREAKFAST: Good choices are cereal, fruits; eggs; toast or bagel.
LUNCH: Salad, vegetables, poultry, seafoods.
DINNER: Salad; vegetables, poultry and seafood
SNACK: nuts, granola, Fruits are good snacks.
Don’t use much alcohol. Limit yourself to one drink per day, or one glass of wine, or one beer. Definitely no alcohol for at least 24 hours before surgery.
Why? After liposuction surgery to remove fat cells, you need to reduce some substances in your body, while increasing others.
WHAT TO EAT DAYS 1-7 AFTER SURGERY
Your nutrition is of primary importance at this time, and you should plan ahead to achieve the best results.
Day 1 (The Day of the Surgery)
Nothing at all before surgery. Following surgery, take only sips of fluids till you feel well enough to accept more fluid. Remain on fluids for rest of the day, such as soups, pedialyte, Gatorade, fruit juices, water. You should drink the equivalent of 8 tall glasses of water.
Day 2-7 (as tolerated)
BREAKFAST choices: Fruit like cantaloupe, cereal with almond milk, yogurt for probiotic, English or bran muffin, orange juice, Black coffee or tea
LUNCH choices: Soup with no-salt, crackers, Green salad, turkey, fruit like apple, Black coffee or tea, Tall glass of water.
DINNER Tall glass of water, chicken, seafood like fish (salmon), shrimp, soup, green vegetables like Brussels sprouts, potatoes, Green salad, fresh fruit, Black coffee or tea, tall glass of water.
WHAT TO EAT FROM THE 2nd-7th WEEKS AFTER SURGERY
For the next six weeks, your diet must be low fat, high complex carbohydrate (fresh fruit, vegetables), moderate lean protein like chicken, turkey and sea foods.
Foods to avoid/limit: alcohol, highly processed, high salt content, high sugar content, red meat, processed meat, dairy, fatty/greasy/fried
What should I eat after liposuction?
Get enough protein. The main nutrient you want to consume after liposuction is protein. That’s because your body has just been through a surgery, it needs to recover, and protein is essential to healing.
Protein can help to heal post-surgical wounds and regenerate damaged skin and muscle tissue. Additionally, protein can help reduce the swelling that’s very common after liposuction.
Healthy sources of protein include:
- Lean meat such as chicken breast
- Beans and legumes
- Nuts and seeds
- Whole grains
- Leafy green vegetables
- Protein supplements, such as protein powder for shakes https://amzn.to/3sWyZAh
Take a multivitamin. Most people don’t get enough nutrients in their diet, and thus don’t have the right micronutrients and vitamins — like magnesium, vitamin D, and vitamin B12 — they need to heal optimally—So I recommend people take a high-quality multivitamin. https://amzn.to/3Adh4sB
Stay hydrated. You also want to focus on hydration. you can drink sports drinks, but don’t overdo it since these are often high in sugar. https://amzn.to/3jwXaDc
Instead, drink plenty of water and add a lemon or lime slice for flavor.
Staying hydrated can help reduce post-op swelling. If you’re dehydrated, your body is more likely to retain the little amount of water that it does have, resulting in swelling. Therefore, stay hydrated and you may even see your liposuction results a little sooner because the inflammation will go down more quickly.
How long should I stick to a post-op diet?
Stick to these dietary guidelines for at least two to four weeks after surgery, during the acute healing process. And ultimately long term for health, weight loss and maintenance. https://amzn.to/3bV4HpX