Weight loss is a common goal for many people, particularly those who are preparing for plastic surgery. When I scrolling on social media, one of the most prevalent questions and topics I see are dolls who waited to the last minute to try to lose weight before their upcoming procedure. Keeping in mind that plastic surgery is not a solution for weight loss, it is a complement to a healthy lifestyle, getting surgery at a healthy BMI is more than looks an outcome. It could also save your life. Achieving a healthy weight not only helps improve the results of the surgery but also promotes overall health and wellness.
Getting surgery and a high BMI raises the potential risks associated with your procedure. The rule of thumb that we suggest in alignment with CSL Therapy organizations recommendations is the doors should be within 10 pounds of their ideal body weight. If you opt for high BMI procedures, they should be done inside a hospital where your vitals can be monitored.
For those that are still on their weight loss journey, whether your procedure is in one year or one week, here are 12 healthy weight loss tips that clients can follow to improve their BMI before their upcoming plastic surgery:
1. Consult with a healthcare professional: Before starting any weight loss program, it is essential to consult with a healthcare professional, particularly a registered dietitian. They can provide personalized advice on the appropriate calorie intake, macronutrient distribution, and lifestyle changes that will help clients achieve their weight loss goals.
2. Set realistic goals: Weight loss should be gradual and sustainable, and setting realistic goals can help clients stay motivated and avoid frustration. Losing 1-2 pounds per week is a healthy and achievable goal for most people.
3. Track food intake: Keeping a food diary or using a food tracking app can help clients become more aware of their eating habits and make healthier choices. It can also help identify areas where they can make changes to reduce calorie intake.
4. Choose nutrient-dense foods: Foods that are high in nutrients and low in calories can help clients feel full and satisfied while reducing calorie intake. Examples include fruits, vegetables, lean proteins, whole grains, and healthy fats.
5. Limit processed foods: Processed foods are often high in calories, sugar, and unhealthy fats and provide little nutritional value. Clients should aim to limit or avoid processed foods and choose whole, unprocessed foods instead.
6. Drink plenty of water: Staying hydrated is essential for overall health and can help reduce calorie intake by making clients feel fuller. Drinking water before meals can also help reduce the amount of food consumed.
TIP: aim to drink at least half of your body weight in ounces every day
7. Exercise regularly: Regular exercise can help burn calories, improve cardiovascular health, and promote overall well-being. Clients should aim for at least 30 minutes of moderate-intensity exercise most days of the week.
TIP: set an hourly alarm to do sit ups and push-ups (regular or wall) on days you were unable to make it to the gym or have a proper routine.
8. Incorporate strength training: Strength training can help build muscle, which can increase metabolism and promote weight loss. Clients should incorporate strength training exercises at least twice a week.
9. Get enough sleep: Getting enough sleep is essential for overall health and can help regulate hunger hormones and reduce calorie intake. Clients should aim for at least 7-8 hours of sleep per night.
10. Manage stress: Stress can contribute to overeating and weight gain. Clients should develop stress management techniques such as meditation, yoga, or deep breathing exercises to help reduce stress.
11. Avoid sugary drinks: Sugary drinks are often high in calories and provide little nutritional value. Clients should avoid or limit sugary drinks and choose water, unsweetened tea, or coffee instead.
12. Be consistent:Consistency is essential for achieving and maintaining weight loss. Clients should make healthy eating and exercise habits a part of their daily routine and aim for long-term success rather than quick fixes.
Starving yourself actually slows down your metabolism and makes it harder to lose weight. And intermittent fasting is helpful but needs to be maintained. Making lifestyle shifts will help to ensure your results are easily maintained for years to come. By following these tips, clients can improve their BMI, promote overall health, and achieve the best possible results from their plastic surgery.💪🏽