How can our patients maintain their weight loss procedures post-operation? Some lifestyle changes have to be made.
Our clinic offers many body contouring options for patients, some procedures are:
- Whole-body liposuction
- Dual slim procedure
- Fat transplant
- Breast reduction and more
Postoperative care is more than the prescriptions and mandatory checkups with our patients. We want our patients to commit to healthy lifestyle changes that maintain their postoperative results.
For those that are accustomed to living one way, these types of changes will cause personal issues. According to research on the topic, forming new changes vary from person to person. Our patients must include the following factors when making lifestyle changes:
Variation speaks on the number of days it takes to form a habit. Those amounts of days vary according to the commitment level of the person. Studies show that if a person commits early on, even if they miss a couple of days, they are more likely to reach the maximum level of automaticity for that particular habit. It also takes just as much time to break a bad habit.
Automaticity is the ability to do something without thinking about it, or also known
as second nature. For example, eating certain foods or exercising on a certain day for a certain amount of time can become second nature to a person that commits themselves to the change.
Let’s be realistic, it is much better to work on building new habits one at a time. Below are three healthy lifestyle changes a patient can make to help them in the long run.
According to studies, regular exercise is extremely important for any person. Patients have so many options when it comes to different types of exercise:
- Weight training
- Strength training
- Zumba and more
Even physical activities such as taking the stairs or walking to work can make a difference. Exercise promotes a lot of healthy aspects that can also make automaticity easier to achieve. For example, exercising can promote the following within a person’s life:
- Better sleep patterns
- Energy boosts
- Mood improvement
- Controls weight
Not to mention exercising helps to maintain a healthy body by combating diseases and health conditions such as diabetes, high blood pressure, heart disease and more. Whether you join a gym, find free classes, or exercise at home this is an extremely important lifestyle change that affects all areas of your life. Just remember to give yourself time to find what works best for you.
2. Be Mindful Of What Goes Into Your Body
Food is also a very important change to make. A good diet plan is essential to a healthy lifestyle. A very important aspect of food is knowing how to portion. The difference between diet and portion is this: Diet involves substituting or cutting out certain foods while portioning is all about how much of those foods you take in daily.
Not to mention, a person should always eat a balanced diet. This would consist of the following:
- Fruits and vegetables
- Whole grains
- Lean protein
When a person hears these words, it starts a certain fear in their minds. ‘How am I going to portion my food when I love food so much?’ Do not fool yourself into thinking that portions and diets take a week. This is a hard lifestyle change, but it can be done.
Baby steps are the best way to achieve healthy eating habits. Keep in mind it is very important to do your research; don’t fall for any popular diet. Find what works for you.
3. Keep Your Attitude Positive
A positive mentality makes all the difference. It would be unrealistic to say you are going to want to exercise regularly and portion your food. The truth is that negative thoughts will be a part of the process.
You have to learn to push through that. On the days that you don’t want to go, or you decide to eat really good junk food is when you have to follow through the most.
Even if you do have many cheat days, or miss a couple of days of exercising, don’t discourage yourself. The bad days are just as important as the good days. Just remember to always get yourself back on track and keep pushing.
Healthy lifestyle changes take time to make into habits. The ability to make these changes into a regular habit takes time. So do not beat yourself up over a couple of bad days.
Always give yourself patience and credit for making the changes in the first place. A healthy lifestyle takes time to show, so be patient and keep working at it.