According to a new study by Brazilian researchers from the University of Sao Paulo that was released in the Journal of Clinical Endocrinology and Metabolism reported by the American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery (ASAPS), exercise following liposuction decreases compensatory visceral fat increase, which is often triggered by abdominal liposuction. There are two types of fat in the body: subcutaneous and visceral fat. Subcutaneous is the bothersome fat we notice beneath our skin that can be removed during liposuction surgery, but visceral fat lies deeper within the body’s organs. In fact, while subcutaneous fat deposits are unsightly, because of its location, visceral fat is actually more dangerous and contributes to chronic conditions like heart disease and diabetes.
The study included a group of 36 female abdominal liposuction patients who did not exercise regularly before surgery. Half of the participants were encouraged to start exercising three times a week beginning two months after surgery. All of the participants had a flatter abdomen than they did before the procedure, but those who did not exercise had an increase in visceral fat deposits whereas those who worked out did not.
While further research is necessary to validate this study’s results, the body begins to compensate for fat when fat is removed from the body. Although many liposuction patients who do not exercise regularly after surgery may still be please with their results because they do not notice the compensatory fat, I encourage patients seeking body contouring procedures to begin following a diet and exercise plan once they have healed after surgery.
I often tell my patients that plastic surgery is no substitute for a healthy lifestyle—instead, they complement each other. Similar to liposuction, patients who receive tummy tuck surgery or other body lift procedures should focus on a healthy diet and engaging in fitness. Not only will healthy living make you feel better, it will also help you maintain cosmetic surgery results.
Many patients are interested in starting a workout regimen or developing healthier eating habits, but they just don’t know where to start. Therefore, I work closely with ACE certified personal trainer and inventor of Chair-a-cise, Daryl Madison, to help patients gain the information they need to reach their goals and live healthier. I also enjoy sharing information like diet tips and healthy recipes on the Health and Wellness section of my blog as well as my social media outlets. Visit my website today to find out more about the plastic surgery procedures I offer or for more health and wellness tips. Be sure to also connect with me on Facebook, Twitter, and Google+.
Be sure to log onto the Southern Plastic Surgery blog regularly as we continue to add “fat fighter tips” for quick, effective ways to improve your appearance by living a healthier, more active life! We also invite our patients and fans to join us on Facebook and Twitter to receive up-to-the-second health and wellness updates.
Fat fighter tips to keep you trim: Vary your workouts- Your body’s metabolism adjusts to repeat exercise routines so what was a challenge a few months ago may not work muscle groups past their current limits as effectively as new routines.
A good way to build more lean muscle tissue is to engage in contrast training*: do your regular strength training routine (i.e.- 20 reps of bicep curls with light weight dumbbells) followed by a powerful series of movements that work the same muscle group (i.e.- 20 push-up’s). By varying your movements, your body and your mind will have less of an opportunity to become complacent.
*Exercise tip derived from Womens’ Health Magazine’s January online issue
Dr. Whiteman is partnering with Daryl Madison, long-time Atlanta personal trainer and creator of the Chair-A-Cise workout system and weight loss plans, to optimize your plastic surgery results and help maximize your healthy lifestyle efforts. For more diet and exercise tips to enhance the results of body contouring procedures (liposuction) performed at Southern Plastic Surgery, visit Dr. Whiteman’s health and wellness blog regularly.
**If you have an exercise or dieting tip, or even a question about healthy living, please let us know by sending an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Time after time we make New Year’s resolutions with the goal of improving our lives within the next year. We have the best intentions in thinking this year will be different: we will get our finances straightened out this year; we will start exercising and eating healthier this year, etc. With the help of Atlanta plastic surgeon Dr. David Whiteman and personal trainer Daryl Madison, this year can be different. Dr. Whiteman believes diet and exercise go hand in hand with plastic surgery because they both enhance quality of life. Daryl, the founder of Atlanta personal training company Lifestyle fitness and developer of the Chair-A-Cise workout program, has been helping to enhance the lives of Atlantans for nearly a decade.
As one could probably guess, diet and weight loss resolutions are at the top of many 2011 resolution lists. One problem with these resolutions is that most people are unsure where to start. When people start a workout program, they are either afraid to do too much and don’t do enough, or over-do it the first day, making the next few workouts harder than they should be. If you want to get in shape this year, we suggest starting at your doctor’s office. It is important to know what physical shape you are in before you start a new work out program. Once you speak to your doctor, find a program that will ease you into a routine: a progressive system like Daryl’s Chair-A-Cise fitness program may be a good place to start.
Chair-A-Cise is suitable for people of all ages and all fitness levels. More experienced athletes can simply add weight to increase their workout. Daryl suggests that beginners start out with no (or minimal) weight. There are four DVDs in the Chair-A-Cise program: the original Chair-A-Cise, Chair-A-Cise 2, Chair-A-Cise Abs, and Chair-A-Cise Turbo. Each of these DVDs can be purchased on the Chair-A-Cise website, individually or as a package. While the Chair-a-cise package is an investment, Daryl reminds his client that it’s easier to stay motivated about exercise when you incorporate multiple routines into your workout plan.
If your diet is also in need of a little revision, Daryl also has a selection of 3 day, 6 day, and 10 week quick weight loss plans to jump-start your healthy lifestyle this year. Dr. Whiteman recommends Chair-A-Cise to plastic surgery patients who are looking for an easy to follow workout routine or just a better way to get in shape. Because plastic surgery patients must take time to rest after surgery their fitness routines are often interrupted. Chair-A-Cise can help them ease back into regular exercise after a major procedure (after a board certified plastic surgeon gives them permission to commence).
So this is your year to redeem yourself by sticking to your resolutions. If your resolutions are to get rid of wrinkles or reclaim your pre-baby body, be sure to contact Dr. Whiteman’s office to schedule your consultation for facial rejuvenation, facelift, or mommy makeover surgery. For more information on plastic surgery procedures Dr. Whiteman offers, please visit his website and keep reading the blog for health and wellness and plastic surgery news.