Cosmetic procedures like SmartLipo, or even conventional liposuction, are not weight loss tools. They can enhance your shape, but are not recommended as a means for weight loss. So what’s a patient to do? If you’re looking to slim down before a procedure, a good place to start is with “the cosmetic surgery diet”.
That sounds gimmicky, doesn’t it? It’s not at all.
This style of eating has been around for a while; you’ve probably even heard of it. It’s simple to stick with and good for your overall health. Plus, it promotes healing before and after a cosmetic procedure.
Mediterranean Diet & Decreasing Inflammation:
Inflammation or swelling is your body’s way of protecting itself; it’s a reaction to a traumatic event. The body increases blood flow to the injured/affected area bringing with it valuable nutrients to promote healing. But too much inflammation can be a bad thing, too; it can hinder healing.
A good way promote healing and achieve weight loss goals before a cosmetic procedure is through a diet that decreases overall inflammation. A modified Mediterranean diet can help you do that. It’s rich in antioxidants and omega-3 fatty acids. This means making better dietary choices — monounsaturated oils, like olive oil, and eating plenty of fruits and vegetables, whole grains and lots of fish and chicken. Studies have show that unhealthy fats, like margarine or trans-fats, increase inflammation, while healthy fats decrease inflammation. And, don’t forget, you want to eat plenty of fiber — about 30 grams a day.
Here’s what you can do to lose weight, control the inflammation in your body, and be tip-top for a cosmetic procedure:
- Eliminate trans-fats
- Include monounsaturated oils, like olive, walnut, canola, or flaxseed oils
- Eliminate white carbs, refined flours, sugars, white rice, foods high on the glycemic index
- Include plenty of whole grains like brown rice, and bulgar wheat
- Stay away from processed foods
- Eat FRUITS AND VEGETABLES high in ANTIOXIDANTS like blueberries, strawberries, spinach and kale
- Use less salt and more herbs and spices like curry, ginger, turmeric, cayenne, garlic and onions
- Eat lean protein like chicken. Reduce red meat and full fat dairy.
- Include fish high in OMEGA-3 FATTY ACIDS, like salmon, char, black cod — even oysters
There are plenty of anti-inflammation cookbooks/diet books on the market today.
Even the Dummies series has one.
Here are a few more for your to check out:
This style of diet is good for your overall health, too.
Studies suggest that there are a number of medical illnesses linked to inflammation:
- Alzheimer’s disease
- Emphysema and Bronchitis
- Chronic pain
- Type 2 diabetes
- Heart Disease
- Inflammatory bowel disease
- Rheumatoid Arthritis