A new study by researchers from the University of Sao Paulo in Brazil suggests that liposuction patients can succeed in keeping slim by taking regular exercise and eating a balanced diet, after the procedure.
The study was designed to test the hypothesis that patients could be susceptible to regaining fat after liposuction, and that any fat gained by patients after liposuction could increase their chance of developing cardiometabolic health problems. The team from Brazil set out to test this view, with their own hypothesis that if patients took regular exercise and ate sensibly after a liposuction procedure, they could succeed in keeping the fat off, months after the liposuction procedure.
The team took a sample of 36 women with normal weights and divided them into two groups – one group who would take regular exercise and eat healthily after the liposuction operation, and another group who would make no change to their lifestyle, in terms of exercise or diet. Both groups then underwent a minor liposuction procedure to remove a small amount of abdominal fat.
After the liposuction procedure, the researchers measured the success of both groups in keeping off the fat, two months after the liposuction and six months after the liposuction. The researchers concluded that patients can succeed in keeping off both the abdominal fat and visceral fat, through following a healthy lifestyle that combines regular exercise and a calorie controlled diet.
In essence, the study reinforces the message from surgeons, that liposuction is a sensible long term solution, when combined with a healthy post liposuction lifestyle that combines regular exercise and healthy eating. Undergoing liposuction without a change in lifestyle is not a wise choice, and may lead to the sub cutaneous fat removed being replaced by visceral fat, the more dangerous fat that can surround internal organs, increasing the risk of heart disease and diabetes.