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It’s a common misconception that cosmetic surgery can be used as a means to achieve a healthy weight. Cosmetic surgeries such as Liposuction and Tummy Tuck are often considered as weight reduction surgeries. But the reality is actually the other way round.

While cosmetic surgery can help you get rid of stubborn fat which simply won’t shift with diet or exercise, it can’t help you control weight. On the contrary you need to have a healthy and stable weight before going ahead with cosmetic surgery. Once you have achieved the right weight, cosmetic surgery can then help you get the toned look you want.

Now that we know our weight is the key to achieving the best results from cosmetic surgery, what next?

1. Get Into Shape For your Surgery
Firstly, you have to commit to losing your excess weight permanently and doing it in a healthy and sustainable way for you. Experiment with different combinations of eating and exercising to find what you like best. The following are most popular and effective ways to achieve and maintain a healthy body weight:

Low Carb high fibre diet: Reducing carbs in your diet is not that difficult. Eating more veggies and fruits, and choosing high fibre grains like quinoa can easily do that for you. It is also extremely important to eat at regular intervals and have fixed meal times.

Drinking Plenty of water: The importance of drinking at least 8-10 glasses of water can not be overemphasised. Many a times we mistake our thirst for hunger and keep overeating. In fact, drinking water before meals is a sure shot way to keep you supple and happy at the same time.

Don’t neglect or cut short your zzzzs: Getting 7-8 hours of sleep in the night is critical for our health, happiness and body weight. Sleeping not only helps our body to process the food, it also helps process our stress and replenish energy levels.

Regular exercise: You don’t need to take out expensive gym memberships or go to fancy yoga studios to exercise. It can easily be done at home. Whether it’s dancing, skipping rope or yoga, pick a routine which breaks a sweat for you. Do it regularly but don’t overdo it!

2. Don’t Crash Diet: Adopt a Healthy Lifestyle
To get the best results it’s important that you make the necessary lifestyle changes long before your surgery takes place. Crash dieting to make it to your ideal weight, only to return to an unhealthy lifestyle after the surgery, is  going to undo the work as quickly as it was done!

If you have already made positive changes to your lifestyle then you will have much less trouble maintaining a healthy body weight through your recovery, when exercise is not an option. The best way to enter into your surgery is at (or close to) your ideal weight that you have maintained for long enough.

3. Use Body Mass Index (BMI) as an Indicator
While BMI isn’t always the best judge of your overall health, it is a good indicator to use for whether or not you’re ready to undergo surgery. For best results, surgeons generally recommend a body mass index between 18.5 and 30 (though above 25 is considered overweight and not ideal). If your BMI is below 18.5, you may be at higher risk of developing infection and delayed wound healing. And if it is over 30 you may be at risk of complications because your body may already have additional stressors and conditions that will make your surgery and recovery less routine.

It should however be noted that the value of the BMI is affected by muscle mass. For example, a bodybuilder would be classified as obese if it were not known that their body weight was mainly muscle rather than fat. Similarly, people with lower BMI may just be naturally slim and not necessarily unhealthy.

So, aim to stay fit and stay healthy. When you’re at a healthy weight and are ready to move forward with your surgery, you can find a top plastic surgeon in the UK at www.app.nowme.co.uk/doctors.