Basic Guidelines for Losing Weight Before Cosmetic Surgery

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Many men and women considering cosmetic surgery need to lose weight before they’re cleared for their chosen procedure. 

It’s important to have a healthy BMI before surgery to reduce the risk of complications and inflammation. It’s also essential to maintain a stable weight after surgery to avoid reversing your positive results.

If your surgeon has recommended you lose a few kilos before your procedure, these guidelines will help.

Losing Weight Before Cosmetic Surgery: 5 – 10kgs

While 5 to 10 kilos doesn’t seem like much, it’s usually the last few kilos that are the hardest to shift. Before you schedule your procedure at a clinic such as, give yourself at least three months to lose the excess weight. 

It’s important to lose this weight in a healthy way to prevent it from returning after your surgery, which means you should stay away from fad diets. 

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Here are some tips to help you lose those last few kilos in a healthy way:

  • Drink at least 2 litres, if not 3 litres of water every day and limit the amount of soft drinks and coffee you drink
  • Use a food diary to keep track of what you’re eating. Rather plan out your meals for the day to avoid overeating
  • Learn how to read labels so that you can avoid high amounts of hidden refined sugar
  • Strike a good balance between cardio and weight training to increase muscle mass and decrease fat
  • Add more proteins and fresh fruits and vegetables to your diet and cut back on carbohydrates
  • Be patient and stay committed to the process – the results of your surgery will be worth it

Losing Weight Before Cosmetic Surgery: Up to 20kgs

Since you do have a bigger goal, it’s best to take all of your measurements and understand what your BMI is before you get started. To lose this amount of weight, you should give yourself at least 6 to 12 months. 

Along with following the above steps, here are some additional tips for when you need to lose up to 20 kilos before cosmetic surgery:

  • Find ways to remind yourself about your weight loss goals on a daily basis and find inspiring social media accounts to follow
  • Buy yourself an outfit that you would like to wear after the weight loss and your surgery
  • Turn to a nutritionist and a personal trainer for advice if you need help developing an eating and exercise plan that works for you
  • Take stress management seriously to ensure your body isn’t experiencing any additional strain
  • Don’t skip meals – you should be eating every 3 – 4 hours
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Losing Weight Before Cosmetic Surgery: 20 – 30kgs

Obesity is common in Australia and it’s imperative that you get down to a healthier weight if you want to be cleared for surgery and experience a better quality of life overall. Losing large amounts of weight is going to take patience, dedication and will require the help of professionals.

Along with getting someone to help you make lifestyle changes, you will also need the assistance of a medical professional who can help you determine whether the excess weight might be a side effect of an underlying medical condition. 

This weight loss journey is not going to be easy but it’s certainly possible. Make sure that you also have the support of your family and friends at this time as you’re going to need it on the hard days.

Once you’re cleared for surgery, you can look forward to enjoying more confidence and a brand new lifestyle.