If you’ve had liposuction to rid yourself of extra weight around your midsection, you’re in prime condition to adopt new lifestyle habits that will help you maintain your ideal body weight for the long term. Thankfully, keeping a flat tummy after liposuction isn’t a mystery if you can incorporate five key practices into your daily routine:
Start with Your Menu
Taking a half hour each weekend to plan your meals for the week is an excellent way to ensure that you have the right kinds of grains, vegetables, and meats in your diet. Sugar will most certainly add fat to your stomach, so cut out desserts high in sugar. Focus on eating meals with moderate portion sizes that incorporate whole grains and avoid monounsaturated fats at all costs. Fish, as well as beans and rice, are excellent meal options that will minimize the kinds of fats that show up on your waistline.
Drinking up to eight glasses of water a day will help you flush waste from your body and will help you burn fat. Add a wedge of lemon to your water to make it a bit more interesting or keep a pitcher of water in the fridge that you work on drinking each day. Avoid the empty calories of beer when you can, and always avoid soda.
It’s Not about Crunches
Crunches are an important exercise for maintaining a firm, flat belly, but it’s not the most important part of your workout routine. Plan on at least three twenty minute cardio workouts during the week, and then add two strength training days. These days could include anything from pushups to lifting free weights. Muscle will help you burn fat more efficiently over the long term. With those two complete workouts in place, plan on a 5-minute abdominal routine three days a week along with your cardio workouts.
Eat the Right Snacks
The key to keeping off weight in your midsection isn’t about “not” eating. It’s about eating the right food at the right time. The real killers for a flat stomach are always a high calorie, high sugar snacks that can put extra pounds on your body in no time. Plan on eating a piece of fruit or a granola bar in the late afternoon to prevent yourself from snacking on the wrong food or opting for a simple and unhealthy dinner choice.
Did you know that your belly could bulge from gas or too much salt? If you want to make sure you look great after each meal, teach yourself to chew slower. If you can chew your food properly, it will digest better and will cause far less gas in your stomach. If you still feel bloated after your meals, cut back on regular salt and soy sauce, substituting sea salt or kosher salt instead.