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A tummy tuck can be a highly effective method of removing excess skin, tightening up a problematic area, and even repairing abdominal muscles. A tummy tuck can even give you a whole new abdomen. However, to maintain your beautiful results, there are a few things you will need to do. A tummy tuck is most effective and long lasting when it is part of a whole lifestyle change.

Exercise

It is very important to follow Dr. Patterson’s recommendations for exercise after the tummy tuck surgery. You will be limited in what you can do for around six weeks post surgery. Light exercise is typically permitted about a month post surgery, and abdominal exercises such as sit-ups are usually permitted at around the six-week mark.

The most important thing to remember is that a regular exercise routine is essential. Once exercise becomes part of your day every day, it won’t seem difficult to make time for it — the time is already set and carved out. The ideal routine is usually a mixture of cardio exercise and light weight training. Running, aerobics and swimming are some popular choices for cardio, but anything that really gets your heart rate up is usually effective since that will commence fat burning. Weight training is a good way to keep the body, including the abdomen, toned and sculpted after your tummy tuck surgery.

Healthy Diet

A healthy diet is critical in maintaining tummy tuck results. In fact, if you return to your old eating habits you may also return to your old stomach before long. Strive to choose foods that are low in preservatives. Focus on the fresh. Fruits and veggies are almost always good choices, while processed foods (particularly fast foods) are almost never good choices. After a while, making smarter choices will become second nature and it won’t feel like a diet. It’s simply a better and healthier way of eating, one that will allow you to maintain your new tummy.

Portion control is also an important part of your new eating plan. The portion sizes seen in restaurants today are often two or three times what a person should eat in one sitting. A single serving of meat should be about the size of a deck of cards, for example. A serving of fruit, yogurt, or some other snack should not exceed the size of your closed fist. A serving of veggies should also be about the size of your closed fist. Craving salad? You can have much more salad since it’s healthy — a portion size equal to two fists put together is usually fine (as long as you don’t overdress it!) With things like peanut butter, use caution: It’s very calorie dense, so a serving is the size of the tip of your thumb. Remember, serve yourself based on real life serving sizes instead of the grossly inflated restaurant sizes and you’ll find it much easier to maintain your weight and your tummy tuck results.

Many people may tend to eat based on their eyes rather than their stomach. It takes your stomach 20 minutes to realize that it’s full, so once you’ve eaten a serving take a break. Even if you think you’re still hungry, have a glass of water and wait 20 minutes. Often, by then you’ll realize that you feel full.

Ready to Plan Your Procedure?

The best way to know what is right for your body is to talk to Dr. Patterson. He can give you some specific advice and tips on how to best maintain your tummy tuck results. Ready to set up your tummy tuck consultation? Click below to schedule a consult. A flat tummy may be closer than you think!