Some laypeople say that the fat comes back after a liposuction. This a myth.


The grain of truth is that without lifestyle changes, the fat can come back, usually in different places. However, if you adopt a more effective exercise routine, the fat will stay gone. Liposuction is great because it allows you to skip the really hard part of exercise, reducing total fat, and skip right to the living healthy part.

Keeping Fat Off Post Liposuction

Bodies Aren’t Always ‘Fair’

Our bodies don’t always work the way we want them to. The body knows how much fat is stored, and generally likes the amount, whatever it is. That’s why fad diets are so ineffective: as soon as you start eating normal amounts again, the body slows down metabolism and increases fat storage in order to replenish what it has lost.

In liposuction, a similar process can happen if healthy habits are not adapted. Usually when you return to your old lifestyle, the body seizes on the opportunity to regain its fat. The area that was affected by liposuction has lost volume, though, so the body spreads the fat around to other areas. This can sometimes even lead to visceral fat, invisible but unhealthy fat located between your organs.

This is not inevitable. Adopting an exercise routine after lipo can “convince” your body to keep the fat off.

Convincing the Body

Exercise makes the body think there will be more exercise in the future. To prepare, the body devotes more resources to maintaining muscle, and less to maintaining fat. If you exercise regularly after lipo, your body will accept that the fat was not useful for the new reality, and will instead build you some nice calorie-eating muscle.

Best Exercises

For the first month after liposuction, stick to low-intensity walking for 30 minutes a day. Walking combined with the process of healing should keep the weight off until then.

Afterwards, set up a ‘doable’ exercise routine. Ideally, you should be active at least 150 minutes a week. That’s twenty minutes a day. If you want, you can also divide it into four or five sessions, if that’s what your schedule needs.

For your workout, the best options are cardio mixed with light total-body weight training. Cardio is needed to keep your metabolism up and prevent your body from slowing down and building fat. Weight training creates more muscle to maintain, making your body decide against putting resources into rebuilding fat. The more muscle groups you hit, the better. Talk to a personal trainer about total-body workouts.

We know it seems like a lot of work, but it’s important! Your liposuction gives you a big head start towards a more fit and attractive you, but exercise lets you win the race.