Quick Fat Loss: Is Liposuction the Answer?
By Aris Akavan, ACE CPT, BS MIS
I bet I am not the only one who stands in front of a mirror, grabs an area of my body I don’t like, thighs in my case, and does “imaginary liposuction” , where I imagine how I would look if I cut out the extra fat. Whether you are a male or female at one point or another you must have imagined your body differently, with less fat in some areas and more muscles in other. But is liposuction a solution?
What is Liposuction?
Liposuction is a cosmetic operation during which excess adipose tissue (fat) is removed from the body. This is different from weight loss/ bariatric surgery which reduces the functional size of the stomach to restricts the amount of food we can eat at one meal.
The obvious advantage of liposuction is the quick results and for a society of “I want it now” it is the perfect solution. But just like any surgery it causes stress to the body and might lead to infections or even death. And it might quickly fix the excess fat problem but it does not fix the underlying problem of how you got there. Excess fat usually means you are eating more calories than the body needs or not exercising enough. Surgery will not help you figure out what the proper food to eat are, how to safely increase the intensity, what are activities that you would enjoy or how to incorporate exercise in your lifestyle.
What Happens to the Fat a Year Later?
Liposuction is the most popular plastic surgery. But what happens to the removed fat? According to a new study led by Drs. Teri Hernandez and Robert Heckel of the University of Colorado, and published in Obesity, after a year the fat came back. Even thought the fat was removed from the thighs and lower abdomen, it came back mainly in the upper abdomen but also around shoulders and triceps. Obesity researchers are not surprised about the return as they say the body controls the number of fat cells as well as the amount of its fat. As for the reason it returns in other areas, it might be that the structure under the skin where the fat cell live is violently destroyed
Would I Have the Surgery?
While I must admit that liposuction has crossed my mind a time or two, nothing beats exercise since only exercise (in conjunction with a good nutrition program) can give you the permanent solution to fat loss.
Besides, when I exercise it clears my skin as I sweat out the impurities, I feel better because of the endorphins and I love catching my reflection and noticing new definition. Liposuction could not provide that nor would I learn how to prevent future weight gain.
Ask anyone who has lost weight with exercise and they will talk about the sense of accomplishment and about how much they have learned about themselves, and not about how hard it was.
About the Author
Aris Akavan, ACE certified Personal Trainer & Lifestyle and Weight Management Coach, is owner of Body Fitness by Aris. Her mission is to assist others in leading a healthier lifestyle by balancing exercise and proper eating habits to achieve the ultimate body & mind wellness. Aris leads by example as she practices what she preaches. She leads an alcohol free and smoke free lifestyle and has worked out while following proper nutrition practices for over 10 years. In the last few years she also started participating in 5k races, adventure runs and triathlons. You can visit Aris at any of her following:
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