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What Are Some of the Best Ways to Lose Weight Before a Breast Reduction?

Posted September 01, 2021 in Breast Procedures, Breast Reduction Surgery

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Being at or near your ideal weight is crucial before undergoing breast reduction. Losing weight will give you a better chance of loving your results and make matching your ideal bust size to your new body shape easier.

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However, many patients struggle with weight loss and do not know where to start. Most women with significant excess weight also find that their heavy breasts restrict them from performing certain physical activities. For some of these women, even going out for a simple jog can be challenging.

What Are Some Techniques for Weight Loss Before Plastic Surgery?

Create Healthy Recipes for Weight Loss

A few tips hold true to keeping weight off, and one of the most effective is being mindful of what you eat. Most people lead busy lives, and they often tend to eat on the run, during their commutes, in the office, or while watching TV without paying attention to what they are putting in their bodies.

Creating an action plan that includes specific healthy food options for breakfast, lunch, dinner, dessert, and snacks helps. The goal here is to make simple recipes that offer a caloric deficit with plenty of high-quality protein and moderate carbs.

Practice Healthy Eating Habits

Planning meals with healthy ingredient options that include lean proteins, whole grains, dairy, fruits, and vegetables can help you get closer to achieving a stable weight before scheduling your breast reduction surgery.

Making these lists will take some guesswork out of figuring what you can eat. Also, consider making sustainable choices, including avoiding restrictive fad diets that are hard to maintain.

If foods like burgers and fatty steaks are a staple in your diet, you want to find a substitute that can equally satisfy your craving. 

Additionally, for those who commonly snack on processed sugary foods, consider swapping this for berries or nuts, as they are great substitutes for these unhealthy choices.

Exercise Often

To lose weight, you have to be on a calorie deficit by burning more calories than you consume. Work with a trainer or research on physical activities you can engage in comfortably. It also helps to find activities that you enjoy so that you can do them more often.

Drink Plenty of Water

Hydrating is key. People often confuse thirst with hunger and consume extra calories when all they need is a glass of water.

Be Patient

As we all know, healthy weight loss takes time. Therefore, give yourself plenty of time, and even if you need extra time, do not hesitate to reschedule your surgery until you feel ready.

While having breast reduction before losing excess weight is possible, subsequent weight loss can cause skin changes that affect the results of your surgically reduced breasts.

Curious About Your Possible Breast Reduction Results?

To see how Dr. Careaga and Dr. Durand have helped their previous patients, check out our breast reduction before and after gallery

Interested in Learning More About Breast Reduction?

Feel free to contact us at 305-960-7511 or fill our online form to learn more about the procedure and how you can prepare your body for the best results.


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