How To Feed The Fat After Surgery: The Ugly Truth!

How To Feed The Fat After Surgery

After surgery your body will be undergoing healing therefore it is paramount that you maintain your current weight. During the first 6 weeks your new fat cells are attempting to anchor themselves with the new forming blood supplies. Consuming a diet high in fat and proteins provides the nourishment to help maintain the fullness and volume of your derriere. But what exact fats should you consume? and how does the body use these fats anyway? To really understand how this works, we're going back to basics to set the record straight. Yes - it's lengthy and a little complex, but we've tried to minimise the scientific jargon (as much as possible anyway) to help everything make more sense!

What Are Fat Cells And How Do They Work?

Fat cells, also known as adipocytes are cells that store energy as fat. There are two types of fat, white and brown.

Brown fats is often located in the neck and shoulders and primarily found in high amounts in babies and young children (making them cute and chubby!) The role of these brown cells is to burn calories in order to produce heat.  They contains high amounts of mitochondria that acts as the engine that burns calories and trigger a cascade of reactions that ends in the generation of heat.

 White fat provides the largest energy reserves in the body. It provides a thermal insulator and acts as a cushion for our internal organs and external interactions with our environment. It can also secrete hormones like other organs such a leptin, a cell signalling hormone that helps regulate appetite and hunger. Other hormones secreted in White Adipose Tissue (WAT) includes the sex hormone oestrogen, produced during puberty. White cells are mostly stored under the skin, the stomach, buttocks and thighs.

As adult we keep the same number of cells whether we lose or gain weight. They simply shrink or become enlarged but never disappear. This means that two people with similar body shapes could have drastically different numbers of fat cells , depending no how many lipids are stored in those cells.

How Does The Body Store Fat?

After consuming a large meal containing more calories than the body can burn, it becomes stored as glycogen or as fat in the form of triglycerides. Although fats provide more than half of the body’s energy needs, the body prefers to use carbs for energy. Carbs are the bodies favoured form of energy and are broken down into glucose then stored in the muscles, where it provides energy as needed. The remaining carbs can be stored as glycogen in the liver and released into the bloodstream when levels of blood glucose fall too low. When carbs and dietary fats are stored in fat cells they tend to accumulate in 2 places, as subcutaneous fat and visceral fat. Subcutaneous fat is found under the skin, while visceral fat collects within the abdomen in the spaces around the organ. Visceral fat is often easier to lose than fat on the stomach, hips and thighs because it responses better to diet and exercise.

Dietary Fats

 There are three types of fats; saturated, unsaturated and trans fats.

Saturated Fats

Saturated fats are molecules containing  no double bonds and tend to be solid at room temperature. Saturated fats are associated with high cholesterol and increased risk of heart and circulatory disease. Saturated fats are commonly found in meat and and diary products. Examples of these fats are cheese, butter. coconut oil, beef, and some processed foods. Saturated fats can raise LDL (the “Bad” cholesterol), but also increase HLL (the “good” cholesterol”)

Unsaturated Fats

Unsaturated fats contain one more double bonds and tend to be liquid are room temperature.  can be broken down into two categories; monounsaturated and polyunsaturated. monounsaturated fats are healthy fats that have a number of health benefits. They help increase HLL and decrease LDL levels. They can help with weight loss, reduce the risk of heart disease and decrease inflammation. Foods that are highest in monounsaturated fats include olive oil, peanut oil, avocados, and most nuts and seeds. Polyunsaturated fats come in the form of omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acids and cannot be produced by the body.This type of fat is mainly in vegetable oils such as sunflower and corn oil. It is also the main fat found in seafood.

Trans fat

Trans fats are mostly artificially created fats that are used in the manufacture of foods.  They have no nutritional value. They are also found in small amounts in food produced by animals (eg milk and meat).  The process in involves adding hydrogen to vegetable oil, causing it to become solid at room temperature. This partially hydrogenated oil is less likely to spoil so foods made with it will have a longer shell life. This is considered as the worst type of fat you can eat. Trans fat can be found in a variety of foods including cakes, cookies, fried foods, tortilla chips, biscuits and microwave popcorn. Trans fat increases the risk of heart attacks, strokes and type 2 diabetes.

A few things to note, 1g of fat = 9 calories. Fat has more than twice as many calories per gram as carbohydrates and proteins.

Fat Cells After Surgery

Liposuction results in the permanent removal of fat cells. Fat cells do not grow back unless an individual gains a significant amount of weight. Only after an increase of more than 10% of body fat, will fat cells begin to develop. The great news is that these new placed fat cells will behave the same way as before the transfer. The consumption of high amounts of fat will automatically cause the fat cells in the buttocks to store the excess lipids, causing it to get larger. The fat donor sites will maintain a slimmer appearance due to the lack of fat cells.

Metabolism is said to increase by 30% after surgery in response to trauma. Therefore, an increase of calories is needed to maintain a full derriere following surgery. Losing weight, especially within the first 6 weeks can result in the rapid shrinking or death of these transplanted fat cells.

Does Protein Speed Up Recovery?

 Protein is an essential building block when it comes to recovery. Amino acids help regenerate damaged muscle and skin. They are responsible for building your immune system and building scar tissue following injury. Consuming a high amount of proteins that surpasses you dietary needs will not help you recover any faster from surgery. However a deficient will certainly cause you to heal slower than necessary. Many may confuse the symptoms of protein deficiency as an effect from surgery. This may include headaches, cramping. anaemia, muscle cramping and intolerance to cold. It is advised to come 100g of proteins daily for a minimum of 7 days and ideally for 6 weeks following the surgery.

Should You Feed Your Fat With Healthy or Unhealthy Fats?

Unhealthy (saturated) fats will cause your butt size to increase faster. A study by Uppasala university confirmed that “saturated fat builds more fat and less muscle than polyunsaturated fat. Gaining weight on excess calories from polyunsaturated fat appears to cause more gain in muscle mass and less body fat than overeating a similar amount of saturated fat”. The bad news is this will not be without consequences if consumed in the long term. High amounts of saturated and trans fat my lead to an increase amount of visceral fat, as well as increasing fat in other regions such as the face and arms. Remember, 1 gram of all fat is equal to 9 calories.

Many dolls opt for a diet high in saturated and trans fats immediately after surgery to maintain their results without considering the implications it may cause to their health. Furthermore, once this excess of saturated fats decreases, the fat cells will eventually begin to shrink.

Feeding the body unhealthy foods after experiencing trauma such as surgery will slow down your immune system and lengthen your recovery time.

According to the World Health Organisation (WHO), the intake for fat in adults is 20% - 35% of total calories. This roughly equates to 44 - 77 grams of fat per day if you eat a 2000 calories daily. 5% - 6% of these should be from saturated fats. Our personal suggestion? Roughly consume 1/4 saturated and 3/4 unsaturated fats. This amount will vary in each individual depending on their current health calorie intake. In the long run, choosing to focus your diet on high in protein and unsaturated fats will be of much greater benefit.



Healthy Fats



Fatty Fish

Soy Beans



Peanut Butter

Dark Chocolate

Full Yogurt

Chia Seeds

Whole Eggs

Olive Oil

Coconut Oil



High Protein Foods





Peanut Better 


Beef Jerky


Pumpkin seeds




Snack Ideas



High Calorie Shakes

Proteins powder + Banana + oats + ice cream + almond milk

Wholemeal pitta bread with hummus

Apple slices with almond or peanut butter

Greek yoghurt with berries

Tuna and Crackers

Cottage cheese and fruits

Protein waffles or pancakes

Hard boiled egg with carrot sticks and nuts

Trial Nut Mix

Sweet Potato protein smoothie

Healthy Protein Bar

Beef Jerky


A 1 Week calorie rich eating plan (high in healthy fats and proteins)








2 Slices of whole wheat bread. 1 egg. 1\2 banana

Peanut butter and 1 apple

4 oz chicken and mixed vegetables in 2 corn tortillas, 2 slices avocado

Hard boiled egg with carrot sticks and nuts

3 oz grilled beef tenderloins. 1 cup of roasted red peppers. 1 baked sweet potato


1/2 cup of oatmeal and 1 cup of almost milk. 3 apricots

Protein Bar

4 oz turkey, 2 slices whole meal bread with lettuce, tomato 1 cup, minestrone soup.

1/2 cup of green protein smoothie

4 oz shrimp, 2 cups of stir -fry vegetables, 3 tbsp canola oil, 1 cup cooked brown rice


wholemeal protein pancake. 1/3 peach slice

Mixed nuts and fruits

3 0z canned tuna, 2 tbsp low fat mayo, 1 whole grain english muffin, 1 cup noodle based soup

1/2 high calorie protein shake

Roasted Tilapia with baby potatoes, 2 cups salad, 4 tbsp low fat dressing


High Protein shake and apple

1 plain yoghurt and 1 peach

Fresh avocado and cottage cheese and salad

Fruit salad + cottage cheese

4 oz frilled chicken, 1/4 cup cooked with wild rice, 1 cup of green beans.


Fruit and fibre cereal with nuts

1/2 cup of almond milk

Beef Jerky (low salt)

Whole wheat macaroni and cheese. 1 orange

protein waffles + handful of grapes

4 oz broiled cod, 1 cup, cooked cousins, 1 cup green beans, 1 tbsp olive oil


Spinach omlette, almond butter and a pair.

Whole meal pitta bread and hummus

lean beef chilli con carne brown rice . Mixed veg

Protein Bar

Chicken and sweet potato sticks with vegetables. 2 cups salad with 2 tbsp low fat dressing


One cup cottage cheese with 1/4 cup chopped walnuts, diced apples and cinnamon

1 medium peach

1/2 cottage cheese

4 oz canned salmon with mixed vegetables and 2 tbsp of low fat mayo on sprouted grain bread and carrot sticks

Sweet potato smoothie

3 oz beef stir fry with 2 cups vegetables. 1 tbsp of sesame seed oil, 2/3 cup of cooked soba noodles


Try to keep up with this regimen for at least 6 weeks after surgery for best results.

We recommend that you have every meal with a glass of water only. Keep hydrated throughout the day by keep a water bottle with you at all times. This aids in recovery and helps the body flush out any waste. To help replenish lost electrolytes after surgery we recommend you sip gatorade/pedialyte/ dioralyte for the first few hours.

What was your diet like after the first few weeks of surgery? Did you lose any fat? Comment down below!

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