It’s been previously shown that women who have liposuction aren’t protected against obesity-related cardiovascular risk factors. The (fat) weight removed tends to re-accumulate, often in unsightly (think arms and back) and unhealthy (belly) areas.
Now, a story in the NY Times suggests that exercise may undo some of this “post-lipo mayhem.”
Within the first four months after their surgery, half of the women had regained fat, especially visceral fat. They had, in fact, increased their stores of visceral fat by about 10 percent, compared with before the surgery.
Those who had gained fat also had spontaneously, without any intention or desire to do so, decreased their everyday activity levels. They were moving around less than before the surgery, which, the researchers speculate, almost certainly contributed to their visceral fat gain.
Half of the group, however, did not experience these undesirable effects. These were the women who had been assigned to start exercising. For four months after their surgery, these women worked out three times a week during supervised exercise sessions, walking or jogging on a treadmill for about 40 minutes and then performing light weight training.
The women who exercised subsequently regained little fat, if any, and they added no new visceral fat. They also moved more than they had before the surgery, thanks to the exercise sessions.